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Gate Cottage Nestling Amid Fields and Vineyards

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


About the property

Cottage in Semoussac, Nr Jonzac, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes, France - Use of Pool

Gate cottage is a lovely little cottage which sleeps 2 comfortably set in a peaceful hamlet nestled amid fields of sunflowers and vineyards. The cottage has use of our private garden and pool. Here you will find yourselves in a most beautiful part of Charente Maritime which has the second warmest climate in France. The Region is renowned for its oysters, cognac and the famous Pineau des Charentes aperitif which is produced locally. A gloriously tranquil, unspoilt setting perfect for French country living and a relaxed holiday.

More Details

Jackie & Steve Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Jackie & Steve Johnson

My husband Steve and used to both fly long haul for a major UK airline,but in 2004 I decided after 20 years it was time to hang up my wings and to come and live full time in our beautiful home here in France .Steve continued to fly as a pilot until recently but now enjoys retirement here with our Golden Retrievers and me.

Jackie & Steve Johnson purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Jackie & Steve Johnson chose Semoussac

We spent a couple of years travelling around different parts of France searching for the perfect home for us ,but something kept drawing us back to the Charente Maritime and when the house came onto the market I was unable to get time off work to come down and view the property ,so Steve came on his own and agreed to the sale without me,but I trusted completely in him and his decision that this was the right place for us .He wasn't wrong!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for making us so welcome an absolutely wonderful week relaxing in the quiet, we had everything we could wish forlovely weather scenery and friendship especially from your 3 hairy monsters.

Luck and fate have brought us here. A wonderful place just what we needed.Thanks Jackie for your help and to the 3 hairy rascals for their assistance with our evening boule competions. One week just flew by -wish we had longer.

We would like to say a big thank you to Jackie,Steve and the furry gang for welcoming us into their beautiful home. We've had a wonderful relaxing week in the perfect surroundings,just what we needed to escape and unwind. Jackie has been the perfect hostess and all the advice and suggested places to visit has been much appreciated .It's been lovely getting to know all of you and a special thanks to the furry gang for posing in our mission for the perfect photo.
Feb 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Semoussac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom which is situated upstairs has a bath with shower over the bath.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Open tread stairs lead up to the bedroom with a large double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: l. The property is non smoking. Outside: Our large garden is completely fenced in and is safe and secure. The cottage has use of our large private garden with views overlooking the Gironde Esturary. There is a large salt water pool which has a shallow and a deep end. It is fitted with a safety alarm which complies with French safety standards. A separate patio area offers space for evenings relaxing outdoors with BBQ and garden furniture provided. We now have 2 Golden Retrievers,but I couldn't bring myself to take the old gang picture off the site! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided during your stay, excluding beach towels.


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Gate Cottage Nestling Amid Fields and Vineyards
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

A fabulous holiday - thank you!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful part of France. There were plenty of interesting places to visit; La Rochelle, Ile de Re, St Emillion and Bordeaux to mention a few. The nearest beach was only a short drive away.

The cottage was very well equipped with everything we needed.The garden was gorgeous and the pool was very welcome to cool off in the 34 degree heat. Jackie and Steve were the perfect hosts,not only providing information about the area but also inviting us to taste the local wine - Teddy and Jasmine were very entertaining too!

We have returned home fully relaxed and would definitely recommend to others needing a week or two of R&R.

We hope to return for two weeks next year!

Sarah and Andy

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous time and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

The gite is really well appointed with everything you could wish for. The gardens and pool are great to relax, and Steve and Jackie could not be better hosts.

If you want a relaxing holiday for two in a quiet rural location but with easy access to the sea, vineyards and the major cities/towns of Bordeaux, Rochefort and Royan, then this is the place for you. We hope to be back

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Our nearest beaches are just 40 mins away by car at Meschers. These are small coves with safe, sandy beaches one of which is dog friendly all year round. Five mins further on are the fantastic beaches of St Georges de Didonne and Royan.


Bordeaux airport is approx 50 mins away with the cottage being easy to find just 10 mins from the A10 motorway. La Rochelle airport is 65 mins away and Poiters 90 mins. By car we are 7.5 hours drive from Calais or the channel tunnel. 6 hours drive from La Harve or Cherbourg and 5 hours from Caen.


The nearest village of St Ciers du Taillon is 5 mins away by car for local shopping bread, meat wine, post office etc. 10 mins away is the market town of Mirambeau with a supermarket and a variety of shops including a baker, butcher, pharmacy, hairdressers, bank and a couple of local bars. We also have a selection of good local restaurants that we can happily recommend.

Further Details:

There are many interesting places to visit the Gironde Estuary is just 15 mins away by car . Also Aquitaine and the Medoc with its famous vineyards (St.Estephe,Latour and Pauillac) to name but a few are in the region. La Rochelle a very pretty harbour town is the second most visited town in France after Paris. Rochefort a maritime town steeped in history. From Fouras take a boat trip to the unspoilt island of Isle d'Aix. Montagne is a charming port on the estuary where you can dine by the water savouring ‘Fruits de Mer’. Cognac several well known cognac houses are open to the public and give guided tours around their distilleries. St Emillion one of our favourites a very picturesque town the home of excellent red wine.

Blaye an old garrison town well worth a visit. Royan has lovely beaches, an interesting yacht harbour .and good indoor food market. Talmont a pretty estuary village with an interesting ancient church.

Bordeaux an impressive city with good shopping and possibly the worlds most important wine centre. A new tram line takes you into the city from the outskirts, avoiding the traffic!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Semoussac, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by email or phone. A 20% deposit is required to secure the booking. Final amount due 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. This can be flexible in the non peak season. Bookings commence at 4pm on the day of arrival and terminate at 10am on the day of departure.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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