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Font Remy - Honeysuckle – Home 17772 Gite

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Gite / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

Font Remy is a 17th Century manor house converted into 4 lovely self-contained houses. All can be rented individually or together (see separate details or contact owners). Honeysuckle is a well-equipped 3 bedroom house with great character.

Font Remy is located 2km inland from the pretty fishing village of Mortagne-sur-Gironde near the mouth of the Gironde Estuary. Set in 2 acres of walled grounds overlooking the vineyards with its heated, fenced 15m x 8m pool, Font Remy is the ideal place for a family holiday. The games barn offers table tennis, a pool table and table football, plus a children's corner with books, games and videos/dvds. In the garden there is a boules pitch, swings, seesaw and plenty of space to run around and play football, cricket and badminton. Whether you want to relax by the pool, visit the local blue-flag sandy beaches (some with excellent beach bars), stroll into the village port nearby, indulge in the local history, food and wine or be more

Font Remy is a 17th Century manor house converted into 4 lovely self-contained houses. All can be rented individually or together (see separate details or contact owners). Honeysuckle is a well-equipped 3 bedroom house with great character.

Font Remy is located 2km inland from the pretty fishing village of Mortagne-sur-Gironde near the mouth of the Gironde Estuary. Set in 2 acres of walled grounds overlooking the vineyards with its heated, fenced 15m x 8m pool, Font Remy is the ideal place for a family holiday. The games barn offers table tennis, a pool table and table football, plus a children's corner with books, games and videos/dvds. In the garden there is a boules pitch, swings, seesaw and plenty of space to run around and play football, cricket and badminton. Whether you want to relax by the pool, visit the local blue-flag sandy beaches (some with excellent beach bars), stroll into the village port nearby, indulge in the local history, food and wine or be more active you'll find it all in the local area. We love to walk down to the port of Mortagne in the early evening and enjoy a glass of wine watching the boats - the kids like to come too to feed the ducks and eat a big ice-cream.

There are tennis courts in Mortagne and you can hire boats and bikes locally.

The beautiful safe sandy beaches and coves of Merschers, Saint Georges de Didonne and Royan are 15 -20 minutes drive away. The historic towns of Saintes or Pons are both 20 minutes away. Within an hour you can be in the beautiful ancient port of La Rochelle, the famous vineyards of Bordeaux or the city itself.

Mortagne has an ancient fishing heritage and in the pretty harbour area backed by white cliffs you'll find many working fishing boats amongst the yachts. In the port and the main village there are bars and restaurants where you can while away the hours watching the world go by.

The boulangerie and general store are a pleasant 20 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride from Font Remy through the vineyards. There are many local markets including those at Cozes and Gemozac, where you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meat and plenty of the local seafood.

There is a wide choice of restaurants within easy reach.

Further details indoors

One of the things which distinguish Honeysuckle and the other houses at Font Remy from most other gites is the marvellous feeling of space, both inside and out.

Honeysuckle is part of the original main house.

* All ground floor rooms have ceramic tiled floors and first floor rooms have polished wood floors. Some of the stone walls have been exposed.

* Well-equipped kitchen and dining area.

* The dining area opens onto the private terrace via French doors. There is a gas bbq and sun loungers, plus wooden table and chairs.

* Large living room with open fireplace, satellite TV, cd/dvd player, plus a selection of DVDs and books.

* Two twin bedrooms - one upstairs, one downstairs.

* Large bathroom with double sinks, bath and separate shower and wc. Second wc.

* Huge king sized master bedroom with lovely views over the vineyards.

Further details outdoors

Honeysuckle has a lovely private terrace shaded by a pergola and has a gas barbecue, wooden patio table and chairs plus sun loungers.

Font Remy is set in a walled garden of 2 acres with views of the vineyards beyond. Outside there are swings, table tennis, a boules pitch, badminton, plenty of space for ball games. The games barn houses a pool table, table tennis, table football and a children's corner with games, books and videos.

Pride of place in the south facing garden is the magnificent heated swimming pool measuring 15m x 8m. There is an additional 3m of roman steps which assist young (and old!) to enter and exit. The shallow end is 1m deep and the deep end 2.4m to allow safe diving. The pool is fenced and situated within view of the individual terrace areas of all the houses so parents can keep an eye on the children.

Location description from owner

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region

The area benefits from a wonderful warm climate extending from March right through to October due to the effect of the Gulf Stream – it is the second sunniest area in France after the Riviera.

