House in Mortagne-sur-Gironde, Gironde Estuary, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Tranquil And Secluded Location, Walking Distance To The Amenities Of The Port And Marina
A wonderful location in the heart of La Rive, a tastefully restored Charentaise stone house providing modern comfort and convenience all on one level. The house offers two spacious double bedrooms, each with king sized beds and a stunning stone tiled bathroom with large open shower. The open plan living/kitchen area leads out through patio doors to the pretty garden dominated by a beautiful willow tree perfect for dappled shade. This region enjoys the same hours of sunshine as Southern France.
Top Traveller Review
lovely house great value and location
About the Owner
We live and work in England but have had our house in France since 2006. We chose this area specifically because of the high hours of sunshine this area enjoys and the proximity to beaches and the wide range of activities it allows - not to mention the food and wine!
We have a 15 year old daughter who has enjoyed many holidays here with us but due to school and exams we find ourselves being unable to enjoy the house as much as we would like at the moment - hence our decision to rent. We felt it such a shame that the house is not enjoyed more. All of our friends and family who have spent time with us at the house agree that it is in such a perfect location.
4.8 based on 9 holidaymaker reviews
lovely house great value and location
This house is maintained beautifully and the owners very considerate.Everything there you could wish for inside and out.Great location. You could happily holiday in the garden and port if you wanted to. It is close to lovely beaches 15 minutes and places of interest, ancient,medieval etc.Would be very happy to stay again.
We had a lovely week in Mortage, which is a fantastic location, close to great beaches on the Gironde (Royan, Meschiers etc). The cottage was perfect for our stay, just the right size, finished to a good specification, and with really nice rooms. It was very clean and I'd guess it's all fairly recently fitted - the remote ceiling fans in the bedrooms were very welcome.
There are some fantastic family bike rides to be enjoyed in the area - flat, segregated from the traffic, and through some really pretty countryside - in addition to more challenging routes for the more experienced road bikers. We were also lucky to see some stunning wildlife, with different birds of prey hunting in the nearby fields (black kites, eagles and, we think, at least one kestrel).
I'd recommend this property to anyone, there's a good chance we'll be rebooking for another visit soon!
Lovely cottage in a great location
We had a lovely week in Mortagne, it is a beautiful little town with everything you need for a relaxed holiday and is driving distance from beaches and good day trips (Cognac is particularly recommended). The cottage is well located, only minutes from the bars, restaurants etc but is very quiet. It has a lovely private garden and is nice and cool inside on a hot day. We would definitely recommend this property.
Super house in a great location - very pretty
We had a super week at the house in Montagne and would absolutely recommend. We are a family (children age 1.5 and 7.5 when we were there) and the layout and location was super. We could stroll out and buy fresh croissants in the morning or have a coffee and there are a nice selection of restaurants dotted around the picturesque small harbour. So pretty. The children liked looking at the boats and there were a family of ducks and ducklings. There are a couple of greens where children were playing games and our older child could join in.
We could easily get to our favourite beach in Meschers Sur Gironde (free parking too!), and there is a lovely market most days there. There was a kids club on the beach which was ideal for our 7 year old – we didn’t need to pre-book and could choose if he went for one hour or longer. Otherwise it’s a safe and family friendly beach with lifeguards – as it’s on the estuary you don’t get those massive Atlantic waves that makes it less relaxing if you’ve got children. We went to Talmont which is very picture postcard, a bit of a tourist haven but very nice – gorgeous shops and restaurants with nice views and an interesting church.
There’s lots to do in the local area but equally you’d be happy staying in Montagne as it’s relaxing and has great facilities.
We liked the layout of the house and it has shutters and two big fans in the bedrooms which really cool you down. We liked the fact that the kitchen is integrated with the living room (very big) so that if you are cooking you aren’t isolated from everyone.
Thanks so much for a lovely week and we hope to book again.
Quiet and lively !
Fantastic ...lovely quiet sleeps ,with all the bustle of a lively quayside right outside.
A morning cuppa was much enjoyed over the road on the sunny bench ,with WiFi and the locals to keep us entertained.
Property is as other reviewers have stated ,we would add that it is ideally placed for visits to Cognac and St-Emilion, to name but two lovely day trips .
Great access to numerous bike trails and local rambling.
Best meal enjoyed just up the road at Le Port Bar/Restaurant .
We would not hesitate to recommend to friends .
This was our first visit to the Gironde & we loved it. The house is well thought out,comfortable & very clean . A very nice place to relax & enjoy the scenery.
There are bars & restaurants within walking distance. We sampled them all.
Overall a really great place to relax & unwind
From the Owner
“Mortagne sur Gironde is one the most striking of the few picturesque ports ,dotted down both sides of the Gironde estuary. It's advantage over most of the others is the added benefit of a small selection of Restaurants and access to a few shops,that mean you don't have to leave the Port if that's your desire. The tranquil location is a perfect base for exploring this fascinating area of South West France.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
For guests who wish to hire bikes, there is a company that delivers to the property.
