Spacious cottage to let in Charente Maritime - PM006722

9.9/10
Saint-Martin-de-la-Coudre (16km from Saint-Jean-d'Angely), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM006722 Advertiser since: 19 December 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Retreat Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Spacious Luxury Holiday Cottage with Large Pool . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

'The Retreat' is part of our spacious 250 year old Charentaise farmhouse/barn conversion, lovingly renovated to the highest standards whilst retaining much of its original charm, with solid oak beams and exposed stonework.

The cottage has 3 spacious double/twin bedrooms (one en suite), family bathroom, relaxing lounge and a fully equipped kitchen that can accommodate 6 people in comfort, unlike many other tiny 'gites' on the market.

Outside the cottage there are open gardens with swings, a terrace, games area and bbq that lead to the enclosed 14 x 4 metre swimming pool with sun loungers and outdoor dining area.

We are located in the tiny hamlet of St Martin-de-la-Coudre mid-way between the charming historic towns of Surgères and St Jean d'Angléy, both with their vibrant markets, restaurants and bars; all of which sell amazing wine, food, fresh fish, seafood and locally grown or caught produce.

Ideally situated in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by open fields of sunflowers, corn and vines. This is a perfect location for just relaxing and unwinding next to the pool or exploring the many beautiful villages and towns of the region, such as La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes, Bordeaux and Rochefort.

'The Retreat' is just 40 minutes from the coast, including the stunning beaches of Royan, Chatelaillon-Plage and the picturesque islands of Ile de Ré, Oléron and d'Aix.

The perfect location for spending time cycling to local villages or Châteaux for a lazy lunch on one of the many designated cycle routes that surround the house.

Quiet lanes and well marked footpaths, make the surrounding area ideal for walks in the beautiful French countryside with its abundant wildlife.

Motorcyclists and cyclists are more than welcome to make 'The Retreat' a base for touring or training holidays in the South West region of France. As a former motorcycle racer and member of national & professional cycling teams, Richard, your host, is available to assist in every aspect of your trip, including maintenance, repairs, and route planning. All motorcycles and bikes can be securely stored on site.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen
A large well equipped modern kitchen with plentiful worktop space (9m) for food preparation. Appliances include electric cooker, dishwasher, tumble dryer, washing machine, fridge, freezer and the all important wine cooler! Coffee-machine, microwave, kettle, blender and all utensils you will require for your perfect stay.

Dining
Adjoining the kitchen is a dining area with ample seating for at least 6 people. Interestingly, the bespoke dining table is made from the Manchester Velodrome track, you can dine on the same wood as Olympic & World champions have made history.

Living rooms

Lounge: Spacious, light area with two four seater sofas, wood burning stove, UK satellite tv, French satellite tv, wi-fi sound bar and dvd player to enjoy your lazy evenings.

Bedrooms

Ground floor bedroom: Hidden behind a period sliding door is 'The Garden' bedroom, the master bedroom of the house. It is complimented with double patio doors leading to it's own terrace, A double bed, refreshing walk-in shower and sink complete this beautiful haven.


An airy staircase and landing lead to..

Bedroom number two: A traditional French Corbiere double bed is the centrepiece of this light and welcoming bedroom with ample storage and delightful view over the front of the property and surrounding countryside.


Bedroom number three: Includes twin beds, ample storage and view to the rear garden and pool.

Bathrooms

Family bathroom: Modern stylish bathroom comprising of bath with hand held shower, sink and wc.

Heating

In the lounge is a large wood burning stove, the cottage also has electric radiators.

Entertainment

UK satellite tv, French satellite tv, wi-fi sound bar and dvd player to enjoy your lazy evenings.

Garden and outside

Outside the cottage:

Lawns: The cottage is surrounded by extensive lawned areas to all sides, where there is ample space to relax and play. Children and adults alike can enjoy a wooden framed swing set, table tennis table, full size pool table, or even try their hand at petanque.


Front: To the front of the property there is a full width terrace complete with sun loungers, a sail shaded area for 'al fresco' dining or getting away from the heat of the mid-day sun.


Rear: To the rear of the property is a (14m x 4m) swimming pool, enclosed within a walled garden complete with child safe gates, sun loungers, parasols and a shaded dining area ideal for lunch. The pool is available to guests of 'The Retreat' between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Please note the pool area is also shared by the owners.
Bbq area.

