Beautiful gite with pool in Charente Maritime - PM005745

4km from Archingeay, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005745 Advertiser since: 4 October 2017
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Maison Halcyon Self Catering Flexible 4 10 2 Double sofabed in the lounge/1 put up bed also

About this property

A Beautiful 4 Bedroom Gite, Sleeps 10, Country Views. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A well equipped 4 bedroom gite in the heart of the countryside, perfect for local walks, bike rides or head into town for restaurants, bars, markets.
Additional beds are available at an extra cost (double sofa bed / additional single put up bed).
Please note the cost is for 10 people sharing only.
Room breakdown:
Room 1: kingsize bedroom
Room 2: twin (single beds) / triple room (additional single put up bed)
Room 3: kingsize bedroom
Room 4: bunk beds and single put up bed
*please note the two additional put up beds are suitable for smaller children under 10
Alternatively a sofabed is available rather than children's put up beds.
One well behaved dog is welcome per booking.



Kitchen and dining

Our kitchen / dining area is well equipped with all you need. A large dining table perfect for getting every one together, a kitchen island, perfect for additional seating, extra work surface are and storage.
Our kitchen has a gas oven / hob, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave.
Please note there is an additional fridge freezer in the utility area off of the kitchen, along with a washing machine.
All glassware, crockery, cutlery and cooking accessories are situated in the kitchen area.

Living rooms

The living room has a two seater and three seater sofa and an armchair. PlayStation 3, a selection of DVD's, books and games. A large area for you to relax in the evenings if you aren't enjoy the balmy hot summer nights!
The television has English and french TV.


Accessed from the staircase in the kitchen:

Kingsize room:
A pretty double room with stunning French furniture, king size bed, dressing table, hanging facilities for clothes and chest of drawers.
(Neutral colours)

Twin Room:
Spacious twin room with enough space for an additional single bed if required, chest of drawers and hanging facilities.
(Blues and greys)

Accessed from the staircase in the lounge:

Kingsize room:
Another pretty double room with exposed stone walls, stunning french furniture, kingsize bed, dressing table, hanging facilities and chest of drawers
(Grey and pale yellow)

Bunk bed room:
Spacious room with bunk beds and space for an additional bed if required, cheat of drawers and hanging facilities.
(Teal & white)

All rooms have fans in them for the hot evenings should you need them. All situated on the first floor.
Linen is provided.


There is a shower room next to the lounge area on the ground floor, there is also an additional seperate toilet and an additional shower room on the ground floor next to the utility.
Towels are provided. Pool towels are also provided through the summer months.
There is a small amount of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel so no need to go and shop immediately or worry about putting it in your hand luggage.


there are radiators in the kitchen / diner, bedroom 1 & 2.


There is English and French tv, a Playstation 3 to play games or watch dvd's on, a selection of books to read and boardsgames for the family to play!
There is wi-fi with 1GB free per week, additional data can be added by yourselves if you wish.

Garden and outside

There is a private covered terrace with fence, a bbq / gate out onto the main / shared garden with pool, small wood area, table tennis, volleyball. We are surrounded by fields perfect for walking and cycling. We have a stables just 15 minute cycle or 5 minute drive away where you can take a hack out. Further afield there is Go Karting, Archery, boating, picnics by the river and so much more...
Please note that our pool is open from May - September.

Parking and garages

There is parking for 2 cars for the gite, no garage available.

Visitor suitability

We welcome anyone!

Information about any additional facilities

Additional single put up beds are available (please advise before arrival)
Sofabed available. (Additional charge)
Highchair available.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: One friendly and well behaved dog is allowed per gite. Please note we do have a dog and three cats on-site and so your dog would need to be sociable too.



Family activities

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Poney Club Ecole d'Equitation 3 Allure
Distance: 4.5 km


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Tara Girling

(Excuse the picture, family wedding a few years ago!) We are an English family that moved from the UK permanently in July 2017! We had a full summer of bookings and have been lucky enough to get 5* (max) on all our reviews! Our son stayed back in the UK, he has his own place there while we made the move with our daughter, our labradoodle and our 3 cats! We have wanted to live in France for 15 years and are happy to have finally made the move and haven't looked back!

