Pretty cottage to let in Charente Maritime - PM005844

Chenac (7km from Meschers-sur-Gironde), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005844 Advertiser since: 21 November 2017
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Garden Cottage Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Pretty Cottage with Private Garden and Heated Pool . This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

We created the cottage from buildings that were at one time the laundry and farm managers cottage. We have kept the character of the building whilst making it entirely new inside. The stable door opens into a good-sized living room with kitchen and dining areas and dining area. It’s very pretty and keeps cool in the summer sun.

The cottage has its own wi-fi which is of a really good speed.

The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you may need to prepare and eat meals. The floors are of handmade terracotta tiles and local stone. The open plan downstairs leads into a good sized shower room and wc. Here you will find the washing machine and a second door which opens out onto the swimming pool and the private garden beyond.

The house is equipped with everything needed by a family with young children. We have 2 highchairs, 2 travelcots, babybath, changing mats and children’s toys.

A spiral staircase leads to the first, double bedroom, with twin aspect windows looking over the gardens and the pool and a velux window in the roman-tiled roof. The windows all have shutters and the velux a blind. A door leads to the second bedroom, whose window looks out onto a creeper-clad roof, and which also has a velux in the ceiling. These are both floored in light, modern wood, and feature the original beams.

The garden is our pride and joy it is full of colour even in the hottest seasons and is a wonderfully relaxing place to be.

The property has its own water heating system with a good size tank which is on the whole time so lots of hot water.

The cottage is equipped with smoke alarms and fire extinguisher and fire blanket. The cottage is very secure and there is private off road parking behind the cottage garden gates.

We have been letting our cottage for 10 years now and have had some excellent reviews this is our first year with Holiday France Direct so there are none on this website. We will be happy to provide you with the reviews if you wish to see them.



Kitchen and dining

These are combined in one large, airy living space.
The kitchen is well-equipped for all your likely needs (after 10 years' holiday letting we can say that confidently!), gas hob electric oven, microwave and a fridge freezer. The cottage has a pine dining table and 6 matching chairs. We also provide everything you will need for pretty table settings both inside and outdoor dining.
We have as much crockery as you could need plus plastic cups bowls and plates for our much younger guests. There are cupboards for food storage.

Living rooms

The living area has a carpet and seating for 4, a comfortable rattan sofa and 2 chairs with colourful cushions. There is a tv monitor and dvd player plus a dvd library with some of the latest children’s films. There are books which you may exchange and many boardgames. There are wall and side lights. There are also 2 radiators shelves and tables.


One double bedroom, with double bed ,chairs, bed side tables, one with draws, and a chest of drawers. There are 2 windows overlooking the garden both with shutters and the larger one with pretty ironwork. There is also a velux window.

The door to the second bedroom leads of the first, it contains 2 good size single beds, there is hanging space for clothes 2 bedside cabinets one with drawers. There is a second tv and dvd player chairs and a table.


One shower room with wc and sink unit with cupboards for iron and laundry equipment. The shower has high water pressure. There is high shelving for cleaning products a heated towel rail and a top loader washing machine.
A back door gives access through the pool room and out to garden and pool.


The cottage is fully insulated and well equipped with radiators which can be operated singly.


Wi-fi good speed
Library, book exchange
Dvd library ( more and be borrowed from the house)
Tv monitors
Dvd players
Boardgames and puzzles
Beach toys
Pool toys
We have 2 bikes which we will lend at your own risk

Garden and outside

Situated in a large well-maintained and pretty garden, with your own private area to yourselves, which is fairly secluded. Shared use of pool means it’s normally just my husband and I who will be sharing with you (this system has worked perfectly for a decade, so we know it makes sense!) The pool can be accessed from the back door of the cottage and is covered by a child safe rigid cover. It has recently had a new heating system added.
The garden has loungers, a garden dining table, 4 chairs and parasols. We supply a large charcoal barbecue.

Parking and garages

Easy, safe, free parking just outside the property.

Visitor suitability

Especially good for young families (2 adults and 2 children), though we've hosted happy couples of all sorts of ages and families with older children. Dogs are allowed by special arrangement...more likely out of season or the tail end (pardon the pun) of season - not least because it can get hot, and many beaches don't allow dogs in height of summer.

Information about any additional facilities

There are countless activities to be had nearby including off road cycling, kayaking, sailing, surfing and bird watching......


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: We can recommend a vet just a few miles who we know well.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mortagne
Distance: 6 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Estuary and sea fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Beaches
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Royan
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Meschers
Distance: 12 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route du Pineau



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR360


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cochain, Route du Pineau
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Philippa Becket

Our home in Chenac has been part of our family life for 28 years now. We have 4 grown up children and in the last 6 years we have been lucky to have 8 grandchildren. My husband Henry works in tv and I was a teacher, we met at University. We have lovingly restored our house over the years and on my retirement we decided to restore the garden cottage as a new project. Our interests as a couple are sailing/travel/wine/gastronomy/cycling/books and walking. We have loved meeting our cottage guests.

