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Large, detached, character house, private heated pool, Wi-Fi & Sauna

Saint-Savinien, France
  • Farmhouse2475 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Five bedrooms, Two lounges, Three bathrooms, Large kitchen, sleeps 10 - 12

A completely renovated, very spacious five bedroom detached Charentaise house on the edge of a small hamlet, overlooking open countryside - yet only two miles from the small market town of St Savinien.

The property has been the subject of a total renovation and has been completely refitted throughout. It is comfortably equipped with quality furniture and appliances. Bed linen and towels are included in the rental price.

The house comprises: a huge well-fitted dining kitchen with seating for up to 12 guests, a massive central lounge with TV and seating for 7, and further large lounge with two settees seating 6. A Utility room with washing machine & tumble dryer and a downstairs WC / Shower room.

Upstairs - A huge master bedroom & en suite shower room. Three further double bedrooms, family bathroom with shower and a small single bedroom.

Outside - large gardens and terraces. Safety fenced, heated private pool (8x4 metres), & infants splash pool, garden sauna cabin, parking & carport.

In the garden: A large Table Tennis table, a Basketball Hoop, a Badminton / Volleyball Net and Football Goals. For the under fives; a splash pool, a little tykes playhouse and a slide.

We also have a selection of bicycles for all ages - ranging from 3 years upwards.


Helen Coulson

Member Since 2006
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 child bed, Has a Day Bed which is ideal for a young child
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, Single bed is a folding camp bed
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 twin/ single, Small single room
      • The master bedroom has a super-king 6ft wide double bed, the 2nd bedroom has a 5ft king size double bed and bedroom 3 has a regular size double bed. Bedroom four has two single beds and bedroom five has one single bed. There are also two good quality fold-up single beds and two cots which can be used in any room. The layout of the house makes it ideal for two families sharing as in total we have three double beds, seven single beds and two cots.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Family Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Downstairs
        toilet, shower
      • En-suite
        toilet, shower
      • Poolside
        outdoor shower, Sauna cabin
      • We have three fully equipped bathrooms and there is also a solar powered shower on the pool deck along with a sauna cabin.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Rustic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Baby Gate
                    • Broadband Access
                      Wi-Fi internet included.
                    • Fireplace
                      Three fireplaces on the ground floor of the property.
                    • Firewood
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Table Tennis Table, Basketball Hoop. Volleyball & Badminton Net, Football Goals. A selection of bicycles.
                    • Garage
                      Two parking spaces within the garage,
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Wood burning stoves and full gas central heating.
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi internet included.
                    • Backpack
                    • Linens Provided
                      Linen for all beds is provided. Towels are provided but not beach towels.
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                      Ample parking including two covered spaces.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Ample parking including two covered spaces.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Tumble dryer and garden rotary clothes line.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Automatic washing machine.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wi-Fi internet included.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Three wood-burning stoves on the ground floor of the property.


                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Filter Coffee machine
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Ample utensils.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Ample crockery and cutlery for 12 or more guests.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Fridge / Freezer and wine fridge
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen with a comprehensive range of pans, utensils, crockery and cutlery.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Fridge / Freezer and wine fridge
                        • Stove
                          Gas four ring hob.
                        • Toaster
                          Electric Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              We have two highchairs, table with 8 chairs and a further table and extra chairs which can be used in the dining area.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  UK free to air channels on both TV's along with French TV channels.
                                • Books
                                  Several bookcases of books for ideal holiday reading.
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD players in both lounges.
                                • Games
                                  Many popular board games,
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Stereo
                                  Sonos Music system
                                • Television
                                  Two flat screen TV's
                                • Toys
                                  Many toys including large Fisher Price type toys.
                                • VCR
                                • Video Game Console
                                • Video Games
                                • Video Library
                                  A selection of DVD's for all ages.


