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Spacious Family House With Heated Pool And Secure Walled Garden



Updated: 16-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

About the property

Farmhouse in Auvignac, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Tranquil Village Setting, Close To Cognac And Only 40 Min Drive To Amazing Beaches

The house is situated in a tranquil position in the quiet village of Auvignac. This small village, in the Charentes-Maritime region, is surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers throughout the summer months. The house is extremely spacious, with over 4,000 sq ft of accommodation, and is furnished in a contemporary style. The house will comfortably accommodate 13 people in 6 bedrooms, with a sofabed and cots available. The sunny south facing garden is fully enclosed and the heated pool is securely fenced. It is an ideal house for 2 or 3 families holidaying together. Whether you want peace and quiet, or a very active holiday, the area can provide both.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

kirsten lillemoen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2017

9 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)


Wonderful house for priceless family holiday

  • 5 of 5

An amazing house, a dream property with all the facilities you could wish for...and more! We were a party of 11 ranging from 10 months to 85 years and there was room for all to have time together yet keep some privacy( important for the 85 year old). 3 fridges mean that you can stock up drinks and food for a few days. The children loved the pool which was well maintained with a quick response from the charming maintainance person when the pump stopped. The area is wonderful, typically French, with easy access to a range of activities. Wonderful memories for us all. Thanks Kirsten

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just wonderful....

  • 5 of 5

We were are a party of six adults and six children, ranging from 20 months to nine years, and everyone had a blast! The pool was warm and inviting and maintained once a week. The property was like a home from home. Everything was thought about from swim towels, pool toys, kitchen utensils, condiments, you name it, it was there.

The property was extremely spacious which meant you could hide away if you needed some peace and quiet. It was clean, plenty of bathrooms, and well maintained.

The area is peaceful but there is lots to do within an hours drive including the beach, cognac houses, pons, Saintes....

We had the most wonderful holiday, the first time abroad with all four of our kids (4 under 5!!!)

Thank you Kirsten xxxx

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this villa for 2 weeks last summer.

We were a party of 10 adults, 3 yr old triplets and 1 yr old.

The house has everything you could possible need on a holiday. It really is perfect!

Only a short drive away from lovely cities/towns with lots of entretainment, museums, restauratnts, etc

Can't recommend it enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house in a sleepy setting!

  • 5 of 5

The house itself is in the sleepy hamlet of Auvignac. Only a short drive to the nearest village of Montils for boulengerie and a general food store. Supermarkets in nearby Pons. The house is huge and easily accommodated our party of 10 adults and 4 children under 3!! The kitchen is superbly well equipped - it lacked nothing! Pool is fantastic and we made full use of it! An excellent house and a holiday enjoyed by all!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Couldn't Want For More!

  • 5 of 5

I have been completely charmed by the peaceful, friendly village of Auvignac, where this beautiful house is located. We were a group of 12 and there was plenty of space for all of us to relax. The house is very well equipped and does not leave you wanting for anything. We explored Pons, Saintes and Cognac which are all worth seeing as is the pretty river that is about a minutes walk from the house itself. The beach at Saint-Georges-De-Didonne is about a 40 minute drive but definitely worth it - the sand is glorious! Had a thoroughly lovely time and would love to stay again. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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  • 5 of 5

The quick version - we didn't want to come home.

Slightly longer version - this is a beautiful property in a blissfully peaceful location. The house is very well appointed with good sized rooms - the lounge and dining area is spectacular - with all the facilities you'd expect and more. There were 12 of us in 3 families (children aged 4 to 13) and we never felt in each other's way. We spent a couple of lazy days just around the house - swimming in the large pool or exploring the village by foot and bike.

There is plenty to do in the area and we felt that we'd only scratched the surface. Both local towns - Pons and Saintes - are fun to explore and the enticingly named 'Chateau des Enigmes' was fun for the kids with us all being declared official musketeers by a Russian accented tour guide at the end of our visit!

Cognac was also an interesting day trip although we would have been better organised to find out when the English tours of the Chateau de Cognac were as we had been hoping to do one but we missed it. The Hennesey your was good value though. Further afield we spent a couple of lovely days at Saint-Georges-De-Didonne just messing about on the beautiful sandy beach.

Would we go back - yes I think so.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle and Bordeaux at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Georges de Didonne at 45 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Bordeaux, arguably the finest wine area in the world, is close by with famous areas such as Pomerol and St Emillion being within an hour's drive. Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye are even closer and we can recommend some excellent wine tours and chateaux to visit.

