|Le Vieux Chai||Self Catering||Saturday||5||12||2||Double sofabed plus a cot|
Five bedroom farmhouse with spectacular coastal views, large outdoor pool and 2 acre fully enclosed garden.
The house faces west towards the afternoon sun and sits in its own grounds on a hill overlooking the habitat protected salt flats of the Gironde, with fantastic views of the Gironde Estuary and all the way to the sea at Royan. To the inland side, the house is surrounded by Cognac vineyards. There is a new 40ft x 20ft (12m x 6m) outdoor pool.
There is LOTS of space making the house ideal for family or group holidays. As well as the large outdoor pool, the garden has plenty of grassed areas for either games or relaxing in. The main external bbq area also overlooks the estuary allowing al fresco eating in the warm summer evenings whilst watching the sun setting over the water and there is even a hammock in a area shaded by trees.
The house has a dishwasher, wi-fi, washing machine, English and French tv, a well equipped kitchen, 2 king sized, 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms together with an ante room next to one of the bedrooms with bunk beds (fun for children) and a double sofabed in the lounge. There is a separate children's tv area with full sized table tennis table, an indoor lounge seating area with roof height ceiling and gallery above and an internal dining area with large dining table.
There is a large kitchen with a gas range (5 hobs) and electric oven beneath, dishwasher, large fridge and plenty of storage space. Outside there are 2 bbq areas with outside tables, one each side of the house with the option of eating in the morning sun on the eastern side of the house or the evening sun on the western side, watching the magnificent sunsets over the estuary.
Internally there is a large dining area next to the main sitting room with a dining table that can seat 10.
The main sitting/ dining area occupies the full width of the house and is one large room with a double height ceiling and gallery. There is a working stone fireplace, internet connected tv and French and English (Freeview) tv channels.
The sitting area is centred around the fireplace and is a mix of sofas and comfortable chairs. There is also a double sofabed.
The house has 5 separate bedrooms, 2 with king sized beds, one with a double bed and 2 with twin beds. In addition there is a small ante room next to one of the bedrooms with bunk beds which is a fun "den" for children. Whilst it can happily accommodate adults, one room is particularly suited to children being "hidden away" and accessed under a slightly low beam (mind your head!!) - this is the room with the bunk beds next to it hence four children can sleep in their own "children's area".
There are 2 bathrooms and 2 separate wc's. The upstairs bathroom has a full sized bath with shower attachment whilst downstairs there is a shower room with shower cubicle.
The warm sunny climate means heating won't be usually needed in the summer, however the house has central heating throughout and a working fireplace in the main sitting room. Firewood is provided if you think you need it (unlikely in the summer!!).
The main tv is internet enabled, has a Freeview box for UK television and an aerial for French television. Wi-fi is available throughout the house.
There is also a separate tv area for watching dvd's, downloaded programmes/ films etc. Please note this tv is not connected to the aerial.
There is an indoor table tennis table in the large conservatory
The garden is very large (2 acres) and mostly lawn. There are sufficient flat areas for children to be able to play ball games happily and it is large enough for energetic youngsters to be able to run around in, hide etc. and yet be safe as the garden is fully fenced and has a gated entrance.
There are areas of trees providing shade and spots for quiet reading (including a hammock), the outdoor pool is to one side of the house.
There are 2 bbq areas, one on a terrace next to the house and the other in the middle of the garden overlooking the estuary and magnificent sunsets. Both have outdoor tables.
There is plenty of space for vehicles and there is a gravelled parking area next to the house. The garage is not available for guest use.
Le Vieux Chai is a great location for families, especially with younger children due to the amount of space available. The house and garden are large and the garden fully enclosed.
The area is peaceful, but with the town of Mirambeau not far away there is access to everyday needs, a large supermarket etc. The beaches of Saint Georges de Didonne and Royan are only twenty minutes away and the salt flats the house overlooks are a nature conservation area and a haven for wildlife with a variety of paths and tracks criss crossing them.
The surrounding vineyards produce both wine and Cognac and the famous red wine areas of Blaye and Cotes de Bourg are 20 minutes to the south. Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and the world famous Medoc Peninsular (home to Chateaux Margaux, Pauillac etc.) are all within easy reach by car and ferry from Blaye.
There are car & foot ferries across the Gironde Estuary to the home of fine claret (the Medoc Peninsular) from Royan and Blaye which make for a fun day out. Alternatively you can drive there via Bordeaux.
