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Villa With Private Pool And Views To The Gironde Estuary



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Villa in Lorignac, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charente - Nestling On The Edge Of A Village, 20 Mins to Beach

Les Mimosas is a traditional Charentaise house over 200 years old, renovated to an exceptionally high standard. It is located on the edge of the village of Lorignac overlooking vineyards and open countryside, with the Gironde estuary in the distance. The local bar restaurant and village shop are just a few minutes walk away. It has a large garden with its own private heated swimming pool in a separately fenced part of the garden. The house retains original beams and exposed stonework and has been beautifully decorated and furnished in a French style but in a contemporary manner. Due to the layout the house can be cosy for two but can easily sleep up to an eight plus an infant. The house has full central heating available and a log burning stove making it ideal for winter breaks. For the summer every room has a fan.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in England with my wife, 3 boys (well actually, young men), our Border Collie and 2 Maine Coon cats. My wife and I both work long hours so our holidays are important chill time. We just love France. It is great to come away to a different culture, pace of life and challenge of a language that we still haven't really got to grips with.

Speaks English

2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

Rhondda, South Wales

Excellent house and grounds

  • 5 of 5

this was our second visit to Les Mimosas and it was as good as we remembered from the first visit. The house is very well equipped and all the equipment is of a very high standard. the heated pool is an added bonus. The local hotel was very welcoming and we visited most evenings, they even cooked a special vegetarian meal for me at the end of our stay. We would recommend this house for a perfect French holiday it is the best house we have stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very pleased you had a delightful stay again. It is also good to hear that the new owners to the hotel are very welcoming. This will be an asset to the village and future guests at Les Mimosas.
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Beautiful Les Mimosas

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Les Mimosas with our family, including 2 small grandchildren. This is a simply lovely house, designed for family use and providing spacious and comfortably luxurious accommodation. It is furnished and equipped to a very high standard, including everything you could need in the superb kitchen. The garden is delightful, with plenty of space for play and relaxation - and for us, eating delicious cherries from the tree was an unexpected bonus. The heated swimming pool was a perfect temperature and we all used it every day - the children really improved their swimming. We also had fun playing table tennis and enjoyed just relaxing in the many outside areas around the house - none of us wanted to leave at the end of our week. When we managed to tear ourselves away from the house and garden, we loved the area around and especially enjoyed the Velorail from Cozes and an excellent family lunch at L'Amical in St Fort. Grandpa and his son-in-law found the bar at Le Doublon in Lorignac very welcoming and friendly. We would recommend Les Mimosas to anyone who loves rural France and is looking for high quality family accommodation - if we could, we would give it 6 stars!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased it was a good holiday and you enjoyed Les Mimosas. We are very conscious that we all save for our summer holidays and want them to be special. We try to make sure Les Mimosas lives up to expectations. We know the area is super with so much to do that satifies a wide variety of interests.
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From the Owner

We decided that we would buy a property in France and gave ourselves a week to find one. We drove from Calais to Beziers, back round through Carcassonne and then up to Royan. Suffice to say that when we hit Royan memories of good holidays with the children came back and we knew this was the area for us. We did not want to be in the thick of the beach area and the estate agent had us looking around Saint Fort and Mortagne-sur-Gironde. We chose an old property that needed a lot of work doing on it so that we could shape it as we wanted it. The house is designed for us to enjoy and we hope others will too. The local people have been fabulous and accept our lack of linguistic skill. We love the area and never cease to be amazed at how much there is to do.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Les Vents des Anges at 0.3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Saint Malo at 280 Miles Nearest Golf : Royan at 23 Miles Nearest Train : Jonzac at 14 Miles Nearest Motorway : A10 at Mirambeau at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Les Vents des Anges at 0.3 Miles Nearest Beach : Meschers at 17 Miles Car: necessary


The nearest beautiful sandy beach is Meschers (18m) about 20-25 minutes drive away; Between here and Royan (22m) the estuary is lined with more superb sandy beaches, both lifeguard protected and more secluded sandy coves. Parking is plentiful and free to provide easy access on foot to the beaches themselves. For surfers there is the atlantic coast with renown surfing beaches from Cote Sauvage to the north and Soulac on the otherside of the Gironde. Water sports abound on the coast.


5 hours drive from Saint Malo (280m) with a stop and 6 from Caen (340m), allowing for a stop. 50 minutes from Bordeaux airport (50m) and 1¼ from La Rochelle airport (70m).


Saint Fort (1.5m) for local shops; Port Maubert (3m) - delightful little port; Mortagne (5.5m) - picturesque port and restaurants; Talmont (15m); Meschers (18m) for a great beach; Blaye (28m) - some good Chateau; Bordeaux (55m) with the largest pedestrianised precinct in Europe; La Rochelle (70m) - historic old port; La Palmyre Zoo (30m).

