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2 gites/cottages on river Seugne &14thCentury watermill.5 mins from town centre

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 cottages/gites, Pons,nr.Saintes & Cognac,Charente Maritime -Tranquil Countryside Location, Just 5 Mins Walk From The Town

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 gites are attached to the 14th Century watermill, brimming with character features such as original Charentaise stone walls and huge oak beams, pleasantly contrasting its modern facilities. Family friendly with baby equipment, gym and games area, bikes, fishing, canoeing and outdoor and indoor games.

Louise and Michael Power, Le Moulin Chaillou, Pons, France
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2017

About Louise and Michael Power, Le Moulin Chaillou, Pons, France

Michael and Louise and their three bilingual children, have lived in Pons for the past 12 years. They are both from the South of England. Louise is a singer in two bands and performs regularly in the region.

Louise and Michael Power, Le Moulin Chaillou, Pons, France purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Louise and Michael Power, Le Moulin Chaillou, Pons, France chose Pons

We fell in love with this property from the very first moment we viewed it. It is tranquil, beautiful and oozes charm. It is situated just 5 minutes walk from the pretty, historic and medieval town centre of Pons.

What makes this cottage unique

Centrally located but private and tranquil. Great benefits for children and adults alike. As we have children ourselves, we can offer all the comforts of home and all the amenities that you cannot fit in your boot!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Pons in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Beautifully decorated shower room on ground floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • 8 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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2 gites/cottages on river Seugne &14thCentury watermill.5 mins from town centre
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Very clean, cosy, private, tranquil and relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

The hosts Louise and Michael were very friendly and accommodating and made us feel most welcome. The gite was very comfortable and well equipped. Our morning walks around the several little islets of the mill were very relaxing and it was lovely to be in touch with nature. Restaurants and bakery all within a five minute walk. We would definitely recommend this property and area as a beautiful place to visit, especially if you're looking to relax and step back from everyday life.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 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: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
La rochelle
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
444 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
450 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
39 Kilometres
Meschers sur gironde
Car: recommended


Nearest beach 25 miles (Royan, St Georges de Didonne, Pontillac, Meschers, 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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Pons, Charente-Maritime

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
1 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £100
cleaning fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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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