Villa & private pool to let Charente Maritime - PM005959

Saint-Martin-de-Juillers (10km from Aulnay), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005959 Advertiser since: 1 May 2015
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PalmTree Villa Self Catering Saturday 4 8 2 Baby cot x1; Foldaway bed x1

About this property

Charming Stone Cottage and Attached Converted Barn. This villa is in a rural setting.

PalmTree Villa is a charming 2 bedroom Charentaise style cottage which is connected via a ground floor internal door to a recently converted 2 bedroom barn. Each half of the villa is a self contained unit so you will find 2 modern kitchens, 2 shower rooms (one on the ground floor), 2 sitting and dining areas etc. This can be configured to suit your needs. The main cottage has 2 twin beds, the barn has a mezzanine king size bed and a small room containing 2 full size bunks.

The Villa is situated in our tranquil village in the heart of the vineyards and sunflowers of southwest France. Perfect for a family holiday with exclusive use of the pool.

The windows look out over a lovely wisteria covered terrace with it's own private garden. This is right next door to the off-road parking area and orchard, large garden, allotment and play garden with views over the French countryside beyond. We have a basketball net, table tennis, a 4 metre in ground trampoline (just 1 foot high) and archery for the kids.

We hope you like peace and quiet as you won't hear much other than wildlife at night and won't see anything other than stars as the mayor turns off all the street lights at 11pm. The stars on a clear night are quite spectacular.

We have a large not overlooked in-ground heated swimming pool for your exclusive use, one of the largest in the area at 12 metres by 6 with a depth throughout of 1.2 metres. This is surrounded by large terraces and lawns as well as pretty flower beds and vines. Large parasols and sunloungers complete the poolside holiday feel.

You will have the freedom to use the pool whenever you wish. It is secured with high fencing and toddler proof gates, plus an alarm is used when small children are in residence.

Whilst this spot is lovely, we would recommend that you explore the area which will require a car. There are options around if you want to hire locally but an internet search will probably find you the best option to suit especially from the airports.

St Martin de Juillers is an ideal base set in the most beautiful rolling countryside. We are within easy travel distance of many local attractions. The Coast is less than an hour away with many beautiful beaches and resorts. Cognac is 30 minutes, Saintes is 25 minutes, St Jean d'Angely is 15 minutes. All are gorgeous towns with French markets and lovely architecture, churches, riverside walks and shopping opportunities.

La Rochelle is an hour away. Not only is it our nearest airport but the town and harbour are beautiful. Talmont and Meschers are among our favourite places to visit and a boat trip around Fort Boyard is lovely. Bordeaux is well worth a day trip. Use the park and ride tram system, it's clean, modern and fab.

Our cottages are also very popular with couples for autumn, spring and winter breaks and many people have chosen to stay with us for a month out of peak season when special rates can be offered. Please see our adverts PM004717_A and PM004717_B for details.

We are an ideal base for exploring on foot, bike, and by car. So you can be as active or restful as you like. Plus in the summer you go home with a great tan.



Kitchen and dining

Open plan kitchen for convivial living. The Villa can be configured to your needs including placing all the dining and cooking facilities into one area, leaving a large salon for larger groups.

All mod-cons including microwave, gas oven and hob, large fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier and dishwasher.

Living rooms

Traditional Charentaise stone walls can be seen throughout the cottage as well as exposed oak beams and tiled floors.
The salon is charming and cool for those hot summer days. The windows overlook the garden towards the sunflower/corn fields.
Comfortable sitting areas with large tvs and comfy sofas.


Four bedrooms: 2 twins, Kingsize and bunk-room.
Simple shelves and hanging space and plenty of storage.
Lovely views from bed over the fields.


Two shower-rooms and loos. One on the ground floor and the other on the first floor.


A log burner in the main salon and electric heating. The stone walls and insulation ensure cool spaces in the heat of the summer.


Wi-fi broadband internet, ps3/dvd player, boardgames, books, English satellite tv.

Garden and outside

For the more active guests we offer table tennis, large in-ground trampoline (4m), basketball, safe archery, badminton, volleyball and swimming.

Private entrance. Outside the Villa is a patio with bbq and seating/eating area leading to our orchard and field/play area. Ideal for playing ball games and having picnics or sipping a glass of wine in the shade of the trees.

