Surgères. Easy walk to park, shops & bistros - PM004765

9.7/10
Surgeres, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004765 Advertiser since: 19 April 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Maison Pierre Self Catering Saturday 4 8 2

About this property

4 Bed Old Stone House Close to Restaurants. This cottage/gite is in a town setting.

La Maison Pierre is a renovated old stone house with a private pool within easy walking distance to all amenities: boulangeries, delicatessants, restaurants and cafe-bars, supermarkets, park, chateau, childrens playground and even a cinema. All very easily walkable in around 5 minutes. A TGV train station is a longer (30mins) walk or short drive (free parking).

Our house is superbly located in Surgères, one street back from the chateau and park, with a lovely sunny garden, in which the pool which gets the sun all day, with a dining area under shade overlooking a pond (fenced) with a water feature and fish.

The town is very French and has not suffered from being too touristy. Large enough to be lively all year round with well established, locally run restaurants, delis and patisseries. Thrice weekly market, the main one being Saturday, and a foire on the third Tuesday of each month in front of the chateau when the streets are full of stalls selling not just fish, meat and vegetables, but wine, clothes, shoes, hardware, live animals and all manner of things.
 
Look at the map and you will see that Surgères is centrally located within easy reach of all the attractions of the Charente Maritime. The following attractions are within 30 minutes driving distance: Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle, Beaches at Chatelaillon Plage, Ile de Ré, Rochefort, Niort, Boating lake at St Savinien, St Jean d'Angély and the Boutonne Valley. A little further but still within an hour: Ile d'Oléron, Fouras and boat trips to Ile d'Aix, Saintes, and a little further, Cognac.
 
New to the market with a total refurbishment in 2016 comprising new kitchen and dining room, and new shower room upstairs.  All bedrooms refreshed with quality mattresses installed. A 7x4m pool was installed June 2017 together with the latest NF P 90-306 compliant security fence (self closing gate etc.) for peace of mind if you have young children.
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

New fitted kitchen (induction hob, dishwasher, built-in oven and microwave, fridge-freezer, wine cooler) open plan to dining room with large extendable table seating 8. French tv. The kitchen is brand new in May 16.

Woodburner for use in the colder seasons.

Living rooms

New sofas and chairs, frenchdoors into garden, French and British 46" HD tv, Blu ray player.

Bedrooms

Ground floor master suite with king size (150cm) double bed, bathroom (bath, shower, basin, bidet) and dressing room. Frenchdoors to garden and pool with morning sun.

First Floor:
The landing has partial restricted height - those over 5'8" will need to watch for beams.

Bedroom 2 with large (140cm) double size bed overlooking the garden with morning sun
Bedroom 3 with large (140cm) double size bed overlooking the town with evening sun
Bedroom 4 with 2 large single beds. This cute room has reduced height entry (5ft 4") so is ideal for children. Dvd player to keep the little ones amused if they wake early.

Bathrooms

En suite to Master Bedroom has bath, shower, twin basins and bidet. Toilet next door.
First floor bathroom has shower (new 2017), basin and toilet

Heating

Electric heating throughout with wood burning stove in the dining room/kitchen.

Entertainment

French and British 46" tv, Blu-ray/dvd player
iPod music player
Bluetooth portable speaker
Unlimited Internet with wi-fi
Games and toys (scrabble, monopoly, lego etc)

Garden and outside

Private sunny garden with open aspect not overlooked and is totally enclosed.
7x4m private in-ground swimming pool, brand new for 2017 with security fence complying with the latest NF P 90-306 safety standard.
Garden gets the sun all day with a wonderful open aspect, despite being centrally located in a town.
Outside extending table and 8 chairs
6 x Sun loungers
Small fishpond with fish (fenced)
Bbq under cover
Garage and workshop
Large gazebo proving shade for the outside table

Parking and garages

Private parking and garaging.
Space for 2/3 cars, including one in the garage out of the heat.

Visitor suitability

Our house is suitable for all age ranges. Older couples can walk into town for local dining in one of the many restaurants, whilst the park and playground is also a short buggy push for those with children. We are very popular with multi-generation families.

Ideal base for all major attractions with all amenities of a French town on your doorstep. We can recommend a number of restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance from simple bistro food to top end dining.
2 x highly rated French restaurants
1 x Pizzeria
3 x Bistros
1 x Moroccan restaurant
Several Bars/Cafes
Several Take-aways
Several Delicatessens for ready meals
Several Boulangeries/Patisseries
Several Butchers
Two wine caves
4 supermarkets (1 within walking distance)
Tourist Office
TGV station
Cinema
Park and river walks

This is our home in France out of peak season and therefore has all the facilities you would expect from a home rather than just a holiday let.

