Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
St Caprais Maison de Maitre is almost 200 years old and offers all the charms of an old French country side property only 20 minutes from beautiful beaches of Royan area and lots of stunning historical towns such as Cognac & Talmont. The nearest charming town of Gemozac hosts a farm market twice a week.
The house and its grounds are surrounded by sunflower fields and vineyards and back onto a forest. The shaded terrace right outside the kitchen overlooks the swimming pool and the garden, so you can quietly enjoy your glass of wine during the warm sunset hours, whilst the children play in the pool or the garden under your close supervision.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Georges de Didonne, Royan 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle and Bordeaux 75 km, Nearest railway: Pons 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (9), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
The house has been carefully and lovingly restored to its original 1780s charm yet with all the modern comforts that we today expect. It is cosy, spacious, easy to maintain yet very family friendly oriented.
The kitchen is very large divided into two main areas, both with large glass doors onto the terrace, its a French hand made kitchen, full of light and has plenty of space for cooking, storing things or family socialising. It has a dining area & table that can seat up to ten people and an additional breakfast table that seats four. The table is often used for kids to eat at or do their creative activities.
The living room has a large modern TV with a DVD & video player and lots of movies for grown ups and little ones. It has two big leather sofas, that can comfortably sit eight people.
The guest bedroom has a beautiful large en suite bathroom joined to it with walk-in wet room shower, toilet and a old style bath tub. There is also a separate toilet on the ground floor for all guests to use.
Upstairs, on the first floor, there is a children´s bedroom with a big build-in hand made wardrobe with plenty of space for all the families clothes, spare bed clothes and towels & a large mezzanine above where the kids can play safely. The main bathroom has a large corner bath, which is used primarily as the children's bathroom, a toilet and two wash hand basins.
The middle bedroom has an original fireplace with a mantle piece mirror hanging over it and has two restored wrat iron twin beds & has a very large original antique wardrobe for all your clothes. The two bedrooms overlook the front courtyard. There is original wooden flooring throughout the entire Upstairs.
The master bedroom has a double bed, overlooks the swimming pool and the main view onto the garden. It has its own en suite and a beautiful hand made wardrobe with a huge mirror for all your clothes.
|Further details outdoors||
The entire garden is completely private and mature, it offers lots of space. The swimming pool is heated, fully fenced and gated, it sits right opposite the large treble glass sliding kitchen doors and spacious terrace where you can sit relax and keep an eye on the family from the terrace outside or from the kitchen through the huge sliding glass doors.
The terrace right outside the kitchen, overlooks the pool and has an outdoor dining table that can seat at least ten people. It is shaded by a canvas and can be used all day until the late night hours.
There is a swing set and a kids playhouse on stilts in the garden.At the end of the garden is a large Forest where the kids and adults can enjoy exploring.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Our house is located in the beautiful country side, 3 km from Gemozac. It is only are only a 25 minute drive from the vast sandy beaches of Royan and St. Georges de Didonnes and the smaller more intimate coves of the Gironde Estuary. Further afield are the beautiful islands of Il d´Oleron and Ile de Re. There are over 180 beaches within 20minutes to 1hours drive from the house.
The region of Charente Martime has its own micro climate (due to the effects of the Gulf Stream) and as a result receives the second highest number of sunshine hours of any region of France. There are many spectacular sights and places to visit including Talmont (10 km), the town of Saintes with its beautiful middle age cathedral and roman amphitheatre, Bordeaux city, a fantastic family orientated Zoo in La Palmyre Royan, La Rochelle with its great Aquarium & port for boats and people watching , the famous wine region inc. St. Emilion and many private vineyards.
You will find prospects for almost all the places mentioned below in our kitchen drawer, with contact numbers, opening hours, etc. Here is a description of the main sites but there is so much more to do and see. The landscape is gentle and easy for long bike rides and walks, you can also go golfing, sailing, horse riding, fishing, tennis...
The nearby towns of Gemozac, Pons, Cozes, Saintes, Saint George de Didonne and Royan offer all necessary infrastructure, including supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies and others. All these towns also hold fantastic markets Gemozac being held on Friday mornings and in Cozes a night market every Friday evening - a fantastic experience for the whole family.
Gemozac has an activity centre for children, tennis courts and a municipal outdoor swimming pool, recently refurbished plus a brand new hotel with a good restaurant.
Charente Maritime in general is well renowned for great oyster and seafood that can be purchased almost everywhere.
Talmont (15 km from the house)
The village of Talmont is a must for a visit. It is quite a tourist attraction with its small lanes and hollyhocks bloom on the verges. It has many small gift shops and a very old church high on the headland with spectacular sea views.
Pons is just 15 km from our house. It has wonderful Donjon [Keep] located in the centre of the town and which allows for fabulous view across the countryside. It has many chic shops and a theatre and exudes charm.
