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Spacious Charentais Farmhouse Among Fields Of Sunflowers And Vineyards

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House in St Hilaire de Villefranche, Nr. Saintes- Charente Maritime - Calm, Fields, Small Hamlet

Dating from about 1900, this Charentaise farmhouse is situated in a tiny hamlet among fields of sunflowers and vineyards, set back off a minor road. Careful and tasteful restoration has resulted in a very appealing house, charmingly arranged to provide a very high standard of accommodation.(new décoration in 2013 end 2014) A mixture of traditional and contemporary furnishings combine with exposed stone and beamed ceilings to give a comfortable ‘country’ ambience and the whole is impeccably kept. A beautiful covered terrace (approximately 4m50 x 8m) provides a sheltered area for outdoor meals, while beyond is a colourful garden of some 900m² with lawn and lovely flowering shrubs. The owner`s family live in a converted barn nearby, beyond which in the field is found their pet donkey 'Oscar' after whom they have named the gite 'Ferme d'Oscar'. The setting is private (the nearest neighbour is about 10m to the rear of of the property but no windows overlook the garden) and peaceful.

Local letting tax : 0,80 euros per person per day (+ 18 years old)

Electricity on meter to be settled at end of stay locally. (include in June, july, August and September).

The electricity will be paid as follows from september to may :


- during 22 days between the 1st of November and the 31th of march the Kwh = 0,5734€

Fire Wood = ask in advance = 35€/half a cubic metre

Electric radiator in each room

Include WIFI.

More Details

Anne Gauthier Spurr
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Anne Gauthier Spurr

Anne, french from this village, live in London.

My parents live in the house in front of the gîte.

I love this village,of course...

Lots of nice things to do around.

Saintes's market is just wonderful. it's the first thing i want to do when i come back.

Nice beachs, the best zoo in Europe (La Palmyre),

lots of nice churches, la venise verte

Guestbook comments from the owner

The gite was previously with VFB Holidays for around 20 years and achieved highest rating feedback for a number of years. Visitor books in the gite contain a wealth of comments, hints and tips from a number of regular visitors from the UK.

Have a look to our Facebook page : la ferme d'Oscar for more comments

This lovely gite exceeded our expectations. It is very well equipped and furnished in all the rooms and the undercover patio area. The owners were very welcoming but unobtrusive. Free bicycle loan allowed us to explore the local area on the many quiet roads and tracks. St Hilaire is a good centre to visit Cognac, Rochefort/La Rochelle and the Gironde coast. There are good markets, restaurants and shopping in St Jean d'Angely and Saintes, both within 30 minutes drive. We were happily occupied for an extended holiday of 8 weeks.

I stayed here with my wife and son in August. It is a beautiful place, very comfortable and situated in a great area between Saintes and Cognac. It is also only 45 mins from the coast. Anne and her family were very welcomi
Jan 2013
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Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 : with 1 double bed (1m40). Door to garden and shower room. First floor: Bedroom 2 : with 2 single beds a shower room and WC. Bedroom 3 : With 1 double bed (1m60). Sloping beamed ceiling (with low beam). A shower room and WC
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: For baby : travel cot, playmat, steriliser, toys, baby bath, changing mat, sleeping bags Ask if you need more Outside: Private sunny garden and covered terrace off kitchen with table / seating for 8 plus two sun loungers. BBQ provided. No pool but open air / covered pool available in St Hilaire de Villefranche 5 minutes away on the bike. Utility Room: Washing machine, airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rates include cleaning at end of stay and bed linen and towels. Be kind enough to tidy the gîte, wash your dishes, empty the dustbins, remove the bed sheets. Other: Garage for secure storage of bicycles or other equipment. Bikes available on free loan if required on a best endeavours basis (my father could safely be called a cycling fanatic and has a "large collection..." in his neighbouring workshop !)


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Spacious Charentais Farmhouse Among Fields Of Sunflowers And Vineyards
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

A very comfortable gite in a beautiful region

  • 5 of 5

The gite is well equipped, clean and comfortable. It was great to have 3 bedrooms and three badrooms! The property is spacious and the surroundings are quiet. The covered terrace is a a real pleasure. There is a lot to see in the Saintonge: churches, castles, gallo-roman remains (for example an amphi-theatre, acquaduct) and lovely towns. The coast is not too far away and the beaches are very nice. Bordeaux is about 75 minutes by car. We used the Parc & Relais Les Lauriers where we parked the car and travelled by tram to the city centre.

Anne and her mother are great hosts: friendly and very helpfull, giving a lot of information about the region.

