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Charming Cottage In The Heart Of The Village, Only 15 Minutes to the Coast



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
Perfectly located for hiking, cycling, fishing and bird watching in the Marais

Charming 18th Century cottage in the grounds of the owners property in the heart of the village of St Jean D'Angle in the Charente Maritime. Situated just 10 minutes from the bustling town of Rochefort-sur-Mer, 20 minutes from Royan, 35 minutes south of La Rochelle, 15 minutes to the nearest beach and within half of an hour of the Atlantic Islands of îLe de Ré, île Madame, île d'Oléron and île d'Aix. Within a couple of minutes you can walk to the bakery, the bar/tabac and the fortified chateau of St Jean D'Angle. The village of St Jean D'Angle is right on the edge of the Marais de Brouage, the large area of salt marshlands south of Rochefort, there is an abundance of wildlife and birdlife as well as amazing cycling and walks to be had in the Marais and it is a fascinating place to take a picnic and spend a day exploring. There is so much to do in this area whether you want to relax in the garden, walk, cycle, visit the regions many romanesque churches, visit local markets, dine on the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters or sample the local Pineau Charente wine. There are also numerous beaches (one for every day of the week within half an hour's drive), the islands to explore and the towns and cities to wander around. Rochefort-sur-Mer has many excellent restaurants, it is home to the replica of the Hermione, the famous Corderie Royal and Maritime Museum and park. It has a produce market three days a week and it is easy to spend a morning sipping coffee in the Place Colbert in the centre of town or to take an evening Aperatif there and watch people coming and going. This city has exceptionally easy parking and access. The cottage is adjacent to, but separate from the owners property, it is situated within the 1.5 acres of gardens and is all on one level. The cottage has one double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and quality toiletries included. A fully equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven and hob, coffee maker, toaster, small island unit and 2 bar stools in fact everything you could wish for to make your holiday stress free and perfect. The large sitting room has a colour television, an extremely comfortable leather L-shaped sofa, stereo and an iPod docking station. The sitting room also has the dining area at the end next to the kitchen with a large round table and comfortable modern seating. The property is furnished with a mixture of modern and vintage furniture and original artwork. Leading straight off the sitting room is the terrace overlooking the gardens of the entire property. A retractable awning covers the outdoor wooden dining table and chairs if it is too hot. To the side of the property is a small walled garden with a huge fig tree and grape vine. This walled garden also has street access with a door in the wall, but is not overlooked and is private for your use. Guests are welcome to wander around the gardens of the entire property, they are charming and pretty, but this is a family home rather than a manicured chateau! Feel free to pick vegetables that are ripe from the potager and figs, grapes and other fruits according to the season. We do not use pesticides or chemicals in our garden and our vegetables and fruits are all totally organic. This means we have an abundance of butterflies, birds and some bats at the far end of the garden. However, as this is organic please do excuse the odd weed! Roaming the garden are also our free range chickens, two cats and two dogs. You are very welcome to sit and while away some time on our children's wooden swings or borrow bicycles and go off exploring. Our wooden above ground pool is solar heated and is available for you to use whenever you wish. The property has been recently renovated and was new to the letting market last year. Every effort has been made to make the cottage as comfortable and as welcoming as possible. We will happily cater to your needs, if you would like us to get groceries in advance we are happy to do so. We automatically include a welcome pack with a bottle of wine, French bread, cheese and fruit. We can accommodate a third person in a camped in the sitting room or provide a travel cot for a baby/toddler along with a high chair. Included in rental are all bed linens, towels, tea towels and quality organic toiletries. We are on hand should you need us. If you feel like sharing a glass of wine and a chat in the evening sunshine and telling us about your day and planning the next one we would love you to join us, on the other hand if you would like to be left in peace and privacy then we will totally respect that - this is your holiday and we want you to enjoy it to the full.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We have lived in France for many years and our children are educated here. We have had the incredible opportunity to live in several far flung countries around the world, but we always return to France, this is where we call home. We have now settled here, in the Charente Maritime, permanently - it is where we love to live as a family. My husband is a keen fisherman and would love to show you around the local fishing areas. We are both passionate about nature and wildlife and keen to help anyone explore the amazing Marais de Brouage which adjoins the village - it is an amazing habitat of all species of wildlife. We love cooking, growing our own vegetables, our garden, cycling and enjoying the French lifestyle.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

23 Reviews

based on 23 holidaymaker reviews


September in the Sun!

  • 5 of 5

Now back at home in chilly Northern Ireland, we reflect on one of the happiest holidays we have ever had. Our gite, situated in the delightfully quiet village of Saint-Jean-D'Angle, was spacious, comfortable and well appointed .. with private garden and courtyard where we could relax and enjoy the seemingly endless sunshine. Roddy and Susie were the perfect hosts and amply supplied us with free range eggs, lettuce, tomatoes and even peaches and figs from their garden and also a delicious apple cake from Susie's kitchen. They were very welcoming (as were the resident Jack Russells, Bentley and Evie!) and struck the right balance between attentiveness to our needs and allowing us the privacy we enjoy. We had not been to this part of France before and were amazed at the wide variety of interesting places to visit. We wil not hesitate to recommend this accommodation to our family and friends and hope we might be able to return on some future occasion.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Yet another fantastic week in your fabulous gite Susie, Roddy & family (not forgetting Bentley & Evie)!

