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Cottage With Private In Ground Pool Set Among Vineyards And Open Countryside



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Cottage in Arces-Sur-Gironde, Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Rural Location, 15 Mins To Beautiful Sandy Beaches, Cycle Routes On The Doorstep

Detached cottage with a truly rustic charm, set in a large enclosed garden with a private in-ground pool 9m x 5m including approved security pool alarm. The cottage is decorated and furnished in a rural French style and affords comfortable and spacious accommodation for a family to enjoy the delights of the French countryside with walks and cycle routes close by and only a short drive to the nearest sandy beaches at Meschers and St Georges de Diddone, with the popular tourist resort of Royan only 20 mins away. The garden is completely enclosed and private and is mainly lawned with terracing around the pool and a separate patio area with a built-in barbecue ideal for Al-Fresco dining. The nearest village, at Arces-sur-Gironde, boasts a recommended boulangerie and traiteur and a delightful restaurant offering local specialties. The nearest supermarket is at Cozes, a 10 minute drive away, where you will also find a weekly market, banks, shops, bars, restaurants and pharmacies.

Kitchen and bathroom facilities upgrade completed October 2016

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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About the Owner

We live in England but have always loved holidaying in France with our twin daughters and over many years have explored a number of regions. We kept coming back to this part of Charente-Maritime so decided to buy our own home here and it has become our ‘retreat’ over the last 12 years, where we have shared many memorable holidays with friends and family.

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Speaks English, French

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six had an absolutely wonderful time at the cottage. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather which allowed our children to take full advantage of the fantastic pool- which was impossible for us to tear them away from. The surrounding area was beautiful with lots of places to explore, excellent restaurants nearby and cycle trails to some lovely beaches. Would highly recommend and certainly hope to return sometime soon

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Bergerie so much. It is lovely for us to know that our guests appreciate what the gite offers as much as we do! We do consider the pool to be a key element of the experience , especially when the weather is as hot as it has been this summer. And we are pleased that you took advantage of many of the attractions of the local area; there is certainly a lot to explore so we would be delighted to welcome you back for more holidays in the future. Kind regards Dianne and Dean
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Nice location & pool, bathrooms very disappointing

  • 2 of 5

Pool lovely, location very good & private but really let down by the antiquated bathrooms/toilets. These need to be totally ripped out. Not great the fact the main toilet comes straight out onto the small kitchen. The showers & toilets were really tiny and so old they spoilt the trip for us personally. Also, the equipment in the kitchen e.g fridge/ oven need a total revamp. TV was tiny ( 17 inches ). Not even one T towel in the kitchen either ( although the crockery/ glasses were fine). Bed and Bedding comfortable – shame very little hanging space. We felt the house needed more money spent on it especially the toilets/ bathrooms.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your constructive feedback, Sarah, we always value our guests views and appreciate your comments and suggestions. We are glad you appreciated the location and pool facilities, and are sorry that you felt the bathrooms/toilets let the place down; indeed we are of course saddened that these spoilt the trip for you. This is the first negative feedback we have experienced in all the time we have had guests staying at La Bergerie so naturally we are surprised by the points you raise and want to ensure we understand what we can do differently to allow our guests to have an enjoyable stay with us. Feedback from previous guests has consistently suggested that La Bergerie offers a tranquil and relaxing place to spend a family holiday, with comfortable accommodation and good facilities, a well-maintained pool and close to some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast. As we indicated in our e-mail correspondence with you following your stay, we routinely review facilities offered, equipment etc. at the end of each season to identify improvements required prior to the next season. However, in light of your specific comments we will be focussing this years review on the bathroom facilities and kitchen equipment and can assure you that any improvements identified will be implemented ready for summer 2017. Kind regards Dianne and Dean
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A relaxing week in La Bergerie

  • 5 of 5

We can only agree with the previous reviews that have been submitted for La Bergerie, a wonderful find in the tranquil French countryside.

My partner and I took my mum and her parents for a week in late June at La Bergerie and found it to be a well equipped, clean and well maintained cottage. The bedrooms were all comfortable with quality mattresses and the kitchen has all the utensils you'll need including several cork screws and we loved the baguette holder!

