Village cottage rental with pool near Matha

Saint-Martin-de-Juillers (6km from Matha), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004708 Advertiser since: 1 May 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
1 Palm Tree Cottages Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Charming charentais cottage with large pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Number 1 Palm Tree cottages is a charming Charentaise style cottage situated in our tranquil village in the heart of the vineyards and sunflowers of southwest France. It has 2 twin /double bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 4. Perfect for a family holiday or romantic getaway for two. The cottage has a beautiful salon which has a sitting, eating and cooking area with many mod-cons including 32" flat screen and Wi-Fi.

The windows look out over a lovely wisteria covered terrace with  it's own private garden. This is right next door to the off-road parking area and orchard, large garden, allotment and play garden with views over the French countryside beyond. We have a basketball net, table tennis, a 4 metre in ground trampoline (just 1 foot high) and archery for the kids.

We hope you like peace and quiet as you won't hear much other than wildlife at night and won't see anything other than stars as the mayor turns off all the street lights at 11pm. The stars on a clear night are quite spectacular.

We have a large not overlooked in-ground heated swimming pool, one of the largest in the area at 12 metres by 6 with a depth throughout of 1.2 metres. This is surrounded by large terraces and lawns as well as pretty flower beds and vines. Large parasols and sun-loungers complete the poolside holiday feel. 

You will have the freedom to use the pool whenever you wish . The cottage is in a very peaceful location and the pool and grounds are only shared with one other smaller cottage.

Whilst this spot is lovely, we would recommend that you explore the area which will require a car. There are options around if you want to hire locally but an internet search will probably find you the best option to suit especially from the airports.

St Martin de Juillers is an ideal base set in the most beautiful rolling countryside. We are within easy travel distance of many local attractions. The Coast is less than an hour away with many beautiful beaches and resorts. Cognac is 30 minutes, Saintes is 25 minutes, St Jean d'Angely is 15 minutes. All are gorgeous towns with French markets and lovely architecture, churches, riverside walks and shopping opportunities.

La Rochelle is an hour away. Not only is it our nearest airport but the town and harbour are beautiful. Talmont and Meschers are among our favourite places to visit and a boat trip around Fort Boyard is lovely. Bordeaux is well worth a day trip. Use the park and ride tram system, it's clean, modern and fab.

We are an ideal base for exploring on foot, bike (we have some you can borrow), and by car. So you can be as active or restful as you like. Plus you go home with a great tan.



Kitchen and dining

Open plan kitchen for convivial living.

Ironing facilities, microwave, gas oven and hob, large fridge-freezer and washing machine.

Living rooms

Traditional Charentaise stone walls can be seen throughout the cottage as well as exposed oak beams and tiled floors.

The salon is charming and cool for those hot summer days. The window overlooks the garden towards the sunflower/corn fields.

Comfortable sitting area with 32" tv and a dining area with table seating 4.


Two twin rooms with beds that can be attached to make king size.

Wardrobes and shelves.


First floor bathroom with shower and loo.


Log burner and electric radiators.


Wi-fi broadband internet, ps3/dvd player, boardgames, books, English satellite tv

Garden and outside

For the more active guests we offer table tennis, large in-ground trampoline (4m), basketball, safe archery, badminton, volleyball and swimming.

Private entrance. Outside the cottage is a patio with bbq and seating/eating area leading to our orchard and field/play area. Ideal for playing ball games and having picnics or sipping a glass of wine in the shade of the trees.

Through the gate is our swimming pool which, at 12m by 6m is one of the largest in the area, has a depth throughout of 1.2m. with loungers, large parasols and a bbq area. It is un-overlooked.and has large terraces, lawns, vines and flowerbeds.

Parking and garages

Large private and secure off-road parking

Visitor suitability

No pets, other than for winter lets, and no smoking.

No special disabled facilities at the moment.

Lots of walks, cycling, wine tasting, concerts, golf and places to visit nearby. Ideal for people looking for a quiet location to either relax or discover this part of France. Perfect for a family or couple's romantic getaway.

Information about any additional facilities

The owners, Mark and Elaine, live next door and are able to help with any questions, advice or problems

Boulangerie with speciality breads/brownies/pizzas is two doors down and opens as a little shop a couple of days a week. There's also an internationally renowned artisan vinegar maker in the village.

Bedlinen will be provided free for summer guests. Towels are also available at 5 euros a bundle.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various French Markets
Distance: 5 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac
Distance: 30 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Several randonee walks locally

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: E Cartaud & J. Balluet. Producer of cognac, pineau and wine.,
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner, Mr Mark Thompson

The Thompson family arrived in Villotte in April 2014 and began renting the existing second cottage on our property as holiday accommodation in 2015, with great success. In 2016 we are openning a second little cottage for couples, or for larger groups who wish to take both properties.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Beautiful french countryside, peace and quiet and good weather (well, better than the UK)
Unique benefits of property Lovely grounds, large secluded pool, off-road parking, owners on site.

The Owner Recommends

Le Puy du Fou/ La Vallee des singes/ Fort Boyard cruise

Le Puy du Fou: a full day out watching Romans and Vikings in huge arenas. A great day for £25 per head. La Vallee des Singes: a day out with monkeys. 1/2 or 1 day Cruise round islands to see Fort Boyard

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Maria and Denise 31 May, 2016

Palm tree cottage exceeded our expectatations. Everything you could need whilst on holiday was provided. We were met with a warm welcome, and a very welcome glass of Buck's Fizz. The gite was very clean and the facilities excellent including a lovely swimming pool. Mark and Elaine have considered everything, and deserve success in their business in France. This is a beautiful area with many places of interest close by.
Wether you have a young family, teenagers or want some quiet adult time this gite has it all and we would highly recommend a stay here.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback Maria. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you again.