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Hollyhock House bathed in summer sun

Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Hollyhock House is a traditional French farmhouse in the village of Varaize some 5 miles from the market town of St. Jean D'Angely. Double gates open into a large walled courtyard which in turn leads into an enclosed garden with a splash pool. On the ground floor is a large fully equipped kitchen/dining area, a sitting room and a bathroom. The sitting room has a TV giving English programmes and a DVD. There is oil fired central heating. On the first floor are two double bedrooms and a second bath/shower room.

VARAIZE is a quiet village set in a rolling countryside of green fields, vineyards, sunflowers and meandering rivers, an ideal base from which to explore the Charente and the historic towns of St.Jean D'Angely, Aulnay, Saintes, La Rochelle and Angoulems.


Dating back to the 8th century St. Jean boasts the twin towers of a ruined Abbey,now a UNESCO world heritage site and a medieval clock tower. With weekly markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays it has a full range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Situated on the river Boutonne, once a busy thoroughfare carrying wine, cognac, salt and gunpowder to the coast it has a large boating lake and leisure park. Nearby is 'Atlantys' an impressive indoor swimming pool with water slides, diving pool, and gym. Sun yourself at a pavement café in the market square and immerse yourself in the joie de vivre of a typical French market town.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fouras 50 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: La Rochelle 65 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The Charente Maritime enjoys a micro climate due to the gulf steam hugging the coast.It has more hours of sunshine than anywhere in France other than the Cote D'Azur. Popular with both the French and the English for holidays it retains an old world charm with villages built from local stone dotting the landscape. Once the Romans marched through here leaving an Amphitheatre and triumphal arch in SAINTES, the capital of the region, and for centuries the English and the French fought to call this region their own. This rich agricultural land, full of sunflowers and vineyards, split by two meandering rivers, the Boutonne and the Charente, will lead you down country lanes to discover hidden treasures, ancient churches, riverside restaurants, The coast is just an hour's drive away. Golden beaches, ancient ports and Napoleonic forts (built to stop Nelson's navy from raiding the coast) provide a rich range of venues. The region is famous for its seafood and the local oysters and mussels are considered the best in France.

St Jean d'Angely

Sainte, Cognac and La Rochelle are all within easy reach. Sainte, some thirty minutes away is the capital of the region and bustles with life. Full of beautiful buildings built of mellow stone its cathedral towers over the Charente river where you can hire boats or take a leisurely cruise. Cognac, also nearby, has been made famous the world over by the brandy produced here. A fascinating and historic town most of the distilleries offer guided tours.

La Rochelle is the third most visited town in France. A lovely coastal town full of 17th and 18th century buildings the old port is packed with cafes, bars and restaurants. Pass through the gateway of the Grosse Horloge and wander through a maze of pedestrianised streets.

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Calendar last updated:28 May 2014

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Languages spoken
  • English
  • French