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La Flotte - Les Volets Bleus

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Minimum Stay
7 - 14 nights


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.

About the property

La Flotte

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.

Tim & Amanda Walsh
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 January, 2017

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.

Available Rentals


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


So pretty, so French

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for Les Volets Bleusin Boutenac-Touvent in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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.

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