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Villa With Heated and Covered Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Sandie Marand
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
28 June, 2017

About Sandie Marand

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).

Sandie Marand purchased this villa in 2013

Why Sandie Marand chose Charente-Maritime

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rétaud in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom with full-size bath, wash basin and separate shower. Separate wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Villa With Heated and Covered Pool
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews

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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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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grand et tranquile

  • 5 of 5

maison grande avec trois chambres, terrain sans vis à vis, propriétaire serviable et discret, idéal pour famille avec 2-3 enfants.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ravis de vous avoir accueillis. À bientôt.
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  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été très bien accueillis par Sandie qui est adorable.

Le gîte est très bien avec tout ce qu'il faut à disposition.

Le jardin est agréable et ideal pour une chasse aux œufs ( week-end de Pâques oblige)

Nous ne sommes restés que 3 jours, mais c'est sûr, nous reviendrons en profiter encore plus.

Encore merci à Sandie pour tout.

Adresse à ne pas manquer!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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séjour 2 nuits

  • 5 of 5

hébergement conforme aux attentes. belle tranquilité.

Séjour agréable

Localisation attractive pour une visite de la région

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
32 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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


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.


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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Rétaud, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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