Doeuil sur le Mignon holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access, balcony/terrace and walking

4 reviews

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  • House
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
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Key information

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets

From the owner

Columba ( 2 bedrooms) You enter via a glass door into the open plan lounge, dining & kitchen area, the stairs lead from the rear to the first floor which has a has a double bed in room 1, three singles in room 2, there is a bed sofa in the lounge. Sleeps 5, In the bathroom there is a combined bath/ shower and a pedestal sink, the w/c is separate with a hand sink, both are the ground floor. The total floor area is 72 mtrs sq approx.

The six gites are named after star constellations

We have a fantastic new solar heated, fully tiled, safety fenced swimming pool (12 x 8 mtrs) - which has a separate 'splash' pool (6 x 5 mtrs) for young ones. A half acre garden contains children's swings , a play fort, badminton & lawn tennis, a football net, a very large safety netted trampoline,and there is also a games room with table tennis and pool & table football. We have loads of bikes including child seats & safety helmets.

In short we have everything you need for the perfect holiday. Then, of course, for the more adventurous, there is all that Charente-Maritime has to offer as well!

Each gite has a new kitchen, fully stocked with all crockery, cutlery etc.

There is a kettle, microwave, toaster and full normal size gas oven with overhead extractor.

There is satellite TV so you can watch all the normal UK channels or if you prefer you can watch French TV. There is a DVD Player, it is also possible to have UK radio via the satellite & to play music CD's on the DVD player, so bring your favourite DVDs/CD's.

The bedrooms have full size wardrobes, all bedding & towels are provided free of charge.

Cots are available and pets are welcome in certain gites.

We have a communal laundry building with washing machine & tumble drying facilities.


The village of Villeneuve La Comtesse is just 2 miles away, with amenities which include a bakery, butcher, post office, hairdresser, mini market and bar-restaurant. There is a large park with children's activities.

There is a choice of quality supermarkets, bars, restaurants, swimming pools and banks in Surgeres (15 mins) or St Jean D'Angely (15 mins).

We are 40 minutes from the historic port of La Rochelle on the west coast of France.

The beaches of Ile de re, Ile d'Oleron La Rochelle, Chatelaillon & Royan are nearby. Venise verte and Benon wood. Cognac, Puy du Fou, Saintes, La Palmyre zoo, and Futuroscope at Poitiers are all within easy reach.

There are numerous Chateaux in the area open to visitors.

Local Towns (in order of size largest first)

La Rochelle

A large cosmopolitan town on the cost 40 minutes to the west of us.

Le Vieux Port. This is the heart of eating and drinking to be found in La Rochelle. It is what you see on many of the postcards and is simply stunning. There are scores of restaurants and bars to chose from either looking on to the old port, or on the streets just running off it. Local artists sell paintings, pottery, traders sell African artefact & all forms of gifts on stalls around the harbour

There is a small beach and when the tide is right an opportunity to have a cooling swim.

I like to park next to the indoor swimming pool to the north east, where you can walk through miles of park towards the beach, via children's play areas , a children's zoo & well manicured gardens.

At night La Rochelle comes to life, street entertainers, music, night time shopping, for the adventurous there is a casino.

The Market, "La Marche" A true French market which is open every day apart from Sunday. On Wednesday and Saturday, the “Grande Marche” is held where the stalls spill out from Les Halles and spread down the adjoining streets. If you like fresh food, this is not to be missed as the fish, seafood, meat, vegetables and flowers are displayed to their best and the atmosphere is incredible.

Shopping in La Rochelle is a pleasure with a huge range of shops, including many selling the finest products in jewellery, fashion and food. The main shopping streets include those with sheltered walkways, which protect the shopper from rain in the winter and the heat of the sun in the summer.

If the weather isn't good try the Aquarium, turtles to sharks, a glass tunnel to walk through be surrounded by sea life.

The Aquarium is fantastic for all ages. Not only that but also the restaurant and bar offer good value and stunning views over the town if you are able to get a seat on the terraces.

Boat trips

Most boat trips leave from the Vieux Port. There are trips to all the Islands and Fort Boyard. They can be all day, half day or a couple of hours depending on your tastes and the destination you want. Choose from Fort Boyard, Ile de Re, Ile d'Aix, Ile d'Oleron and several others.

