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Traditional Farmhouse near La Rochelle & Ile de Ré, beaches 20 mins and a pool. - Le Pressoir

Bedrooms 2
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Le Pressoir

Le Pressoir is a detached converted stone farm building with high beamed ceilings, that was once used for pressing the grapes to make the wine. WIFI available. One double bedroom, one twin bedroom (new for 2010), shower room with a large walk in shower, open plan well equipped kitchen/lounge with a bed settee, tv & dvd player. WIFI. Private out door eating area with a choice of BBQs and overlooking open countryside on one side & the courtyard to the other side . Plug in fan available.

About the property

3 Superbe gites with a pool

We are situated in the Charente Maritime on the west coast of France. Nearby are the historic towns of La Rochelle and Rochefort & Surgeres. This area is rich in History with many forts, Romanesque churches, castles and Chateaux. Sandy beaches just 20 mins.

The 17th century Farmhouse, Pigeonnier & Pressoir have recently been renovated to a very high standard. Each gite is fully equipped with everthing you would need for a fantastic holiday. We are surrounded by rolling countryside with fields of sunflowers & wheat, close to a pretty Charentaise village with local shop, bar, post office and a local restaurant specializing in local cuisine. Nearby there’s fishing, cycling, pony riding and lovely country walks.

WIFI is available in each of the properties.

Outside there's a seating area for each of the gites, bbq, large garden, children's play area and free use of cycles. There is a large 11x5 meter salt water swimming pool secured by stone walls and a locked gate for safety reasons.

There is one off road parking space per gite in the courtyard of the farm.

There's a the bar/restaurant/shop in Landrais, village post office, Artist studio and a Garage (it's not possible to buy Petrol).

Antique Markets (brocantes) & Car boots (vide greniers) usually most weekends from April through to October.

For more upto date local information please visit our website;

Pony riding: Pony Riding at Toucherit (10min walk away)

Art lessons: In the village of Landrais there is an artist studio, it's possible to arrange an hours lesson in painting 20 euro's per hour (it would be ideal if you have a good level of French language).

La Rochelle has some of the best fish restaurants dotted around the old port and all along the coast. You'll find several museums, Aquarium, Boutique shops, beautiful old stone architecture & boats rides etc.

All along the coasts there are long sandy beaches some of the best are Chatelaillon, Fouras, Ile d'Oleron & ild de Ré.

More Details

Nigel or Suzanne
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, Please contact in french via email
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

Why Nigel or Suzanne chose Rochefort - Marennes area

We chose this property ,because of its location to La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast. It was in need of renovation and we could see what a fabulous holiday complex it would make once it had been renovated.

What makes this barn unique

Beautiful Traditional stone Farmhouse with outbuildings in an ideal setting. Surrounded by open countryside, peace and quiet guarenteed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had a wonderful holiday staying here for the last two weeks. This has been the best gîte we've stayed in and we will be delighted to recommend it to family and friends.Nigel and Suzie are generous and thoughtful hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble.

If you've got kids, we thouroughly recommend:

-Chatelaillon Plage - a lovel, clean and safe beach - try "Le Grand Bleu" for lovely food and good service.

-the boats at Saint Savinien from 2pm - great for kids of all ages 0-90!

-Hire a boat at Marans to explore le Marais Vert.

-Visit La Roche Courbon - Château & gardens.

-La rochelle - good for shopping and food- try "Le P'tit Admiral" for ddelicious meals and "Le Musée d'Automates" - an interacting & fun toy museum.

-Visit L'Ile de Ré for some great people wathcing. We went to see the lighthouse at the top tip of the island and ate a delicous meal at "Le Patio" here.

-Enjoy the pool - Thomas finally ditched the armbands! Enjoy!

Rich, Geraldine & Thomas
Aug 2012
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Prices includes bedlinen, towels and local taxes etc.
On the day of departure we request that our guests leave before 10 am (morning) and our new guests are welcome anytime after 4 pm.
Bed linen is provided per bed, for extra bed linen & towels there will be a small charge.
In the Pressoir and Pigeonnier we are happy to have a mid-week changeover throughout all the seasons, so you can find the better deals with the ferries & flights. House hunters welcome.


