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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Susie Ellis
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2017

About Susie Ellis

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.

Susie Ellis purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Susie Ellis chose Rochefort - Marennes area

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Jean-d'Angle in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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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Charming Cottage In The Heart Of The Village, Only 15 Minutes to the Coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second summer visit in the gite and will not be our last. We have already booked for next year and cannot wait!

The gite itself has everything you need with lots of luxury touches... even a jar of sweets in the bedroom.

Roddy, Susie and family are amazing hosts and are very knowledgeable about the area. Evie and Bentley are very welcoming too!

The beaches are amazing and there are lots to choose from. Kayaking on the river was great fun too. The Roman Amphitheatre was a real sight and very atmospheric.

So whether it is beaches, lovely French villages, lazy river days or chateau's that take your fancy they are all within a stone's throw. Add the lovely sunshine and there it is ... the perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Gite in a Stunning Area

  • 5 of 5

We booked this gite based on the strengths of the previous reviews and it didn't disappoint. The gite is comfortable and beautifully presented. It is very well equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine. We travelled with our 12 month old son who loved the garden with the chickens, the swings and the two friendly Jack Russells!

The area has lots to do with loads of beautiful beaches, pretty towns and lots of good food and wine. You can easily spend two weeks in the area with something different to see and do every day.

Roddy and Susan are the perfect hosts, welcoming and generous. We enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating their daughter's birthday with a BBQ and meal. We also enjoyed lots of fresh produce straight from their garden especially the figs.

Very much recommend this gite, you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Ideal French Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and i stayed here at the end of july.It is a fantastic accommodation in a quiet,rural french village but with lots of places to visit within a 15 to 30 minute car drive.We especially enjoyed Royan and the Ile de Re.Roddy,Susie and their family were the perfect hosts and everything you could think of was provided (even two jack russells as an optional extra).This was our first kid free holiday in a part of France we had never visited but will definately return and to this accommodation.The pictures dont actually do justice to the size of the gite,thoroughly reccomended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Superb stay the accommodation was great very comfortable with everything you could want.

Throughout our stay felt more like guests of the family not paying guests, we were kept supplied with fresh produce from the garden and eggs from the chicken and the daily visits from the dogs were a delight.

All in all cannot recommend highly enough will definitely return.

Susie, Roddy and children were delightful and certainly made it a holiday to remember.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great find, we will return.

  • 5 of 5

This was previously an area we just drove through on route to the Royan area, not anymore.

The gite was spacious, very well equipped and clean. The owners Susie and Roddy who live next door with their family are charming and helpful, and welcomed us into their home. If like us you like cycling and wildlife then this is as close to heaven as you will find - everyday we saw 100's of Storks, Kites, Purple, Night and Grey herons. We heard Hoopoe and Golden Oriole from the garden and were charmed by the Black Redstarts and Green Woodpecker whilst having breakfast. The marshes in the area are criss-crossed with quiet lanes that are delightful for cycling. We have been coming to France for many years and this Gite is definitely in the top 3 - we will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent ...just a home from home.

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we had had this kind of holiday and we got it right. A lovely cottage in the country with everything one needs...very peacfull and quiet, situated in a small village with one shop..a Boulangerie which we walked to every morning. If you like walking this place is for you because there are many walks to explore the countryside. It is owned by a lovely couple and their children and 2 dogs and chickens and 2 cats ...and cherries to help yourself to....you have never seen cherries like this. Everything was provided as well as a welcome pack of wine and cheese and bread. There was a private courtyard with a fig tree and we used this to exit and return to the cottage..you could leave your door open and nobody would bother. There was a washing machine and a dishwasher and a fabulous shower with sprays coming out the sides! We hired a car to get there but driving in France was a doddle. We did a lot of cooking because of the availability of fresh fruit and veg. We were invited to a delightful lunch with the hosts Susie and Roddy just before we left. I am sure we will be back here again.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
La Vieux Chateaux
Nearest Ferry
225 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Rochefort Nord
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
St Agnant
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Jean-d'Angle, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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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
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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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