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.
Details for Sunset 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
About John and Dorothy Lamb
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
Why John and Dorothy Lamb chose La Rochelle - Surgeres area
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.