• La Cachette - Living room
    La Cachette - Living room
  • La Cachette - Kitchen
    La Cachette - Kitchen
  • La Cachette - Terrace
    La Cachette - Terrace
  • La Cachette - Double
    La Cachette - Double
  • La Cachette - Twin
    La Cachette - Twin
  • La Cachette - Entrance
    La Cachette - Entrance
  • La Cachette - Floor plan
    La Cachette - Floor plan
  • Indoor pool
    Indoor pool

Les Chapelles - Le Cachette

Poitou Charentes, France

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The Owner / Manager

Kate Berryman

Member since Apr 2013
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:27 days 16 hours

BFB's Overview.

Sunshine, sandy beaches, a stunning indoor pool and horses in the paddock - it’s easy to see why the owners of No. 11, Les Chapelles have fallen in love with the place! With fantastic features like the large, lawned play area, which is all part and parcel of the family ethos of sharing their good life with others. This also means the gîtes are well geared up for babies and toddlers.

The owners’ house, or ‘maison de maître’, is somewhere between 125 and 200 years old, with a number of ancient outbuildings which they have transformed into a 3 bedroom gîte (Le Cadran Solaire), a 2-bedroom gîte (La Cachette) and a funky indoor pool designed by a local architect. The gîtes are a modern and minimalist take on the traditional buildings and the owners have tried to equip them with everything needed for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

The living rooms are large and comfortable, with wood-burning stoves, satellite TV and DVD players and the modern fitted kitchen are well equipped, from coffee machines, dishwashers and microwaves to the range cooker and double Belfast style sink in Le Cadran. The bedrooms are smart and contemporary, with feature wall decor and big comfy beds, plus there’s a classic slipper bath in Le Cadran for parents to enjoy an indulgent soak.

Les Chapelles is set in 3.5 acres of land, some of which is a paddock for the horses but mostly providing plenty of space for children to play with the ride-ons, discover the mini tree house and clamber over the large climbing frame with slide. Le Cadran also has a private shaded dining terrace and lawn, while La Cachette has a sunny patio, both with barbecues for eating outdoors and catching some rays. Everyone will love the fab indoor pool, with walls of glass doors that open onto the outdoor sun terrace overlooking the lawn, so parents can chill out while the children burn off some energy.

Accommodation Overview - La Cachette

La Cachette (The Hiding Place) is the smaller of the two guest gites at Les Chapelles. It is a first floor apartment, set within a 200 year old barn. It sleeps four people, plus a baby in a cot, in two good-sized bedrooms - one with double bed and one with twin beds. The gîte has a large living room and separate kitchen diner. There’s a pretty terrace with furniture for outdoor dining. Both gites have ovens, hobs, fridge freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, microwave ovens, coffee machines, English-language satellite TV, DVD players and barbecues.

Location Information

The tiny hamlet of Les Chapelles is just over half way down the west coast of France, approximately 20km inland, in the Charente Maritime region, which is nicely undiscovered and authentically French.

The region has a warm and sunny micro climate on a par with the South of France, so families can take full advantage of the beautiful beaches just 25 minutes drive away at St Georges-de-Didonne and the seaside town of Royan (20km). The sweeping beaches of the Côte Sauvage are also only 40 minutes drive.

Les Chapelles is about 1.5km from the villages of Montpellier-de-Medillan and Meursac which have butchers, bakers, convenience stores, newsagents and, in Meursac, a superb restaurant. There are slightly more amenities in the small town of Cozes (9km) and plenty of shops restaurants and things to do in Royan and the historic Roman town of Saintes. Royan boasts the best market in the Charente Maritime, open most days, and oysters are a local speciality – well worth trying grilled with cheese, if half a dozen on ice with a slice doesn’t appeal! From Royan, a ferry across to the Medoc vineyards is also a handy way to sample some of the region’s world famous Bordeaux wines.

The Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron, within an hour's drive, make a great day out and are ideal for exploring on bikes as the islands are very flat, with criss-crossing cycle tracks through the fields and around the coast to chic harbour towns, fishing ports and fabulous sandy beaches. The Ile de Re is accessed by a huge bridge from La Rochelle which itself makes a great day out as a historic maritime port and walled town, crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants.

Getting There: The nearest airports are La Rochelle (1 hour by car), Bordeaux (80 mins) and Poitiers 90 mins.) The channel ferry ports of Cherbourg, Caen and St. Malo are about a 5 hour drive, with Calais and the Eurotunnel about a 7 hour drive.

Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): In local village, 5 mins drive

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

After many holidays all over France where we rented accommodation, we decided to settle upon the Charente Maritime, with its wide blue skies and access to the beach, and buy a family holiday house. We fell in love with Les Chapelles and its peaceful rural setting as soon as we saw it and were delighted to take it over early in 2016. The two gites, Le Cadran Solaire and La Cachette, had been rented out as holiday accommodation for a number of years and we were keen to maintain the great holiday experience offered by our predecessors.

The whole family on holiday together

What do they love about it?

Les Chapelles has the benefits of being a truly peaceful rural location but with easy access to good-sized towns and, of course, the beautiful Atlantic beaches. The Charente-Maritime is known as being the second-sunniest region in France, which is lovely, yet is still relatively undiscovered and authentically French.

What do the kids love about it?

We have a huge flat 3 acre garden, a play barn filled with toys, games, books, DVD's and outdoor toys. We have bicycles of all sizes including a tag-along. The indoor pool is all one depth, so your little ones can splash about without fear of sunburn - many have learned to swim here! All the activities are well away from the very quiet road so children are very safe. And then... off the property there are beaches to suit every taste from 20 minutes away. Kids absolutely love it!

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + cots in 2 bedrooms comprising 1 x double & 1 x twin (two singles). The bedrooms share a shower room (baby bath available).

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle, 1hr and Bordeaux is 1hr15m drive away.

Ferry Port

The channel ferry ports of Cherbourg, Caen and St. Malo are about a 5 hour drive, with Calais and the Eurotunnel about a 7 hour drive.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Beautiful beaches at St Georges-de-Didonne and Royan are within 25 minutes' drive, with the Cote Sauvage about 40 minutes away by car. The Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron are within an hour's drive.

Any Pool

Stunning year-round indoor heated swimming pool with steps to enter. One depth throughout, (about 130cm)

Indoor Play Area

Toddler-friendly Les Chapelles has a communal play barn stocked with toys and ride ons.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby-friendly gite boasts gear including: 1 x wooden cot , 2 x travel cpts . Bed guards, stairgates, plastic crockery, cutlery and cups.

Indoor Toys

These baby and toddler-friendly gites have plenty of books, toys, dressing up clothes, and children's DVDs.

Games Room

Table tennis

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre-arrival shopping service available to cover first evening meal and breakfast the following day.

Outdoor Toys

This client friendly gite offers outdoor play in the form of a climbing frame and swing set in the large grounds; it has a variety of bikes of all sizes and a child's tag-along

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

La Cachette has a private terrace furnished for al fresco dining with BBQ

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.


Guests are encouraged to join the owners in recycling and composting.


Golf de Royan is a 35 minute drive and Golf de Cognac is 45 minute drive away.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to three cots and two highchairs are available for multiple baby groups.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Wood burning stove.


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