Through the gate is our swimming pool which, at 12m by 6m is one of the largest in the area, has a depth throughout of 1.2m. with loungersand large parasols. It is un-overlooked and has large terraces, lawns, vines and flower beds.

Parking and garages

Large private off road parking area.

Visitor suitability

No pets, other than for winter lets, and strictly no smoking inside the villa.
No special disabled facilities at the moment.
Lots of walks, cycling, wine tasting, concerts, golf and places to visit nearby. Ideal for people looking for a quiet location to either relax or discover this part of France. Perfect for a family or couple's romantic getaway.

Previous guest comments and visitor's book on our website

Information about any additional facilities

The owners, Mark and Elaine, live next door and are able to help with any questions, advice or problems.
An internationally renowned artisan vinegar maker is in the village. One of only six in France he is happy to show guests round his little factory.
Bed-linen will be provided free for summer guests. A discount is available to guests who bring their own bed-linen. Towels are also available at 5 euros a bundle.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Cresse
Distance: 12 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Louis Rouyer Guillet, Saintes
Distance: 33 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cartaud Eric, 12 Rue des Tilleuls, 17400 Saint-Pierre-de-Juillers
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Mark Thompson

We moved with our family and bought the large house to rent out on the edge of a quiet village. Open all year round, we cater for holidaymakers and those touring the area to find a new home. We can split the house into 2 delightful cottages out of summer season for the romantic getaway or a month of relaxation .

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Lovely French countryside and (usually) better weather than the UK. A great location for our family activities, but also peaceful.
Unique benefits of property Beautiful charentaise stone cottage with great facilities in a lovely spot. In the summer our cottages combine for a great family get together with exclusive pool. Out of July and August they make 2 individual little cottages. A quiet and relaxing place from where to explore the area.

The Owner Recommends

Local towns and villages

Angoulême is 45 minutes, Cognac is 30 minutes, Saintes is 25 minutes, St Jean d'Angely is 15 minutes. All are gorgeous towns with French markets and lovely architecture, churches, riverside walks and shopping opportunities. La Rochelle is an hour away. Not only is it our nearest airport but the town and harbour are beautiful. Talmont-sur Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde are among our favourite places to visit and a boat trip around Fort Boyard is lovely. Gorgeous Bordeaux is well worth a day trip as it is 90 minutes away. Use the park and ride tram system, it's clean, modern and fab. We are an ideal base for exploring on foot, bike (we have some you can borrow), and by car. So you can be as active or restful as you like. Plus you go home with a great tan.

Puy de Fou

Amazing spectacular shows for a great day out. 90 minutes drive but well worth the effort.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Ab 5 August, 2019

The large pool is fantastic- very clean and beautiful to swim in, nice to have it heated on the cloudier days too. The pool has great facilities, sun loungers and parasols, even a few inflatables and noodles for the children. It also has the necessary enclosed fence and alarm for the toddlers in the group. The garden was also a great space, well equipped for children with swings, slide, hammock, sandpit volley ball, badminton net and trampoline.

The cottage was well equipped, and it was helpful for us, having two kitchen spaces with interlocking doors between.

We drove each day to get fresh bread from the supermarket,, this is about 10 minute drive

The village is very quiet and peaceful, perfect place to relax and unwind, but also has some options for day trips nearby too. (Most places we wanted to see were about 25 - 45 mins away.

Mark and Elaine are also very helpful if you want ideas of where to go.

10 / 10 Lisajow24 11 August, 2018

Palm Tree Cottage is a brilliant place to stay and I would highly recommended it! The villa is set in huge gardens with plenty of space for the kids to run around in. There are also lots of things to keep them entertained such as a trampoline, table tennis, boules, basketball and badminton so they had plenty to do. The most impressive is the amazing pool which was where we spent most of our time. The grown ups and kids all loved playing, swimming and having lots of fun in it and was big enough to fit all 8 people and lots of inflatables too!! The owners Mark, Elaine and their lovely daughter Katie made us feel very welcome there and were always happy to share their knowledge and advice on great places to visit in the area. We had a fantastic holiday at Palm Tree Cottage and loved every minute of our holiday!