Whilst the weather could have been slightly warmer we barbequed most evenings and enjoyed the peace and quiet of rural France. It must be said that our parents were surprised at just how many bottles of wine were consumed whilst watching the world go by.

We visited the local Roman remains, had trips to Cognac (1 hour) and Bordeaux (1.25 hours). We would happily recommend The Cottage restaurant and the Auberge on the estuary, both excellent food and very friendly staff.

All in all a great stay and we would be happy to recommend and also hope to return.

Kevin and Sue

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kevin and Sue for your great feedback on our property. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Bergerie and would be delighted to welcome you back for a return visit. Dianne and Dean
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Fun & relaxing in France

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a number of very memorable holidays at La Bergerie. It has always been fun for the whole family, but Mum & Dad have really appreciated the peaceful ambience of the house and garden to be able to fully relax and wind-down away from the pressures of work.

There are lots of things to do locally with the children - the lovely beach at Meschers; the brilliant zoo and fantastic beach, sand-dunes and surf at La Palmyre; exploring the Roman history of the area at Saintes, and of course La Fa, which is practically on the door step. We also went canoeing at Barzan among the little streams and drainage ditches - very tranquil, and teeming with wildlife.

Its great cycling country too – not too many hills – and many intriguing villages, ports and hamlets within easy reach to explore. Talmont, just 20 mins away by bike, is a delight. Its a little like a quaint Cornish seaside village – lots of interesting arts & crafts shops, cafes and ice-cream!

Back at the house we enjoyed chilling-out in the lovely quiet and secluded garden and soaking up the sun, or having fun messing around in the lovely pool. Then in the evening we would BBQ in the garden, and then watch the swifts dive-bomb the pool as dusk fell. Enchanting.

The house was spotlessly clean and had all the amenities you could ask for, including some great board games and jigsaws which kept the children amused on the few wet days we have had there.

We found some great restaurants in the vicinity, especially in the port Mortagne, and Le Cottage in the local village – great food and service, and they speak English too.

We would highly recommend a holiday at La Bergerie, and are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John, So glad you have enjoyed staying at La Bergerie and looks like you have taken advantage of all the attractions the area has to offer. Its always very gratifying when guests return to stay with us; thats a true indication they have really appreciated the cottage and what we offer at the property. And as you have been back several times so we must be doing something right!! I hope you will be back to stay at La Bergerie again soon. Kind regards Dianne
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  • 5 of 5

What can I say La Bergerie was just perfect. We stayed for a week which was just not long enough.

The area is delightful, this small hamlet is just a short drive/ cycle from Talmont, definitely worth exploring.

We did a few day trips out ( St Georges de Didonne/ Royan) both only 15/20 mins drive away. Huge stretches of beaches, cafes, etc.

But ultimately our week was made special because of where we were, the cottage was just so welcoming with EVERYTHING you could possibly need.

We took full advantage of the barbeque area, al-fresco dining is so enjoyable when surrounded by beautiful views. Sitting on the patio and being able to see out over the vineyards with a glass of chilled vino in your hand doesn't get much better.

We hadn't expected the garden to be so big but used it to it's full advantage, when energy levels allowed we played games, but when chasing a ball around became a little strenuous, lazing in a sunlounger soon followed.

Not to mention floating in the pool, pure relaxation.

There were four of us staying, and the cottage catered for all our needs, having two bathrooms is a godsend.

The free wi-fi is also a bonus, able to check flight times and booking in etc.

Needless to say we will definitely be recommending this cottage to our friends and family. And next time we visit France this will be our first port of call.

