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A newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom farmhouse with private pool



Updated: 15-Sep-2016
Farmhouse close to Surgeres, Charente Maritime, France

La Maison is a luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single storey farmhouse situated on the home farm which historically supplied produce to the château. During the renovation our aim was to retain the period charm of a french farmhouse, whilst adding stylish touches including a cast iron roll top bath, a solid Indian Rosewood kitchen with natural stone worktops, Leisure range cooker and plenty of period furniture. The front of the house comprises 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The first bedroom has a king size bed, large wardrobe and semainier, the second has two single four poster iron beds and chest of drawers. The bathroom comprises a sink, walk in shower with stone tiles, a toilet and of course the roll top. All rooms along the front of the building have a view out onto our very pretty hedge of roses. The rear of the property comprises of the third bedroom, also a with king size bed and large wardrobe, a second separate toilet and a shower room.

La Maison also benefits from its own private swimming pool (10m x 5m x 1.4m) with decked terrace and loungers, set in a sheltered yet sunny walled garden. As well as the terrace, there are a number of seating areas to choose from whether your mood is for sun or shade. These include a pretty gravelled courtyard with table and chairs and views of the beautiful gatehouse, a covered stone 'abri' overlooking the pool with chic outdoor lounge furniture and a large open sided barn providing plenty of shade.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

La Prise has been in our family for almost 12 years now, prior to our arrival it served as a holiday home and we spent many months here gradually restoring the house and its grounds to their former glory. In 2009, Lucy and I finally decided to take the plunge and quit our jobs in finance in the UK to move to La Prise permanently, allowing us to set up our own business and better maintain the house and grounds. We see ourselves as care-takers in many ways, helping this historic property to remain the local landmark it has become over the centuries. In 2009 we renovated our first holiday cottage, previously the ‘maison du gardien’ and now known as the Logis. In 2010 we purchased the neighbouring land and buildings which originally served as the farm to the chateau, providing milk, vegetables, beef and lamb to the then very affluent residents! A working farm no longer, it offered us the opportunity to expand our business with a second holiday rental, and to repatriate part of the La Prise heritage. The farmhouse was renovated in 2014. Our aim has always been to provide charming, luxury and private self catering accommodation for guests, providing them with a great place to stay whilst they explore everything this region has to offer.

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Stunning property and lopool, full of French charm

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely, relaxing week at La Domaine, the newly renovated farmhouse was a delight to stay in and full of French charm without being chintzy. If you have small children the alarm on the pool could literally be a lifesaver, however we would recommended a few things are moved out of little ones reach in the kitchen! The owners were extremely helpful, sending us directions before our journey, organising a cot and a highchair as requested then greeted us when we arrived with a thoughtful welcome basket of local food. Would definitely rebook!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great property -relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We knew the property would be good as the attention and service Lucy& Seb gave us in the booking and reservation process was first class . Very attentive to our special needs .

The property was all we expected from the description ( and more ) . Comfortable , well laid out , ideal for our kids who had the best time ever . The location was excellent, quiet and peaceful but close enough to find things to do .

We hired bikes ( which Lucy arranged for us ) and went for a ride almost every day. Our youngest daughter was able to go on the roads safely.

Would we recommend this - we have already booked to go back next year !!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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It won't disappoint!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at this property and after seeing the beautiful photos on the website it certainly didn't disappoint. The house is a credit to the owners and we had a very comfortable stay. Facilities were excellent and all kitted out to a very high standard.

Two doubles and a twin room with a fantastic family bathroom and a further shower room meant there was plenty of space for four adults plus kids. Great kitchen table to enjoy family meals as well as a seating area and bbq outside. The pool area was fantastic. All walled off so very private but also good for containing the little people!!! A covered area guaranteed some shade but plenty of room to lounge in the sun as well as a perfect seating area to catch the last of the day's rays with a glass of wine.

In the grounds of the chateau meaning the owners were on hand if any problems but suitably private. Lots to enjoy nearby if you can drag yourself away from the pool. Surgeres a 15 minute drive away and La Rochelle less than an hour away.

Wouldn't hesitate to book this place again - highly recommend. Thanks Lucy and Seb for a fantastic holiday

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning marraige of the old and new

  • 5 of 5

Having previously stayed at La Prise, we were aware of the welcome, attention to detail and the quality of the property that Lucy and Seb provide. We were shown La Ferme last year, (its first season) and were so impressed with what we saw that we decided to take our son and his family on a half term break this May.

We were not disappointed by the experience. La Ferme provides two double bedrooms, one for myself and my wife, one for our son and daughter in law, and a double room with single beds that the children occupied. There is a large bathroom, with a walk in shower and WC; and an on suite shower and WC attached to one of the double bedrooms. A modern kitchen/dinner that lacks nothing in terms of equipment, fridge, cooker , dishwasher and all the pots and pans that you could possibly needs.. There is a very comfortable lounge with TV, Video, and radio/CD player. The property was very clean and well maintained with quality furniture and fittings.

