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Charming Cottage, Beautifully Renovated With Private Heated Pool and Hot Tub



Updated: 27-Sep-2016
Cottage near St Jean D'Angely, Charente Maritime - Quiet Rural Setting, Amenities Close By

This charming 18th century stone cottage has been beautifully renovated to provide high quality relaxing holiday accommodation. Exposed beams and limestone walls retain its character whilst all modern facilities including free wi-fi access are provided. Positioned in a small hamlet in a very peaceful countryside location with vines alongside the spacious lawned, fenced garden. Our heat-pump typically maintains the 40m2 pool around 27-28deg+ May through September (unlike solar heating which cannot be relied on to do this!) and a fabulous 7 person, 42 jet hot tub at 37deg is great on an evening and any cooler days. All enclosed by legally required, approved safety fencing and gate. The roof terrace has terrific uninterrupted 30km views and the lawned garden has apple, cherry and fig trees to provide shade on our many hot, sunny days. The barn games room has table tennis etc. and a few bikes for your use on the miles of meandering tracks and quiet roads accessible directly from the garden.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Steve & I (Moira) took early retirement in 2005 to come here to live in this beautiful, sunny part of France.

We had lots of work to do landscaping, re-roofing and extending which we really enjoyed except when winter temperatures hit -11! With Steve's musical interests and a 'spare room' he was able, at last, to put together his own small recording studio. One of my interests is painting - whether it is landscapes or the odd bit of furniture picked up at the brocantes.

Our young black Labrador, Ollie takes us on rambles around the fields and parcelles of vines which surround us, or we tootle off in our old Land Rover and explore further afield. We both enjoy the wildlife here -the birds and keeping an eye open for deer and wildboar. We have nesting Barn Owls in (surprisingly!) the barn.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A lovely relaxing holiday. Best gite in 7 trips to France. Moira & Steve very helpful. Lovely walks around cottage.'

David & Carol from Jersey.

'Once again thank you Moira & Steve for another lovely holiday, our 4th visit and just as enjoyable'.

Alan & Marjorie from Limousin.

'Thanks for a wonderful week - We wish we could have stayed longer - next time we will! Everything we could have wished for, the cottage and pool are lovely'.

Leo, Steph and family from Canterbury. (They did come back the following year for a fortnight).

'Thank you Steve & Moira for a wonderful holiday. Your gite is absolutely super and exclusive use of a pool and a hotub is ideal.'

Steven, Janet & family from West Yorkshire.

'A brilliant base for our holiday. We have visited many places in all directions but all agree that some of our best days have been the days when we didn't go anywhere!'

Peter, Chrisitine & family from Devon
Dec 2008
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17 Reviews

based on 17 holidaymaker reviews


Relaxing and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Great property, everything you could need. Lovely pool and hot tub, with large secure gardens. Very rural, you will realistically need to drive to do anything. Nice restaurants nearby and horse riding/ kayaking/ go karting. Beach 45mins drive. Supermarket 20mins away. Hosts friendly and helpful. We dont return to the same place twice on holidays as there is more to explore in the world, but would certainly recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Character cottage beautifully renovated in lovely rural setting

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in this cottage in June this year. The owners were very welcoming and hospitable and made us feel at home straight away. The cottage itself is very well equipped and comfortable and the pool and hot tub and surrounding pretty garden an added bonus.

If you like walking, bird watching etc. there are many walks directly from the garden which is lovely. We did a lot of sightseeing as we were keen to see the area and this house is a good base as there are lots of places to get to in well under an hour. Cognac and Saintes the nearest towns are very pleasant and we drove to Bordeaux, which is a lovely city, in just over an hour or so.

Steve and Moira, the owners, have lots of information about what to do etc. and it is all noted down in the visitors handbook.

All in all, a lovely place to stay, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous cottage in the nicest area in France

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay in this wonderful cottage. Everything is to hand and the cottage is well equipped, the pool is perfect particularly on yet another hot sunny day and Steve and Moira are extremely hospitable and full of ideas of where to go. The area is ideal - quietly situated in amongst the vines and the sunflowers yet the coast is within an hours drive so lots of choices of what to do if you can tear yourself away from the cottage and pool. We would certainly recommend Chez Rivieres as a great relaxing place to stay and look forward to returning again one day 😎

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the perfect family holiday at this delightful, well appointed and well equipped cottage in the heart (and peacefulness) of the French countryside. Fantastic pool, luxurious hot tub and views to die for. Nothing is too much trouble for hosts Steve and Moira. All in all, the right ingredients for a great holiday. We've never considered returning to a gite before...until now...like many before us, we'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic two weeks in August. The cottage is located in a small hamlet surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers, its ideal for our young boys with an immaculate pool and plenty of grounds for them to let off steam. The cottage itself is of good size with three large bedrooms, very well maintained and full of everything you could ask for. Steve & Moira were excellent hosts, always welcoming and friendly, they kept us supplied with their wonderful home grown produce. Their extremely well behaved Labrador, Ollie became a firm favourite with the boys. The cottage is situated between the market towns of St Jean D’Angely and Saintes, an hours drive will get you to the coastal resorts of Royan (wonderful beaches and excellent zoo at La Palmyre) La Rochelle (world class Aquarium) and Ile de Re (ideal of cycling). We found plenty to keep us occupied for the two weeks at this wonderful property in a lovely part of France. We look forward to returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming, peaceful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very enjoyable week with our three young children in this beautifully refurbished and comfortable cottage; this property delivers everything the description claims. The hosts Steve and Moira are friendly, considerate and generous, and, their pet labrador Ollie is gentle and brilliant with young children. If your idea of a holiday is to relax and spend time surrounded by beautiful countryside with access to a heated pool you won’t be disappointed. Be good to yourself, vivez le reve a la francaise!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Well, coming from the chilly North East of England we wanted to move somewhere we could pass the summer months in shorts and tee-shirts. The South of France was too hot, we have nearly as many sunshine hours here and it's still a reasonable drive back up to the UK when we want to visit the family. This is such a lovely area - great climate, attractive architecture, rustic towns, a strong Roman heritage and we enjoy fabulous 'big skies' here both day and night. Why would we choose anywhere else?

