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Lovely Large House & Gardens, Private Pool In Beautiful Charentaise Countryside.



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
House in a small Hamlet of Montpellier De Medillan, Nr. Royan/Saintes, France - Rural Hamlet Set Amongst Sunflowers, Vineyards And Only A Short Drive To Beautiful Beaches And Towns

A very large, spacious property of high quality. It is over 300 years old and has been beautifully, restored to a very high standard. It is adjacent to our Maison de Maitre, both set in large gardens. The house is in a small, quiet, hamlet, it has a lot of character and charm with original beams, stone walls, large fireplaces, wooden floors which is combined with all the necessary mod cons to make your stay here a comfortable one. Upstairs includes 3 large bedrooms, 2 shower rooms. Downstairs includes the entrance hall with coat and luggage storage, a large lounge, large separate dining room, study (bedroom on request for those with limited mobility) and a beautiful, spacious kitchen which is equipped to a high standard with large dining table. Separate Utility room and a shower room & toilet. Leading from the kitchen is the terrace with table, chairs & pergola. Spacious garden with beautiful, 10x5mtr, inground heated Swimming Pool. Plenty of parking space in the grounds.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Robins Wonderful location Beautiful spacious well equipped House. Comfy Beds! Most activities a short drive through beautiful countryside

Sanderson Fantastic Made so welcome Beautiful region

Blackburn Thanks for being so helpful and creating such a georgous house Children thought it a castle Delighted with the area Fantastic beaches

Bougeard Fab J&P couldn't have been more welcoming

Lee Magical Place

Stewart No hesitation to recommend it here It surpassed our Expectations

Caffrey Outstanding Time

Chadwick Thanks for everything and the laughs love to return to this very special place

Gandy We and our 80+ Mums loved it You are perfect hosts

Medleycott Fortunate stayed twice hope there are many more Wonderful memories

Peek If only I could bottle the Essence of La Maison Blanche

Tart House Pool Gardens Area perfect Couldn't ask for more

Rogers Fab time Only scratched the surface Will return

Kemp Loved every second Superb house Fab area
Apr 2010
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Once again brilliant

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in 2014 and had to return with all the family which now has 3 grandchildren, oldest nearly 5 , youngest just 2.

They loved exploring the garden for bugs and lizards and were able to explore and play safely. The pool was really enjoyed by all and children grew in confidence.

They,we, all enjoyed being able to take breakfast outside and evening meals and leisurely drinks in the evening.

During the day we were able to revisit old places of interest and also take in new places. A truly relaxing holiday.

Jeannette and Pete were the welcoming perfect hosts and were also able to assist when I had a puncture sourcing a replacement tyre( in fact 2 as French law requires) in nearby Saintes. We hope to return as it is the perfect place to relax with family and to see our friends Jeannette and Pete again.

Thanks for a wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bucolic Bliss

  • 5 of 5

We first visited as a family in 2011 and returned again in 2013. As soon as we arrived in 2011 we knew that it would be somewhere we would return to time and again. The wonderful welcome was quickly followed by a tour of a beautiful holiday home that is both spacious and comfortable. The interiors are finished to a high standard and the kitchen is a delight to both cook and eat in, that is if you can stay away from the pull of the large garden and the bliss of sitting in the sunshine and sipping something cool. We found the location to be perfect for us. Tucked away in the countryside but within easy reach of the sea and wonderful villages such as Talmont. We stayed for two weeks in both 2011 and 2013 and explored the great variety of places to eat. Jeannette and Peter are the perfect mine hosts and contribute greatly to a feeling of well being and comfort. Our children love the new pool and like their mum and dad before them have ,thanks to Maison Blanche, begun to appreciate the charms of rural France. We are booked again for 2015 and are counting down the days until we can return to a special place that we view as being far more than a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband Phil and I embarked on a journey with our two 80 something year old mum's in trepidation of what might lie ahead. Any concerns were soon laid to rest as we received such a warm welcome from Jeannette and Pete who welcomed us into their beautifully restored home, which we all agreed was a true labour of love and thought we had struck gold. Jeanette and Pete could not do enough to make us feel at home and there is nothing they have not thought of and their attention to detail is inspiring and the house a real home from home. Our mums thoroughly enjoyed their stay and we even got my mum into the pool even though she has not swam for a number of years. The area is stunning and we wished we had been able to stay longer as we only scratched the surface in terms of what there is to explore in the region. Phil and I particularly enjoyed the music festival in Saintes and after bumping into Jeannette, Pete and their ex pat friends we were taken under their wing and had a great night out in the town. We had a lovely relaxing week and hope to be back someday soon and wish Jeannette and Pete all the best for the future and thank them for being such perfect hosts. Best wishes, Christine, Phil, Helena and Gwen xx

