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Classic Charente Farmhouse With Private Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in Cabariot, Nr. Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes, France - Situated In Beautiful Charente Countryside But 15 Min Drive To The Beaches

The farmhouse is over 400 years old with oak beams, tiled floors and large open wood fireplaces but has been updated to include electric radiators and a modern kitchen plus new .......a modern power shower bathroom and new seperate WC room.The landscaped garden is beautiful with over 50 types of tree, flowers and bushes, with a large fishpond, narrow river and a Private 5.5 metre wide circular pool. A short walk will take you into the village of Cabariot where you can find a bar, restaurant, food shop, post office and bakery. The town of Rochefort is 8km away with superb outdoor markets 3 times a week, fascinating Naval museums and elegant Cafes and restaurants serving freshly caught,local seafood. 90% of France's oysters are caught in this area. The sandy beaches are a 15 minute drive from the home, and excellent Golf courses can be found in Saintes/ Niort. Just to the south you can visit Royan by the sea or sample the wonderful Bordeaux's in St Emillion or a tour of Martell/Hennessy in Cognac. Cycles are provided and there are boat trips nearby.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi. We bought a wonderful French Farmhouse over 26 years ago and have spent a lot of time effort and money on making it into a typical French Charentaise Farmhouse set in a beautiful quiet part of rural France.

We have now bought a wonderful villa with pool on the west coast of Florida to add to our collection and are hoping that visitors can enjoy both homes, each individually different and set in superb locations. Please see Ref 8051212

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The house is quite idyllic, it really grows on you. The downstairs living space is excellent and the garden more than exceeded our expectations... wonderful! Our best trip was to the Ile D'Aix, ferries every 30 mins from the end of Fouras, its a special place, no cars, just bikes, trailers and wonderful beaches. Thank you for a lovely stay."

Remordina Family

August 2010



"After a week in Paris and Disneyland, this was an oasis of peace and relaxation. The children had plenty of space to play in the garden and loved the benefit of the private pool. The gite came up to all our expectations for both adults and children."

McCafferty Family

July 2010



" The farmhouse is quite unique....lovely to have so much space and tranquility.....we made good use of the bicycles here. It is particularly pleasant cycling in the evening when its a bit cooler "

Bailey Family

Aug 2011
Sep 2009
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4 Reviews

4.3
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

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Quiet, peaceful and characterful!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed 10 days at La Folie at the beginning of August 2015. The farmhouse enjoys a secluded location with a large, well equipped private garden where we particularly enjoyed lazy days sunbathing, dipping in the pool to cool off, eating, drinking and warming up in the jacuzzi when the evenings were a little more chilly. The tiki bar with lighting and heaters was a big hit in the evenings for enjoying a drink and playing cards.The local boulangerie (which we cycled to!) was very friendly and Tornay Charente is only 10 minutes drive away with a massive Super U. The nearest beaches are less than a 20minute drive away, although we drove to the Cote Savage a few times to find the surf which is about an hours drive. The Thursday market at Rochefort is well worth a visit, with fantastic local produce and seafood. The farmhouse is well equipped, and obviously a much loved second family home which reflects the owner's personal taste, definitely not a bland generic holiday house! We became very fond of the donkey next door who we christened Didier! Graham was helpful and friendly to deal with.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Charming French Family Holiday Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the farmhouse for 10 days from 23 August 2015. We were a group of 2 adults and 4 children aged from 17 to 9. The property was as described on the website. All the arrangements with Graham were very easy and he was very willing to answer any questions that we had. He also called just before we departed to make sure that the property was set up as we wanted it.

On arrival the property was clean and there was a small welcome pack of provisions. There are two large bedrooms upstairs, which were set up with two beds in each for us and a double bedroom downstairs with doors opening up to the garden. The bathroom and separate loo are also downstairs.The kitchen is very well appointed with everything you need for self catering. The large garden is private with a pool, gazebo and jacuzzi. There were bicycles in the shed together with a badminton set and other children's toys.

We all really enjoyed our stay at the farmhouse and actually spent more time there than we expected as it was ideal for a mixed group such as ours.

It is a charming property set in beautiful and peaceful countryside with easy access to a village either on foot or bicycle. A short drive away is an excellent supermarket and I would recommend the artisan bakery next to the supermarket for bread & croissants etc. (The village bakery was closed during our stay).

Within 20 minutes drive are excellent coast side locations and beaches.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful French Holiday Property

  • 5 of 5

A thoroughly enjoyable family holiday in this charming French farmhouse. Plenty of space for all of us. Well, equipped, comfortable, clean and well maintained. Excellent guest manual and customer service. A perfect base to explore this beautiful part of France with it's lovely restaurants, local markets and stunning scenery. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Folie - Nice place to chill

  • 3 of 5

Large farmhouse with lots of character. Plenty of space with big lounge, dining room and kitchen big enough to eat in. Three large bedrooms (two doubles and a twin). Outside there's a large garden with a round pool, outdoor jacuzzi and a gazebo which was another place to eat. We took teenagers who like their own space and there was plenty of that for them, so they were happy, especially as there was wifi.