The area is great cycling country, and the Tour de France regularly passes within a couple of hours drive of the house.


The coast is only a 40 minute drive away, and offers a wonderful contrast of beaches. The gentle sloping beaches at St Georges de Didonne, are great for children, with a long promenade and many cafes and restaurants both beachside and in the town. There are also watersports and dinghy hire available here. The dramatic unspoilt beaches of the Cote Sauvage are fantastic for surfing, and the area is criss-crossed with cycling paths and walking trails through the forest.


The airports at Bordeaux and La Rochelle are both one hours drive away. There is a good year round service to Bordeaux from the UK, and an excellent service to La Rochelle during the summer months from many regional airports in the UK. Flights also operate to Bergerac and Limoges (2 hrs). Flight operators include BA and the budget airlines. Driving is convenient, either using Eurotunnel or one of the Channel ferry services, with drive times to the house of between 4 hrs from St Malo and 7hrs from Calais.


There is a boulangerie and small general store in Montils only 2km away, and a lovely cycle ride on a summer morning. Pons, Cognac and Saintes are all close by (ten to twenty minutes by car), and offer shopping, restaurants, some excellent markets and many sightseeing opportunities and activities.

Further Details:

The area is famous for Cognac, Pineau de Charente and oysters. Oyster sellers pop up at street corners and there are many degustations offering tastings of Cognac, Pineau and local wines. The area is excellent for cycling, and nearby there is also golf, horse riding, water parks, canoeing and boating. There are many local restaurants all within a short drive or cycle.

There are 2 adult bikes and 1 child's bike at the house, and bikes may also be hired through www.bikehiredirect.com who will deliver to the house. They can also provide bike racks, helmets and other accessories. Visit their website for hire details and for information about local routes.

Saintes is situated on the Charente river, and is famous for its architecture, Roman ruins and Romanesque churches. There is a wonderful market here most days, and boat hire and river trips are available. Cognac needs no introduction and the large Cognac producers all offer tours and tastings. Pons is the smaller of the three towns, and is a lovely medieval town dominated by the large Donjon - a great place for an evening drink followed by a meal at the excellent Hotel de Bordeaux.

There is an indoor waterpark at Les Antilles at Jonzac, and a "Go Ape" style high tree ropes experience at St George de Didonnes. Family attractions further afield include the high-tech theme park Futuroscope near Poiters, and Le Puy du Fou near Cholet.

The islands of Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron are both within about one hours drive. Here you will find more lovely beaches, excellent cycling and the chic and pretty port town town of St Martin on the Ile de Re if you feel the need to promenade a little!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit secures the booking. Full payment is required within 8 weeks of the arrival date. A breakages/excess cleaning deposit of £500 is required 2 weeks before arrival, and this will be refunded after the property has been inspected, and within 2 weeks of departure. There is minimum 7 night stay during May half term and the weeks either side of the Easter weekend.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is on a Friday, which is often better for travelling - quieter roads, and cheaper airfares. House available from 4pm on the day of arrival, and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure to allow sufficient time for cleaning and changeover

Notes on prices:
Out of peak season, shorter lets and discounts for smaller groups may be possible. Please contact us to discuss

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 16-Feb-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main family bathroom with large bath, separate shower, basin, wc Shower room with basin and wc Bathroom with corner bath and hand held shower, basin, wc Shower room with basin and wc


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12+ ( 6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king sized bed and double sofa bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds and additional child's bed bedroom 3 with double bed Bedroom 4 with king sized bed (ground floor) Bedroom 5 with twin beds (ground floor) Bedroom 6 with twin beds


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: For early arrivals, there is an area in the house where bags may be left if you want to unpack the car and go shopping or exploring. We have 3 high chairs and 3 travel cots available if required. We do not provide bedding for the cots. Outside: Sunny south facing garden, fully enclosed. Private heated pool (9.5 x 4.5m) securely fenced. BBQ, rattan garden furniture and sunbeds, and large tilting parasols. Bikes available (2 adult and 1 child) Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, drying racks, iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rental includes house and pool towels, and bed linen. For stays of 2 weeks, bed linen will be changed mid stay if required. Other: Separate games room, another full-height space, equipped with a full sized table tennis table, table football, 6ft slate bed snooker table, and many books and games.

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