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Spacious Charentais Farmhouse Among Fields Of Sunflowers And Vineyards

Overview

Property

Updated: 15-Nov-2016
House in St Hilaire de Villefranche, Nr. Saint-Jean-D'Angely, Poitou-Charentes, France - Calm, Fields, Small Hamlet

£50 off (May to september) if your are just 2 persons.

Dating from about 1900, this Charentaise farmhouse is situated in a tiny hamlet among fields of sunflowers and vineyards, set back off a minor road. Careful and tasteful restoration has resulted in a very appealing house, charmingly arranged to provide a very high standard of accommodation.(new décoration in 2013 end 2014) A mixture of traditional and contemporary furnishings combine with exposed stone and beamed ceilings to give a comfortable ‘country’ ambience and the whole is impeccably kept. A beautiful covered terrace (approximately 4m50 x 8m) provides a sheltered area for outdoor meals, while beyond is a colourful garden of some 900m² with lawn and lovely flowering shrubs. The owner`s family live in a converted barn nearby, beyond which in the field is found their pet donkey 'Oscar' after whom they have named the gite 'Ferme d'Oscar'. The setting is private (the nearest neighbour is about 10m to the rear of of the property but no windows overlook the garden) and peaceful.

Electricity on meter to be settled at end of stay locally. (include in June, july, August and September).

The electricity will be paid as follows from september to may :

-0,1158€/KWH

- during 22 days between the 1st of November and the 31th of march the Kwh = 0,5734€

Fire Wood = ask in advance = 35€/half a cubic metre

Electric radiator in each room

Include WIFI.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Anne, french from this village, live in London.

My parents live in the house in front of the gîte.

I love this village,of course...

Lots of nice things to do around.

Saintes's market is just wonderful. it's the first thing i want to do when i come back.

Nice beachs, the best zoo in Europe (La Palmyre),

lots of nice churches, la venise verte

Call Owner
Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

The gite was previously with VFB Holidays for around 20 years and achieved highest rating feedback for a number of years. Visitor books in the gite contain a wealth of comments, hints and tips from a number of regular visitors from the UK.

Have a look to our Facebook page : la ferme d'Oscar for more comments

This lovely gite exceeded our expectations. It is very well equipped and furnished in all the rooms and the undercover patio area. The owners were very welcoming but unobtrusive. Free bicycle loan allowed us to explore the local area on the many quiet roads and tracks. St Hilaire is a good centre to visit Cognac, Rochefort/La Rochelle and the Gironde coast. There are good markets, restaurants and shopping in St Jean d'Angely and Saintes, both within 30 minutes drive. We were happily occupied for an extended holiday of 8 weeks.



I stayed here with my wife and son in August. It is a beautiful place, very comfortable and situated in a great area between Saintes and Cognac. It is also only 45 mins from the coast. Anne and her family were very welcomi
Jan 2013
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6 Reviews

5
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Birmingham, UK
5

Delightful Property

  • 5 of 5

Having first visited this lovely house in 2002, we have returned many times. From the first we felt totally at home in this well equipped, roomy farmhouse - it is rare to find three en suite rooms and the decoration is delightful. The large, covered terrace means that eating and sitting out becomes an all-day activity! The surrounding countryside is gentle and appealing and there are plenty of local walks. The churches of the Saintonge are fascinating and there is lots of interest in the local towns of St Jean d'Angély and Saintes - not to mention Cognac and its area. Trips further afield to la Rochelle or the Ile de Ré (about an hour and a half away) are also well worthwhile. Add to this the warm welcome (second to none) from the Gauthier family, who have become our friends. We would recommend this house whole-heartedly - and we hope to return again!

Jacky Thomas, Birmingham

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jacky, wonderful message
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5

Idyllic

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable stay. Brilliant having Simone nearby for extra valuable and local information. The house was excellent, very clean and very well equipped. Having a bathroom for each bedroom, wonderful. We had a full house each week. The cottage has been very well maintained and it was lovely meeting Anne and Simon and they're lovely family the second

Week. We were very grateful for all the baby equipment they provided for my 5 month old grandson.i would definitely recommend this property to friends. We visited the local restaurant which was excellent. We also went to the local pool, and of course the daily walk to the Boulanger. Thank you for an excellent 2week visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks,hope you had a good journey back and your daughter had a nice day in Bordeaux before flying back. Have a nice summer, Anne
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5

Exceptional Gite. Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We spent an amazing week at this lovely gite. Having visited France many times for gite holidays over the years and whilst our children were small we can honestly say this is the nicest gite we have ever stayed in. It is well equipped, spotlessly clean, very comfortable and so accessible to activities, attractions and restaurants.

Anne was extremely helpful and gave us lots of tips of places to visit plus the information provided in the gite was excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending this gite to others and hope to visit again ourselves. Thank you Anne for your hospitality.

The Wells family, London

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gloria.
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Worcestershire
5

Almost Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The previous reviews give an accurate reflection of La Ferme d’Oscar and the area. We have spent many holidays in France and the UK in rented houses. This is one of the very best in every respect.

From our first enquiry, Anne answered all of our questions in a prompt and friendly manner. Within minutes of arriving her mother came to greet us and to show us around the house. But as the other reviewers have said, she was then completely unobtrusive.

The house has been decorated and furnished stylishly – we loved the paintings particularly. The upstairs bedrooms have low sloping ceilings and it must be said that contact was made on several occasions! The exterior is equally impressive and the covered patio area is a real bonus.

