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Villa With Heated and Covered Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Gîte in Retaud, Nr. Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 2 Minutes Walk To The Village Centre

Peacefully located on the edge of the village, the bungalow enjoys a totally private extensive garden in which there is a heated swimming pool, ample space for children to play in safety and a sun terrace with barbecue.

There are 3 bedrooms and a bed-sofa so 8 persons could sleep. All is provided in the gîte : towel and linen, and housekeeping is done by us.

You will receive a voucher for a massage on your arrival.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Our french family is glad to open our doors to others. My friend Yoann, my son Mael, my daughter Liriel, our dog, Tinly, and I, Sandie, are looking forward to see you.

Teacher of biology, I also make massages. Concentrated on well-being, it was logical for me to buy a gîte where holidaymakers can benefit of my services.

Our gîte benefits from a totally secure and private garden which has the sun all day. It is also just a minutes walk from the village centre where there are shops and a café for that relaxing beer or coffee, and a boules court for a game of pétanque (we have boules free at the gîte for our guests).

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

On the owners, 'warm and accommodating, nothing too much trouble.'

On the gite, 'spacious, exceptionally well equipped and beautifully clean and light.'

On the pool, 'warm, clean and exceptionally well maintained.'
Aug 2013
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4 Reviews

4.3
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

4

Very spacious and homely gite.

  • 4 of 5

I booked online for myself, my husband, my sister and her boyfriend. We knew we wanted a gite with a pool. We was delighted when we found gite retaud.

Once we arrived (after a very long and slow journey from Calais) we was greeted by a lovely gentleman and his daughter. His English was very good and he showed us around before leaving us to settle in and go food shopping.

The gite is provided with everything you can think of. Plenty of kitchen equipment, outdoor bbq and seating area.

The pool area is a few metres away from the gite itself. The only thing we felt let the pool down was the the lid they had fitted to keep the heat it. It was raised in three sections allowing entrance down the stairs. But it cut off the ends of the pool, then not allowing full access to the pool. It also had metal bars either end which could be quite dangerous for young children. Even though one day my sister (who once worked as a lifeguard) had to remove the pool vaccum as it had been left in the pool while the owners were out.

There is a resident dog called tinley. All she wants to do it have attention and her ball thrown for her. She's even well trained enough not to enter the gite.

We was in France when it was Bastille day. We was not aware of this national holiday. We didn't realise all shops would be closed. We felt the owners could have maybe pre warned us.

We felt the information books inside the gite need updating as we couldn't find any of the local things ie pizza van in retaud.

The beds are comfortable and the bathroom is kept clean.

The bbq is well maintained and within easy reach for outside dining.

One evening we decided we would like a proper French dinner. We visited la table. Which is around 15 minutes down the road. Information about it is in the information book. We was very worried as the menu was in French but a kind gentleman translated for us.

All in all we had a wonderful and relaxing time at gite retaud. The sun and pool was just what we needed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good clean well stocked property. Stayed 30 Jun to 9 Jul 16

  • 4 of 5

As described on the website, semi rural location in the village of Retaud. The village itself has a Butcher, Baker, Post Office and a small shop with a Café and Bar. Opening vary for them all, check the handbook in the Gite. Saintes is the nearest large town 10 minutes away where you will find a number of large supermarkets. A word of warning, our hire car had a built in Sat Nav that insisted on taking the shortest route everywhere, taking you off main roads to grass strewn tracks to save a couple of metres. Worth getting a local map as a back up to plan your route.

