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Idyllic Charantaise Accommodation With Large Private Heated Pool And Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

House near Aulnay, Charente Maritime, France - Near To Cognac And The Coast, Perfect For Friends And Families Holidaying Together

'White Shutters' or 'Les Volets Blancs' is a sympathetic conversion of traditional 19th Century manoir farm buildings and stables into comfortable family holiday gite accommodation, retaining original features like exposed stone walls and beams. It has a large private floodlit 12 x 6m heated swimming pool for your exclusive use, situated in a walled sunny south facing garden. Your child friendly holiday/vacation rental in France sleeps 8-12 in four generous bedrooms (one downstairs) with four bath/shower rooms. We provide two cots (1 wooden 1 travel with fitted sheet and fleece blanket) two high chairs, stairgates, step stools and potties to make travelling with little ones easier. Free wi-fi internet for those that wish to stay connected, please bring your own laptop. White Shutters was newly refurbished for the 2013 season. The pool conforms to French swimming pool safety regulations with fully enclosed walling/fencing and child proof gate. The main picture shows the new fencing.

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 2017

About Fiona

We are the Ridley Family and live in North Somerset near Bristol. For the last 20 years we have holidayed in France nearly every year with our 3 daughters from babyhood to the current teenage years! We started in tents and progressed to gites, always with a pool and often with friends and family.

We love France so much that we bought our own dream house based on all the requirements we've had for great family holidays with friends over the years.

Fiona purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Fiona chose Charente-Maritime

Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region of France and Aulnay is within an hour of the beach. Our traditional Charantaise house has a large heated pool and a totally secure walled south facing garden. We can cycle to the Boulangerie for bread in the mornings, and the thriving market town of Aulnay is only 6km away.

White Shutters is an easy day's drive from all Channel Ports, especially Western Ports. Angouleme/Cognac, La Rochelle and Poitiers airports are also within easy reach.

What makes this cottage unique

Our house is large enough to allow families to share, whilst also having privacy and plenty of bathrooms for everyone. The downstairs en suite bedroom is perfect for anyone who finds a long flight of stairs a bit of a problem before or after their wine!

We have provided baby equipment for 2 babies including cots and high chairs, and a full size pool table, table tennis, bikes (including toddler seat and a tag a long) and the large heated pool for everyone's benefit.

The newly refitted kitchen (2012) is well kitted out for cooks to enjoy; including a range cooker, 2 fridges, dishwasher and washing machine.

The outside dining area has hardwood furniture with seat cushions, and a fixed gazebo for lazy lunches out of the direct sun.

In fact, it's quite hard to uproot to go and exp

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic relaxing holiday, & thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful house. We loved it so much, we would very much like to book it again for 2 weeks next summer!..It is the best French house we have ever stayed in, just perfect, (& we have stayed in a LOT of French houses over the years!..), thanks so much.

Date of holiday: July 23rd-Aug 6th 2016
Jul 2016
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Standard price
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Please contact us initially, to confirm availabilty of your dates, and for any further information required. A 25% deposit secures your booking, together with a completed booking form that we will forward to you. Balance is payable 8 weeks before commencement of holiday, together with a damage deposit of £250. Please see our website for full terms and conditions. We accept cheques (UK £s or French €), bank transfers (£s).

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is generally Saturday although we can be flexible outside July /August.

Please arrive after 16.00 on arrival day, and departure is by 10.00 latest.

25% none refundable deposit on booking. Balance and refundable damage deposit of £250 8 week prior. Please see our full T&Cs on website

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cherbonnières in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to downstairs bedroom - shower cubicle, wc, basin. Downstairs bathroom - Large shower cubicle, wc basin. Upstairs en-suite bathroom to master bedroom - shower bath, wc, basin. Upstairs shower room - Shower cubicle, wc, basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8-12 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor king bedroom en-suite. Master bedroom en-suite king size canopy bed, single bed, cot Children's bedroom 4 bunk beds (200x80cm) Family bedroom Super king bed (or twin), 2 single beds & Cot Strict maximum occupancy 12.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Babies and children: Stair gates top and bottom of stairs. One cot and one travel cot are available on request (bedding provided), along with 2 highchairs. Step stool and potties in each bathroom. The pool is fully secured to French Regulations with wall/fencing and a self closing child proof gate. Outside: White Shutters has a totally walled and child safe garden with private 12m x 6m heated, flood lit and fenced pool with self latching gate. There is solid hardwood furniture to seat 12 under a metal gazebo for shade during those long lazy lunches on the extensive terrace in front of the house. Pool loungers for 6, and further pool seating/tables. Grass area for badminton/ball games and gravelled area for parking several cars. Covered gatehouse entrance. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: End of stay clean included. Please leave the house as you found it. Linen included for length of stay and beds are made up for your arrival. One bath and hand towel per guest. Pool towels are provided on a 'wash and dry at the end of your holiday' basis. Other: Games/family room with pool table. Separate seating area for 2-3.

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