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Gite with Pool (usually sole use), unique Garden Room & Air Conditioned Bedroom

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Gite near Gironde Estuary, Charente Maritime, France - 10 mins from Mirambeau & Estuary

La Vieille Grange is different in many ways, in offering the best of all worlds in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create. Plus : we'll refund your Owners Direct Booking Fee/Service Fee !

It is gite accommodation with a difference - ideal for couples and year round holidays - with pool, log fires, an acre of garden, views across the valley and a unique “weatherproof” garden room/terrace. Quality assured : up to 50% returning guests !

A quality conversion of an old wine producing barn the gite offers privacy, relaxation, views, a large 4x6m all-weather and all-year heated garden room/terrace, an acre of garden, an 11x5m swimming pool (with diving board at deep end) and all mod cons internally, but at a value-for-money price.

Located in Charente Maritime, surrounded by vineyards and rolling countryside but within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary and quiet marinas, it is within 30 minutes of a nice beach with lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux, La Rochelle, St.Emilion and Cognac.

The gite is specifically designed as spacious (95 m2) self catering holiday accommodation for couples (or 2 friends!) and the owners Martin and Christopher take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of their guests, regardless of background.

Updated every year, the gite consists of :

On ground floor :

Kitchen/dining room : modern and fully equipped incl full sized oven & ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, dining table/chairs and direct dial telephone/answering machine

Living room : with Godin log burner, TV/video with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) & French channels, DVD player, CD/radio/cassette player & sofa (a sofa-bed can be provided for people not able to get up the stairs, subject to availability)

Bathroom : bath with wall mounted shower attachment

Separate WC

Entrance hall, with spiral staircase up to :

On 1st floor, in the converted grenier/loft, 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6mx3m / 18ftx9ft into the eaves - although with some low beams) :

Main double bedroom for 2 people, incl. sitting area with sofa and aircon ... and French windows with views across countryside towards the estuary (and the sunsets !).

Mezzanine double bedroom for additional 2 people, leading to main bedroom

and outside :

An enormous (6x4 metre) all weather & all year round garden room/terrace with triple sliding patio doors, opening onto pool area and stunning views across garden and valley beyond

If/when you need heating in the garden room, there is a log burner if you just want a quick bit of added warmth there is a stylish infra-red gas radiator

So if it's a bit drizzly you can still relax and enjoy a good book (or an even better bottle of wine !) whilst enjoying the "being in the garden" feeling and gazing at the views across garden and valley to the village beyond !

And when it stops drizzling and warms up - just open up as much or as little of the patio doors as you want - opening up as much as 2/3rds of the room to the garden.

With a choice of furniture : easy chairs; wood steamer-style chairs or deckchairs. Plus dining table & chairs, coffee table and side tables.

Plenty of choice of garden furniture (wood or PVC sun-loungers, chairs, tables & parasols), plus BBQ and 2 bikes

Use of 11mx5m swimming pool - May to October incl. The pool is approx 1m in the shallow end and approx 2m at the deep end, with a diving board *

Garden - approx 1 acre - incl boules pit and picnic area with 2nd BBQ

with pool and garden shared only with the owners and from time to time their guests.

Yours is the only gite, and normally you will have the pool entirely to yourselves !

Sorry but the gite isn't suitable for children under 13. We're happy to consider one small, well behaved dog.

and not forgetting the ever popular "finishing touches" :

With your confirmation letter, you'll get our colour information booklet - with everything from our favourite places to eat and drink, to the all important opening times of local supermarkets - and of course maps and directions for getting to us !

and waiting for you when you arrive :

fresh flowers to gladden the eye

our complimentary "Post Travelling Recovery Kit" otherwise known as our "Welcome Pack", including a bottle of wine (for you to celebrate the start of your holiday !) and provisions for an evening snack and morning breakfast - so you don't need to go to a supermarket after travelling ! (Pack includes : bottle of wine, olives, bread, croissants, milk, cheese, orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, margarine, pasta & pesto sauce)

an abundance of up to date tourist maps, guides and leaflets - carefully organised to make it easy to find just what you want (yes, Chris IS that sad !)

availability of an extensive DVD library (to accompany that late night bottle of wine perhaps ?)

