Lovely farmhouse to let in Charente Maritime

Cravans (8km from Gemozac), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005302 Advertiser since: 26 February 2014
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Farmhouse near Royan Self Catering Saturday 6 14 4 Extra beds, sofabed, cot

About this property

Exclusive Use Swimming Pool/All Facilities On-site. This villa is in a rural setting.

This beautiful 250 year old farmhouse has been converted to the highest standards and is set in a small hamlet in South West France, surrounded by sunflower fields and vineyards yet only 25 minutes from Royan with its wonderful beaches. Cognac is 35 minutes drive. Features include a private [10m x 5m] salt water swimming pool with 100 decibel alarm system, and CCTV camera for added safety, there are 2 conservatories, 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, 2 kitchens, 2 acres of lovely gardens and woodlands, table tennis...
The property can be closed off upstairs and let as a 3 bedroomed holiday home sleeping up to 7, if preferred.

Guests have exclusive use of all facilities on-site.

Accommodation

On entering the swimming pool, alarm system is triggered by any weight over about 10 kilos falling in. This complies with regulation NF P-307. The water level at the shallow end is 1m 05 centimetres and deep end 1m65. There is a shower next to the pool. The pool has underwater lighting, and spotlight lighting the barbecue area. Also 11 automatic security lights round the outside of the house
Next to the pool is the excellent barbecue, and a dining table seating 12. The pool conservatory, which is shaded all day, has glass sliding doors which open the room 66%. Inside there is a drinks fridge, and an ice-cube making machine churning out cubes to your requirements!  There is a superb Pioneer stereo system, with dozens of cds, classical, pop, romantic etc.. Facing the pool is a CCTV camera transmitting photo and sound to a 21" monitor in the kitchen, bringing peace of mind for parents! The main conservatory is at the front of the house, and beautifully furnished as a breakfast area.

The main kitchen has state of the art 4 plate induction hob, eye level oven, dishwasher, microwave, large toaster, electric kettle, coffee perculator, electric whisk, bar-style wine opener and a large fridge-freezer. There is a beautiful oak dining table that seats 10+ people, with in-built seating around the wall side the 2 washing machines, 10 kilo and 7 kilo, are in the garage, also a front loading extra freezer. For the first floor there is a kitchenette with electric hob, grill, fridge and sink unit.
 
The main lounge has a huge sofa that can seat 6 adults or 8 children. We have Sky television, a dvd player, a video player and a stereo/cd player. There is also a glass fronted, wood burning fire, dimmer lights, beautiful custom made wall units and high quality Charentaise furniture. The second lounge is on the first floor with sofabed and table.
Bedrooms - The ground floor has one bedroom with a large king size bed plus tv/dvd/cd player, huge custom made wardrobe, the second bedroom has a large double bed and a single bed, 2 electrics skylights, Sky tv/dvd and very large wardrobe, hairdryer and is adjacent to the main bathroom. The third bedroom has 2 single beds and en-suite power shower and washbasin, hairdryer. There are double doors onto the terrace. Also a door into the pool conservatory, which has a drinks fridge. The first floor apartment has a huge bedroom with 2 single beds, a double sofa bed, electric skylight, Sky tv/dvd, hairdryer, and computer. The second bedroom has 2 single beds, the open plan bedroom has a large single bed, and the apartment lounge has a double sofabed.
The main bathroom has bath with shower attachment, twin wash basins, and dressing room type spotlights.
Off the bathroom is a walk-in shower room/wetroom. There is another bathroom and toilet, and another separate toilet on ground floor. The first floor has toilet, wash basin and power shower. 

The front conservatory is an ideal place to have breakfast and to relax in before the sun makes the temperature a little uncomfortable. By contrast, the pool conservatory is shaded all day and remains cool. This is helped by the drinks fridge and ice-cube making machine. You can relax here and watch your children enjoying the pool. 
There are 2 travelcots and a highchair available.
Wi-fi coverage normally throughout the house and parts of garden.
4 bicycles available, and 2 boule sets, table tennis, scrabble, lots of books.
By closing off the upstairs part of this property we can let as a 3 bedroom configuration sleeping up to 7.