Year property purchased 1990
Why this location? So many reasons: relatively easy to get to from UK. Flights to Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Many ferry ports St Malo 5 hours drive and Caen 6 hrs .. SO much sunshine (same as St Tropez)... clean, unspoilt, beautiful beaches... safe sea for tinies... big seas for the adventurous... great wines, cognac... so much history... great fresh food... wonderful walking and biking... calm... long balmy evenings.... After 32 years in the area we are still finding new things to do from trips along the river Charentes looking at fairy tale Chateau to visits across the bay to visit Louis XIV ‘s lighthouse Phare du Corduoan. Walking in vineyards and sunflower fields or along beaches of white sand surrounded by pine forests. Beautiful countryside and the nearby historic cities of Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saintes and Cognac as well as the seaside towns of St George de Diddone, Royan and St Palais.
Unique benefits of property Entirely self-contained cottage in grounds of our house... totally enclosed garden so very child-friendly... English owners close enough to help but separate enough for complete privacy... old building sympathetically modernised with young 21st century families in mind... pretty garden with private secluded area for guests... very close to coast and beaches but totally untouristy....

The Owner Recommends

What you are likely to enjoy nearby

Talmont ...on the water’s edge...listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages full of flowers and beautiful boutiques and it’s ancient church.
Royan ...busy seaside town that’s buzzing in summer, with concerts and fireworks on the beach.
Meschers ...with 3 separate beaches with lifeguard very safe for little ones. Plus cafes for lunch.
St George de Diddone ....beautiful long beach with sailing and swimming as well as pretty centre with bars, restaurants and a market.
Mortagne ...charming port with bars and restaurants
Cozes ...nearest shops and ancient market
Lots of local wine cognac and Pineau producers
Bordeaux... sensational civilised lively city with Opera, art galleries, museums and the brand new Citie du Vin
La Rochelle... beautiful ancient bustling port
Sandy beaches ...some of the best we’ve found anywhere in the world
Castles, abbeys and ruins too numerous to mention
Saintes, Cognac, Pons, Blaye, Bourg.. beautiful unspoilt towns loaded with history
Arvert Peninsula.. thousands of acres of forest, dunes and the wild cote sauvage
The Gironde... Europe’s largest estuary...beautiful coastal walks and wildlife havens
La Palmyre... zoo where you can feed the giraffes
Seafood so many excellent restaurants nearby as well as the markets to buy fresh seafood at Meschers Royan (daily) and Cozes (Wednesdays) .
Coastal path and bike tracks.. extend for miles and miles
Historic ....from local Roman remains at Barzan and Saintes , Romanesque churches ,Castles,battle fields and the World War II gun emplacements most famously on the Poche du Royan .

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.2
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 9.2
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 CGowlett 1 September, 2019

Fantastic cottage in the most beautiful setting. We really enjoyed our stay and the amazing swimming pool. We loved our evening BBQ’s in the sunshine in the lovely garden. The cottage was clean, homely and had everything we needed. The hosts were very friendly and really helpful and insightful about the local area. I would throughly recommend the cottage to everyone and we hope to return soon.

Owner response

Thank Very much Colleen.

10 / 10 TheHarris' 14 August, 2019

Lovely little gite with a beautiful garden in a rural, village location.
The drive to the village is lovely, through fields full of sunflowers and vineyards, such quintessential French countryside!
The gite has everything you could possibly need, both inside and out. Such a pretty, fragrant garden, with lots of butterflies, bees and wildlife. The pool is perfect for a little swim and cooling off, and is kept very clean.
Henry and Phillipa were very welcoming, friendly and helpful, pre-arrival communication was excellent.
There aren't any shops or restaurants in the quiet village, but that didn't matter to us, there is a bakery nearby, and also a good local restaurant within a short drive or walk if you're feeling energetic and it's not silly hot, as it was during our stay!
There's also a larger supermarket about 10-15 minutes drive away.
Would definitely recommend the gite and we would love to go back to explore the lovely area more.

Owner response

Thank you Rosie . We would love to see you both again and Coco of course !

9.3 / 10 Steve&Vanessa 31 July, 2019

We had a lovely stay at Garden Cottage. The garden and Gite are very pretty in a rural setting. The swimming pool is of a good size and perfect to cool off and relax in.
The Gite is private and has very good facilities and lovely bedrooms overlooking the garden and pool.
There are some beautiful beaches nearby along with very pretty villages.
We loved driving through the countryside past the fields of sunflowers, corn and grape vines.
We would thoroughly recommend a stay at this Gite and thanks to Philippa and Henry for their Hospitality during our stay with them.
Kind Regards
Stephen & Vanessa

Owner response

Thank you Stephen and thanks again Venessa for the two lovely sketches .

8.8 / 10 Ottaway Family 22 August, 2018

Henry and Philippa’s Garden Cottage is a perfect place to holiday from for the Pineau region. Set in Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet it is surrounded by grape vines and sunflower fields for miles and miles. The cottage itself has everything you need and the pool is fantastic for cooling off after a hot day in the European sun. There is a local boulangerie in the next village which sells all your local staples and is close to the Super U at Gémozac for a proper shop.

There are various historical sites near by such as Talmont and Montang-Sue-Gironde but also numerous fantastic beaches at Saint-George-De-Didone, Royan and Vaux-sur-Mer. Royan is the nearest large seaside town and doesn’t fail to deliver, unlike so many British seaside tourist towns do.

Both Bordeaux and La Rochell are within an hour and half on the payage and are both beautiful cities worth travelling to in the region.

The most helpful thing about our stay was Henry and Philippa’s local knowledge, if you want to do something or see something, you’ve only to ask and they will know somewhere that will cater for your needs. After so many years in the region, they really are you local travel experts, if you want them to be.

Nothing is too much trouble for your hosts and they are adept at handling the less obvious yet ridiculous questions about being in France etc...

We will, depending on life plans for 2019 be going back for another 10 days next year and would have no issues recommending a stay.