Lovely studio rental nr St Palais de Phiolin - PM004645

Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin (3km from Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004645 Advertiser since: 2 December 2015
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L'Ecurie Self Catering Flexible 1 (Studio) 2 1 Travelcot and linen available on request

About this property

Spacious Studio in Converted Barn. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

L'Ecurie used to be a stable and now it's a spacious studio apartment with comfortable double bed (hidden behind a screen for privacy) country style kitchenette, wet room plus a private garden with bbq for cooking your finds from the local markets... like a boutique hotel room ! It's one of a cluster of 4 individually styled character gites at La Fermette France.

Relax on the beach, borrow one of the bikes from the games barn and cycle to the boulangerie, visit night markets, eat at good local restaurants, enjoy Bordeaux wines & locally made cognac, or just spend the day relaxing by our lovely 10m x 5m saltwater swimming pool... bliss!

The south facing gravelled terrace is bordered by shrubs providing privacy, although the hamlet is so quiet you are unlikely to be disturbed by too much noise other than the odd tractor!
We are in wine and cognac country so take the opportunity to visit local producers where you will be welcomed to try before you buy... and we can recommend some great local producers.
You will also have access to a games barn shared by other gites. In here you will find a selection of bikes to explore the country lanes, table tennis, table football, bodyboards, boules sets and also buckets and spades for the beach to bring out the inner child in you... and we also provide you with a beach umbrella. 

Flexible arrival and departure dates - you just need to stay a minimum of 2 nights in April, May, June and September, and 3 nights in July and August.....
What's not to like ?

The pool, games barn and orchard field are shared with guests staying at our other gites.


Cottage/Gite (Studio)

Kitchen and dining

The small but well designed kitchen has a 2 ring electric hob, microwave, under counter fridge with freezer compartment, toaster, electric kettle and slow cooker. Iron and ironing board plus clothes airer are also provided. For indoor dining there is a drop leaf table and 2 chairs. Please note that there is no oven or washing machine in L'Ecurie.

Living rooms

Two comfy wicker chairs plus tv (UK Freeview Channels). Tourist leaflets plus a guide book to the local area explaining where to go, what to see and do, and details of all the local beaches plus recommendations of the many local restaurants.


The comfortable large double bed is hidden behind a screen for privacy. There is also a wardrobe.
A travelcot & linen is available on request at no extra charge for couples with a baby.


The wet room has underfloor heating for low season rentals.


Freestanding oil filled radiater. Underfloor heating in the wetroom


Our swimming pool is available from May to September (weather permitting). It's 10m x 5m so plenty of space. You will have access to a games barn with a selection of adult and children's bikes, table tennis, pool table, table football, body boards, bats & balls, boules, hoola hoops plus buckets and spades (if you need them !)

Garden and outside

The south facing gravelled courtyard is a real suntrap with wooden garden table and chairs, parasol, and charcoal bbq... a great place to relax in the evening sun.

There is a separate orchard field - you are welcome to pick any fruits in season... cherries, peaches, plums, pears, figs, quince and walnuts. It's also a great space to sit and watch the wonderful sunsets... glass of wine in hand of course!

And of course there is also the 10m x 5m saltwater swimming pool with sunloungers, wicker furniture and tables and chairs.

We also provide a beach umbrella in the gite, to save the hassle of bringing yours with you.

Parking and garages

Parking space on the driveway shared with l'Etable (the gite next door) or on the field behind the farmhouse.

Information about any additional facilities

We are very flexible about arrival day and length of stay although the minimum stay is 2 nights in April, May, June and September and 3 nights in July and August.