Thank you once again for making us feel so welcome. Was even better than we remembered from last year, love the makeover in the private 'fig garden', tried our best to eat some, even had them in our portidge!

Have already booked again for next year and would definately recommend this well-equipt gite with this lovely helpful friendly family!

Yvonne & Neil

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for 8 nights and it was wonderful. It was even better than described and we found everything we could need and more to make our stay perfect.

Roddy and Susie were on hand to give us suggestions for places to visit but because of the lovely weather we found ourselves heading to some lovely beaches at Il de Re, Il d'Oleron and La Palmyre in particular. It probably goes without saying but this part of France has some lovely places to see and visit and what's more, it sits in a micro climate and so has weather to match the Cote d'Azure!

The Gite is larger than you imagine and the photos just don't do it justice. There are some lovely finishing touches such as the original paintings (painted by friends and family of Susie and Roddy) and the hammock to doze in under the Fig tree in a completely private part of the garden.

The 'potager' at the end of the (large and rather beautiful) garden meant we had fresh tomatoes and aubergines which Roddy and Susie insisted we helped them eat!

Our hosts also BBQ'd for us one evening and we had a lovely time with the whole family (their children are lovely too) although I fear we might have put a small dent in Roddy's wine 'cave' (I promise to replenish it next year Roddy).

We fell in love with Bentley and Evee, the families pet dogs, who would visit us daily to say hello. There are also a dozen or so chickens at the end of the garden (who all have names) and Susie had so many eggs left over one day that I was lucky enough to have a lovely omelette too.

There is also a pool to relax in at the end of a long hot day and easy chairs and loungers in the garden.

The Gite was fantastic but Roddy, Susie and the children made us feel very welcome and couldn't have been more approachable or helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We received a very warm welcome from our hosts Susie and Roddy. Everything we needed was catered for. The cottage was larger than we expected! We spent some time in the large garden area where we were able to enjoy outdoor eating and relaxing.We were provided with a generous welcome pack of food and invited to pick the produce from their garden-which we did, tomatoes, lettuce etc. and we were also given fresh free range eggs from the chickens kept there.

We spent a very pleasant evening with Susie, Roddy and their delightful children when we were invited to a barbeque supper.

Susie and Roddy are very generous hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. We would thoroughly recommend this holiday cottage. We had a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful well-equipped cottage with lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic relaxing week here, hosts Susie and Roddy and family were really welcoming, helpful and generous with both recommendations for trips and produce from the garden/chickens. A calm haven close to some lovely villages and beaches. Thank you for a fabulous week.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a week staying in the gite, which was not only perfect in terms of facilities and location, but was made special by the family that own the gite and live next door. Susie, Roddy and their children are so hospitable and cannot do enough for you to ensure you have a relaxing and interesting break, without being intrusive or overbearing. Their suggestions for places to visit on the coast and where to kayak were spot on, and we spent a couple of really enjoyable warm evenings eating and drinking with the family outside on their patio, and were made to feel very welcome. The gite is very classy, with beautiful original paintings and finishing touches that really make this place feel like a luxurious home. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the equipment you could need and the provision of drinks and bread, butter, fruit etc on arrival is very welcome. The owners' two dogs, Evee and Bentley, are great characters and are very friendly. The chickens were also entertaining and their fresh eggs are delicious. We cannot recommend this gite highly enough, it is ideally located within a short drive to interesting and historical towns and also only about 30 minutes from the most beautiful coastline. We will definitely return and cannot recommend the gite highly enough if you want a bit of luxury, with the option for relaxation in beautiful gardens and the ability to visit interesting local places, all at a fantastic rental price.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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From the Owner

This is the perfect property for us, just 15 minutes from the beach and the coast, just 10 minutes into the thriving beautiful city of Rochefort. We have 1.5 acres of beautiful park like gardens and yet we are in the heart of the village. We are not isolated, we are able to walk to the village school, the bakery, the bar and the post office. There are lovely walks through the village and surrounding countryside finding tiny vineyards and beautiful views. Finally there is the Marais de Brouage, the most incredible habitat for wildlife, it is right on our doorstep and it is hard to beat for walking and cycling. In short the area is perfect!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : La Vieux Chateaux at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 225 Miles Nearest Motorway : Rochefort Nord at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Agnant at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marennes at 15 Kilometres Car: necessary


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1
  • The en suite bathroom is in a more traditional style with a modern glass high pressure shower. Quality soaps, shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer are all included for your convenience and to make life that little bit easier.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • The bedroom is very tastefully decorated with an antique double bed, quality cotton bedlinen, new top quality mattress, huge mirror fronted antique armoire for all clothes and possesions with large windows and views to the garden. There is also a single fold out bed chair in the large sitting room for an older child or additional guest or friend.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Ideal for a family with just one child or toddler or baby. Ideal for one, two or three adults. Perfect for a couple wishing to explore and relax in semi-rural France but with so many attractions all close-by. We want this to feel like a home from home and in order to make your stay as perfect and as stress free as possible we have included all the niggly little things like shampoo, shower gel, conditioner and dishwashing and laundry detergents as part of your rental.

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