                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Umbrellas
                                    • Bicycles
                                      10 bicycles from age three upwards. Four assorted sized children's bikes and six teenage / adult size. Three kids wooden balance bikes.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Terraces to front and rear including a covered terrace area.
                                    • Deck Furniture
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Enclosed rear garden with lawned area, terraces and swimming pool area.
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Full size stone Barbecue.
                                    • Patio
                                    • Terrace

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Heated Pool
                                        • Outdoor Pool
                                        • Private Pool
                                          Private heated pool with additional toddlers pool. French Regulation safety fence and gate with safety catch surrounds the pool area.
                                        • Sauna
                                          Nordic Sauna cabin next to swimming pool - seats 6 - 8


                                            • churches
                                            • library
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • The house has two large lounges / sitting rooms. It was set this way so that one room could be used if adults want to get away from the kids! There is also a small study area with a desk and chair and WiFi Internet Access. TV in each lounge, One TV has a UK 'Free to Air' Satellite system - receives BBC, ITV, News & other channels and French stations. Video, DVD player and I-Pod Speakers. We have a good selection of classic kids Disney / Pixar type DVD's & Video's and a range of classic and recent films for teenagers and Adults. There are also many holiday reading type books / novels in the house and a selection of board games. For out of season rentals the house is very warm and cozy in the Autumn, Winter and Spring months. It has a full gas central heating and wood burners in the Kitchen and in both Lounges. For the youngest family members we have two high-chairs & stair gates and two cots.

                                                              12 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              A fantastic family house

                                                              Sotu M.

                                                              We spent a great week in this house. So many options to keep us occupied whether active or indolent 😊 Plenty of space, comfy beds, great kitchen. Everything was perfectly clean & well maintained. Paul gauged the weather & heated the pool for us & thank goodness he did as it was a bit chilly! Location ideal for visits to seaside, pretty towns & castles. Communication throughout has been exemplary and really friendly. I would recommend this property unreservedly. Thank you Paul and Helen 😊

                                                              Family celebration

                                                              Mary M.

                                                              A magnificent property. Superbly renovated, superbly equipped and situated in a beautiful rural area in Charente Maritime but within easy reach of towns/cities like La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac, Royan etc. We were there to celebrate major birthdays and other anniversaries with our children and grandchildren and the house was excellent for these purposes with plenty of space and activities for the various age groups in comfort. The owners have been very helpful, friendly and efficient throughout our dealings and their local managers were also helpful with local advice. We have no hesitation in recommending this property.

                                                              Perfect house for 2 families

                                                              Jenny T.

                                                              We were blown away when we arrived at the house as it was even more lovely than it looked in the pictures. It was all kept very up together and clean and was kitted out with everything we needed for our stay. Even though we didn't have the best weather, it didn't stop us using the pool almost every day which was heated to around 32 degrees! We could have quite happily not left the house all week, however, it was an ideal base as there was lots to do and see in the surrounding area. We would highly recommend the zoo at Royan which is an hour's drive away. The owners of the property have been very helpful and friendly. We would definitely come back to the house and recommend it to anyone.

                                                              Fabulous gite


                                                              This property has been beautifully restored. All of the rooms are very tastefully designed with very comfortable furniture. Large kitchen and a lot of outdoor space. Great pool with splash pool and lots of toys and amusements for kids of all ages. It is very well maintained and clean. Ten of us stayed in this give, age ranging from 1 year to 70 years and we all loved it and would recommend a week or even 2! It is very central to lovely towns like Saintes or Cognac and beaches like Forars or Royan. It was easy to book and the owners are delightful to deal with.

                                                              Thoroughly recommended - excellent!

                                                              Sian C.

                                                              Thoroughly recommended, the most comfortable holiday we’ve ever had!

                                                              If you’ve ever dreamed of paradise in the French countryside, this charming villa is for you! It is set in beautiful rural surroundings, perfect for photography - especially in the height of summer when the sunflowers in surrounding fields are in full bloom!

