|La Maison Pierre||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
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.
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.
New sofas and chairs, frenchdoors into garden, French and British 46" HD tv, Blu ray player.
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.
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.
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
Electric heating throughout with wood burning stove in the dining room/kitchen.
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)
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
Private parking and garaging.
Space for 2/3 cars, including one in the garage out of the heat.
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 Delicatessens for ready meals
Two wine caves
4 supermarkets (1 within walking distance)
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.
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.
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.|
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 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.
Hire a bike on this magical island and explore the oyster beds, sheltered beaches and amazing wildlife. One of our favourite places!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interesting chateau in which to escape the sun in very picturesque surroundings. 20mins away
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.
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.
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.
The owners were really friendly and helpful. They have a beautifully spacious home, which was ideal for 6 adults. We were all very comfortable and certainly didn’t feel on top of each other. The garden is delightful, ideal for relaxing in. There is a nice pool, good for a quick dip and with plenty of loungers. The local town is as described and, although we didn’t do a lot of sightseeing, there were plenty of places to visit in the area. All in all, an extremely successful stay.
Thank you Paul for this complimentary review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Maison Pierre.
Carol and Graham
This is an extremely well-equipped house with everything you would ever need. We appreciated the extra touches like the Lego for kids, DVDs, cool bags for the beach etc.
It's in a lovely town with a true French flavour to it- lots of boulangeries, a good size supermarket, a park just down the road from the house and lots of cafés. Good location for La Rochelle and the Îles around it.
The pool is a good size for little ones and adults who just want to take a dip to cool down.
Communication with the owners is easy and they're really helpful and kind.
Thank you Louise for taking the time to write this lovely review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed our location here in Surgères . We are pleased that you appreciated the extra touches we have made to entertain our younger visitors.
Carol and Graham
We had a great stay at La Maison Pierre and would definitely recommend it to others. Carol and Graham were fantastic hosts and provided a lovely welcome basket and drinks, as well as a very comprehensive house manual with plenty of useful information about the house and things to do in the area. The house and facilities are great and all very tastefully decorated. The location is also excellent on a very quiet street in Surgeres just a short walk from local shops and restaurants and also very close to a large supermarket. Our two young kids enjoyed making use of the toys and games provided and we appreciated having all the mod cons in a lovely house (dishwasher, bluetooth speaker, English TV, Nespresso machine etc). The ground floor living space was excellent and larger than we expected from the photos. Upstairs has low ceilings so got a bit warmer (we were there during a heatwave though - 42 degrees at one point) but Carol and Graham had provided plug-in fans in addition to the ceiling fans. The pool was great to have, as well as sun loungers, and all very well maintained - it is a relatively small pool but fine for a family and the kids loved it. We hope to return!!
Thank you Cameron for such a lovely comprehensive review. Glad you had a great stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Carol and Graham
Our group (7 mature adults ) found the villa and pool perfect. The pool is perfectly situated to get the morning and evening sun,, but there is also always an area of shade in the garden when it gets too hot. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped, the outdoor dining area was so good we never got to use the indoor one. The bedrooms and bathrooms are very comfortable ( especially so the master bedroom). The garden and surrounding area was quite and relaxing, even when there was the annual jazz festival in the nearby park it was still relaxing and not intrusive .The town of Surgeres has plenty of small bars and restaurants, with very friendly staff and customers. It has plenty of shops and a large market mid week. As we didn't bring a car the rail transport to nearby La Rochelle was very useful for the odd day excursions. The owners were extremely helpful and generous, even offering to take our luggage to the station when we left . We had a truly wonderful holiday and would definitely consider returning.
Thank you Nigel for this lovely review.
We are pleased you had a great time and it is good to hear you managed to find plenty to do without a car.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Carol and Graham