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Beautifully Restored House 30 minutes from a long sandy beach and La Rochelle.

Overview

Property

Updated: 08-Dec-2016
House in Chambon, 30 Minutes Drive to a Long Sandy Beach. Ideally Positioned For Easy Access To Charente Maritime

Le Puits is a beautifully restored Charentais house, set in the Charente Maritime region (renowned for being the second most sunny part of France). The house can be found in Chambon, a typical French hamlet with beautiful areas for birdwatching, cycling and walking. The bakery delivers bread daily (not Wednesday) and the town of Surgeres, 5 miles to the east, has supermarkets, bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and pretty river walks. Aigrefeuille d'Aunis, 5 miles to the west, has an outdoor market twice a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a landscaped lake. Historic La Rochelle is only 25 mins drive away. Here you can sunbathe on the beach at Les Minimes, visit the aquarium or take the bus boat from Les Minimes to the beautiful harbour and enjoy the excellent sea food offered in the restaurants on the harbour front. La Rochelle airport has direct flights from the UK and Ireland with low budget airlines such as Ryan Air.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have lived and worked in England, Taiwan, Pakistan and Mexico but I still love France the most! Chambon, the location of my gite, provides a quiet and friendly hamlet in which I can work and relax. I have converted a local barn into a studio in which I make ceramic sculptures, vessels and bowls. I return to the UK frequently to deliver my artwork to galleries and to see my son and daughter. I am very lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside with delicious wine, cheese and French bread only minutes away!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

*What a lovely newly renovated house. Kids have adored it especially as they shared the same room. Location very good-easy access to most of Charente Maritime and Vendee.

*We love this cottage, It's so pretty and tastefully decorated. It's been an excellent base for trips to the seaside especially Fouras and Chatelaillon. We really enjoyed visiting La Rochelle, a beautiful old port and having supper in the harbour of St Martin de Re. We loved rowing at the abbey at Maillezais too.
Jun 2011
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20 Reviews

4.9
based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

5

Great house in lovely area

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week in La Rochelle and surrounding area - loads to do and see, and lovely sunny weather (and no crowds at this time of year). The house was fantastic for our family (2 adults, 2 kids) - big living and kitchen areas, great facilities (the BBQ was fab), and altogether a really nice property to explore the area from. We hope to visit again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Rural retreat with fantastic space

  • 5 of 5

The property was great. Facilities - had everything we needed. This was a last minute booking so a great find! There was plenty of space for us to move around after being couped up in our previous property - so a lovely relaxing end to our travels. The property was clean and well maintained. The owner was helpful and even gave her mobile for any questions we had. I would recommend this property to friends - it was good value for money for peak season. Weather was great. What more can I say, rest relaxation with plently of space and added bonus of a quaint private garden. Loved the option of fresh bread and croissants being delivered in the morning. Accessible to the historic La Rochelle (a beautiful historic town). A great end to our trip around France. Thanks Hazel.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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FIVE STARS FOR CHARM AND HOSPITALITY!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly recommend this attractive gîte, imaginatively restored and well-equipped with a pretty garden stocked with buddleia, wisteria, passion flower, lavender and hollyhocks. The owner, Hazel, is charming and helpful and we enjoyed her hospitality whilst viewing her impressive nearby gallery of ceramics and sculptures. Well-placed for trips to the sea and exploring inland, Le Puits is the perfect place for a relaxing French break in the Charentais countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review and for being excellent guests. Still lots for you to explore such as the vineyards of Cognac; the roman arch and amphitheatre in Saintes! You can never tire of visiting beautiful La Rochelle and the beaches of Fouras and Chatelaillion! Look forward to your return. Hope the new school/ university year brings success for your family. Hazel
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Beautiful Gite

  • 5 of 5

Firstly, the gite is in a superb location. Ideal for exploring this lovely part of France.

The gite had everything needed for 2 adults and 2 kids to have a wonderful and memorable holiday.

Finally and most important for me the owner was brilliant to deal with from booking stage to end. Nothing was to much trouble and a genuine interest in the guests comfort shone through.

We would have no hesitation in recomending this property and hope to return. Missing the sunflowers

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John for your lovely comments. I do love the area where I live and like to make sure guests thoroughly enjoy their stay. As you discovered there is so much to see and do. Swimming in the sea off the beautiful beaches of Châtelaillon and Ile de Re: a calm, relaxing boat trip through little venice: sight seeing around beautiful historic La Rochelle. Still lots more to explore so I hope to welcome you and your family back to Chambon next year. Hazel
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A well-equiped house in a rural setting with access to a lovely garden.