                                                              The owners have thought about your every need in this beautifully re-built and restored county retreat. The delightful, tastefully furnished spacious maison has plenty of living area – two large lounges - and couples ‘old world’ charm with modern comforts! The large, typically French kitchen was perfect for indoor dining although we spent most of our meal time dining al fresco! We had the choice of either the patio at the back of the house –where we made full use of the table tennis facility and built in BBQ, and the poolside patio – perfect for bathing and watching the children have fun on the toys in the well- stocked garden area. Particularly attractive - and always tempting -was the heated pool! We spent many hours playing with the children, having a sauna and enjoying an early evening glass of wine in the pool (plastic glasses are provided); we simply didn’t want to get out! Our friends with young children also made extensive use of the adjoining side paddling pool which was also heated.

                                                              Being built of thick stone, the villa was cool to sleep in and the shutters provided extra French charm. The beds were really comfortable and the 5 large bedrooms provided bags of room. Everything was so clean and well-maintained, we found all we needed – from spare toothbrushes to spare combs!

                                                              The property provides a super base for exploring the region too, but best of all – we enjoyed cycling around the sunflower fields and into St Savinien to buy our daily baguettes!. There were plenty of bikes and helmets in varying sizes in the store room.Our boys loved cycling into Saint Savinien - on the banks of the Charente River - we even found a boating lake where they enjoyed sailing whilst we savored the ambience sipping a French beer!

                                                              You can choose to switch off from electronics if you wish to but we made full use of the Wifi and flat screen TVs available.

                                                              We can’t wait to go again.

                                                              Dr and Mrs Crosby, Cheshire.

                                                              One of the best houses in this region!

                                                              Jonathan S.

                                                              We have stayed in a number of properties in France over the last few years but few have been as well presented or as comprehensively equipped as this superb house in the Saint-Jean-d'Angely area. Firstly the position of Poussardiere is excellent, a really peaceful rural location with views to the front across rolling countryside and yet just 35 minutes from the airport at Rochfort and less than an hour away from the beautiful town of La Rochelle. Although you probably need a car, local villages are convenient for daily necessities and very friendly (and patient with our pigeon French) and if inclined you can easily nip down to the shops in Saint Savinien a couple of miles away, on one of the various push bikes provided.

                                                              We expected great things from the write ups and photographs, and we can honestly say nothing let us down, indeed it was better than we imagined. The house is big! there was plenty of room for everyone, furnishings were quality and comfortable, there was wi-fi, English cable TV and the general presentation was really lovely. It took only minutes to feel completely at home. The swimming pool was clean, warm and great fun, a huge asset to the property, you can’t keep kids out of it! and for the adults there is an excellent ‘hot as you dare’ pine sauna. On cooler evenings we were able to have log fires and play games or read books in the big living rooms.

                                                              Cooking and meal preparation was easy in the huge comprehensively equipped and well laid out kitchen with everything you would want together with a useful laundry room.

                                                              We would strongly recommend a day out to the very beautiful Il de Re.

                                                              In summary - we had a wonderful break in this wonderfully restored traditional house, we thought it represented excellent value and will undoubtedly be back (provided that is, there is any availability left after recommending it to all our friends!).


                                                              Saint-Savinien, France

                                                              The house is located two miles from the pretty riverside market town of St Savinien which has a wide range of local shops, a regular market, a Supermarket and leisure activities including an outdoor pool, fishing and children's boating lake. The Roman town of Saintes is some 15 miles south with a very comprehensive range of shopping, leisure activities and sightseeing including a Roman Amphitheatre. To the north the town of Rochefort is some 15 miles and La Rochelle about 40 miles. Beaches – the nearest family beach is at Saint Georges de Didonne about a 45 minute drive away. Riding school for all ages (English spoken) 2 miles. Quad biking 1 mile. The immediate surrounding countryside is superb for cycling with many quiet lanes to explore. Other Activities: Quad Biking. Horse Riding, Sea Canoeing,

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $0 - $13
                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              All bed linen, hand and bath towels are included for a maximum of 8 persons. A linen supplement charge for occupancy in excess of 8 persons of £14 per person per week, will be made for extra linen & towels. There is a local property manager on call in case of any problems / emergencies. Pool Heating - The pool can be heated on request at an extra charge of £60 per week

                                                              12 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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