Wi-fi coverage is provided on request (subject to availability**) if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop.

the gite Information Folder with details of everything from the latest weather forecast, times of local markets, list of DVDs/videos available to borrow and information about how to use all the gite's facilities - from the dishwasher to the underwater swimming pool floodlights !

Whilst the gite is attached to Chris and Martin's house, it is completely self contained and the terrace is divided to provide privacy. Your privacy is assured : in the words of previous guests : "Chris and Martin ... manage that delicate task (so easily !) of being unobtrusive & yet so friendly. We shall return ..."

The gite is well equipped with heating for the cooler months, with a Godin log burner in the living room and wall mounted electric radiators and convector heaters in all other rooms - including modern "chaleur douce" radiators for gentle and controllable background warmth

We're ashamed to say that some of the internal doors, even on the ground floor, are too narrow for wheelchairs to get through. Otherwise, the ground floor facilities are quite accessible for people with mobility difficulties.

For people with hearing disabilities, sub-titles can be provided on the TV (dependent on specific programmes) upon request, and many DVDs in the library have sub-titles available.

More Details

Martin Roberts and Chris Stevens
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Martin Roberts and Chris Stevens

Chris and Martin bought this house initially as a holiday home in 1998. We have been letting properties for over 20 years, initially in the UK then also in France for the last 14 years - so you can be assured of a professional and reliable service! We take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of our guests, regardless of background. The best proof being that up to 50% of our guests are returning guests, many 5 or 6 times!

In guests own words:

'From booking to being here - the whole experience has been exceptional.'

'Refreshingly professional approach to booking and confirmations.'

'You set the highest standards for clarity and efficiency, your arrangements are faultless!'

'This is our 6th stay in properties belonging to Chris and Martin and not one of them has failed to match.'

Martin Roberts and Chris Stevens purchased this cottage in 1998

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A beautiful gite in such tranquil & peaceful surroundings. We've had an excellent 2 weeks here, enhanced by the weather and by Chris and Martin who manage that delicate task (so easily!) of being unobtrusive & so friendly. We shall return ...'

'We particularly loved : the accommodation and absolutely pristine facilities the view, the garden, the sunset, the birdsong and our wonderful hosts'

'So much to do in Charente-Maritime and we saw so little! The attractions of the gite were rather too much. The gorgeous weather poolside, the swallows dipping over the water, the buzzard wheeling over the valley, the amazing illuminating church (!) and the peace and quiet '
Sep 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Semoussac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
    Toilet - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath and wall mounted shower attachment over.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Main bedroom - 1 Double Bed , With aircon & French windows overlooking countryside
  • On the 1st floor, in the converted grenier/loft : 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6x3m into the eaves).Some low beams ! 2nd (mezzanine) bedroom for 2 available if you would like friends visiting/staying with you. Please note : the first floor bedrooms are reached via a spiral staircase - and the loo is on the ground floor !
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
The pool and garden are shared only with the owners and from time to time their guests. Yours is the only gite, and normally you will have the pool entirely to yourselves ! The gite has been designed principally to provide year-round, spacious and well equipped accommodation for 2 people. However, the additional mezzanine double bedroom is also available if you want to invite friends to join you. A complimentary Welcome Pack will be waiting for you – with provisions and refreshments – including a complimentary bottle of wine for you to celebrate the start of your holiday! Whilst the gite is attached to the owners' house, it and its terrace is completely self contained. The gite is not suitable for children under 13. One small dog may be accommodated - consult owners first! Guests who need to smoke are asked to do so only in the garden and not in the gite or garden room. Wi-fi coverage is provided (subject to availability) if you bring a Wi-fi enabled laptop. Outside: Outside you will find: your own large heated garden room/terrace and beyond that free panoramic views across the pool, garden and across the valley beyond to the church on the hill! A wide range of garden and pool furniture including teak sun loungers, garden chairs, deck chairs, parasols and tables, BBQ, 2 bikes, use of 11x5m swimming pool with depth from approx 1m at shallow end to approx 4m at deep end. The pool is open from May to September and as late into October as the weather permits, as it's unheated. Includes under pool illumination at night for those nocturnal cocktails and star gazing on your terrace. Use of garden approx. 1 acre including a boules pit. Towels / Linen : All bedlinen and towels are included, apart from pool/beach towels. Replacements are provided every 7 days. Other: Your private 4m x 6m garden room/terrace with full width sliding patio doors. Equipped with choice of furniture: sofa, easy chair, teak steamer style chairs & teak deckchairs plus dining table & chairs, with log burner & stylish gas radiator when needed


