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Gite river front 18th Century Stone Walled, Oak Beamed.



Updated: 10-Dec-2016
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage/gite in Pons Nr.Saintes & Cognac, Charente Maritime -Tranquil Countryside Location, Just 5 Mins Walk From The Town Of

In the region of sunflowers and vineyards, midway down the Atlantic coast, the Moulin Chaillou nestles perfectly between the historic port of La Rochelle, the scintillating city of Bordeaux, the soft sandy beaches of Royan and the rolling countryside of the Cognac vines. Set in delightfully natural surroundings, Le Moulin Chaillou offers a quality waterside gite with separate access in the ancient and medieval town of Pons, in the Charente Maritime region. Recently renovated to a very high standard, the gite is attached to the 14th Century watermill and are brimming with character features such as original Charentaise stone walls and huge oak beams, pleasantly contrasting its modern facilities.

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About the Owner

Louise Power, Le Moulin Chaillou, Pons, France
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2016

1 Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

Endroit de rêve, très beau, parfaitement au calme bien que dans la ville, entre les îles, les arbres et les bras d'eau.Plein de poissons pour les pêcheurs. Pons et ses alentours sont magnifiques.

Les propriétaires sont intéressants, chaleureux, présents juste quand il faut.

Un vrai petit paradis.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


Nearest beach 25 miles (Royan, St Georges de Didonne, Pontillac, St Palais sur mer).


Bordeaux or La Rochelle airports 60 miles.

St Malo to Pons is 250 miles.


We are located within the town of Pons but due its ideal location it feels as though we are in the country. The Moulin Chaillou has 4 1/2 acres of land and river frontage and it takes just 3-5 minutes to walk over the watermills islands and pretty stone bridges to find the nearest Boulangerie.

Further Details:

Pons itself is a pretty medieval town, complete with castle keep (the first ‘Donjon’ was raised to the ground by Richard the Lion heart in 1179). Pilgrims Hospital and the Chapel Notre-Dame Marie. At Le Moulin Chaillou you can enjoy the relaxing sounds of the river Seugne, walk around the numerous islands and explore the area. Heading inland from the Moulin Chaillou are the towns of Saintes to the north and Cognac to the east, both about 15 miles away. There are many fine sandy beaches in Royan, Meschers and Palmyer, which also hosts an outstanding zoo which is said to be the best in France. La Rochelle is a fabulous 11th century port which is now the biggest yachting centre on France’s Atlantic coast. Within a an hour's drive north are the offshore islands of Ile de Ré and Oleron, and to the south, the city of Bordeaux.

The first recorded date of our watermill was in 1340 when all the watermills of Pons were individually named. The name Chaillou is derived from an old French word meaning foundation - the rock that the watermill is actually built on. In fact the Romans brought the mechanics of the watermill to France when they first invaded and settled in the Poitou Charente, and there is some evidence to suggest that the very first watermill on site would have been Roman. The area does boast of a Gallo-Roman past and the architecture of many of the towns and villages blossom with stunning examples.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £100

Booking Notes:
1. To reserve the property, you will need to send a 50% deposit. We will send a confirmation email which will be a formal acceptance of the booking. Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday.
2. The balance must be paid no less than 4 weeks before the first day of the holiday. Reservations made within 4 weeks of the start of the holiday require full payment at the time of booking.
3. The returnable deposit of £200 is payable to cover any damage to the property or contents.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. We are happy to negotiate for long term lets. Christmas and New year prices on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-Dec-2016


Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Beautifully decorated shower room on ground floor.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4, 2 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Spiral staircase to the bedrooms which overlook the river Seugne, with on one side, the watermill, and on the other the medieval dungeon of Pons. One contains a king size bed while the other contains 2 single beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • 8 bicycles


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Our bedrooms are designed to cater for families with 2 children or for 2 sets of adults looking to share. The double sized bedroom on the ground floor provides excellent accomodation for people who may have mobility problems as does the shower room. Outside: The gite offers a decking area, outdoor furniture, barbecue and river side frontage. Other: A charming self contained cottage created in what was formerly the grain store of the watermill. It retains many of the original features, such as the exposed oak beams and the Charentaise block stonework.

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