|Les Cigognes||Self Catering||Saturday||4||6||2|
Contemporary 4 bedroom villa on the edge of a pretty riverside village. Open plan with modern decor.
Open plan modern kitchen including microwave, oven, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Dining table for 6 people.
There is a washing machine in the utility room next to the kitchen.
Open plan sitting room with new furniture.
1. Master bedroom, king size bed and en suite shower room. French windows open out on to terrace and swimming pool.
2. Twin bedroom.
3. Large single bedroom that can be transformed into a twin bedroom.
4. Large single bedroom.
Modern family bathroom with shower. Master bedroom en suite with modern walk-in shower.
Heated, 8m x 4m swimming pool. Large terrace with table tennis. Bbq. Bike rack.
Parking on drive in front garden.
This house is suitable for families with children over the age of 8 years old. This is a residential area and we have great neighbours.
Expatriate in our 50's
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Port d'Envaux is a beautiful village on the banks of the River Charente and a great location for water activities, cycling, fishing, walking. It is close to the historic town of Saintes with its 2000 year old Arc De Germanicus, Roman Amphitheatre and much more.
La Rochelle, Cognac, Royan, Ile D'Oleron and La Palmyre are 35 to 45 minutes drive, Bordeaux at 1 hour. Plus it's a comfortable drive from the Channel ports in a day.
|Unique benefits of property||Natural UV filtered swimming pool (no chlorine), large terrace, partially covered, table tennis, bbq and good view point for watching storks, even landing in the garden if lucky.
The 'beach' and river at Port d'Envaux is great for families of all ages - classic holiday fun. Part of the river is cordoned off for swimming, there is an anchored raft to jump off, shallow water for paddling and the more adventurous can swim to the other side and back. There is a shaded area under trees if it gets too hot and a large park area by the river 100 metres from the swimming area which is perfect for picnics. There is a cabanne, "Les Canotiers" selling drinks, sandwiches and snacks, which is also the sales point for boat rental; canoes, kayaks, paddle boards.
Really nice setting in a typical old style French restaurant. Excellent food and good value. Indoor and outdoor dining.
Good food and a great location overlooking the river. Excellent service.
Bistrot, Pizzeria. Good, simple food, large portions and super pizzas.
Outdoor sculptures in nature, even in the walls of the cliffs in a green environment. Old stone quarry that welcomes sculptors from all countries who work on new projects. You can see the development works, interact with sculptors and participate in carving in nearby Crazannes.
Outstanding sculpture workshop, you leave with your own sculpture at the small cost of 7 euros.
Superb, well preserved example of Roman amphitheatre.
The 2000 year old Arch of Germanicus stands on the banks of the Charente overlooking the river and the town. It is very imposing and stands outside the small but perfectly formed Musee of Archaeology.
River cruise on the Charente, with or without food, for the day, an afternoon or an evening. Opposite the tourist information office in Saintes.
A 290km cycle route following the Charente river, linking the l’île d’Aix in the Charente-Maritime to Thiviers in the Dordogne.
Les Quais de Taillebourg is a good place to eat or have a drink. It is minutes from Port d'Envaux on the bank of the Charente. Further along from the restaurant is the Club de Ski Natique (water skiing) at reasonable cost.
15th century castle that was the inspiration for the story of Puss in Boots.
Family friendly racing-kart track
Discover the Royal Château de Cognac, historical monument, part of French History and House of BARON OTARD Cognacs. They offer a variety of tours combining History of France and discovery of the exceptional ageing cellars of the Château and cognac tasting.
La Rochelle’s harbour is the first thing to see when you arrive, not just because it’s gorgeous, but it demonstrates the close relationship the city has always had with the ocean . You can wander along Quai Duperré, savouring the iconic view of the Tour Saint-Nicolas and Tour de la Chaîne, painted by countless artists including Corot, Signac and Vernet.
Then take a seat under the awnings of one of the many quayside restaurants have a delicious seafood lunch as the little sailboats come and go.
It’s even prettier in the evening with the illuminated towers reflected in the waters.
Fun adventure forest, climbing through the trees for all the family.
Superb cycle path along the coast, bikes can be hired in La Palmyre.
One of the largest zoos in France
Water park with pools and slides on the Ile d'Oleron
Cycle carts on old railway tracks, fun at any age
Fabulous accommodation in a peaceful and beautiful area of France, this was our second visit to the villa and it didn't disappoint.
Great pleasure in recommending this property and the location. The property was clean, comfortable, well equipped and exceeded our expectations. The welcome pack on arrival was a godsend! The owners provided information about the villa and local information including medical facilities, supermarkets etc as well as a folder full of leaflets on things to do and places to see which was perfect. The terrace and pool area was beautiful. The area itself was picturesque with restaurants and supermarket close by, the river for boating, swimming or walking along was lovely and the nearest big town Saintes only a short drive. The beach was just under an hour away and straight forward to get to.
The booking process and communication with the owners from start to finish was simple. We will definitely be returning.