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Farmhouse In A Secluded Setting In Mature Gardens



Updated: 01-Jul-2016
Old Farmhouse in Avy, near Pons, Charente Maritime, France - Peaceful Location 30 Minutes From Sandy Beaches And 15 Minutes From Water Park And Spa

The Gite at Font-Robin forms part of the old farmhouse which is situated within five acres of mature land offering a 'get away from it all' setting. Avy has a 12th Century church and numerous walk ways and cycle paths. For those who prefer a more active holiday we are ideally placed for exploring the numerous sandy beaches and beautiful towns of the Charente Maritime. Les Antilles Water Park and Spa is only 15 minutes drive. There are many other activities including fishing, horse riding, canoeing, bird watching on the Gironde marshes and wind/sand surfing.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Our family consists of Rod and Zeena Alexander, Reggie a wonderful friendly black Labrador who is twelve years old and Robin, our friendly and mischievous cat, as well as our chickens. We come from Beccles in Suffolk and have been in France for ten years. We stumbled across Font Robin and completely fell in love with it. It is so peaceful and convenient for the coast. We hope everyone who comes to stay at Font-Robin will feel the same as we do and we will do our best to make everyone's holiday a memorable one.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This holiday has far out-weighed our expectations. The gite is perfect, everything you could possibly need and what a beautiful peaceful garden (except when the children are in the pool) we have all thoroughly enjoyed our vacances at Font-Robin so much so we have already booked for next year. Zeena & Rod you are the icing on the cake, such warm and friendly people. I feel as if you have been in our lives forever- thankyou. Stephaine

Comming here to Font-Robin is like being invited to stay with good friends whom you have known for ages, you feel immediately at home with great company, all you could wish for in a relaxed holiday, counting down the weeks until next year, cant thank you enough. Paul
Sep 2015
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


fabulous font robin

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at font robin zeena and rod couldn't have been more helpful , we were made to feel very welcome right from the minute of arriving up until the day we left , the gite was lovely, very clean and had everything you could want - even a cool bag to take to the beach! I would definately return to font robin again, we have made lovely new friends. I would recommend font robin to all my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Lynne & Paul for your lovely review, we are so glad you had a wonderful time here at font-robin and look forward too seeing you both again. Love Zeena, Rod Reggie & Robin xxxxx
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  • 5 of 5

Had the most wonderful holiday, Font Robin is a very beautiful place with such a peaceful atmosphere. There is so much to do in the area, or just have lazy days by the pool which was lovely as even in the middle of September the temperatures where still in the high 20s and our hottest day was 36 degrees. Zeena and Rod are such friendly people and so helpful, nothing is ever to much trouble. The gite was all we could have wanted, well equipped with all we needed. But once you have been to Font Robin you will want to go back again, I am sure we will be back in 2015 and looking forward to it already, thank you zeena and Rod for a lovely time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Karen, We are so pleased you had a lovely peaceful holiday, have you recovered from all the cycling. It will be so nice to maybe see you again next year. Many thanks for your wonderful review. Zeena Rod Reggie & Robinxx
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Peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

Font Robin is a truly peaceful place to stay and offers so much. We are a family of 5 with 3 offspring in teens and early twenties age group.

The gite is very well equiped and extremely comfortable.

We were spoilt for places to sit and relax, by the pool, the stream, the courtyard garden and the back garden which is huge.

We visited Saintes with its Roman ampitheatre, the pretty coastal village of Talmont, Meschers, beaches, Royan and La Rochelle.

We also spent a lot of time just relaxing and reading.

Wednesday evenings at Jonzac are a must with food wine and live music.

For the more active there is plenty of cycling along quiet roads although it can be a little hilly. The nearest town of Pons is pretty and worth a visit too.

Rod and Zeena, our hosts were wonderful and made us so welcome and were very helpful about places to visit.

We have already booked for next year, that says it all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahh wonderful review Mandy, thankyou, so pleased you had a great time and are REALLY pleased you have re-booked for next year. The children were great fun, we are looking forward to going with you to Jonzac again next year. Thankyou for recommending your friend to us, i hope she enjoys her holiday at Font-Robin next year. Love Zeena Rod Reggie & Robin xxxxx
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time at Font-Robin that we have already rebooked for next summer.

We have three children (aged 7, 4 and 4) and found the gite, and the garden perfect for all of us. The raised pool was especially suitable as when we weren't using it we could remove the steps making it inaccessible for the children which gave us great peace of mind. The garden is ENORMOUS and our city kids loved running around, playing badminton, collecting pine cones, chasing dragon flies and lizards and playing with Reggie the dog and watching the chickens. We happily spent many days playing and lazing around at 'home'.

For the other days we drove out to St George de Didonne which is a great, child-friendly beach 30 mins away. Lots of sand to play in and good for little ones to paddle/swim. There's also a great tree-top adventure place there which our older one enjoyed (as did his dad!). We also explored Isle D'Oleron, Cognac, the quaint village of Talmont, the great outdoor pool with slide 10 mins away at Gemozac, Royan, Pons and the wonderful food market at Jonzac. There were also some nice walks around the gite as well.

The main plus point for this beautiful accommodation aside from everything above are the hosts Zeena and Rod. From the first email, Zeena was so helpful, friendly and accommodating, ensuring that we had everything that we needed for our holiday. We really appreciated having them next door.

