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Two Gites With Shared Pool, Nr Matha & Cognac, Charente-maritime, France - First Floor

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



First Floor

The upstairs gite is accessed by a bespoke staircase and has beautiful vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. It has two bedrooms: one with a king-size bed and the other one two single beds. It has an open-plan living/dining room and kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, hob and oven.

There is a TV (with English channels), DVD player and ipod dock. There is also a wood burner for the slightly colder evenings.

About the property


The gites are set in a traditional Charentise courtyard and are barns lovingly renovated to provide comfortable modern accommodation whilst still retaining many of the original features. Thus providing a great base to relax and from which to explore this beautiful region and the varied attractions of the Charente-Maritime and Charente. Close to the beautiful historic towns of Cognac, Saintes and St Jean D’Angley but also within easy reach of the lovely beaches of Royan, La Rochelle and the Cote Sauvage.

Kelly Barlow
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Kelly Barlow

We are Kelly, Ian, our children Martha and twins Archie & Josie plus Rufus the dog. We have lived here since we bought the house and barns in 2006 and love the beautiful peaceful countryside, large spaces and the fact we were made welcome as soon as we opened the gates to move in. We have renovated the barns and house from top to bottom ourselves and have put all our love and care into making the Gites and gardens a beautiful, relaxing place to holiday and after eleven years and three children! we would not wish to be anywhere else.

Kelly Barlow purchased this barn in 2006

Why Kelly Barlow chose Charente-Maritime

We fell in love with the house and barns as soon as we saw them, and even on a cold January morning we could see how lovely they could be and what a great place Les Grandes Ecures is. Our gites have the benefit of feeling lovely and secluded on the edge of the hamlet with beautiful views of the Sunflower fields and vineyards, but only 10 minutes away from Matha (our nearest town) or for more night life or shopping only 20 minutes from Cognac and 30 from Saintes.

What makes this barn unique

The Gites benefit from beautiful thick stone walls which help keep the rooms cool in the summer, whilst retaining the heat in the winter. The Hanger provides a great place to sit and eat anytime of the day (or just sit and relax) with that all important shade in the summer and the cars are parked in the courtyard the other side of the gites from the pool and garden so as not to interrupt the views or disturb your holiday.

We live in the house on the other side of the courtyard from the Gites and are there to provide you with any assistance you may need with your stay (ideas on places to visit or eat) or to leave you in peace to enjoy your relaxing holiday at Les Grandes Ecures.


Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Matha / Cognac
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A10 St Jean d'Angley
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Matha / Cognac
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The beautiful sandy beaches of Royan, the Cote Sauvage, Le Palmyre (with its wonderful zoo) are all within an hours drive.

There is also the stunning L’île d’Oléron and Ile de Re (close to La Rochelle) to explore (both conntected to the mainland by a bridge) with there salt marshes and oyster beds both within 90 mins.


By car there are various crossings giving you the chocie of the length of drive once in France.

Portsmouth - Cherbourg, Caen, Le Harve, St Malo and Roscoff

Poole - Cherbourg

Dover - Calais

Newhave - Dieppe

By eurotunnel to Calais

By air we are 90 mins from La Rochelle and 2 hours from Bordeaux and Poitiers all connected with budget air lines.


We are located in a small hamlet called Les Grandes Ecures, our nearest town with supermarket, bank etc is called Matha and is 10 mins north. The nearest boulangerie is only 3mins drive away in Migron which also has a mini-supermarket and post office. Cognac and St Jean d'Angley are both only 20 mins away with Saintes only 30 mins and Angouleme 1 hour.

Further Details:

Cognac – situated on the Charente river and home to the world famous cognac distilleries., which offer tours during the summer season. It also offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars to soak up the atmosphere and relax. During the summer there are several festivals, one of which is the blues passion, which attracts bands from all parts of the world.

Saintes – Historic city with a wealth of shops and a well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, triumphal arch, historic churches and abbey. Also based on the Charente where a number of boat trips operate.

St Jean d’Angley – A beautiful medieval old town, with an abbey it has a popular twice weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it also boast a good selection of bars and restaurants.

La Rochelle – One of the most beautiful cities in the region it has the impressive harbour front, with livley marina and old harbour defenses which are surrounded by a wealth of restuarnts and bars, perfect for watching the world go by. Behind the restaurants is a lovely shopping area with many cobbled arcaded streets. Also a point for many boat trips to Fort Boyard, Ile d’Aix and Ile d’Oleron, and home to a wonderful Aquarium.

