Country gite for holidays in Sousmoulins - PM005173

Sousmoulins (7km from Montendre), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005173 Advertiser since: 5 January 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Vacheroy Gite Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2

About this property

Beautiful Country Gite in the Heart of Rural France.. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Vacheroy Gite is in the heart of the French countryside. Sleeping up to 8 people comfortably (with 4 adults maximum due to the headroom in the lofted children's room ) Upstairs we feature a romantic mezzanine double and a spacious loft room (off the mezzanine) ideal for the children. Downstairs, there is a spacious en suite twin room (modern and fitted out in 2017 with shower cubicle, toilet and sink) The twin room is accessed through a room with bunk beds. We supply 100% cotton bed linen, towels and tea towels so you only need to bring a beach towel for around the pool. Vacheroy Gite boasts all you need for an amazing luxury holiday in rural France. You will find all your needs catered for in our fully-equipped and spacious kitchen dining area with views out over the garden. Our spacious double height beamed lounge diner has a "wow" factor with a comfy leather corner sofa, dining table and chairs and a bookcase filled with plenty of games, dvds and books for you to use. The free wifi is accessible throughout the house and gardens. Downstairs there is a large family bathroom featuring both a bath and separate shower cubicle in addition to a toilet and sink. Outside is a spacious and private, partly shaded patio area to dine on, take some shade, relax on and on warm evenings, sit out with and listen to the silence. We have a large secure garden, ideal for playing games, (badminton, boules, croquet, football) and a shaded area featuring a table tennis table and pool table for our teenage guests. Relax in our shaded gazebo overlooking our extensively terraced luxury swimming pool with ample sun beds and umbrellas. Wifi is available in this area and we also feature outdoor power points if you would like to listen to your music by the pool.
Vacheroy is here for you to enjoy and whether inside or out it is fully-equipped so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. We positively encourage you to post lots of pictures of you enjoying the Gite and pool!

As we are new to HFD we have no reviews on this site but this is a review from a guest family from last summer.

"On arrival at 8pm with two children (aged 4 and 6) and a crazy dog we were given a warm welcome by Sandra and Mark who had the pool open and warm to jump straight in which was a lovely start to the holiday along with a great welcome pack.

The house is immaculate and has everything you could need.

The bedrooms were great - comfortable with white, crisp, clean linen and the girls loved The Den especially the glow up stars on the ceiling above their beds.

The bathrooms were spotless, modern with good quality towels. There was wifi throughout the whole property and it even reached the pool.

The garden is stunning with beautiful places to sit and rest. The garden immediately outside our kitchen was fenced off and meant we could leave the back door open at all times knowing the girls could not get into the rest of the garden where the pool was without us.

The pool was warm and huge and positioned perfectly for all day sun.

There is plenty to do in the area - we went to Cognac, an airshow, Royan beach, Blaye, night markets and indoor swimming at Jonzac all easily accessible but the thing we loved doing the most was enjoying the pool and garden.

One of our concerns before we arrived was how it would be having the owners living on site. We didn't need to worry as Sandra and Mark were warm and welcoming but then faded away into the background only appearing when needed and their generosity in keeping an eye on the dog when we went out was amazing.

Because it is also their home everything is to a high standard and small things like making sure the pool is kept at a constant (high) temperature are kept an eye on.

I would definitely recommend this house to anyone with children of any age or adults only. For young children the enclosed garden with swings, slide and amazing wildlife (not least the large family of swifts) will keep them amused for hours. For older children the pool table, table tennis etc should keep them amused if they ever get fed up of the pool.

For those without children this house offers a complete escape with true peace and quiet. There are areas to sit and read a book or just close your eyes and not hear a thing for hours. The house is big enough to accommodate a larger group with a large outside table comfortable to sit at with a few bottles of wine until the early hours."



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen/diner is spacious and well equipped. We provide everything you'll need whether you love to cook a little...or a lot. If we don't have it- just ask and we will do our best to supply whatever it is you need. It is equipped with a new family sized fridge-freezer, a gas cooker, microwave, four slot toaster, dishwasher, coffee-maker and table and chairs for 6/8. In the cupboards you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, glasses and kitchen implements you'll need to cook up whatever feast you fancy.
Tea towels are provided.
Salt and pepper, cooking oil, cling film, tin foil, washing up liquid, washing cloth, dishwasher tablets are provided to start you off.
We also provide a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, butter, cheese and a bottle of Bordeaux wine.

