The house is in a tiny, rural hamlet; there are only four other houses nearby, on a road that averages about one car every five minutes. St Ciers du Taillon selling bread, wine and basic supplies is five minutes away (by car) and the supermarket and shops in Mirambeau is ten minutes distant.
La Renaudrie provides a peaceful haven for those who wish to explore the area, sample the excellent sea food restaurants in Royan and investigate the liquid delights of Cognac, St Emillion and the Medoc. Not forgetting the cultural life in Saintes and Bordeaux.
In the school holiday season this is a wonderful area for family holidays. However in the early and late summer the region takes on a different charm. The roads are even quieter and the restaurants and shops are especially pleased to see you. And of course, flights are very cheap particularly in mid-week.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meschers 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 112 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme 118 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Local craftsmen, who worked to high standards, undertook the renovation of the house. All the shutters have been replaced and the new, wooden shutters are of the traditional Charentais design. Upstairs all the double-glazed windows have an integrated mosquito screen; so cool, fresh air at night comes without the irritating whine of a midnight mozzie! Three of the bedrooms have en suite shower, or bath rooms. There is also a separate large bathroom on the ground floor.
Downstairs is light and airy. The kitchen, dining area and sitting room are combined into one comfortable space. The kitchen is recently installed and the electrics are mainly Bosch.
A separate walk-in tiled pantry keeps food cool and the utility room off the kitchen is the washing and drying area for wet swimming costumes and towels. Also on the ground floor is one of the double bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The whole house is well insulated, keeping it warm in winter. Heating downstairs is under floor and the radiators upstairs are run of an electrically heated boiler.
The games room in the former dairy has pool and football tables. Table tennis is in an open barn. There is a good supply of DVDs, CDs, books and board games.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden has well established fig and cherry trees and has plenty for children to do with a 14' trampoline, a swing/slide/climbing frame and a Wendy House.
The 11m x 6m L-shaped pool has been designed for family holidays, open for the first time this summer. The large shallow area makes up half of the pool and is accessed by wide, easily negotiable steps. The pool then slopes to the deep end, to give competent swimmers the opportunity to play too!
The pool is in a fenced area and equipped with an alarm so as to give you peace of mind. It is set by a fig tree and has wonderful views across the vines and fields of sunflowers. The paved area around the pool is excellent for sunbathing, or relaxing with a drink and watching the sun go down.
There is a movable BBQ.
Feedback from Holidaylettings holidaymakers - the Saxton & Pearson Families:
We have been in many parts of France in rented accommodation over the years and this property far surpasses them all.
We all enjoyed very much this very splendid home and consistently admired and were extremely impressed with the attention to detail in every single aspect of which the list would be endless!!
The owners deserve congratulations of the highest order for the way they have organised the interior design of this superb house.
The Charente-Maritime on the south west coast of France enjoys the long hot summers and mild winters so necessary for the production of the fine grapes used make wonderful wines and cognac. Located with the Atlantic to the west with its 200km of coastline, the Charente and Dordogne to the east and the Gironde to the south, the Charente-Maritime is a magnificent and exceptional part of France. This is a quiet agricultural area, with vineyards and fields growing sunflower, wheat and maize, yet close to the sea.
The population density for the Charente Maritime is on a par with Cumbria – England’s least populous county – for those used to Britain’s congested roads the comparative peace of rural French roads makes driving a pleasure again. Royan, 40 minutes to the west of La Renaudrie, is a popular holiday destination for the French who enjoy the excellent beaches and appreciate the local oysters, mussels and freshly caught fish. All the local restaurants have excellent fresh fish dishes. A visit to the morning fish market in Royan is a pleasurable education!
The local vineyards are famous for their production of Cognac. Pineau des Charentes, the local aperitif, is a blend of Cognac and grape juice and delicious when served cold. There are many local tiny wineries and distilleries where one can taste and buy wine, Cognac and Pineau directly from the producers. Our local vinyard will arrange tastings. La Renaudrie is 40 minutes away from Cognac, an interesting town to visit. We are also 45 minutes from wonderful St. Emilion and about an hour from Bordeaux. The nearby world-famous wine region of Medoc is worth visiting as are the nearer Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye.
Mirambeau, about ten minutes away is the nearest town, it boasts a Super U supermarket, a wonderful boulangerie, two hairdressers plus a range of other shops. It has a Saturday morning market and a fair on the last Saturday of the month.
Royan is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast, a favourite with the French. Rebuilt since the Second World War, it has a fifties charm and ultra smart beaches. To the west of Royan is 'Zoo de La Palmyre' the most visited tourist attraction in the Charente-Maritime. This is a breeding zoo, with an emphasis on conservation, leaving many of the 1,600 animals free to roam. Near the zoo is a great beach.
The nearest village to La Renaudrie is St Ciers-du-Taillon. There is a small supermarket; the village also has a boulangerie, charcuterie, wine merchants and excellent chemist/pharmacist.