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Farmhouse with Private Pool - authentic retreat perfect for family holidays

Sarah Thurstan

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Sarah Thurstan

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015
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Farmhouse with Private Pool - authentic retreat perfect for family holidays

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Special Offer! 20% OFF AUTHENTIC FRENCH HOUSE + POOL May 30 - September 30

Saint-Jean-d'Angely area House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 2 shower rooms, sleeps 8-9

The sea is within an easy hour and the River Charente is on your doorstep. Bicycling is great for all ages - with quiet mainly flat lanes in the warm open countryside. Though there is access to much activity it is just such a lovely place to relax, recover a little, and enjoy those things which make holidays memorable. Local fish, excellent wine, the cheese, the cognac and pineau can all be found in the local markets and greatly enhance the ambiance . The accommodation is very flexible. The third bedroom has a double bed, 1 set of bunks and 1 single bed with its en suite shower room. There is also a sofa bed in the living room, a travel cot and futon upstairs and plenty of flexible extra space but the house is set up for a comfortable 8/9 person stay, including a handful of kids.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sarah Thurstan (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
85%
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were so tired and pretty stressed and desperately needed some R & R. It's not often you go on holiday everything is better than you expected. When we arrived we found in the kitchen fresh baguette, delicious cheese and a great bottle of red wine. What a treat and very thoughtful of the owners - a great welcome and start to the holiday. The farmhouse is spacious and full of French character and the area is divine! The time relaxing by the pool was just what we needed. A true find - we recommend it.
Aug 2012
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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Farmhouse with Private Pool - authentic retreat perfect for family holidays
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Flanders, Belgium
5

Lovely farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this spacious house, not like a holiday house, but a real home. Everything you can think of is there.

The kids (14, 14, 10, 10 and 6) couldn't get enough of the swimming pool, and we just loved the patio with the barbecue.

The house is in a very quiet location, so you can sleep with open windows, and wake to the sound of birdsong - wonderful!

The house is old and we're not particularly fond of the wall-to-wall carpet upstairs, but it's the only negative point about this place.

Saint-Savinien is 3 kms away and has a very good restaurant "Le Saint-Savinien". Saintes is about half an hour away, and is a very nice town - definitely worth a visit. "La Grande Plage" on Ile d'Oleron is a very large sandy beach, and not too crowded. We also visited "Le Marais des Oiseaux" on the island, but please, don't go there - it's a total waste of money: apart from geese and gulls, there's nothing much to see.

I would certainly recommend this house to all my friends who want to visit the Charente region.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely to receive such a positive review and know that all out hard work on making our house a really memorable place to stay was worthwhile. It is good to know that the swimming pool and the quiet surroundings of the house plus the lovely Ile D'Oleron and Saintes were favourite places to visit even with all the different ages of the children 14, 10 and 6. The wall to wall carpet upstairs is to try to stop some of the footfall noise as people move about the house. The large rooms and wooden flooors can echo. Thank you Hilde for your kind comments.
5

We loved your farmhouse - complete relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Oh my god!! We loved your farmhouse from the moment we stepped into it, its authenticity, homeliness, beauty, setting, - everything about the place was perfect. Even losing my camera turned out to be a lovely experience! We'd been out on your bicycles (inspired forethought) so when I couldn't find my very expensive camera we decided to re-trace our steps. We returned to the beautiful church in Saint Savinien to find that there were notices plastered in the entrance way saying (in French and English) that a camera had been found and to ring a number, only the number given was unobtainable!

So, – cut a long story short - I, as the nominated French speaker (v poor I have to say) spoke to 2 very warm and lovely Frenchmen walking their dogs who then helped me to contact the Curate. I spoke to the curate who then contacted the person who had put the notices up! Eventually I spoke to him and between us with his poor English and my very poor French we arranged to meet only he insisted on bringing the camera to your farmhouse. He turned up later that afternoon in a huge Mercedes, refused a bottle of wine we wanted to give him as a thank you and told me he’d been through the images on my camera to discern who it belonged to – he liked the many images of English Castles! I must remember to lose a camera next time – everyone was so, so lovely.

Jean Luc is very sweet and we liked his cat.

Sarah, you have an amazing farmhouse – I think we may be back!

