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Charentaise Farmhouse & Detached Gite, large pool, set in Cognac countryside - Stables Gite (2 bedroom sleeps 6)



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.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Stables Gite (2 bedroom sleeps 6), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

The former stable block approx 40m from the main house has exposed stonework, all on one level with no stairs and high ceilings helping to keep it cool in the summer, original beams, cool terracotta tiles throughout with no stairs or steps so great for small children,

The spacious layout easily accommodates 6. Kitchen well equipped, open plan with fitted pine units, 4-ring gas hob, full size oven, microwave, dishwasher, full size fridge freezer & washing machine.

Open plan spacious living and dining area 2 sofa's (1 sofa bed), wood burner,WI-FI, satellite UK TV, DVD, dining table seating 6, books and games.

1 large double bedroom with wardrobe and chest of drawers. 1 twin bed room with wardrobe and chest of drawers each room can easily take a 3rd bed or cot. Bathroom with shower/bath and WC.

Patio & decking with BBQ & furniture, lawned area, full size table tennis, games and bikes free to use. The secure garden leads to the pool away from both properties providing privacy.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Bookable online

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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

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


A little piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived to the time we had to depart, Sandra and Stuart were the perfect hosts. The stable gite was perfect for our needs - the open layout of the kitchen/lounge made it fun to be cooking whilst watching all the 2016 Olympic action. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need - a really nice oven and hob, together with all the utensils you can think of! Having a dishwasher was also a bit of a luxury for us! The beds were really comfy and once you had got the hang of keeping the shutters closed during the day - it was amazing how cool it remained inside the gite, even though the temperature outside was in the 30s!

The pool and trampoline were a big hit with our teenage son and within hours he had almost perfected his front/back flip!

Every morning we would see Stuart uncovering the pool and making sure it was all clean and ready for use - thank you! Sandra would also be on hand to make sure we had everything we needed.

We spent most of the week lounging around in the gite, on the terrace and around the pool - with a couple of trips out to Saintes and Coulon (great boat hire!).

We were very sad to leave and would certainly recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing week in beautiful surroundings.

Thank you to Stuart and Sandra for making us feel very welcome and for introducing us to Pineau! We would love to come back again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A home from home

  • 5 of 5

After two weeks on a campsite we were totally ready to chill and the Stable Gite was perfect. The directions were simple and the description of the location was accurate. It was very quiet with virtually no passing traffic. The nearest amenities were in the village about 4 minutes in the car, where there was a patisserie, co op, tabac and visiting fish and meat van most mornings. The nearby hamlet, Massac, was so quiet it was almost silent..... Perhaps it was the French holidays. Having said that the actual property and main house, bath, garden and pool were superb and nothing could be improved. The Gite was superbly equipped and clean and the kids played with all the games and equipment - inflatable scrabble board was a real hit, in the barn. We cycled most evenings around the sunflower fields and vineyards.

In seven days we took four days out - to the lido at Cognac and the surrounding riverside, eating at the lovely restaurant in the plein air area. We also went to Coulon, about an hours drive away and enjoyed some punting........ Another good day trip was to Palmeyre zoo and the great beach of St Palais. Otherwise we lay by the pool and had lazy lunches. We only crossed over with the guests in the main house once as we seemed to be out alternate days by coincidence, so felt like we had the place to ourselves.

We would definitely recommend this property to family and friends or an extended family / family gathering etc. the weather incidentally was lovely, cloudy and sunny, one electric storm but plenty of sun and sunbathing!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review Jan, which I am sure will be helpful for future guests, we are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay.
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Gite at Fondouce in the Charente

  • 5 of 5

Set in picturesque countryside, about 10 minutes drive from nearest amenities. The gite was clean and well maintained with all facilities that you might require. The children loved the well proportioned and well maintained pool and the games facilities, including table tennis, darts, large trampoline, a full size pool table and bikes in a variety of sizes to explore the tranquil area.

Beautiful places to visit included Saintes, Bordeaux, La Rochelle and the Isle de Re which were between 30 minutes and 1hour 30 minutes away - many more places left unexplored!

The owners of the property were welcoming and helpful as were the local residents who oversee the property in their absence. We would visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure having Janet and her family and great to see the ongoing daily competition between the boys making full use of all the games.
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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 4
1 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 1
21 May 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
16 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
10 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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 20% to be paid on booking. Remainder to be paid 6 weeks prior to booking. A refundable security deposit with final payment of £200. We will be happy to send you a booking form which details all the payment details, which can be by BACs or cheque, we will send this direct to your own e mail address and communicate direct with our guests via e mail..

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.

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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Updated: 02-Oct-2016
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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

  • cottage


  • Internet


  • Dining Area

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Location Type

  • village

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Golf ...


  • 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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