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Detached Cottage With Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Detached period cottage

La Jaudonnière is a small hamlet between the villages of Chatain and Benest situated on the border of the Charente and Vienne departments. The area enjoys the second highest number of daily sunshine hours after the south of france and has long hot summers with mild springs and autumns.The cottage is centrally heating with a large open fireplace for snug winter visits. Dating from the 16th century, it has large oak beams throughout, some which may be low upstairs. The Property has a modern kitchen with new digital boiler providing instant hot water at any time. It is also equipped with a cooker, hob, large fridge with freezer, dishwasher, washing machine microwave and toaster.

The property has many original features, including heavy oak beams , with stone and oak flooring downstairs The cottage has a cosy sitting room with comfortable sofas and a large original open fire-place. The sitting room leads into a large character dining room with antique table and attractive decor. Upstairs there is one large well-furnished bedroom with Queen size bed and door to a a stone staircase leading down to the garden. The second bedroom has three comfortable single beds. The upstairs bathroom is a good size and has a large deep bath with a shower in the bath.

The property boasts beautiful south-facing gardens looking out to open countryside with sunshine from morning to dusk. Wildlife is abundant, birds of prey and woodpeckers are regular visitors and the occasional red squirrel can be seen: deer can also be spotted in the close proximity. With the long hot sunny days and south-facing garden, the private pool is a real asset and very enjoyable. The pool area itself, has ample decking for sunbathing and outside dining , and is also very secluded and peaceful. There are four luxury loungers with long cushions and four swinging loungers along with several umbrellas for you to enjoy. At the poolside there is a new brick barbecue, so dining alfesco can be enjoyed during the daytime or equally in the evening Another bbq can be found in more a shaded area of the garden, or dining under the enormous walnut tree at the other end of the garden during lunchtime, gives a welcome break from the heat in the height of the summer months.There is a large teak dining table, seating six on the pool deck with umbrella for shade and further dining tables in other areas of the garden giving dining options for sunny and shady areas. .

More Details

David Barton
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2017

About David Barton

We have owned the property for the last sixteen years and go there as often as we can but it is never enough. Christene teaches French at a boys grammar school in Dorset so spending time in France using the language is important. Our children love the property and the open space and have not known a time when not visiting the property.

David Barton purchased this cottage in 1995

Why David Barton chose Vienne

The best climate with the shortest drive from the channel ports.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chatain in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • One large bathroom with beamed ceiling on the first floor between the two bedrooms. Bath has a shower, there is a large wash basin and toilet.Wall cabinet, shaving point and hairdryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one has Queen sized double bed in old pine frame. The room has a sloping beamed ceiling with a door leading onto stone stairs down to the garden and overlooking open countryside.Bedroom two has three single beds. The bathroom is between the two bedrooms. There is wardrobe hanging space between the two bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes on accommodation: No pets. Outside: Large gardens of four acres which overlook open countryside to the rear so very secluded. The pool is 8x4 with a salt water system French standard pool alarm and has a light and two decking areas for sunbathing and dining. Plenty of sunbeds/chairs. The pool will be attended to on a regular basis by John our poolman. There is a brick BBQ also a smaller free standing and a firepit for a little warmth late at night by the pool. Utility Room: Small consevatory off the sitting room leads to the garden and where you can store the garden furniture. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We have a local French caretaker who lives in the hamlet and cleans the property before your arrival. Duvets,pillows are provided however there is a small charge to cover laundry costs if you require us to provide linen.Poolman and gardener will attend. Other: Lovely dining room with original French oak floor and oak beams. Antique English refectory table for dining seating six. Cherrywood staircase from the dining room leads to the first floor. Old pine dresser and sideboard in character with the property.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


A little slice of French Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Hannah: 15yrs: So relaxing

Brendan: 14 yrs: You only realise how much you enjoyed it when it's time to leave... it stays with you for so long.

Kate: 11 yrs: I loved the pool and the horses. Thunder storms as viewed from the master bedroom are really cool!

La Jaudoniere is the perfect place for a family holiday. I'm sure there are lots of really fun and entertaining tourist type venues in the vicinity however we discovered that with the tropical heat we were more than happy to chill in teh pool by day and enjoy leisurly strolls and cycles in the evenings.

The cottage was immaculate on arrival with lots of basics such as cleaning products, insect repellant and coals to gat the barbeque started.

If I close my eyes I can revisit ...... and retrace my route to Benest for the daily supplies.

Chatain is a rural location and it offers the type solitude that is not overly remote. It is a place to switch off from realities and the demands that accompany modern life.

The cottage itself is over 350 years old and with it comes the charm and atmosphere synonymous with gites of this vintage. If you listen close enough you can almost hear the walls regale us with tales of the past!

Yes please we will return. This lazy rural retreat has won a well deserved place in our hearts :)

" I can't believe that I have spent the last two weeks with only my family and actually enjoyed it"..... A resoundingly positive indictment of La Jaudonniere from one of our teenage children.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased everyone enjoyed themselves , we spend as much time at the cottage we can throughout the year, love the winter with the log fires, hope this lovely family will visit again.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 1
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover Day:
Saturday but other days considered. £100 PW security deposit by separate cheque uncashed and returned after holiday. Balance due six weeks before departure.

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