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18th C Presbytery , Old French Character , heated swimming pool near the beach

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Meschers-sur-Gironde, near Royan ,Charente Maritime, Poitou charente ,France - In A Quiet And Authentic Village At 10 Minutes Walk To The sandy Beach and 2 mins to the port .

18th century Presbytery , Maison classée 4 étoiles , near Royan . Spacious and light , Ideal for 2 families or for several friends holidaying together at the seaside . Comfortably accomodates 10 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms with air-conditioning in 3. The swimming pool has just been built and the garden renovated. For the safety of kids it has been equipped with an automatic PVC roller blind . Several terraces are now available in the garden ,for your comfort ,with deckchairs , dining tables a sofa and armchairs . The Atlantic coast's sandy beaches are only five minutes stroll away. At Meschers , everything is within walking distance , so you don't need to drive , lovely Plage des Nonnes is 5mns bicycle and 10 mns walk , with its restaurants which serve lovely food , 2 mns walk to the port where there are more eateries and cream parlours , 1 mn walk to the fresh produce market and 2 mns walk into the High Street where you can buy fresh croissants for your breakfast . The Roman town Saintes and Royan are nearby and islands just off shore . The area offers great cycling in the nearby beautiful tracks along the Estuary or to the Beach , water sports , forest walks , vineyards and lots more . Tennis , horse-riding , golf , sailing, boat hire are all availble locally . All fully equipped , beautifully decorated with antique furniture . For kids there is the best zoo in France

( La Palmyre ) , an excellent Aquarium at La Rochelle and an indoor aqua park in Jonzac .

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2017


My name is Marie Helene , I am French and I speak English. I am nearly 60 years old and I love swimming , cycling , reading in the garden , going to the beach and .....

Meschers sur Gironde .

Marie Hélène MEYSSIGNAC - POPINEAU purchased this house in 1949

Why Marie Hélène MEYSSIGNAC - POPINEAU chose Saintes area

This house has been in our family for a long time and with my two children and four grandchildren we love spending time at Meschers which is a charming village by the sea where everything is accessible on foot : the beach , fresh produce market , shops , bars , restaurants supermarket and pleasure port . It is a great base for exploring the area if you want to travel further : there are many places of interest to visit , not far , like : Cognac - Ile de Ré - Ile d'Oléron or La Palmyre zoo which is a must - and several beautiful other places along the coast .

It is also a lovely part of the world to wander - cave dwellings in the cliff face, walk to a local restaurant or just sit and have a drink .

Easy access by road ( A16 motorway is 30 mns away ) Bordeaux La Rochelle airport

What makes this house unique

The climate in this area is very good , sunny and mild - nearly as good as the Med but not that blistering heat and without the long drive .

You can enjoy the beach when you want and experience the French way of life at a slow pace . It is great for lazing about and reading , but also sailing , jet skis etc . available to hire either at Meschers or at nearby St Georges de Didonne .


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Meschers-sur-Gironde in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite Bathrooms to : Masterbedroom : bath (100cms) , shower , and WC Bedroom 2 and 3 : Shower Bedroom 4 and 5 : Shower and separate WC + 2 separate WCs : 1 upstairs on the landing ( shared by Bedroom 2 and 3 ) and 1 downstairs
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom : 1 double King size bed and en-suite bathroom +cot Bedroom 2 :1 double bed and en-suite bathroom Bedroom 3 : twin beds and en-suite bathroom Bedroom 4 : 1 double bed and en-suite bathroom Bedroom 5 : 1 double bed and en-suite bathroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: You drive into the property directly into the Garage ( for 1 big car ) through a remote - controlled door ( + off street parking ) . A stoned staircase leads you directly up to the garden ,the two separate air-conditioned Bedrooms (4 and 5 ) , the Covered Terrace Dining Area ( with its large wooden garden - table ) and the Utility Room ( with its Large Shower ideal for the kids when back from the Beach ) . Opposite and separated by the beautiful completely private Garden , the main House with ,on the ground floor , a big fitted and equipped Kitchen of 30 m2 and its pantry , a Dining- Room with fireplace , a Living -room of 45 m2 with fireplace : all of them opening directly on to a terrace and the high-walled garden . On the first floor : air- conditioned Master-Suite of 45 m2 with its dressing and 2 Bedrooms with Shower-rooms en-suite and a separate WC on the landing : all of them having nice views over the rooftops and the pleasure port . Outside: Charming private Garden with a gas Barbecue and wooden Deckchairs . Large Covered Terrace Dining area with a large wooden garden -table (comfortable for 10 people ) . Garage ( for 1 very big car ) + off- street Parking . Utility Room: You enter the utility room from the Covered Terrace : Washing machine - Tumble dryer -Large double sink - large Shower ( very comfortable when back from the beach ) - Iron and Ironing board . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen will be provided . please bring beach towels . A full cleaning service can also be provided at an extra cost : 150€. Other: 5 WCs - Air conditioning in 3 Bedrooms ( 1 , 4 and 5 ). All the beds have new comfy mattresses Garage (for 1 very big car ) with 4 Bicycles and Beach Toys available . Barbecue and wooden Deckchairs in the Garden . Off-Street Parking


