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Charente Retreat

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 600.00 to 2575.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Alan & Caroline Thornton

Member since Jun 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:2 minutes
  • Availability Updated:11 days 22 hours

BFB's Overview

This beautifully renovated traditional Charentaise farmhouse is filled with both original charm and contemporary style. It boasts a large a private heated pool, set in its own walled garden area, extensive gardens and an idyllic location, surrounded by fields of sunflowers, but just a few minutes from the picturesque market town of Surgeres with its wide choice of shops, bars and restaurants offering everything from good local food to gourmet dining.

The glorious sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast are only a short drive away as are the famously beautiful Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron. The totally unspoilt town of La Rochelle with its medieval streets, harbour side restaurants and bars, marina and aquarium is less than 30 minutes away.

The Charente Maritime boasts the second longest hours of sunshine in France after the Cote D'Azur and summers tend to stretch from April to October. The local seafood (oysters, mussels, crab and fish) is always fresh and plentiful and there are many good local wines, pineau and cognac to accompany meals.

Accommodation Overview:
Charente Retreat has been sympathetically renovated combining original features and stonework, with contemporary furnishings and amenities, including central heating, which can be useful in the cooler months. The large lounge with leather sofas and chairs arranged around an original working fireplace (logs provided in winter). This room has a quality CD Stereo system and numerous board games. Next door, the separate TV room has a DVD player and Playstation 2 (with a good choice of DVDs and games). English TV and radio are available through the Sky Satellite system. The kitchen/breakfast room incorporates a fully fitted fridge and separate freezer, a glass induction hob, sizeable oven and dishwasher. The kitchen can seat up to seven people if desired. The separate dining room contains a bespoke table which seats ten, there is also an additional sofa here overlooking the garden.

Upstairs (please note stairs are open on one side and therefore little ones will require supervision) La Retraite has four large bedrooms, two of which contain king size beds. There is a twin bedded room and a room containing a set of bunks and two single beds. All the bedrooms have shutters and blinds and due to the thick walls are cool even in the height of summer. There is a large bathroom with a freestanding bath and separate walk in shower. Two sinks are set into the tiled unit opposite. There are two further shower rooms/WCs, one upstairs and another situated downstairs next to the laundry room which contains a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board/iron.

Outside, both the front and rear gardens are laid to lawn and fully enclosed making them wonderfully safe for young children. There are outdoor dining sets in both gardens and a large BBQ available. The lovely 10m x 5m private swimming pool is heated and set in its own walled garden area with lockable gated access to prevent worries for parents. The pool has a large terrace with sun loungers and a decked area with pergola for shade. Behind the gates is secure parking for two or three cars. In the barn there is both a large barbeque and a number of bicycles for guests use.

Location Information

Charente Retreat is peacefully located in a small hamlet just a few minutes drive (30mins walk) from the bustling town of Mauze-sur-Mignon and and about 15mins from the larger town of Surgeres. The latter is a picturesque market town with a wide choice of restaurants, supermarkets, shops and banks. It has a beautifully restored and preserved old walled town, a cinema, sports centre, tennis courts, an open air swimming pool and a colourful covered market (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) offering a plentiful supply of local produce including the butter for which Surgeres is famous.

La Rochelle with its beautiful old town and charming port, crammed with seafood bistros, is less than half hour away. For a very special meak, try the 2 Michelin Star restaurant 'Coutanceau', regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Atlantic Coast. Alternatively, potter around the old port and the town centre with its many delicatessens and classy boutiques under the covered arcades of Renaissance houses. During the summer months there is street theatre every day and a craft market alongside the port most evenings, when the roads are closed to traffic to make space for performers, craftspeople and artists. La Rochelle houses Europe's largest marina on the Atlantic Coast and a fabulous aquarium. Its beautiful parks are worth a visit and the famous yellow cycles can be hired free of charge for the first two hours all year round. Boat trips are available from the Old Harbour, lasting a few hours, half a day or a full day to the islands of Re, Aix and Oleron, which themselves are highly recommended for day trips.

