|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
2 Bedrooms, garden setting tranquillity, Saturdaychangeover . A charming cottage, created from antiquated farm buildings in a pretty enclosed garden with a swimming pool [shared with the owners]. Situated in a vineyard & sunflower-surrounded village overlooking the sea, near many beautiful, safe, sandy beaches: Meschers (15 mins), St Georges de Didonne (20) as well as the Atlantic rollers & dunes of the Cote Sauvage. There are little fishing ports nearby, two in walk-able distance. The area is full of wildlife & great for bird watchers. Numerous excellent restaurants cater to all tastes - the local seafood is legendary. Many of the local wine growers open their doors to visitors for tastings of cognac, pineau & wine. There are plenty of places of interest nearby, e.g. Talmont, one of the prettiest villages in France, and La Palmyre with its wonderful zoo. Cognac, Saintes, Royan & Bordeaux are all beautiful historic towns with excellent golf courses. The Medoc on the opposite side of the Gironde is easily reached by ferry from Royan. Both bedrooms have exposed beams and lots of character - one is pale yellow and the other pale peach. The double bedroom (with double bed) is reached by a spiral staircase from the ground floor. It is light and airy with windows overlooking the garden and and pool, and a large velux roof light (with blind). There is a door to the second bedroom whose window looks out over Roman tiles, and a velux roof light with blind. It has two good-size single beds. The rooms have heaters and fans, and are simply furnished in pine with wood laminate flooring. Both bedrooms have exposed beams and lots of character - one is pale yellow and the other pale peach. The double bedroom (with double bed) is reached by a spiral staircase from the ground floor. It is light and airy with windows overlooking the garden and and pool, and a large velux roof light (with blind). There is a door to the second bedroom whose window looks out over Roman tiles, and a velux roof light with blind. It has two good-size single beds. The rooms have heaters and fans, and are simply furnished in pine with wood laminate flooring.
My name is Philippa ,I am a retired Teacher and my husband Henry , TV writer and producer is still working here and in London. We spend our time in England in London and Hampshire . We met at Cambridge University over 40 years ago and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren . Our children spent idyllic holidays here in Chenac and they all still visit more than once a year .
Philippa Becket purchased this cottage in 1990
We were looking for a home in the centre of a village closer to the sea (at the time we had a house in Gemozac 10km away )and found this place which became our home . The area we discovered 30 years ago when our children were tiny , and we were smitten ! We still discover new things to visit even after so many years !
The cottage was the place in which our children played and had adventures . It was always our dream to restore it but keeping the main house water tight and up to date was our main priority . Then 7 years ago we took the plunge and we designed a place that we felt would be ideal for holidays and our friends to stay in .So far every body has loved staying there and having their own private garden and direct access to the pool makes it magical!
The place is unique and we are proud of it . It is exceptionally safe and tranquil, with a private part of the garden exclusively for the enjoyment of people renting the cottage.
Arrived a few days later,due to illness,but this was an amazing place to recoup. Received a very warm welcome from Phillipa and had a wonderful relaxing two weeks. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel very at ease,often stopping for a chat about our day or asking for advice on where to go visiting different places. It was like having our own tourist information on the doorstep. Having the pool outside the gite was the icing on the cake for our two girls,with them making full use of it from the moment they woke up till bedtime. The gite garden was separate from the main garden, so we didn't have to worry about our children disturbing anyone. The gite contained everything necessary for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. The tranquil,rural,vineyard filled surroundings made it perfect with many wonderful beaches,from quiet coves to busy seaside resorts,within close driving proximity. Definitely a place we will return to. 😊
Philippa and Henry made us feel very welcome and were very helpful with local knowledge and places to go.
They were there on hand if we needed anything and looked after the pool and gardens beautifully.
The Gite (cottage) was very comfortable with everything we needed and we felt at home straight away, especially with Bijoux their cat popping by for tickles.
All in all a very enjoyable two weeks holiday.
