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Old, Traditional, Charentaise House, Peaceful Vineyard Location

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Saint-Romain-de-Benet, Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France

Hi and welcome to 'Woodsmoke'. This is a charming 3 bedroom old traditional 'Charentaise' house situated right in the middle of 'Pineau wine' vineyards and sunflowered fields. We are located 2km from the centre of the village of Saint Romain de Benet, near the busy market town of Saujon halfway between the coastal resort of Royan and the ancient Roman city of Saintes. We offer weekly breaks (length of stay negotiable outside high season). The house possesses two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, two bathrooms, spacious traditional style fully-equipped kitchen, large lounge and dining-room. This is the perfect 'getaway from it all' in a 'home from home' location. Perfectly positioned to explore the stunning Atlantic white sandy beaches and islands, marshes, the wine regions of Cognac and Bordeaux among sunflower fields and Charente Maritime's numerous Romanesque and medieval villages and markets.

Andy German
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Andy German

My name is Andy I am a British national. Grew up in south west England. English language teacher living and working in Nantes since 1998. Currently the French women's national cricket coach ;) (yes there is such a thing!). 'Woodsmoke' has been in the family since 2004.

Andy German purchased this house in 2004

Why Andy German chose Charente

I believe this property position is 'pure paradise'. The view from the back garden is just breathtaking. Sitting out in the evenings as the sun goes down until the stars come out with a bottle of red - just doesn't come any better ;)

What makes this house unique

Lovely old Charentaise house in the middle of a vineyard.....the perfect French getaway retreat.....


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Romain-de-Benet in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath /shower, wc on first floor easy access to three bedrooms, Ground floor shower room, sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed, bedroom 3 with two single beds. All bedrooms comfortably furnished with wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • swimming
Outside: Two terraced areas are available, one large one at the back of the house looking onto large garden and the vineyards. A second smaller one is available at the side of the house under the shade of the vines, which currently has a hammock. Outdoor furniture is provided with large garden table and chairs. Sun-loungers and parasols. BBQ facilities. Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen provided. Property cleaned at the end of weekly stay. Please leave clean at end of stay;)


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Lovely family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday at this lovely house in very peaceful surroundings. Andy made the booking process very easy and was happy to be contacted if needed. The house was an ideal size for a family of five, all bedrooms were spacious, as was the lounge and kitchen. We enjoyed all of our meals outside but there would have been ample room in the dining kitchen. The large garden was great for the children to play in. We very much enjoyed the beaches in and around Royan which were perfect for young children and visits to Saintes (20 mins or so) and La Rochelle (1 hour).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, well equipped house with everything you need for a family holiday. The hammock was very popular and the barbecue was put to good use.

The house is in a very peaceful location but the bright lights (and supermarket) of Saujon are only a short drive away and the lovely beaches at Côte Sauvage and Grande Côte are easily reached.

Andy was very helpful before and after our visit – including posting a toilet bag that had been left behind.

Recommended for a family holiday away from the noise and kerfuffle of the modern world.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in quiet village.

  • 5 of 5

We found the house super. It was well equipped, with the kitchen having all you could need, and a garage with bikes, paddling pool, and tools should you need to do some car repairs. I loved the use of the bikes. Early morning cycles to the bakery for croissants were a pleasure. We ate outside in the lovely garden for every meal. We are a card and board game playing family, so the large table outside, huge sunshade, and room inside with circular table, were perfect for us. The weather was great. Who needs the Med? What to visit? The beach of the Cote Sauvage is a must. I think it is the most beautiful beach I have ever visited. Bike to the Abbey of Sablonceax, taking the GR path through the wood. Rochefort was great. The whole history of the place as a protected naval base many miles up river, the Royal Rope Factory, and to crown all the reconstruction of the 32 gun frigate l'Hermione. If you have ever read an age of sail naval novel you will be entranced. Your kids, and maybe you, will love the rope adventure area next to the frigate, built like a sailing ship. Greatly reccomended house in a great location. The house was a home from home, even if borrowed, meaning a real lived in place not a soulless apartment. Thanks Andy!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house set in a fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in July.The house is beautiful and set in a picturesque location overlooking vines.The weather was ideal and we ate outside for the whole of the holiday.Everything we could possibly need for the week was provided in the house.We were in easy driving distance of a number of places ,Cognac ,La Rochelle,Marennes,St Palais .We would definitely visit again.Many thanks Andy for an exceptional weeks holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Christmas 2015

  • 5 of 5

A very nice, clean and comfortable property in a convenient location. It had everything I needed for a Christmas break (including sun) with direct access to quiet country lanes that were great for cycling and walking.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely gite, very clean and well maintained with everything you need for a fantastic holiday. Beds and bedding are very comfortable and excellent quality. The gite was everything that it said on the can and more! It is a wonderful base for exploring the area or for just relaxing and enjoying the surrounding vines. I would definitely recommend this as a good family holiday. It was a pleasure dealing with Andy and he was most accommodating. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 5
9 Oct 2016 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
7 May 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
3 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Contact with owner directly. Deposit of one quarter of the total cost will secure the booking dates the rest to be paid at the latest one month before arrival date. Weekly bookings Saturday to Saturday preferred.

Changeover Day:
Bookings made on a week long period from weekend to weekend. Changeover dates on the Saturdays. Vacate the property by 10 am.

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