Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our cottage in Chez Guérin is a traditional French village house modernised over the years to create a comfortable, flexible four-bedroom home. Up to six people can be accommodated in comfort.
Outside there are enclosed gardens front and back, offering many sunny or sheltered spots to sit out (garden furniture is supplied). Or relax by the private swimming pool (8m x 4m), which is supplied with loungers and parasols.
Chez Guérin is a place to take life easy and enjoy the timeless beauty of the French countryside. But when you're ready to be more active, interesting towns, a range of attractions and glorious beaches are within easy reach.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fouras 46 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle (Laleu) 75 km, Nearest railway: St Savinien 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Three of the four bedrooms have french windows opening on to the balcony that runs along the front. They offer two king-size beds, one standard double and one single bed (all new in 2011-12). There is a family bathroom downstairs (separate WC) and the master bedroom has its own attached shower room and WC. There is a spacious fully-equipped kitchen. There is a wood-burning stove in the sitting room (logs supplied) and electric radiators in all rooms. Table fans are available for hot weather.
Broadband wi-fi is available throughout the house. UK Freesat channels are available on the flatscreen TVs in the sitting room and master bedroom. A multi-region DVD player and an iPod dock are supplied.
|Further details outdoors|
Bring your own tennis racquets, as guests have access, free of charge, to the tennis court of the commune - a 3-4 minute walk from the cottage. You can also use the table-tennis table there and the boules pitch.
Parking - room for one car (or two small ones) in the front drive.
Accessibility - There is level access to the ground floor but the staircase is quite steep with restricted headroom and could be difficult for anyone with limited mobility (all bedrooms are upstairs); toddlers would need supervision on the stairs; and children should not be allowed on to the balcony running along the first floor frontage except under supervision.
Bedlinen and towels provided, but not beach/pool towels - please bring your own.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The River Charente meanders through the countryside only a few minutes from Chez Guérin. Along its banks are pretty little towns, once thriving river ports but now quiet backwaters. Notable are Taillebourg, Port d'Envaux and Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente, all offering pleasant walks along the banks and attractive waterside restaurants and cafes. There are several attractive chateaux and grounds worth a visit, for example the nearby Chateau de la Roche-Courbon.
Further downstream the river loops around the town of Rochefort, site of La Corderie Royale built in 1666 to make the rigging for the warships of the French Navy; close by is the dockyard where the Hermione, Lafayette's frigate, is being reconstructed. Nearby Marennes is the capital of French (and indeed European) oyster production.
The nearest beaches are about 45 minutes away. A string of lively (in season) seaside towns stretches from the Gironde estuary northwards, each with clean, spacious beaches set in sheltered bays: Meschers-sur-Gironde, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Royan, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer. Further north, the coast becomes wilder - indeed "sauvage",as its name says - with miles of beach, and sometimes rough seas, backed by pine forests.
Alternatively, try the pretty islands of Ile d'Oléron and Ile de Ré; they can be very busy in high season: avoid weekends and public holidays, otherwise you may see little but traffic jams.
Further afield, a tour of one of the major cognac distilleries in Cognac provides an interesting day out. The major port and industrial centre of La Rochelle with its picturesque medieval harbour, city walls and streets of shopping arcades is an hour away.
St Jean d'Angely
Chez Guérin looks towards two lovely old towns: to its north is the medieval town of St-Jean d'Angély, for centuries a way station on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. To the south is Saintes, with its fine amphitheatre dating back to Roman times. Both towns offer a wide range of restaurants, cinemas, entertainments and shops. St Jean d'Angély, less than 15 minutes from Chez Guérin, holds a lively colourful market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
There is a major water park in St-Jean d'Angély, the Centre Aquatique Atlantys. There is an open air swimming pool in nearby St-Savinien-sur-Charente and a boating lake. Boats on the River Charente may also be hired here.
Excellent walks can be found throughout the area. For instance, the disused railway line that used to run from St-Jean d'Angély to Taillebourg runs just below the house and has been turned into a lovely walking path. The quiet lanes and lightly used roads around Chez Guérin are ideal for cycling. Bring your own bikes or hire in advance from a local company who can deliver to you.
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28 Sep 2013
This home is very beautiful and so well equipped. We were very impressed with all the additional useful items around the house which helped make our stay even more comfortable. The kids loved all the… More
19 Aug 2013
"Peaceful Cottage in Rural France - A wonderful two weeks."
We have just returned from staying at Chez Guerin, and just wanted to share our experience. Booking online was very easy and Andrew could not have been more helpful, particularly when an issue threat… More
29 Apr 2012
"Perfect for all the family!"
We had a wonderful fortnight at Chez Guerin in August 2011 with 3 generations of our family! It was everything you could want in a holiday home, great layout and lots of space to spread out or be toge… More
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