About the property
- Cottage538 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 8 nights
Perfectly located for hiking, cycling, fishing and bird watching in the Marais
Charming 18th Century cottage in the grounds of the owners property in the heart of the village of St Jean D'Angle in the Charente Maritime. Situated just 10 minutes from the bustling town of Rochefort-sur-Mer, 20 minutes from Royan, 35 minutes south of La Rochelle, 15 minutes to the nearest beach and within half of an hour of the Atlantic Islands of îLe de Ré, île Madame, île d'Oléron and île d'Aix. Within a couple of minutes you can walk to the bakery, the bar/tabac, the market on a Sunday morning and the fortified chateau of St Jean D'Angle. The village of St Jean D'Angle is right on the edge of the Marais de Brouage, the large area of salt marshlands south of Rochefort, there is an abundance of wildlife and birdlife as well as amazing cycling and walks to be had in the Marais and it is a fascinating place to take a picnic and spend a day exploring. There is so much to do in this area whether you want to relax in the garden, walk, cycle, visit the regions many romanesque churches, visit local markets, dine on the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters or sample the local Pineau Charente wine. There are also numerous beaches (one for every day of the week within half an hour's drive), the islands to explore and the towns and cities to wander around. Rochefort-sur-Mer has many excellent restaurants, it is home to the replica of the Hermione, the famous Corderie Royal and Maritime Museum and park. It has a produce market three days a week and it is easy to spend a morning sipping coffee in the Place Colbert in the centre of town or to take an evening Aperatif there and watch people coming and going. This city has exceptionally easy parking and access. The cottage is adjacent to, but separate from the owners property, it is situated within the 1.5 acres of gardens and is all on one level. The cottage has one double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and quality toiletries included. A fully equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven and hob, coffee maker, toaster, small island unit and 2 bar stools in fact everything you could wish for to make your holiday stress free and perfect. The large sitting room has a colour television, an extremely comfortable leather L-shaped sofa, stereo and an iPod docking station. The sitting room also has the dining area at the end next to the kitchen with a large round table and comfortable modern seating. The property is furnished with a mixture of modern and vintage furniture and original artwork. Leading straight off the sitting room is the terrace overlooking the gardens of the entire property. A retractable awning covers the outdoor wooden dining table and chairs if it is too hot. To the side of the property is a small walled garden with a huge fig tree and grape vine. This walled garden also has street access with a door in the wall, but is not overlooked and is private for your use. Guests are welcome to wander around the gardens of the entire property, they are charming and pretty, but this is a family home rather than a manicured chateau! Feel free to pick vegetables that are ripe from the potager and figs, grapes and other fruits according to the season. We do not use pesticides or chemicals in our garden and our vegetables and fruits are all totally organic. This means we have an abundance of butterflies, birds and some bats at the far end of the garden. However, as this is organic please do excuse the odd weed! Roaming the garden are also our free range chickens, two cats and two dogs. You are very welcome to sit and while away some time on our children's wooden swings or borrow bicycles and go off exploring. Our wooden above ground pool is solar heated and is available for you to use whenever you wish. The property has been recently renovated and every effort has been made to make the cottage as comfortable and as welcoming as possible. We will happily cater to your needs, if you would like us to get groceries in advance we are happy to do so. We automatically include a welcome pack with a bottle of wine, French bread, cheese and fruit. We can accommodate a third person in a camp-bed in the sitting room or provide a travel cot for a baby/toddler along with a high chair. Included in rental are all bed linens, towels, tea towels and quality organic toiletries. We are on hand should you need us. If you feel like sharing a glass of wine and a chat in the evening sunshine and telling us about your day and planning the next one we would love you to join us, on the other hand if you would like to be left in peace and privacy then we will totally respect that - this is your holiday and we want you to enjoy it to the full. Parking is on the street opposite the gite.
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- Apr 27, 2018
About Susie Ellis
We have lived in France for many years and our children are educated here. We have had the incredible opportunity to live in several far flung countries around the world, but we always return to France, this is where we call home. We have now settled here, in the Charente Maritime, permanently - it is where we love to live as a family. My husband is a keen fisherman and would love to show you around the local fishing areas. We are both passionate about nature and wildlife and keen to help anyone explore the amazing Marais de Brouage which adjoins the village - it is a wonderful habitat for many species of wildlife. We love cooking, growing our own vegetables, our garden, cycling and enjoying the French lifestyle.
