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Great location and fabulous gite

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Gite in Saint-Thomas de Conac, near Jonzac, Poitou Charente, Charentes Maritime, close to A10 and fabulous beaches and towns such as Bordeaux, Cognac, and La Rochelle.

Le Petit Chez Vieuille forms part of our stunning Maison de Maitre which is over 200 years old and which we have lovingly refurbished maintaining the look and feel of French living. Only ten minutes from the A10 Motorway and other major routes but also close to idyllic country roads. Easy reach to the famous stunning beaches of Royan and St George de Didonne and the famous Cote de Sauvage and Cote de Beaute. The wonderful and interesting towns of Cognac, Saintes, La Rochelle and St Emillion are all close to name but a few. Excellent restaurants close by especially for seafood. This is a major wine region and a 20 minute ferry ride from Royan takes you down the side of the Gironde through the Medoc region where many famous brands of wines are produced. You will receive wonderful accommodation, relax by the pool or walk through the sunflower fields, visit the beaches or wander round the charming and beautiful buildings of many historic towns taking in the ambience of drawn out lunches and dinners in many fine restaurants. This is a single Gite and therefore we are able to give our guests our undivided attention.

Holidays are for 7 or 14 nights and must commence on a Saturday.

More Details

Steve Winkel
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
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

About Steve Winkel

Loraine and I moved to France in October 2013 when I decided to take early retirement and enjoy a new and relaxing change in lifestyle. Loraine also finished work in the family business running a beautiful four star English hotel. Since arriving in France we have bought, renovated and now run this beautiful gite which has proven very popular and have just completed our fourth year welcoming guests from far and wide.

Holidays are for 7 or 14 nights and must commence on a Saturday.

Steve Winkel purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Steve Winkel chose Saint-Thomas-de-Conac

We bought this beautiful Maison de Maitre close to Jonzac for its stunning views across the vineyards and sunflower fields and the Gironde Estuary. We particularly liked the fact that it is only 10 minutes from the A10 making it accessible to all the attractions, beaches and wonderful towns and Cities in the location. When driving from England it is very straightforward. Bordeaux airport is less than 60 minutes away and serviced from many UK airports. Car hire is excellent value in France and all the usual car hire companies are located just outside the arrival gates.

Holidays are for 7 or 14 nights and must commence on a Saturday.

What makes this cottage unique

Easy access to main road links but also very close to the tourist routes through stunning countryside. Within reach of Bordeaux, Saintes, La Rochelle, St Emillion, Cognac, Talmont. Royan, St George de Didonne and the Cote de Sauvage and Cote de Beaute.

Easy access to village shops and the real feel of French life close by.

The property is of a very high standard, newly fitted shower room and kitchen. High class bedding, king size beds. The kitchen is fully fitted to enable all cooking to be done with ease. Comfortable lounge area with flat screen 3D Smart TV and a wide range of DVDs and books. Free Wi-Fi.

A fabulous pool 10 x 5 metre with excellent patio and views across the countryside. Full range of garden furniture and sunbeds. BBQ supplied. Lovely tended garden.

Safe and private.

Holidays are for 7 or 14 nights and must commence on a Saturday.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Roberts family: This is a wonderful property and ideally located in the Charente Maritime area. The gite is equipped with everything you could possibly need and the attention to detail is amazing. We spent so much time enjoying the fantastic pool and patio area that we are coming back next year to explore the area a bit more! However having such warm and generous hosts was the highlight of our stay and to see what Steve and Loraine have created in such a short space of time is truly amazing! See you in 2016!!

July 2015

Your response: Thank you and your family so much for such lovely comments. We truly loved having you stay and Steve and I are very much looking forward to seeing you next year. Sharing our home with such wonderful people makes it so worthwhile and such a pleasure for us. We will stay in touch and again thank you.

To Steve and Loraine, thank you both for a very enjoyable stay. Your gite is fabulous! The gardens and swimming pool are wonderful. What a great location, Everything one could need on the holiday! Hopefully we will be back to see you again.

Sue and Neil Risby April 2015

Fabulous house and gite beautifully furnished and immaculate. Love the pool and the relaxation and the places we visited ie St Emillion and La Rochelle. Loved the fish restaurants

June and Chas

June 2014

WOW! Amazing cute - fantastic location. We have had the most relaxing two week break in complete luxury! Thank you so much to you both for giving us a fantastic holiday.

Jim and Sarah August 2014.