Thank you for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelley, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Bergerie and would love to welcome you back when you next visit France. Its always nice when other people appreciate what the cottage and the area has to offer, so thanks for sharing that and hope that your friends and family will come and stay with us soon! Kind regards Dianne and Dean
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Perfect summer holiday in rural France

  • 4 of 5

La Bergerie was a delight. We spent two peaceful and relaxing weeks at the cottage. The property is situated in a little hamlet but within close driving distance to the small town of Cozes, which has cafes, restaurants, supermarket, banks etc. La Bergerie offers total privacy and a clean, well maintained swimming pool. Excellent location for cyclist and runners. We thoroughly enjoyed daily trips to the nearby towns and chateaux's along the coast as we are both interested in history and architecture. If you love the South of France then you will love La Bergerie!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you appreciated the location of La Bergerie and what it offers. We believe this part of SW France is not widely recognised but we have loved coming here for years so its good to hear others like it too!
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From the Owner

Arces is a small village among a farming community and benefits from an excellent boulangerie and ‘traiteur’ and one of the best restaurants in the region. Its such a relaxing place to spend time, in a tranquil rural setting amid fields and vineyards and yet only a very short distance from some of the best beaches in France. And with lots of opportunities close by to get involved in a wide range of activities including horse riding, golf, cycling, walking and all the water sports you can think of! And the resorts of Royan and La Rochelle, towns steeped in history like Saintes and Cognac, the beautiful Ile d’Oleron and the city of Bordeaux all a short drive away.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The area is well situated with a great number of marked cycle routes, many off road through the field and vineyards.


The nearest sandy beaches and grottoes are at Meschers, only 10 mins drive. The beaches of the Atlantic coast are sandy and some are extensive e.g. St Georges de Didonne, 15 mins drive away and la Grande Cote, with perfect surfing conditions is only 20 mins drive. Other beaches are more isolated and approached through pine forests. The larger,popular resort of Royan with extensive watersports available is only 20 mins drive and offers equipment hire and tuition.


La Rochelle and Bordeaux airports are approximately 55 miles away.

From Calais (ferry) and La Coquelles (Eurotunnel) it is approx. 520 miles or 8 hours driving time.

A car is essential if you wish to explore the area.


Arces sur Gironde is approx 5km from Meschers, 20 mins drive to Royan, Saintes is about a half hour drive and Cognac about an hour. La Rochelle and Bordeaux are both within an hours drive.

Further Details:

The nearest town is Cozes, a 5minute drive, which offers a supermarket, restaurants, shops, banks, a post office, tourist information, a health centre, and a weekly market for local produce.


Rental rates

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8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
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22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
25% deposit on confirmation of booking. Booking form to be completed and returned with deposit. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival date. £250 refundable (subject to a satisfactory inspection) security deposit to be paid when full balance is required.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays arrival after 4pm. Departure before 10am. Please ensure you leave the house clean and tidy as you would expect to find it.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

25% non-refundable deposit to confirm booking; balance of rental rate plus returnable security deposit of £250 due 8 weeks before start of booked period

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From the Owner

La Bergerie offers the opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ by enjoying the large garden, with plenty of room for outdoor games, swimming in the pool, or just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine for which this region is well-known. Or within a short cycle ride are some beautiful sandy beaches and the port at Meschers, with bars, restaurants and shops, the picturesque Romanesque 12th century church at Talmont and the busy market town of Cozes. And a short drive gets you into the wine-growing region of Bordeaux boasting some of the finest wines in the world or the prime Oyster and Mussel beds at Marennes-Oleron if your tastes are more gastronomic!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 Separate wc Shower room with double sink unit and shower cubicle Separate wc


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed and en-suite shower room Bedroom 2 with twin bed and vanity sink unit Bedroom 3 with double bed


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is tucked away along a private drive, ideally suited for families, with lots of outside space and plenty of accommodation inside. There are room fans in the bedrooms and living area. Non-smoking only. No pets allowed. Outside: Large enclosed private garden with private in-ground pool 9m x 5m including approved security pool alarm. Pool terracing with patio set and parasol, sun loungers, separate patio area with large table, chairs and patio and built-in barbecue ideal for al-fresco dining. Utility Room: Automatic front loader washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen provided. The property is cleaned at every change over. Other: Fully glazed veranda links the living area with bedrooms 2 and 3 and is furnished with large wooden table and benches providing additional seating/dining area overlooking the garden and pool area.

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