Outside is the swimming pool and sun area with ample sun loungers either in the sun or in the shade if it gets too hot. The pool went down a storm with the children (aged 5yrs and 7yrs) they were in at every chance. The pool is also fine for adults, its about 5ft 6ins deep .The pool also boasts a safety alarm just in case the children either sneak in or fall in! The gardens are well maintained providing a cool oasis with lots of bird life, and for children, small lizard that fascinated them, they never caught one no matter how hard they tried!

The Domaine de la Prise provides above all a peaceful, restful haven from the rush and hubbub of life in the UK. Lucy and Seb are there if you need them, but otherwise they stay in the background..

The property is situated within an hours drive of the coast at La Rochelle, or the Ile de Rey. Other interesting Towns are at a similar distance, as is the "Green Venice" area. Local Supermarkets at Surgeres, Mauze de le Mignone are less than 15mins drive away and the local boulangerie is a 6 mins drive away. There are plenty of restaurants in the area; the nearest is 5mins away and the owner speaks English. If sea food is your thing, Las Rochelle and the Ile de Rey provide numerous good restaurants.

We would recommend La Ferme without hesitation to friends and relatives, or anyone else who wants a restful, quality holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 58 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Usseau at 7.3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Saint Malo at 346 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Niort at 24 Kilometres Nearest Train : Surgères at 17 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at Granzay Gript at 18 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Au Clos Gourmand, Chausée de Saint Felix at 5.6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Chatelaillon Plage at 48 Kilometres Car: necessary

Just off the coast of La Rochelle is the exclusive Ile de Re (reachable via a toll bridge) with sandy beaches and beautiful old fishing ports. There are also safe beaches at Chatelaillon Plage (51 mins), Fouras (51 mins) and slightly further afield at Royan.

Please see our website for details on how to find us, travel options etc.

The countryside surrounding the property has many well signposted walks and mountain bike trails, taking in some of the lovely rural villages.

Other local attractions are the tranquil canals of the Marais Poitevin or 'Venice Vert' (Green Venice) and the excellent local Zoo (Zoodysee) in the forest at Chize.

Local towns include Surgeres with its tri-weekly covered market and walled château, and St Jean d'Angely with its bustling old streets, relaxing squares and stunning bell tower.

Also within easy striking distance is the historic city of La Rochelle. The stunning old port area, excellent seafood restaurants and the renowned aquarium are just a few of its many attractions.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
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15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please see our website for details of booking procedures, deposits and timing of payments.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - Arrival not before 4pm local time, departure no later than 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

A 20% deposit will be required on reservation to secure your booking, the balance 80% will then become payable 6 weeks prior to the date of your arrival, along with a £200 damages deposit (refundable within 7 days of your departure, less and deductions for damages or professional cleaning should it be required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Our greatest asset is our situation. We are rural, but only a short drive to our local boulangerie, market, bars and restaurants. We benefit from access to all the amenities but also have the absolute peace and tranquility provided by the french countryside. Château de La Prise sits on 7 acres of land with gardens and lots of original features such as our pigeonnier and gatehouse, both of which are visible from the farmhouse. The neighbouring land and buildings is where you will find la Maison. The farmhouse sits on another 3 acres surrounded by lots of traditional old outbuildings, a courtyard, lawns, fruit trees, raised beds, large gateposts and huge open sided barn, or préau. We are very fortunate to be able to offer our guests complete privacy as, unlike many other holiday properties, the farmhouse is totally separate from the main house with its own driveway, courtyard, garden, parking and PRIVATE POOL, all of which have been designed to ensure you are truly able to 'get away from it all' without the worry of neighbours or other guests. That said, we are based at the château so are on site and here to help if you need us.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Separate WC - Toilet
  • The farmhouse has 2 newly fitted luxury bathrooms. The family bathroom has a stunning cast iron roll top bath, a large walk in drencher shower, sink and WC. The semi ensuite bathroom has a shower, sink and separate WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The farmhouse has 3 stylish bedrooms. The first is a large double with a kingsize iron bed. The second is a twin room with two four poster single beds. The final bedroom is a good size semi ensuite double bedroom with a kingsize iron bed.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • La Maison also benefits from its own private swimming pool with decked terrace, set in a sheltered yet sunny walled garden. As well as the terrace, there are be a number of seating areas to choose from whether your mood is for sun or shade including a pretty gravelled courtyardwith table and chairs and views of the beautiful gatehouse, covered stone 'abri' overlooking the pool with chic outdoor lounge furniture and a large open sided barn. Utility Room: There is no utility room in the farmhouse but there is a washing machine hidden in a recess in the family bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. These are changed and the property cleaned on a weekly basis.

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