Further Details:

The Gironde estuary enters the Atlantic at Royan marked by the Phare de Courdouan (Lighthouse) with boat trips from Meschers and Royan. Regular ferry services run from Royan over to the Medoc. The Parc de l'Estuaire at St Georges de Didonne, is a nature reserve and information park with views of the estuary, walks, cycle paths, an exhibition centre, restaurant and snack bars. Meschers is very lively with shops, restaurants, and markets and boat trips on the estuary from the port. There are walks along the cliff tops and you can visit the two sites of troglodyte cave dwellings Regulus and Matata. Talmont, is a beautiful little village with its church of Saint Radegonde. Explored on foot to see artists and craftsmen, narrow streets ablaze with flowers and entertainment. The carrelets; traditional fishing cabins with their suspended nets, can be seen from here. There is much wildlife in the area; foxes, badgers, several varieties of deer and sanglier (wild boar) and a huge array of birds. Mortagne Sur Gironde, has a picturesque port below and a town above with shops, post office, tourist office. The port area is very lively with numerous events, and fetes together with brocantes, bars and restaurants. There is horse riding and hiring kayaks and boats. Port Maubert has a restaurant and walk down to the edge of the estuary. Vitrezay nature reserve is a marvellous day out. Paths lead out into the marais through the wetlands with observation hides. It has an exhibition centre and throughout the season are various different entertainments and special events. There is a restaurant-bar and you can take a boat trip over to Pauillac, with a visit to a famous wine chateau with a meal. There are a number of activities including fishing in various forms, canoeing, sailing or going out in a sea kayak. Trips out on a gabare and you can even rent a genuine carrelet by the hour. Just south of here is Blaye, at the start of the Gironde Estuary, with some superb Chateaux.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
out of season
24 Sep 2016 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
13 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
10 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low peak season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
peak season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
out of season
23 Sep 2017 - 11 May 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
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Booking Notes:
The property is cleaned before and after a stay. Any additional cleaning can be arranged locally and is not included in the rental price.

Changeover Day:
Villa rental is usually Saturday to Saturday although extra days may be booked if available. Out of season mid-week to mid-week bookings may be available.

Notes on prices:
20% reduction for parties of 4 or less out of peak seasons (September to May).

Prices do not include the local 'taxe de sejours'; which is currently £0.60 per person over 12 years per night. Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Demand for peak summer weeks is high and early booking advised. Central heating is only available November to April and is charged on usage.

Deposit of 20% with your booking and the balance 12 weeks prior to arrival. We try to be helpful with legitimate or unavoidable cancellations and if we re-let the period we will happily refund your payment less direct costs. A returnable deposit of £300 payable 3 weeks before arrival, to cover accidental damage to or at the property (we accept the occassional broken glass as part of holiday life).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Local shops abound not only in our village but all those around. The villages also have great local bars so you don't have to go too far afield. There are really good restaurants about 10 minutes away in any direction. We love going down to the ports of Maubert and Mortagne where you can cycle along the estuary between them, or head south and cycle through the nature reserve. Of course we love wine and have found a lovely little vinyard in Saint George des Agouts. Head a bit further to Blaye for the Cotes de Blaye, or cross the Gironde on the car ferry to Lamarque and enjoy the best of the Medoc. The local cove beaches at Meschers are terrific and not too crowded. But if you like the crowds and long sandy beaches Saint Georges de Didonne and Royan are only a little further.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Luxury main bathroom with bateau bath, large walk in shower, basin and wc. 2nd bathroom with multiple spray shower cabin, basin, wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, king size bed and en suite to main bathroom, tv Bedroom 2, twin beds. Bedroom 3, twin beds with double doors on to the garden. Bedroom 4, twin beds en suite to 2nd bathroom.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: Central heating and log burning stove available for winter months only (charged on usage). Cooling fans in all rooms for the summer. Cot and high chair available by request at time of booking. Sheet only provided for the cot. Outside: Table, chairs and parasol on the sun patio. 2x4 seater tables and chairs for alfresco dining on the covered veranda. Barbecue. Heated pool (Pool-10.5x5m and 1.4m deep, with pool alarm) in separately fenced area of the garden with padlocked gate for child safety. 8 sun loungers, tables, and parasol by the pool. Large open area of grass with trees and flowerbeds. Outdoor table tennis table. Utility Room: The utility room is part of the 2nd bathroom containing a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities. Whirleygig for outside drying. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned and fully made up at each changeover but for 2 week or longer stays extra cleaning can be booked. Towels and bed linen provided. Clean linen supplied weekly. Pool/beach towels not provided. Other: The dining area has a table seating 8 people comfortably, with a glass fronted dresser and small desk on which there is a large amount of information about the area and things to do.

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