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Bed & Breakfast in Charming Old Coaching Inn with Private Walled Gardens

Overview

Property

Updated: 31-Aug-2016
Beautiful B & B in Montpellier De Medillan, Nr. Royan/Saintes, France - Village Location, Amongst Vineyards And Sunflowers, Close To Atlantic Beaches & Historic Towns

Our lovely home is furnished throughout with period & antique French furniture, all which has been lovingly restored by us. Each bedroom has its own theme, style or era. There is a sunny breakfast & day room with TV, DVD & DVDs & Videos to watch, as well as a Wi-Fi. Games & books are also available.The Pierre Loti salon is for romantic evening dining & drinks - the room is adorned with beautiful tapestries, kilims, oriental carpets & antique paintings/prints. For the benefit of our winter guests we have a lovely antique wood burning fireplace. An exotic & fascinating room to dine or relax in after a heavy day at the beach or shopping! To the front of the house we have an enclosed terrace & front garden where our covered Well is situated...dine under the stars surrounded by honeysuckle, roses, aromatic herbs & lavender or just watch the world go around whilst sunning yourself besides our own grapevine. To the rear we have a lovely walled garden, here there are numerous sun beds and a new swimming pool.

Details for holiday home Auberge de la Fontaine (Sleeps 9, 5 Bedrooms), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, 3 Bathrooms

Gourmet Bed & Breakfast in a beautiful old stone house with enclosed walled garden and secure off street parking. Hearty breakfasts are included and home cooked evening meals are available. The house has been lovingly restored keeping all the old features such as fine wooden flooring, immense oak beams, wood burning fires & antique marble fireplaces. Our lovely home is furnished throughout with period & antique French furniture, all which has been lovingly restored by ourselves. Each room has it's own theme, style or era.

Only 15 minutes away from the historic Roman city of Saintes & the breathtaking Gironde Estuary - Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Royan & Cognac are also within an hour's drive.A warm welcome is extended to all & help with day trips, shopping & language is always available. Come & join us in this seductive & enchanting part of France. We are only 15 minutes away from the main Paris to Bordeaux motorway, the A10. local airports are La Rochelle & Bordeaux.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

"Auberge de la Fontaine" and the "Lavender and Lovage Cookery School" is run by Karen and Malcolm Booth.

The Auberge has welcomed hundreds of happy guests since opening in 2003, with many returning year after year to experience our excellent food, wine and comfortable accommodation.

Malcolm has many years experience in the hospitality business in France, opening up his first gite in 1995. Karen has been in the catering business since the early 90's and used to own and run her own restaurant in Cyprus.

Karen is also known as the author of the award winning website/blog "Lavender and Lovage" - Karen is a free-lance food & travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. She is also a member of the prestigious Guild of Food Writers.

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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch, Turkish

Guestbook comments from the owner

My impression of the Lavender & Lovage Cookery School is that you’ll find yourself in a home from home, with an expert coach. When you get back to base, you’ll be enthused with the passion for food that Karen has, and you’ll have a deep insight into French culture, from Malcolm. But, you won’t feel that you’ve been taught – just that you’ve spent a week as part of an extended family, with all the love and care that Karen and Malcolm have to offer.

Fiona Maclean - London Unattched
Jun 2011
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Location

From the Owner

It's a beautifully restored old coaching inn with character, but with all the mod cons; it's well placed for the coast, museums, shops, places of local interest, vineyards, golf courses and with easy access to the main motorway and two major airports. With its private walled rear and front gardens with safe off sreet parking, it's practical as well as comfortable.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 100 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rioux at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 350 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Saintes at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saintes at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Meursac at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Georges de Didonne at 10 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

House Buying Breaks are also available; we have 25+ years experience of property purchase/selling in France & can offer FULL translation services for all legal proceedings. We can recommend reputable local estate agents & help set up bank loans too. B & B or Half/Full board, we'll cater for you whilst you search for your dream home in France! E-mail for special House Purchase Package.

We specialise in Gourmet food & wine breaks & have regular trips to local vineyards for wine tasting. Trips to local Antique fairs & markets can also be arranged as well as local food & wine producers. We also offer bespoke golfing holidays, with full board available.

A NEW cookery school called "Lavender and Lovage" is opening in 2015, please email for more details about courses, dates and pricing.

Coast/Beach:

Royan and St Georges de Didonne Beaches and Coast - Only 20 to 25 minutes away. Only 15 minutes away from the breathtaking Gironde Estuary.