Information about any additional facilities

Surgères is a very well kept secret. A delightful town centred around a park and remparts, it has kept its French character, being neither overrun with tourists or British expats, the town is a really friendly place with lots of associations and activities.

We are situated one street back from the park, with an easy walk into the centre. Supermarket, restaurants, delicatessens and artisan boulangers are a simple stroll away.

We are fabulously well located for visiting places, with almost every visitor attraction being less than an hour away. Located as we are, mid-way between the traditional landmarks of the Charente Maritime islands and the less well known (but not to the French) canal trips on the Marais Poitevin, and close to gorgeous La Rochelle and Ile de Ré.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Surgères

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: La Rochelle
Distance: 30 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Tourist Office

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Graham Tree

We are Carol and Graham and we welcome you to our holiday home. On retirement we explored the sunnier parts of France in our campervan looking for a semi-permanent base. We chose the Charente Maritime area because of its sunny climate, easy access and wonderful places to visit. <br/><br/>We picked Surgères because it is a delightful town and is large enough not to shut down in the winter, and has associations and activities we can join in.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region in France and we are centrally located in it and easy to get to. There are so many places to visit you will not run out of things to do: Marais Poitevin, fabulous beaches, historic cities, stunning islands and gorgeous countryside are all within 30 mins to an hour.
Unique benefits of property Surgeres itself is still very French, not overrun with mass tourism, and with enough going on outside high season to sustain a choice of restaurants, cafe-bars and delicatessens. The town has a nice central square, a lovely park and we can walk to all amenities.

The Owner Recommends

Surgères

Saturday market in Surgeres is bustling, but just as good on other days is people watching at lunch time at the Grand Café for the plat de jour and le quotidien français.

If you're lucky to be in Surgères on the third Tuesday of each month a grand foire comes to town and the streets are alive with all manner of stalls; hardware, clothes, food, drink, live animals. This market takes over the whole town for the duration of the morning.

It's a bustling town which still retains its French character and has lots of activities planned throughout the summer. As well as the monthly foire you are likely to come across a classic car meet, music festival or some other community activity often centered around food.

We have a number of good restaurants we can fully recommend within easy walking distance, not counting the other cafes and bars where you can eat cheaply or get a takeaway.

A choice of patisseries/boulangeries within easy walking distance for your breakfast or lunch, and less than 10 minute walk through the park and remparts to the nearest Super-U supermarket, with larger Leclerc, Intermarche and Lidl supermarkets on the edge of the town accessible by car or by foot.

The park has walks around the old chateau, river walks and a childrens playground.

Fouras and ile d'Aix

Fouras is a lovely seaside resort with a mix of wild watersports on one side and gentile beaches on the other, but the main attraction is a boat trip (all day) to Ile d'Aix. Take a picnic and walk around this peaceful island for a spectacular but relaxing day out. On the way back buy some super fresh seafood for supper.

Ile d'Oléron

Hire a bike on this magical island and explore the oyster beds, sheltered beaches and amazing wildlife. One of our favourite places!

La Rochelle

Chic La Rochelle. History, shopping, sightseeing, its got it all. Avoid the hassle and take the regular train right into the centre from our local station. Take your wallet!

Marais Poitevin

Less than 30 minutes to Coulon, the capital of the Marais Poitevin marshes. Hire a boat with, or without a guide for a relaxing trip round the canals - take the house binoculars to spot the lovely martin-pecheurs (kingfishers) on the banks. Picnic advised.

Rochefort

Visit La Corderie (Napoleons royal rope factory) and l'Hermione (replica tall ship) in historic Rochefort. Walk amongst the ancient shipbuilding locks and imagine the bustle of ship repairs in Napoleonic times. Relaxing riverside walks and a great lunch in Place Colbert.

Ile de Ré

Park the car and hire bikes or walk to see this wonderful island. Windswept beaches to the South East but our preference is the picturesque harbours of La Flotte and St Martin with coastal walks between on the North West coast. Nature trails can also be found in the centre of the island.

Saintes

Go by car. The ampitheatre is a long walk from the centre so best to drive. Great commentary and very atmospheric. Allow a couple of hours just for this before visiting the other Roman ruins.

Dompierre sur Boutonne

Interesting chateau in which to escape the sun in very picturesque surroundings. 20mins away

Favourite Restaurant

Our favourite restaurant and our nearest. La Table d'As is top end French cooking, not expensive and only a 5 minute walk away. Do not leave without visiting! Husband and wife team Alexandre and Sabine serve up fantastic local food cooked to perfection.

