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Large Country Farmhouse With Private Pool In Idyllic Countryside Location



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Petit Malveau, Nr. St Jean d'Angely, Charente Maritime - Very Peaceful Setting, 10 Minutes From Local Amenities, 45 Minutes From La Rochelle And The Coast

A five double-bedroomed character property set within its own gardens surrounded by sunflower fields and the best that nature has to offer. It retains many original features but has been modernised to include creature comforts such as WiFi, UK television, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. It has 3 bathrooms. The garden has a barn which is a shady play den for older and younger children, with table tennis, table football, bikes, a sandpit and swing. We also have an 11m x 5m pool with greenhouse style domed cover to ensure warm water temperatures from Spring to Autumn. Thus, you can swim with the cover on or off. The local lanes have very little traffic and are extremely safe for family walks or bike rides. The characterful market towns of St Jean D'Angely and Aulnay are only a short drive away, as is the beautiful city of Saintes. It is also well placed to discover the vineyards of the Cognac region and Bordeaux. The famous city of La Rochelle and its nearby beaches are a 45 minute drive away, with the fabulous island of Ile de Re just beyond.

  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in England with my husband and 3 children. My husband and I both work, but spend most of our holidays in France, where we have made many friends and have a store of endless happy memories of time spent at our holiday home.

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Speaks English, French

4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic property for a family holiday, with all that you need to keep everyone entertained and content inc. table tennis, bikes, games, t.v, video, table football and more; the swimming pool was particularly great fun at night. The garden is secure and safe for the children to play freely.

The house is tastefully decorated and fitted out with comfortable beds, linen and furniture. There was also a vast range of equipment to ensure we had all we needed to facilitate our enjoyable stay with BBQs and eating al fresco.

The owners were very welcoming and gave plenty of ideas of great places to visit in the area, we especially enjoyed visiting Coulon; a very enjoyable lunch at one of the lovely restaurants and boating in the river.

We are looking forward to returning again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your extremely positive review. We're delighted you has such a great holiday and look forward to you returning soon
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Have just come back after a fabulous 2 week stay at the Farmhouse in Petit Malveau. The house is typically quirky French, the house was especially clean with everything that you need to make your stay homely. The swimming pool was magic, with the cover making it especially good for the night time swims. The location itself is quiet, however just a short car journey to find good shops/restaurants etc. We had 6 adults and 6 children 2.5 years to 12 years old and the space and with everything to do made us enjoy every minute. Well recommended for a family or group of friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your generous, kind review of our holiday home. It is much appreciated.
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Doddinghurst, Essex, England

A great place for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Les Romains certainly lives up to its description in that in itself it is an extremely comfortable and spacious property where you can relax and read quietly in one lounge whilst the children play in another. The pool is superb and is kept very clean with the new system for covering it not only helping in this but keeping the temperature up as well. The setting itself is quiet but you only have to travel a few miles for the shops and restaurants of St Jean D'Angely or Surgeres. The restaurants in St Jean are very good with a variable choice of cuisine but if you like fish then try Le Mareyeur in Place Lemoyne. The 1/2 hour drive to Coulon is well worth the experience "boating around the marshes". If you start to miss home a little then book a table on Friday night at Le Mouton Noir in Loulay (a ten minute drive). For 40 odd Euros two of you will enjoy an aperitif, a 3 course meal with plenty of wine and musical entertainment whilst many of the local "ex pats" will try to convince you to come and join them!

All in all Les Romains is a superb place for a family vacation (ours was 6 adults and 6 children age 3 to 11)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Charente

  • 5 of 5

Had 2 weeks of bliss at the end of May. Wanted a rural setting for a flavour of real French Life, with beaches not too far away. Loved the markets in St-Jean d 'Angely. Also, the nearby town of Surgeres has a fine selection of restaurants. The converted farmhouse is a mixture of "cottage and chic", very clean, airy and light---tres confortable! Definitely going again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Since childhood I have holidayed and worked in this area of France and returned year after year until I was lucky enough in 2004 to be able to buy a property of my own in sunny Charente Maritime. Over the last few years, my husband and I have extended and restored this 200 year old farmhouse into a comfortable family home. It is easy to become hooked on all that the south west of France has to offer - sunshine, culture, vineyards, sandy beaches and quiet countryside. But most of all, it is an absolute haven of rest and relaxation. The Charente Maritime is easily accessible from the ferry terminals in southern England or by air - local airports are only 45 minutes away.

Activity and Interests


The nearest beach resort is the town of Fouras which is a 40 minute drive away. Fouras is a bustling holiday resort with three beaches, cafes, restaurants, tourist shops and sailing activities. Slightly further afield, but less than one hour away by car are the beaches around La Rochelle and Chataillon. The toll bridge to Ile de Re is a gateway to some idyllic island beaches (one hour).

Venturing further south (one to two hours by car) are the magnificent surf beaches of the 'cote sauvage'.


Use of a car is essential.