Please check out our other gites:
PM004421 - La Fermette - sleeps up to 7
PM004585 - L'Etable sleeps 4
PM004532 - Le Chai - sleeps 3

We are registered with the local Mairie in St Palais de Phiolin as required by French law.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saintes plus many vides grenier held locally
Distance: 20 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Royan
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Bois
Distance: 3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Blaye and Bordeaux


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Dousseaux Bailiff
Distance: 3 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lesley Houareau

We are Lesley & Felix Houareau. We live in a village just outside Bath. We feel very lucky that we live in a beautiful part of the UK but can also spend time in the Charente Maritime area of France with it's medieval towns and great beaches

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We looked for a region with good weather but easier to travel to than the South of France. The Charente Maritime is the 2nd sunniest region of France and a hidden gem known about by the French. Lots of great beaches to choose from and great local (small) markets and rolling countryside with towns and villages with lots of character.
Unique benefits of property Our peaceful hamlet is 2.5km from the nearest town but surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat and vines and lots of local wildlife. The myriad of lanes around our gites are great to explore by foot or bike (we have a selection of bikes on hand). We are close to the Bordeaux / Blaye wine region as well being able to by the best Cognac locally. Wine, good food, sun and beaches - what more could you want?

The Owner Recommends


With over 470km of coastline the Charente Maritime has some wonderful sandy beaches from secluded coves to surfing beaches. We have full details for you in the gite


Visit Cognac not just for the reknowned alcoholic beverage but also for it's festivals. Cognac Blues Passion takes place first week in July when the town comes alive with music on every corner. Afternoon (free) and evening (ticketed) gigs are held in a scenic open air venue. Sting, George Benson, Lily Allen, and Lenny Kravitz have all played in previous years. Acts for 2016 include Iggy Pop and The Cranberries. The Cognac Festival is held in late July.....more cognac on sale then too.


We can provide details of the many local markets, but in our opinion the best are in Saintes, Royan and La Rochelle. S Genus has a market 3 times per week and we like to pop down on Sunday morning and by our oysters for Sunday lunch. locally


Pretty medieval town with heaps of history. It was on the route to St Jacques de Compostella and e pelerins (pigrims) stayed in hostel which is now a tourist attraction. The main square has two cafe restaurants which have great views across the square to the Chateau now the town hall (the Hotel de Ville) and the Donjon. Pons celebrates Bastille Day with a spectacular fireworks display followed by an open air ball. The last weekend in July is the Medieval Fair - Festival of St Jaques de event not to be missed. Poms hold a night market on alternate Fridays in July and August - good street food and entertainment and a great atmosphere. Frequented by the locals not just tourists.


Local restaurants range from cafes to michelin starred restaurants. all are great value and we provide full information for our guests.

Wine and Cognac

Local grapes are grown mainly for cognac and pineau cognac (a mix of win and cognac). within 20 minutes you can be in the Blaye wine region and a little further on is the Bordeaux proper region. We can recommend some great wine and cognac producers for you to visit. The annual Blaye wine festival which takes place the weekend following Easter and the Bordeaux wine festival in June are both well worth a visit. Wine tasting and also other entertainment on offer

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 rnewsham 31 August, 2018

L'ecurie is a lovely, cosy and perfectly located holiday let. The information and the friendliness of the owners, Lesley and Felix, was brilliant and really made you feel welcome and at home. The location was fantastic with beaches and amazing towns and villages within easy reach. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves travelling around the French countryside, staying in a peaceful village and of course enjoying the local food and drink!

Owner response

Many thanks for you lovely review. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay in L'Ecurie. Perhaps we will be able to host you again next year (when our swimming pool will be up and running).
Lesley & Felix

10 / 10 P.M. 27 September, 2016

I had a very enjoyable stay in L’Ecurie - the accommodation was as advertised and I was not disappointed.

It was a little hot for September but the cycling in the region was excellent. The roads around the property were very quiet and I had some excellent rides to the coast, Saintes, Jonzac and Cognac, and an enjoyable cycle ride one evening to Pons for exercise and a beer.

I would definitely consider return to the region

Owner response

Yes, it was a very warm September and pleased to hear that you enjoyed the cycling. Hope to see you again