Outside, there is a dining table on the private terrace with seating for 6/8 and an inside dining table in the lounge dining area for 6/8

Living rooms

The light and airy, double height beamed lounge and dining room is the centre piece of the inside of the Gite. When you see it I'm sure you will love the feel and the beauty of the old Elm beams. The lounge has a large leather corner sofa, and a further 2 seater sofa. The dining table can seat 6/8. It has a large flat screen tv with English Sky Freeview channels and a dvd player if you fancy a little time inside. The lounge also has a new log burner but I very much doubt you will need any extra heat.


The Gite can sleep up to 8 comfortably (a maximum of 4 adults due to the limited headroom in the attic) Above the lounge on a mezzanine, there is a romantic double bed and dressing area. There is also an attic room, with low ceiling height, suitable for up to 2 children. Downstairs there is a large en suite twin room with luxury single beds, wardrobe and dressing table. This is entered through a connecting room with bunk beds.
All bedding is 100% cotton and provided for your stay.
We also have a cot that can be placed in any of the bedrooms for your convenience with duvet, pillow, and bedding provided,


The Gite has a spacious and comfortable modern family bathroom equipped with a bath, separate shower cubicle, a basin unit, toilet and heated towel rail. The downstairs twin room also has a modern en suite bathroom (fitted in 2017) with a shower cubicle, basin unit, toilet and heated towel rail.


It is highly unlikely you will need any additional heating during the season (May to end of September) but the Gite is equipped with a powerful log burner in the main lounge dining area, a heated towel rail in the family bathroom and en suite bathroom and there are electric radiators in the kitchen and twin room for out of season bookings.


If lounging by the pool is not quite enough and you're a little more energetic the garden is also equipped with an all weather table tennis table, a full size pool table, the traditional French game of boule, a badminton net and racquets and a croquet set. If even that is not enough we have 2 mountain bikes you are welcome to borrow at your own risk! One men's and one ladies. If you like to bring your own bikes we can store them securely and this area is fantastic for cycling. The roads here are very quiet and in France cyclists are given the utmost consideration - it's the law! As a keen cyclist myself I'd be happy to point you in the right direction and suggest itineraries or accompany you if you would like some local knowledge. etc. There are many marked cycle routes in the area & we have maps for your use. If you aren't able to bring your bikes with you, we can arrange for cycle and accessory hire through who will deliver it all to your doorstep.

Garden and outside

The front of the Gite overlooks either sunflowers, wheat or maize towards the church at Sousmoulins that is beautifully lit up at night. At the rear is your private terrace area with views of the fields and foods behind Vacheroy. From the kitchen access the outside dining area, shaded cushioned benches, a wood/charcoal bbq and sun loungers. Within your fenced garden there is children's swing set, allowing children to play safely within view of the kitchen. Our brand new 10x5 metre heated swimming pool is the highlight for you to enjoy. Our pool features a hard security cover closed between 8pm and 10am. Although shared between the Gite & house, we generally try to allow you to enjoy in peace. It's situated in order to be in full sun from dawn to dusk & has an in-pool seating area so you can soak up the rays, whilst sitting & drinking your sundowners in the cooling water.... The pool is open between 10am & 8pm but those times can be varied by mutual consent.

Parking and garages

Parking for the Gite is directly outside the cottage on a grass covered hard standing area. There is additional parking on the large driveway if required and there is a large barn should you need to secure any other items such as bicycles.

Visitor suitability

The twin room with en suite and the family bathroom are both on ground level so the Gite is suitable for those with mobility issues however, neither bathrooms are equipped as wet rooms or with additional grab rails. The garden area is also generally flat and easy to navigate although there are some gravelled areas.

Information about any additional facilities

Vacheroy Gite welcomes well behaved pets at a small supplement, registered guide/service dogs are welcome free of charge. Please make contact to discuss as we do have two dogs, a friendly older Miniature Schnauzer and a young Cavachon. Our garden is enclosed (as long as you remember to shut the gates) so is dog friendly. We can arrange the necessary trip to the vets prior to your departure from Vacheroy.

Vacheroy is a fully non smoking property.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire Deloche et Capitaine, Address: 28 Avenue de Royan, 17130 Montendre Phone: 00 33 (0)5 46 49 42 03


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Montendre
Distance: 8 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Valet
Distance: 4 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Montendre Golf Club
Distance: 9 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecurie des Pins
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vignoble de Cognac


Name/number of nearest marked trail: 0

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Various wine producers nearby including Vignerons de Tutiac, Cotes de Blaye
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Mark Taylor