Outside leisure 
Beautiful well kept gardens include many varieties of fruit trees including apricot, fig and cherry. Gardens have security lights for nightime. Large woodland area for country walks. River Seudre is near the end of the garden for fishing.
The 10 x 5 metre walk-in swimming pool has a cover that complies with French NF P90-308 safety regulations. The shallow end starts at 3ft and goes up to 6ft at its deepest. There is CCTV in the kitchen overlooking the entire pool area for piece of mind for parents whilst cooking.
There is also a shower attached to the pool house and a large stone barbecue adjacent to the pool. The pool has underwater lighting and spotlights that overlook the entire pool area and garden. The pool area is totally secluded, not overlooked from any direction.
Our horse Quassine, and her pony friend Suki, are in the fields adjacent to the garden .They are happy for children to feed them carrots and dry baguettes.
The dining table adjoining the pool seats 12 people and there are several loungers around the pool. There is a smaller dining table in the shade in the front garden.
Portable full size table tennis
2 Childs Bicycles (8-14 yrs) and 4 Adult Bicycles
Boules

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

The main kitchen has state of the art 4 plate induction hob, eye level oven, dishwasher, microwave, large toaster, electric kettle, coffee perculator, electric whisk, bar-style wine opener and a large fridge-freezer. There is a beautiful oak dining table that seats 10+ people, with in-built seating around the wall side the 2 washing machines, 10kilo and 7kilo are in the garage, also a front loading extra freezer. For the first floor there is a kitchenette with electric hob, grill, fridge and sink unit.

The main conservatory is at the front of the house, and beautifully furnished as a breakfast area.

The pool conservatory, which is shaded all day, has glass sliding doors which open the room 66%. Inside there is a drinks fridge, and an ice-cube making machine churning out cubes to your requirements!

Outside dining table and chairs

Living rooms

The main lounge has a huge sofa that can seat 6 adults or 8 children. We have Sky television, a dvd player, a video player and a stereo/cd player. There is also a glass fronted, wood burning fire, dimmer lights, beautiful custom made wall units and high quality Charentaise furniture. The second lounge is on the first floor with sofa bed and table.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms - The ground floor has one bedroom with a large king size bed plus tv/dvd/cd player, huge custom made wardrobe, the second bedroom has a large double bed and a single bed, 2 electrics skylights, Sky tv/dvd and very large wardrobe, hairdryer, and is adjacent to the main bathroom. The third bedroom has 2 single beds and en suite power shower and washbasin, hairdryer. There are double doors onto the terrace. Also a door into the pool conservatory, which has a drinks fridge. The first floor apartment has a huge bedroom with 2 single beds, a double sofa bed, electric skylight, Sky tv/dvd, hairdryer, and computer. The second bedroom has 2 single beds, the open plan bedroom has a large single bed, and the apartment lounge has a double sofabed.

Bathrooms

The main bathroom has bath with shower attachment, twin washbasins, and dressing room type spotlights.
Off the bathroom is a walk-in shower room/wet room. There is another bathroom and toilet, and another separate toilet on ground floor. The first floor has toilet, wash basin and power shower. 

There is also a shower next to the pool.

Entertainment

There is a superb Pioneer stereo system, with dozens of cds, classical, pop, romantic etc.

In the lounge we have Sky television, a dvd player, a video player and a stereo/cd player.

The ground floor has one bedroom with a large king size bed plus tv/dvd/cd player, huge custom made wardrobe, the second bedroom has a large double bed and a single bed, 2 electrics skylights, Sky tv/dvd.

Upstairs area with Sky tv/dvd.

Swimming pool, large garden, 4 bicycles available, and 2 boule sets, table tennis, scrabble, lots of books.
Our horse Quassine, and her pony friend Suki, are in the fields adjacent to the garden .They are happy for children to feed them carrots and dry baguettes.

