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Character traditional Charentais cottage in rural location 20 minutes from sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Enclosed garden with garden furniture, safe for children. External laundry room with washing machine and central heating boiler.

Ground floor has open large lounge/dining area,TV.(French only), open fire place; kitchen with table and 6 chairs, fridge/freezer, dish washer, gaz cooker, microwave; separate bathroom and toilet, bedroom in tower with double bed and en suite

shower room. Open staircase with gate leads to mezzanine with 2 single beds, cot, high chair, bedroom in tower with double bed, single bedroom and family bathroom.

Key holder/housekeeper lives nearby, French speaking only. Village of Nancras, 10 mins walk, has village shops.

Nearest beaches at Royan. Town of Saintes with Roman arena and remains 15km. La Rochelle 60 mins. Bordeaux 90mins. Cognac 40mins.

Airports at La Rochelle and Bordeaux. Ferry port St Malo.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 26, 2018

About The Owner

As a lover of France and a French speaker, in 1995 I purchased. ‘La Ruche’ which was formerly a wine ‘chai’ in the Charente Maritime near the coast in western France to offer for holiday letting. This was subsequently extended adding an upstairs modern bathroom and extra bedroom.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1995

Why The Owner chose Balanzac

The property is situated in a small hamlet with in countryside but not far from the coast. We have visited this area for many years and have made many friends.

Charente Maritime is famed for the clarity of light which has attracted many artists and the hours of sunlight which match those of the south of France.


Balanzac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite to ground floor bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower , Off kitchen next to seperate toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Character traditional Charentais cottage in rural location 20 minutes from sea
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Full of character

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this characterful place. Plenty of space for everyone and all the necessary equipment you'll need (except for wifi, which didn't bother me!).

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unas vacaciones fantásticas

  • 5 of 5

Muy bien ubicada para conocer la zona.

Muchos utensilios de cocina y de limpieza

Zona muy tranquila.

Hemos estado súper bien.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Les Acacias Corme Royale
Nearest Ferry
345 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Golf du Chateau de la Vallade
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La Ferme de la Magne
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Sandy beaches, pine forests, islands, boat trips, seafood, lighthouses, historic ports and lots of sunshine. What more do you want except to stay on!

Meschers sur Gironde

It is the coast and the beaches that attracts most people to Meschers - the sandy stretches of beach are attractively interspersed with rocky headlands and cliffs. The three main beaches are called Nonnes (the main beach), Vergnes (a little to the north) and Suzac.

The troglodyte Grottes de Regulus caves are another reason that people come to Meschers-sur-Gironde. The caves, carved into the chalky rock along the seafront, have served various purposes over the centuries, from grain storage to hiding contraband, and occasionally they have also been used as homes.

A visit to the caves will also allow you to appreciate the views across the Gironde estuary as you follow the Boulevard de la Falaise around the Point de Meschers to get here. The nearby Matata caves can also be visited.


Historic city on Charente river and centre of Cognac-producing area. Visits to famous distilleries eg Hennessy, Otard, where you can taste and purchase Cognac on-site.

Fortified Towns

Talmont with its church overlooking the Gironde Estuary and famous for hollyhocks. Brouage harbour where the sea has receded and birthplace of Champlain, founder of Quebec in Canada.

Chateau de la Roche Courbon

North-east of Saintes (towards Rochefort along the N137), La Roche Courbon has an impressively located chateau tucked away in an ancient forest. As well as the finely furnished castle and beautifully maintained French-style gardens, there is a prehistoric museum and some small caves to see, plus picnic areas etc.


Visit Ile d'Oleron's beaches and seafood restaurants. Ile d'Aix, exile of Napoleon, only accessible by boat. Ile de Re, near La Rochelle, holiday area of the rich and famous is only an hour's drive away.

La Palmyre

Enjoy a family day out at this zoo in the pine forest on the coast. 1600 animals in a natural environment.

La Rochelle

Historic town with port and fortified ramparts.

Location and Activities

Rural hamlet in wine-growing area with nearby farm and horse riding. Undulating countryside ideal for cycling and walking. Outdoor swimming pool at Saujon 8km, 20 min drive to coast. At Trizay nearby there is a lake, chateau and garden where there are swings and slide for small children.

Nearest Restaurant

La Ferme de Magne, St Gemme, 3km. Cadeuil 4km. Moulin de Chalons le Gua 7km. Hotel des Acacias, Corme Royale 3km.


Pineau is a speciality of the Charentais region, an aperitif combining cognac and wine. Can be tasted and purchased at the nearby distillery where the producer will also give you a tour.


Ferme de la Magne 3km has themed restaurants, ostrich park and farm for miniature animals. Moulin de Chalons at le Gua 3* restaurant hotel in restored mill. Hotel des Acacias at Corme Royale.


18th century town and port on the Charente River with the Corderie Royale famed for rope making, Hermione warship now re-created and a centre for begonias!


All year round coastal resort. Particularly recommend Un Violon sur le Sable, free music concerts held on beach in July.

Royan Market

Colourful daily morning market with fresh produce especially fish, oysters caught locally. Also pineau, local aperitif.


Roman town on the Charente River, with Roman arena and arch where you can explore the river by boat. International Music Festival held in July.


An important fishing port about 30 kilometers from Talmont-sur-Gironde, the village of Mornac-sur-Seudre is renowned for its oyster farms and salt marshes. The village is listed as one of France's Plus Beaux Villages because of its impressive Romanesque architecture. The 11th-century Eglise Saint-Pierre is especially noteworthy. The village has a peaceful setting in the marshland near a sheltered sea port.


The town of Pons is situated in the countryside of the southern Charente-Maritime department and about 20 kilometres south of Saintes.

The town originally developed because of its position on one of the important pilgrimage routes across France - the so-called 'Via Turonensis' that starts from Paris and follows western France before entering Spain to continue westwards to St Jacques de Compostelle.

The medieval centre of Pons is well maintained and has several buildings of interest for visitors making it one of the most popular and interesting tourist destinations in the area. The town was once an important regional centre controlled by the Lords of Pons, who established an imposing castle here. The castle and its associated ramparts and donjon (castle keep) still dominate both the town and the valley of the river Seugne below - the views from the castle walls are one of the highlights of your visit.

Website for images of the area

La Charente Maritime vue du ciel (France) - SlideShare


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $207.73

Early and late season flexibility on booking dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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