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Handsome Period House With Nearby River Swimming

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House in Crazannes, Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location, 2 Minutes Walk To The River Charente And The Centre Of The Village

Elegant nineteenth century house situated on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Crazannes famed for its superb stone. Within walking distance of the picturesque river Charente, the historic Château de Crazannes (Perrault's original Puss in Boots castle) and the village centre with local butcher. There are daily bread deliveries to the house. Garden to the front and back of the house, sun terrace, barbecue and sheltered ping-pong table. Lovingly restored garden room and kitchen with rural views.

Guy Hopkins
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2017

About Guy Hopkins

I am a musician and teacher and my wife is a freelance consultant. We have had the house for 14 years. We have three children and have had great pleasure from using the house for holidays both with friends and on our own. We have also enjoyed making improvements to the property over the years. In the summer we run an opera festival locally and we enjoy creating a welcoming atmosphere for the singers and musicians that we accommodate and cater for. Our children spend hours in the garden playing ping-pong and climbing trees and we all completely relax - something much needed with our hectic lives!

Guy Hopkins purchased this house in 2003

Why Guy Hopkins chose Saintes area

We bought our house because we wanted to have a home reasonably near the sea where the weather was reliable (the Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region of France) but that we could get to by car from the UK without an overnight stop. We all love the river swimming and the charming little river beach in the next village. I love surfing on the Ile d'Oleron and the fantastic beaches as well as the abundance of good local seafood (mussels and oysters) and other local produce such as the cognac, pineau de Charente and the melons. The River Charente itself is beautiful as is the gently rolling countryside which has always reminded me of Norfolk, my favourite English county.

What makes this house unique

We have had some wonderful family holidays both in the summer but also throughout the year during the Easter and Christmas holidays. The house is in excellent condition and has plenty of character. It is perfectly situated for the beach, river, local towns, shopping, historic places of interest and unique attractions such as the La Rochelle Aquarium and the zoo at La Palmyre - the very best of their kind anywhere in France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for a lovely stay. The house is a great place to relax with lots of space for everyone. We loved the river swimming!

The children have spent the whole two weeks outside playing giving us lots of time to switch off. Everything was very comfortable and we loved the beautiful renovation of the kitchen.

Lovely views over the trees. We did lots of walking and enjoyed our visit to Cognac making full use of the tours and tastings!
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crazannes in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom adjacent to bedroom 1 with bath and wc. Shower room with wc. Additional ground floor wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed, bedroom 3 with twin beds, bedroom 4 with twin beds. The house also has a sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Garden to the front of the property with terrace, garden table, chairs and parasol. Barbecue. Garden to rear of the property with pleasant views, access from the garden room which provides shelter from heat of the day. Car port with washing line and ping-pong table. Utility Room: Large fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, sink, wc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, changed weekly, the property is cleaned weekly. Other: Spacious mezzanine on first floor with Wii, books and children's toys.




Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High summer
3 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Cleaning £50

Booking Notes:
- There is a minimum stay of three nights.
- Please do not smoke inside the property.
- Changeover day is Saturday, though Friday may be negotiable. Arrival time - after 4pm, Departure time - 11am.
- Pets are welcome paying the standard fee of £20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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