Hi we are Jon and Nicky, the owners of Le Vieux Chai. We live in the French Alps and have been resident in France for 14 years. Whilst the mountains where we live are beautiful, we have always dreamt of having a house on the coast and in 2017 we achieved that dream by buying Le Vieux Chai. One day we will move there, in the meantime it is available for you to enjoy and we think you'll <br/>understand why we bought it.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||The 180 degree view of the Gironde Estuary (the largest and cleanest in Europe) from the garden is stunning, stretching from the sea at Royan and over the famous wine producing Medoc peninsular in the distance. The house is on a hill so the view is especially beautiful at sunset when the west facing garden looks directly towards whatever beautiful spray of colours the sunset chooses to throw out.
Whilst the fully enclosed 2 acre garden provides plenty of space, tranquility and security, the cultivated and protected "Marais" (marshes) at the bottom of the hill Le Vieux Chai sits on are a haven for wildlife and you can walk/cycle for miles (walk out of the gate, turn right and you're there in less than 3 minutes). We see Storks, Heron and Coypu virtually every time we go for a walk. We have also seen Kingfishers and don't be surprised to see deer running through the vineyards next to the house.
In the summer the sun shines and shines (all the better for ripening the famous vines).
|Unique benefits of property||The house provides space (both internal and external) and tranquility, with a view beyond compare. However, there is plenty to do in the area with the fine sand beaches of Saint Georges de Didonne and Royan less than half an hour away. A little to the south and you are into the heart of Bordeaux wine country with Blaye and Cotes de Bourg being a short drive away.
The house has a large 2 acre garden which is fully fenced and new for 2018 is the 40ft x 20ft outdoor pool (12m x 6m). There is plenty of "exploring" space within the garden boundaries for younger family members as well as large, flat grassy areas for garden games.
There is a bbq and dining area in front of the house which looks out over the estuary so you can enjoy an evening aperitif watching the sun go down over the water.
L'Ecluse Restaurant and Bar at Port Maubert, a great little restaurant just a mile away in the small estuary port. Go there for a drink or their delicious Moules Frites. Unsurprisingly their specialities are fresh fish. Informal and very reasonably priced with an outside seating area overlooking the boats.
A small and friendly creperie a short distance from the house. Sweet or savoury, the crepes are large enough to fill you up but cheap enough to be able to ask for another. Family run with garden seating and the proprietor likes to practise his English with his customers.
A friendly and efficient take away pizzeria in the nearby small town of Saint Ciers du Taillon just ten minutes drive away... AND they deliver for free (if you're French is up to a telephone order). If not, order there and enjoy a quick glass of wine at Le Cheval Blanc across the road while you're waiting.
A large sandy beach 30 minutes away. Plenty of parking and next to the town centre of Saint Georges de Didonne so lots of restaurants etc.
UNESCO World Heritage site in the middle of the wine area of Blaye and overlooking the estuary. An old and small port originally developed for the wine trade with an impressive Citadel being built as a defence against the English!! From Blaye you can take the ferry (by car or on foot) across the estuary to Lamarque which puts you right in the middle of the world's most famous wine region. Margaux and Pauillac are close by, lunch in Pauillac on the quay is one of life's treats.
A large market in Bordeaux full of everything in terms of local fish, local food and of course local wine. Buy fish straight out of the Gironde estuary (the largest and cleanest in Europe), wine from individual vineyards then relax with a glass of chilled white and some fresh prawns or oysters. Open every morning except Monday.
A day to entertain children, a morning at the Zoo followed by an afternoon at the nearby wilder beach at La Tremblade where the sea meets France. A wide open beach sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean.
A small local vineyard just 2km away with very reasonably priced white, rose or red wine as well as delicious Blanc de Blanc (sparkling white). Tasting by appointment and leave some space in the car to take some back with you.
A classic Renaissance style Cognac producing Chateau in the middle of Saint Dizant du Gua. Visit the Chateau to look at the gardens and main house or the nearby distillery if you like Cognac or the local sweeter aperitif know as Pineau.
Just 6km away, Mortagne sur Gironde is a small town on the banks of the Gironde. There are a number of restaurants overlooking the small marina
The cultivated and protected salt flats next to the estuary are a haven for wildlife and have miles of pathways for walking or cycling on. The house overlooks them and they are therefore just a short walk away. Be prepared to see Stork, Heron and Coypu plus numerous other birds and animals.
Fine sandy beaches less than 30 minutes away
Drive twenty minutes to Blaye, then take the car across or go on foot for lunch on the other side in Medoc, the heart of Claret country with the world's most famous chateau (Margaux, Pauillac, Rothschild). Have lunch on the quay in Pauillac and return home via the ferry to Royan at the top of the peninsular. Be sure to check ferry timings and arrive in plenty of time.