Horse Drawn tours

There are guided tours every day in July and August except Sundays and bank holidays. Meet at the tourist office for a trip of 1 hour seeing the town by caleche, then half an hour on foot. Tarifs: Adult: 8€ - Child (4-12 years) and students:

6€. Circuit back to the tourist office.


45 minutes away, an ancient town which lies on the main pilgrimage route to Spain. The river Charente runs through the town. The capital of the ancient province of Saintonge, its monuments and history make it worth a visit.


Cognac with its rolling vineyards is only 30 minutes away where you can tour the many distilleries including the world famous Courvoisier and Hennesy & Martell distilleries on its banks of the river charante, your taken for a tour around the barrel storage areas, shown how barrels are made in the cooperage, you get to see how the burnt wine (brandy) is turned into cognac . Where you can sample the cognac and the local aperitif Pineau. .

Boating on the Charente river is a must in Cognac and nearby Jarnac


An old naval town with a ropeworks and museum and a lovely town square.

St Jean D'Angely

An historical, vibrant town, is 15 minutes away, built around three open squares, where there is a twice weekly market, bars, restaurants and many other visitor attractions .

During the summer there are music festivals, live bands and a very large visiting fairground.

Just out of town you can cross the river Boutonne to a large park, with paddle boats, outdoor table tennis, a children's park, an open air swimming pool open 3pm onwards during the summer.

Just behind the park is a large leisure centre & indoor pool, open all year and heated, with a huge curly slide, diving boards, Jacuzzis, shallow splash pools attractively laid out for the kids, and for serious swimmers a further lap pool.


Famous for its butter, has links with the TGV, you can be in Paris in under 3 hours on the TGV, it has a large out door swimming pool. A visit to the town's park reveals its chateau and the Romanesque church of Our Lady (Notre Dame).

St Savinien

The town centre here is very nice, its on the river Charente, cross the bridge to the large park, here there are electric scale model boats, for children of all ages, they can steer around a lake, & through canals, scale models include Mississippi steamers, Channel Ferries, Tugs, the boats open every day in July & August from 2pm, its 4 euros each.

Port d Envaux

Where you can swim in the Charente, there are two diving boards , paddle boats or canoes to hire, a children's park.

Also local to the above is Crazannes (which has a châteaux ) & St Prochaire neither of which I have yet visited but I'm told are worth visiting.


Where the road turns right to turn away from the river go straight on there is a restaurant /bar at the end of the road, again boats to hire water skiing , which I think needs pre booking 06 76 13 95 88 .

Taillebourg has a chateaux at the top of the hill.

Venise verte

During the tourist peak season, it is wise to make the boat trip in the morning or to choose a jetty in a hamlet a little away from the most frequented places.

For a traditional boat trip, you've a wide selection of jetties in the various villages, which offer varied formulae, adapted to your wishes of the moment.

You can also rent boats and canoes without a guide-skipper. For the first time, it's obviously better to take a tour with a guide-skipper!

Dampierre sur Boutonne

Where there is a bar/restaurant and a renaissance Chateau, which unfortunately had a major fire two years ago, but you can still tour the gardens and view the ongoing restoration work.


With its colourful Sunday market and pavement bars and restaurants


A 5 minute drive will get you to the popular village of Loulay with its large outdoor swimming pool, pretty centre, if your French is failing you try the Mutton Noir (Black Sheep) pub & restaurant, say hello to the English proprietors Alex & Carol.



The park of the moving image at Poitiers is approximately 1 hour drive and makes a great day out for all the family.


A zoo of European Fauna set in the heart of the Chize forest, is well worth a visit.

La Palmyre Zoo at Royan has a lot to offer all the family.

Luna Park, which is behind La Palmyre Zoo opens during the summer evenings, there are lots of fairground type rides,

Euro Disney

You could visit Euro Disney on your route to or from our location, stopping for a night or two in a Paris Hotel. Mickey Mouse for the kids, and scenic Paris for the grownups!

Or you can set of at 6am from Surges, and be in Paris for 9am on the commuter train.

Les Plages (The Beaches)

The Atlantic beaches in this part of France are generally shallow and sandy, and often have a good surf for body boarding.

Châtelaillon-Plage with its 3 km of uninterrupted white sands where the locals enjoy windsurfing and parasailing.

This is the nearest beach, just south of La Rochelle, a very long promenade, a small shopping area, lots of bars overlooking the beach.