Parking and garages

Ample off road parking is available.

Although you will need a car for your holiday, there is a selection of bicycles available for use at no extra cost.

Information about any additional facilities

Extra information:

All rooms are fully furnished with fresh cotton bedding, duvets and pillows.

White bathroom towels and bathrobes are included, however, you will need to provide your own beach/pool towels.

The cottage has shutters on all windows that allow the house to keep cool in the heat of the long summer days.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Sicot Olivier 91 Rue Audry de Puyravault 17700 Surgeres France Tel +33 5 46 07 04 32

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Throughout the summer there are numerous locally
Distance: 2 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Migre
Distance: 2 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Saintonge, Saintes
Distance: 45 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Felix
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous marked trails surround the house

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cognac/Bordeaux wine region
Distance: 50 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Margaret Hammersley

Richard and Margaret will be on hand to help you with any questions regarding your stay at 'The Retreat'

Owner's website www.charentecottage.com
Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? Ideally situated in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by open fields of sunflowers, corn and vines. This is a perfect location for just relaxing and unwinding next to the pool or exploring the many beautiful villages and towns of the region, such as La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes, Bordeaux and Rochefort.

'The Retreat' is just 40 minutes from the coast, including the stunning beaches of Royan, Chatelaillon-Plage and the picturesque islands of Ile de Ré, Oléron and d'Aix.

The perfect location for spending time cycling to local villages or Châteaux for a lazy lunch on one of the many designated cycle routes that surround the house.

Quiet lanes and well marked footpaths, make the surrounding area ideal for walks in the beautiful French countryside with its abundant wildlife.
Unique benefits of property 'The Retreat' is part of our spacious 250 year old Charentaise farmhouse/barn conversion, lovingly renovated to the highest standards whilst retaining much of its original charm, with solid oak beams and exposed stonework.

The cottage has 3 spacious double/twin bedrooms (one en suite), family bathroom, relaxing lounge and a fully equipped kitchen that can accommodate 6 people in comfort, unlike many other tiny 'gites' on the market.

Outside the cottage there are open gardens with swings, a terrace, games area and bbq that lead to the enclosed 14 x 4 metre swimming pool with sunloungers and outdoor dining area.

The Owner Recommends

Places to go and things to do:- There is an abundance of things to do and see in the region, it all depends on what you want from your holiday at 'The Retreat'; be it sight seeing, sunbathing or something more adventurous.

Locally
Within easy reach of 'The Retreat' in the nearby villages there are a post office, 2 convenience stores selling everything from freshly made bread, newspapers, to wine and oysters, a free tennis court, petanque pitch, and children's play ground.

If you fancy catching your own dinner a short cycle ride away is a great trout farm with a well stocked stream, a lovely way to while away your time under the boughs of a shady tree. Fishing rods and equipment are available to use at the cottage or can be hired on site. 'Les Source du Moulin' is also home to an excellent restaurant and bar, serving local and seasonal food.

For something rather special for lunch or dinner the 'Au Clos Gourmand' restaurant is just over 2 miles from the cottage where you will be guaranteed the finest gastronomic delights the region has to offer. This family run restaurant is highly recommended and you will receive a warm friendly welcome.

During the summer months for July and August there are free evening concerts and acts in the local villages for all to attend.

2 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Natalie 26 August, 2019

We had a lovely week at the Retreat.
The owners were incredibly welcoming, kind and extremely helpful with recommendations of things to do locally.

The cottage is beautifully decorated with everything you need. The cottage was very clean upon arrival and is very well maintained by the owners.
We all enjoyed using the table tennis and pool tables and swimming pool.

We enjoyed some day trips to Ile de Re, which was stunning
We also would recommend the miniature port at St Savien with the ride on boats-great fun!

10 / 10 Lisa Green 21 August, 2019

Margaret and Rick have a stunning comfortable space with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. If there is something you need that isn't obvious - they'll help.

We had the most wonderful 2 weeks, the house is spacious, sparkling clean and close to a local bakery and great amenities for the children.

Royan beach is an easy drive, Rick took the kids fishing, built them an outside den and couldn't do enough for us.

We'll be back! Thanks so much. Lisa

Owner response

It was a pleasure hosting you, thank you for choosing The Retreat, we are pleased you had a great holiday, it would be lovely to see you all again sometime.