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Beautifully Restored Farmhouse near La Rochelle.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse 30 Minutes Drive To A Long Sandy Beach.Ideally Positioned For Exploring Charente Maritime

A beautifully restored farmhouse, set in the Charente Maritime region (renowned for being the second most sunny part of France). The house can be found in Chambon, a typical French hamlet with beautiful areas for birdwatching, cycling and walking. The bakery delivers bread daily (not Wednesday) and the town of Surgeres, 5 miles to the east, has supermarkets, bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and pretty river walks. Aigrefeuille d'Aunis, 5 miles to the west, has an outdoor market twice a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a landscaped lake. Historic La Rochelle is only 25 mins drive away. Here you can sunbathe on the beach at Les Minimes, visit the aquarium or take the bus boat from Les Minimes to the beautiful harbour and enjoy the excellent sea food offered in the restaurants on the harbour front. La Rochelle airport has direct flights from the UK and Ireland with low budget airlines such as Ryan Air, Fiybe, Easyjet and Jet2.


Owner
Hazel Feeney
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Hazel Feeney

I have lived and worked in England, Taiwan, Pakistan and Mexico but I still love France the most! Chambon, the location of my gite, provides a quiet and friendly hamlet in which I can work and relax. I have converted a local barn into a studio in which I make ceramic sculptures, vessels and bowls. I return to the UK frequently to deliver my artwork to galleries and to see my son and daughter. I am very lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside with delicious wine, cheese and French bread only minutes away!

Hazel Feeney purchased this house in 1991

Why Hazel Feeney chose Charente-Maritime

Les Trois Puits was derelict when purchased - it was last used by the French Resistance Fighters in World War Two - but it was immediately obvious it had wonderful potential. It took nine years to restore it to its original, rustic charm. In 2001 it was advertised with owners direct as their 4th French property-FR4!

The reasons why we bought Les Trois Puits: my family fell in love with La Rochelle, only a 30 minutes' drive away.

Les Trois Puits is in the second sunniest part of France - only the Riviera has more hours of sunshine per year. It is easily accessible, with La Rochelle airport only a 35 minute drive, the ferry port of St Malo a manageable four-hour drive, and the Eurostar now running from St Pancras to La Rochelle/Surgeres with only one change in Paris.

What makes this house unique

Les Trois Puits is close to the beautiful beaches of La Rochelle and Chatelaillon but also situated in the heart of the French countryside. In May the fields are full of pale lilac poppies and in June/July, the most amazing sunflowers. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, bird watching and cycling. Outdoor swimming pools are located within ten minutes drive in Surgeres and Aigrefeuille. The local boulangerie will deliver what ever you request - fresh bread, croissants, pains au chocolat-to the kitchen window! The walled garden provides a sun trap and many visitors to Les Trois Puits have commented that the stars are spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've been coming to France for 30 years and this is the best gite that we've stayed in. So well equipped too.



Accommodation is spacious and kitchen well equipped. The location of Chambon Bourg is ideal for exploring Charente Maritime.



We really don't want to go home! We have enjoyed the house, the garden and the sky at night! Hazel made us really welcome. We will be back.



We had a great time. Weather beautiful. Felt very safe here with our small children.



We all enjoyed our stay in your lovely gite, the garden is wonderful, so relaxing and the gite is spacious and well equipped.



The house has been really great, it's not often you get such generous sized bedrooms. Do make sure you have enough time to look at Hazel's pottery.
Oct 2001
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Amenities

Chambon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Large shower room with wc. Separate wc on the ground floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 with king size bed.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Sorry, no pets. The farmhouse has heating. The three bedrooms and lounge have radiators with programmed timers. The lounge and kitchen also have very efficient wood burning stoves. Outside: It is a mature, walled garden. The grassed area in front of the house is a suntrap and perfect for sunbathing.There is a terrace with barbecue and garden furniture. Towels / Linen Bed linen and white towels can be hired from the owner if required for a nominal fee per person . This property can be rented with Fr16838 and /or a self contained studio for 2 people. Please ask the owner. Other: Entrance room with writing bureau and delightful fireplace.

Reviews

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Beautifully Restored Farmhouse near La Rochelle.
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SUPER HOLIDAY IN LES TROIS PUITS

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Les Trois Puits was as good as the first, super location and a very well furnished property, excellent linen, very comfortable and relaxing.

Hazel Feeney looked after us well providing information regarding all the interesting places to visit and supermarkets about 10 minutes away with only light traffic on the roads.

Fresh bread delivered daily and only half an hour from the airport what more could one ask.

