Maison Des Fleurs
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our house in the Charente Maritime is in the pretty hamlet of Plassay situated between the historic towns of Saintes and Royan surrounded by fields of sunflowers.
The house is only 2 minutes from the village of St. Porchaire with all of the local amenities and the beautiful Chateau de la Roche Courbon.
The house consists of two large double bedrooms one with an en suite toilet and washroom.
A large lounge incorporating a separate dining area.
A fitted kitchen with double doors opening onto a private garden and a patio area. Here you will find a covered area where guests can play table tennis or simply relax in the shade before cooling off in the above ground swimming pool (swimming pool availability subject to change,normally available until the end of August,please enquire with owner.) Guests can then test their barbequeing skills on the stone BBQ.and enjoy Al Fresco dining at its best in the peaceful, tranquil surroundings and watch the beautiful sunsets and gaze at the natural night skies.
There is also a downstairs toilet and separate shower room.
The entire house boasts traditional features; from the exposed stone walls, the exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces - one fitted with a wood burner.
The house benefits from:
- Satellite T.V.
- Internet access wifi payable locally, ( contact owner re: availability ).
- DVD / video player
- CD player
- Numerous books for guests perusal
- Oven/Cooker, kettle, toaster, microwave, coffee maker etc
- Outside there is a stone BBQ, and garden furniture for guests use.
The house is perfectly located for visiting all of the attractions the area has to offer or simply relaxing in the garden with a nice bottle of Bordeaux or St. Emilion and a good book.
Families and couples alike will be spoilt for choice with the variety of activities the area has to offer,such as numerous beaches,surfing,swimming pools,parks,golf courses,horse riding,museums and much much more.
Alternatively, you can simply step outside the front door and enjoy kilometers of forest walks and cycle rides nestled amongst the rolling fields of sunflowers. See if you can spot the local wildlife including deer and birds of prey.
Saintes is a delightful example of an ordinary French Town with the added benefit that a visit allows you to explore 2,000 years of history.
One can still visit the remnants of the Arch of Germanicus,The Amphitheatre and the Thermal Baths. It also boasts many Religious buildings such as the Abbaye aux Dammes and St.Pierre Cathedral.
There are numerous Restaurants and Café bars, all serving amongst other things delicious local delicacies and the finest wines, Cognac or Pineau to delight even the most ardent gastronomers.
The picturesque port of La Rochelle with its twin medieval towers framing the harbour entrance is approximately a 45 minute drive. Stroll beneath the stone arcades, wander the historic pedestrian streets, and soak up the atmosphere along the quayside. Your family will love all the multi-coloured fish at La Rochelle aquarium, one of the largest in Europe. Then get out on the water with a cruise round the Charentais islands – Ile d'Aix,its Ile d'Oléron and the majestic island fortress of Fort Boyard, location for the TV game show.
Royan is a wonderful place to relax and soak up the sun. A favourite of the French themselves, there are miles of wonderful sandy beaches and coves with the added advantage of the freshness of the Atlantic Ocean. The summer weather matches the Mediterranean yet you can still find an empty beach even in August.
But there is much more to enjoy, some of the best beaches, culture, places to visit and things to do so that you can get the most from your visit to this delightful region of France.
Marennes, Rochefort and the Seudre and Charente rivers, create the perfect habitat for oysters and mussels - making the region the most productive in France - as well as thousands of migrating wildfowl and majestic birds of prey. Travel further down the Gironde and the banks on either side are home to the famous Bordeaux vineyards.
Start your first album of family holiday memories with some unforgettable experiences in Poitou-Charentes. Enjoy sandy beaches, animal parks and quiet countryside in a climate that's perfect for families and couples alike.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan,IL D'Oleron 20 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle - 45 mins ./ Bordeaux - 1 hour./ Limog, Nearest railway: TGV MAIN AT LINE SAINTES.|
|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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charent Maritime department boasts some of the most fashionable resort destinations in France and is becoming one of its most sought after places to live and holiday.It is not hard to see why. The department has one of the best climates in France with lots of sunshine all year round – supposedly second only to the Côte d'Azur - and relatively mild winters. But the cooling effect of the sea means that it rarely becomes unbearably hot in the summer months. It is also an attractive area, with fields of sunflowers, rolling hills, a long and varied coastline and cream-coloured houses with blue shutters and red tile roofs. The Charente-Maritime is best known for its many, many miles of sandy beaches, charming islands and pretty seaside towns.
So if you're after a seaside holiday that feels very French and has some of the best beaches around, then this is definitely the place to head to. Towns such as La Rochelle and Royan, plus the islands of Île de Ré and Île d'Aix, still have a strong sense of French identity and spirit, and the area has long been a popular holiday destination for the locals who flock here from all over France.