Susie Ellis purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Susie Ellis chose Saint-Jean-d'Angle
This is the perfect property for us, just 15 minutes from the beach and the coast, just 10 minutes into the thriving beautiful city of Rochefort. We have 1.5 acres of beautiful park like gardens and yet we are in the heart of the village. We are not isolated, we are able to walk to the village school, the bakery, the bar and the post office. There are lovely walks through the village and surrounding countryside finding tiny vineyards and beautiful views. Finally there is the Marais de Brouage, the most incredible habitat for wildlife, it is right on our doorstep and it is hard to beat for walking and cycling. In short the area is perfect!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
5*-everything in rural gite
Beautifully placed, tranquil and utterly cozy, impeccable as much as decoration, equipment, cleanliness are concerned, but most impressive are the incredible love the owners put in this little bijou. You find it in everything: A comfy bed, a fire ready on this cold arrival-day, in the kitchen all you could wish for (incl. big fridge, coffee maker, kettle, a very generous ‘survival’ kit for a good start of your stay), owners bring you wood and light the fireplace if you can’t manage, very good advice on what to visit and not to miss. We got freshly laid eggs from their own chickens, the cottage is as friendly and welcoming as are its owners. You’ve your own private patio even! We adored the family, their children (super well behaved and friendly), and simply can’t wait to come again - for a longer stay, hopefully! Thank you for your kindness and attentions.
Home from home
Fantastic. This was our third visit to Roddy and Susie's gite and this year we stayed for two weeks. (And have already booked for next year). The gite is extremely comfortable and has everything that you need and would strongly recommend giving it a try, if you are in Charente Maritime. There is lots to see and to in the area and Susie and Roddy are wonderful hosts ( and now friends). Can't wait for next years visit !
The Gite is much bigger than the photos show and it has everything in it a French Gite should need including satellite TV and fast Wifi, and by chance if you do require anything else the owners Roddy and Susan are more than happy to help you out.
The garden is quite large for you to roam around and Roddy encourages you to help yourself to his lovely organic vegetables he grows which we did and fully enjoyed, at the bottom of the garden are the families chickens I spent a lot of time relaxing in the garden watching the funny antics of these birds - very entertainingly, every morning we had a visit from Bentley and Evie the family Jack Russell very friendly little characters.
There is so much to do in the surrounding area beautiful beaches, sightseeing, restaurants whatever you require for your holiday, or just spend a day relaxing in your gites garden.
Roddy and Susan and their beautiful family really welcomed us and invited to supper and lunch, and may I say the food was delicious and it was just great to sit around a family table talking to all the family.
We had a car problem when we stayed at the Gite and Roddy and Susan came to our rescue organising the tow to the garage and being our translator and over the next week gave us lots of help and support - they truly went above and beyond - if you want a holiday that has a bit of everything then this is the Gite for you -
This was our second summer visit in the gite and will not be our last. We have already booked for next year and cannot wait!
The gite itself has everything you need with lots of luxury touches... even a jar of sweets in the bedroom.
Roddy, Susie and family are amazing hosts and are very knowledgeable about the area. Evie and Bentley are very welcoming too!
The beaches are amazing and there are lots to choose from. Kayaking on the river was great fun too. The Roman Amphitheatre was a real sight and very atmospheric.
So whether it is beaches, lovely French villages, lazy river days or chateau's that take your fancy they are all within a stone's throw. Add the lovely sunshine and there it is ... the perfect holiday!
Beautiful Gite in a Stunning Area
We booked this gite based on the strengths of the previous reviews and it didn't disappoint. The gite is comfortable and beautifully presented. It is very well equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine. We travelled with our 12 month old son who loved the garden with the chickens, the swings and the two friendly Jack Russells!
The area has lots to do with loads of beautiful beaches, pretty towns and lots of good food and wine. You can easily spend two weeks in the area with something different to see and do every day.
Roddy and Susan are the perfect hosts, welcoming and generous. We enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating their daughter's birthday with a BBQ and meal. We also enjoyed lots of fresh produce straight from their garden especially the figs.
Very much recommend this gite, you won't be disappointed.
The Ideal French Getaway
My wife and i stayed here at the end of july.It is a fantastic accommodation in a quiet,rural french village but with lots of places to visit within a 15 to 30 minute car drive.We especially enjoyed Royan and the Ile de Re.Roddy,Susie and their family were the perfect hosts and everything you could think of was provided (even two jack russells as an optional extra).This was our first kid free holiday in a part of France we had never visited but will definately return and to this accommodation.The pictures dont actually do justice to the size of the gite,thoroughly reccomended.