  • 4 of 5

There is good prevision for off-road parking with easy access to the house at the front and back. The garden has a good range of outdoor furniture which we were able to use in the fine weather. We particularly enjoyed watching the changing flowers and insects on the lavender. The kitchen is well-equiped and spacious with the option to eat inside or out. The living room is large with comfortable seating and another dining table if needed. There is a choice of two shower rooms and toilets in the upstairs room. The bedrooms are good size and the beds are comfortable. There is good internet access via the wifi.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Mike for your review. Many of the flowers on the passion fruit, remember you counted 22, have turned into fruit and it looks like there will be a bumper crop this year. The lavendar is still flowering and being visited by the humming bird moths and other insects. The wisteria has a second display of beautiful purple flowers. All in all it has been a good year. Thanks to guests like yourself who water and tend to the garden for me, as if it was their own. I vry much look forward to your next visit. Hazel
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Lovely Gite in the Charente Maritime area

  • 5 of 5

Our first stay in a Gite and we liked it so much that we would love to come back!

Chambon is a very peaceful village so if you are after some relaxation, this is the place to come!

Hazel's gite though has all mod cons and was very comfortable for us, so we would recommend it if you don't want to stay in a hotel and are unsure about camping.

A lovely host who was there to greet us when we first arrived. We hope the seedlings survive Hazel - thanks again for those!

Meilleurs voeux,

Claire and Kevin

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that your first gite experience was in Le Puits in Chambon. You were brilliant guests and took full advantage of exploring the area around Chambon. You visited the historic town of La Rochelle, only 30 minutes drive from Le Puits, and also the long sandy beach at Chatelaillon to name but a few of the Charentais gems waiting to be discovered. I hope the passion fruit flower, jasmine and lavender cuttings flourish and remind you to come back and visit. A bientot Hazel
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 33.5 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Surgeres at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 338.7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Fouras at 39.2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Surgeres at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A83 at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le P'tit Caprice Vouhet at 8 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Chatelaillon at 25.1 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

30 minutes drive to a long sandy beach with sailing school, crazy golf and water park at Chatelaillon Plage. 25 minutes drive to the popular, sandy beach at Les Minimes in La Rochelle with rock pools and pretty park on the headland.

Travel:

There are reasonably priced direct flights to La Rochelle from London, Stansted and Dublin with Ryan Air; Southampton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester with Flybe; Edinburgh and Leeds with Jet2; London, Gatwick and Bristol with Easyjet and Cork with AerArann. The gite is 1.5 hours motorway drive from Bordeaux airport. Europcar, Hertz or Budget can arrange hire cars from either airport.The ferry port of St Malo is a four-hour drive, and the Eurostar runs from St Pancras to La Rochelle/Surgeres.

Distances:

The town of Surgeres, 5 miles to the east, has supermarkets, bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and pretty river walks. Aigrefeuille d'Aunis, 5 miles to the west, has an outdoor market twice a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a landscaped lake. Historic La Rochelle is only 25 minutes drive away.

Further Details:

The village of Chambon Bourg has an historic church and cemetery in which a number of French Resistance workers are buried. The separate village of Chambon-Gare, 2 miles to the south has a post office. Flat country lanes fan out from Chambon, providing quiet and safe walking and cycling routes. The tall hedgerows lining the lanes harbour many species of songbirds. Buzzards, harriers, kites and owls are frequent visitors. Deer and hares are also to be seen. One walk that we enjoy will take you through the avenue of trees in the grounds of the Maison de Repos (a convalescent home) at nearby Marlonges, then through the village of Marlonges and back home. During June and July many of the fields surrounding Chambon are full of sunflowers. A 25 minute drive west will take you to La Rochelle with its historic medieval towers guarding the entrance to the beautiful Old Port. The choice of excellent places to eat and drink is endless. Street entertainments around the harbour every night during the summer make for a pleasant after dinner stroll. At the nearby modern marina complex of Les Minimes can be found many museums and a small beach. The famous Aquarium is now located near the old port. Other beaches can be found to the south of La Rochelle at Chatelaillon Plage and Fouras, both of which are a similar journey time from the house.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
autumn/ winter 2016/17
4 Sep 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£113
for 2 nights
£395
 
 
Spring
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
£282
for 5 nights
£395
 
 
early summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£329
for 5 nights
£460
 
 
summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
30% deposit at time of booking. Full amount payable 3 months before the holiday.
Linen and towels
Linen and white towels can be hired from the owner for a nominal fee per person.

Changeover Day:
The changeover date is flexible except for the months of July and August when the change over day is a Saturday. Departure time is 10am and arrival after 5pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large shower room with wc. Separate shower room. Separate wc upstairs. En-suite wc bedroom 3.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with single beds. Mezzanine walkway leads to Bedroom 3 with double bed and en-suite toilet.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Sorry, no pets. The house has heating. The three bedrooms and lounge have radiators. The lounge and entrance room have original fireplaces with log burning stoves. Outside: The garden is well maintained and is a suntrap - perfect for sunbathing. There is a Weber barbecue and garden furniture. The parking area is located to the side of the house. Towels / Linen / Bed linen and white towels can be hired from the owner if required for a nominal fee per person. Other: Entrance room with breakfast table and chairs, and 2 comfortable chairs in front of an original fireplace with log burning stove. French windows lead into the garden.

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