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Having been a regular visitor to France for over 30 years staying in a variety of accommodation I can honestly say that this is by far the the best property that my family have had the pleasure to stay in.

The property has been tastefully restored and offers a high standard of accommodation. The extensive grounds are all useable and well maintained and I felt safe for my grandson to wander freely as he played. The pool is of good size and is cleaned everyday and much fun was had. We were able to eat every meal outside, a bonus.

There were plenty of places of interest for all the family:- a dinosaur park,zoo,small ports and of course beaches within 30- 40 minutes.

The owners Jeannete and Pete were able to offer advice on all aspects of the area including places to eat and visit. They have made us feel very welcome on both our visits and we have already booked for 2016 so we don't miss out on this gem. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5 star gite

  • 5 of 5

This was the best gite we have ever stayed in. The property is beautifully restored, with a lovely pool and a large grassy area. It was spotless when we moved in; and it is kitted out to a very high standard, particularly in the kitchen.

The landlords could not have been more kind and helpful - in every possible way. They advised us on places to visit in Charente Maritime, and provided countless maps and brochures. They also ensured that we were comfortable in the gite.

We would very much like to return and would recommend it strongly to anyone looking for a gite in that part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Satisfied customers

  • 5 of 5

From the very first minutes of our arrival at La Maison Blanche we knew we were going to have a great holiday.We received a very warm welcome from our hosts, and as soon as we set foot in the property we were impressed. The accommodation was immaculate, spacious and very well equipped. All the furniture and fittings were of a high standard.The house easily accommodated our family of four adults and two children with plenty of space for everyone to relax and do their "own thing"!The children particularly enjoyed the "den".

The garden and swimming pool were perfect for fun and games,and the pool was beautifully maintained and warm!

We enjoyed family cycle rides in the surrounding countryside on virtually traffic free roads and visits to many of the nearby towns and attractions.The children enjoyed the zoo and chateau visits, but most of all swimming in the pool.

We would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone seeking a peaceful holiday with congenial hosts and a splendid holiday situation.

PS the local Pinot was very good especially one we bought in the market!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


Sun Drenched, Sandy Beaches start just 20 mins away-Saint Georges de Didonne (flanked by pine forest, play area) and Royan, both vast beaches ideal for all ages. Vaux sur Mer and Palais sur Mer: small coves backed by beautiful houses, small shops and cafes. La Grande Cote and Cote Sauvage offer some of the best surf, water sports in the region. The 3 Islands, Ile d’Aix, Ile d’Oleron and Ile de Re (where the French celebs go) about 1hrs drive away. This wonderful coast has something for everyone.


Approx travel times. Airports: La Rochelle - 55m. Bordeaux - 1 hrs 15m. Poitiers - 1hrs 30m. Bergerac - 2 hrs 15 mins. Limoges - 2 hrs 20m.

Ferry ports (with stops) approx: St Malo - 4 hrs 15m. Caen - 5 hrs 15m. Roscoff - 5 hrs 30m. Cherbourg - 6 hrs. Le Havre - 6hrs. Calais - 8 hrs. Boulogne 7hrs.

Nearest train station - Saintes, 10/15 mins with connections to Poitiers - Lille, Paris then Eurostar to London. A car is essential to get around as in most parts of France.


Montpellier de Medillan, Retaud & Meursac, Pisany, 2-5km. Beaches start 18km at Mershers, Suzac to St Georges, Royan, Palais sur Mer, Grande Cote / Savage to the trendy La Rochelle & Ile de Re - 75km. Saintes a Romanesque town has wonderful architecture, amphitheatre, local & supermarkets, designer shops, lots of restaurants, cafes and boat rides on the Charente River -12km. Beau villages Talmont & Mornac de Suedre 20km. Cognac 30km - Cognac, Hennessy, Martell.