The nearest airports to the property are:

La Rochelle 45 minutes.

Bordeaux 1.5 hours.

Nantes/Poitiers 2 hours.

Approximate driving distances from main ferry ports are as follows:

St Malo: 270 miles.

Caen: 320 miles.

Cherbourg: 320 miles.

Calais: 500 miles.

Le Havre: 380 miles.

Our property is situated about 20 minutes from the A10 motorway, leaving at Junction 34.


The nearest village with amenities is 10 minute drive away. The nearest large town with outdoor markets, shops, leisure centre and supermarkets is St Jean d'Angely, which is a fifteen minute drive. Cognac is about a half hour drive, with the historic Gallo Romain city of Saintes about 45 minutes away. The famous city of La Rochelle, with its magnificent harbour, aquarium, boutiques and restaurants is less than an hours drive. Rochefort and Coulon (La Venise Verte) are also within an hour away.

Further Details:

For country walks and cycle rides, or simply watching the herons, buzzards and hoopoes, the country lanes around our property and the surrounding villages cannot be beaten. The paucity of traffic ensures the safety of children, and the allotments and vegetable patches of our neighbours are a joy to behold.

The nearest proper amenities are found in the little town of Loulay (10 minutes drive), which boasts three boulangeries, a small co-op supermarket, banks, tennis courts and a quiet friendly public swimming pool. It has a bar and restaurant popular with British tourists.

A short bike ride away is a bar and restaurant next to an enclosed trout stream. Rods and bait can be hired. This is great fun and the fish are easy to catch - not for serious fishermen.

Another quick bike ride away to a neighbouring village and you will find a free tennis court - the net has seen better days!

Many of the larger surrounding towns have weekly markets - St Jean D'Angely or Aulnay are especially good and the weekly enormous street market at Saintes is worth a visit.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas 2016/17
17 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Reservations can be made by completing and signing the booking form with a non refundable deposit of 25% of the total cost made at the time of booking. The remaining 75% of the total cost and a £300 breakage deposit are required 8 weeks prior to arrival. Reservations made within 8 weeks of arrival should be paid in full at time of booking.
Payments can be made on line or by cheque. The owners reserve the right to enforce cancellation fees.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, with guests required to depart by 10 am and new guests not to arrive before 4 pm. This is to enable the property to be perfectly ready for each party. Changeover day is negotiable outside the main summer season.

Notes on prices:
The property is available for rental over Christmas and New Year - prices are negotiable.
Rental for the property can be paid in sterling or euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Our property is an extremely roomy old farmhouse which is in a peaceful hamlet, where traffic consists mostly of the occasional tractor! It is a haven of tranquility and yet local amenities are only a ten minute drive or short cycle ride away. Having used it exclusively ourselves for many years it has the feel of a family home with all the home comforts and quirks! Its' size ensures two families could live easily alongside each other and still feel they had time and space to themselves - for instance, there are three downstairs reception rooms as well as the kitchen and three terraces. We are not overlooked and the garden is securely enclosed. There are many outdoor and indoor entertainments to occupy children and adults alike, and the beaches, towns, vineyards and markets are all within short driving distances.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: large bath, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail. Bathroom 2: shower, WC, wash basin. Bathroom 3 (downstairs): shower, wash basin, radiator, separate WC adjacent.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/14 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 and 2: queen sized bed, ample storage, heating. Bedroom 3: two single beds, ample storage, heating. Bedroom 4: 4 single beds, ample storage, heating. Bedroom 5: single sleigh bed, storage, heating. A reception room downstairs has a double sofa bed and a futon


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: No smoking is permitted within the house or outbuildings. Guests wishing to smoke are asked to do so in the garden and to dispose of cigarette ends appropriately. No pets allowed. All bed linen is hypoallergenic. Outside: The property is set in half an acre of enclosed garden with ample secure parking. We have 3 patios with patio tables, sun loungers, chairs and barbecue provided. The garden and house has unspoilt views over fields of sunflowers, vines and maize. We have a private swimming pool with Roman steps, which is 11m x 5m in size. It is secured and heated by a glass domed enclosure. There is a barn within the grounds which is used as a play den, containing a sandpit, table tennis and table football. We have a selection of tennis rackets, cricket bats, a basketball hoop, boules and a swing suited to younger children. There are plenty of grassy areas for ball games. We have an eclectic selection of rustic bikes at the property. The garden has a washing line. Utility Room: Separate scullery off the kitchen provides lots of storage space and a washing machine and vacuum cleaner. There is a washing line in the garden. Two high chairs and two travel cots are available on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is included. Only under sheets provided for travel cots. Upto 8 large bath towels are provided. The property is cleaned at the end of each guests' stay. Extra cleaning, towel and linen changes may be available at further cost. Other: Room 3: A formal lounge with sofa, double sofa bed, occasional tables, chairs and a huge stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove. Oak beams, wooden floors and exposed stone walls, with a door leading to the garden.

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