Unlike the ultra-glamorous Cote d'Azur, however, the Charente Maritime has a laid-back and relaxed mood – not to mention being rather less expensive.But you don't have to stick to the most well-known areas for your holiday – the entire coastline is one long beach with smaller villages, resorts and hotels stretching along its length, and there's plenty to see and do. Amongst them are a number of family friendly beaches as well as places to enjoy all manner of water sports from surfing to snorkelling. Many of the beaches are also accessible for those who are disabled. The Charente-Maritime is not all about beaches, however.
Move inland and there are plenty of tourist attractions and things to do as you travel through pretty countryside of rolling hills dotted with grazing cattle and sheep to the town of Saintes. With medieval houses and narrow streets plus significant Roman times, including an amphitheatre and churches, it is well worth a visit.
Not surprisingly, with such a long coastline fantastic seafood is a speciality of the region, especially the local Marenne-Oléron oysters and buchot mussels. And then there's locally-produced salt and the distinctive flavour of the Île de Ré potato! Moreover the famous cognac and the less well known pineau des charentes are also produced in the Charente-Maritime.
Whether your taste is for motor racing or sailing, music or hot air ballooning, games or films, the annual festivals on offer in Poitou-Charentes take some beating. Unsurprisingly the majority of them take place during the main French holiday period of June, July and August, when the visitor can be spoilt for choice as to which festival to visit, as many take place at the same time. But if you know the right place to look, then there is something every month of the year.
June is a magical month for the French when they celebrate the Summer Solstice on 21st June. Towns and villages all over the region reverberate to the sound of music for the Fete de la Musique. June also sees the Annual Film Festival at La Rochelle (17)
July is the month to experience four days and four nights of Blues Passions in Cognac(16), with blues music in all its forms, from concerts to master classes and workshops. Blues afficionadoes from the whole of France congregate on Cognac for this festival, so it must be good! Check out the website for details of dates, venues and bands. Le Festival de Saintes (17) is organised by the Academies Musicales de Saintes over 10 days in July.
As a change from music and dance, how about the annual European Hot Air Balloon Championships at Mainfonds (16), there's even a ladies' section. Check the website for the programme. Les Francofolies de La Rochelle (17) takes place in the Vieux-Port during the second week of July, with over 120 singers and groups taking part.The annual Circuits des Remparts at Angoulême (17) every September is the weekend when classic car enthusiasts descend on the town to celebrate one of only 3 remaining European car road races – the other 2 being at Pau and the Monaco Grand Prix.
La Palmyre Zoo
Jardins du Monde, Royan
Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes
Roman Amphitheatre, Saintes
La Rochelle Aquarium
La Roche Courbon (Sleeping Beauty's castle)
Corderie Royale at Rochefort
L'Hermione at Rochefort
Futurescope at Poitiers.
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25 Jul 2014
"Grotty, Untidy, No Washing Machine, and we left"
There was a range of cleanliness issues ranging from crumbs on the dining table to the space between the kitchen window and the shutter being full of spider webs. The bath and sinks had received only … More
16 Jun 2014
"Disappointing - did not live up to advert or expectations."
Although location was ideal for walking, and visiting nearby towns and villages, this property did not measure up, in any way, to expectations. We have visited loads of gites in this price range and … More
I am very disappointed that the guests felt this way about our property as we strive to make the your holiday as comfortable as possible. Whilst I agree that the pool had not been cleaned the guests were informed well in advance that this was the case and that it was not available due to previous damage. I have spoken to my gardener and he assures me that the garden had been maintained and grass cut however, I cannot confirm or negate this fact. That said I have no reason to doubt him. As for the smell of damp the house is aired and cleaned prior to and following a guests 'stay. I have since checked with my cleaner and she states that all of the kitchen appliances mentioned are in good working order.
Again, a corner of the glass in the wood burner has been cracked by a previous guest and not yet replaced. This however does not prevent it from working and the guests were given prior notice of this.
I am very sorry that the guests did not enjoy their holiday and that the house did not meet their expectations for whatever reason and I am grateful for their comments as it helps me to ensure that the property is maintained to the highest possible level.
10 May 2013
"highly recommended,wonderful location.true corner of france"
stayed for two weeks.gutted to leave!! wonderful house full of character.superb friendly location with the town of saintes in close proximity also a short drive to la rochelle and the coastal resort o… More
10 May 2013
"Idyllic and tranquil stay in the heart of France"
Accomodation was spotless and in a lovely setting that made you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of some other tourist locations. A hidden gem for the proce we paid and we came home revitalised from a very relaxing stay. Will definitely go there again soon!
10 May 2013
"Charming place run by professionals"
Charming cottage in a beautiful setting. Perfect for a get away from it all and escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Run by professionals who couldn't do enough to help. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.
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