Further Details:

Montpellier de Medillan - butchers/grocers, depot de Pain, medical centre.

Retaud - Bar & minimarket, butchers, bakers (shut Mon), post office.

Meursac - Jul / Aug Outdoor pool & slide, tennis court, mini golf - great for all ages -a bike ride away, also bakers, pharmacy, butchers, grocers, tabac & restaurant.

Pisany - bakers (shut Wed)& shop, post office.

St Andre de Lidon - bakers (shut Tues), mini-market, bar/restaurant.

Rioux - butchers, small shop + depot de pain.

Cozes - mini-market, supermarket, petrol station, banks, bar, market, ironmongers.

Gemozac - 2 large supermarkets, petrol station, banks etc.

Saujon - 3 supermarkets, petrol station, banks, doctors, pharmacy, shops, Port, restaurants.

Cravens - bakers, bistro bar. All between 3-15 min drive.

Activities include:

Fishing - At Rioux's trout farm which has a good local restaurant. Carp fishing in the rivers, sea fishing from land or boat in nearby Rioux, Meschers, Royan.

Horse riding - riding centres for novice and experts - sunset rides along Saint Palais beach.

Cycling - cycle tracks are throughout countryside, forests, national parks, coastline from Saint Georges de Didonne to Ronces les Bains.

Rambling - ideal in lanes and wooded areas .

Golf - La Rochelle (18 hole), Saintes (18 hole), Cognac (18 hole), Royan (18 hole) all accept day visitors, provide club hire.

Wine Tasting - the region is dotted with small local vineyards for a free ‘degustation’ and of course the infamous Bordeaux vineyards (St Emilion, Pauillac) which are just an hours drive away.

Water-sports - over 300 miles of coastline the Atlantic Ocean offers all types of water-sports - surfing, kite surfing, land yachting and sailing.

Shopping - Saintes, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Royan, Talmont.

Relaxing, reading, painting.

Palmyra Zoo one of Europes largest.

Marennes - 35 mins, the home of oysters, there is a superb exhibition centre with a film presentation about the life of an oyster and tours of the oyster beds by mini 'train'.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
5 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
To reserve the house a Booking Form and Terms & Conditions Contract will be forwarded to you by email, both should be printed off, signed and returned with a 20%, non returnable deposit straight away. Full payment of the balance should be received at least 8 weeks before the arrival date along with a security/breakage deposit of £250 which is refundable once all checks have been made and within 2 weeks of departure. NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. We welcome guests after 4:30pm and departures by 09.45 prompt, please. Guests are required to please leave the property completely cleaned, tidy and as they found it, thank you.

Notes on prices:
Payments to French Account. Details are confirmed by email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 13-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs: 2 Large Shower rooms , (1 en-suite) including wash basins and toilets. Downstairs: shower room with wash basin and toilet. All equipped to a very high standard incl. hairdryers.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 Adults + 1 small Child (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 Large, light, upstairs bedrooms, beautifully decorated, all with plenty of storage space. Bed 1: double bed, En-suite shower room + Cot/Bed on request for person 7. Bed 2: double bed. Bed 3: twin beds.


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house has internet access and many of our guests who have needed to "work from their holiday home" have commented that it is an ideal place from which to do so. The house is non smoking and unfortunately not suitable for pets. The owners are on site and only too pleased to give their guests help and advice if and when required. Outside: Leading from the kitchen through French doors you will have your own patio with large table and chairs for alfresco eating, under a gazebo. Set in the lovely gardens is a beautifully constructed 10x5mtr inground, heated swimming pool with terrace for sunbathing, sun loungers & parasols. For your summer, alfresco eating there is a large gas BBQ. Lots of space to relax. Plenty of parking space in the grounds. Utility Room: Separate utility room with washing machine, large ceramic butler sink, airer, iron and board and all the necessary cleaning implements : vacuum cleaner, mop, bucket, brushes, cleaning utensils etc. Towels / Linen Bedlinen, towels and tea towels (not beach towels) are provided. For guests staying 2 weeks, fresh sheets, pillowcases & towels are available mid-holiday on request (not changed). Other: Small Study/ Room

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