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Charming Farmhouse with Private Pool 5 bedrooms. - La Mallete ( 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10)



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Farmhouse in St. Savinien, Near St.Jean de Angely, Charente Maritime, France - Peaceful Location In Hamlet 5mins Drive From St. Savinien, Village 5 Minutes Walk Away For Bakers

Situated north of St Savinien built on the Charente River. This is an ideal location for exploring the region where you will find the wonderful beaches, the islands which are easily accessible by spectacular viaducts or by boat. The region also has a wealth of historical sights to enjoy. La Mallete is a beautifully restored Charentais farmhouse set within a walled garden in a great location. It is built from local sandstone which is exposed internally as well as externally, which together with oak beams and large open fireplaces produces a wonderful ambience. All bedrooms are nicely furnished and have pleasant views. The house has a private patio with large table and 12 chairs, external barbecue, a beautiful swimming pool.

Details for holiday home La Mallete ( 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10), 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 2 Bathrooms

Large kitchen with modern units and appliances. Electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, large fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery, cooking and serving utensils.

A dining table seating 10 together with the unusual feature of an internal barbecue built into the large open fireplace.

Lounge. Exceptionally large, furnished to compliment the traditional character of the room. Large open fireplace and impressive oak beams.

Dining area with refrectory table seating 10.

Ground floor. Bedroom 1, double bed.

Shower room 1. Shower, wc and hand basin.

Hall with oak staircase leading to first floor.

First floor.

Shower room 2 - Shower, wc and hand basin.

Bedroom 2- Double bed.

Bedroom 3 - 4 - 5: twin beds.

All five bedrooms have fitted carpets, ample storage and views of the garden and surrounding area or small country lane.

Bedding and Towels are provided but would ask guests to bring their own beach towels.

Cots and highchairs can be provided.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have been coming to France for over 30 years. We have camped , caravanned and rented houses around this area of France.

The house was purchased after a family holiday to Cyprus when our children insisted 'its got to be France again next year' so here we are.

My photo is a wonderful day out at Puy de Fou with our children and grandchildren.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay at the farmhouse and it's a beautiful place. We found all the facilities fine. There was a minor problem with the new sun umbrellas... A minor point out of a fantastic holiday. Many thanks to you and Jim for such a great welcome. Best wishes

Jul 2015
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Traditional Farmhouse& Great Location to Explore

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in both of these properties over the years and just love them both. The farmhouse is ideal if you have a large family / large group or would suit two families holidaying together. And the cottage is ideal for family or couple. Situated in the countryside away from hustle and busle but so much to explore in the area there's something for everyone. From beautiful beaches, islands, old towns & villages with historical attractions your spoilt for choice. Whist the swimming pool is shared I found we usually had it to ourselves and when we did occasionaly share if was great to chat to the other family and share knowledge and experience of places to visit in the area. Jim & Rose the owners are very familiar with the region and are on hand locally or just a phone call away to give recommendations if needed which can be very reassuring if it's your first visit to France or this area. Looking forward to going back to St Savinien revisit some favourite spots and explore some more! Thanks Jim & Rose and hope to see you soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Veronica for your review. It's so nice when people enjoy the house and all that the CHARENTE MARITIME has to offer. Looking forward to your next visit. Thank you again.
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Fabulously relaxing again

  • 5 of 5

For our 3rd year in a row we had a fantastic holiday. Cottage was great, clean and well looked after and excellently equipped, and the peace and tranquility relaxing by the pool or on the courtyard were just what we needed. Rose and Kim are excellent hosts, ensuring everything was ok during our stay, and the welcome pack was great. As always we will rave about the cottage and rose and Jim. Thank you and hope to see you soon

