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Charentaise Farmhouse & Detached Gite, large pool, set in Cognac countryside - Farmhouse (4 bedroom sleeps 7/8)



Updated: 02-Oct-2016
Farmhouse & Detached Gite, Nr Matha, Peaceful Location amongst Cognac Vineyards & Sunflowers

Tournesol Ferme translates to Sunflower Farm. The Farmhouse and detached Old Stables Gite are surrounded by meadows either side, with no direct neighbours, amongst sunflower fields and Cognac vines. We are on the edge of a peaceful hamlet called Fondouce. On a busy day you may see 4 cars pass.

The large garden offers great space for children whilst being totally secure with 14ft trampoline. The pool is at the top of the garden, safely fenced with 2.2m deep end ideal for teenagers and shallow end with steps for younger children.

Both properties have been refurbished with exposed stonework and wooden beams providing modern facilities with traditional charentaise style. 2km from the nearest village, Beauvais sur Matha, that has a restaurant, bakers, pharmacy and butcher. If you wish to stay put there is a bread van that delivers daily to the hamlet. Matha the nearest town is 10mins away with large supermarket, shops and restaurants. Cognac 25 mins, St Jean d'angely 20mins, Saintes 30 mins, beaches 50 mins.

Both properties are totally separate with private patio area's. The swimming pool is located at the top of the garden with enough distance from both properties so that no-one is disturbed. The pool has compliant child safe fencing and childproof entry gate, It has steps to one end with shallow area of 1m leading to the deep end of 2.2m ideal for older children who enjoy jumping in and diving.

Above the pool there is a boules pitch, ideal for an evening tournament.

The barn houses a selection of adult and children s bikes, for ages 4 upwards. You will find plenty of games, garden jenga, badminton, boules etc Plus a full size table tennis table under the shade of the lean to on the barn.


You enter from the front door into a hall way off of which is a WC cloakroom and washing machine room. Off the hall you enter into the main open plan area with large lounge, fireplace with log burner, large sofa's. TV with UK satellite, Wi Fi,

The KITCHEN is well equipped with double oven, gas hob, large fridge freezer and second under counter fridge, dishwasher, plenty of built in units and granite worktops. As our second home you will find all the gadgets required to make the most of the fabulous french food.

The DINING area has a large oak table with patio doors that lead onto the rear garden. Hall/ study with double sofa bed and plenty of books and games to keep children amused. Off the kitchen the outdoor patio area with wooden garden furniture and views over the open countryside.

BATHROOMS - 2 bathrooms, one large downstairs with walkin shower, sink unit and WC, upstairs bathoom with walk in shower and sink unit, and separate WC room

Bedrooms - 4 in total, all with high ceilings and large windows that look over the rear garden.

1 King master bedroom, 1 double, 1 twin that can be made into a king double on request, 1 single childs room. Cot available on request. Hairdryer and bedroom fans provided.


Originally the stable block, the thick walls and high beamed ceilings help to keeping it cool in the summer. The large windows with shutters offer plenty of light whilst helping to keep cool. All on one floor with no steps or stairs makes it ideal for young children.

The main lounge area is open plan with two sofa's, log burning stove, TV uk satellite, Wi Fi, books and games. The kitchen area has 4 ring burner, oven, full size upright fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and plenty of work-space. The dining area seats 6, with high chair available.

A corridor leads off the main area to Bathroom with bath, shower over, sink and WC, 1 Twin room which can accommodate a 3rd put up child's bed if requested. Main double bedroom that can also fit a put up bed if requested. Cot available on request. Hairdryer and fans for the bedrooms are supplied.

The decking area is to the side of the gite and has garden furniture and BBQ, with lawns to the side.

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Details for holiday farmhouse Farmhouse (4 bedroom sleeps 7/8), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

Ground floor

Open plan lounge with WI-FI, UK satellite TV, DVD, CD, books large comfortable sofas, wood burning stove

Well equipped kitchen, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher, double oven, hob & granite worktops, doors onto the patio.

Dining area with large table seating 8 and patio doors leading to garden.

Hall/ Playroom with pull out dble sofabed.

Large bathroom with washbasin,shower & WC

Additional seperate downstairs WC. Laundry room with w/machine.


All rooms are spacious with high ceilings, large windows overlooking the garden & fields with plenty of built in wardrobe space.

Bathroom with walk in shower & washbasin, separate WC room

1 king size double with space for additional put up bed or cot

1 double bedroom

1 twin bedroom

1 single bedroom

Cot & z bed available on request


Patio area with wooden garden furniture, BBQ, uninterrupted views across the garden & fields. Plenty of games, 14ft trampoline, bikes available free of charge.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Stuart, Sandra and our son live in Somerset in the south west of England, very close to Glastonbury. We love France and the very relaxed lifestyle and bought our farmhouse and gite in 2005.

