Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Maison Eugenie is a traditional 150 year old Charantaise barn conversion which offers a wealth of charm and character. It is located on the edge of the small village of St Fort Sur Gironde, in the beautiful Charente Maritime. The property boasts exposed stone walls and a traditional wood burning stove.
Outside there is a lovely south facing terraced area, ideal for dining or sunbathing, leading onto a large private south facing garden with shade. It is situated in a village with amenities; a lively bar, shops, post office, boulangerie, a small market twice weekly, and a bank (with cash machine).
Spend a day relaxing in the very private garden or visit the lovely safe sandy beaches and coves of Meschers, Saint George de Didonne and Royan, which are only a 20-25 minute drive away. The Charente Maritime benefits from a 'micro-climate', with a warm sunny climate which lasts from March to the end of September making this an ideal venue for families with young children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The living space is open plan with a downstairs shower room, well equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas. The exposed stone walls make this a charming place to relax in. Traditional french furniture compliments the ambiance of french living.One of the things which distinguish this house is the marvelous feeling of space, both inside and out.
Maison Eugenie is a characterful house with exposed stone walls and beams.
This property is ideal for a family (or for two couples).
|Further details outdoors|
Maison Eugenie is situated in a very large south facing garden. Large french doors lead out onto a terraced area which is well equipped for dining outside. There is a large covered area next to the house which can be used for storage or as a drying area if the weather is wet.
The cottage is ideal for couples or families. Children are accepted but parents must respect the lovely furnishings and fittings. Non smokers only please. Pets are not allowed.
On booking we ask for a deposit of 25% of the total cost, the balance payable 8 weeks before arrival date. We will send you a booking form.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
St Fort sur Gironde is situated on the estuary close to beaches and interesting places to visit for young and old alike. The area is renowned for its fine food and wines, specialising in seafood.
The area benefits from a wonderful warm climate extending from March right through to October due to the effect of the Gulf Stream – it is the second sunniest area in France after the Riviera.
Mortagne sur Gironde
There is something for everyone in the area around St Fort sur Gironde, whether it's lazing in the sun by the pool, spending time on the beach, activities like watersports, go-karting and golf, birdwatching, walking, cycling, visiting historic sites or indulging in the fantastic local food and wine.
There are many beautiful and historic towns and cities within easy reach. For example, the magnificent ancient Roman town of Saintes, with its 1st Century amphitheatre, one of the oldest discovered; the historic ports of La Rochelle and Rochefort; the magnificent restored 12th Century church at Talmont, not to mention Bordeaux, Cognac, Pons and Angouleme.
The wine areas of Bordeaux are close by. There is so much to do locally you'll have to come time and time again....
Within 15 minutes drive you will find some of the best sandy beaches in Europe. The 3 star Michelin rated 2km long fine sandy beach at Royan, the capital of the Cote de Beaute (Coast of Beauty), stretches north to south from the yachting marina to Saint-Georges-de-Didonne. Here you can hire the wonderful old-fashioned blue and white tents to protect you from the hot summer sun.
Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, south of Royan, has its own long sandy beach and closer still are the beaches at Merschers and La Plages des Vergnes you will find more sandy coves with caves and rock pools.
The beaches of the Cote Sauvage (north of Royan) have the best waves for water sports and fabulous sand dunes – though some of them are nudist! Similarly the islands of Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron have some wonderful stretches of sand.
As well as bathing and basking in the sun, Royan and the Ile d’Oleron are centres for water sports such as windsurfing and sailing.
Go on a boat trip or rent a boat. In the northern Charente Maritime, west of Niort, are the waterways of the Marais Poitevin, or "Green Venice" area. At several villages you can rent flat-bottomed boats and paddle around a delightful maze of tiny canals, lined with willows and poplars.
There is a network of quiet lanes winding amongst the vineyards around Font Remy and Mortagne, and there are numerous cycle tracks in the area. Either bring your own bikes or hire them locally. From St Palais-sur-Mer near Royan there is 60 km of cycle track through the forest and along the coast. There are also marked routes for mountain bikes.
As you would also expect, this is a wonderful area for walking with some breathtaking views of the estuary beyond the vineyards. There are some wonderful seaside and cliff top walks.
Golfers are well catered for with excellent courses at Royan, Saintes, Cognac and Bordeaux.
There are several good horse riding facilities locally.
There are always birds of prey circling in the area around Port Maubert and you are likely to see black redstarts, cuckoos, black kites, hen harriers, buzzards, goshawks, herons, pied flycatchers and hoopoes, amongst others. The area as a whole is excellent for spotting migratory birds (particularly spring and autumn).
At Rochefort, about 35 minutes north of Font Remy, 74 hectares of ecological lagoons welcome thousands of birds each year.
Trout, pike, perch, big carp and whitefish are among the first class catches that the fishing enthusiast can pull out of the waters of the River Charente and other rivers and lakes in the area. The local tourist office in Mortagne has details of where permits can be purchased.
Deep sea fishing is also available at Royan.
You can taste (and buy) Cognac, chardonnay, sauvignon or pineau on the doorstep. Within easy reach is Cognac itself, where you can visit the famous producers and then, of course, there is the famous wine growing region of Bordeaux.
St Emilion is a must or take a tour of the Medoc, home to some of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards.
The Zoo at La Palmyre
In the heart of one of the most beautiful pine forests in the area just north of Royan (35 minutes’ drive) lies La Palmyre zoo. The most famous zoological park in France and recently voted European Zoo of the Year, it is the most visited tourist attraction in the department of Charente-Maritime. As a breeding zoo it is different from most people’s idea of a zoo with many animals free to roam – there are more than 1600 in all!
See apes, elephants, bears, jaguars, lions, panthers, giraffes, hippopotamuses, wolves, crocodiles, pink flamingos, cockatoos, red ibis, parrots. There is a new polar bear basin and tropical greenhouse, a reptile house and shows with trained parrots and sea lions. Kids love it!
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13 Sep 2013
"Fantastic holiday in a beautiful Gite"
Arrived on the Saturday to be greeted by the owner of the gite, She was helpful and pointed out the things we needed to know, supermarket and what was in the village. The location was good easy walkin… More
4 Sep 2013
"Wonderful gite - great location - relaxing/peaceful!"
We returned from a great holiday at Maison Eugenie in July this year. Sylvie was a wonderful host - very welcoming on arrival. We had lovely hot sunny weather which enabled us to make the most of th… More
18 Aug 2013
"Great value for money"
Just come back from a two week stay and would recommend this gite, especially the lovely garden. It is situated in a village with amenities and is close to lots of places of interest.The surrounding c… More
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