We all wish we had another week to explore this beautiful part of France. We loved Jonzac and our evening at the night market, enjoying moules and a French band playing American soul music! great fun. The drive to the Cote Savage was worth it, miles of golden sand and terrific waves. But above all we loved our little gite here in Chez Vieuille, beautifully furnished with everything we could possibly need. Thank you so much Steve and Loraine for making us feel so welcome. We loved talking to you. You are wonderful hosts, so very kind and your house is magnificent. xx

Fiona and James August 2014
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Thomas-de-Conac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly fitted shower room with large corner shower, large white basin and toilet. Heated towel rail. Beautifully equipped and decorated. High quality towels
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed Bedroom 2 with two single beds which can be made into one king-size bed and a cot can be added to the rooms Bedrooms both have ample storage and individual bespoke furniture. Beautiful linen and quilts Light and sunny.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Notes on accommodation: Holidays are for 7 or 14 nights and must commence on a Saturday. We aim to provide an excellent service and a warm and friendly welcome to guests visiting our beautiful and highly equipped gite. We aim to ensure that all our guests have a wonderful stay. Outside: Beautiful garden with a newly built pool measuring 10 x 5 metres with aqua coloured water. The pool is shared with the owners and has a modern electric cover to meet French security law. There are steps into the water which stretch the complete width of the pool for easy entry and exit. Large patio area fully equipped with sun loungers and parasols. The pool is heated during the cooler months. The gite benefits from its own garden complete with patio table and chairs and bbq. The garden is well tended and overlooks stunning views across the vineyards and sunflowers. During the day the only sound is the distant tractors in the fields and at night the owls under a starlit sky. Utility Room: Ironing board Iron Dryer Pegs Cleaning equipment Washing machine All towels and linen of a high quality are provided and will be changed weekly. Linen can be changed by guest or by owner. Other: Private and safe off road parking.


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Great location and fabulous gite
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 36 reviews

A Memorable French Pied a Terre

  • 5 of 5

A friend and myself stayed at this pretty Gite in the lovely quiet Bordeaux area for a week in late September. It was truly delightful and very well equipped. The rooms were light and airy, the beds were exceptionally comfortable and the linen was of the finest quality. If you are looking for somewhere with character and comfort you could not do better. Situated centrally to so many fabulous holiday destinations we were able to cover both coastal and inland attractions very easily. Our hosts, Lorraine and Steve were charming and very helpful in every conceivable way without in any way being obtrusive. I would go back there tomorrow given half a chance!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liz and Emma. It was a delight to have you stay in our gite and we would like to thank you for your review knowing that you both enjoyed your stay here. If you do consider returning in the future let me know and I will start stocking up with chateaux guerry wine. Hope you enjoyed it and it brought back many happy memories. Very best wishes, Steve and Loraine.
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Lovely gite that ticks all the boxes

  • 5 of 5

Property is just as described & the photos give a true likeness, what can't be shown is the welcome & care and attention from Steve & Lorraine.

Couldn't have asked for better hosts - nothing too much trouble & they have set up the gite perfectly,

Thank you to them & trust me for a couple this is a perfect little gite to relax in

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway in a beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

Whilst we have made many trips to France, this was the first time we have stayed in this area and this property provided a perfect base for both exploring and unwinding.

Steve and Loraine are great hosts, with nothing being too much trouble. They were on hand with advice about the local area, from local cognac producers to where to park when we ventured into Bordeaux.

The gite immediately felt like home. It is furnished to a high standard and is very well equipped. The garden is large, beautifully landscaped and has wonderful views out across the nearby vineyards. The main feature, of course, is the fabulous swimming pool which formed the focus of our lazy days basking in the August sunshine.

All in all, a great holiday in a great location - absolutely recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review and Loraine and I were delighted to welcome you to our home and this part of France. We are thrilled you liked our place and hopefully we will see you in the future for more exploring and relaxing.
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A perfect place to relax.

  • 5 of 5

The Gite is very well equipped - the best we've come across in all our years visiting France. Steve and Lorraine are fantastic hosts - informative but not intrusive and obviously wanted us to have the best time. The pool and garden area is beautifully maintained and ideal for spending sunny days relaxing in the peace and quiet. Both Thomas De Conac and Saint Ciers de Taillon are lovely villages with all the amenities you need.

We will definitely return and we can't wait.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review and we both enjoyed you staying here with us. We very much look forward to you returning next year. Best wishes, Steve and Loraine.
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  • 5 of 5

We were contemplating squatters rights at the end of our stay! We travel a lot in France and have stayed in many places - this was one of our favourites. Within easy reach of the A10 but feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, it felt accessible but remote at the same time. While we enjoyed lovely quiet days by the pool, we were able to go the Côte Sauvage, Bordeaux, Saintes amphitheatre, markets - and the huge thermal water park/spa just 20 minutes away in Jonzac was fantastic fun for the family too (especially in cooler weather).