Look forward to returning in 2017

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review. It was brilliant to welcome you back to Les Trois Puits. You had a great week of weather and enjoyed staying in the cool house, and shaded areas of the garden when it got a little too hot! La Rochelle and Fouras are great places to visit in September and enjoy the local restaurants, drink coffee and watch the people go by. I have booked you in for next year. Maybe you will make it to Royan and enjoy the long sandy coastline. See you in 2017! A bientot. Hazel
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Les Trois Puits - Chambon

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully restored gite in Chambon which is well positioned to travel around the area (coast or otherwise). Thanks to Hazel for welcoming us and ensuring we were happy with the accommodation. Fresh bread delivered most days was great and the local supermarkets were very good. Make sure you read some of the suggestions in the comments books (very helpful for ideas for things to do - our kids loved the waterpark in Chatellaillon-Plage). Many thanks Hazel - a bientot

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Les Trois Puits in Chambon

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful holiday in beautiful Chambon. The weather was excellent which meant day trips out to Ile de Re (a lot!!) and Rochefort. Having stayed in Les Trois Puits for the last five years, we just love this area and the house is stunning. Hazel, the owner cannot do enough for her guests and she always on hand if anything is needed. The picture says it all - relaxing, spacious, beautifully maintained and a 'must' for anyone looking for all of the above. Thank you Hazel. See you next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Already looking forward to next year! It is always such a joy to welcome returning guests, like yourself, back to Les Trois Puits. I love the area where I live and I know you have grown to love it too! There are so many diverse places to see and explore, both inland and by the ocean. Next year I recommend a visit to Le Puy du Fou and a rugby match in La Rochelle! A bientot Hazel
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5

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse is beautifully restored and in an idyllic location. It is very easy to access all the local areas of interest, and relaxing in the garden after a day at the beach or sightseeing is highly recommended.

Hazel is a fantastic host, always available to provide information or recommendations. We had a lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely gite

  • 4 of 5

A lovely gite. Plenty of room and well equipt. In a very convenient position for exploring both coast and countryside. Bikes are extremely useful in this area of the Charante Maritime. So much to see, so hope to return to explore more of this beautiful part of France.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you stay in Les Trois Puits. Thank you for your lovely review. As you rightly say this is a beautiful area of France. Lots more places for you to discover such as the beautiful Ile de Re, Ile D'Oleron, Cognac and Rochefort to name but a few. I look forward to welcoming you back to Les Trois Puits in the not too distant future. Bonne chance Hazel
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Super property great holiday will visit again

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Les Trois Puits at Chambon Bourg was really super (we rated it 5 stars) the house was very spacious and well maintained - beds were comfortable and the linen high quality - all mod cons were there -Wifi was available as well as English TV channels - there was a very beautiful and peaceful garden with its own well - and easy access to places of interest especially La Rochelle not to be missed - Hazel the owner is a very friendly and pleasant lady - what more can we say - Well yes we have already booked again for 2016

Joan & Terry

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have you booked in for next year :-) Looking forward to welcoming you back and informing you of other places to visit and enjoy -Fouras, Il de Re, Ile d'Oleron, Cognac to name just a few! A bientot Hazel
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Map

Surgères
Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Surgeres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Surgeres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Surgeres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Châtelaillon-Plage
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

30 minutes drive to a long sandy beach with sailing school, crazy golf and water park at Chatelaillon Plage. 25 minutes drive to the popular, sandy beach at Les Minimes in La Rochelle with rock pools and pretty park on the headland.

Travel:

There are very reasonably priced direct flights to La Rochelle from London, Stansted and Dublin with Ryan Air; Southampton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester with Flybe; Edinburgh and Leeds with Jet2; London, Gatwick and Bristol with Easyjet and Cork with AerArann. The gite is 1.5 hours motorway drive from Bordeaux airport. Europcar, Hertz or Budget can arrange hire cars from either airport.

Distances:

The town of Surgeres, 5 miles to the east, has supermarkets, bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and pretty river walks. Aigrefeuille d'Aunis, 5 miles to the west, has an outdoor market twice a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a landscaped lake. Historic La Rochelle is only 25 minutes drive away.

Further Details:

The village of Chambon Bourg has an historic church and cemetery in which a number of French Resistance workers are buried. Les Trois Puits was used by the French Resistance during the war. The separate village of Chambon-Gare, 2 miles to the south has a post office. Flat country lanes fan out from Chambon, providing quiet and safe walking and cycling routes. The tall hedgerows lining the lanes harbour many species of songbirds. Buzzards, harriers, kites and owls are frequent visitors. Deer and hares are also to be seen. One walk that we enjoy will take you through the avenue of trees in the grounds of the Maison de Repos (a convalescent home) at nearby Marlonges, then through the village of Marlonges and back home. During June and July many of the fields surrounding Chambon are full of sunflowers. A 25 minute drive west will take you to La Rochelle with its historic medieval towers guarding the entrance to the beautiful Old Port. The choice of excellent places to eat and drink is endless. Street entertainments around the harbour every night during the summer make for a pleasant after dinner stroll. At the nearby modern marina complex of Les Minimes can be found many museums and a small beach. The famous Aquarium is now located near the old port. Other beaches can be found to the south of La Rochelle at Chatelaillon Plage and Fouras, both of which are a similar journey time from the farmhouse.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit at time of booking. Full amount payable 3 months before the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the change over date for the month of July. . Departure time is 10am and arrival after 4pm. The changeover date is flexible during off peak periods.
Linen and towels are available free of charge for the months of July and August.
Linen and white towels can be hired from the owner for a nominal fee per person from January- June and September to December.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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