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

18th C Presbytery , Old French Character , heated swimming pool near the beach
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

A beautiful house in a beautiful peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

I booked this house for my family as a treat and what a lovely treat it was. The house is in the centre of the small town of Meschers Sue Gironde but it was so quiet despite the small open air market behind the house, which was held a couple of days in the week. This was great for fresh fruit, veg , fish and meats.

The house it's self is a really good size with plenty of room for the family, it was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. The pool was fantastic especially for the children and adults on hot days. The beach is about a 5 minute drive and it was very natural and quiet.

There is a small harbour a short distance to walk with a few restaurants and we ate there on the recommendation of Marie Helene the owner. There is also good restaurants in Talmont which is a very pretty village about 10 minutes drive, we visited here twice, it also has a few nice shops for gifts etc.....

Another good place to visit especially for a late afternoon or evening meal is Mortagne sir Gironde, you can sit on the quayside of this small port and eat some lovely food, there is also a good large antique shop there if you enjoy a good mooch or perhaps a bit of old France to take home!

If you enjoy larger resorts Royan is about 15 minutes drive with a large but beautiful beach, this is a town with larger shops, banks cafes etc....

Marie Helene was really welcoming and we had no reason to bother her all week, with the house being very well equipped even down to buckets and spades and beach chairs etc....

overall we had a really enjoyable holiday and one we would probably like to repeat in the future.

We had good weather so utilised the beautiful enclosed garden and ate all our meals outside, making use of the barbecue on several occasions.

Thank you Marie Helene for the lovely welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to you and your lovely family for your visit . I will be delighted to welcome all of you in the future .
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"Amazing property which exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

We had the convenience of being right in the centre of the village whilst having the most peaceful feeling once we entered the garden. The owner has gone to great lengths to make us feel welcome and relaxed. location With easy access to the village and beaches, the house is beautiful with lovely places in the garden for meals outside. The kitchen is well equipped and there are plenty of bathrooms. .Everything you could possibly need was provided including children's toys and bikes ! We are already trying to convince more of our friends to come back next year!"

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house, close to all amenities.

  • 5 of 5

The Presbytery in Meschers is a beautiful house with lovely enclosed gardens. We stayed as a family of ten, and there as plenty of space for all within the house and gardens. The house is well organised, with a cooker large enough to cater for such numbers and significant freezer and fridge space. The town was charming, with a supermarket 5 minutes away by foot, the port with restaurants and swimming beaches all close by. The home owner is incredibly helpful and responds quickly to any queries regarding the house, both in advance and during our stay. Air conditioning in three of the bedrooms helped as the weather was very hot indeed. It is a beautiful house ina charming area of France, and we would be hapy to stay there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really delighted that you have enjoyed your stay at Meschers and we are looking forward to opening the house for you and your lovely Family . .
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Fabulous house in a lovely French town

  • 5 of 5

There were eight adults staying in this house for a week. We all thought it was a beautiful house with everything provided that you could possibly need - from the well stocked kitchen and pantry to stuff for the beach, particularly for children. The house is well placed for the local market, ie right next door, which is on every morning and which we used every day for fresh produce, such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables - all excellent. There is a gas BBQ in the garden and a lovely big table situated in a veranda outside which seated the eight of us easily. As the weather was so good during our stay we ate all our meals outside and therefore didn't use the lovely dining room and lounge in the house itself.

The property is well situated in the middle of Meschers but is totally private because of the high walls right round the garden.

There are lots of places to visit nearby, Talmont, St Georges de Didonne, and Royan to name but a few.

