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Idyllic rural house with own pool and WiFi, between Cognac and La Rochelle

Lindsey and Peter Sharp

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Idyllic rural house with own pool and WiFi, between Cognac and La Rochelle

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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

Lovely tranquil home near river and farm, close to coast and attractions

Relax and unwind in this lovely rural house, surrounded by rolling hills, a farm and fields of sunflowers, maize and vines. With very little traffic, your own above ground pool and unobtrusive neighbours, you'll have plenty of time to chill and to make the most of your holiday.

The house, Joie de Vivre, is a pretty, spacious two-bedroom cottage, sleeping 5-7 people. It’s in a small hamlet close to the River Boutonne, and is on a no-through road, so is very peaceful and safe for children.

Situated between the lively and historic port of La Rochelle and the beautiful vineyards of Cognac, it is surrounded by interesting attractions in all directions.

The lovely seaside resorts of the Gironde and Atlantic coast are not far away, and it’s easy to get to great beaches such as La Palmyre, Fouras and St Palais sur Mer and beautiful towns such as La Rochelle, Saintes and Cognac. The fascinating holiday islands of the Ile de Re, Ile D'Oleron and Ile D'Aix are close by and make for great days out, and our local town, St Jean D'Angely, has lovely restaurants, shops and a fantastic twice-weekly market.

Joie de Vivre itself is modern and well-equipped, with traditional beams and stone walls plus a light, bright interior. It has an open-plan layout downstairs, with the lounge leading onto a sunny patio which is south facing and gets sunshine most of the day.

The two bedrooms both have stone walls and wooden beams - one large room overlooking the patio, a barn and fields with a king size bed, and another smaller bedroom with a double bed. An extra single bed in the main bedroom, a sofa bed downstairs and some fold-up beds make it easy to vary sleeping arrangements for families, and there is a travel cot for babies and toddlers.

If you want to relax at home there's everything you need, including an outside dining table, 18'5' x 12'6' heated swimming pool, barbeque, sun-loungers, swing chair and sun umbrellas. You can explore the surrounding hills, fields and farm, cycle by the river or read books from the house library. The house has all you will need for an enjoyable holiday - computer, Wifi, DVDs, traditional games, books, maps, English TV, i-Pod, hairdryers, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, travel cot, high chair, 7 bikes, including one child's bike, and toys. There are no hidden costs - the price of your holiday includes cleaning, utilities, pool maintenance in season and use of bedding and towels.

To find out more you can see more photos on our website at and read more reviews from the house guestbook by clicking on 'About Lindsey and Peter' below. Please note that our bookings are from Friday to Friday to fit in with the needs of the lovely person who looks after the house for us. We are happy to answer any questions so do get in touch if you need to know more.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lindsey and Peter Sharp (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015

About Lindsey and Peter Sharp

Peter is a psychologist and consultant and Lindsey is a journalist and writer. We live in the New Forest and have two lovely grown up daughters.

We love Joie de Vivre and the Charente Maritime and enjoy it when our guests have happy holidays there too.

Lindsey and Peter Sharp purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Lindsey and Peter Sharp chose Saint-Jean-d'Angely area

We found the house on the internet and loved it as soon as we saw it. We were not familiar with the Charente Maritime before, but are amazed by how much there is to do there - every time we visit we discover something new and exciting. We also like the fact that the Charente Maritime seems like the 'real' France and is not overly chic and snooty like some other tourist destinations can be. The people are also very friendly and welcoming.

We love the setting for the house because it is so quiet and peaceful. Our guests tell us they enjoy the tranquillity, the farm with its fields of sunflowers and cows, the cycle rides by the river, and the fact that it is very easy to get to lots of interesting places from the house, such as beaches, markets and lovely restaurants. Children and families really enjoy having their own pool (and we built the new one in 2013) and all the nearby attractions. Guests say the house is lovely and several say it is the best-equipped they've stayed in. Check out the wonderful reviews below and the house guestbook feedback to find out more. We hope you'll enjoy a warm welcome and relaxed stay at Joie de Vivre.

