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Beautiful converted barn with heated pool and great biking and walking trails.

Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Nov-2016
Barn in Aulnay, Nr. Saint-Jean-D'Angely, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Setting In Hamlet But Very Close To Amenities

This beautiful barn is very spacious, with 4 bedrooms, 2 lounges and a large dining kitchen. It has loads of character,with exposed beams and rich furnishings, which make it a home from home.It has every modern convenience including WiFi, two large TV's with British satellite stations, I-Pod docking and many DVDs to enjoy.Extensive grounds, a heated swimming pool make it a perfect location for families.The family can cycle on the little roads leading over the fields.Equestrian Centre is near by. The barn is close to the village of Aulnay d'Saintonge with twice weekly markets. There is also the historic town of St Jean d'Angely 15 mins away with large pleasure lake, market days and many restaurants. The town of Saintes, with river boats, huge Roman am-phi theatre and old town is 30 mins away. We are close to Cognac country. La Rochelle and the wonderful Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron with extensive beaches are 40 mins. away. The barn is perfect location for a family holiday.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Jim and I are both Scots. Jim's profession as a civil engineer took us to the Middle East, where we have lived and worked for many years.

Originally I worked in television,theatre and radio in Scotland, but when I joined Jim in the Middle East I diversified into teaching English as a foreign language, which I found very interesting and challenging.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dale and Angela Cross : Week beginning 2/8/2014 . Thank you for letting us borrow your wonderful home at La Grange -one of our favourite holiday properties.

Marie and Nigel Rowe: Week beginning 16/8/2014 . We want to thank you for a fantastic week. La Grange was even more beautiful than we hoped. A stunning property with so much space.

Mr Mark Timothy Street and family: 23/8/2014. Thank you Jim and Doreen for a great week. The pool was a huge hit The house is so well equipped with everything we wished for.
Oct 2013
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12 Reviews

4.9
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

5

Fabulous peaceful setting and a gorgeous pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week in La Grange. The house is spacious and the pool is beautifully maintained. Our children spent every possible minute swimming, and there are plenty of sun loungers around the pool for lazing around and drying off.

The local village of Aulnay is very sweet, with a good bakery and a Sunday morning market. We also sampled the local fish and chip van one evening - a long queue, but worth the wait. There is an excellent supermarket about 5 minutes drive from the house.

We visited St Jean d'Angely, which is a very pretty town with a great market (wonderful crepes), and Saintes, which has a fantastic Roman ampitheatre.

Doreen and Jim are just next door and very friendly and helpful.

We really enjoyed our holiday here and definitely recommend La Grange.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Spacious property with great pool and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

We had not stayed in this area of France before, but we will definitely return. The owners Jim and Doreen were very welcoming and had great tips on places to visit and local markets. As they stay in the cottage next to the property they were easily available for any issues that we had and were always happy to help.

We originally booked the house with the intention of having a set of grandparents staying with us but unfortunately they could not make it, so the house did feel a little big for just the four of us (2 adults, a 5 year old and a 3 year old) but it did mean that we could all spread out and find some quiet space.

The house is very well equipped with table football, plenty of pool toys and garden toys and a kitchen with everything that you would need for preparing family meals. The house is even more spacious than it seems from the photos on the listing. The pool was very well maintained, a good size and comfortable temperature and our two children would have spent all day in it, if we had let them.

The local markets in Aulnay and surrounding towns had very good quality local produce. The Intermarche in Aulnay just 5 mins away also stocks everything you would need in terms of groceries and household goods.

The owners had also kindly provided a welcome basket for our first night, which included milk, butter, cheese, bread, fruit and wine. They also provided some bottled water for the first day.

We visited La Rochelle and Ile d'Re (about an hour and a half away) on two days of the holiday and Doreen gave helpful tips on what to see and where to park. La Rochelle is a lovely vibrant city with lots of fascinating history. We had lunch in the old harbour and visited one of the three historic towers that guard the port. We also went out for a short guided boat trip around the harbour. Ile d'Re is linked to La Rochelle by a road bridge and is worth the 16 Euro toll if you want to spend all day there. A beautiful island with an lovely relaxing artistic feel, local markets with even more of that great quality produce, good quality restaurants and great beaches.

We really enjoyed our holiday in Aulnay and did not want to leave at the end of the week. Jim and Doreen have a real gem of a house in a beautiful area of France. This property is ideal for family groups and we can highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous, peaceful getaway in unspoilt France.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with Le Grange. We were warmly welcomed by Jim and Doreen, who had the pool ready for us to jump into after a long journey. The house is amazing and bigger than we expected, with lots of room for people to find a space for a quiet moment. It comes well furnished and equipped for children, parents and grandparents. The pool is well-maintained and the children just did not want to come out of it. There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas around the pool and the security gate was great to ensure our daughter didn't venture near the pool on her own. The area surrounding Le Grange is beautiful and peaceful with plenty to do. A visit to Saintes is well worth it with it's historical sights such as the Roman Ampitheatre and lots of lovely cafes for lunch, followed by a stroll along the river. Doreen and Jim were amazing and on hand for local information and help when we needed it. The riding stable owners were fabulous too and very accommodating when we asked if they could take our daughter out for a ride around the countryside! Le Grange is a beautiful house in a peaceful location for those that want to get away and relax, but also for those that want to visit the local area. A fabulous first trip to France and it won't be our last.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful barn in great location with fantastic pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a great two weeks holiday. Doreen and Jim looked after us really well. We all (4 adults and 5 kids) enjoyed the heated pool. The property is well equipped and had everything we needed.

The nearby village of Aulnay is great to collect the morning bread or enjoy a lazy coffee. St Jean d'Angely is very near and has good restaurants and activities. Futurescope and Cognac are in easy striking distance.

Throroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Lovely

  • 5 of 5

This is a really beautiful barn and a great space for a family or friends to stay. It has lots of areas for sitting and dining and the outside is safe and with plenty of room to play football or games. We had one 3 year old and older children in our party and they all loved it. Doreen and Jim have really considered the safety aspects between the house and the pool which gave us peace of mind. The area is great we could have easily done another week there as there is loads to discover in the area. Doreen and Jim were fantastic and really helpful throughout our stay and beyond! Easily the best week of our holiday we had a fun and relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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August 2015

  • 4 of 5

We were a family of 5 adults and 3 children, the barn provided plenty of space for all of us, with very spacious rooms. The heated pool was a huge hit with the children and very well maintained. The patio fencing was great as we had younger children visiting. The village of Aulnay was very pretty with a great fish and chip van once a week and a lovely market. It was great to have Jim and Doreen next door for advice on the local area and answering any questions we had I.e Internet, T.V. All in all we had a lovely, peaceful and relaxing holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

From the Owner

We always dreamed of owning a property in France (thanks to all those holiday programmes)we eventually bought a chateaux apartment not far from Angouleme.We owned the apartment for 5 years and rented it out successfully with Owner's Direct. In 2009 we were looking for a bigger place and came across La Grange. We loved the look of the property with its Charente stone exterior; its spacious layout and beamed ceilings.There was however, a definite wow factor when we opened the back door and saw the size of the plot and the beautiful views over the fields . We were hooked. The house was secluded, but also close enough to a village and supermarket to make it work for us. We refurbished the property and recently added the heated swimming pool.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

45 minutes by car to the exquisite beaches of La Rochelle, Royan, the Ile de Rhe and Ile d' Oleron .A causeway connects La Rochelle to Ile de Rhe. The Ile d'Oleron is reached by a bridge from the mainland or by car ferry. La Rochelle with its ancient harbour, great seafood food restaurants and music festivals is a marvellous place to visit.Royan has one of the best beaches in France.These are all a short car distance away from the barn.

Travel:

Airports: La Rochelle is 45 minutes away . Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe and Hop all fly into La Rochelle.Car hire at airport.

Bordeaux approximately 1 hour 30 mins.

Ferry: St Malo 385 klms

Train : 2 Hours from Paris to Angouleme and an hour by car to house. Or Paris to Surgeries and a half an hour by car. Car hire at Stations

Distances:

Aulnay d'Saintonge: Historic village 2kms Market days twice a week , restaurants

St Jean D' Angely: town with leisure lake, indoor market, restaurants, Roman Church twice weekly market.15kms

Saintes: River town with boat rides, Roman amphitheatre, old town,theatre, restaurants.

La Rochelle: Marina, port, beaches, sea food restaurants boat hire ancient towers. Ile d'Rhe and Ile d'Oleron

Further Details:

The barn is 5 minutes from a big Intermarche, selling everything from fresh bread to meat, vegetables , wines, spirits and household goods. The village of Aulnay is 10 minutes from the house.A lovely little road leads you through the sunflower fields and on to the village . There is a twice weekly market on a Tuesday and Sunday. The village has a supermarket, post office , baker patisserie and restaurants.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Inglis
1 May 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
inglis 2
26 Jun 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
inglis 3
17 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,700
for 7 nights
£1,700
 
 
inglis 4
28 Aug 2017 - 11 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
If you wish to book please contact us by e/mail. A 20% non-returnable deposit is required of the total holiday cost and the remaining balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.On arrival we ask for £250 pounds to be held against damage and refunded once we have checked the property.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday .

Departure 10.30am on Saturday.Arrival,not before 4pm on Saturday. luggage can be dropped off earlier.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

We are very lucky that this area offers so many things to do, from days at the beach to going to the local markets; wine tasting,to days on rivers of the nearby towns.If you are sporty, there are so many options; canoeing, fishing,biking,riding. There are centres close by for all of these. To be honest however, we love just sitting in the garden watching the sun go down or walking over the fields to the pub in Aulnay on a Sunday (market day) . You can be as busy or relaxed you want. We have many DVD's books, board games , water noodles for the pool, footballs , a recently added football table game to amuse the children. Our aim as renters,is to make our guest's experience, as enjoyable and relaxed, as we would wish for ourselves.We will do our best to attain that.

Property Type

  • barn

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: Shower room with WC and sink Upper floor: Large family bathroom with double sinks , shower and bath.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: BEDROOM 1 :Four poster Queen bed BEDROOM 2 :Double bed BEDROOM 3: Twin beds, day bed with pull-out bed BEDROOM 4 Twin beds

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: We have tried to make the barn safe for families. All rooms have fire alarms.A fire extinguisher is provided in the kitchen. There is a safety gate installed at the top of the internal stairs and a wrought iron fence is being erected with a gate on the large terrace leading to the pool, so that young children can play on the terrace safely. There is a non - smoking policy inside the house. Outside: The barn is set in extensive grounds of 3,400 sqm, with an 8m X 4m heated pool with Roman steps.The pool has a safety cover to comply with French law.There is a large tiled patio area with room for sunbeds. 6 sunbeds are provided, also deckchairs and sun shades. There is also a very large terrace with safety railing and gate, to allow young children to play away from the pool.A table seating 8 with chairs is provided on the terrace as well as sun shades.To the front of the property is a large private parking area. Utility Room: Washing machine, Tumble drier, sink and storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Indoor towels and bed linen are supplied and changed weekly.The barn is cleaned before and after each let. Other: Upstairs lounge with leather Chesterfield, sofa,easy chairs, desk/ chair , bookcase with books and board games, small fridge, games table.

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