The owner, Marie-Helene was extremely helpful and welcoming, and was genuinely concerned that we all had a good holiday in her family home. Hopefully we will return one day to this beautiful house.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Kate . It was a pleasure to receive you all . I do hope you will return soon with all your sympathetic friends .
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Rue basse

  • 4 of 5

The property is stunning. Marie Helena is welcoming and helpful in every way. The property is beautifully furnished but also very well equipped. Three fridges for all those cold drinks!. Everything was clean and well maintained. Electricity allowance was generous for us and we used the dishwasher and washing machine every day. Le foret is a fantastic restaurant for a special occasion very large portions

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much to all of you for coming . It was great to meet you and I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay at Meschers . I hope to have the pleasure to welcome you soon .
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Wonderful house and garden.

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us had a great holiday in this lovely house in early July 2015. Our party consisted of 2 grandparents, 3 adults, and 3 children and the house and garden was ideal for us all. The house is spacious and stylish, extremely clean and well maintained. As you will see from the description, there are 3 bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house, and - across the garden - a separate building with 2 further bedrooms and bathrooms. This arrangement worked very well for us. One of the features which we enjoyed most was the large covered terrace, open on one side, which had a long dining table and chairs and where we ate all our meals including breakfast. The terrace provided shade for reading during the day, and the garden had easy chairs for sitting in the sun. Because the weather was wonderful we did not stay indoors very much, and so we did not make use of the dining room and sitting room - but both rooms are very attractive. We found the owners to be charming and helpful, and it is obvious from the quality of the furnishings and equipment that this is a well-loved house. We liked the easy access on foot to the village with its bakeries, cafe and restaurant, while at the same time the high walls around the garden gave us a nice sense of seclusion. We have no hesitation in recommending the house - you will love it! We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margaret , John and their lovely family were our first holiday makers . We are really delighted because they loved the property as much as we do . They have been the best guests on earth !... Thanks to all of them : I do hope to see them again soon !...
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
37 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: recommended


10 minutes easy walk ( or 5 mns bicycle ) to the lovely sandy beach " Plage des Nonnes " with its rocky cliffs , where you can swim , build sandcastles , and sunbathe .You can take sailing lessons and there are two beach bar/restaurants , often with live music in the evenings .You can also hire jetski nearby . "La Cote Sauvage " is about 30 minutes drive ideal for surfing and kite surfing .The beautiful sandy beaches of St Georges de Didonne and Royan are 10 minutes drive or cycle lanes .


A car is not essential at Meschers . Car hire is available from the supermarket or at Royan . Local buses ( bus station at 1 minute walk ) go to Royan , La Palmyre etc ..... Trains from Royan .

AIRPORTS : La Rochelle : 56 miles , Bordeaux :75 miles , Poitiers : 115 miles

Nearest FERRY : - St Malo : 251 miles

Nearest TRAIN : Royan : 7 miles

Nearest MOTORWAY : Saintes : 30 miles


At Meschers : pleasure port , boat rides , fishing , sailing lessons , kids' beach club , bowling alley with play area , pine forests walks , cycle lanes , tennis courts : in walking distance : Leave the car , plenty to do on foot or using local buses .

A short drive for surfing , windsurf , horse driving , tree adventure park , paintball , quad bike hire , karting , vineyard visits and more beaches . Heated sea water swimming pool at Royan .

Further Details:

The interesting town of Royan is a 10 minutes drive ( train station ) . The zoo at La Palmyre , golf and " La Cote Sauvage " ( wild coast ) are within half an hour's drive . Days out to "chic " La Rochelle , Cognac distilleries , Romanesque Saintes , Bordeaux and St Emilion vineyards , fantastic Futuroscope near Poitiers or Puy du Fou theme Park . Along with all the other shops and banks there is a tourist office at Meschers and up to date tourist info at the house .


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Meschers-sur-Gironde, 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
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
MARCH 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
JUNE 2018
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
JULY 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
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 £717.49
Stay tax £2.22 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
30% Deposit required to secure booking by bank transfer.
Balance due two weeks before arrival by bank transfer
Refundable damage deposit of 800 €.
You can also pay in euros
If booking within 8 weeks , 50% Deposit required .
Payment by bank transfer in euros or GB pounds .
Cleaning fee 100 euros or £ 75 .

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday .
You are welcome to arrive between 4 p.m - 6 p.m and depart before 10 a.m

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in GB pounds.
You can also pay in in euros : 1500 € May 30 to June 20 / 2000 € June 20 to July 4 / 2800 € July 4 to August .
Lets are 1 week minimum Saturday to Saturday.
We can offer discounts for stays of 2 weeks or longer - please contact us .
The additional end-of-stay cleaning must be paid on arrival (£ 75 ) .
We suggest that you take out appropriate holiday insurance . A refund will be made only if the cancelled holiday can be rebooked .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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