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John and Dorothy Lamb

Speaks english, french
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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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La Rochelle - Surgeres area Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Easy access- autoroute or airport. Child friendly. Peaceful.

Welcome to Les Ribaudieres, our gite complex in the sunny Charente Maritime. Whether you’re looking for a holiday where you can relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings.or perhaps something a little more energetic, then this is the place for you!

Watch the world go by in this sleepy hamlet under your own shady pergola, retreat into the cool interior of your gite or take a dip in your private pool. We are sure you'll feel truly relaxed after a short while here.

There are two private pools, birdsong in spring, long summer days, starry, starry nights, the food, the wine, the sun, the calm, the autumn colours, even the crisp winter days.

Discount golf can be pre-booked- Saintes, Royan and Cognac are nearby courses.

The atmosphere here is calm, clean, clear and blue. A world away from the grey skies we remember in the UK.

We live here and are willing to help. However, if you prefer to do your own thing then so be it.

DVDs and Videos available: We have a selection of DVDs and videos which you can borrow if you wish. The television is through an outdoor aerial- therefore, the picture is good. There is a freeview box in each gite. They are French- but some people do like French TV!

Bicycles and clobber: We have a stable of thirteen bikes which you are welcome to use if you're feeling energetic. The local roads are little used, picturesque and hills can easily be avoided. The countryside is rolling- there are some more challenging rides if you insist.

We have provided a couple of children's bikes. There now two smaller ones ready and waiting! Stabilisers can easily be fitted or removed to suit the rider's needs.

The table tennis table is up and awaiting use! John usually fancies his chances- so be prepared to be challenged!

The inflatables- boat, killer whale etc think they are indestructible. OK accidents happen: this is not a challenge! Football, basketball, volleyball, boules and various other bits of games gear is available free of charge.

Golf clubs- left or right handed- are itching to be used! Advice on the use of these would be appreciated. There are a number of good golf courses in the area. We will arrange the tee offs if the language is a problem.

And, the swings and slide are always available for the younger ones.

Flights and changeovers: We prefer to have Saturday as changeover day for convenience and for continuity. However, we are offering a service, and we are very conscious of budget flights flights being cheaper mid-week. La Rochelle, Poitiers and Bourdeaux are within easy reach. Nantes is now an improved option from Shannon!

We are prepared to be flexible- particularly outside of peak season! This may not be possible in peak season but early or late season is a possibility.

We offer 3 day (or weekend) deals outside of peak season. We have found that a weekend in or around La Rochelle, or three days on the golf courses are now possibilities.

More Details

Details for Jasmine 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 1 Bathroom

Jasmine, our most recently renovated stone barn, has spectacular views of rolling countryside from its private terrace, complete with climbing vines and the heady scent of jasmine. It has its own large 11m pool. The cool, stone built gite has a large open plan ground floor with lounge area with 2 comfortable settees, a coffee table, TV (including freeview box) video, DVD. The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and microwave oven. The dining table seats eight comfortably. There are 3 bedrooms - double, twin and triple and a downstairs shower room with WC and hand basin. The private terrace has a large vine covered pergola, with garden furniture and BBQ. The wood burner gives a cosy feel- and is brilliant for autumn or winter use! Jasmine has its own private parking area. Bed linen, towels (other than beach towels) and suchlike are provided free- there is no cleaning fee on departure! Inflatables, bikes, table tennis, baby gear- free.
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John and Dorothy Lamb

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Speaks english, french
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We moved here from Newcastle/ Tyne. We were both secondary school teachers many years in the Tyneside area. Our children were old enough to be independent and we sold up and moved to France.

Many friends said that we were brave and looked at us enviously....we had escaped the pressuresand rush of the UK. Instead, we had a rural idyll with two swimming pools, wall to wall sunshine and a stress-free existence!

It really isn't quite like that. Our present house is tiny in comparison with the family home we sold. The temperature in winter can be (amazingly) much colder than that of Newcastle: last year it got down to -15C in February. And, of course, we no longer have income of two teachers.

There are times in winter when it can be a it too isolated in Les Ribaudieres. It isn't a shopper's paradise- Dorothy does sometimes miss the life and bustle of the citylife. In any case France is no longer as cheap as once was as sterling has weakened against the euro.

Since arriving in France we have gained 3 grandchildren and they have obviously strengthened the ties to the UK. BUT, thanks to the budget airlines in particular we (normally Dorothy!) can get back to the UK quickly and cheaply.

On the plus side, as far as family goes, our children and grandchildren don't mind coming out here in summer and spending a week or two or three and taking advantage of the pools and the calm surroundings of Charente Maritime.