Saint Savinien

If you have young children they can skipper their own boat on a shallow boating lake at St Savinien. Another picnic opportunity either at the lake or beside the banks of the Charente. Scenic unrushed 30 min drive south cross country towards Saintes.

Additional guest book comments

Tara D. 14/7/18
We had a lovely 2 weeks revisiting the Charent Maritime with temperatures in the 30s so really appreciated the pool. A lovely home and garden.

Patricia M 12/8/18
Cher Graham et Carole. Votre maison est très agréable et joliment decorée. On se sent très bien et detendu. La piscine est génial! Agréable sejour au calme en famille.

Ann S. 18/8/18
A wonderful relaxing holiday spent together as a family in a beautiful house. Thank you so much for an amazing holiday and for all your thoughtfullness during our stay.

8 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.5
10 / 10 Northern travellers 17 September, 2018

Our stay at La Maison Pierre far exceeded our expectations.
The website description does not do it justice. The property is more than a holiday rental, it is a home from home.
It is wonderfully furnished, very clean and equipped with everything required and more.
The pool was clean, very well maintained and offered much needed opportunities to cool down in the hot weather.
In terms of location, there are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. We found it easy to visit La Rochelle and the beautiful coastline, as well as the beautiful countryside surrounding Surgeres.

Have already recommmended the property to friends and family.

Owner response

So pleased you enjoyed your stay Anne.
Look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Best wishes
Carol and Graham

9.3 / 10 DeightonFamily 24 August, 2018

We spent a week at La Maison Pierre in the first week of August, with our two sons (11 & 9). We all loved the property, the pool was small but perfect for our needs and the house is in easy walk of Surgeres which is a fantastic little town. The property has recently been redecorated, was clean and very well presented with everything you could need for your holiday. There was a lovely welcome basket on arrival with fresh bread, jam, butter, wine and beer in the fridge, so we were all happy!

The boys loved playing on 'Ursula' the (enormous) inflatable unicorn and in fact both mum & dad enjoyed it too! The local market is fantastic with an amazing selection of stalls including bakery, fishmonger, butcher and locally grown veg and cheese galore. The local Pizzeria was great.

There is plenty of room at the property for 2 families with children. The location was safe and quiet and within easy reach of la rochelle which is definitely worth a day trip (the Aquarium!). It was too hot to move much whilst we were there, so we didn't adventure far...just to the pool and back..

We loved it and would definitely like to visit again. Carol and Graham could not have been more helpful and we enjoyed our stay very much.

Owner response

Thanks Chris for the lovely review.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay and that “Ursula” proved to be a hit - new additional sitting tenant for this year! (We had fingers crossed she would last the season.)
Glad the weather was kind and you could enjoy the outside space to the full.
We chose the house because of the location as we much prefer walking to shops, restaurants etc and are pleased that guests appreciate it as much as we do.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Kind regards,
Carol and Graham

7.8 / 10 Christofofer 21 August, 2018

Lovely cottage in pleasant surroundings Share the UK’s most popular dog breeds with friends and family thanks to Dogs Trust’s emoji keyboard and remember - A Dog is For Life, Not Just For Christmas. Good base for exploring area. Few issues we had quickly responded to by owners.

Owner response

Pleased you found the house lovely but disappointed in your score - were you missing the dogs?
Kind regards
Carol and Graham

Ps - we could have arranged for you to borrow Kracotte - our neighbours dog.

10 / 10 Brendan McSweeney 28 September, 2017

I've rented cottages/houses/gites in France over the past 30 years. This was by far the best. Both the interior and the exterior are superb. Nothing lacking within the house - excellent beds; top of the range cooker; an abundance of crockery, glasses, etc., etc. just everything you want, and all with style. The furniture is a perfect match of stye with comfort. The guide prepared by the owners is full of excellent advice and information.

Although the house is close to the centre of Surges, the neighbourhood is very quiet and peaceful.

The garden has been beautifully landscaped and the pool is new. The BBQ is perfectly located with an a very attractive roofed area. There is a garage with easy access - ideal for keeping a car in the shade.

The owners were very easy to contact , very friendly, and most helpful with advice etc.

Did the advert description accurately describe the property? YES
Was the property clean, was it well-maintained, etc? EXTREMELY CLEAN AND VERY WELL MAINTAINED
Did the owner provide good customer service? OUTSTANDING
Would you recommend this property to a friend or relative? VERY DEFINITELY
What activities, attractions and restaurants did you like or dislike? NONE TO DISLIKE, LOTS TO LIKE

Owner response

Thank you Brendan for your complimentary and comprehensive review. We are pleased that our guests appear to enjoy staying in Surgères and La Maison Pierre as much as we do! As it has been our first full season it is great to hear that we doing a good job.
Warm regards,
Carol and Graham.