Spacious gite to let in Charente Maritime - PM006658

Soumeras (3km from Montendre), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM006658 Advertiser since: 30 October 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Papillon Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Spacious with Double Height Beamed Main Space. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Situated in south Charente Maritime, the property is ideally located to explore a wealth of interesting areas - Bordeaux, Royan, Cognac, Angouleme, The Dordogne, St Emillion.
We also have Talmont and Aubeterre, two of the Beaux Villages of France, within a short drive and they are well worth a visit.
The area is rich with lots to see and do, there are many chateaux to explore, beaches to visit, waterspouts to try, fishing, golf and always plenty for the kids to do. Relaxing, exploring or a mix of everything, the choice is yours.
We have many airport options:- Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges and Bergerac, or if you want to grab the ferry it is a simple drive down the west coast to the property.
Montendre is our local market town with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and from the Chateau on the top of the hill you can see for miles across the countryside. It has a good weekly market throughout the year and a vibrant evening market during July & August where locals and visitors come together for food, music and wine. Montendre Lac is just 5kms away with a beach, swimming pool and play areas, paddle boats, canoeing and fishing. A recent addition to the town is Mysterra, a collection of mazes for all the family to enjoy. There is tennis, a 9 hole golf course and for those looking for more there are six excellent 18 holes courses within easy reach. Jonzac is 20kms to the north and has a great water park and a spa. There are many many beaches heading up and down the coast and if you fancy a climb there is the Dune de Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe.
We have an additional property on site, Libellule, which sleeps 6 so if you wanted to extend your family group we can accommodate up to 10 (+2).



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped spacious kitchen area with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and plenty of storage space. You can dine inside or out, the choice is yours.

Living rooms

Comfortable seating area situated in a double height space.
Access to UK Freeview tv & radio. Dvd player available on request.


King size bedroom is set up with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables. It has direct access to the private garden.
Twin bedroom is also well equipped with storage and recessed hanging space.


Large family bathroom with shower cabin, vanity unit and oval bath for a relaxing soak.


Portable heaters available. A charge will be made for use.


There is a gamesroom with full size table tennis table, pool table, Lego table and numerous games for use during your stay.
Books will be available for those chill out times.

Garden and outside

Private garden terrace with table and chairs.
The private garden leads onto a shared garden with a pool and decked area with sunloungers. There are double hammocks, a kids play area with swings and slide for the little ones, and a 16ft trampoline.
In addition, there is a large communal dining area with 2 barbecues.

Parking and garages

Space for 2 cars directly in front of the property and additional shared off-road parking is available for up to 5 cars.

Visitor suitability

The property is ideal for all types of visitors or groups. Papillon is all on a single level, with the exception of 2 small steps, one at each of the entrance doors and one from the main space to the bathroom and main bedroom. The property is fully tiled.

Information about any additional facilities

Washing machine.
Cot (on request).
Highchair (on request).


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Recyclerie & Brocante de Bellue
Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Twin Lakes
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Montendre
Distance: 5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Picq Thierry
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cognac



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Montendre Lac


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Tutiac
Distance: 11 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Graeme Smith

Hi I'm Graeme, I live with my partner Anne (camera shy). After long careers in the IT industry we were looking for a new adventure and we certainly found one. We have spent the last 3 years developing Papillon and then Libellule. It is so lovely to meet new guests and hear their stories and also to catch up with guests returning each summer.

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? We have a microclimate that makes it the second sunniest area in France behind the Cote D'Azur. You can be at the beach or in the city within 45 mins. You are surrounded by countryside and vineyards but are within easy distance to be able to enjoy the history and activities of the area.
Unique benefits of property Set in a rural location but with all the amenities for a great holiday close by. Spacious, newly renovated gites with modern conveniences but with the charm of a rural country cottage.

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1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 9
9.5 / 10 Vic&Denise 19 June, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Montendre. The gite had been fully renovated to a very high standard in a modern contemporary way but managed to maintain that typical French charm! The outside space with pool, play area for kids and games room for all ages was most welcome. Would highly recommend for couples and families alike.

Owner response

Thank you very much for your review. It was lovely to meet you all and we hope we get the chance to see you again in the future.