LOVELY RURAL RELAXING HOUSE NEAR LA ROCHELLE COAST, OWN POOL AND WIFI

Lindsey and Peter Sharp

Speaks french, english
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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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LOVELY RURAL RELAXING HOUSE NEAR LA ROCHELLE COAST, OWN POOL AND WIFI

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

Lovely well-equipped house with pool, between La Rochelle and Cognac.

Relax and unwind in this lovely rural house, surrounded by a farm and fields of sunflowers and vines. Joie de Vivre is a pretty 2 bedroom house with its own pool, between La Rochelle and Cognac, sleeping 5-7. It’s in a small friendly hamlet close to the River Boutonne, so there’s very little traffic. Although very peaceful the coast and attractions are not far away so it’s easy to get to great beaches and towns such as La Rochelle, Saintes, the Gironde and Ile de Re. Nearby St Jean D'Angely has lovely restaurants, shops and a fantastic twice-weekly market. Inside the house is modern and well-equipped, with traditional beams and stone walls plus a light, bright interior. If you want to relax at home the sunny patio has an outside dining table, 18'5' x 12'6' swimming pool, barbeque, sun-loungers, and umbrellas. You can explore the surrounding hills, fields and farm or cycle by the river. The house has all you will need for an enjoyable holiday - computer, Wifi, DVDs, games, books, maps, English TV, i-Pod, hairdryers, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, travel cot, high chair, 7 bikes and toys. No hidden costs - cleaning, utilities and use of bedding and towels all included. More information at http://joiedevivreholidays.wordpress.com/

Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
From the Joie de Vivre guestbook (26 July - 9th August 2013):

The house was gorgeous and had everything we need. Our highlights have been: St Savinien boating with the kids, St Jean D'angely at the water park, mini-golf and lido, and the pedalos! La rochelle, Le Petit Train... weather has been amazing, had all we needed. It has been so nice to slow down and enjoy our family.
Jul 2013
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Lindsey and Peter Sharp

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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

We loved the house as soon as we saw it. 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 to find out more. Enjoy a warm welcome at Joie de Vivre.

We think it's important for guests to feel comfortable 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 also http://joiedevivreholidays.wordpress.com/

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
5

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.
business
Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Milton Keynes, UK
5

Fantastic!

  • 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
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Sweden
5

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
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Guernsey, Channel Islands
5

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
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
business
Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Langenfeld, Germany
5

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
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely rural relaxing house near La Rochelle coast, own pool and WIFI
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p85782
+44 (0)7775 891715
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Kent, U.K.
5

Review of Joie de Vivre

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week in this gîte, between late June and early July 2008, and highly enjoyed the experience. It is situated near the town of St Jean d’Angely; deep in the heart of beautiful countryside, but close enough to main roads that enable you to explore the Charente-Maritime region with ease. It provides a well-equipped and comfortable abode for your holiday, whether your aim is simply to relax or to enjoy a more active vacation. The garden area in front of the house captures the sun from morning into the evening and has a dining table and chairs, sun loungers and a good-sized plunge-pool for a cooling dip on hot days (we enjoyed temperatures in the 80s). The gîte’s light, cool and well-appointed modern interior has a comfortable living room, a large well-equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The surrounding countryside provides plenty of opportunities for pleasant walks. The English and French neighbours we encountered were friendly and unintrusive. The dog of one family, made us feel very welcome, gave us a guided tour of neighbouring fields, and kept us entertained. The highlights of our wider expeditions included the rolling Charente countryside and its many picturesque villages, replete with pretty houses adorned with the red-tiled roofs and light-blue window-shutters so characteristic of the region; the numerous well-preserved eleventh- and twelfth-century Romanesque churches (those at Aulnay, Surgeres, St-Eutrope Saintes and Talmont being particularly stunning); the medieval abbeys of Fontdouce, St Vincent de Nieul-sur-l’Autize, aux Dames at Saintes, Sablonceaux and, near Poitiers, the unforgettable Nouaille Maupertuis; the beautiful seaside village of Talmont, resplendent with its cliff-edge medieval church, huge hollyhocks and white-washed cottages; the attractive river-front at Coulon; the coast above St Palais-sur-Mer and at Fouras, with its sweeping beaches and iconic carrelets; the magisterial harbour at La Rochelle; and the delicious food and friendly service at restaurant Le Scorlion in St Jean d’Angely. In short, gîte ‘Joie de Vivre’ lived up to its name and provided, in our experience, an excellent base for a really enjoyable and enduringly memorable holiday. As a bonus, its owners were not only very helpful but refreshingly relaxed.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
295 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
5 Miles
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A10, St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Beach
27 Miles
beach
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 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.

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Availability & Rates

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Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak summer
Jul 18 2014 - Aug 28 2014
7 night minimum stay
£826
 
 
Late summer
Aug 30 - Sep 26
7 night minimum stay
£560
 
 
Autumn
Sep 27 - Dec 26
7 night minimum stay
£525
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£525
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £100
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, the use of & laundering of towels and bedding, and use of utilities, with no hidden costs. NEW: £65 DISCOUNT for 14 nights or more.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Backpack
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • surfing
Notes:
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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