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4 family-friendly gites, heated pool, nr Royan beaches, lge garden, games barn - Honeysuckle (Sleeps 6, 3 Bedrooms)



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
Manor house Mortagne-sur-Gironde, near Royan, Charente-Maritime - 30 mins walk to port, bakers/restaurants, 20 mins drive to sandy beaches, games barn

Welcome to Font Remy - the former Manor House of Le Petit Village, a peaceful hamlet 2km inland from the pretty fishing village of Mortagne-sur-Gironde, just south of the seaside resort of Royan. The property has been tastefully converted into four very spacious, fully equipped houses sleeping 10, 10, 6 and 6 and is set in a walled garden of 2 acres with views of the vineyards beyond. There is a 15 x 8m fenced and heated swimming pool, plus swings, table tennis, pool table, boules pitch, badminton, plenty of space for ball games. Tennis, go-karting, horse riding, golf, sailing, boat hire are all available locally. Mortagne has bakers, butchers, a small supermarket and bars and restaurants overlooking the boats in the port. Numerous sandy beaches are 20-30 minutes drive away and there are many historic towns to visit within an hour or so - La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Cognac, Saintes. For kids there is the best zoo in France (La Palmyre), an excellent Aquarium at La Rochelle and an indoor aqua park in Jonzac. Great for families - or groups of families holidaying together.

Toddler friendly - this is a great base for a family holiday in France - and we have cots, highchairs, stairgates and an essentials baby pack, available at no extra charge. We have kids dvds, toys, games and books too and new for 2016 will be a new climbing frame and swing set.

Wifi, large screen satellite tv (French and English) in each house.

Please see our website www.fontremy.com for more details and pictures.

This is a great area for cyclists (good cycling countryside around) and bird watchers (especially down in the estuary in Spring and Autumn). A great place to come and relax.

More Details

Details for holiday home Honeysuckle (Sleeps 6, 3 Bedrooms), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Honeysuckle is part of the original main 17th century manor house.

Ground Floor: The kitchen and dining area, with oven and hob, fridge/freezer, iron and ironing board, coffee machine, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave, opens onto the individual patio area via French doors. Ground floor: Large living room with open fireplace, satellite TV, CD, DVD player and selection of DVDs, wifi, games, books and magazines. Ground Floor: twin bedroom. Antique pine wardrobe. First floor: Huge bedroom with king-sized wrought iron bed, exposed beams, antique French wardrobe, day bed and lovely views over vineyards. First floor: twin bedroom with antique wardrobe. Ground floor: WC. First floor: large bathroom with double sinks, bath, separate shower and WC. Individual patio with gas barbecue, wooden table, chairs and loungers. Wi-Fi access.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello! We are Huw and Cathy Thomas. We live in England with our two children and golden retriever. We all love France, the relaxed way of life, the markets and the restaurants.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect for 2. So relaxing and peaceful - but lots to do in the area. Sipping wine on the patio in the evening was just the best - oh - and the master bedroom. What a great place to stay in Spring.
Apr 2015
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2 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing gite in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

The gite is beautifully decorated and maintained with modern, expensive equipment and appliances. Set round a large heated swimming pool in stunning gardens, this gite could not have been more perfect for our family. The owners have the place perfectly set up for families with young children with lovely touches like a range of story books for children of all ages and necessities such as stair gates and high chairs. Recommend without reservation to anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing holiday in this beautiful region of France.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much - delighted you had a great time - and thank you for your kind words. We rely on rebooks and recommendations for most of our business - so we really appreciate you taking the time to give us a review. Hope to welcome you again some day. Kind regards, Cathy.
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Super property and location

  • 5 of 5

First stayed here nearly 20 years ago for big family holiday and loved it. It is even better now having been tastefully upgraded by present owners. Lots of thought gone into activities for children and active adults, and great information pack on where to go, what to see and where to eat. Local staff, especially Nikky, very friendly and helpful. And a superb HEATED pool!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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From the Owner

