Les Volets Bleus
A traditional two bedroom stone-built period country cottage with pretty secluded garden, adjacent to a secure swimming pool. See La Flotte website. All bedrooms now feature new furniture including new beds (double or twin) with luxury hotel quality 400 count Egyptian cotton percale bed linen. The kitchen is equipped with gas cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer. New dishwasher, new crockery, tableware and cooking utensils. Separate laundry room with automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board. This gite and our other two-bedroom cottage, Honeysuckle Cottage features the following: Two large, light and airy twin-bedded rooms, available as doubles, located on the first floor of the gite. Comfortable sitting room with LCD TV (UK Freeview channels), DVD player and hi-fi. Recently restored bathroom with shower, wash basin and WC. Private garden complete with new outdoor rattan table and chairs set including parasol.
Welcome to La Flotte, a tastefully restored 18th century period manor house with four gites set amongst 16 acres of private grounds and parkland. See our website www.laflottefrance.com with video. We are in the heart of the micro climate of the Charente Maritime with 2,700 hours of sunshine a year and surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers. At La Flotte you will find four very well equipped gites to choose from, each with individual charm and character with just the right balance between French traditional style and the modern creature comforts you’d expect at home. In the sitting rooms, these include LCD TV with UK Freeview, DVD player and hi-fi. Internet connectivity in all cottages now available. All four gites have recently been re-furnished to the highest standards including new sofas and soft furnishings. There are new beds and furniture throughout. A new covered outdoor relaxation area with plenty of comfy sofas, overlooking the pool, was built recently.
Top Traveller Review
So pretty, so French
About the Owner
About Tim & Amanda Walsh
We purchased La Flotte from the previous owners in March 2010. Since then, we have carefully restored each of our four gites to ensure they retain their style and character, yet upgrade them to the levels expected by discerning guests. Refurbishment, especially to the parkland and gardens is continuing again this year ready for the new season.
Tim has a background in the hospitality industry and Amanda has worked in banking and private catering. We have two children, Eleanor 11 and Lisbeth 9, who attend a local French school.
We live in the manor house at La Flotte throughout the year, so close at hand to answer any questions during your stay or book activities for you locally, if needed. Amanda's French is very good!
Tim & Amanda Walsh purchased this cottage in 2010
Why Tim & Amanda Walsh chose Saintes area
We have been holidaying in the area around Royan, Mortagne and further south for several years and in 2009 stayed in Le Petit Manoir, the three bedroom gite at La Flotte. We had a wonderful time.
We had been looking for a gites business to buy for some years, but never seen anywhere in the area with the right balance between French period style, characterful, well equipped gites and ideal location. Our holiday at La Flotte changed all that.
Cutting a long story short, our offer to buy La Flotte was accepted. We were the proud owners of a property and estate built in 1730 which fitted the bill in all every respect. We hope you'll share the joy with us!
What makes this cottage unique
La Flotte is situated less than a mile from the pretty harbour village of Mortagne-sur-Gironde.
Our four gites are all located in the grounds of La Flotte which covers a total of 16 acres, including six acres of immediate private parkland. Whether you are sitting by the pool or in any of the gite gardens, you can imagine the beauty and tranquility that greets you as you gaze over the surrounding countryside towards the lake and further beyond to the Atlantic.
A drive down to the local Boulangerie for fresh bread - unless you prefer our breakfast baskets - takes about five minutes. The harbour and quayside cafes take a couple of minutes longer. A selection of lovely beaches are easily reachable, our favourite is just 20 mins away.
If you are interested in booking or simply want to make an enquiry about availability, complete the enquiry form in the Contact Us section on our website or give us a call on +33(0)5 46 90 63 34. NB Two-week bookings only in July/August.
As soon as we receive your submitted Online Reservations Form, we will confirm receipt and provide our UK bank account details for your 25% deposit (or full cost if closer than eight weeks to the start of your holiday). Your holiday will then be confirmed.
Arrival and departure dates are either Saturday or Sunday depending on the gite. See pricing calendar for details of changeover day for each gite.
Gites are available anytime after 4pm on day of arrival and must be vacated by 10am on day of departure.
Notes on prices:
Please note the Saturday and Sunday changeover days for each gite. We only accept two-week bookings in the high season. Prices include bed linen and bath towels; beach/pool towels are not provided.
Traditional French breakfast basket available for the first morning. Welcome meal also available on arrival day, must be ordered in advance.
(2 traveller reviews)
So pretty, so French
We have just returned from a lovely week staying at the gite Les Volets Bleus. It is part of a small group of properties (4 gites) at La Flotte close to Mortagne sur Gironde In the Charente. Tim & Amanda are the delightful English hosts who live on site (in the big house). Our gite was clean, well presented, very pretty, very rustic. It had a large private garden with both sun & shade and we were also able to make use of the communal swimming pool & sunbathing area as well as the extensive grounds. It is very peaceful & a good place to chill. There are shops for provisions at Mortagne & Gemozac as well as restaurants within a short drive. There is plenty to see in the area and great beaches are to be found about a half hours drive away. We would happily stay here again when in the area.
