|Pomerol Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||2||3||1||Extra bed can be provided for an additional fee|
Pomerol is a luxury romantic gite set in a quiet village just 20 minutes from the Atlantic coast beaches. This property is ideal for couples, young or old, seeking an idyllic retreat, far from the madding crowd.
Set amidst the vineyards and sunflowers it is the ideal location for those couples seeking peace and quiet whilst being a short distance from the mainstream activities and nightlife in nearby beachside resort of Royan, or in the historical, cosmopolitan town of Saintes.
The gite was originally a barn and has now been converted to provide a spacious modern property whilst maintaining many of the original features, including oak beams.
The gite is within landscaped private gardens of 6000 square metres and also benefits from a shared, heated pool measuring 11 metres by 5 metres with a depth of 1.1 metres. Our Pomerol gite does not accept children or pets, and is regretfully not suitable for disabled travellers.
Saint Georges De Didonne - An immense beach between two cliffs.
The magnificent beach, more than two kilometres long, edged by a pine forest, enhances this image of natural beauty. The layout of the promenade along this long beach is very well designed and appreciated by pedestrians and by cyclists of all ages. Saint Georges reputation as an ideal place for a summer vacation is strengthened by the availability of every type of sea activity and all the services of a classified "Station Voile".
There are four beaches. From the quietest to the more animated, there is a beach to suit everyone in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer. Everyone can be happy there.
The beach of Nauzan
Coming from Royan by driving along the coast, the first beach - straddling Vaux-sur-Mer and Saint-Palais-sur-Mer is the beach of Nauzan. Peaceful, sheltered and sunny - "a bathtub" say our friends in Soulac - it welcomes every tourist from 3 months to 80 years old. The babies toddle along in their nappies; the grandmothers tuck up their skirts and bathe in the salt water. It is an ideal place for parents with their young children and grandparents. The children at the sailing school, restricted by their life jackets, are learning to sail in small boats under the attentive eyes of young monitors. A track for rollers and scooters, which unfortunately is not in the shade, runs along the beach.
The beach of Saint-Palais
The beach of Saint-Palais, in the town centre, is more fashionable. The club offers different activities for the 6 and 12 year old children. Teenagers meet regularly in the corner of rocks to talk and make dates for surfing parties and also arrange dates for parties in the evening in the bushy park which surrounds the lake. The beach has a merry-go-round, puppet theatre, circuses and other entertainment until nightfall. Naturally, you will also find café terraces, pancake shops and ice creams, common to most seaside resorts.
By continuing on the path of the Customs Officers up to the Pont du Diable rocks, you will arrive at the beach of Le Platin, a little bit dangerous for bathing because of its rocks near the surface of the water and more appropriate for sunbathing and for people familiar with the region.
La Grande Cote
For surfing nothing is better than the Grande Côte, an immense beach lined with bunkers from the last war, not aesthetic but classified as historic monuments. The young sportsmen meet at high tide there, whether it is at 6 o'clock in the morning, during the day or at 9 o'clock in the evening. Many lovers of wind and wide open spaces come here as well. One sometimes sees horses galloping (but usually out of season).
Royan - "Grande Conche" beach
The Grande Conche beach is a magnificent area of fine sand which stretches for two kilometres, from the new pier of the yachting marina up to the cliffs of Vallières in the municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne. The striped tents give the beach a nostalgic air. These tents first appeared a long time ago, when the fashion for bathing in the sea started at the beginning of the 19th Century. This was the time of the first sea water therapies and tents were used by the patients for undressing and to rest in after invigorating swims in the sea. Today, the sea water treatments are again fashionable but in very different conditions! The thalassotherapy indeed uses techniques much more sophisticated in specialised institutes such as the Cap Royan, in the Chay district. The tent remains the focal point for families, a beach accessory, which adds a certain charm to the beach of Royan. The hiring of tents is a municipal service with a booking office directly on the beach. Besides sea bathing and sun bathing, the beach, which is well protected, is the centre of nautical activities such as windsurfing, sailing…
All of your daily requirements can be bought in the local villages, however it is probably more viable to do your ‘main shop' at one of the larger supermarkets in Royan, Saujon or Saintes. We strongly recommend that you try and avoid shopping at the Royan supermarkets on Saturdays and Mondays during July and August as they are extremely busy, on one occasion it took us half an hour just to get into the car park!!
Vidal supermarket – open Sunday mornings!
Tabac – Auberge Fleurie
Super U – town centre ( open Sunday mornings in July and August)
Intermarche – Direction Vaux sur Mer
Leader Price – Town Centre
LeClerc – N150
Lidl – N150
LeClerc – Centre Commercial Parc Atlantique (N150)
Carrefour – Main Road into Saintes
Meschers- sur-Gironde Saturday/Sunday
Royan Every day except Monday
Saintes Every day except Monday
St Georges de Didonne Sunday
Pisany Friday (very small but the best fish in the area)
Saintes First Monday in the month
Saujon Second Monday in the month
In Royan alone there are over three hundred restaurants, so we have listed some of our favourites below. During July and August it is advisable to make a reservation in advance, if you would like us to make the reservation on your behalf just let us know.
La Table 05 46 91 84 20
This is one of our favourites and is only a five minute drive from the house. The new owners have been in place for about a year and have created a refreshing restaurant which has a terrace to the rear for dining ‘Al Fresco'.
Pizza Vitoria 05 46 02 99 05
Set in the main shopping street of Saujon Pizza Vitoria has an excellent reputation for its Pizzas, additionally they cook a very good steak and veal dishes. About 15 minutes from the house.