Anne xx

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A magical house in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This was the best holiday in years, as soon as I walked in I felt relaxed and at home, the house is beautifully decorated in the French rustic style, it feels very homely, especially the big kitchen with the long dining table. I loved jumping in the pool every morning for a refreshing swim, and my one year old was very happy, surrounded by family and exploring his way around the kitchen! The nearby town of St.Savinien is the epitomy of French charm, and we enjoyed evening walks in the village looking at the sunflower fields. I managed to relax here in a way I haven't done since before my baby was born! I still think about it now and already want to plan next year's holiday...it was divine. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A magical place in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This was the best holiday in years, as soon as I walked in I felt relaxed and at home, the house is beautifully decorated in the French rustic style, it feels very homely, especially the big kitchen with the long dining table. I loved jumping in the pool every morning for a refreshing swim, and my one year old was very happy, surrounded by family and exploring his way around the kitchen! The nearby town of St.Savinien is the epitomy of French charm, and we enjoyed evening walks in the village looking at the sunflower fields. I managed to relax here in a way I haven't done since before my baby was born! I still think about it now and already want to plan next year's holiday...it was divine. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A wonderful restful holiday. Gorgeous house & area

  • 5 of 5

The whole stay was blissful, possibly the best holiday we've ever had. The house is gorgeous, beautifully decorated and lovely rooms, esp that fantastic kitchen, we loved cooking and spending time in there. We felt immediately 'at home' and we're talking about returning every year - I can't wait!!

The atmosphere is as magical as the house and the very pretty area it's in too, I haven't relaxed as much or as easily in ages and I'm still feeling refreshed despite the busy few weeks I've had since returning. Thank you to all at Vaufraiche for the care and attention you have paid to this house - it's apparent in every detail and it felt like you genuinely care about providing the best holiday possible to your guests. Best wishes, Jaime Taylor

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Wonderful week in Vaufraiche

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a totally fabulous week at the Vaufraiche farmhouse. As two families of four (including 3 teenagers and a 12year old), we were very comfortable in this beautiful house with its' fabulous swimming pool.

A small stream runs through the fields below the pool which supports a rich wildlife including kingfishers, swallow-tailed butterflies and multi coloured dragonflies.

We took the bicycles out in the cooler evenings and mornings and explored the immediate area. There were fields filled with sunflowers and hundreds of storks, stunning sunsets over the Charante river and a beautiful little chateau.

The local wine is delicious and very good value and went down very well chilled with salads and barbeques.

This is the third time we have stayed here over the last 10 years, it has proved ideal for holidaying with very young children and our now much older teenagers, it would be equally deligtful for adults looking for a peaceful escape.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
375 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Saint Savinien
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Royan
Car: necessary

Located in the hamlet of Vaufraiche, with its nearest town of St Savinien just 2 kms away. Within 20 kms are the historic towns of Saintes and St Jean D'Angely, and further afield are Cognac and Surgeres (25 kms). The countryside is sun baked and open astride the River Charente as it makes its way to the sea to the west, whilst to the east it is covered in sunflowers, maize and the vineyards of the Cognac region. The sea is 45 minutes drive with beaches on the Atlantic coast and on the Iles de Re and d'Oleron, with their nearby towns of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan.

Other Activities: Boating, kayaking and waterskiing

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Rates & Availability

From £550 Per week

Saint-Jean-d'Angely area House Rental Rates

Special Offer! 20% OFF AUTHENTIC FRENCH HOUSE + POOL

Special Offer From:
Dates May 30, 2015 to Sep 30, 2015

Fantastic opportunity to enjoy this authentic French Retreat and save up to £260 pw. You can celebrate Bastille Day on 14th July when the whole village comes out to enjoy fireworks, dancing on the village green and moules frites. Massive fields of sunflowers adorn the landscape in July & August. The pool temperature is already 20°C and we’re only in April. Enjoy the ‘Foire aux Vins’ in September.

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer
May 23 2015 - Jul 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
£850
 
 
Summer
Jul 19 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,300
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 6 2015 - Oct 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
£850
 
 
Indian Summer
Oct 4 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
£550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes 24 Jun - 1 Sep: Stays of less than one week are not possible.
1 May- 23 Jun:Stays of less than one week are possible.Please negotiate with owners.
1 Sep -31 Oct : Stays of less than one week are possible.Please negotiate with owners.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Saint-Jean-d'Angely area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 210 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Utility room downstairs with extra toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Also a sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • The master bedroom has its own separate external access as well as normal access; it has ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a separate shower room. Bedroom 3 ('The Dorm') has an ensuite shower room. There is a sofa bed in the salon downstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The kitchen table seats 8 comfortably. There is an extra table in the dining room with 4 further chairs. The terrace, shaded from the sun by a vine, is equipped with a trestle table and benches for outside eating. There is a kettle barbeque that is moveable. The pool is enclosed by a fence with a gate, and the garden can be sealed off from the house by a second gate by the back door. The total surface area of the back and front garden and terrace is approximately 80 sq metres. FOR BOOKINGS OF FEWER THAN 5 OCCUPANTS, THERE WILL BE A DISCOUNT OF £50.

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