Mark and Sandra Taylor have been married 24 years and lived for the majority of that time in Sussex in the south of England. Mark retired after 30 years police service in Sussex & the Metropolitan Police, his last posting was as the Duty Officer in charge of the Royal Palace of Windsor Castle. After leaving the airport Sandra worked in the travel business for various major Tour Operators. Their dream was to manage and own a holiday property and now it is a reality.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? We fell in love with the house at first sight. We were looking in Charente Maritime as it has a superb climate and great road, rail and air links. On our doorstep are the vineyards of Bordeaux and Cognac, the cities of Angouleme and Bordeaux and the richness of French rural life. The garden is quiet with lots of space and the Gite ticked all the boxes. We have holidayed all over France and Marks parents had a holiday home in Gascony (nr Toulouse) for 15 years so we know France well. This area really has it all and the house is ideally positioned in a rural location but minutes from all amenities of a vibrant country town. Vacheroy is in the Cognac appellation in rural France, local produce abounds. Enjoy the local markets, vineyards, country walks, lakes and restaurants right on our doorstep or venture a little further afield for historic cities, beaches, medieval villages, the great Bordeaux vineyards of St Emillion or the Chateaux of the Medoc.
Unique benefits of property When we bought the property there was no swimming pool but we were able to build the one we wanted rather than take over someone elses. We now have a superb 10x5 metre, in ground, heated pool with a huge 90 square metre sun terrace. The pool has been positioned so it catches the sun all day long. Our wi-fi covers the house, sun areas and pool so if you love being connected you will not lose that whilst here. Of course, you can just switch off and relax. The garden is large enough to play in, we have table tennis, boules, badminton and roquet! You can relax here or venture out and take in all the fantastic sights, sounds and activities. Fortresses, vineyards, medieval cities and villages, markets, festivals, beaches, lakes, a motor racing circuit, an ostrich farm, superb restaurants... Did we mention the vineyards? The coast, Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme are all within easy reach so come on down and enjoy everything this part of France has to offer.

The Owner Recommends


Our local town is Montendre, a settlement has been here since before Roman times. It has a small ruined chateau on the hill in the centre of town. A walk up to the Chateau tower and ramparts is rewarded with beautiful views over the town and surrounding countryside. Montendre is serviced by all the usual small shops so loved here in France. On top of that there are 2 medium sized supermarkets to ensure you have all you need. If you prefer fresh local produce, the town holds a lovely market every Thursday and Sunday mornings. In July and August there is also an evening Marché Gourmande every Tuesday evening. The centre of town is filled with food stalls and seating for hundreds. Here you can buy almost everything, hog roast, fish and chips, duck, snails, moule frites, salads, Chinese and Italian food. There is always a band, pop or more traditional, a fabulous family atmosphere and a couple of bars and stalls that sell local wines at amazingly low prices. Montendre also has a large boating lake surrounded by forest trails with plenty of other interesting pursuits including an outdoor gym, sailing, fishing & a large outdoor swimming pool with wave machine. Montendre also has a lovely nine hole golf course & there are riding stables on the outskirts. Montendre Lac is also the home to an annual music festival showcasing French & international bands called "Freemusic". Headliners in recent years have included Cypress Hill, The Kaiser Chiefs & Franz Ferdinand. The name doesn't mean the festival is free, you will have to purchase tickets on their website!


The number 1 up & coming city destination in Europe these days. Wonderful architecture, famous gastronomic restaurants, an amazing array of wine bars & shops and the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe. Bordeaux town centre is a 45 minute drive from us. Parking is easy & getting around the city either on foot, pedal cycle or by the super modern tram system is easy too. The riverfront has been re-developed to house more shops & restaurants and as a homage to wine in general but particularly Bordeaux wine, the wine museum, La Cité du Vin.


Cognac - a short drive away the town of Cognac hosts many of the famous cognac distilleries, most of which are open for excellent tours and tastings. The old quarter dates back to medieval times, the Charente river flows through the town and there are many bars and restaurants with a great range of food served on sunny terraces. There is also an excellent 18 hole golf course, 9 hole course, driving range and restaurant on site. In the first week of July the city is host to Cognac Blues Passion, a great festival of music.


Jonzac is the administrative centre of the area & has a pretty centre with a lovely Chateau, restaurants, bars & shops. Jonzac is famed for its thermal spa & people come from all over France to take the waters. As well as the medicinal spa, Jonzac has a large swimming & spa complex called Antilles de Jonzac with indoor & outdoor swimming, jacuzzi & steam rooms, fun for all the family, it is also open year round. Jonzac lac is a large lake with beach area & an outdoor restaurant. As with many of these lakes, there are kayaks & paddle boards for hire, a climbing tower & walking trails. Again in the area many vineyards offer tastings & tours.