Font Robin has the best of both worlds for a holiday - a perfectly peaceful and secluded base with easy access to all the beautiful countryside, towns and beaches. We can’t wait for next summer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Philippa, Thankyou for your wonderful review we are so pleased you had a lovely holiday and thankyou for re-booking for next year, we are looking forward to seeing you all again, the children are adorable,all with their own little characters, we are so glad you all enjoyed our little pool, love to all and see you next year, love Zeena Rod Reggie & Robin
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Pretty and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The property was as described and actually nicer than we were expecting. I think this is because of all Zeena's little decorative touches to make it look so pretty and comfortable. It was clean and well maintained and had a nice spacious airy feel about it. Having two toilets was a bonus. There were two areas of comfortable seating inside, the main area being upstairs and the bedrooms lead off this. The TV is in this lounge and that would be one thing to bear in mind if you wanted to watch TV or a DVD once children had gone to bed - if they don't close their doors or are not soundly asleep you would have to be a little quiet. But not a major problem. The kitchen was nice and modern and the courtyard just outside was very attractively kept with geraniums and a pomegranate tree - a perfect setting in which to have all our meals. There is a lot of great space outside at the back (football goalposts and a badminton net) and a pool big enough to get a family in and cool off, nicely landscaped around.

I wasn't sure what it would be like having the owners right next door, but actually think it was a bonus as they were so friendly and helpful and if we wanted to know anything about where to visit, were able to offer suggestions and directions. We really loved getting to know them but they were in no way intrusive.

It was a pretty area to be in, rural, but with the small town of Pons just a few mins away, likewise a big supermarket with everything we needed. Beaches were an easy 30-40 min drive away. Our 13 yr old twin girls and 10 yr old son enjoyed visiting the amphitheatre in Saintes; marvelled as they wandered around the stone sculptures at Les Lapidiales (free); had fun working out puzzles at Le Chateau des Enigimes (right on the doorstep); playing minigolf by the banks of the river in Pons; and going canoeing/pedalo-ing at Port Envaux which is a lovely spot. These are just some of the things to do but a lot of the time we were all happy just pottering about the house and in the garden or pool relaxing.

I would certainly recommend this as a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much for your lovely review caroline , we are so pleased that you all had such a lovely relaxing time here at Font-Robin, we are still missing the childrens singing, I'm sure you have a pop group in the making. Much Love Zeena & Rod x
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A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Dear Zeena and Rod, we had a wonderful holiday in your house. It was so peaceful and relaxing. You were so kind to all our family and you will be remembered for that and also to big storm....I hope the garden has recovered. Ian and I hope to return again and spend many more happy hours floating in the pool.Thanks again .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jackie & Ian, Thankyou so much for you lovely review and for the wonderful comments you wrote in our guest book.Yes the garden has recovered after the storm needless to say we now have plenty of firewood.It was a pleasure having you to stay at Font-Robin and you have no idea how happy we are that you liked our little pool so much.We hope to see you again one day. Love to all zeena & Rod x
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From the Owner

We love living in the area because although it is in the countryside it is also close to the coast and also close to Cognac, Saints, Bordeaux where the bars and resturant are fantastic.We are only 15mins from Les Antilles, and 30mins from the coast.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The region offers a wide variety of beautiful coastline. Meschers has sandy coves and the Cote Sauvage has large white sandy beaches with atlantic rollers set in the National Park. Royan boasts numerous restaurants and bars, gardens, a wonderful Sunday market as well as a fabulous wide flat sandy beach. La Rochelle is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast.


Bordeaux Airport 1hr 15mins by car

La Rochelle Airport 1 hr by car

Nearest Channel Crossing 5 hrs by car


There a several nearby villages with shopping facilities. There are several choices of supermarket/hypermarket all within 10-30 minutes.


Rental rates

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high season
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-refundable deposit is requested on booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to the holiday. Payment may be made in sterling by cheque or bank transfer. A refundable Damage/Cleaning Deposit of £100 is required with the final payment and returned within 10 days of your departure.
A small welcome pack will be provided on your arrival.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is a Saturday with arrival after 4:00pm and the property to be vacated by 10:00am on the day of departure. Can be flexible on changeover day in low or mid season.
Discount available for couples.

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From the Owner

We think Font-Robin is a very special place, its so different from anywhere else that we have lived, its so peaceful here and most of the time all you can hear are the birds singing and the sound of the stream, but one of the nicest things is just to sit in the garden in the evening and gaze at the stars, there is no light pollution here so the stars are wonderful. You can often go for a long walk and not see a soul ( just the odd deer or two) first thing in the morning is the best time to see them.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and wc. Also separate wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The accomodation is non smoking. Please be aware for those who have small children that there is a stream running through the garden. Outside: The extensive mature gardens are completely enclosed and offer an idyllic setting for a relaxing holiday. The secluded garden to the rear of the property has an above ground plunge pool,a badminton net football goal posts,table tennis table Childrens play area ie; swings climbing frame slide and see saw.A selection of childrens and adult cycles are available. Dining table chairs, BBQ and sun beds and you can enjoy the evening air sitting by the stream with a glass of wine. The small courtyard to the front of the property has a garden table and chairs and is ideal for those lazy morning al-fresco breakfasts. Within the grounds are paddocks and Troglodyte caves. Utility Room: Ironing board, cloths airer, iron, vacuum cleaner, etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, tea towels and towels are provided (not beach towels).

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