|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats can be booked as a single house, accommodating up to 18 adults in nine spacious bedrooms (seven doubles and 2 twins) each individually styled and beautifully finished. There are also two cots available for younger guests.
In addition, the combined property has two lounges, two kitchens, four bathrooms, etc. All rooms are well-appointed. Outside, there is a swimming pool, games room, two outdoor terraces and gardens. The largest terrace can accommodate up to 18 diners.
The two parts of the house offer complimentary styles. Cadran Solaire is more contemporary while Petits Chats is more vintage, with much of the upstairs having beautiful exposed Charentaise stone walls.
The house has free broadband, as well as English-language satellite TV and DVD.
Set in a quiet hamlet just outside the village of St Hilaire de Villefranche, our house is a wonderful location from which to explore the Charante Maritime region. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers and vines, it is perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday, while close to all the major local attractions. St Hilaire is less than 10 minutes walk away and has two boulangeries, a supermarket, a bank, etc. The beautiful medieval town of St Jean d'Angely is 10 minutes drive away, the large towns of Saintes and Cognac are 15 minutes away, and the coast is less than on hour's drive
Our farmhouse can be booked in two ways. In each case, a booking gives sole occupancy of our house and sole use of the pool / gardens.
Firstly, you can book either part of the house on a stand alone basis. Cadran Solaire ("The sundial") which is just over half of the house and has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, etc. Petits Chats ("Little Cats") which is slightly smaller and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and so on. Our house is not rented on a shared basis, so a booking of one part of the house gives sole occupancy and the other part will not be booked out to other people.
Alternatively the entire house can be booked as a single property of nine bedrooms, four bathrooms, two lounges and kitchens, together with indoor and outdoor dining areas, the pool and garden.
For most of the year, Petits Chats may be booked on a stand alone basis, but during the high season, it may only be booked in conjunction with Cadran Solaire.
The property is owned by Jonathan and Linda who live in Oxfordshire, England and who travel to France as often as possible.
Jonathan Riley purchased this farmhouse in 2012
The Charente Maritime is one of the most beautiful (and sunniest) areas of France, and provides such a wide variety of places to see and things to do.
Our house is within a short drive of all of the highlights in the Charente Maritime. There are historic towns and beautiful villages, rolling countryside covered with vines and sunflowers, beautiful beaches, even one of France's finest zoos
Needless to say, the food and drink is delicious, the markets are wonderful, everything about the area is fantastic!
Our farmhouse is located less than an hour's drive from the coast and there are over 200 beaches on the coast between La Rochelle and Royan. We would particularly recommend Fouras (near Rochefort), Saint Georges de Didonne (near Royan) or the coast close to the Isle d'Oleron.
The nearest airport is La Rochelle (65 mins), followed by Poitiers(90 mins) and Bordeaux (100 mins). Use of a car is essential. The nearest ferry port is St Malo at 400km, followed by Caen at 450km, Cherbourg at 550km and Calais at 750km. The nearest TGV station is Surgeres at 40km.
St Hilaire de Villefranche 1km, St Jean d'Angely 10km, Saintes 15km, Cognac 25km, La Rochelle 75km, Rochefort 40km, Royan 55km, Isle d'Oleron 65km, Angouleme 70km, Poitiers 125km, Bordeaux 135km
The local village of St Hilaire has two boulangeries / patisserie, a supermarket, bank, pharmacy, swimming pool and its own tourist office. The closest large supermarkets are at St Jean d'Angely. There are numerous restaurants within 10 kms of the house.