We love to spend time in France but are restricted with being able to get away from work, but we look forward to the time when we can spend more time in france.

We have had some fantastic times with our french neighbours, who are so freindly and help us to look after the house while we are back in the UK. We have had some special evenings with our neighbours including eating snails picked from our own garden.

The property is a very peaceful place, where you can relax in peace and quiet taking in the fabulous views. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Barnett Family,Yorkshire -Gite 2010

Thank you so much for letting your home to us, we all had a brilliant time. Over the past 17 years or so we have stayed in many places and your home has to be one of the best! Simply, stylishly decorated and completely practical for a family of 4.

Malloy Family Ireland - returning for the second time 2010

Again, we had a super time and relaxed in comfort! Elaine (cleaner) was so helpful and friendly. My father, aged 88, was most reluctant to leave at the end of his stay; he finds the quiet, peace and comfort wonderful, and enjoyed having his whole family around. THANK YOU

Richard, Louise & Family Bedfordshire 2011

We had a lovely 2 weeks,and wish we were still there ! It is such a relaxing place and so well equipped Out of curiosity ...what do your bookings look like for next summer ?Thanks again.

Fox Family - 2011

Just perfect !! All that anyone could need and ask for, many thanks for giving us the opportunity.
Oct 2005
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Newton Abbot, Devon

Fabulous destination, better than described!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous property which led to a fabulous holiday. From first enquiry to post holiday wrap-up Sandra & Stuart were excellent with nothing too much trouble thank you.

Accommodation excellent - first word from our children was 'wow' which says it all. Can't fault anything in terms of cleanliness, maintenance & facilities.

The pool, large garden and extensive supply of garden games, toys (and bikes) meant that you could easily have spent 2 weeks without travelling anywhere else.

Cognac & Angouleme towns well worth a visit.

La Palmyre Zoo good for children if around 90 mins away.

Market at Rouillac last Thursday of each month was massive and reccommended even if you don't want to buy anything.

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property particularly for large groups like ours (10 people). Will no doubt be returning in the future.

Thank you to Stuart & Sandra again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review, we are delighted when guests enjoy our special place as much as we do, and we have been able to help make some holiday memories that remain with you all. We do hope to,see you again , Sandra & Stuart
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Superb, family-orientated french farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

The property is super. Well maintained with everything needed to keep the family occupied - pool, table tennis, snooker, films. Set in the glorious french countryside with numerous walks on quiet country tracks and lanes. If you wish to explore further, Cognac, La Rochelle and Ordadour sur Glane all within 1.5 hrs car journey with typical french markets just 30 mins away. I would definitely recommend and will be visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful location. Lovely region of France with lots to do. Accommodation was perfect for families. Thank you Sandra and Stuart for being so approachable and helpful. Definitely recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Niki and family for your review, we are so pleased that you all had such a good time.
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Just like the brochure shows a lovely place

  • 4 of 5

Delightful location, surrounded by sunflowers, house and huge grounds well maintained. We rented both properties for 10 days Spent a lot of time in the fabulous pool and dinning in the garden. The owner were very attentive to make sure we had a happy stay. Would stay there again definitely

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tournesol Ferme, Fondouce

  • 5 of 5

Following our stay in the gite last year (situated on the same property) we not only returned, but brought friends with us!

This beautiful farmhouse is second to none with ample space for everyone and excellent facilities including those for cooking and bbq. We brought 4 teenagers, ranging from 12-17 years and all were occupied on the days that we stayed at the property - splashing in the pool, competing at table tennis, badminton and cricket as well as trampolining! Other activities on offer included bikes in a range of sizes to suit all ages. The owners ensured that we had everything that we needed and the property was well-maintained by friendly people who live locally.

The farmhouse is situated in a rural location amid fields of vineyards and sunflowers - stunning! You do need a car to get around - local towns of Saintes, St Jean D'Angely and Cognac are all around 30 minutes away and well worth a visit. Beaches are about 50 minutes away and are lifeguarded with some beautiful bays and long stretches of sand, depending on which you visit.

We would thoroughly recommend this for a holiday and hope that if you choose to visit you enjoy it as much as we have!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Janet for your kind words, we are so pleased when guests return and enjoy our second home as much as us. It is so good of you to mention our neighbours who, as you know, like to make sure guests have a good time. Many thanks Sandra and Stuart
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Summer 2013

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful two weeks at the farmhouse, set in a hamlet not far from Matha it provided the perfect place for our family holiday. A great size pool well fenced along with an enclosed garden meant the little terrors could tear around outside without coming to any harm (or escaping). The countryside around is pleasant for walking or cycling and the field of sunflowers adjacent to the property bought a welcome smile with a morning coffee on the patio.

A good range of attractions are well within an hours drive - so there is plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy should the weather not be ideal. A wide range of markets and vineyards are nearby along with the local moustardarie.