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for lovely review. It was great to see you again, so glad you enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to seeing you both again.
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Truly fantastic Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday in this beautiful farmhouse. Very traditional with gorgeous features. The amenities were great and the kitchen was like home from home, stocked with all the crockery, glassware etc we could need. It is such a picturesque location - so peaceful and felt like a real taste of France. It’s our second year in a row at the farmhouse and we still found loads of stuff to do in the area. The owners were super helpful with loads of suggestions on the best beaches (of which there are plenty) and local towns to visit which are steeped in history and well worth a visit. We had a truly fantastic holiday with a great mix of long lunches and lazy afternoons alongside exploring what the area has to offer – We loved it and will definitely be back for a third visit!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time. It is a wonderful area, every year we find somewhere new to explore. It was great to see you all and look forward to seeing you in 2015. Thank you for your lovely review.
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Brilliant Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Mallette last August and had a superb holiday. We were a group of two families which included 5 children ranging from 2 years to 6 years. There were enough bedrooms to accommodate all the different sleeping arrangements. The fridge was well stocked upon arrival and as we arrived quite late in the evening this was very welcome as we snacked on the goodies on our first evening.

Jim and Rose met us at the accommodation and were never very far away if we needed anything. They know the area so well their recommendations were invaluable and they even booked us a few restaurants as their french is excellent.

The pool is great and on the days we were not out and about we relaxed and played around the pool. The weather was excellent during our stay and we visited many of the surrounding beaches and also swam in the local river as well as enjoying waterskiing.

La Mallette is perfect French Farmhouse in a small hamlet surrounded by sunflower fields. Whatever you want from a holiday is a short drive away and I would highly recommend this accommodation and location.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Fiona . you are welcome back any time, your little ones were a joy. So glad you enjoyed your holiday.
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Excellent relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Of all the beautiful places I have been fortunate enough to visit this is the only place that I would return to year after year for the following reasons; while you can easily access by car beautiful scenery, Chateaux's, towns, villages and leisure facilities La Malette is perfect for the ultimate relaxing Holiday also. Even the small airport at La Rochelle lends to a stress free arrival. The facilities in the cottage are perfect and the peace and tranquillity of sitting on the patio enjoying the sun was great. The pool in front of the Farmhouse is large with plenty of loungers and the perfect placed to cool down or relax. The town of St Savinien has a great public park with boating lake and caf? and you can sail down the river on your own wee boat. The owners, Rose and Jim, were excellent hosts and provide a great welcome and make sure you are having a relaxing holiday without being intrusive. We had an excellent week relaxing at La Mallette and planned coming back even on the way to the Airport. Thank you Rose and Jim!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Basic clean accomodation

  • 2 of 5

We stayed in the smaller cottage of the two gites on the site.. A pleasant little cottage 5 minutes drive from St Savinien.


Good private courtyard for eating outside in.

Owners very friendly and they provided very generous basic provisions in fridge at start of visit which was really helpful

Clean and fresh.

Swimming pool great

Lovely beaches an hour away.

Quite a few bikes available for use of different sizes but need to bring tools to adjust saddles, brakes etc.


Disappointed there was no dishwasher as this was stated in the advert.

Mosquitos and flys abundant so come prepared for this

Only 6 mugs and 6 knives,forks and spoons made washing up promptly essential with our family of 6.

An hour is quite a long way from the good beaches.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family stayed from the 3rd to the 10th August 2013 not as stated above. BIKES.There is a basic tool kit in the bike shed (approx 20 bikes).Would have provided additional tools if had been requested. DISHWASHER. Sorry this was an error as we amended the details for this property to include a dishwasher. This should have been an amendnent to property fr4588. MOSQUITOES AND FLIES. We would agree there were more flies and mosquitoes than normal and we put this down to the very hot summer.We would like to point out that there are no open rubbish bins or anything that would attract the flies near the house and we supplied fly/mosquito spray should any enter the house. CROCKERY. The cottage has lots of character with exposed stonework and beams and is comfortably furnished for a maximum of 6 people. The kitchen is equipped with a full sized quality cooker,microwave,washing machine and good sized fridge freezer. Cups,crockery,cutlery,pots,pans,serving dishes and utensils. This is the first time someone has complained that this was insufficient and we would happily have supplied additional items if they had been requested. BEACHES. Our nearest beaches are the 5 beaches at Fouras which are 20/25 mins away. All our tourists look for different things from their ideal beach. Some look for miles and miles of undeveloped dune type beaches with big surf ideal for surfing and body boarding. Others with small children look for lagoon type beaches with virtually no surf preferring gentle inclines and easy access. Some look for promenades with bars restaurants etc. With our central position we think we are ideally placed to take advantage of the 30 or more differing beaches all under an hours drive. RATING. We feel that the 2 star rating for basic accommodation is unfair and not reflective of the quality of accommodation and more to do with the distance from their preferred beach. I should add that we have just received a booking for next year for people returning to the cottage for the third time!!!! The family stayed at the cottage from the 3/10 August and not the 13th July as stated. They benefited from a 10% discount on an already keenly priced accommodation. We feel that this offered excellent value for money for a family of 6 that they could not acheive if they were any nearer their preferred area/beach. We feel that this was not taken into account when they gave their rating.
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From the Owner