Angouleme - Situated on a rocky promontory, surrounded by large boulevards - these stand above the original ramparts that protected the town, with more than 2km of the ramparts remaining intact. A great place to do some serious shopping with a lovely new shopping centre. For motoring enthusiast it host one of the few remaining street rally’s every year in September when classic cars from all over the world come to race around the old town.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
25% of rental is payable at time of booking, the remainder is payable 8 weeks before the start of the holiday. Bookings made within 8 weeks of holiday date to be paid in full at time of booking
A security deposit of £200 is payable with the balance of the holiday payment, this is refundable, provide no breakages or damages occur. It will be returned to you within 2 weeks of the end date of your holiday minus any deductions you may have incurred.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are normally from Saturday to Saturday (arrival 4pm, departure 10am) but alternative start dates are often possible in low and mid season.


Mons Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , king-size bed
  • Both bedrooms have a wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside tables.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: These would be great for families wishing to bring parents (grandparents) as the gites are completly self-contained but within the same building. Both the gites are children friendly and we have a cot, high chair and z-bed available if needed. Bed and kitchen linen and towels are included (not for the swimming pool or beach). Electricity included, except for heating for during the cooler months. Outside: Outside there is a 10m x 5m (shared with the owners) salt water swimming pool which also benefits from a fully retractable cover (enabling you to use the pool even on those rare days when the sun is not shining) with sun loungers and pool toys, set in an acre of private garden with views of the beautiful countryside. The outside also has a covered eating area (the hanger) with 2 bbq's a food preperation area (with toilet and washing machine) and a collection of toys and games for all ages including table tennis. Also the magnificant Wickey Castle Camelot climbing frame, a wonderful wooden climbing frame with slide, rockwall, playhouse and towers connected by bridges. A great place for your children to play while you relax.


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average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Lovely relaxing holiday with great hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Stunning gite, beautifully clean with fabulous hosts. We had a fantastic holiday. Thanks Kelly & Ian.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cathy. It was lovely to have you stay, some great memories made.
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The Gite was amazing, absolutely spotless and very well equipped. Great play and eating area outside

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have wished for a better gite with great hosts. Fantastic pool and play area for the children aged 1 and 4, lovely quiet location with great access to the beaches and towns. All in all we had a great holiday visiting the area and would definitely return, couldn't fault a thing. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our two weeks with Kelly & Ian and Family. Gite was excellent, couldn’t have asked for more with everything you need provided; lovely big garden - the children loved the open space with trampoline and fort and couldn’t keep them out of the swimming pool – was really a great environment to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Kelly and Ian were excellent hosts – nothing was too much trouble even impromptu diving lessons for the children and advice on local wines! Thoroughly recommend a stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, so lovely to have you stay, our children thoroughly enjoyed the extra playmates, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
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Immaculate, private and spacious Gite.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed two weeks here with us upstairs and another family (friends) taking the downstairs Gite. Perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all but close enough to local amenities to not make a bi daily shop a chore.

The two Gites are as new and very well decorated, the pool is spacious and there were several areas to enjoy a break from the sun. At no time did either family feel on top of one another as the area is very large.

Kelly and Ian made us feel very welcome and we settled into our holiday very quickly. While some of the group just enjoyed chilling by the poolside some of us were very lucky to Learn to Water Ski (badly!) and Knee board. we also cycled over 150 miles, tasted Cognac, Star Gaze and Open Water Swam in a local reservoir.

We did stay during a very warm period and fans / AC would have been welcome in the rooms as the plastic mattress protectors were unbearable some nights but then we did have 12 days (out of 14) of unbroken sunshine.

In summary, a great place for one or two families to stay with plenty of things to do provided you are happy to drive of an evening or chill in the covered area by the BBQ of an evening.

Thank you Kelly and Ian

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Gites

  • 5 of 5

Situated in a quiet sleepy villiage, perfect for my young family. Who enjoyed the great outdoor space, that had lots to keep them entertained. With a swimming pool, trampolines, wooden fort, swings all situated in a beautiful kept garden. The inside of the Gites where amazing. With crisp white bedding and soft fluffy towels. Great kitchen with everything you need for a holiday. Lovely living space with english tv channels and cosy fire for the cooler evening. Your hosts are lovely and nothing is too much trouble for them. Will defiantly be returning. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, look forward to seeing you again soon x
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Comfortable, well equipped gites

  • 5 of 5

We took both gites for a week with family friends which worked really well sharing the pool and the outside areas. Both gites are nicely decorated and equipped to a high standard. Large grass area with kids equipment around the pool which has a moving cover to allow you to swim if it rains.

Lots to see and do in the area but we mostly stayed put next to the pool as the weather was great.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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