Peace and Quiet
Wonderful accommodation in a lovely peaceful setting. The gite was very tastefully decorated and equipped with everything required for holiday living. Fabulous pool and area to relax in beautiful surroundings. A great location, being close to beaches and countryside. Lots of nice quiet roads for cycling. Hosts Tim and Amanda couldn't have been more helpful.
From the Owner
“We have been holidaying in the area around Royan, Mortagne and further south for several years and in 2009 stayed in Le Petit Manoir, the three bedroom gite at La Flotte. We had a wonderful time. We had been looking for a gites business to buy for some years, but never seen anywhere in the area with the right balance between French period style, characterful, well equipped gites and ideal location. Our holiday at La Flotte changed all that. Cutting a long story short, our offer to buy La Flotte was accepted. We were the proud owners of a property and estate built in 1730 which fitted the bill in all every respect. We hope you'll share the joy with us!”
Activity and Interests
The nearest beaches are 15-20 minutes up the coast at Meschers. These are small coves with safe sandy beaches.
Another 5 minutes further up are the huge sweeping beaches of St George and Royan, each with lots of space and some watersports and full safety patrols.
North of Royan is the Grand Cote - several miles of sandy beaches with some local beach patrols. Finally a little further (say 40 minutes from La Flotte) is the Cote Sauvage, again good sandy beaches but where the rollers come in
The nearest two airports are Bordeaux and La Rochelle, both equal distance from La Flotte - Bordeaux to the south and La Rochelle to the north. La Flotte is easily reached from both airports via the A10 autoroute; travel time about one hour.
Use of a car is necessary to reach La Flotte. car hire is very easy and relatively inexpensive, especially for small cars available at both airports. The budget airlines all offer special deals using the usual car international rental companies.
We are situated less than a mile inland from the harbour village of Mortagne sur Gironde which is on the Gironde estuary about 18 miles south of Royan (at the mouth of the estuary). La Flotte is reached from the A6 road from Mortagne which leads to the larger village of Gemozac which is only around 10 minutes from junction 36 of the A10 North/South autoroute.
Freshly prepared breakfast baskets are available on the first morning and a welcome meal can be prepared for your arrival day (high season only). There’s a choice of either a vegetarian or meat option for main course, plus pudding, cheese, bread and a carafe of red or white wine from a local vintner. There are lots of things to see and do in the immediate vicinity of La Flotte if you want to go out for a gentle wander or have a meal. Pretty Mortagne Port is just a mile away with excellent restaurants along the waterfront overlooking the harbour. This pretty French town has restaurants, bakers, butchers and a small but incredibly well-stocked Co-op. Other notes to see and do in the area:
Saintes - an old Roman city complete with amphitheatre and a collections of old churches and abbeys. Also some good shops and an excellent market daily.
Royan - as well as having a massive beach Royan has good shopping with an excellent market.
La Rochelle - very pretty old town and port with superb shopping and restaurants. The indoor food market is particularly luscious.
Cognac - well worth a trip for the town but throw in a tour or too around the distilleries and the day flies by!
St Emilion - a popular trip out to see a beautiful town and some good wine tours.
Bordeaux - an impressive city plus possibly the world's most important wine centre.
Bordeaux and Medoc wine towns - well worth a bit of a tour and the odd case or two.
Pineau Charentes houses - Pineau is a local speciality being an aperitif wine fortified with Cognac. Our neighbours on two sides have free degustation with no obligation to buy (although it is difficult to resist).
From the Owner
“La Flotte is situated less than a mile from the pretty harbour village of Mortagne-sur-Gironde. Our four gites are all located in the grounds of La Flotte which covers a total of 16 acres, including six acres of immediate private parkland. Whether you are sitting by the pool or in any of the gite gardens, you can imagine the beauty and tranquility that greets you as you gaze over the surrounding countryside towards the lake and further beyond to the Atlantic. A drive down to the local Boulangerie for fresh bread - unless you prefer our breakfast baskets - takes about five minutes. The harbour and quayside cafes take a couple of minutes longer. A selection of lovely beaches are easily reachable, our favourite is just 20 mins away.”
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- near the sea
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- pier fishing
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms feature new furniture including new beds (double or twin configuration) with luxury hotel quality 400 count Egyptian cotton percale bed linen provided. Outside: The La Flotte estate with gites in the grounds is located in a protected wildlife and wild flower reserve (a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers) and the local countryside is ideal for cycling and walking. Although La Flotte offers tranquillity and breathtaking views, it is within minutes of shops & restaurants in the pretty harbour of Mortagne, and is also well placed for visits to Cognac, Saintes, Bordeaux etc. La Flotte has 16 acres of private parkland and countryside. All four gites have their own private garden/al fresco dining areas complete with recently equipped garden furniture including matching furniture and large parasol. The swimming pool at La Flotte measures 10m x 5m, surrounded by French regulation lockable child-proof security fencing. Ample poolside furniture including large, comfortable sunbeds and matching parasols. New covered outdoor relaxation area with sofas/tables. Children's outdoor play area including climbing frame/swing/slide.