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Le Chai @ La Fermette France - Stunning stone barn with gallery bedroom, sleeps

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Peaceful village location, 2 mins from town, golden sandy beaches 30 mins drive

Le Chai, one of a cluster of 4 gites at LaFermetteFrance, is an old wine store with bags of charm and - with stone walls and gallery landing bedroom (king size and single bed) accessed by a spiral staircase. The dining table and breakfast bar are two great pieces of upcycled furniture which help give Le Chai it's unique feel. Wine barrels provide storage.

The well equipped kitchen has a washing machine, microwave, toaster, gas hob, electric oven, fridge, separate freezer and as it's the old wine store we have also included a wine fridge for storing all those great local wines. There is a settee and 2 comfortable tub chairs in front of the TV so that you can relax and keep up with UK TV but we reckon you will be too busy with visiting the local markets and cooking your finds, relaxing on the beach, sightseeing in La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac and Bordeaux, visiting local wine and cognac producers, or cycling around the lanes and watching the local wildlife.

The gravelled garden with charcoal BBQ is south facing - a real sun trap, ideal for enjoying al fresco evenings sipping a glass of local wine ! You also have direct access to the orchard field, and the games barn next door where you can grab a bike to explore the country lanes or to cycle the 2.5km to the boulangerie for your morning croissants. There is also table tennis, table football, body boards, boules, and buckets & spades for the beach to bring out the inner child we also provide you with a beach umbrella.

We are flexible with arrival and departure days as long as you stay at least 4 nights.

Look us up on our Facebook page - LaFermetteFrance, or contact us by email on Fhouareau@ btinternet dot com

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Lesley Houareau
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Lesley Houareau

We are Lesley & Felix Houareau. We live in a village just outside Bath. We feel very lucky that we live in a beautiful part of the UK but can also spend time in the Charente Maritime area of France with it's historic towns, pretty ports of the Gironde estuary and great beaches.

Lesley Houareau purchased this barn in 2004

Why Lesley Houareau chose Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin

We looked for a region with good weather but easier to travel to than the South of France. The Charente Maritime is the 2nd sunniest region of France and a hidden gem known about by the French. Lots of great beaches to choose from and great local (small) markets and rolling countryside with towns and villages with lots of character.

We are in a peaceful hamlet 2.5km from the nearest town with shos and restaurants, but surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat and vines and lots of local wildlife. The myriad of lanes around our gites are great to explore by foot or bike (we have a selection of bikes on hand). We are close to the Bordeaux / Blaye wine region as well being able to by the best Cognac locally, and only 30 minutes to the beach. Wine, good food, sun and beaches - what more could you want?

What makes this barn unique

We love the space that we have in the farmhouse and the original features that give the house it's character. The location is rural but not remote as the nearest town is only 2.5 kms away - close enough to cycle to the boulangerie

Guestbook comments from the owner

Très beau logement bien agencé avec tout le confort. A notre arrivée une bonne bouteille de bordeaux nous attendait petit geste bien sympathique et apprécié.Un book est a disposition avec des conseils pour les visites se restaurer et les activités dans la région.
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Gallery bedroom overlooking the living area
  • Books ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Le Chai @ La Fermette France - Stunning stone barn with gallery bedroom, sleeps
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

Well appointed gite

  • 4 of 5

A charming destination and well appointed rooms. A back door step would be the only improvement. Would recommend to anyone. Well done the owners.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for your suggestion about the doorstep (which we have actioned). We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Le Chai and maybe we will be able to host you again in the future.
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Beautiful cottage in tranquil countryside

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished and well equipped cottage with excellent Wifi, satellite TV. and comfortable bed. Wonderful place to relax and unwind from the fast pace of modern life. The games barn was well equipped, plenty of bikes, table tennis and other sport equipment. Good information pack on local area, our favourite town was Saints. Excellent cycling areas through vineyards and sunflower fields along mainly traffic free roads. Could not have wished for a better holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay - hope to see you again in our lovely corner of France
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Meschers sur Gironde
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

Contact us on or +44(0)7762 906185 for more information and our terms & conditions or message us via our facebook page .........LaFermetteFrance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.