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  • Traditional French Longère house
  • Beautifully restored
  • Close to Bordeaux vineyards and 30 mins from beaches
  • Private heated and gated swimming pool

In a small hamlet, surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, lies this quintessentially French Longère house, a popular sight in Charente – a region also famed for its fine wine, long hot summers and fertile agricultural landscape.

Beautifully restored, the property and its south-facing grounds exude a sense of calm, from the tranquil views towards the Gironde estuary to the open-plan living space, a tasteful combination of period furniture and soothing, neutral tones.

Relaxing family days can be spent around the salt-water swimming pool, heated to an inviting 28°C and secured with a locking gate for peace of mind. Sea and sand lie just a half-hour drive from the property, where the gentle surf is equally suitable for young families.

With a boulangerie, charcuterie and wine merchants in the neighbouring village and plenty of indoor and outdoor dining spaces around the property, food and wine lovers will want to get creative in the country-style kitchen. Or if holidays are all about dining out, several highly recommended brasseries and family-run restaurants are all within a 3km radius. Then of course there’s the wine. You’re just across the river from the vineyards of Bordeaux and a few minutes’ drive from a château producing Cognac and Pineau, and you can taste a glass or two within beautiful woodland gardens.

The local area

A 40-minute coastal drive brings you to Royan, a popular holiday destination with the French. Arrive early to explore the fish market, enjoy local oysters and mussels for lunch and soak up the 1950s vibe on ultra-chic beaches. A journey of similar length brings you to Saintes. Said by King François I to be the most beautiful town in France, it offers plenty to see and do, including a Roman Amphitheatre, boutique shopping in the old quarter and traditional wooden boat trips along the river.

The Charente-Maritime enjoys the long hot summers and mild winters so necessary for the production of the grapes used to make fine wines and cognac. Located along the Atlantic with 200km of coastline, the area is a magnificent and exceptional part of France. This is a quiet agricultural area, mostly vineyards and sunflower fields, wheat and maize. For those used to Britain’s congested roads the comparative peace of rural French roads makes driving a pleasure again. 


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 bedroom house (sleeps 8)
  • Occupancy is limited to 8 guests including a maximum of 4 children
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining room
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Small twin bedroom
  • Shower room
  • WC

First floor

  • Double air-conditioned bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • Double air-conditioned bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Cot (linen provided) and highchair
  • TV, DVD and CD players
  • Central heating (included)
  • Air-conditioning in first floor bedroom
  • Fans in all other bedrooms
  • Lawn croquet
  • Barbecue
  • Covered terrace by pool with fridge
  • Private heated salt-water swimming pool 9m x 5m (depth 1m – 2m), fenced, security alarm, corner steps, open mid-May to end September
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the house

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning included on Saturdays for bookings of 2 weeks or more
  • Additional cleaning/housekeeping €20 per hour
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bordeaux 90km
    La Rochelle 130km
    Bergerac 165km
    Poitiers 190km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 472km
    Caen-Ouistreham 560km
    Le Havre 627km
    Cherbourg 635km
    Calais 808km
  • TGV stations
    Libourne 76km
    Angoulême 80km
    Bordeaux 85km
    Surgères 101km

Location

  • Charente-Maritime region 
  • Restaurant (Saint-Thomas-de-Conac) 8min drive
  • Shops (Saint-Ciers-du-Taillon) 6min drive
  • Beach (Meschers-sur-Gironde) 35min drive
  • Royan 45min drive
  • Bordeaux airport 1hr 5min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bordeaux 90km/1hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep


La Rochelle 130km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun 20 May - 23 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 17 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Saturday 17 Jun - 9 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 6 May - 9 Sep (Sat)
7 May - 3 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sunday 28 May - 24 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season

Bergerac 165km/1hr 55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 3 Jun - 30 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 26 Mar - 22 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 29 Apr - 30 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Exeter Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep

 

Poitiers 190km/1hr 45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sunday All season
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 1 Jul - 30 Sep

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

It was the most beautiful and peaceful villa and was so well equipped with everything you could ever need!
Baker – June 2016

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

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