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Huge Charantaise Farmhouse, Private pool, lovely rural location - Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats booked together

Bedrooms 9
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet



Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats booked together

Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats can be booked as a single house, accommodating up to 18 adults in nine spacious bedrooms (seven doubles and 2 twins) each individually styled and beautifully finished. There are also two cots available for younger guests.

In addition, the combined property has two lounges, two kitchens, four bathrooms, etc. All rooms are well-appointed. Outside, there is a swimming pool, games room, two outdoor terraces and gardens. The largest terrace can accommodate up to 18 diners.

The two parts of the house offer complimentary styles. Cadran Solaire is more contemporary while Petits Chats is more vintage, with much of the upstairs having beautiful exposed Charentaise stone walls.

The house has free broadband, as well as English-language satellite TV and DVD.

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About the property


Set in a quiet hamlet just outside the village of St Hilaire de Villefranche, our house is a wonderful location from which to explore the Charante Maritime region. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers and vines, it is perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday, while close to all the major local attractions. St Hilaire is less than 10 minutes walk away and has two boulangeries, a supermarket, a bank, etc. The beautiful medieval town of St Jean d'Angely is 10 minutes drive away, the large towns of Saintes and Cognac are 15 minutes away, and the coast is less than on hour's drive

Our farmhouse can be booked in two ways. In each case, a booking gives sole occupancy of our house and sole use of the pool / gardens.

Firstly, you can book either part of the house on a stand alone basis. Cadran Solaire ("The sundial") which is just over half of the house and has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, etc. Petits Chats ("Little Cats") which is slightly smaller and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and so on. Our house is not rented on a shared basis, so a booking of one part of the house gives sole occupancy and the other part will not be booked out to other people.

Alternatively the entire house can be booked as a single property of nine bedrooms, four bathrooms, two lounges and kitchens, together with indoor and outdoor dining areas, the pool and garden.

For most of the year, Petits Chats may be booked on a stand alone basis, but during the high season, it may only be booked in conjunction with Cadran Solaire.

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Jonathan Riley
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2017

About Jonathan Riley

The property is owned by Jonathan and Linda who live in Oxfordshire, England and who travel to France as often as possible.

Jonathan Riley purchased this farmhouse in 2012

Why Jonathan Riley chose Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche

The Charente Maritime is one of the most beautiful (and sunniest) areas of France, and provides such a wide variety of places to see and things to do.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our house is within a short drive of all of the highlights in the Charente Maritime. There are historic towns and beautiful villages, rolling countryside covered with vines and sunflowers, beautiful beaches, even one of France's finest zoos

Needless to say, the food and drink is delicious, the markets are wonderful, everything about the area is fantastic!

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Booking Notes:
A deposit of £450 per week is required to secure a booking at either of the two houses, or £600 if the entire property is being booked.

The balance is due 6 weeks prior to your arrival together with a £250 security deposit which will be refunded with 14 days of your departure provided no further charges are due.

Our cancellation policy depends on how long is left before your commencement date - the full details can be found on our website.

Changeover Day:
Saturday only - some flexibility away from the peak season of mid-July to the end of August.

Notes on prices:
Booking Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats together is approximately 20% lower than the combined individual prices. So for high season, the combined price is £2700 per week, June is £2200 per week, May and September are £1600


Accommodation and facilities for Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats booked together in Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Internet
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Outside: The garden and pool area are south-facing and get the sun all day. There are two large terrace areas and a built in barbeque for dining out plus an in-ground swimming pool (8m x 3m) with its own terracing and plenty of sun loungers. The rest of the garden is mainly lawn with a number of fruit trees providing shade. There are two wells and four little outbuildings. The house is enclosed on all sides and is not overlooked by neighbours.


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Cadran Solaire and Petits Chats booked together
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here the owners were very accommodating lovely area and and special thank you to the lady who allowed us to park in her garden

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The house, garden and swimming pool are amazing and would definitely go back. The surrounding area is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Car: recommended


Our farmhouse is located less than an hour's drive from the coast and there are over 200 beaches on the coast between La Rochelle and Royan. We would particularly recommend Fouras (near Rochefort), Saint Georges de Didonne (near Royan) or the coast close to the Isle d'Oleron.


The nearest airport is La Rochelle (65 mins), followed by Poitiers(90 mins) and Bordeaux (100 mins). Use of a car is essential. The nearest ferry port is St Malo at 400km, followed by Caen at 450km, Cherbourg at 550km and Calais at 750km. The nearest TGV station is Surgeres at 40km.


St Hilaire de Villefranche 1km, St Jean d'Angely 10km, Saintes 15km, Cognac 25km, La Rochelle 75km, Rochefort 40km, Royan 55km, Isle d'Oleron 65km, Angouleme 70km, Poitiers 125km, Bordeaux 135km

Further Details:

The local village of St Hilaire has two boulangeries / patisserie, a supermarket, bank, pharmacy, swimming pool and its own tourist office. The closest large supermarkets are at St Jean d'Angely. There are numerous restaurants within 10 kms of the house.