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Gite with Pool (usually sole use), unique Garden Room & Air Conditioned Bedroom
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 14 reviews

Just a great place to relax, enjoy the sunshine and all the lovely French food

  • 5 of 5

Great to have a really good size swimming pool that you can really swim in. Relax by the pool with a really lovely view over the French countryside

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stratford Upon Avon

Tranquil, peaceful, beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location with brilliant owners who could not be more helpful yet very discreet whilst living on the same site. The gite has all mod cons required for a relaxing and restful stay . If you are looking for somewhere to re-charge your batteries look no further. You can spend a lazy day by the pool or explore the Poitou-Charentes area. It's a fabulous place for doing nothing!! or doing lots.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David Many thanks for taking the time to leave your very kind review. It was a pleasure welcoming you and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay - both "at home" in the gite and out and about the local area. Thanks again. Martin & Chris
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Fab place to stay

  • 4 of 5

From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome by Martin and Chris. There was a 'welcome pack' waiting for us with everything we needed to get us started and even a vase full of tulips, (from their beautiful garden I assume)!

The garden room, with its perfect view of the pool, garden and village beyond, is a lovely place to spend some time.

The gite is in a very good location to explore the gems of the area including La Rochelle, Bordeaux, all the small villages along the estuary and much more.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in May/June and wouldn't hesitate to return to stay at the gite if we decide to visit Mirambeau in the future.

Thanks again Martin and Chris for a wonderful holiday.

Jan, Howard and Rosie the dog

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, Howard and lovely Rosie Many thanks for your very kind review - much appreciated. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay - it was a pleasure meeting you all. Wishing you all the best for the rest of the summer ! Best wishes Chris and Martin
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Perfect for peace & tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Martin & Chris are wonderful hosts, they have succeeded in offering a beautiful property with everything you could think of provided except for your own clothes! The Gite and gardens are immaculate and the welcome hamper has never been beaten anywhere else. The location is great for exploring either inland or coastal (estuary) on very quiet French roads a pleasure for de-stressing. Great if you enjoy log burners, in both garden room & the lounge. A very well equipped kitchen so that you can really self cater if you wish. The bedrooms are accessed by a small spiral staircase from the hall, just have to remember to mind your head on the beams upstairs. Definitely a property to return to at some point in the future. Well done for sharing your special place with others.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally Many thanks for your very kind review. It's always a pleasure to welcome guests who are so obviously enjoying themselves and all the area has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you feel the need of a cosy log burner ! All the best. Chris & Martin
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One of the nicest Gites we have stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, clean, quiet and spacious Gite, fully equipped and with helpful, friendly owners in Chris and Martin.

The Gite also boasted one of the cleanest pools we have seen in over 25 years of holidaying in France.

The Gite was off the beaten track which meant it was quiet and peaceful, but equally it was only 10 mins from a Super U Supermarket that was able to supply all our needs for 2 weeks holiday.