Travel:

Distance and time from airports - La Rochelle 58 miles 1 hour. Bordeaux 75 miles 1 hour 15 mins. Bergerac 118 miles 2 hours 15 mins.

Distance and time from ferry ports - St Malo 270 miles 4 hours 15 mins. Caen 324 miles 5 hours 15 mins. Roscoff 356 miles 5 hours 30 mins. Cherbourg 373 miles 6 hours. Calais 482 miles 7 hours 10 mins plus breaks.

Nearest train station is Saintes 12 miles - with connections to Poitiers - Lille, Paris then Eurostar to London. A car is essential.

Distances:

The Auberge is situated in a pretty village with local amenities. Only 15 minutes away from the historic Roman city of Saintes & the breathtaking Gironde Estuary - Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Royan & Cognac are also within an hour's drive. There are numerous vineyards close by as well as historic buildings, activity centres for children and adults and a zoo. The beaches of Royan and St Georges de Didonne are also close by.

Further Details:

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

Retaud - minimarket, butchers, bakers.

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

St Andre de Lidon - bakers, 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 - trout in nearby lakes, carp 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 this quite flat land area.

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.

Relaxing, reading, painting.

Zoo at St Palais sur Mer -d1 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' as well as sampling the oysters.

Don't feel like cooking - order our special 4 course evening meals with wine and coffee.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Winter
7 Jan 2016 - 1 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£110
for 2 nights
From
£55
£350
£1,300
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£120
for 2 nights
From
£60
£400
£1,600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
On reserving by email, a booking form will be forwarded to be printed and then signed and returned with a 50%, non returnable deposit. The balance is paid on leaving the Bed and Breakfast, including any meals or drinks that have been taken.
NB please note: A generous breakfast is already included in the room rates shown.

Changeover Day:
Please enquire.

Notes on prices:
We charge the same tariff all year around; £60 per couple, per night for B & B; £45 for one person; £15 for an extra bed in the family room including breakfast.

Full private facilities are £70 per couple per night & include Dining/Sitting Room, WC & Bathroom + Garden. Full board & special Gourmet Breaks upon request. Out of Season Short Breaks - reduced rates for 5 nights plus.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

Private walled gardens with fruit trees and flowers of all sorts - a relaxing place to sit. A large house with two reception rooms and big, airy bedrooms, and a PRIVATE guest wing with dining room and sitting room. Laundry facilities available. Beautifully furnished with French antiques. A swimming pool in a secluded corner of the garden for privacy and cooling off. Amazing breakfasts with our own chicken's free range eggs and home made bread, jams and preserves. Plenty of places to sit or sunbathe with BBQ's and outdoor dining. Cooking school: Opportunity to have a "cooking holiday" with the Lavender and Lovage Cooking School. House buying holidays: Use Malcolm's translation services for house buying; he has over 40 years experience in buying and selling houses in France.

Property Type

  • house

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Included in Price
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Chambre Versailles - Ground floor twin room decorated in a classic 19th Century style, overlooking front garden. Beautifully furnished with French antiques, easy chairs and tea and coffee making facilities. Chambre Fleurie - A sunny double room with a floral theme on the second floor. Overlooks the front garden. Beautifully furnished with French antiques, and has easy chairs as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Chambre Poirot - Our 1930's style double bedroom on the second floor which is decorated in the era. Two windows overlook to front garden and there are tea and coffee making facilities. The Breakfast Room - a light and airy private dining and sitting room. For the benefit of our winter guests, we have a wood burning fire. The Pierre Loti Salon - for romantic evening dining & pre-dinner drinks. For benefit of our winter guests we have a lovely antique wood burning fire. The house is non smoking and unfortunately is not suitable for small children and pets. Outside: To the front of the house we have an enclosed terrace & front garden where our covered well is situated, we have table and chairs here...dine under the stars surrounded by honeysuckle, roses, aromatic herbs & lavender or just watch the world go around whilst sunning yourself besides our own grapevine. To the rear we have a lovely walled garden; here there are numerous sun beds, tables & easy chairs for sunning yourself or reading. We have an extensive library available to guests. Meals, snacks & drinks can also be served here & we have boules & baby football available for our more energetic guests! Superb 4 course meals are served for those who want to eat in the evening, extensive selection of fine wines to choose from, all from our own Cave which holds 1200+ bottles! An outside gas barbecue is also available. Bikes can be hired and tasty picnic hampers are also on offer for all guests.

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