Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Welcome to our holiday home in the Charente Maritime. This area of France is famous for its fields of sunflowers, sandy beaches and summer sunshine. Our traditional Charentaise farmhouse is situated in a tiny hamlet about a 15 minute drive from the market town of St Jean d'Angely and 45 minutes from La Rochelle. The spacious house provides comfortable self-catered accommodation, a large garden and a brand new outdoor swimming pool.
Les Romains Charente is a 200 year old Charentaise farmhouse within easy reach of larger towns and villages. It is set in approximately half an acre of private garden surrounded by a secure wall and lockable wrought iron gates, thus is very safe for small children. Traffic through the hamlet is minimal and consists mostly of tractors!
The house easily sleeps 10-12 guests and is ideal for 1 or 2 families. It has many original features; stonework, exposed oak beams and Charentaise fireplaces, together with some quirky new ones! The thick stone walls and tiled floors ensure the house is cool in the summer months but with electric heating and woodburners, it is ideal for cosy winter holidays too.
The hamlet of Petit Malveau is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vines, maize and many impressive vegetable plots. The country lanes around the local villages are very quiet and are ideal for family bike rides. The birdlife is exceptional, with daily sightings of birds of prey, herons and hoopoes. The neighbouring villages provide a boulangerie, a convenience store and a post office.
A free tennis court is a short bike ride away. The village of Migre (also within cycling distance) has easy stocked trout fishing and a bar.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fouras 48 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle airport 57 km, Nearest railway: Surgeres 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The hamlet of Petit Malveau is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vines, maize and many impressive vegetable plots. The country lanes around the local villages are very quiet and are ideal for family bike rides. The birdlife is exceptional, with daily sightings of birds of prey, herons and hoopoes.
The neighbouring villages provide a boulangerie, a convenience store and a post office. A free tennis court is a short bike ride away. The village of Migre (also within cycling distance) has easy stocked trout fishing and a bar and restaurant. Ten minutes drive away is the small town of Loulay which has a bar which is popular with British tourists, a pharmacy, grocers, post office, three boulangeries and a very pleasant outdoor public swimming pool.
Our house is a fifteen minute drive from the town of St Jean d'Angely which has a vibrant Saturday market and many shops and cafes. Similar distances away are the popular and pretty market towns of Surgeres and Aulnay.
Slightly further afield are Cognac, Saintes and La Rochelle, all about 45 minutes from Petit Malveau. The fabulous island of Ile de Re is about one hour away by car and reached via a toll bridge. The surf beaches of the 'cote sauvage' are about an hour away by car. There is an ever expanding information folder in the house outlining all the local attractions.
St Jean d'Angely
The nearest tourist beaches are found at the coastal town of Fouras, which is about a 40 minute drive. Fouras is home to Fort Boyard and is the starting point for day trips to both Fort Boyard and Ile d'Aix. Fouras has 3 beaches, plenty of free parking, seafront restaurants and cafes. Fort Vauban beach is the most popular in Fouras with families as it has a man made pool which fills with sea water and provides a relatively safer swimming environment than the open sea.
Other beaches are plentiful around La Rochelle and Chataillon.
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