Convenient for Bordeaux, the Gironde estuary and the lovely town of Sainte, the Gite could not be better situated- The best of both worlds!

We would most certainly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike - thanks for a great review ! We're delighted you liked the gite (and the clean pool !) as well as the surrounding area. Hope to see you all again in future. Best wishes. Chris and Martin
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This is a small piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This property is everything that it says and more. The gite,garden and pool offer a wonderful relaxing space. Chris and Martin were wonderful hosts offering lots of advice, suggesting great places to dine and explore. The welcome pack on arrival was super. On a final note, this review would not be complete without mentioning Keanu a special little dachshund who made our stay very special. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Jane for your very kind review. It was a pleasure welcoming you both here and to see people so obviously having a great time ! We look forward to your coming back and being one of the 30% returning guests we welcome back every year ! All the best. Martin and Chris (PS Keanu says he needs another tickle ... but since you've now booked again for 2016 we've told him he'll just have to be patient !)
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
430 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
56 Kilometres
Nearest Train
62 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A10 motorway, Sortie 37
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
44 Kilometres
Meschers sur Gironde
Car: necessary


Situated in the beautiful Charente Maritime (land and sea the elements of success), but in the south of it (where the countryside is more interesting/undulating) and within easy striking distance of the Aquitaine/Gironde, including the Medoc. In the middle of the countryside (surrounded by vines and sunflowers) but within 10 mins of the Gironde Estuary (with nature reserve and new bird sanctuary) and within 30 minutes of the nearest beach.


By road : easiest is Brittany Ferries Portsmouth - St.Malo (4 hrs drive), or Portsmouth-Caen (5 hrs). Or Channel Tunnel to Calais (6½ hrs away), with autoroutes almost all the way (avoiding Paris!). By air: flights to La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Poitiers or Nantes from across the UK and Ireland including Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Dublin, London (x3), Manchester, Nottingham, Shannon and Southampton. By rail: Eurostar/TGV to La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Angouleme. Car is essential.


The property is in a small hamlet of about 12 houses and a farm, but within 10 minutes of the nearest small town (Mirambeau) and 20 mins of a larger one (Jonzac). Within easy striking distance are : Chatelallion Plage, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, St. Jean d'Angély, Angoulême, Royan, Rochefort, Cognac, Blaye, Saintes, Niort and even Bordeaux all within 1 hour drive.

Further Details:

There are loads of interesting places to visit and things to do (if/when you tire of just lying around the pool during the summer!), including sleepy villages and livelier towns, beaches, chateaux/wine tasting, nature reserves, new bird sanctuary, outside activities (for those into them!) including fishing, horse riding, walking and bird watching - or just sitting outside bars watching the world go by!

Pets : one small dog may be welcome - please check with owners.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Semoussac, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July & August 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:

We will reimburse any Owners Direct booking fee / service fee that you are charged - saving up to 8% on other property bookings !!

If you wish more than 2 adults to stay, or if you wish a doggie friend to stay with you, please contact us before seeking to make a booking. Please note the gite is not suitable for children under 13 years.

A 25% booking deposit is payable upon booking, with the remaining final payment being due 8 weeks before the booking commences.

A £100 breakages/excess cleaning deposit is also payable - we return it 7 days after the end of your booking.

If you prefer, payments can be accepted via ourselves (rather than this website) by credit or debit cards, via the secure online services of WorldPay.

The prices are fully inclusive (no surprises !) and include :
* hire of the gite
* welcome pack
* bed linen (duvet)
* bath, hand and tea towels
* linen replacement every Saturday
* all electricity and logs
* one bottle of gas (for garden room gas radiator)

Cancellations : in the unfortunate event of your having to cancel your booking, the cancellation charges are :

* before 8 weeks of arrival : 25% (booking deposit)
* between 4-8 weeks of arrival : 75%
* within 4 weeks of arrival : 100%

We recommend all guests take out holiday/travel insurance !

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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