Weird changes of level all over the place. Made it an interesting house but not so good if you're unstable and we all fell down steps or tripped over rises at some point during the week.

Nice new bathroom with unusual shower, although not the water pressure to get the best from the horizontal jets.

The jacuzzi was great and got a lot of use. The pool was a bit of a faff to keep topping up and testing the PH - probably wouldn't mind so much if we'd actually used it, but we didn't as the water was cold, even in August, so we stuck to the jacuzzi.

La Folie is a group of three or four dwellings and feels like it's out in the sticks although it's not - a big superU is only ten minutes away, so you get the best of both worlds. Could have done without the donkey next door which sounded like it was being murdered at random times during the day and night and scared the life out of everybody.

Nice countryside for riding bikes through. The property comes with bikes although they need a bit of tlc and, if you want to go more than a couple of miles you'd be better taking your own.

Easy striking distance of La Rochelle and very near to Rochefort, which is a nice little town. Good beaches within easy reach.

We had a good time and were happy with the property

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry about the donkey...............belongs to a neighbour so not mine !! Adds to the atmosphere ;o) 6 bikes in total are available, some fairly old but some brand new. They all work perfectly well.
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Location

From the Owner

We wanted somewhere in rural France, far enough south so that the weather is great, but not to far to drive or fly. The Charente region was our first choice...a mixture of wonderful French vineyards to visit and Bordeaux wines to taste with superb sandy accessible beaches and of course fresh seafood.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Cabariot Village at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 175 Miles Nearest Train : Rochefort at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A10 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cabariot Village at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Fouras at 10 Miles Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Large sandy beaches are a 15 min drive away, south of La Rochelle, including Chatelailon Plage, Fouras and Royan.

3 wonderful islands to visit - Isle D'Oleron, Isle De Re and Isle D'Aix all within 30 mins drive.

Travel:

Nearest airport is at La Rochelle (45 min flight from UK) and then a 20 min drive to the Farmhouse. Nearest ferry port is St Malo with a 4 hour drive to the Farmhouse. Alternatively the Channel Tunnel will take you 7 hours to drive via the motorways. Hiring a car, if you fly, is recommended.

Distances:

Cabariot village 1km. Rochefort town 8km. La Rochelle town and tourist centre 20km. Cognac 40km. St Emillion 80km.

Further Details:

Local food shop, bar, restaurant, bakery, post office in Cabariot 1km. Large supermarket " Super U " on N137 towards Rochefort 4km.

Welcome pack on arrival incl English tea, toilet rolls, tissues, milk, water, beer, wine etc

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
4 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£536
for 5 nights
£750
 
 
Summer 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£536
for 5 nights
£750
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Pet Fee £100

Booking Notes:
20% deposit required with balance due 30 days before arrival.
Payment can be made in £ Sterling, $ Dollars or Euros.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Sunday but this is flexible. Arrival after 4pm and Departure before 11am.

Notes on prices:
Can be paid in UK sterling, Euro's or US Dollars
15% discount offered on bookings of 3 weeks or more.

20% due on booking and remainder due 1 month before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

If you want total peace and quiet and seclusion away from the 'rat race' then this home allows you to sit by the pool or sit on the patio with a glass of wine and read a book as it is so quiet. You wont be interrupted. If you want to visit wonderful beaches nearby and/or play golf/visit vineyards then equally this home allows you to drive a short distance or cycle, and enjoy the uncongested country roads.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • New tiled Bathroom ( June 2014 ) with washbasin, walk in shower, power for hairdryer/shaver. New tiled, Seperate Wc. New bathroom has massage jet, power shower.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, 7th.8th person can also use the large bed/settee in lounge
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (downstairs) with double bed, w/robe, cupboards. French doors leading out onto large garden patio. Newly refurbished. Bedroom 2 with double bed, wardrobe/drawers. 1st floor views over the fields. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds, settee and w/robe + electric pinball machine 7th/8th person can be accommodated in large double bed/settee in lounge.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 6 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: A wonderful quiet location with a pool that is not overlooked. Plenty of activities for children including cycling, walking, horse riding, boat trips on the River Charente, picnics and mini electric boats on a nearby lake. New b/room & kitchen 2014. Outside: Very large landscaped garden with private (sole use) 5.5 metre circular, above ground pool. Large patio table, chairs, sun loungers. BBQ. Brand new bamboo Gazebo erected ( 2013 ) seats 8 with large table, heaters, lights, electric sockets and cushions. Ideal for a picnic al fresco. Outdoor jacuzzi installed June 2014. Utility Room: 6 bikes for all ages. Pool lilo's & play equipment + badminton set. Electronic full size pinball machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and the Farmhouse is thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival. Other: Very large dining room with French refectory table. Substantial open, wood burning fireplace and original French stone clad walls/oak beams. Phone and WiFi are available. Large patio table, chairs and soft recliner

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