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Character French Holiday Home In Gemozac, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes,

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn


About the property

House in Gemozac, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Ideal For Beaches Or Touring Area. In A Peaceful Hamlet Surrounded By Lovely Countryside And Vines.

The Barn is a French Gite that puts you right in the heart of the region with easy access to many of the beaches. The village with three local boulangeries, post office, supermarket, restaurants and weekly traditional market is a short bicycle ride away. Easy access to the beautiful beaches and cycle paths of the Atlantic coast or historic towns such as Saintes and Cognac and also many other medieval towns for wonderful days of sightseeing. After which return to the private garden and enjoy some relaxation. To end the day make use of the barbecue and enjoy a locally produced Pineau, savour the locally grown wines at home or try one of the many restaurants available to you. The area can be further explored by using some of the many marked walks or bicycle routes. With our special warm climate it is easy to unwind and relax whatever you decide to do.

Christine and Terry Stevens
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Christine and Terry Stevens

Deciding to move to France is a big step but we have never looked back and living in this special area we are constantly amazed by how much there is to see and do. We love being able to share this part of the Charente Maritime region with our holiday guests.

Christine and Terry Stevens purchased this barn in 2010

Why Christine and Terry Stevens chose Gémozac

We often enjoyed fun family holidays on the coast of the Charente Maritime and have been regular visitors since. It is so easy to get here from the UK and the weather is pretty predictable, with the second highest hours of sunshine in France. Having researched areas in Portugal – we lived there for a couple of years – and the Spanish countryside we found we kept coming back to France and especially the Charente Maritime. We have the advantage of being close to the beaches but live in a loves ly hamlet close to the lively village of Gemozac. In July the sunflowers tower over us and the vines start to bear their fruit ready for the harvest in October.There is a rhythm to the countryside as the farmers go about their tasks it is a calm environment to live in.

What makes this barn unique

Located in a peaceful friendly hamlet we have easy access to the village of Gemozac with all its amenities such as tennis, swimming, climbing and boules. As part of the community you can take full advantage of local occasions one of which is the horse racing held in the grounds of the Chateau. There are also outdoor concerts held in the park. Within 40 minutes there are three 18 hole golf courses and two 9 holes courses. During the French summer holiday in August there are plenty of high quality shows and events many of which are free. We can inform our guests of all these events and what they need to take with them. We welcome people to this part of France. Our only aim is to make sure that you have a great holiday

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our second time here, This area has so much to offer. Can't wait to come back to pick up where we left off!
Sep 2015
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The Charente Maritime is a great area for walking and bike riding but in addition there are many varieties of birds several of which can be seen in the vicinity of the house but there are also nature reserves near by. Classic car and bike owners can also enjoy the joy of the quiet roads and of course the renown Angouleme Circuit des Ramparts held mid September every year. Horse Racing in the local village is held in June, July and August. It is great fun and well worth a visit.


The well maintained sandy beaches or coves of Meschers, St Georges de Didonne and Royan are a 35 minute drive with the wilder beaches of the Cote Savage for surfing and body boarding further up the coast.


Airports; Bordeaux 1 hour 10 mins

La Rochelle 1 hour 5 mins

Angouleme 1 hour 15 mins

Poitiers 1 hour 40 mins

Car Ferries; St Malo 4 hours 25 mins

Caen 4 hours 45 mins

Dieppe 5 hours 50 mins

Calais 7 hours 10 mins

Euro Star London - Paris - Angouleme

/TGV; London - Lille - Angouleme


Chez Couraud is only 15 minutes drive to the A10 motorway to gain access to the ports and airports.

Gemozac village centre is 5 minutes drive.

Royan 35 mins

Saintes 30 mins

Cognac 40 mins

Angouleme 1 hour 15 mins

St Emillion 1 hour 15 mins

Bordeaux 1 hour 10 mins

Marais Poitevin 45 mins

Futurescope 2 hours

Jonzac indoor water park 30 mins

La Palmyre 30 mins

Arsenal Maritime, La Rochelle 1 hour 5 mins

Further Details:

This special region of France is reputed to have record sunshine hours second only to the south of France and offers many delights. In addition to the already mentioned numerous beaches, cycle paths, walks and bird watching the department of the Charente Maritime also has many unique and historical sites especially of the Roman period. Saintes has a fine example of an Amphitheatre built during the reign of Claudius in 40AD and alongside the river Charente is a Roman museum. Nearer the coast close to the 13C village of Talmont is the Gallo Romains museum and site of La Fa a remarkable site for archaeologists. Rochefort has a great Maritime museum and is where the replica 18C ship, Hermione, was built in the dock along with the rope making museum it is worth a visit.

Jonzac is a spa town with a fabulous indoor swimming complex all heated by the warm water flowing through the rocks under the area.

Throughout the summer there are numerous events and festivals with music, dance and fireworks many of which are free.