Thank you for your hospitality and a relaxing stay at your gite!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean, well equipped chite. Friendly and supportive welcome from Anne, yet allowing privatise

  • 5 of 5

The area is beautiful, very peaceful and relaxing. The property is spacious, and relaxing. There is a large patio area to enable to sit and eat outside. It is partially covered giving good protection for the heat of the sun, and rain, should it occur. Thisi is our second visit, and if you are looking ofr a peaceful relaxing holiday I woud strongly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, and thanks again for your presents, Hope you have now received your birthday cards. Anne
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Perfect gite in stunning area!

  • 5 of 5

This gite provided very comfortable accommodation in a truly beautiful area. We could not have wished for anything. The gite has been extremely well renovated to provide comfort and very tasteful decor. It was extremely well equipped and seemed every detail had been considered to give guests every possible comfort. The covered outside eating area was a real bonus and very well used into the evenings. The gite is on a very quiet road that gave perfect tranquility with only a short walk to bakers for fresh bread and breakfast treats, but is situated so that a huge variety of places to visit and activities to suit all tastes are easily accessible by car in the area. Anne and her mum were very helpful and friendly, leaving us safe in the knowledge they were available if needed but completely unobtrusive. Ideal hosts! Thank you for the freshly picked cucumbers and plums! Would highly recommend a visit to the Cognac producer, M. Baudry in the village. Very friendly and relaxed as were with all the people we met in the area. Only disappointment about our stay was that it was only for one week! Cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and well equipped property in an excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

A relaxing and peaceful holiday at this delightful house. Well equipped and beautifully presented, an ideal accommodation for families and couples alike. Excellent location for discovering the delights of the area. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna, Thanks for your message and th plant you left for my mum. Have a good day Anne
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Delightful Property

  • 5 of 5

Having first visited this lovely house in 2002, we have returned many times. From the first we felt totally at home in this well equipped, roomy farmhouse - it is rare to find three en suite rooms and the decoration is delightful. The large, covered terrace means that eating and sitting out becomes an all-day activity! The surrounding countryside is gentle and appealing and there are plenty of local walks. The churches of the Saintonge are fascinating and there is lots of interest in the local towns of St Jean d'Angély and Saintes - not to mention Cognac and its area. Trips further afield to la Rochelle or the Ile de Ré (about an hour and a half away) are also well worthwhile. Add to this the warm welcome (second to none) from the Gauthier family, who have become our friends. We would recommend this house whole-heartedly - and we hope to return again!

Jacky Thomas, Birmingham

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jacky, wonderful message
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  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable stay. Brilliant having Simone nearby for extra valuable and local information. The house was excellent, very clean and very well equipped. Having a bathroom for each bedroom, wonderful. We had a full house each week. The cottage has been very well maintained and it was lovely meeting Anne and Simon and they're lovely family the second

Week. We were very grateful for all the baby equipment they provided for my 5 month old grandson.i would definitely recommend this property to friends. We visited the local restaurant which was excellent. We also went to the local pool, and of course the daily walk to the Boulanger. Thank you for an excellent 2week visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks,hope you had a good journey back and your daughter had a nice day in Bordeaux before flying back. Have a nice summer, Anne
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St Hilaire de Villefranche
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
ST Jean d'Angély
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
St Hilaire de Villefranche
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Royan ans coast


Royan (and the coast) is 45 minutes, the Ile d'Oléron or La Rochelle are about an hour and the Ile de Ré just over an hour depending on the traffic over the bridge from La Rochelle.


Airport :

La Rochelle is about 80 km from the house (less than 1 hour),

Poitiers : 130 Km (1h20)

Bordeaux :140 km (1h30)

Train to Saintes and St Jean D'Angély


Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle, Rochefort, Zoo de la Palmyre, St Savinien,

Benedictine abbey at St-Jean, 16th-century river island château at Dampierre. The oyster beds and salt marshes, the Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré. The fascinating wetlands of la Venise verte.

I've got a book in the gîte with the most important sites to visit.

Further Details:

In the village, you can find 2 bakers (very good bread), a little Coop mini market, butcher, restaurant, newsagent, doctor, pharmacy, florist, garage, bank, an open air swimming pool and tourism office.

St Jean d'Angely and Saintes : supermarkets, all manner of shops and a very nice market. Indoor swimming pool and fitness centre (with jacuzzi and sauna - open all year)

Foncouverte : 11 km : golf course (18 holes)

St Savinien : Miniature boat hire in season.

Cognac, Jarnac : distillery visits and tastings.

Local cognac / pineau producers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $254.97
Stay tax $0.76 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner by email initially and we can provide details. We live in the UK (London) with family managing the gite locally so can make arrangements in French / English and Euros / Sterling as most suitable to you.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturdays but please contact with any specific requirements - particularly early / late season there is more scope for flexibility.

Notes on prices:
Electricity include in June, July, August and September
During the other months
The electricity will be paid as follows from september to may :
- during 22 days between the 1st of November and the 31th of march the Kwh = 0,5734€

Fire Wood = ask in advance = 35€/half a cubic metre

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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