The local doctor also speaks english which was an unwanted benefit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear families enjoy our property in the same way we have as over the last 7 years.
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From the Owner

We spent about 3 years looking for our property starting in the Dordogne, and then moving up to the Charente Maritime. We love the Charente as it is ideal for beaches, great French towns, with countryside full of sunflowers and vines, making you feel as if you are really engrossed in the french countryside. Well placed, and easy to get to in a day, not too far down from the ports or easy access to airports, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers and Angueleme.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Beauvais sur Matha at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 250 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angualeme at 25 Miles Nearest Motorway : A10, N10 at 25 Miles Nearest Beach : Royan,St Georges de didonne Fouras, Chatillion Pla at 50 Miles Car: necessary


The sandy beaches are an easy 1 hour drive, Chatelaillon Plage & La Rochelle, St Georges de didonne & Royan, Ile d'Oleron a great day out or Ile de Re just off of La Rochelle.


Easily accessible only 30 mins off the main A10 motorway.

Airports – La Rochelle (1 hour) – Bordeaux (1.5 hrs)- Limoge (1.15hrs) Poitiers 1.5hrs, Angualeme 45mins

Ferries – St Malo (4.5 hrs) – Caen (5.5 hrs) - cherbourg (6hrs)


The farm is set on the edge of the hamlet of Massac, it is very peaceful. A bread van delivers daily to hamlet. The nearest village is Beauvais sur Matha 2km which has bakery, butcher, pharmacy, restaurant and bar. Matha the closest town, 10 mins drive, has two good restaurants, bar, banks, shops and 2 supermarkets, daily indoor market. Situated 30 mins from Cognac, St Jean D'Angely and Saintes with beaches 1 hour away, makes it an ideal base for exploring. Futurescope at Poitiers is 1.5 hours.

Further Details:

Horse & Carriage rides can be arranged with the farmer who uses the meadows for his horses, taking you through the countryside at a leisurely pace.

Local places of interest Cognac and Jarnac (30 mins drive) both homes to the Cognac Houses with daily guided distillery tours and samples to finish, both with cobbled streets, restaurants and bars. The cosmopolitan port of La Rochelle (1 hrs drive).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
21 May 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
16 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We give a 10% discount if both properties are booked as one, offering fantastic space for 2 or 3 families. Please contact us to receive a booking form or receive more details. We will be happy to answer any queries you may have. Prices are per week for each property Saturday to Saturday. A non refundable deposit of 25% to be paid on booking. Remainder to be paid 6 weeks prior to booking. A refundable security deposit with final payment of £200

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday during high season, however we would be pleased to arrange weekends or short breaks to suit you during mid season, please feel free to contact us. We take payment by BACS pr cheque and send our own booking form direct to your e mail address to enable direct easy communication between our guests and us.

Notes on prices:
We offer a 10% discount if both both properties are booked as one.

Please feel free to get in touch we are very pleased to help with any queries

Prices shown are for the property(s) per week in UK Pounds.
We would be pleased to offer discounts for longer lets, ideal for house hunting, or for weekends and short breaks out of high season. Please contact us to discuss.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

We have had some wonderful comments from our guests, and many return bookings. As it is our second home, you will find all the little gadgets to make your stay easy, and hopefully not wanting for anything. We do ask all out guests after they have visited how we could improve and after 9 years of visitors, we think you will find all that you need.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Location Type

  • village

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Upstairs bathroom with walk in shower, sink unit , toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Large downstairs bathroom, with sink unit, WC
  • 2 bathrooms, 3 WC


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Twin room, that can be made into King Double on request
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Can take a childs put up bed or cot
  • All bedrooms have high ceilings and large windows over looking the rear garden. Fitted wardrobes, and space for put up childs extra bed or cot. We have fans in each of the bedrooms, and hairdryers in each property


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Both properties are provided with welcome pack on arrival which includes freshly made bread, eggs, butter, jam, etc and bottle of wine. Bed linen and tea towels provided. Electric and gas included. There is wi fi available in both properties. Outside: Set on the edge of a small peaceful hamlet, about half a mile from the D739 road, on a busy day you may be lucky to see 4 cars pass. There are open fields to one side and our own meadow on the other side between us and our first neighbours. The Stables Gite is a totally separate building approx 40m away from the Farmhouse and each property has their own private area. The pool is a 11 x 5m with Roman steps 1.1m in the shallow end to 2.2m in the deep end, ideal for teenagers who wish to dive and jump in. The pool is fenced with compliant security fence and childproof gate and is located for use by both house and gite at the top of the garden. Surrounded by patio with sun loungers and shower. Both properties have their own garden furniture and BBQ area. There is a full size table tennis table located in the shade of the large barn and plenty of garden games including jenga, a 14ft trampoline, always a hit with the children, adult and children bikes available free for use.

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