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Prominent 1930’s Villa with Magnificent Panoramic Sea View

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Talmont sur Gironde, Poitou-Charentes, France - The Old Customs House in This Beautiful Peninsula Village

This prominent 1930’s house is truly in an unforgettable magnificent panoramic position situated on the edge of the outstanding peninsula village of Talmont sur Gironde, classified as one of France's most beautiful villages. You can watch and hear the tide rolling in and out from the kitchen, lounge, bedroom and of course outside on the balcony, terrace and in the garden. At high tide you are only meters away from the water. You really might feel as if you are on a ship on the sea. The house was built on the foundations of the former ‘Customs House’, therefore, giving title to its present name ‘The Old Customs House’. For your holiday pleasure we have just finished renovating a 2-3 bedroom apartment on the 1st floor with splendid views overlooking the water. We have used only quality products to provide the comfort and style this magnificent house deserves. We have private parking and the house provides the perfect view for just watching and relaxing no matter what the weather.

Property Manager
Valerie Robinson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

"So Calm and peaceful"

"An absolute paradise in the Charente Maritime"

" This place is incredible, I don't want to leave"

"Thank you for your warm welcome to your charming house. We have loved our stay here in the house as well as in this region"
May 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Talmont-sur-Gironde in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • waterfront
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The sea view bedroom has a private entry, separate bathroom and separate WC . There is also a living room on this side of the house. The garden bedroom also has its own luxurious shower room and separate WC and entry.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Sea view bedroom with double bed (140 x 200). Garden bedroom with double bed (160 x 200). Possible bedroom n° 3 with double and single bunk bed, extra supplement for this room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Private gastronomic tours of the Medoc and Cognac regions are available. Just ask us for what you'd like to do and see! Outside: The garden originally decorated with beautiful mosaic pillars made by the previous owners in the 1930's. The garden is private and sometimes shared with us. Therefore it is a shared private walled in garden of 700m². There are beautiful views from your private terrace with lounge chairs, tables, patio chairs and BBQ Utility Room: Washer and dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided. Daily cleaning service can be arranged and final cleaning is not included in the rental fee but may be arranged for a fee of 80 euros. Other: The apartment is situated on the first floor of this magnificent 1930's basque style house. You have a terrace which surrounds the apartment with stunning views of the sea and the surrounding cliffs and fishing huts. Many say this is a small paradise.


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Prominent 1930’s Villa with Magnificent Panoramic Sea View
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

GREAT! Charming B & B

  • 5 of 5

The property is located in a wonderful spot. It is clean, quiet, and an absolutely super spot for seeing the French countryside. Walks around the property and in the village were the best! The Lady and Lord of the house went over the top to be sure our visit was a truly relaxing French experience. I would recommend this house unconditionally!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit and we have already booked up for next year, we love it here.

Roomy, quality, immaculate accommodation and a great location and in a pretty village too.

We had a relaxing stay and could easily live here.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply the best!

  • 5 of 5

Of all the cottages/gites/houses we have stayed in in France, this one stands out at the top of the tree. Beautifully equipped, beautifully situated, it surpassed every expectation. Communication from Valerie and John was great and made things easy. Only downside was it wasn't long enough. Given the chance would be back like a shot.

If there is anywhere on this earth better for an evening gin and tonic than the Old Custom House's balcony then we've yet to find it. And we were constantly mesmerised by the tide movements and the patterns left behind. And croissants and coffee while watching the beautiful sunrises.

The Old Customs House is always going to have a very warm place in our hearts.

Thank you Valerie. Thank you John. It was a very real pleasure.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Having found this beautiful property 10 months before our departure date, I can honestly say nothing was too much trouble for Valerie and John. We took my parents with us and they kindly ensured the mattress was suitable for my mother, sent literature in advance and arranged for shopping to be in for our first day.

The property has been beautifully restored. It is fully equipped in every sense and really offers 5* accommodation. The views from the dining table in the kitchen are simply stunning. We enjoyed breakfast every morning with the sun streaming through. The garden is fully enclosed and suited our two young children. The balcony offered a place to read and take in the lovely views.