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LA Rochelle at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Hilaire de Villefranche at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 400 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Saintes at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saintes at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Hilaire De Villefranche at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 55 Kilometres Car: necessary


The nearest beaches are at Royan (50 kms) about 45 mins away by car. All along the coast are superb sandy beaches ranging from gentle and safe for all the family, to the wild Cote Sauvage with it's Atlantic breakers popular with kite surfers. There are many lovely small resorts with beaches and restaurants ideal for a day out. The Gironde estuary (45 mins) is dotted with charming small fishing / yachting ports with harbour side cafes and restaurants.


La Rochelle airport approx 1 hour, Cognac/ Angouleme 1hr15 mins, Poiters airport approx 1hr15mins, Bordeux airport approx 1hr30 mins. Car hire is available at all the airports.

By ferry - St Malo Port 4 hours, Cherbourg / Caen - 5 hours Calais 7 hours.

The TGV rail system has stops at Angouleme 70km, Poitiers 120km, Surgeres 40km. Car hire is available at the stations.


La Rochelle 70km. Bordeaux 125km(Fast autoroute and excellent, inexpensive park and ride system). Saintes 18km. St Jean D'Angely 12km. Cognac 25km.

Further Details:

The village of St Hilaire De Villefranche is only 4 kms away, and here you will find a small supermarket selling almost everything you will need for your stay, 2 bakeries (for your morning baguette and croissant),butcher, an excellent restaurant, good pizzeria, bar/restaurant, pharmacy, hairdresser, garages, bank with cashpoint, post office and tobacconist / newsagent and very helpful tourist information office. At St Jean D'Angely you will find larger supermarkets, a bustling market, many cafes and restaurants, and a large pool complex with a 54m water fume and karting. There is also ans excellent park with a large leisure lake with pedaloes and kayaks for hire. St Jean is a charming town with medieval buildings, an impresive old market hall and the beautiful Abbaye Royale. Saintes has an important Roman history and here you will find a imposing amphitheatre, a museum and many other Roman artifacts. You can take a boat trip or hire small boats on the Charente here. There are two magnificent churches that dominate the town and the layout and architecture makes it an ideal place for a leisurely lunch / afternoon. The eating and shopping in Saintes is excellent. For the more active you will also find ten pin bowling, karting and gliding. The lovely old town of Cognac is known for the drink that bears it's name and the famous distllerys of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and others all offer interesting guided tours - some with boat or rail trips. Further afield you can visit the Marais Poitevin near Niort - an area of criss crossed with small canals where you can hire a boat and explore the quiet still backwaters.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A payment deposit of 25% of the cost is required at the time of booking. The balance is then payable 2 months before arrival. Payment accepted by bank transfer. Cheque by arrangement.

Changeover Day:
During the peak periods changeover day is Saturday, but out side of these times we can be flexible. Arrival time is 4pm with departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Lets are normally 1 week minimum Saturday to Saturday, but we can be flexible out of peak periods. We can offer discounts for stays of 3 weeks or longer - please contact us.

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From the Owner

We have fabulous views from our roof terrace which makes breakfast up there a memorable experience and you might even spot a small herd of deer among the vines. Typically our environmentally friendly heat pump maintains our pool at a very acceptable 27-28deg+ which extends the swimming period over the 'shoulder' months of May & September. We chose this method over solar heating for this very reason. Our hotub, which we keep at 37deg, is great for any cooler days or on an evening when you can lie back in luxury and stargaze with a beer or a couple of glasses of wine. Lubbly jubbly.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural


  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The upstairs bathroom has bath with shower and screen, loo, vanity hand basin, heating and heated towel rail. The downstairs shower room has a 6 jet massage shower cubicle, loo, hand basin, heating and heated towel rail.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms + Cot if required) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3 with twin beds (can be moved together should you wish). A cot is available for baby (any room). All have exposed beams and stone walls, bedside tables and lights, electric heating, electric fans and storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

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


  • Notes on accommodation: During the months of May through September electricity is included to cover normal usage. Logs can be provided for a small cost. In April electricity and logs will be charged at cost. Well behaved pets accepted by arrangement. Outside: The cottage has a tiled/gravelled patio area at the front (south facing) with barbeque, table, chairs, sunshade and lawns beyond. The south facing pool terrace with heated (28deg) 9.0 x 4.4m private pool has sun loungers, table and chairs, awnings and parasols and is enclosed by safety fencing and gate to ensure small children cannot enter without supervision. The pool has 'Roman steps' for easy access, an underwater light and a saltwater sanitisation system which is kinder on the eyes and skin than traditional chlorination. The terrace has lighting for night time use. On the pool terrace there is the heated(37deg) 7 person hotub with 42 invigorating massage jets. Gated stairs lead to the roof terrace where you will find a table and seating. There are uninterrupted views to the horizon 33km away over vines, orchards and fields of sunflowers. A terrific place to sunbathe, read or enjoy your breakfast in the early morning sun or a glass of wine as the sun sets. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and house towels are included. Please bring your own pool towels, or we can provide these for a small charge. Property is fully cleaned and ready for occupation. Other: Enclosed separate barn games room with table tennis, table football, electronic darts and some bikes for your use.

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