Don't miss a day trip to the charming town of Cognac with its pretty cobbled streets, brilliant modern art gallery and, of course, Cognac houses which are often open for tours and tastings. Children are usually permitted but a toddler-friendly sightseeing land train departs regularly from just outside the entrance of the Henessey factory, so parents can take shifts in touring and entertaining the little ones.


Beaches: Along with the beaches of La Rochelle and Fouras, this is the nearest beach to Charente Retreat , is Chatelaillon Plage (approx 30mins by car). This is a bustling seaside resort with a casino, promenade and thalassotherapy centre. It has a vast beach of fine sand that is regarded as one of the safest on the coast. The town spends a great deal of its revenue ensuring the 3 km of fine sand is kept in good condition throughout the year. The resort boasts a water complex with giant flume, kids clubs and sailing school and clubs. This is an ideal destination for families with young children. The beachside park with its crazy golf and outdoor theatre is a wonderful place for holiday makers to relax and enjoy themselves. There are many informal restaurants along the front offering excellent seafood. Its covered market is open every day with a large street market every Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Getting There: The nearest airports are La Rochelle (35mins drive), Poiters (60mins) & Angouleme (120mins)

Train: TGV From Paris (Montparnasse) to Surgeres takes approx. 2.5hrs.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

31 Aug - 27 Sep 2019 : £1325 /week28 Sep - 20 Dec 2019 : £600 /week21 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : £1325 /week1 Jan - 2 Jan 2020 : £1325 /week3 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 : £600 /week28 Mar - 22 May 2020 : £925 /week23 May - 26 Jun 2020 : £1325 /week27 Jun - 28 Aug 2020 : £2575 /week29 Aug - 25 Sep 2020 : £1325 /week26 Sep - 18 Dec 2020 : £600 /week19 Dec - 29 Dec 2020 : £1325 /week31 Aug - 27 Sep 2019 : €1461.7 /week28 Sep - 20 Dec 2019 : €661.902 /week21 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : €1461.7 /week1 Jan - 2 Jan 2020 : €1461.7 /week3 Jan - 27 Mar 2020 : €661.902 /week28 Mar - 22 May 2020 : €1020.432 /week23 May - 26 Jun 2020 : €1461.7 /week27 Jun - 28 Aug 2020 : €2840.663 /week29 Aug - 25 Sep 2020 : €1461.7 /week26 Sep - 18 Dec 2020 : €661.902 /week19 Dec - 29 Dec 2020 : €1461.7 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00 per week

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 10+ cot-sleeping infants in 4 x bedrooms comprising 2 with king-sized beds, 1 twin bedroom (2singles) & 1 x bedroom with up to 4 single beds. Three bath/shower rooms

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Over 70 sandy beaches within 30-60mins drive.

Any Pool

There's a private 10m x 5m heated pool set in its own walled garden and safely gated.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The house comes with large private gardens with two dining areas and BBQ, all safely enclosed.

Golf

There's long list of golf courses in the local area and the owner, Alan, can recommend according to skill and preference.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to two cots and highchairs can be provided

Reviews

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  • Excellent Property and very organised owners, it had everything we required for our baby twins and we had a lovely time.Review dated 23/06/2011

  • Fabulous holiday and a beautiful house. An open stone staircase made it not-so toddler friendly but otherwise the property was flawless. Owner responds: Thank you fr your compliments. Just wanted to highlight that stairgates are provided in case anyone reading this thinks the stairs might be an issue. Review dated 26/05/2011

Excellent Property and very organised owners, it had everything we required for our baby twins and we had a lovely time.

Fabulous holiday and a beautiful house. An open stone staircase made it not-so toddler friendly but otherwise the property was flawless. Owner responds: Thank you fr your compliments. Just wanted to highlight that stairgates are provided in case anyone reading this thinks the stairs might be an issue.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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