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Charming Countryside gite with private heated pool & walled garden



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
Gite in Cherbonnieres, nr Saint-Jean-D'Angely, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location, Ten Minutes From The Nearest Town

Le Beau Fief enjoys a tranquil setting amid a backdrop of sunflower fields and vineyards just a five minute drive from the delightful market town of Aulnay. Brimming with quirky character this sixteen century stone cottage has been newly decorated and furnished, retaining oodles of rustic charm with its exposed beams and Charente stone walls. The property looks out onto a 600 sq m walled courtyard, adorned with vines and kiwis providing a safe and relaxing haven for adults and children. Further fruit trees and seating areas can be enjoyed by guests on the 500 sq m plot opposite. The cottage is comprehensively equipped with all modern cons with many little extras we feel will make your holiday that little more special. We only ever rent to one party at a time, meaning you always have full exclusive use of the entire property and all it has to offer.

Details for holiday cottage Gite Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Sleeps 5. 3 bedroom gite.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Richard and Victoria Houghton from the West Midlands. Whilst our main residence is in the UK, we love nothing more than hopping across the channel and soaking up all that France has to offer.

We have a passion for old properties and all things French, and have loved transforming what once was a tired-looking old house into the beautiful haven we believe it to be now.

We hope you can make it!

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have had a lovely time as your first guests in your delightful gite. It is very homely, well equipped and we appreciated the 'extra touches'. We loved the area and will be back in the Charente Maritime very soon." - Charlie & Sue
Jan 2014
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

West Midlands

A beautiful Gite in a great setting.

  • 5 of 5

We had a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday in Le Beau Fief. Peace and quiet is almost guaranteed and the owners have equipped the Gite to a very high standard with many imaginative touches which help make Le Beau Fife a real home from home. We were blessed with very warm and sunny weather so we were able to use the pool most days and we also made good use of the bikes which were a pleasure to ride on the quiet French roads. There are plenty of interesting towns and villages to visit within a relatively short distance and a little further afield we had a really nice day in La Rochelle. The Gite would be ideal for couples looking for relaxation or families who would have a great time making use of the pool and barbecue :)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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West Midlands

True hidden gem in authentic French hamle

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I have just come back from spending 10 days at Le Beau Fief, and I must say what a gorgeous little place it is! I’m not normally one for writing reviews but felt compelled to leave a note as we were both so thrilled with the accommodation and the service we received. Everything was perfect, right from the initial enquiry, to the meet and greet to the little extra touches that the owners provide, we couldn’t really have asked for more. The gite was so cosy and inviting, well-equipped, the decor is adorable, and we both felt totally at home. When can we move in?!! The spot is is just lovely, so peaceful with lots of birds and farm animals, we made good use of the mountain bikes most days. It took us about half hour to get to Sainte where we visited the Roman Amphitheatre, which was quite spectacular. We spent lots of days mooching round markets and broccantes, and some of the resturants we visited were superb. This gite comes with a high recommendation from me, although I’m a little jealous other people get to stay there! Excited to be returning in September.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review, Kimberley. We're really happy that you had such a lovely time, and look forward to you coming again in September.
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Home from home in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

A great gite which has been well thought out and we appreciated the extra touches the owners have added to make it comfortable and homely. The gite is well equipped, is in a quiet location, with a pool and is an ideal place to chill out. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

On a holiday in 2012 we were immediately drawn in by the diversity that Charente-Maritime has to offer. We spent a week enjoying bike rides along the local lanes, picnicking by the river, lunching lazily in medieval towns & by the end of it, we knew we had discovered somewhere truly special. We returned just six months later when we stumbled upon what is now ‘Le Beau Fief’ and decided to purchase a little bit of France just for ourselves.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cookery courses vegetarian and non-vegetarian available.

Pampering Treatments can be booked to take place on premises.


The untamed, sandy beaches of the Côte Sauvage are around an hour away. They are extremely unspoilt and surprisingly uncrowded even in high season. Royan has a spectacular beach, stretching 2km and offering a range of water-sports.


Own transport is essential.

Ferry Ports: St. Malo 4 hrs; Cherbourg 6 hrs; Calais 7 hrs; Caen 5 hrs; Le Havre 5 hrs 30 mins. Check Brittany ferries, P&O and Seafrance for prices and availability.

Airports: La Rochelle 55 mins; Poitier 1 hr, Angouleme 1 hr 20; Bordeaux 2 hrs. Check Ryanair, Flybe, BA, Airfrance & BMIBaby for prices and availability.


Aulnay, St Jean and Matha are all approx. 10 minutes away by car.

Cognac and Saintes are around 30 minutes away and La Rochelle approx. 45 minutes.

Further Details:

Aulnay, St Jean d’Angely and Matha are all a short drive away, each offering a selection of supermarkets, cafes,bars, restaurants and banks as well as weekly markets which sell fresh regional produce. St Jean d’Angely is the bigger of the three, a beautiful medieval town with a pretty lake & picnic area where you can hire canoes & pedaloes. A go-carting circuit is situated on the edge of the town.

There are usually weekly ‘brocantes’ in the nearby towns during the summer, as well as the splendid ‘foires’ which are huge markets, that dominate the town centres for a few hours. The best are probably Saintes on the first Monday and Rouillac on the 27th of every month.

The chateaux at Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, La Roche Courbon, Crazannes and Panloy are nearby.

The local boulanger delivers to the hamlet three times a week, and usually has a good selection of breads and pastries.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring 2017
5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Following a request for a booking, we will reserve your dates provisionally for seven days pending receipt of a booking form and a 20% per cent deposit (preferably by bank transfer although other options are available). The balance along with a £200 security deposit is due four weeks before your arrival.

We allow one small well-behaved dog. Please check with the owner first.

Changeover Day:
Thursday changeover - flexible out of high season.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us prices on short breaks out of season.

20% required upon booking to confirm reservation.
Balance and damages deposit due 4 weeks before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We love the tranquility that our properties provide, but at the same time, hop in a car and you can be amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy market town within 10 minutes. The property opens out onto acres of raw farmland, sunflowers galore and waivy maize fields. There’s not much to be heard other than the tweeting of birds and the tooting of the local boulanger who delivers bread to the hamlet several times a week. The property is part of a twelve-house hamlet, with a real sense of community spirit. We love the fruit trees that provide some much needed shade in the summer months and the privacy that the high-walled garden has to offer. We have put a lot of love into creating the perfect holiday home - we hope that this is apparent when you come to stay.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Romantic


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Local Services & Businesses

  • massage therapist


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Downstairs consists of small entrance hall, toilet and open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and lounge. The kitchen benefits from a washing machine, electric oven, gas hob, extracter fan, kettle, microwave, fridge, separate freezer, iron & ironing board. It is fully equipped with plenty pots, pans, loads of appliances. We are sure it will please the keenest of chefs. The dining table seats 5. The lounge area has two comfortable sofas, TV, DVD player with a selection of films, & radio. Upstairs has a large attractive landing with vaulted ceiling. Here, you will find books and a chest full of games. There are three pretty bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single, 1 shower room with shower, basin and WC. Travel cot available on request. All towels and linen are included with a free weekly change, together with a starter pack of cleaning materials. We also supply 1 pool towel per guest free of charge. Outside: The high-walled garden provides a secure and private area with ample seating spots dotted around. The 12ftx24ft swimming pool is fenced with child-proof gates and plenty sun-loungers and parasols. There are two barbecues with cooking equipment that guests can make use of as well as mountain bikes & a selection of outdoor games. An additional 500 sq m orchard sits opposite facing out to the open countryside, and is shaded by various fruit trees.

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