What makes this cottage unique

Apart from the lovely house, peaceful location and ease of access to all the resorts and attractions, we think it's important for guests to feel comfortable and relaxed in a holiday home, and to be able to travel light. So we provide as much as possible in the house for you to use. We want our guests to have a really enjoyable holiday at Joie de Vivre and we do our best to make it lovely for them. Mel looks after our house, and helps guests when needed, and we have friendly neighbours too. See for more photos and information.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We've had a lovely relaxed week. The kids have enjoyed the swimming pool. We have all enjoyed revisiting La Rochelle, St Savinien, St Jean and the mini golf in Fouras. We have visited Fouras beach too which was really good. We loved Chatellaillon Plage too. Your lovely home was once again full of everything and more than we needed. Sad to go. Thanks again."
Aug 2014
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Idyllic rural house with own pool and WiFi, between Cognac and La Rochelle
average rating of 4.9 based on 38 reviews

Wonderful little house!!!!

  • 4 of 5

En septembre 2014, c'était pour la deuxième fois, que nous avons passé quatre semaines de vacances dans une petite maison de caractère charentais, près de la Boutonne, entre des exploitations agricoles.

La maison - bien rénovée et modernisée avec de bon goût -retrouvé à la campagne dans une commune de moins de 300 habitants, près de Saint Jean d'Angely.

Un escalier en bois mène au premier étage; dans le jardin il y'a une piscine privée constamment chauffée.

Les aimable propriétaires anglais s'occupent tout de suite de toutes les questions qui peuvent se pose pendant du semaines de vacance.

L'endroit et un point idéal de départ pour visiter de villes comme Saintes, La Rochelle, Angoulême, Bordeaux et les îles de Ré et d'Orleron.

Thanks to Lindsey and Peter-les aimables propriétaires!!!!!

Birgit & Jochen from Hannover, Germany

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Birgit and Jochen for your lovely review. You have been brilliant guests and it has been a pleasure to welcome you to Joie de Vivre once again.

Pleasure to holiday here

  • 5 of 5

We returned for our second visit to Joie de Vivre and once again had a wonderful time. Both the house and area have so much to offer. Beautiful beaches, our favourites at St Palais sur Mer and Fouras. La Rochelle and its amazing Aquarium. The Roman Ampitheatre at Saintes is a must visit. We attended an evening concert, inside of it, with the Orchestre Symphonique D'Elves and Grand Choer de l' Abbaye-aux-Dames. The Ile d'Oleron (visit the Chassiron lighthouse) and Ile de Re are well worth a visit for the day. The list is endless.

The house has a lovely relaxing atmosphere and the bonus of a pool. It's very well equipped with all the practical items as well as books, dvd's, candles etc.

A massive thank you once again to the owners, Lindsey and Peter, for sharing this first class holiday home - a true home from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was really lovely to welcome Denise and her family back. We are really pleased you had a great time this year too. Thanks for the great review.
Milton Keynes, UK


  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a fabulous two weeks at Joie de Vivre with our young children and would highly recommend it. The property is lovely with plenty of space, a great pool, a well-stocked kitchen, friendly neighbours (hi Mocha!) and all the creature comforts you expect in your own home.

The whole experience, from the initial enquiry through to booking and help during our stay, was so easy. Lots of information was provided and a cot and highchair were supplied with no fuss - the house also has toys and games there. And even with the fantastic surroundings, having access to CBeebies on satellite was a godsend!

Visits to local towns, attractions, beaches etc was very easy by car - the area is very beautiful and we found lots to do (Saintes was especially good).

Joie de Vivre was a fantastic find for us - because of the owners' welcoming approach and the amazing surroundings it felt as if we were staying with friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Just Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property in late June and cannot rate it highly enough. The kitchen is fully-equipped and the local farmers' market just superb - a perfect combination. The house is decorated beautifully in fresh, light colours and it's obvious that the owners Lindsey and Peter genuinely want their guests to have the best holiday possible, from fluffy duvets to kids toys and more. The surrounding towns make for great exploring, and La Rochelle offers many restaurants, fabulous boutiques and a fascinating history. The house was scrupulously clean upon our arrival and looked even better than the photos. Customer service could not be better. Thanks for a great holiday!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Guernsey, Channel Islands

Great place to chill out and unwind

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location, with the local town 5 minutes by car and La Rochelle, Rockfort and Saintes all within half an hour drive. You will need a car to get around. Set in beautiful countryside, with a farm only a stones throw away. Ideal for 2 couples or a family.

The house was fully equipment with everything you could possibly need. Very clean. Nice size master bedroom.