Jonzac Aquapark (25 km)
Just in case the weather was a bit cloudy, the Aquapark in Jonzac could be an idea for a family trip. It is only 25 km from our house and as it is partly indoor, partly outdoor, it can be used no matter what the weather is like. It has a huge tobogan slide, wave pool and a big jacuzzi.
Mortagne-sur-Gironde, Port on the Estuary
A unique site, with its yachting marina and fishing port backed by high white cliffs, with polders protected by a sea wall. Mortagne-sur-Gironde, is an ideal place to visit to get a wider knowledge of the estuary of the Gironde. Mortagne has a long harbour history. It was an embarkation port for the pilgrims, then for the emigrants due to leave for Canada and it was a well-known fishing port for sturgeon.
A few kilometres before Mortagne, you will drive through Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet, with its port practically in the centre of the village and once famous for the fishing of sturgeon and the production of caviar from eggs of the female sturgeon.
Saintes is the nearest large town. It was the first capital of Aquitaine during the Gallo-Roman age. Saintes is a town rich in monuments from medieval times. Famous monuments include the Roman Amphitheatre, constructed in about 40 AD, the Arch of Germanicus, erected in 18-19 AD, the Archeological Museum which houses the rich collections of architectural elements and sculptures from the 1st to 3rd centuries.
The Abbaye aux Dames, Saint Peter's Cathedral and the Saint Eutrope Basilica give remarkable testimony of the renewal of the importance of Saintes during the Middle Ages. Saintes is a particularly lovely town with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. It is also possible to take boat trips on the river. There is a fantastic market on the first Monday of the month.
The town of Cognac is obviously best known for its 'digestif'. The town's medieval quarter "Vieux Cognac" runs from the Tours Saint-Jacques, alongside the river, up to the Saint-Léger church. The area contains many unusual buildings, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, situated on narrow cobbled streets.
The town gives its name to one of the world's best-known types of brandy or eau de vie. Drinks that bear this name must be made in certain areas around the town of Cognac and must be made according to strictly-defined regulations in order to be granted the name Cognac.
The historic port, from which pioneers sailed to explore a brave new world, now has a marina which beckons weekend sailors back to shore. The busiest yachting centre on the French Atlantic coast, the old harbour is overseen by twin fortress towers. Climb the 15th century tower and former prison, the Tour de la Lanterne, for a view over the town. See the ornate facade of the 16th century Hotel de Ville. Perhaps spend some time at the fantastic modern Aquarium (the largest in Europe or the New World Museum).
Bordeaux is the most famous wine region in the world. Most visitors come to the city and its surrounds to tour the chateaux, imbibe the world-class wines and indulge in the regional cuisine, but Bordeaux offers much more. The city is also known for its excellent museums, cafes and restaurants and vibrant night-life. Wide avenues, neoclassical architecture and well-tended parks all give the city a certain 18th-century grandeur. It's also fantastic for shopping. Bordeaux's wine-growing region stretches for 1000 sq km (390 sq mi) around the city, and is divided into 57 appellations (unique production areas), with around 500 chateaux, or vineyards.
There are two key areas of attraction, the Medoc and St Emilion. The Medoc, a large wine-growing area which lies northwest of Bordeaux, along the western shore of the Gironde Estuary. This is easily accessible by car ferry from Blaye or from Royan. In fact the round trip makes a great day out - crossings are around 25 minutes.
The Ile de Re is a very popular tourist destination. The island is noted to have a constant light breeze, and the water temperature is generally cool. The island is surrounded with gently sloping, sandy beaches, which are a real treat for families and tourists. The island is covered by bicycle tracks, with many residents rarely using cars for transportation.
Night life consists of going to Saint Martin, the main port, or to La Flotte, to walk along the quays and to potter around the shops, which are open very late. Restaurants abound. At night, visitors can also watch the buskers, have a drink and enjoy the island's delicious artisanal ice cream, all set in a family-friendly atmosphere.
The Central Market (Marché central) was built in 1955. It is a round shell in concrete eight centimetres in thickness veil. It rests on thirteen peripheral support points without any internal pillar. The market is open every Sunday. The Park of the "Jardins du monde" The jardins du monde ( gardens of the world ) is vast all 7,5 hectares situated in border of the swamp of Pousseau, in the North of the city.
The village and vineyards of St-Emilion, to the east of Bordeaux are well worth a visit. St-Emilion is a medieval town with steep hilly cobbled streets running through ancient limestone buildings. The cobbled streets link picturesque squares, and the distinctive honey-coloured stone makes St Emilion a beautiful town, but also a magnet for visitors.
In the 8th century a hermit from Brittany, Emilion, settled in a cave that contained a natural spring. Over the next 500 years this cave was hollowed and enlarged and is now the largest monolithic church in France (hollowed from a single rock). This amazing chapel overlooks the main square and culminates in a spire that soars more than 200 feet.