The kitchen is fully equipped, the bathrooms are top notch and it is just a wonderfully relaxing place to enjoy exploring the local countryside. I have stayed at various places over the past 12 years and can honestly say this is the best property I have stayed in. I would love to return again and again! Worth every star and excellent value for money.

Thank you Valerie and John for your hospitality and stunning property.

The Sermon/Moruzzi family

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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just perfect

  • 5 of 5

The property was better than the pictures show. The view from the kitchen window while eating our meals was beautiful from sunrise to sunset.Everything you need is provided in the property. Such a relaxing place to base our travels around the area. John and Valerie will do everything to make your stay comfortable. They were really helpful when we needed to arrange oxygen for our stay. They advised us on restaurants to visit and we really enjoyed visiting them, especially The Cottage at Arces.

To finish all i can say is Beautiful..... and we wish it was ours......

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful property...in a magical setting

  • 5 of 5

I can't tell you how much we love this place...it's a truly unique property in a wonderful setting. you could quite happily sit all day and watch out of the window as the glorious Gironde estuary unfolds before your eyes. The light, the tides, the wildlife, the fishing and pleasure boats all contribute to the ever-changing panorama.

The property itself is very well appointed, everything has been thought of and it all works together so well. There were four of us staying and it met our needs superbly. We almost had two fully functioning, adjoining apartments but we shared whenever we needed to. The kitchen is great. As a cook, I'm always complaining that these sort of rentals don't have the right equipment. Well, this one does! And it has possibly THE best view from the table you're ever likely to see.

Valerie and John, the owners, are attentive without ever being invasive. If you need something, they'll be along to provide it. They're friendly, warm and lovely.

There's an amazing balcony, a well-kept, shady garden.

it's probably the most wonderful place we've stayed. It's the top of its class. I can't tell you how much we love this place...because if we do, you'll book it and we won't be able to go again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Special interest holidays:

Specialist holidays can be arranged.


Talmont is 16km south east of Royan, 10km south east of the gorgeous white beaches of St Georges de Didonne and just minutes away from the fine sandy coves of Meschers. The famous wines of the Medoc are just across the estuary. It is a fun day out crossing by boat from Blaye or Royan, to the Medoc to visit the castles and their wine caves. You can also drive to Bordeaux (1-1/2 hour away). On the north side of Royan you have the Wild Coast and the European famous zoo La Palmyre. Royan 20 min.


Rochefort is 1 hour from Talmont and La Rochelle (with its airport connecting the UK and France) is 1 ½ hours north. The ancient roman town of Saintes (25 min drive) has been labelled as a ‘City of Art and History’ by the minister of culture. We are just a walk away from the archaeological ruins of "FA", what is believed to have been the largest Roman port of France.


Talmont’s streets are lined with holly hocks and flowers. There are lovely artist’s shops in the village and several restaurants from which to choose. You will want to have a nosy around more than once! Hikers will enjoy the endless walking paths of the area. The pilgrim’s way also passes along this coast line.The village was originally founded by Edward I of England in 1284. The stunning church of St Ragegonde has the typical roman saintonage style dating back to the 12th century.

Further Details:

St Ragegonde is sitting on the edge of the cliff surrounded by the sea on one side and has its ancient marine cemetery covered with holly hocks on the other. Talmont has its own local history museum and tourist information center. English guided tours are available. The countryside outside Talmont is filled with Charentaise vineyards whose wines are really starting to make a name for themselves. Regional food specialties are seafood, shellfish, oysters, goat’s cheese, various duck and pork pâtés and Charentaise melons.

The nearest farmers markets are in Meshers, (everyday except Mondays in the summer) St George de Didonne, Cozes (Wednesdays) and Royan (except Mondays). The bakery in Arces, 4km away has an excellent selection of breads, pastry and pizza


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Season
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter Season
4 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Holiday Season
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £439.13
Stay tax £0.73 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
30% deposit upon booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Sundays unless out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. Certain bookings can have reductions applied.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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