All in all moving out here has been the best thing I have ever done in my life. I am a country boy (old bloke) at heart and this place suits me very well. I don't necessarily want to be going back to England on a regular basis- there are things to keep me busy most of the time here. I've noticed that the weeds grow when they are not watched closely.

Really, the beauty Les Ribaudieres for me is that there is enough to do most days to keep me gainfully occupied..... but not so much that it is hard labour.

John and Dorothy Lamb purchased this cottage in 2005

A long story! I spent a few weeks looking in this region for suitable properties and came up with a short list of abour five. We agreed on the top two- but Dorothy's number one was my number two and vice versa.

In the mean time, selling our house took longer than we expected and it was only then that Les Ribaudieres entered the frame. A friend pointed out the advert to us and we came to view on a bitterly cold January morning.

The location was good- being to the west of the A10 autoroute. There were 2 gites, 2 pools (something we had not really considered before) and a very nice workshop. The land was self-contained and enough for a vegetable plot and play area for the gites.....but NOT too much.

By then we had sold in Newcastle and we were soon to become homeless. So we jumped in as spring was springing.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Property Reviews

average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
+33 0546338862
La Rochelle - Surgeres area Charente-Maritime
Co Clare Ireland

Cathy PJ & Boys

Cathy PJ & Boys
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
We had a fantastic time only it was too short John & Dorothy were lovely hosts also very helpfull when we needed them Thanks
The boys loved the pool we loved the BBQ.Weather & Peaceful Countryside We hope to come back soon again
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cathy, PJ and the boys!

Weare delighted that our facilities kept four lively boys entertained.
Helpful votes: 2/3
+33 0546338862
La Rochelle - Surgeres area Charente-Maritime

A relaxing away from it all location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
A perfect place for a relaxing break with plenty of attractions within easy reach. The gite was comfortable and tastefully furnished, with a lovely sunny courtyard. The pool was a good size with loungers in sun or shade all day -perfect for us and our two teenage children. St Jean D'Angely is about 15 minutes away and has a market, supermarkets and restaurants and a small plan d'eau. We had days out at La Rochelle, the Isle de Re, Fouras (great tropical mini golf!) and Coulon which are each about an hour's drive away. We enjoyed using the well marked cycle routes close by, mostly on quiet roads through tiny hamlets and fields of sunflowers. John and Dorothy were kind hosts with plenty of local information if needed.
+33 0546338862
La Rochelle - Surgeres area Charente-Maritime

Lovely stay in August.

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Lovely stay in August 2013. John and Dorothy were very welcoming and really go that extra mile to make you feel at home. Great pool with things to play with for the children. Was a great base for La Rochelle and other beaches nearby. We like to visit friends etc when over in France so a great base.
+33 0546338862
La Rochelle - Surgeres area Charente-Maritime

Brilliant Holiday

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
We have just returned from two weeks holiday in Jasmine, my husband, myself, two daughters aged 5 and 12 years and my pensioner mother and we all (despite the differing ages) had a great time. I have absolutely no regrets about booking this gite.
We found the gite just as described on the website - no disappointments - everything we needed was there, including TV/DVD and although it was french freeview we did find some american programmes in english once we got the girls to bed!
The pool was well used and had plenty of floats and water pistols! etc to keep the girls amused. The sun loungers and parasols were enough for my mum and me! The garden with the swing, slides and mini trampoline etc was brilliant - it was great to let the girls go off and play knowing they were safe and not having to keep a watchful eye all the time. Bikes, as promised, were provided although admittedly we are not a cycling family but if you are into cycling it would be ideal spot. The table tennis was great and if you are lucky you might get some tips from John!
The location was great - although rural and quiet with the benefit of looking out at sunflowers, we were close enough for sightseeing and to be back for the girls to play in the pool. Supermarket was very handy. Despite doing research beforehand and having a pretty good idea of what to go to see and do, John was most helpful with other suggestions - which we really enjoyed. His recommendation for restaurants was also very helpful - we really enjoyed the Annexe in St Jean D'Angely - they do very good duck and scallops!
The bread lady delivering bread most mornings was also very handy and I would recommend her croissants!
As a family we really enjoyed visiting Talmont, Brouage and La Rochelle. The day trip to Futuroscope (without my mum, who enjoyed a day's peace at Jasmine) was a big hit with the girls and I would recommend it for school age children.
We all really did have a great holiday. John and Dorothy were lovely hosts and helped us have a wonderful trip. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a holiday location and if any of my friends mention they are thinking of going to France I will be telling them to check Jasmine out first!
Owner's Response: Thanks for this kind and positive review.

It was great to have a group who took full advantage not only of what we have here at Les Ribaudieres, but also of the many opportunities and places of interest in this beautiful part of France.

A review like this helps to confirm our confidence in the quality and range of appeal oof the holidays we offer.

