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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
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

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 St-Romain-de-Benet

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 St-Romain-de-Benet in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
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;)


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Old, Traditional, Charentaise House, Peaceful Vineyard Location
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
Norwich, UK

Homely gite in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Woodsmoke. The house is comfortable and well equipped and the surrounding area is beautiful. We were within easy driving distance from days out at La Palmyre zoo, La Rochelle and Royan and close to a supermarket and local shops. We would love to return for longer next time!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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Spacious house.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house with spacious room sizes, and well equipped kitchen.

Our dogs loved running around the garden.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A character cottage in a peaceful region of France. Very comfortable and well equipped. Wifi a bonus

  • 5 of 5

Everything was provided in this character cottage, the setting with vines at the back was perfect. We visited Royan and St George areas as much for the super cycle paths as much as the amazing beaches.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 26-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
café de saint Romain
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf de Royan
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Saint Palais
Car: necessary


20 minute drive to the resort of Royan and its many beaches


45 minute drive from La Rochelle airport.

1hr 15 minute drive from Bordeaux airport.

2hr 30 minute drive from nantes Airport.

4 hour drive from Saint Malo, ferry port, 5,5 hours from Caenferry port


2 kilometres from saint Romain de Benet village centre. The 11th century abbey of Sablonceaux 30 minutes walk. 20-30 minute drive from Royan and it's vast areas of beaches and children's activities.

30 minutes from Cognac and it's distilleries, 20 minutes from the Roman town of Saintes. 1.5 mins walk from great walks in the vineyards!! Approximately one hour from Bordeaux and it's world famous wine producing area.

Further Details:

The local village, 2 kilometers away has a café, owned by a English landlord, shop, post office, baker's and butcher's.


Prices & Availability

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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.