£58 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Cottage with pool + garden room + aircon (bedroom) nr Estuary – Home 46969 Gite

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Cottage with pool + garden room + aircon (bedroom) nr Estuary – Home 46969

  • Gite
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner


Under new management with Corinne & Olivier - but the same gite and the same warm welcome !

La Vieille Grange in Semoussac is a quality conversion of a wine producing barn, the gite offers couples privacy, relaxation, views, large all weather garden room (with full width, sliding glass doors), acre of garden, 11x5m swimming pool & all mod cons (incl aircon in bedroom).

Located in countryside, surrounded by vineyards and rolling Charente Maritime countryside but within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary (with nature reserve and bird sanctuary) and quiet marinas, it is within 30 minutes of a nice beach with lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux & La Rochelle.

The gite is specifically designed around the needs of couples (or 2 friends !) .

The gite consists of :

On ground floor :

kitchen/dining room : modern and fully equipped incl full sized oven & ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, dining table/chairs and direct dial telephone/answering machine

living room : with Godin log burner, TV/video with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) & French channels, DVD player, CD/radio/cassette player & sofa (a sofa-bed can be provided for people not able to get up the stairs, subject to availability)

bathroom : bath with wall mounted shower attachment

separate WC

entrance hall, with spiral staircase (steep !) up to :

On 1st floor, in the converted grenier/loft, 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6mx3m / 18ftx9ft into the eaves - although with some low beams) :

main double bedroom for 2 people, incl. sitting area with sofa and aircon ... and French windows with views across countryside towards the estuary (and the sunsets !).

mezzanine double bedroom for additional 2 people, leading to main bedroom

and outside :

an enormous (6x4 metre) all weather & all year round garden room/terrace with triple sliding patio doors, opening onto pool area and stunning views across garden and valley beyond

If/when you need heating in the garden room, there is a log burner - logs provided !

So if it's a bit drizzly you can still relax and enjoy a good book (or an even better bottle of wine !) whilst enjoying the "being in the garden" feeling and gazing at the views across garden and valley to the village beyond !

And when it stops drizzling and warms up - just open up as much or as little of the patio doors as you want - opening up as much as 2/3rds of the room to the garden.

With a choice of furniture : easy chairs; wood steamer-style chairs or deckchairs. Plus dining table & chairs, coffee table and side tables.

plenty of choice of garden furniture (wood or PVC sun-loungers, chairs, tables & parasols), plus BBQ and 2 bikes

use of 11mx5m swimming pool - May to October incl. The pool is approx 1m in the shallow end and approx 2m at the deep end, with a diving board *

use of garden - approx 1 acre - incl boules pit

and the ever popular "finishing touches" :

with your confirmation letter, you'll get our colour information booklet - with everything from our favourite places to eat and drink, to the all important opening times of local supermarkets - and of course maps and directions for getting to us !

and waiting for you when you arrive :

fresh flowers to gladden the eye

our complimentary "Post Travelling Recovery Kit" otherwise known as our "Welcome Pack", including a bottle of wine (for you to celebrate the start of your holiday !) and provisions for an evening snack and morning breakfast - so you don't need to go to a supermarket after travelling ! (Pack includes : bottle of wine, olives, bread, croissants, milk, cheese, orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, margarine, pasta & pesto sauce)

an abundance of up to date tourist maps, guides and leaflets - carefully organised to make it easy to find just what you want (yes, Chris IS that sad !)

availability of an extensive DVD & video library (to accompany that late night bottle of wine perhaps ?)

Wi-fi coverage is provided on request (subject to availability) if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop.

the gite Information Folder with details of everything from the latest weather forecast to information about how to use all the gite's facilities

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Toilet Only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

We'll let previous guest reviews speak for themselves ! "Chris and Martin were wonderful hosts, attentive but unobtrusive." "Chris and Martin were extremely helpful and informative without being intrusive. " "We were made to feel very much 'at home' by Martin and Chris, who were unassuming and charming." "The hosts Chris and Martin were brilliant too, so helpful and generous but at the same time very discreet"


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

One small, well behaved dog may be welcome - please check with us first.


About the owner

Chris And Martin ..

Tourist Licence

Calendar updated:
13 Apr 2021
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Gite has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 16 Jan 2008. Located in Charente-Maritime, it has 28 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £373 to £682.

The property’s calendar was last updated on 13 Apr 2021.


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Guest reviews

28 reviews

Very Good

“Simply the best!”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2019

This is our 3rd stay at La Vielle Grange, and it won't be our last. The gite was, as always spotlessly clean on arrival. The pool also. The gite had everything we needed for a quiet relaxing hol… More

Owner's reply: Mike - it's just a shame TripAdvisor don't provide for adding a Tina Turner soundtrack to your review ! We're delighted you enjoyed your 3rd stay with us - it's always nice to welcome people back, particularly when it's obvious they enjoy themselves so much. Thankyou for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and generous review. Ziggy particularly appreciated his mention ! Best wishes Martin, Chris - and Ziggy !

