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Pretty Holiday Cottage in the Royan Area, Near the Sea With Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet, Royan, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 2 Bedrooms, Garden Setting Tranquility, Thursday Changeover But Flexible

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.

Philippa Becket
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Philippa Becket

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

Why Philippa Becket chose Saintes area

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: A phone and the internet are available and may be used on request. The pool and the garden are shared with the owners; part of the garden is allocated to guests so that they can have privacy, and guests will have their own garden furniture and barbecue. There are some simple safety rules which will apply to the use of the pool and the garden. There is parking available in the grounds for a normal size family car. Books, board games and some beach toys are available as well as a small selection of DVDs. Babysitting can be arranged if enough notice is given (we've had four children, so we understand all about this!). A baker's van stops outside the gates 6 mornings a week. there are 3 good restaurants within a short distance all with different styles, our favourite is an Irish / French bar run by a young couple whose food and welcome have delighted many of our visitors. Outside: Barbecue Garden Barbecue 4 garden chairs Utility Room: Iron & Board Washing Machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens Provided Other: Heating Internet Fireplace


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Pretty Holiday Cottage in the Royan Area, Near the Sea With Swimming Pool
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An area that has plenty of interesting places

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at Philippa and her husbands property for two weeks recently, they were a very warm and friendly couple and whenever we asked about anything they were always helpful, the village was extremely quiet, which will suit a lot of people, a nice touch was leaving some wine and beer in the fridge which was very welcome.

Our holiday consisted of myself, my wife, her mother and our baby and for our situation the property was not ideal for us, the pool area is nice enough but there was very little space to sit around it. The backdoor which was our main entrance in went through the bathroom, so keeping it clean and private was very difficult, your allotted garden area is away from the Gite' and was a bit of a pain ferrying food and drinks backwards and forwards.

Inside the Gite' there was a good size kitchen/Dinning/Living room let down by a really uncomfortable tiny sofa and chairs. This led to a very noisy spiral staircase and to two good sized Bedrooms but if you have elderly people or a baby its not ideal, especially for getting up in the night for the bathroom.

So to sum up our stay, we did feel like we were staying in some ones holiday home that was more suited to family and friends rather than paying guests but there was plenty of things to do in the area and the owners were very pleasant and I am sure it would suit many peoples requirements but unfortunately not ours.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first time we have had anything approaching a negative review and there are several points that I would question . The first one is that the main entrance is not through the bathroom but through the cottage's front door . The cottage garden surrounds the pool outside the back door and we ask our guests not to BBQ or eat and drink around it as is customary with pool rules . I think these guests may have upset about this . The party of 3 adults of diverse ages a baby and a dog had the use of the whole garden when we were absent for half their visit and the dog was a frequent visitor to our house when we were here . We suggest in our property information that the gîte is best suited to a young family as the cottage was created with a group such as that in mind . The rattan sofa and chairs are covered in soft cushions and we have been told by previous visitors are really perfect for a holiday home . I am sorry that Jeff and his family found the property unsuitable but from the number of people who return year after year I am glad they are in a minority.
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Alton, Hampshire

Pretty Cottage in quiet village

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in the property as a couple and it was the perfect size. It was lovely being met on arrival by the owners who live next door. As we had never visited this part of France before, it was nice to have suggestions of places to visit. Plenty of dvds and books to keep you entertained in the evenings, internet access made planning our excursions easier together with a large supply of brochures. The cottage has its own garden adjoining the owners with BBQ patio furniture and sun loungers. The property stayed lovely and cool during extremely hot weather. Although there is no air conditioning the fans worked well. The pool right outside the back door of the cottage is well looked after and we used it daily. There's a supermarket about 10 minutes drive away and a much larger one just under 20 minutes drive in Gemozac. Places worth a visit, Saintes very pretty roman town, Talmont pretty village on the Gironde Estuary and stunning sunsets, Royan for long sandy beach are all within a 30 minute drive. Lovely cottage, lovely owners, hope to visit again one day as there is so much more to be explored in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil and peaceful, perfect.

  • 4 of 5

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. 😊

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday home and wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
high season
Jul 16 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
autumn season
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for 20% on booking, and the balance 8 weeks before the holiday

Changeover Day:
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 .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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