Steve and Lorraine were so welcoming, we never felt as if we made too much noise (we have 12 & 13 year old boys) or imposed on their beautiful garden. The heated pool was fabulous - a godsend as it was a bit cool.

The actual gîte was very well equipped, beautifully decorated, beds were comfortable and it was spotless.

We would return in a heartbeat. Thanks Steve and Lorraine for wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello to you all, Thank you so much for your kind review and Loraine and I were delighted you enjoyed your stay here with us. I agree that there is so much to do here but like you, most people just want to spend time around the pool and chill. Anyway, keep well and we hope to see you again one day. Best wishes, Steve and Loraine. x
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Third time to this perfect home from home.

The Ghit has everything you would need. Along with perfect hosts who are now firm friends.

Don't doubt it, book it

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dawn and Alan thank you very much. Likewise you are our friends and can't wait to see you both again x
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Saint-Thomas de Conac
Nearest Ferry
48 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Saint-Thomas de Conac
Nearest Beach
42 Kilometres
St George de Didonne
Car: necessary


Royan 30 minutes by car

St George De Didonne 25 minutes by car

Cote de Sauvage and Cote de Beaute 40 minutes by car

Gironde Estuary inlets 10 minutes by car

Talmont 25 minutes by car

and many more within 45 minutes


Bordeaux airport 55 minutes by car

Car hire at airport recommended and is essential for supplies and visiting the vast amount of places available

La Rochelle airport 1 hour by car

From Calais 500 miles or 8 hours

Recommend Ryan Air and Easyjet and Flybe


St Ciers du Taillon 5 minutes by car with all local shops available including takeaway and restaurant

St Thomas de Conac 8 minutes by car and again with local shops

Jonzac 15 minutes with large supermarkets, water park and spa and local fresh food market twice a week. Lively town very pretty with wide range of shops and cafes and small chateau with entertainments

Mirambeau with many shops and famous hotel/chateau 5 star worth a visit

Pons Historic town

Many restaurants close by

Further Details:

COGNAC - Several well-known cognac houses are open to the public & give guided tours around their distilleries. The town of Cognac itself also merits a trip!

ST. EMILLION -  A picturesque town, the home of “good” red wine. There are guided tours of a different chateau each day during the summer, by “road-train”.

BLAYE - An old garrison town, well worth a visit. Saturday morning market

BOURG - An interesting little town  a bit further up the estuary from Blaye. Capital of the “Cotes de Bourg” appellation.

SAINTES - Roman city on the Charente river, complete

with amphitheatre and Roman remains. Beautiful  abbey and churches as well as some good shops.

ROYAN - Lovely beaches, interesting yacht harbour. It has an interesting cathedral built by the Americans to replace the one bombed in error by them during WW2. Good indoor food market. A “smart” seaside town.

TALMONT - A very pretty estuary village with an interesting ancient church. This is everyone’s favourite spot!

LA PALMYRE - Renowned for its zoo reputed to be the finest in Europe (a great day out for adults as well as children). The beaches in this area are magnificent, mainly nature reserves and very wild. Also, visit the “Phare de Coubre” (lighthouse) and, if you’re fit, climb it’s 300 steps for a breathtaking view.

MARENNES - This is the home of the oyster and mussel “industry” - a fascinating area especially if you like seafood.

ILE D’OLERON - Cross to this island on a magnificent bridge. The island has beautiful beaches & an interesting citadel.

BORDEAUX - An impressive city with good shopping and possibly the world’s most important wine centre.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Thomas-de-Conac, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 11
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
end season
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
end of season
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9
30 Mar 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
1 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 12
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

The booking conditions below should be read carefully as they form part of this contract.
The property known as Le Petit Chez Vieuille situated at 2 Chez Vieuille St Thomas de Conac 17150 hereafter referred to as 'the property' is offered for holiday rental subject to confirmation by Mr Stephen Winkel and Mrs Loraine Winkel, hereafter referred to as the 'owners' to the renting party.
The maximum number to reside in the gite shall not exceed the number stated on the booking form
without prior agreement of the owners.

Tenancies are Saturday to Saturday and normally commence at 4pm. Check out time is 10am. We
therefore recommend that you book your travel to fit in with these timings.

We are happy to provide a cot and cot sheets and highchair for babies under 2 years at no charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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