Holiday cottage with large pool near Matha - PM004717

Saint-Martin-de-Juillers (11km from Matha), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004717 Advertiser since: 1 May 2015
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No 2 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.

Please note: The pool and grounds are exclusive for one family when rented with number No 1 as a large holiday home (sleeps 8). If rented as a single holiday home (sleeps 2/4) then the pool is shared with one family next door.

No 2 Palm Tree Cottages is a charming Charentaise style cottage situated in our tranquil village in the heart of the vineyards and sunflowers of south west France. Especially suitable for a couple, but can accommodate children in a small bunk room too.

It has a mezzanine floor, with a spiral staircase and minstrels gallery where you'll find a double bedroom (with kingsize bed)with views over the gardens and fields from your bed. Perfect for a romantic getaway. There's also a small box-room with bunk beds. The cottage has a beautiful salon which has a sitting, eating and cooking area with many mod-cons including 32" flat screen, UK tv and free wi-fi. 
The double-glazed windows look out over the famous palm tree and the cottage has its own private enclosed 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 a few inches high) and safe archery.
Feel free to help yourself to anything growing, whether it is fruit, vegetables or flowers. 
We hope you like peace and quiet as you won't hear anything 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 and secluded in-ground heated swimming pool. It is only shared with one other cottage. It is completely not overlooked and is one of the largest in the area at 12 metres by 6 metres with a depth throughout of 1.2 metres. This means that all but the smallest can safely touch the bottom. The pool and its surrounds are protected by secure fencing and accessed only via toddler proof magnetic gates. The pool is serviced by large terraces and lawns as well as pretty flower beds and vines. There's even a small veg patch for you to help yourself.
Large parasols and sun loungers complete the poolside holiday feel. You will have the freedom to use the pool when you wish .
The pool is cleaned by the owner most mornings .

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. Remember to check out the SuperU and Intermarche websites in Matha and check their rental prices (or prix de location)

Our cottage is also very popular with couples for autumn , spring and winter breaks and many people have chosen to stay with us for a month out of peak season when special rates can be offered.

This cottage is perfect for a couple to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful French countryside and local hospitality.



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.


Gallery bedroom with kingsize bed and small bunk room/den attached.
Wardrobes and shelves.


Ground floor bathroom with shower and loo.


Log burner and electric radiators.


Wi-fi broadband internet, ps3/dvd player, board games, 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 flower beds.

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
There is an internationally renowned artisan vinegar maker in the village, one of only six in France. He is happy to show guests round his little factory and explain the process.
Bed-linen will be provided free for summer guests, though a discount is available for those guests who bring their own. Towels are also available at 5 euros a bundle.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool



Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac
Distance: 25 km


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Mark Thompson

We moved with our family and bought the large house to rent out on the edge of a quiet village. Open all year round, we cater for holidaymakers and those touring the area to find a new home We can split the house into two delightful cottages out of summer season for the romantic getaway or a month of relaxation .

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Lovely French countryside and (usually) better weather than the UK. A great location for our family activities, but also peaceful.
Unique benefits of property Beautiful charentaise stone cottage with great facilities in a lovely spot. In the summer our cottages combine for a great family get together with exclusive pool. Out of July and August they make 2 individual little cottages. A quiet and relaxing place from where to explore the area.

The Owner Recommends

Nearby Towns & Villages

Angoulême is 45 minutes, 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-sur Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde are among our favourite places to visit and a boat trip around Fort Boyard is lovely. Gorgeous Bordeaux is well worth a day trip as it is 90 minutes away. 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.

Puy de Fou

Amazing spectacular shows for a great day out

St Martin de Juillers

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.