If you want to chill out and do nothing this is the place to stay, however if you want a fun filled activity packed holiday this is also a great location.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Langenfeld, Germany

Joie de Vivre - Very Idyllic gite

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 1 week at this lovely place - simply too short for all of us. We really enjoyed the peaceful and well-equipped gite. Everything was fine - kids (and ourselves) relaxed at pool and stayed as much time as we had outside. No noise just birds and Mocha - neigbours nice little dog. Gite is lovely equipped - everything there for preparation of tasty French/English/German food. Can highly recommend this place and hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
La Vergne
Nearest Ferry
295 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
8 Miles
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
A10, St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: necessary

In a quiet hamlet near medieval St Jean D'Angely, surrounded by fields, a farm and the pretty River Boutonne. Lots of restaurants, markets, beaches, shops and attractions within easy reach. Ideal for relaxing, pool lounging or touring lovely towns such as Cognac, Saintes, Fouras, Rochefort or beautiful La Rochelle. The coast and La Rochelle are 40 mins away and there are 70 beaches within an hour’s drive. The lovely Ile de Re, Ile D'Aix and Ile d'Oleron, with their oyster beds, beaches and cycleways, and the Gironde resorts of Meschers, Royan, La Palmyre and St Palais are easily accessible. Good restaurants, supermarkets, shops and a brilliant market in St Jean D’Angely . Children will love the aqua park at St Jean, the aquarium at La Rochelle, the zoo at La Palmyre, watersports and amusements at St Palais and boats on the River Charente. Golf, horse riding, water sports, tennis and kayaking nearby and many distilleries for sampling delicious cognac, Pineau de Charentes and local wines.

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing, model boating

Golf: All ages and all interests catered for in the local area - pretty well all you'd want with 30 - 60 minutes. Sports and leisure in the area include golf (18-hole courses in both Cognac and Saintes which are 30 minutes away), horse riding, fishing, tennis, canoe-kayaking (boats to hire at various places along the Charente in Cognac and Saintes), and more golf near La Rochelle.


Rates & Availability

From £490 Per week

Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 27 2015 - May 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early summer
May 29 2015 - Jul 16 2015
7 night minimum stay
High summer
Jul 17 2015 - Aug 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late summer 2015
Aug 28 2015 - Oct 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Oct 2 2015 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £100.00
Notes A 25% non-returnable deposit is payable at the time of booking. The remainder of the rental fee will be due 8 weeks before arrival. A returnable security deposit of £100 is payable when the final balance is due. Rental fee includes cleaning before & after your stay, use and laundering of bedding and towels, utilities, and pool costs when open (in season).

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

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The use of towels is included in your rental fee, so you can travel light. There are also some toiletries available. The bathroom has a bath with a shower attachment, toilet and sink and has wooden beams.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Travel cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Lovely clean bedrooms with the sun streaming in on bright days. Traditional wooden beams and stone walls. Comfortable beds with clean, freshly-laundered cotton bedding. The sunny master bedroom faces south and is large, with king size bed, additional single bed and ample cupboard space, and overlooks the patio. Bedroom two sleeps two and has drawer and hanging space. There is a double sofa bed in the lounge and two folding single beds are also available for occasional use. With the extra bed in the master bedroom and the use of the sofa-bed downstairs, it is possible to accommodate up to 7 people, depending on your requirements. You'll sleep well in the tranquil surroundings, where the twittering of the birds or the farmer's tractor are likely to be the only sounds you'll hear. You can get French stations on a portable radio or tune in to BBC Radio 4 from a link downstairs. Use of towels and bedding is included in the rental and baby travel cot and baby bedding are also available.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The decor is light, bright, clean and modern, with original beams and stone walls. The house has a sunny aspect and a relaxed, comfortable ambiance. It is well stocked with all the utensils and facilities you will need for a happy and relaxing holiday. The hamlet is very tranquil and has only around 10 houses, some occupied all year round and some holiday homes, so you will have plenty of peace and quiet. The English and French neighbours are also friendly and unintrusive. The house is a traditional cottage with an open layout downstairs, and the semi-open stairway may be unsuitable for the infirm. Please note that there are also some low beams upstairs. There is a log burning stove and radiators, making it cosy for winter. Our guests have been very complimentary about the house, facilities, peaceful location and ease of access to attractions.There is little traffic as the house is on a quiet, no through lane leading to a cow barn with cows, fields and the river. English TV.

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