About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
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
Anne Gauthier Spurr
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 30, 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
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Very clean, well equipped chite. Friendly and supportive welcome from Anne, yet allowing privatise
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.
Thanks so much, and thanks again for your presents,
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Perfect gite in stunning area!
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!
Beautiful and well equipped property in an excellent location.
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.
Thanks for your message and th plant you left for my mum.
Have a good day
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
Thanks Jacky, wonderful message
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.
Thanks,hope you had a good journey back and your daughter had a nice day in Bordeaux before flying back.
Have a nice summer,
Exceptional Gite. Highly recommended
We spent an amazing week at this lovely gite. Having visited France many times for gite holidays over the years and whilst our children were small we can honestly say this is the nicest gite we have ever stayed in. It is well equipped, spotlessly clean, very comfortable and so accessible to activities, attractions and restaurants.
Anne was extremely helpful and gave us lots of tips of places to visit plus the information provided in the gite was excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending this gite to others and hope to visit again ourselves. Thank you Anne for your hospitality.
The Wells family, London
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.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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 : -0,1158€/KWH - 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