|Village House||Self Catering||Saturday||3||4||2||Double sofabed and single daybed|
A 3 bedroom village house in the heart of a small friendly village in the countryside, yet only 30 minutes by car to several sandy beaches. The house has 1 large double bedroom and 2 smaller single bedrooms and is ideal for a small family or a couple.
The large kitchen / dining room has an oak farmhouse table with chairs to seat 6 plus a high chair. This room features a beautiful wood-burning stove.
There is a simple gas oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment and plenty of crockery, cutlery, saucepans and cooking utensils.
There are 2 living rooms.
The light and airy main living room faces south and has a door and window overlooking the garden. There are two comfortable sofas and a matching chair. Bookshelves with a good assortment of reading material and some board games and toys for our younger visitors. There is a radiator and a Jotul stove making the room very cosy for off season visits.
Our second sitting room at the front of the house faces west. Here you will find a sofa and a day bed plus a small table and two chairs. A great place to relax on a hot afternoon.
There are 3 bedrooms.
The recently renovated main bedroom has a large double bed, a table and two easy chairs plus good storage for clothes.
There are two smaller bedrooms, each has a single bed, bedside table and chest of drawers.
Upstairs there is a roomy shower room with heated towel rail and wc.
Downstairs is another shower room and wc. Heated towel rail. Here you will find the washing machine.
2 wood burning stoves
Radiators in main bedroom and both sitting rooms.
Heated towel rails in both shower rooms.
There is a mini hi-fi system in one of the living rooms and several radios at the house.
You will find a good assortment of books, board games plus some toys for our younger visitors.
There is a courtyard with a small enclosed garden and a pergola. This garden leads into a much larger enclosed garden laid mostly to lawn.
Garden furniture includes a sunshade, tables and chairs plus 2 sun-loungers with cushions.
In the garage there are 3 adult size bicycles that our guests may borrow. We also have a box with buckets and spades and a few other outdoor toys for children to use.
Parking is best in the village square just opposite the house. However on the rare occasions when this is full there is the possibility to use the far entrance to our garden and park a car there.
Small families or one or two couples.
We bought the village house in 2000. It had been empty for a few years and just needed some love and attention. Over the years it has given us much interest and enjoyment and continues to provide a great holiday location for us and our family.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||The location is excellent being close to countryside, beach and interesting local towns.
It has easy access to Bordeaux and La Rochelle airports, trains at Saintes and the A10 autoroute is ten minutes drive from our village.
|Unique benefits of property||Experiencing life in a very friendly French village. We like being able to step outside and enjoy outdoor living in the two gardens.|
Nearby is this excellent little restaurant. It is open for weekday lunches and also dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are of course many other interesting little restaurants in the locality.
The towns of Saintes, Pons, La Rochelle, Rochefort and Cognac are all within easy driving distance. They are well worth exploring and are packed with history, Roman remains and interesting architecture. They have lovely parks, shady outdoor sitting areas, cafés and restaurants. Each town offers boating and trips on the river.
For lovers of classical music many of our surrounding towns and villages offer some excellent concerts. From June to September there are weekly concerts offered by the Jeudis Musicaux programme. Here you can listen to world class musicians who come to perform in the little churches around Royan. Saintes boasts an excellent conservatoire based at the Abbaye aux Dames which offers an annual Summer music festival.
Popular music concerts are on offer during the Summer months.
There are some good little beaches along the estuary at Meschers just a 30 minute drive from our house. Royan and the Côte Sauvage are well known for their Atlantic shoreline and long sandy beaches.
There are plenty of interesting villages in this area many with Romanesque churches. Talmont is a picturesque village perched above the estuary and Mortagne further along the estuary has a little port with restaurants and cafés. During the Summer some of the towns and villages hold festivals and every Sunday there will be a brocante or vide-grenier (flea market) in a village or town not too far away.
Nearby Gémozac has a good outdoor pool. Other pools can be found at Saintes and Pons. At Jonzac there is a well known Spa and swimming pool complex.