“Perfect Gite with pool - bliss!”

Reviewed 24 Jun 2019

This was our third time staying at Chris & Martin's gite, and we hope it won't be our last. We love it for the peace & quiet, the fabulous pool, the lovely garden, its proximity to l… More

Owner's reply: Teresa Many thanks for such a lovely review - it was a real pleasure welcoming you back for the 3rd time - and we're glad Ziggy rose to the occasion ! Looking forward to welcoming you back for the 4th time ! Chris, Martin - and Ziggy !

“Like a little piece of paradise!”

Reviewed 30 May 2019

In one word: "amazing". This was the best location we ever had, including the best host! From the moment we arrived at Semoussac our holidays started! We had a really warm welcome including … More

Owner's reply: Kristina Many thanks for such a kind review - we're delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Chris and Martin

“Peaceful countryside gite”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2018

We enjoyed our 10 days at this very rural gite immensely. The welcoming owners have taken enormous care to ensure every requirement of their guests is fulfilled. It is one of the best equipped propert… More

Owner's reply: That's a very kind review - thank you for taking the time to write it ! Chris is delighted you found the pool to be so clean - and Martin is equally delighted that the gite was spotless ! It was a real pleasure to welcome you and we're pleased you enjoyed your stay - and that the bike exercise wasn't too exacting ! Martin and Chris


Reviewed 25 Aug 2018

If you are looking to relax and unwind in a tranquil, beautiful setting in the company of 2 non intrusive gite owners ... look no further. The gite itself has all you will need, lots of space (both in… More

Owner's reply: Su : many thanks for your generous review ! Chris is delighted that the pool was sparkling clean ! We think it's the first time someone's asked to book again within 2 days of having arrived - most at least wait to the end of their holiday ! We look forward to welcoming you all back next year - the cool terrace awaits the lovely Gertie and the pool and view for the 2 legged guests ! Thanks again ! Chris and Martin

“Situated near sunflower fields and vines - a piece of heaven on earth.”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2018

A beautiful gite with a stunning private pool and garden area. This place provides rest and relaxation in abundance. Chris and Martin offer a warm welcome on arrival and throughout your stay rema… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for the review ! It's been a pleasure welcoming you back over the last 5 years - and other family members before that ! Glad we are discrete as ever ! Looking forward to seeing you again next time - the garden (and wine !) await !

“First class.....”

Reviewed 18 Jun 2018

From the moment we booked the holiday last saying was faultless. It is true what all the reviews say Chris & Martin really are the best hosts. The attention to detail is wh… More

Owner's reply: That's a lovely review - many thanks ! We're pleased you managed to drag Mick out of the pool occasionally to sample the delights of local places to visit ! And you returned home without washing to do ! It was a real pleasure welcoming you - you were perfect guests ! Thanks again ! Chris and Martin

“Absolutely Heavenly!”

Reviewed 24 Apr 2018

Absolutely perfect! Chris and Martin are the most wonderful, attentive yet discreet hosts. The cottage is perfect with a most beautiful garden room providing ample clear views of the stunning swimming… More

Owner's reply: Chris and June - Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind and generous review ! It was a real pleasure to hear how much you enjoyed your stay ! And we think it's a 1st that someone's bought a mattress as a result of liking the gite's so much ! We're glad we decided to renew it - we usually do every year and it's great to know it's appreciated !! But usually it's the wine people buy to take back with them ! We look forward to welcoming you both back ! Best wishes. Chris and Martin

“Very Nice cottage house”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2017

Lovely place to stay in A great enviroment with very Nice owners You feel really welcome Lot of Nice details, great garden with wonderful view. Near Lovely places like Bordeaux, Saintes and La Rochel… More

Owner's reply: Desiree Many thanks for your lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday at the gite - and that the weather was a lot better than you returned to in the Netherlands ! Hartelijk dank voor uw mooie recensie. We zijn verheugd dat u van uw vakantie in de gite genoten was - en dat het weer veel beter was dan u terugkeerde naar Nederland! Chris and Martin


Reviewed 30 Aug 2017

A perfect sanctuary for those in need of some peace and tranquility, which we certainly were! When we weren't swimming in the pool, we lazed around in the lovely garden, amongst the pots of geran… More

Owner's reply: Sarah Many thanks for your lovely review ! It was a great pleasure to welcome you and we're delighted to be able to look forward to welcoming you back next year ! Your favourite spot at the end of the pool, gazing out across the valley to Semoussac church on the hill, will be waiting for you ! Thanks again. Martin and Chris

Review 1-10 of 28


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Send Chris and Martin (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Chris and Martin (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Chris and Martin the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online and send Chris and Martin (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Chris and Martin (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Book your stay form, a booking request is sent to Chris and Martin (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Chris and Martin (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Chris and Martin (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Chris and Martin (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my holiday?

You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Chris and Martin (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Chris and Martin (the owner) a message.

If Chris and Martin (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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