Landrais Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • A good sized modern bathroom with a large walk in shower. For babies we have a baby bath. Hairdryer & Towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , We have a put-me-up bed, on request.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , We have a put-me-up bed, on request.
  • A modern wooden cot is available on request and various other baby equipment baby bath, high chairs & toys etc available. Plug in fan available.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Le Pressoir sits in a beautiful courtyard of a 17th Century Traditional Charentaise Farmhouse with use of the enclosed & private 11x5 meter outdoor salt water swimming pool with a choice of sun loungers. There is also a large garden with a football net, swings, wendy house & trampoline and a good choice of various other outdoor toys. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers & wheat, close to a pretty charentaise village, that is a 10mins walk away.


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Le Pressoir
average rating of 4.769231 based on 24 reviews

Another fabulous holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay Le Pressoir and it proved equally as wonderful as the previous two.

As always, the property was exceptionally clean and with a couple of new additions - flat screen TV and a large well stocked book case.

Having seen so much of the area during our previous visits we were keen to experience some new places.

Highlights this year were the Hennessy distillery tour at Cognac and spending a wonderful day in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Both being within ninety minutes drive from Le Pressoir.

La Rochelle is as charming as ever and a day spent at Ile de Re really is essential.

I could wax lyrical for many a paragraph about the local area but will resit the temptation - it's simply beautiful.

A huge thank you once again to Nigel and Suzanne who are perfect hosts.

We had thought of holidaying in The Dordogne next year, but Summer wouldn't be complete without spending some time at Le Pressoir so we've compromised and booked a week at each.

I would (and have!) recommend Le Pressior to anyone looking for a fantastic place to stay in a beautiful region of France.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Fabulous Gite

  • 5 of 5

Le Pressoir is wonderfully presented and full of character standing in its own grounds in an idyllic rural location. Clean and well equipped with everything you may need, it provides an ideal base to explore the local area. We didn't take advantage of the swimming pool but it looked very inviting. The gite is very dog friendly and there are many fabulous walks literally on the doorstep.

Nigel & Suzanne were great hosts, extremely friendly and accommodating. They gave some great tips on where to visit locally and were helpful in finding a local vet.

We would highly recommend Le Pressoir and will hopefully return in the near future.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely property, very clean & beautiful surroundings. Really enjoyed our holiday & we would definitely like to return. Added bonus was a great night out to the local restaurant thanks to Suzanne & Nigel & the babysitting service...and the bikes for getting us home! Thanks again... Louise, Lee & Darcy x

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Fabulous Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Owners (Nigel and Suzanne) were fantastic hosts, nothing was too much trouble.

The gite was spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfortable.

Children's play area and swimming pool were great for us to enjoy as a family.

The location is ideal for exploring the Charente Maritime, handy for La Rochelle and the coast as well as discovering towns and the river Charente.

We would recommend this gite complex without hesitation and look forward to staying here again in future.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Our honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in Le Pressior on our honeymoon and we had the most amazing time! We found the Pressoir was perfect for us, spacious, decorated well, lovely views over corn fields, quiet, excellent facilities, and well situated for La Rochelle, Il De Re and lovely beaches. There was plenty of space to play, a fantastic park area and pool, and very importantly, wonderful hosts!

We had a very relaxing stay in a beautiul area of France and we would definitley recommend staying here. We have wonderful memories of our stay, thank you Suzanne and Nigel, we'll be back to try out the farmhouse next time!

Gemma, David and WIll Phillips from Bath, Somerset.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
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OK for a few nights during summer

  • 2 of 5

We stayed for 10 nights at Le Pressoir in May 2012. First sight of the appartment is positive. Charming house, tastefully decorated. Kitchen is small but well equiped. The garden is nice with a big playing area for the kids.

Location is remote. Car is an absolute must. Driving distances: closest beach in Chatelaillon is 30 minutes, to the centre of La Rochelle is 40 minutes.

Please be aware that if you want to stay at this farmhouse that there is no heating!There was a gas heater available (at extra cost) but this will not be sufficient if the wheather is a bit colder. Stone floors everywhere. So not cosy and cold in the appartment. During the warmer days it was fine.

Water in the shower was not hot and sometimes almost cold. Shower curtain full of mould. Lots of dust in kitchencabinets and on top of cabinet in sleeping room and on the couch. And very moist iand smelly inside (need to open windows). Pans and tablewear not clean.

Worst of all is that we only received 1 set of towels per person (1 small + 1 big) for 10 days. No change of bedsheets for 10 nights! Plastic covers on the matrasses like in the hospital (can only imagine how this must sweat during hot summer nights...).