The closest shop in St.Hilaire is one of the two boulangeries, both of which are excellent and staffed by friendly people. It is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the house, with the other shops being another couple of minutes further. The road on which the house is situated is very quiet with just a very occasional vehicle passing.

The location is ideal for exploring the surrounding towns and markets: St.Jean, Saintes and Cognac are all very pleasant and are short drives along roads that are relatively traffic free by UK standards.

We have revisited a house in France only once in twenty plus years. La Ferme d’Oscar is likely to be the second!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David for taking the time to write the review and for your kind comments - i really appreciate the way you describe your holidays in our house and we hope to see you back soon. Anne
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Ashtead
5

Idyllic rural France

  • 5 of 5

If you want to stay in a lovely, well-equipped and tastefully furnished property in a rural setting but within easy reach of the beach, then look no further! We have just returned from a fantastic two week holiday here with our two teenage daughters and couldn't fault it. There is loads to do and see in this region. Local markets everywhere; shopping opportunities in the bigger towns of Saintes and Royan; beaches galore along the Gironde coast, from Meschers to Ile de Re, not to mention just chilling on the lovely terrace at the house. We were warmly welcomed and knew that we had help on hand should we need it but, as said in a previous review, this wasn't obtrusive. We wouldn't hesitate in booking again should we decide to return to this region and clearly wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to anyone wanting a peaceful "home from home".

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sue,
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Salisbury, Wiltshire
5

Happy holiday in Charente

  • 5 of 5

This lovely gite exceeded our expectations. It is very well equipped and furnished in all the rooms and the undercover patio area. The owners were very welcoming but unobtrusive. Free bicycle loan allowed us to explore the local area on the many quiet roads and tracks. St Hilaire is a good centre to visit Cognac, Rochefort/La Rochelle and the Gironde coast. There are good markets, restaurants and shopping in St Jean d'Angely and Saintes, both within 30 minutes drive. We were happily occupied for an extended holiday of 8 weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David. It was nice to have lovely guests as well. Anne
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Hilaire de Villefranche at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Foncouverte at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : ST Jean d'Angély at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : St Jean d'Angély at 14 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Hilaire de Villefranche at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan ans coast at 45 Kilometres

Coast/Beach:

Royan (and the coast) is 45 minutes, the Ile d'Oléron or La Rochelle are about an hour and the Ile de Ré just over an hour depending on the traffic over the bridge from La Rochelle.

Travel:

Airport :

La Rochelle is about 80 km from the house (less than 1 hour),

Poitiers : 130 Km (1h20)

Bordeaux :140 km (1h30)

Train to Saintes and St Jean D'Angély

Distances:

Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle, Rochefort, Zoo de la Palmyre, St Savinien,

Benedictine abbey at St-Jean, 16th-century river island château at Dampierre. The oyster beds and salt marshes, the Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré. The fascinating wetlands of la Venise verte.

I've got a book in the gîte with the most important sites to visit.

Further Details:

In the village, you can find 2 bakers (very good bread), a little Coop mini market, butcher, restaurant, newsagent, doctor, pharmacy, florist, garage, bank, an open air swimming pool and tourism office.

St Jean d'Angely and Saintes : supermarkets, all manner of shops and a very nice market. Indoor swimming pool and fitness centre (with jacuzzi and sauna - open all year)

Foncouverte : 11 km : golf course (18 holes)

St Savinien : Miniature boat hire in season.

Cognac, Jarnac : distillery visits and tastings.

Local cognac / pineau producers.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Printemps
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£370
for 7 nights
£370
 
 
Juin
28 May 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
 
fin juin
11 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
juillet
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£520
for 7 nights
£520
 
 
Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£620
for 7 nights
£620
 
 
Septembre
26 Aug 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Automne
17 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£350
for 7 nights
£350
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner by email initially and we can provide details. We live in the UK (London) with family managing the gite locally so can make arrangements in French / English and Euros / Sterling as most suitable to you.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturdays but please contact with any specific requirements - particularly early / late season there is more scope for flexibility.

Notes on prices:
Electricity include in June, July, August and September
During the other months
The electricity will be paid as follows from september to may :
-0,1158€/KWH
- during 22 days between the 1st of November and the 31th of march the Kwh = 0,5734€

Fire Wood = ask in advance = 35€/half a cubic metre

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator

Entertainment

  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms each with WC to first floor bedrooms. WC and shower room adjoining ground floor garden bedroom.

Bedrooms

  • 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 1 double bed (1m40). Door to garden and shower room. First floor: Bedroom 2 : with 2 single beds a shower room and WC. Bedroom 3 : With 1 double bed (1m60). Sloping beamed ceiling (with low beam). A shower room and WC

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: For baby : travel cot, playmat, steriliser, toys, baby bath, changing mat, sleeping bags Ask if you need more Outside: Private sunny garden and covered terrace off kitchen with table / seating for 8 plus two sun loungers. BBQ provided. No pool but open air / covered pool available in St Hilaire de Villefranche 5 minutes away on the bike. Utility Room: Washing machine, airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rates include cleaning at end of stay and bed linen and towels. Be kind enough to tidy the gîte, wash your dishes, empty the dustbins, remove the bed sheets. Other: Garage for secure storage of bicycles or other equipment. Bikes available on free loan if required on a best endeavours basis (my father could safely be called a cycling fanatic and has a "large collection..." in his neighbouring workshop !)

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