We love the house at La Malette with its wonderful charm. The location is perfect. You can just cross the street for a lovely walk of cycle ride. The light is wonderful for any budding artists or photographers and plenty of great scenery to paint or photograph. St Savinien is a most picturesque town or the River Charente where you can find little cobbled streets for an interesting walk. The River Charente winds through the town and you have access to boats ,canoes or kayaks to hire.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 56 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le BARRAGE at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 227 Miles Nearest Golf : Saintes at 24 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saint Savinien at 4.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A10 Junction 34 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Savinien at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fouras at 36 Kilometres Car: necessary


There are a multitude of beautiful beaches running from La Rochelle to Royan, St George de Didonne and Suzac. They range from sheltered coves to expansive beaches with impressive Atlantic breakers and can be found within the hour the nearest being 25 mins.


Jet 2 La Rochelle from Edinburgh and Leeds ?easy jet from Gatwick and Glasgow to La Rochelle and Bordeaux. La Rochelle (45 mins drive) and Bordeaux (1hr 20min drive) are the nearest airports. The port of St Malo would be approx 4 - 4.5 hour drive. (195 miles to La Rochelle). The port of Dieppe from Newhaven is a 6 hour drive. The port of Caen would be approx 6 hour drive (253 miles to La Rochelle). The tunnel is another option with a drive down on the motorway.


St Savinien's position makes it an ideal base to explore the many attractions of the Charente. The Roman town of Saintes. Rochefort. Boat trips to the Islands of Ile d'Oleron, Ile D'Aix (where there are no cars allowed and you can hire bikes to cycle round the island) and Ile d'Re they have individual characteristics and many glorious features.

The region has a wealth of historical sights to enjoy; The old harbour of La Rochelle 45 mins the forts and many chateaux. Cognac distilleries 1/2hr.

Further Details:

La Malette is in a hamlet between Le Nouillers and St Savinien with lovely walks and cycle routes. St Savinien and St Jean D'Angely are our local towns 5/10 mins drive where you will find restaurants, bars, supermarkets, banks and markets. The Atlantys leisure complex is on the edge of St Jean de Angely. There is also a boating lake in both towns. There is a bread van which stops in the hamlet daily or the nearest boulongerie is at Nouiliers, a few minutes walk or bike ride away.

Are you interested in Wine tasting. Google the 'Foire aux vin St Savinien' .


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
18 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A booking will be considered such on receipt of a 25%deposit. The balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival.
10% discount if both properties booked as one.

Changeover Day:
The accommodation will be available from 4pm on the day of arrival and vacated 10am departure day.
Saturday changeover.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We fell in love with the house because of the size of the house and the freedom it gave us. Plenty of rooms to investigate with no-one getting in each others way.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


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


  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • river
  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • There is a shower room on the ground floor and on the first floor.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All rooms are good sizes and cots can be fitted into the doubles or twins. The bedrooms are furnished with wardrobes and chest of drawers of a nice quality.


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There will be a welcome pack of wine, bread etc to greet you. Outside: The house has a private patio/garden area with BBQ and garden furniture. The pool is 11x5 mtrs and has a paddling area for toddlers. There are sun loungers and chairs around the pool. The garden is well landscaped to give ample space for sunbathing.

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