There is something for everyone in the area around Font Remy, whether it's lazing in the sun by the pool, spending time on the beach, activities like watersports, go-karting and golf, birdwatching, walking, cycling, visiting historic sites or indulging in the fantastic local food and wine.

There are many beautiful and historic towns and cities within easy reach of Font Remy. For example, the magnificent ancient Roman town of Saintes, with its 1st Century amphitheatre, one of the oldest discovered; the historic ports of La Rochelle and Rochefort; the magnificent restored 12th Century church at Talmont, not to mention Bordeaux, Cognac, Pons and Angouleme.

The wine areas of Bordeaux are close by. Take a ferry across the Gironde to the Medoc chateaux or take a trip to the beautiful town of St Emillion.

Mortagne-sur-Gironde

There is so much to do locally you'll have to come time and time again....

Sandy Beaches

Within 15 minutes drive of Font Remy you will find some of the best sandy beaches in Europe. The 3 star Michelin rated 2km long fine sandy beach at Royan, the capital of the Cote de Beaute (Coast of Beauty), stretches north to south from the yachting marina to Saint-Georges-de-Didonne. Here you can hire the wonderful old-fashioned blue and white tents to protect you from the hot summer sun.

Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, south of Royan, has its own long sandy beach and closer still to Font Remy at Merschers and La Plages des Vergnes you will find more sandy coves with caves and rock pools.

The beaches of the Cote Sauvage (north of Royan) have the best waves for water sports and fabulous sand dunes – though some of them are nudist! Similarly the islands of Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron have some wonderful stretches of sand.

Watersports

As well as bathing and basking in the sun, Royan and the Ile d’Oleron are centres for water sports such as windsurfing and sailing.

Go on a boat trip or rent a boat. In the northern Charente Maritime, west of Niort, are the waterways of the Marais Poitevin, or "Green Venice" area. At several villages you can rent flat-bottomed boats and paddle around a delightful maze of tiny canals, lined with willows and poplars.

Cycling

There is a network of quiet lanes winding amongst the vineyards around Font Remy and Mortagne, and there are numerous cycle tracks in the area. Either bring your own bikes or hire them locally. From St Palais-sur-Mer near Royan there is 60 km of cycle track through the forest and along the coast. There are also marked routes for mountain bikes.

Walking

As you would also expect, this is a wonderful area for walking with some breathtaking views of the estuary beyond the vineyards. There are some wonderful seaside and cliff top walks. Details of walks can be found in the house.

Golf

Golfers are well catered for with excellent courses at Royan, Saintes, Cognac and Bordeaux.

Horse Riding

There are several good horse riding facilities locally.

Bird Watching

There are always birds of prey circling in the area around Font Remy and you are likely to see black redstarts, cuckoos, black kites, hen harriers, buzzards, goshawks, herons, pied flycatchers and hoopoes, amongst others. The area as a whole is excellent for spotting migratory birds (particularly spring and autumn).

At Rochefort, about 35 minutes north of Font Remy, 74 hectares of ecological lagoons welcome thousands of birds each year.

Fishing

Trout, pike, perch, big carp and whitefish are among the first class catches that the fishing enthusiast can pull out of the waters of the River Charente and other rivers and lakes in the area. The local tourist office in Mortagne has details of where permits can be purchased.

Deep sea fishing is also available at Royan.

Wine Tasting

You can taste (and buy) Cognac, chardonnay, sauvignon or pineau on the doorstep of Font Remy. Within easy reach is Cognac itself, where you can visit the famous producers and then, of course, there is the famous wine growing region of Bordeaux.

St Emilion is a must or take a tour of the Medoc, home to some of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards.

The Zoo at La Palmyre

In the heart of one of the most beautiful pine forests in the area just north of Royan (35 minutes’ drive) lies La Palmyre zoo. The most famous zoological park in France and recently voted European Zoo of the Year, it is the most visited tourist attraction in the department of Charente-Maritime. As a breeding zoo it is different from most people’s idea of a zoo with many animals free to roam – there are more than 1600 in all!

See apes, elephants, bears, jaguars, lions, panthers, giraffes, hippopotamuses, wolves, crocodiles, pink flamingos, cockatoos, red ibis, parrots. There is a new polar bear basin and tropical greenhouse, a reptile house and shows with trained parrots and sea lions. Kids love it!

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 4 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Cathy T.
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
22 Apr 2017
Years listed:
10
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Gite has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 01 Dec 2006. Located in Charente-Maritime, the average weekly rate varies from £500 to £1000.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Apr 2017.

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