The Gite was spotlessly clean on arrival and extremely well stocked with kitchen paraphernalia, probably the best we have come across from New Zealand to France. TV is provided, but with only 3 English channels, the Gite now has Wi Fi, but the website says it has Plug in. It has 3 good size bedrooms 2 with double beds and one with 2 singles, we found our double very comfortable. There are 2 patio's for eating/relaxing, so if the sun is too hot at the back in the evening you can eat out front. Although we did not use it, the pool is very well kept by Sandie and Johann and there are a number of loungers to relax on. There is a large garden and they even have two Walnut trees and a Fig tree. We had regular visits from Tinley the pet dog, who is the most sweet natured. (A cross Retriever). She would visit the garden but did not once try to come into the Gite. Children are well catered for with more toys in the cupboard than the local shops. There is a well stocked book library and a plethora of leaflets on places to visit as well as a comprehensive guide on things to see in the area and further afield. The French owners Sandie and Johann were extremely friendly, but never intrusive, both speak English, but as Johann will admit not fluently, still better than my French. If you want a chilled break with attractions not too far away you would find it hard to beat Gite Retaud. Thank you Gite Retaud. Brian, Patti and Chris.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A very nice Gite in large grounds

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days between 14-24 June.

The first 4 days we had miserable weather but after that the weather improved and we had some really hot days.

The Gite has every thing you need to make your stay comfortable. The Gite is clean and tidy with comfortable beds.

I would say that every thing that is mentioned on the web site is true and factual.

Wireless internet is excellent as is the English TV channels.

The swimming pool is clean and warm.

All in all we had a good time.

Sandie and her partner are great hosts who do not bother you but are only next door should you need them

They have a dog called Tinley. She is a beautiful golden Labrador who causes no bother whatsoever. We are not dog lovers but this dog was something special.

The village has a Bakers and the village store/bar is well stocked.

Saintes is about a 10 minutes drive away and a very nice town with large super markets for shopping.

It will be a good place to stay if you want to spend the day around the pool and then venture out.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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location

  • 4 of 5

location conforme à la description

Sandie, la propriétaire est très sympa

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

I was searching for something very special, safe for my son et where I can have a room for massages. This house was perfect. Situated on the edge of the village, in a totally private garden (of which the gite has half an acre), we are minutes walk away from local shops and yet live in quiet isolation. Charente Maritime is sunny, and Rétaud is perfectly placed for ease of visiting Saintes, Cognac, Royan and many more interesting places in the area. The rural setting is beautiful with ever changing fields of wheat, maize, sunflowers and the never changing vineyards, all easily explored by bicycle on quiet gently undulating (ie no hills!) roads.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 125 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rétaud at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Fontcouverte at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saintes at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Saintes at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Saintes at 12 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 32 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Royan beaches are 30 minutes drive away, La Rochelle under one hour. The historic estuary village of Talmont is just 20 minutes away.

Travel:

La Rochelle Airport 55 minutes, Bordeaux Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes. The port of St Malo is just over 4 hours away and Ouistreham (Caen) is 5 hours away.

Distances:

Saintes 10kms, Royan 25kms, Cognac 40kms, Palmyre Zoo is under 1 hours drive.

Further Details:

Bicycles are available free from the gite owners, as are boules for use on the boules court in the village. There is also a first class all weather tennis court in the village.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
MidSeason
13 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£128
for 2 nights
From
£64
£427
 
 
Season1
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
£154
for 2 nights
From
£77
£512
 
 
Season2
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£248
for 2 nights
From
£124
£854
 
 
Midseason2
2 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£128
for 2 nights
From
£64
£427
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£99
for 2 nights
From
£50
£341
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £85

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday - departure time 10am, arrival time 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The heated and covered pool is totally safe for children, being 1.15 metres deep and the same depth throughout. It is, therefore, deep enough to swim in, but also shallow enough for children to enjoy games in. Enclosed by an approved specification fence, parents can have peace of mind that children are protected from straying in unnoticed. Our garden is large enough for a small football area or cricket wicket, 6 bicycles are available, as are a full size table tennis table (bats & balls included) and badminton net, rackets & shuttlecocks. 2 sets of boules are available for use on the village court. Moreover, the massage room is open with special reduction for lodgers.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Family

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 90 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom with full-size bath, wash basin and separate shower. Separate wc.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6-8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

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