Auberge du Moulin 05 46 05 02 78
The Auberge is one of our favourites, set alongside a small stream and was once a watermill. It has recently been taken over and revamped to provide a beautiful setting where you can dine inside or ‘Al Fresco' alongside the stream. It can however be a bit pricey dependant on which menu you go for. About 15 minutes from the house.
Le Cottage 05 46 97 20 23
This is a great little restaurant run by an Irishman and his French wife, (Doug & Axelle), they even have draught Guiness! The menu is quite varied and Doug takes great care with his cooking. Well worth a visit. – about 15 minutes from the house.
La Foret 05 46 02 79 87
One of our favourite restaurants that we first visited about 20 years ago. The food is excellent, however, a word of advice – don't eat too much before you visit – the portions are enormous. About 20 minutes from the house.
The property has a modern fitted kitchen that overlooks the private terrace and landscaped gardens. Within the kitchen there is a fridge/freezer oven and hob, microwave. All crockery, cutlery and cookware is also provided, so all that is needed are fresh produce from the local markets and a dash of culinary expertise. An ironing board and iron is also provided.
Within the kitchen area there are also table and chairs, although there are also table and chairs on the private terrace for dining al fresco, along with the essential barbeque.
The kitchen and dining area measures 12 square metres.
The living area measures 18 square metres, and is decorated in a rich bordeaux in conjunction with a fresh airy white. A galleried landing overlooks the living area. Within the lounge, there is a wall mounted flat screen television, satellite receiver,(with multiple channels), DVD player, an a music system. There is a comfortable sofa, coffee tables, and modern armchair within the area.
The Master bedroom measures 18 square metres and has been converted from the grenier of the barn,. The original A frame beams have been exposed in the roof area. A canopied Louis XIVth bed provides a romantic yet comfortable setting for those balmy summer nights. A double wardrobe, bedside tables, dressing table and bedside lamps make up the rest of this beautiful room.
All bed linen is provided at no extra charge and is changed weekly.
There is a second bedroom/relaxing/reading area on the first floor. This area measures 10 square metres. This room is galleried and overlooks the living area. A single bed, chest of drawers, mirror, and armchair are provided in this bright and airy room.
The bathroom is on the ground floor and measures 10 square metres. Within the bathroom there is a wc, wash basin, and a bath with shower over.
All towels are provided at no extra charge, and are changed weekly.
This property is only let during the summer period, and as such, there is no heating within the property.
The property includes a large flat screen television, satellite receiver, dvd player, Music system, and free WIFI is provided.
In the nearby beach resort of Royan there is a full diary of attractions, including cinemas, theatres, bars, restaurants and live music. During the months of July and August there are many free music festivals and night markets.
In the nearby cosmopolitan city of Saintes, there is again a full diary of entertainment, including theatre, live concerts, historical re-enactions, and of course an array of restaurants.
To the rear of the property there is a private terrace of 20 square metres which overlooknthe shared landscaped gardens of 6000 square metres. Sunbeds, table and chairs and a barbeque are all provided on the private terrace. Scattered around the garden are a number of additional tables and chairs where you can enjoy an evening apero whilst watching sun disappear over the 12th century Roman church.
There is parking available to the front of the property on our private road.
This property is for couples only, young and old alike. Children and pets are not permitted, Regretfully the property is not suitable for disabled visitors.
What can we say?<br/>We have always loved France and now we spend half of our life here.<br/>Summers are superb, and Winters are peaceful.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||We chose our location because it was a beautiful Charentaise farmhouse with barns etc, set among the vineyards and sunflowers of the countryside yet only 15/20 minutes from miles of beautiful beaches.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace and tranquillity in the countryside yet close to the beaches. Far from the madding crowd but close enough to join in when the fancy takes you.|
Over 40km of coastal beaches ranging from the flat safe beaches at Saint Georges de Didonne to the Cote Sauvage near La Palmyre.
One of the best zoos in France just a 30 minute drive away - well worth a visit.
For the history lovers a fantastic Roman amphitheatre which stages live shows throughout summer at Saintes just a 15 minute drive.
Enjoy fabulous food at the quayside restaurant table, people watch around the harbour and explore "the Saint Tropez f the Atlantic Coast".
This elegant resort has many 'Belle Epoque' villas overlooking the Atlantic Coast. Beautiful golden sandy beaches, and a different restaurant for each day of the year!
5 kms of safe sandy beaches, all linked by a coastal path. During the summer season there are kids clubs, swimming and sailing clubs, along with numerous cafes and restaurants.
We had a relaxing break in this lovely well appointed Gite. It was comfortable and spotlessly clean and the owners were discreetly on hand to resolve any queries and offer practical advice on where to visit, where to shop and had recommendations for local restaurants. This building has been sympathetically renovated and has some original beams on the mezzanine floor which are a great feature, just exercise care if you are tall! The owners had thoughtfully provided local information and guides in the gite, as well as a selection of books and games. A TV with satellite programmes was available along with a DVD player and an offer of DVDs to borrow.
The gardens were spacious, sun beds and a charcoal barbecue were provided, and the heated swimming pool was a lovely size.
We found this to be a good base for exploring the area, it is situated in a rural village, so feels like a welcome retreat, but the coast, local amenities and towns are only a short drive away.
Many thanks to Ken and Nickie, who were charming hosts, warmly welcoming and very helpful. It was a pleasure staying here and we would highly recommend this property.
What a wonderful holiday home. It has everything, but the real stars of the place are the owners. We received a great welcome, were made to feel that nothing was too much trouble, but were left alone when we wanted.