Thank you Philippa and Henry for your hospitality and for making our stay at your wonderful cottage so enjoyable! Our boys, (aged 9 and 7) loved the pool, the garden and the cat! So much for the family to see and do in the Royan area, we couldn't possibly do it all in the week so we'll have to return! The Cottage had everything we needed, very well appointed and comfortable. Very peaceful location too but so close to the beaches and activities.
Beautiful cottage and pool in a lovely area of France. Perfect for visiting the coast and towns like Cognac, Saintes and our favourite Pons. Philippa and her family made us really welcome and we can't recommend the local wine highly enough. Definitely didn't want to leave.
We had the most wonderful time in this lovely home! The Becket's were wonderful people, very accomodating and friendly.
The house was exceptionally clean and well stocked, we really loved it.
I can recommend this property with confidence to anybody who is looking for a clean, friendly place to stay. This property is ideally situated if you want somewhere that is quiet. But, still within a short driving distance of towns and shops.
We loved it and will be back!!!
This little gem was exactly as described here if not better. On arrival we were delighted with the stunning location of the cottage and the warm welcome by the owner. Every last detail has been very well thought out here and as soon as we walked inside I knew we were going to be very comfortable. We travelled with our baby son and found this rental to be perfect for both his and our needs - nothing was too much trouble for the owners. There is much to explore in the local area and we intend to return to appreciate it fully. I would not hesitate in recommending this property; it is a truly lovely cottage with first class facilities and service.
Special interest holidays:
Chenac is a village overlooking the Gironde Estuary, near to Royan. It is surrounded by rolling countryside with breathtaking views of the sea and ample opportunities for walking. Its port, St Seurin d'Uze, France's one-time capital of caviar, is 1.5 km away and the local village shop is there. Chenac has its own tennis court and tickets can be bought from the Mairie.
The village is in an area of great interest to bird watchers especially during the migration season - there are opportunities to view some quite rare species. Wild boar and deer can be seen from time to time on the marshes and in the surrounding forests.
Local fetes celebrating cognac, pineau and sea food happen throughout the summer as well as music festivals, outdoor cinema and festivals of the sea which always end with huge firework displays. Boat trips can be arranged locally taking you along the coast and to the historic Phare De Courdan and the Ile Mysterieuse.
Nearest Beach: 13 Kilometres Meschers. 5 sandy beaches some with restaurants.
Nearest Airport: 85 Kilometres Bordeaux and La Rochelle both.
Nearest Ferry: 320 Kilometres St Malo overnight ferry from Portsmouth.
Nearest Train: 20 Kilometres Royan Pons Jonzac Connections to Pairs / Bordeaux.
Nearest Motorway: 20 Kilometres Pons on A10.
Nearest Barpub: 1.25 Kilometres 1.25km les Monard an Auberege and a Bar /pizza.
Nearest Restaurant: 1.5 Kilometres Auberege at Les Monard & Presbyter at Espagne
Wine production, oyster culture, fishing ,and farming are the major local occupations. The nearest large towns are Royan[20mins],a busy seaside town with masses of entertainment for all ages from classical beach concerts to huge firework displays, and Saintes[35mins]with its Cathedrals and Roman remains. Many of the nearby towns and villages have markets [in Royan daily]. Cozes [10 mins] has doctors, banks, shops, pharmacies, a supermarket and a weekly market[Wednesday.] One of the local villages is often en Fete celebrating Saints days or local wines or melons! There are many cycle paths through the pine forests by the sea and in the countryside.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
We ask for 20% on booking, and the balance 8 weeks before the holiday
This is on a Saturday and can be changed on request, please contact owner for further details
Notes on prices:
The security deposit of £200 will be asked for at the start of you holiday and will be returned after the house is checked at the end of your stay. The cottage will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of your stay but we ask that it will be left as you found it. Changeover day of Saturday.
20%deposit on booking then balance of payment due 8 weeks before arrival date. Payment by BACS or cheque direct to owner .