Before booking we specifically asked for Wifi and they assured us that this would be available during our stay. At first Wifi did not work. We asked Nigel and the answer we got was: "It should work." And that was it. When we asked again next day he came (reluctantly)to have a look. Indeed there was a problem which he solved the next day. Unfortunately Wifi extender (which needed to be plugged in outside) was not always available and was often only there after 9 pm evening and was plugged out in the morning again and would then just "dissapear" and sometimes not come back at all.

Swimming pool was closed. We were not informed about this beforehand. Why it was closed we don't understand because it was warm outside. Sometimes even 25-30 degrees (except 2 days rain).

Although the owners were friendly they never bothered to ask if everything was fine and if we needed anything. During our stay we never saw Susanne and we sometimes saw Nigel passing by. Also when we left Susanne did not ask if we enjoyed our stay. General impression of the owners: they just did not care.

We are frequent travellers and not so difficult or picky. After reading all the positive reviews we went here with high expectations. Overall experience was. We would not recommend to go here.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: After 8 years experience of running Gites we have found that some people do like to keep to themselves, we do not like to keep bothering our guests. We hardly saw you as you were working in La Rochelle and were out most of the time. For a 2 week stay we offer fresh linen, most people wash their own as our Gites are equipped with a washing machine, Iron etc. I feel that I have to answer your other issues as you are being very unfair:- 1) Chàtelaillon-Plage an easy 15 mins! La Rochelle an easy 30 mins! 2) You had a gas heater and a plug in radiator, these are normally chargeable, you did not use the gas heater and we noticed no excessive use of electricity, so you were NOT charged.. 3) Tiled floors help to keep the Gites clean. We use mats as these are more practical and can be cleaned easily. 4) We have changed the shower curtain since your stay. 5) 250L hot water tank is big enough for 4 pers, you were only 3, if asked we could have made it hotter. 6) We pride ourselves on keeping our gites very clean and in top condition, you were near the beginning of the season, it had been thoroughly cleaned. 7) Mattresses need to be protected for hygenic purposes, the covers are washed frequently. 8) I do resent being called `reluctant’ as previous guests know that I have bent over backwards to help sort any problems, it is my job and I get great satisfaction from it. Your stay here did highlight a problem that we have never had before with the WIFI extender, I said ‘It should work’, because everybody’s computers are different. Previously having this problem only to find that changing a few settings on their computers made the wifi work. I did temporarily sort the problem once I realised that bizarrely having worked for many years without fault, this year the extender has decided not to feed a signal through the electrical wires to the Pressoir! The Pressoir does not need the extender as our guests pick up a signal in the outdoor seating area. The plug is shared by all our Gites which has never created a problem before. 9) We open the pool in May when the weather warms up. If you are using heating inside, the water will never be warm enough outside for swimming, We changed the water and serviced the pool this year to give all our guests a more clean and pleasant swimming experience. I’m sorry that your stay wasn’t what you expected, perhaps your more suited to a Hotel or Chambre d’hote (bed & breakfast) next time & not a gite!
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
La Rochelle/ Ile de Ré Airport
Nearest Ferry
235 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Surgeres, TGV from Paris
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Chatelaillon beach
Car: necessary

Sandy beaches are just a 20mins drive away at Chàtelaillon-Plage or Fouras (35 Mins) both are quaint small seaside resorts with beautiful sandy beaches, dotted with bars, restaurants and Casino's.

. La Rochelle is a lively vibrant city with lots of atmosphere, along the fortified port there’s numerous cafés and bars, boating marina, boat trips to the local islands and fort Boyard, Aquarium, museums, bowling, animal park, casino, fantastic shops and boutiques, lots of fantastic seafood restaurants and beaches.

Easy access to the local islands of Ile de Re with the beautiful fishing ports of St. Martin and La Flotte, Ile d'Oleron, Ile d'Aix and Ile Madam.

Venise Vert is about a 30mins drive north from here, a totally different experience with an intricate canal system to explore, you can hire kayaks or even electric boats for the whole family.

Great days out can be had at Puy de fou, Futurescope, Cognac, Zoo, Wild bird reserves, Corderie Royale, etc. You'll find something to suit everyone.

Other Activities: Karting, Golf 20 mins drive away,

Golf: Saintes has an 18 hole golf course 45mins drive.

Saint Laurent de Preé near Fouras has a 9 hole golf course 35mins drive.

La Jarne close to La Rochelle has a 9 hole golf course 20mins drive.


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