It would be a pleasure to share our local knowledge to enable our guests to take full advantage of this area.


Gémozac Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with king sized double bed, bedside tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers, bedroom 2 with twin beds, bedside tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers. All bed linen provided is 100% cotton. Reading lights and mirrors in both rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This lovely holiday home has its own private garden area for sunbathing and outdoor cooking, with possible use of the hot tub and personal parking area. The accommodation may not be suitable for children under 10, check with the owners. Unfortunately no pets or smoking are possible. Outside: The private garden is ideal for barbecues and al fresco dining and a choice of sunny or shady spots to enjoy relaxed hours reading or sunbathing. Sunbeds with towels and patio furniture provided. Bikes, table tennis table, boules and access to the 100 metre golf practice area also available for the convenience of our guests. All bed linen, towels, flannels, towels for hot tub and sun beds and kitchen linen is provided and changed weekly. There are also chairs and picnic items for a day at the beach. Other: Entrance hall with additional storage


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Character French Holiday Home In Gemozac, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes,
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

"Another perfect stay"

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to “The Barn” and it will certainly not be our last.

Christine and Terry made us so welcome and it was great seeing them again.

What a beautiful and peaceful setting, as soon as you arrive you can start to feel yourself relaxing.

Inside and out is immaculate and you can see what love and attention has been given to this lovely gite and grounds.

The location is great, easy to find and so much to see and do in the area.

We look forward to a return visit and will definitely recommend “The Barn”

Thanks again

Kate & Ruth

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review we look forward to seeing you again soon. Christine and Terry
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A beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

A lovely well appointed gite, set in a relaxing environment with a private garden space. The owners perfectly balance being available with never being intrusive.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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When a plan comes together.

  • 5 of 5

The high standards that are maintained by Christine & Terry are just the beginning of your Barn experience.

Stylishly and thoughtfully renovated with the guests maximum pleasure & enjoyment in mind, the barn offers a spacious living area with patio doors onto a raised terrace providing countryside views that you will find hard to leave behind.

The area around Gemozac is beautiful too. Field after field of vines, sunflowers, and corn.

And as if that wasn't enough, your hosts are charm and discretion personified.

Undoubtedly the best Gite experience of our last 7 years.

Thanks Chistine & Terry.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding accommdation and location

  • 5 of 5

Our third visit to this wonderful gite, great location ideal for the beach or enjoying the countryside, lovely owners who could not be more welcoming or helpful.This is simply one of the best gites we have stayed in and we have been holidaying in France for over 20 years.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Return to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd stay at The Barn and yet again had the most wonderful time. It is set in a beautiful rural location, very peaceful and relaxed yet only a short drive to the coast and many delightful towns like Pons and Saintes. Gemozac is a lovely typical French town we cycled in every morning using the bikes supplied.

The Barn is of an exceptional high standard, spotlessly clean, fully equipped with everything you need and maintained to a very high standard. Christine and Terry are the perfect hosts, so welcoming and kind making sure your vacation is perfect from the moment you arrive even to providing a welcome basket of delightful goodies and milk and water in the fridge, and will provide local advice and guidance if needed.

We are so thankful to have found this place which has become our 2nd home in paradise and look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Charente Experience

  • 5 of 5

The Barn in Gemozac was indeed one of our favorite gites in France, and we have visited almost every region in La Belle France. Terry and Christine went to great lengths to assure that we experienced a fabulous holiday without interfering with our privacy. We certainly enjoyed their visits and advice. Were we ten years younger, we would consider proposing an offer to purchase this tranquil, beautiful property. Location played a big part in our positive experience, too. Just over an hour from Bordeaux and the seaport of La Rochelle, Gemozac is a great place to call home after a visit to these two wonderful cities-and all the quaint small towns along the way. The hospitality of the owners, the cleanliness of the gite, the modern appliances enjoyed by renters, and the peaceful evenings looking out into the countryside all contributed to our wonderful experience. Sadly, we only stayed a week, but we intend to revisit this beautiful holiday home in the future. Thank you, Christine and Terry, for enhancing our days with your special touches in the gite, but mostly with sharing your experiences and passion for France with us. Words can hardly express how much we appreciate our experience. Sincerely, Joe and Penny McGinty

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Reservations can be made by telephone or email. 25% deposit is required at the time of reservation (non-refundable) and the remaining amount to be paid 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. Please contact the owners to discuss the methods of payment.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible except in high season when it is Saturday to Sat. The outgoing Guests are asked to vacate by 10.00am and the incoming Guests to arrive at 4.00pm. Unless special arrangements are booked with the Owners prior to the arrival date.

Notes on prices:
We give 10% discount for one bedroom occupation, except during the High Season.

Reservations can be made by telephone or email. 25% deposit is required at the time of reservation (non-refundable) and the remaining amount to be paid 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. Please contact the owners to discuss the methods of payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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