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

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.


Owner
Susie Ellis
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 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!

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

5

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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French Idyll

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our week long stay in St Jean D'Angle. Our hosts Roddy and Susie were incredibly welcoming and very helpful. They went out of their way to help us when we encountered iPhone and car trouble!

Their family were very friendly too with their two adorable dogs Bentley and Evie.

The gite was airy and spacious with a fabulous french styled kitchen; which included a well stocked dry larder. A very thoughtful welcome hamper was also a pleasant surprise and other extras included eco friendly detergents and a basket for your shopping trip to the local market. The lounge was huge and dominated by a wonderful antique wood burner with a huge basket of logs. Sky TV was available on a flat screen TV and you could sit and relax on a lovely comfortable couch scattered with cushions and a lovely warm throw in the evenings. The bathroom overlooked a private courtyard and we just have to add that the shower was fabulous - incredibly powerful!

We were so lucky to have a few days of gorgeous weather - so spent several hours sunbathing in the private garden and enjoyed a few barbecues. Along with feeding the chickens and dogs with tit bits and wandering around the courtyard at the back of the gite was a lovely way to spend the day. We visited the bustling town of Rochefort nearby and wandered along to look at the tall ships in the dry dock. One afternoon was spent in an antiques reclaimation yard! The bakery was seconds away from the gite so copious amounts of french bread was eaten! All in all we will be going back for a second helping of this beautiful gite. Linda and Dave S.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

An Experience Not to be Missed

  • 5 of 5

If you have not as yet read some of the previous reviews....do so. We experienced much of what has been previously described, with a couple of new additions. Mid-October and the temperature outside was getting cool. Roddy was ever so quick, and he invited me to join him in the woodshed. He powers up an unusual table saw, and before I knew it, a large armful of wood was cut to size. I carried a bagful of kindling while Roddy did the heavy lifting. In no time at all a warm fire was heating our gite. We sat in front of the fire sipping wonderful wine provided by Susan and Roddy. We definitely plan to return next year if there will be "room at the inn".

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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

Fantastic!

  • 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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5

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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Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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