They have a wide selection of bikes and are good value.
Cycling in the area is very good and there's some great ideas on their website
There are many safe, sandy beaches in the area. Within 20 minutes drive, Meschers, Suzac and St Georges de Didonne provide a range of activities in the summer and the large resort of Royan has several large and small sandy beaches.
The area offers music & arts festivals, sports, sailing, sand yachting, windsurfing, marinas and cycle tracks all close at hand.
The Atlantic surfing beaches of the Cote Sauvage are within 40 minutes drive.
The property is located 25 min from J36 of the A10
60 min from Bordeaux Airport and 75 min to La Rochelle
Ouistreham and Santander(Spain) is <6 hrs + St Malo <5 hrs
Calais 7-8 hrs. The Spanish border less than 2 1/2 hrs.
Talmont - 9mls
St George -16mls
La Rochelle -60mls
Mortagne sur Gironde is divided in two by a limestone escarpment. The lower level around the port is referred to as 'La Rive' and the upper as' La Bourg', reached via a road cut through the escarpment. From here there is a viewing platform with spectacular views across to the Medoc.
In the Bourg there is a butcher, 2 boulangeries, a Coop, bank (with cashpoint), a pharmacy and a church.
In the port itself are 'cabins' selling fruit & veg, bread, seafood and more.
3 restaurants with outside seating plus an open 'Cabin' (daily specials,snacks,bar) with seating on the grass overlooking the port (see picture)
Sailing hire and courses are available in Port Maubert (10 min drive),Meschers & Royan. Sand yachting at St George.
Kayaking is available in the port and at Monards (15 min) and Mornac sur Seudre (40 min).
There are 2 'Go Ape' type parks (20 & 35 min-photo)
Horse riding is available a short walk from the port.
Opposite is the Monolithic 'Ermitage' (on the 'Camino de Compostela')
The estuary is popular with Ornithologists (avocets, curlews, plovers, storks, egrets and many others.)
The Chateaux of the Medoc are accessible via two ferries at Blaye and Royan, or routing through Bordeaux.
The local draft Pineau de Charente, an aperitif made from grapes is available everywhere locally.
Talmont is a pretty village on a promontory into the estuary, with a Romanesque church.
Near Talmont is the Moulin du Fa, a recently excavated Roman town and port with an excellent visitor centre.
You can explore the magnificent Roman amphitheatre and other remains in Saintes (nice shops too! 45 mins), or the Medieval tower in Pons. At Blaye you can explore the huge Napoleonic citadel.
West of Bordeaux is the Arcachon Basin and the Dune de Pilat, 90 mins.
The Loire valley, Sarlat, Bergerac, cave paintings at Lascaux etc. approx.2 hrs
The Spanish border is 2.5 hrs (we often return to the UK via Santander)
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
A deposit of 25% to secure booking. A further security deposit of £150 is required with the balance of payment 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.
The security deposit will be returned when the property is vacated in the same condition as received.The house will be cleaned for your arrival. If not left as found, a £50 charge will be deducted from the security deposit for changeover cleaning.
Please note that we have avoided 'On- line Payment' as this system adds a 6% fee to the booking.
Saturdays: July, August and school holidays -Let in 7 day blocks only
'Off Season' may be flexible.Entry 16.00 Vacate 10.00 hrs
Notes on prices:
Cancellation- 3mths> :£50 Admin Charge
< 3mths :50% of Total rental
< 6 wks :No Refund
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Oysters, mussels and wine. Beaches, rivers, countryside Far enough south to enjoy good weather and not too far if you want to drive. One hour from both Bordeaux and La Rochelle Bergerac, is under 2 hrs.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- near the sea
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Travertine stone tiled bathroom with large 'wet room' style shower, WC and Bidet. Double wash hand basins with heated mirror and towel rail. Large built in cupboard housing washing machine.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 and 2 King size bed, wardrobe and ceiling fan.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: There is no TV service but we do have a selection of DVD's and combined TV/DVD(&CD) player on which to watch them. Free WiFi is available immediately outside the property, in the port. Please note this is a Non Smoking, Pet Free House. Outside: The garden, which is to the rear & front of the property has a large willow tree for shade, garden table, chairs and parasol, two sun-loungers and fold up chairs. There is also an old but serviceable kayak with paddles, spray deck and helmet. Although we have no swimming pool, at high tide swimming in the port is very refreshing (see photo). Towels & Linen Weekly rate includes a one time linen and towel set up. An extra set of linen per bed will be provided for bookings of more than 1 week duration. A washing machine, iron and ironing board are provided for guest convenience.