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? We chose the Charente Maritime because it seems to have everything we want within easy access. We are rural but St Savinien is a 5 minute drive or 15 minute cycle away if we want to go for dinner, take a boat out for the day or just look around the shop and market. The coast is just 35 minutes away and if you want a surfing beach its 55 mins to the Atlantic ocean and a gorgeous beach. We have a zoo just an hour away, vineyards nearby, La Rochelle 50 mins away, Saintes 30 mins away. Our setting is rural, peaceful and everything we dreamed of. We have nearly 2 acres of land, a pool (open May-Sept), a small wood where children this year had great pleasure building dens and playing table tennis. When we saw the house and the gites we just knew instantly that it was perfect and it hasn't let us down!
Unique benefits of property The Gite is fully self sufficient, it has a twin bedroom, a double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the lounge. It has an open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area. Dishwasher, gas oven and hob, fridge (with additional fridge-freezer in the utility room) washing machine in utility room, shower room and separate wc. It also has an outdoor covered terrace, perfect if you want a little privacy, this is fenced so if you have small children or a dog it will help you keep track of them and keep them safe. You are welcome to use the grounds and pool as you please (This is shared with the owners).
We have wi-fi available, you get 1GB per week and you can top up as you please if it runs out!
Friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome.
It is a beautiful setting for a break in the country!

The Owner Recommends

Restaurant - Hotel St Savinien

Just in the local town, a great place for lunch or dinner. We would say that they have something to suit all and are very friendly and accommodating.

Surfing Beach / Plage - Cote Sauvage

Cote Sauvage is a great beach for surfing, body boarding, on the Atlantic coast, white sand. It is in a conservation area with plenty of parking. You are able to park and then walk through the pine forest to the beach. Even in the summer it is not overcrowded and is a really pretty part of France.

Aquarium - La Rochelle

A great place to visit on a rainy day! La Rochelle is beautiful anyway but if you want to take the children somewhere educational, take them to see the beautiful underwater world!

Restaurant - La Grand Rive

Set in the main marina of La Rochelle the food is fabulous! Our daughter loves it, it is her favourite restaurant out of everywhere we have been. It mainly serves fish and their Planche is delicious!

La Conatier - Take a Boat out along the river, St Savinien

This is such a peaceful afternoon, hire one of their electric boats and take it down the Charente River taking in the views of the waterfront houses, the boats moored along the river and other boat users!

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 8
  • Value for Money: 10
9.5 / 10 Jo and Mick 13 October, 2019

We really enjoyed our stay at Maison Halcyon. You are warmly welcomed by Tara, Luke who are are really friendly and helpful couple, and their adorable pets. The gite was spotlessly clean, comfortable, well equipped and set in a peaceful location. The welcome pack is extensive and a very thoughtful idea. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area and the lovely pool area beckons when you feel it is time to relax. There is a good local supermarket and very good village restaurants are close by. We wish Tara and Luke all the very best for the future. Jo and Mick.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments, it was a
Pleasure to have you both stay and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here! Thank you for the loan of your book too while you were here! I love learning something new, especially if it involves flowers.

We feel that our facilities within the gite are extensive, home from home with free wifi, french and English TV, PlayStation, board games, books and DVD's, all linen provided including pool towels. The setting is as we say, a peaceful rural location within 5 minute drive of all local amenities, we are not within walking distance to shops and bars and we realise that it might not suit everyone but is as the advert says. We have two acres of land, a small woodland and swimming pool.
There is lots to see locally within 30 mins and we are always here to recommend local areas and attractions.
I can't say I'm not dissapointed that we didn't get all 10's as we pride ourselves on our gite and hosting but we also realise it's difficult to have everything a guest may need.