+33 0546338862
La Rochelle - Surgeres area Charente-Maritime

Sunset Gite September 2010

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
We had a fabulous holiday, the gites are excellent and really well equipped. John & Dorothy are really good hosts, nothing is too much trouble, they are very knowledgable about the local area and provided excellent recommendations for restaurants etc. There is a good selection of facilities including bikes and table tennis. We would have no hesitation in recommending this to friends and relatives. Thanks for a lovely holiday,
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It is good to know that the place is still nice after the schools have reurned. We are cheaper in September- we think it is a lovely time of year and there pools are still warm.

You don't have to bring the kids!
Helpful votes: 1/2


Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angely or Surgeres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Junction 34, A10 motorway
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Fouras Chatelaillon Plage
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
St Loup
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Saintes La Rochelle Royan Cognac
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély or Surgères
Car: necessary

We are in the heart of the countryside, criss-crossed by quiet lanes which are perfect for walking and cycling or just watching birds of prey soaring on the thermals. If you're energetic, there are tennis courts, boating lakes and fishing close by. Just 30 minutes away is the lovely beach resort of Fouras. La Rochelle, Cognac, Futuroscope and Royan are all within easy reach. Charente Maritime is second only to the Cote d'Azur for sunshine and is a totally unspoiled region with acres of sunflowers- and tranquillity! Having said that, there are plenty of things to do! You should venture out! The Marais Poitevin is nearby with a network of canals to explore, alone or steered by an 'embarquedero'. The area is steeped in history with many Roman features, such as the amphitheatre and arch in Saintes. 18 hole golf courses at Saintes, Cognac, Royan- quality courses at reasonable prices. Pineau, cognac and Bourdeaux wines are local drinks of choice. Seafood, surfing and sun are on tap, too.

Other Activities: Bird watching. Birds of prey+ cuckoo+nightingale

Golf: The nearby 18 hole courses are La Rochelle, Niort, Saintes, Cognac and Royan. John is a member at Saintes and preferential rates are easily arranged.

Royan, Cognac and La Rochelle are excellent and arrangements can be made by phone (we would do the phoning if necessary!). Saintes is cheaper and is much improved in the last two seasons!

Golf is cheaper, warmer and less crowded here than in UK or Ireland. It is, also, less hot and prettier than in Spain!

There are a number of 9 hole courses in the region. There are sets of clubs (left hand and right hand) here, waiting to be used- free of charge.

At the last count, there were 13 bikes of various sizes on site. These are free of charge. (Please note that we do not provide safety helmets- the bikes are used at your own risk!)

The roads round here are virtually traffic free and flattish but we cannot offer guarantees.


Availability & Rates

La Rochelle - Surgeres area Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Mid season
Apr 12 2014 - May 23 2014
2 nights
High season
May 24 2014 - Jul 11 2014
7 nights
Peak season
Jul 12 2014 - Aug 22 2014
7 nights
High season
Aug 23 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 nights
Mid season
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 24 2014
2 nights
Low season
Oct 25 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 nights


  • We do offer a meal on arrival if requested.

    There is wi-fi internet on site. The signal at present is not strong. The house walls are 2 ft thick and the signal is not guaranteed. We have an internet radio- it works most of the time!

    PLEASE be aware that the PEAK SEASON price (English school holiday period) is £1150 per wek.

    We have changed our internet provider to Sfr and Neufbox. This seems to have solved the wi-fi problem.

    We do have a broadband connection.....e-mail etc functions perfectly well. The wi-fi does work!


La Rochelle - Surgeres area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Parking
  • ISDN Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Firewood
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Activities Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Basic Soaps
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Towels Provided
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Shampoo
  • Local Maps
  • Iron & Board
  • Pantry Items
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Oven
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom was enlarged and revamped this year. There is a now a much larger shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 treble (especially suitable for younger children). Cot(s)-stairgate- futons(downstairs). All bedrooms have blackout facility.
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Stereo
  • Audio Tape Player
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Books for Kids
  • Television
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Child's Swing
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf Clubs
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • marina
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • surfing
The shower room and WC are downstairs. One of the bedrooms has 3 single beds. Washing machines and tumble dryer available in utility area. Loads of inflatables for pools - table tennis - golf clubs and discounted green fees! There are lots of free (more than10 in total) bikes available for the energetic- one with baby seat. On your arrival night, we are delighted to be able to offer you a 3 course meal including wine, cooked and delivered to your gite(s). When you arrive tired and hungry after your journey, you won't have to think about shopping and cooking for your first home cooked French meal. The cost for this is 15 euros per adult - 10 euros per child under 12. Specific menus will be decided nearer dates of arrival, because Dorothy uses seasonal ingredients whenever possible.