Offers a magnificent view of the coast and the islands. it the ideal place for a day out. Summer markets on Tuesday and Friday mornings are well worth a visit.


(40 mins) has vast sandy beaches, many fish restaurants and shops, and an excellent nightlife. A typical seaside town in the middle of oyster country.


Offers a variety of beaches facing all the different horizons, the Plage Nord to the North, the Grande Plage to the West, the Plage Sud to the South. The Plage Nord is lined with beautiful villas built during the first part of the 20th Century. The Grande Plage is very pleasant and the woods of holm oaks around the Casino are particularly restful. Finally, take time to visit Fort Vauban.

Les Iles

The Ile d'Oléron and the Ile de Ré are connected to the mainland by bridges and the Ile Madame is accessible by car at low tide. Take the ferry, which crosses from Fouras to the Ile d' Aix.

Ile de Ré, this stretches out over 30 km, from Sablanceaux to the lighthouse, Phare des Baleines and offers many beautiful beaches. There are 100 km of bicycle paths fitted out for all categories of cyclists. If you have no bikes, they can be rented most places on the island. Ideal for the whole days outing take a picnic or sample one of the many good restaurants.

Il d'Oleron - 1 hour. Il d'Oleron is an island accessed by a long, toll-free bridge. The island has miles of sandy beaches, and is laced with cycle paths through the pine woods

Local Restaurants & Bars

There are many more than listed but these are my favourites

The Auberge de la Chateaux, Villeneuve La Comtesse, on the N150, lunchtime set menu.

The Tabac at Marsais, lunchtime set menu.

The Lighthouse at St Felix, a bar and shop open every day but Tuesday.

St Jean D Angely

The Jacobin, 26 rue des Jacobin - open everyday, pizzas, steak ect good with kids

Hotel De La Place - excellent food and not expensive, a good posh evening out, no children's menu

McDonalds - if you have kids you have to go now & again, its out of town next to the Intermache

Ellis Park & the Annex next door offer a basic snack menu or Tapas, it is nice to sit outside this Bar in the square and have a drink on a summer evening

There is a lovely bar restaurant on the banks of the river boutonne, overlooking the park, you can sit outside next to the river and have a drink, the restaurant is unusual, they bring you your meat uncooked and you cook it on a very hot volcanic stone at the table


Le Ronsard, 24 Avenue De Liberation, very good food.

There is a good Chinese just out of the centre on the road to Rochfort

The Grand Café, next to the indoor market.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2: 3 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Great for children of all ages
  • Ask about pets
  • Cot available
  • High chair available


  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Children's pool
  • Shared garden
  • Swing set
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • High chair available
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Interaction with guest

As the Property owners we live in France full time. We live on site and are happy to help with getting the best from your holiday in France. David and his family moved to France in 2004. They found an old French manor house with surrounding outbuilds which had been empty for 35 years. He renovated our home and the on site gites and opened for bussiness with 4 gites in 2006, opening a further 2 gites in 2007 and has recently finished renovating gite number 7. Our gite complex is perfect for families and friends holidaying together and in the summer we enjoy the buzz and chatter of families enjoying themselves around the courtyard and in the pool and gardens. Cathy & David




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About the owner

David I.
Calendar updated:
25 Jun 2022

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Languages spoken: English, French
This House has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 26 Mar 2014. Located in Charente-Maritime, it has 4 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £335 to £1005.
The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 25 Jun 2022.
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Perfect French Holiday!
Jul 2020

Wonderful rustic gite complex in a beautiful location. The owner David was extremely welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Easy access to La Rochelle by car and what seemed like an endless amou… More 

Reviewed 28 Jul 2020

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Aug 2019

Our second time of visiting - so good we went back. A great two weeks, even though the weather was mixed the first week. Charming rural gite complex that has character - lovely spacious areas and poo… More 

Reviewed 25 Aug 2019

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Owner's reply:
Andrew, Olivia & Torin I would love to have you all back next year. Thanks for all your help David

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Ottershaw, United Kingdom

Aug 2017

Great time had by all the family, clean and safe yet traditional with local facilities. Would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed 7 Sep 2017

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Lovely Gite, pretty village, thoroughly enjoyed our break :-)
Jun 2013

The Gite was charming with all we could need, Dave the owner was very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble.Just wonderful. Wish we could have stayed longer

Reviewed 10 Apr 2014

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