Maison de Noix
About the home
Maison de Noix or Walnut House, named due to the walnut trees in the garden and for which the area is renown.
It sits in a typical tiny hamlet, so peaceful you wake up to birdsong and at the end of the day watch the stars come out in a night sky free of light pollution, yet, you are only 3km from local amenities where you can buy your bread for breakfast, shop in the local shop or have a beer in the bar.
A 30 min drive takes you into the hustle and bustle of the seaside town of Royan, 20km, with its fantastic stretches of golden sand, and Sunday market .
Cozes, 6km - the market is held in the historic market place on Wednesday mornings, supermarket and pharmacy etc can also be found here.
At the end of a hot day on the beach or sight seeing, you will return to the peaceful garden, or the cool house for a chilled glass of wine and a relaxed BBQ, while the children run off their last drops of energy in the garden, or go for a walk , bike ride down the lanes.
Taste the pineau made on the local farms and buy local farm produce, tomatoes, melons etc just follow the signs nailed up! sometimes you need to be a bit brave, the lanes to the farm can look as if they go nowhere!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Merschers, 23km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Light and airy rooms
Thick stone walls keep rooms cool in the heat of summer
Modern, new shower room and Kitchen.
The attic twin bedroom also has a double bed in it.
Further details outdoors:
Parking is on a spacious shared drive
The large sunny terrace and garden look over countryside and a small wood, it has mature and sapling trees, with an ample grassed area for children to play.
Guests are welcome to pick any fruit in the garden which is ripe during their stay.
N.B. The attic bedroom windows are close to the floor, Please be very aware if you have toddlers/small children.
Bed linen and towels can be provided if ordered in advance at extra cost. (Guests who are flying)
If a large family would like to book both houses a linking door can be unlocked by prior agreement at booking, or you can just nip round!
Guests traveling on Brittany Ferries will be eligable for 10% reduction on the cost of their crossing
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Charente Maritime region
The region has the second longest hours of annual sunlight after the cote d'Azure, so sunny days may entice you onto the sandy beaches,stretching from the Cote Savage down past Royan, St. Georges de Didonne and Meschers, or to explore the area's rich history.
The Citadel at Blaye, the medieval castle at Nieul-les-Saintes. Also see the fantastic architecture of the châteaux, Churches and Abbeys. There are many Roman archaeological sites to explore.
There are Troglodite dwellings to visit at Meschers with stunning views over the estuary. Here too are fishing huts on stilts, dipping their nets into the estuary for shrimp, beaches to enjoy and restaurants on the little port. The Botanical gardens at St. Andre de Lidon offer you the chance to taste old Cognac and Pineau-des Charentes.
Pretty country an coastal villages are sprinkled with hollyhocks, Talmont is a must, with its famous pilgrim's church, now teetering on the edge of the Gironde estuary as the cliff has been eroded away by the waves.
Congac town offers tours of all the famous names of cognac, trips up the river and a pretty town, a must do!
La Rochelle's harbour is a wonderful sight and a day out here offers pavement lunches and wonderful shopping under cloistered streets.
Local Oyster beds grow this local delicacy, and mussels are the the fast food of the area. Delicious!
Bicycles can be hired and cycle rides are marked on the roads, but there are lots of cycle paths, along the coast through the pine forests and in the towns.
Sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing etc is available on the beaches of Royan, St. Georges De Didonne, and Meschers.
Restaurants, abound in the coastal towns but if you do not want to go that far Le Cottage at Arse is Fantastic,
The bar at St Andre de Lidon is the closest to this property.3km
The countryside round the house and its hamlet is farmland, growing, of course, vinyards, you are remember on the cusp of the Gironde estuary, where so much of France's famous wines are grown. Sunflowers by the field full are a sight not to miss and some grain is grown, this is usually harvested well before the harvest in G.B.
Wine tastings can be found at many of the vinyards in the region.
You will never be stuck with nothing to do or see in the summer staying at this property, alternatively you can chill out on the terrace/garden and sunbath with a glass of your favourite wine.
The Cozes / Montpellier-de-Medillan area
We suggest you call in to the tourist information office in Cozes early in your stay to get up to date lists of markets and local fêtes, bricante sales etc.
Cozes market is held in a historic open market hall on Wednesdays mornings, offering a fabulous choice of fresh local produce.
There are little circuses travelling the area in the summer, which are great for the children, look out for the signs.
Do not miss the fireworks on the beach at Royan for Bastille day 14 July, why not take a picnic?
How to get there
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Ferries- Portsmouth to St Malo or Caen are the nearest. Driving from both these ports is easy down good dual carriageways and uncongested motorways.
La Rochelle airport - Ryan Air from Bristol or Easyjet from Stanstead.
Bordeaux Airport - Flights available from many UK airports and with many carriers.
The property is 20 mins drive from Saintes (where you leave the A10 motorway via Retaud to La Sauvete), or one hour 20 mins from La Rochelle airport. Sat nav is very helpful but not necessary.
Car Hire is available to book with your flights online if you are flying, Hertz, Budget cars, Avis etc.
Activities near Cozes
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
18 Aug 2011
We fell in love with the property as we walked in the door. Lovely big rooms with a good standard of furnishings and fittings. The property was clean and there was a nice, welcoming bottle of local wine.
Outside there was a nice patio area with a large garden for the kids and dog to explore.
There was loads to do in the general area. The nearest beach was at Meschers which was a nice, easy twenty minute drive away. The beach itself was nice and clean with a couple of cafes. Other personal favourites were Talmont, Cozes market, Saintes and Saint Palais sur Mer.
All in all it was difficult to fault either the property, or the area. Of course in an ideal world the property would have had a pool and/or been nearer the beach, but then that would have been reflected in the price. Overall we had a great holiday, staying in a lovely property.
11 Aug 2011
We are a family of 5 who stayed during the May holiday for a week at Maison de Noix. The house is very well equipped in a lovely setting where you can enjoy peaceful walks and have easy access to... more
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|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||16 Mar 13||27 Apr 13||£ 524||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring - Summer||27 Apr 13||6 Jul 13||£ 552||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 839||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||31 Aug 13||19 Oct 13||£ 552||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
25% Deposit on booking
Plus £150 refundable breakages / damage deposit, refund will be made within 14 days of the end of your holiday, subject to conformation by the property management team.
Optional provision of Bed Linen and towels please contact the advertiserBook
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