St Emilion

St Emilion - a world heritage site, famed for its fantastic wine, St Emilion is a beautiful medieval town with cobbled streets, endless wine merchants, shops & restaurants. About 45 minutes from us, it is a perfect day out, a town surrounded by beautiful vineyards & fine Chateaux. A visit to the Union de Productuers de Saint Emilion is highly recommended. They vinify & bottle for a large number of the smaller Chateaux, their tour & wine tasting is free, that is until you decide to fill the car up with glorious wine from their shop!


There are many beaches within a short drive, the biggest of which are at Royan & St Georges de Didonne on the Côte de Beauté. A little further afield day trips to Archachon where you can see the Dune du Pilat ( the largest sand dune in Europe), Île de Ré, the famously beautiful island off the coast at La Rochelle & the Atlantic beaches of the Médoc Are within easy reach.


Travel 30 minutes through the vineyards of the Bordeaux appellation Cotes de Blaye, to the banks of the Gironde. Blaye is famed for its wine and the historic fortress Blaye Citadelle, part of the fortifications that protected the important trading centre of Bordeaux further downstream. The Citadelle is worth a day out on its own. The large Fortress was built in the 17th Century, protection from the marauding English! Now the Citadelle hosts a hotel, restaurants and boutiques selling arts & crafts. From Blaye you can also take the short ferry trip to the Médoc, another beautiful area filled with the vineyards & stunning Chateaux of this famed wine area.


Talmont is a beautiful fortified village on the Gironde estuary established originally by the English during the Hundred Years War. Talmont is now filled with arts & craft shops, wine cellars & restaurants. It lies about half way along a wonderful scenic drive along the estuary where you'll find many other lovely restaurants in the small port villages along the road towards Royan.


Angouleme is an ancient fortified town on the banks of the Charente river. The town centre boasts an indoor market, Chateau & Cathedral with many wonderful restaurants & shops. Down by the river you can hire kayaks and float down the river or relax on the man made beach areas.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The McVicar Family 5 August, 2019

The Gite was beautifully presented, clean and comfortable. We had to literally drag the kids out to visit the local sights as all they wanted to do was play in the pool and garden. Great facilities for young children, mine especially loved their bedroom with adjoining "den".

Lots to do in the local area with medieval towns, great beaches and family attractions all an easy drive away. We didn't do half of the things on the list and you could easily spend a fortnight here without getting bored.

The food and drink in the region is amazing, so if you're a foodie you'll love the local restaurants and shops. Everywhere is family friendly and laid back.

The owners were lovely and helpful and really made our stay memorable by recommending places visit and eat. Their local knowledge was invaluable.

Owner response

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for this lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, the time flew by. Look forward to welcoming you back here one day. All the best, Mark & Sandra

10 / 10 Fam. Rommel 30 July, 2018

Beautiful gite in a beatiful setting.
The house has everything you need and more. Beautifuly decorated. Lovely pool. Lovely hosts.
Ten out of ten!

Owner response

Thank you Sofie. Ten out of ten as guests too!

9.8 / 10 Thomas & Lieve 16 July, 2018

We had an absolute great time! When we arrived, we were surprised to see how spacious the gite was, cause normally, when I think about ‘gites’ I imagine a wooden cabin. But it wasn’t like that at all. The gite has a huge living room, a large kitchen, 4 bedrooms (beds for 8), 2 bathrooms and a very, very cosy, private outdoor setting.
In advance, we didn’t know very well what to expect from “sharing the garden and the pool with the owners”. Well, for all of you who share the same doubts: this was absolutely not an issue at all.
For starters: the owners Mark&Linda are great persons. Into a laugh, always kind and above all: they totally respect your privacy. (Even though we wouldn’t have mind after we got to know them) they never came in the pool area when we were. Also the private terrace is great. Very large, your own barbecue is there... enough shadow.
Further; the pool was absolutely gorgeous. The water was 28 degrees, the setting wonderful! The best place ever to relax. Our 2 boys of 3 and 6 had the time of their lives.
In the close area from Vacheroy you’ll find Montendre. On normal days it’s a bit dead there, but on tuesdays there’s like a foodtruckfestival going on, great! A bit of a shame we couldn’t enjoy it longer, cause we had to go watch the belgians play against France @ Gigi’s.
Spoken of Gigi’s: a must-go;! A bit of a bohemian restaurant with good food and a no stress attitude, it gives you an instant holidayfeeling and it’s just 2 streets away. LOVED IT

Owner response

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We enjoyed having you here, the time went so quickly and we are happy that you were able to relax & enjoy our place. Next time it must be two weeks? Thank you again, Mark & Sandra