Garden and outside

Beautiful well kept gardens include many varieties of fruit trees including apricot, fig and cherry. Gardens have security lights for nightime. Large woodland area for country walks. River Seudre is near the end of the garden for fishing.
The 10 x 5 metre walk-in swimming pool has a cover that complies with French NF P90-308 safety regulations. The shallow end starts at 3ft and goes up to 6ft at its deepest. There is CCTV in the kitchen overlooking the entire pool area.
Shower attached to the pool house and large stone barbecue adjacent to the pool. Pool has underwater lighting and spotlights that overlook the entire pool area and garden. The pool area is totally secluded, not overlooked from any direction.
Our horse Quassine, and her pony friend Suki, are in the fields adjacent to the garden .They are happy for children to feed them carrots and dry baguettes.
Dining table seats 12 people
2 Childs (8-14 yrs) and 4 Adult Bicycles
Portable full size table tennis
Boules

Parking and garages

Ample parking for several vehicles

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families, groups, couples.
The property is suitable for disabled, though a several points in the property there are 1 or 2 steps to negotiate. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements thoroughly.

Information about any additional facilities

We have 2 conservatories, one at the front of the property, which is an ideal breakfast place and 1 at the back of the property overlooking the pool and garden.

Outside of the main season we can close off the upstairs accommodation and let the property as a 3 bedroom rental for smaller groups or families.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Andre de Lidon
Distance: 2 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, trout, pike, eel, tench, perch
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang des Brousses
Distance: 2 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

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

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Horses on-site which you can visit and feed, or riding stables nearby

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various trails in the area

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Various
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Trevor Goverd

I love this region in France, so much so that I purchased a property here and am happy to let it for holiday rentals, so others can enjoy it too.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Poitou Charentes is a wonderful region, with plenty to see and do, wonderful weather and of course, the great food!
Unique benefits of property Guests have exclusive use of all facilities on-site.
The property can be let as a 3 bedroom property outside of the main season, by closing off the upstairs accommodation.

The Owner Recommends

Visit the Ile d'Oleron and the Ile de Re, and the beautiful La Rochelle (1 hour). 

Ile de Re is car free, great island with lovely beaches, shops and fabulous restaurants. You can cycle around.
La Rochelle is well worth a visit, it has a wonderful harbour where you can sit at a cafe and watch the world go by, lovely boutique shops, zoo, beach, very large aquarium.

Palmyre Zoo

There is an excellent zoo at Palmyre. This 33-acre zoo is set in the magnificent forests and dunes of La Palmyre. A marked trail, dotted with lakes and ponds, takes visitors past some 1600 animals from every corner of the globe. Carnivores live next to small pandas and suricates. Parrots and other birds of multicoloured plumage lead the way to hoofed animals and mastodons. The polar-bear pond is most impressive as is the reptile vivarium. Fascinating variety of monkeys.

Indoor Water Park

Les Antilles at Jonzac is an indoor water park 35 minutes from our house. Even in the sunny Charente-Maritime it can get chilly in the winter. That's perhaps why the huge Les Antilles water park at Jonzac is so popular. This indoor aquatic centre is one of the largest of its type in Europe, offering not just all-year-round swimming but slides, water toboggans, indoor beaches, beauty and fitness centres, tropical surroundings and great eating too. 

Fishing

A lovely fishing lake l'Etang des Brousses with bar and restaurant is 5 minutes from the house. Fishing is 7 euros a half day. They will cook fish you catch. Trout, carp etc.

Horse riding

Horse riding at Epagnes and Cozes (10 minutes)

Surfing and sailing

Surfing and sailing at Royan and St George de Didonne.

Botanical gardens

Beautiful botanical garden with more than 3 hectares and over 1500 varieties of plants, with picnic tables is only 5 minutes away from the house.

Ferry ride from Royan

Take the ferry from Royan across to the Medoc, and visit the famous wine châteaux such as Lafite, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux and Petrus.

Cognac

Cognac is only about 25 miles away, and its significance is self explanatory!