|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
La Cigogne is a restored charentais farmhouse, built around a small central courtyard. The house is at the centre, the 'chais' to the left has been converted into a summer room. The built-in barbeque is adjacent to the chais. The barn to the right is used as a store and not open to visitors. The private pool is on the other side of the 'chais'. Behind the house is a lawn and hedge.
Our neighbours are mainly working farmers.
There are nearby ports on the Gironde Estuary, as well as several eleventh and twelfth century churches. Within easy reach are the towns of Blaye, Royan, and Rochefort. Also easily accessible are the towns of Cognac, La Rochelle and Bordeaux, as well as the areas of the Bordeaux vineyards to the south and west. Atlantic beaches, such as Lacanau, are about an hour away.
Although we are British, our family has always lived and worked overseas, however we wanted a base in Europe in order to keep links with our family and friends in Great Britain. This was particularly important when our children were at school there, and they and their friends helped tremendously when we restored La Cigogne from a very basic farmhouse to the comfortable and roomy home that it is today.
Jennifer Lewis purchased this farmhouse in 1995
Since we all speak French, France seemed the obvious choice, and the Charente Maritime fitted perfectly with its easy access to Britain by road, rail and air. Its spaciousness, proximity to water, varied countryside and reputation for lots of sunshine. What we love about La Cigogne is the peace and the beauty of the surrounding area. We enjoy walking from the house and also being able to go out to a meal at a variety of small restaurants nearby. We can chose between local markets or a good well stocked supermarket, and we have easy access to vineyards or wildfowl areas and many other things as well, should we wish to make an excursion.
Twice a year we ourselves spend time at La Cigogne to relax and appreciate it, at the same time we enjoy preparing the garden for the summer, and make sure everything is in working order. We are still improving things little by little. We encourage friends and family to join us when we are there, they can come and go doing whatever takes their fancy.
28th June – 12th July,2014, Lo and Co from Denmark
Me and my friends had the best of times at La Cigogne, thank you so much for letting us stay! We certainly did not miss a thing at the house and I will warmly recommend it to others (it was even better than what we imagine it to be!). The barbecue certainly worked well, and we cooked some delicious meals with it. We had great use of all your advices in the surroundings, and ate at a few of the restaurants. They were all super! We also made some longer day trips to La Rochelle, Isle d'Oleron, Isle de Re, Bordeaux, Medoc and Archachon. Two weeks was definitely not enough for everything that you could see and do in the surroundings, especially when it was just as nice to just chill by the lovely pool.
This was the first time we ever rented an entire house like this, and I'm afraid we got a bit spoiled and will never find something this good...
Once again, thank you!
2nd - 16th August , 2014, Hutchinsons from UK
We just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how pleased we ALL were with our stay in your lovely holiday home La Cigogne.
It was just perfect. Everyone was thrilled with the bedrooms ..all tastefully decorated and very comfortable.
The kitchen dining room had plenty of use as did the barbeque. It was certainly big enough for all 6 of us too!!
The pool was great for the first week.... we were in it every day...then the second week the weather let us down.
You will be pleased to know that 2 members of our family did give the piano a good old workout as well.
There were lots of walks down the country lanes, visits to local markets, horse riding, cycle hire and meals out too.
The wi-fi was much appreciated by the teenagers in our group also.
Plenty of time to chill out and do nothing as well.
You have a wonderful home and retreat in a beautiful part of France and we loved our visit.
We may look to a return visit before too long.
Thank you for sharing this great place with us.
Highly recommended. Five stars from us!!
20/7 - 27/7/13, Williams from UK
Only one week but we thoroughly enjoyed your house. On our first arrival we were thrilled to go through and discover all the different rooms and ‘places to be’. And through the week it felt as such a luxury to be able to read, swim, sunbath, do some emails and play a game in so many rooms/areas of the house.
Having come to Charentes for the 4th year in a row we do know the surrounds quite well, but St Dizant/La Cigogne is a bit more inland and has given us again a perspective. We have been to Mirabmeau, St Fort and Jonzac, and the ‘Pole Nature’ at Vitrezay, but we have mainly been lazing around the house, the kids exploiting the swimming pool up to the max, making good use of the barbecue, playing soccer with a soft (mousse) ball in the courtyard, and chatting over a good glass of wine/pineau by the fire or on the terrace. Thus a lovely holiday.
Special interest holidays:
A sailing school has opened up at Port Maubert, 15 minutes from La Cigogne by car. Here there is the option for novices, including children, to learn to sail and there is also the facility for day-sailing into the estuary.
Meschers: 25 minutes away has a nice beach that is relatively quiet. St Georges: A bit further away, with bigger beaches, lots of sand and young people and plenty of things to do. Royan: A crowded resort that boasts a zoo and a yachting centre. Lots to do if you are <22 years old. Plenty of cheap eating places and a very good indoor/outdoor daily market. There is a ferry from Royan across the Gironde Estuary to Atlantic surfing beaches, such as Lacanau, about an hour away.
By air to Bordeaux, La Rochelle or Bergerac.
By TGV to Angouleme, with a bus connection to Jonzac.
Roughly seven hours driving from nearest channel ports.
St Dizant du Gua about 3 kms
Mirambeau - and access to N10 - 14 kms
Bordeaux about 70 kms
Royan about 40 kms
Saintes about 40 kms
St. Dizant is the nearest village where you can find a very good general shop that runs the post office and a little restaurant at weekends. It also has a bar, a small Chateau and a garage. More stores and bakeries are at nearby St Fort, St Ciers and St Thomas. Mirambeau, 14 kilometers away, has an excellent supermarket as well as a selection of shops and restaurants. Throughout the surrounding area there are regular markets and regional produce outlets offering wine, cognac, pineau (a local aperitif),oysters and fresh farm produce. Blaye, Royan, and Rochefort, offer excellent markets and good restaurants.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 16 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Half the rent is payable on booking.
Refunds are possible if cancellation is no later than 10 days after booking.
The balance is due no later than 1 month before rental date.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Rentals are Saturday to Saturday.