We bought Font Remy back in 2003 because we love France and wanted to have a place where we could holiday regularly, not too far from the beaches and local markets, within walking distance of a village with bars and restaurants but with a sense of getting away from it all. The feeling of space in the gardens is just so relaxing. There are lots of places to visit within an hour or so drive - Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Royan, Cognac, St Emilion, to name a few. There is a different beach for every day of the week - the nearest (20 mins) are sandy, safe with great beach bars. We love hanging round at Font Remy during the day - walking to the boulangerie for croissants, eating lunch on the patio, swimming and then heading off to the beach late afternoon for beach cricket and a glass of wine.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle and Bordeaux at 115 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mortagne at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Royan at 44 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pons at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 23 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Mortagne at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Meschers at 18 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Peaceful location. Bikes can be hired locally if you want to explore the area. It is a 5 minutes cycle or 20-30 minute walk into Mortagne in the mornings to collect your bread. In the evenings it is great to go down to the port for a glass of wine or beer. There is a creperie and pizzeria plus two other restaurants for evenings out when you don't want to drive. The stars at night time are amazing!


20 mins drive to the 3 small sandy coves in Meschers. All have good snack bars where you can enjoy a beer or kir royale while watching the kids play. 25 mins drive to Saint Georges - fabulous long sandy beach with high wire zip park in the pine forest behind. Blue flag. 30 mins to very long beach at Royan. Great for teenagers. 40 mins to St Palais (our favourite) - sheltered cove, good coastal walk and two very good bars on the beach. 45 mins to Cote Sauvage - great surfing.


5 hours drive from Saint Malo. 7 hours from Calais (tunnel). 1.25 hours from La Rochelle airport (Easyjet, Flybe and Ryan air). 1.25 hours from Bordeaux airport (Easyjet and BA). 1.5 hours from Poitiers airport (Ryanair). Car hire is essential. Local taxi service is available.


La Rochelle 1.25 hours. 1.25 hours Bordeaux. 25 minutes Cognac. 20 minutes Saintes (roman town with amazing amphitheatre). 1.25 hours Saint Emilion. 25 minutes Royan. 10 minutes Talmont. 5 minutes Mortagne (for local provisions).

Further Details:

Lots to see and do. Over 15 Michelin recommended restaurants within 30 minutes. Great place for a relaxing holiday but with plenty for the kids to do.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
To book, please contact Cathy for a booking form. 25% deposit payable on booking, the balance due 8 weeks before holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday 10am to leave and 4pm to arrive. Flexible out-of-season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

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From the Owner

We wanted to offer not just a well-furnished house, but also one with plenty of activities for children as we have two ourselves. The first thing we did was heat the pool (v. important for me!) and then, in 2008, we built the games barn and put in table tennis, table football and a pool table. There is satellite tv too plus lots of books, board games, dvds and videos too. In 2009 we also added WiFi so Huw can work when he is out there and so we can stay for longer! Our kids love playing cricket and badminton in the garden (when they are not in the pool). Huw loves challenging anyone who will listen to a game of boules and I love lying on my sunlounger reading my latest novel whilst sipping a glass of pineau (the local speciality).

Property Type

  • house


  • Family


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural


  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • One of the things which distinguish the houses at Font Remy from most other gites is the marvellous feeling of space, both inside and out. All the houses are generously equipped. All houses have individual terraces with pergola, barbecue, table and chairs and sun loungers. The games barn has a pool table, table tennis and table football, board games and books - great if you want them to get out of the sun for a while. In the garden there is a boules pitch and badminton set and plenty of space for cricket and football. Outside: Large walled garden of 2 acres. Plenty of room for ball sports. Football and cricket set provided. Boules pitch with boules set. Swings. Heated 15x8m swimming pool with roman steps into shallow end. All properties have their own patios and garden furniture, plus gas BBQ. Games barn with table tennis, pool table and table football. The pool will be heated from 1st May to 31st October.

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