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Charentais Country Cottage: pool, large gardens, private courtyard & games barn



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Les Eglises-d'Argenteuil, Saint Jean d'Angély, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Countryside Location, 10 Minutes Drive To St Jean D'angély. 45 Minutes To Atlantic Coast & Beaches

Three bedroom holiday cottage set in rolling Charentais countryside on the edge of the village of Les Églises d'Argenteuil, just 10 minutes from St Jean d'Angély and 45 minutes from the beach. The cottage can sleep 6 people in the 3 bedrooms: a double, a twin and a bunk room, or up to 8 people using the bed-settee in the living room. A cot can also be provided on request. Indoor entertainment includes Satellite Television, DVD player and WiFi. A range of books, toys, board games and DVDs are also available. Outside, dine al-fresco under the welcome shade of the cherry tree in the private courtyard garden, complete with a gas BBQ, garden table, umbrella and chairs. Unwind on a sun-lounger, take a refreshing dip in the pool or work out on our rower and stepper. Relax and watch the children play on the large, enclosed field with its swings, badminton nets and football goals. Enjoy the facilities in our games room barn. Darts, pool, table football and table tennis at your disposal whatever the weather!

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

Former primary school teacher, now living in France.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have really enjoyed our 2 week stay at Rue Vincent and are already planning our next visit. The gite is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need and the private courtyard area is ideal for barbecues and lounging in the sun. As if that wasn't enough, the fenced pool area with all the plants surrounding it gives that not overlooked feeling for you to enjoy a peaceful swim. After swimming away your stresses there, it's time to visit the games room for a game of pool or darts. We also got to see a few markets full of local produce, plants and flowers and stopped at the Bar Ellis Park in St Jean for well deserved coffee whilst watching an local farmer walk his geese down the cobbled streets. Another place worthy of a visit is the beach at Chatelaillon Plage. We were lucky enough to be there when the kite festival was on, a brilliant atmosphere with kites of all shapes and sizes - great photos taken! Thank you to our hosts Jackie and Pete for a relaxing stay!
Apr 2015
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1 holidaymaker review


Amazing better than described.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the most amazing holiday. The accommodation surpassed our expectations. The owners could not have been more helpful, nothing was any trouble. In truth the setting, facilities, accommodation and location was superb. We will be going back without hesitation.

We could not have wished for better.

Jackie and Peter thank you both for a fantastic holiday, and allowing my children and I to share such an amazing holiday and of course our dogs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to stay with us again next summer.
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From the Owner

Beautiful, peaceful countryside location yet close to a pretty and historic market town with some great bars and restaurants, all amenities, including an indoor swim complex, a cinema and a go-kart track. Easy access to airports and motorway links: Nestled among fields of grain and sunflowers, it's hard to believe we are just 10 minutes' drive from the A10. Under an hour from the airport at La Rochelle, Poitiers 1hr 15mins, Bordeaux 1hr 30 mins. Ferries - 4 hrs from St Malo, 4.5hrs from Caen.

Activity and Interests


60 Minutes drive to La Rochelle

45 minutes drive to Chatelaillon Plage - beautiful sandy, family-friendly beach.


Airports: La Rochelle (45 mins), Poitiers (1.25hrs) Bordeaux (1.5hrs)

Ferries: St Malo (4.5hrs), Caen (5hrs), Le Havre (5.5hrs), Cherbourg (6hrs), Calais/Eurotunnel (6.5 - 7hrs)

All times are approximate driving times.


St Jean d'Angély - 8km

Aulnay de Saintonge - 8km

Saintes - 30km

Cognac - 44km

La Rochelle - 78km

Further Details:

St Jean d'Angély is an attractive market town with a diverse range of independent shops, banks, post office and pharmacies as well as a number of large supermarkets, restaurants and bars catering for all tastes and pockets. It has an outdoor leisure lake and an impressive indoor pool complex with flumes etc.

Situated just off the coast of La Rochelle and accessible via bridge or boat, lies the beautiful World Heritage site, Île de Ré. Explore the old town within the citadel of Saint-Martin and discover the island's fine sandy beaches, ports, forests and salt marshes. Fort Boyard - built by Vauban and located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron - is a short boat ride away.

The pretty market town of Saintes is famous for its Roman architecture, notably the impressive Arc de Germanicus, standing proudly on the banks of the Charente river; the amphitheatre and the Cathédral de St-Pierre. Horse lovers may wish to visit Le Haras National de Saintes – one of the 23 the national horse studs of France. Originally created to provide King Louis XIV with horses, this national network is today responsible for maintaining the standards of breeding and for protecting local breeds – including this area’s Poitevin draught horse and the Poitou donkey. Take a guided tour to see the horses housed in elegant stables set in landscaped gardens.

Cognac, the medieval town which bears the name of the region, is attractive with narrow medieval cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance facades. It is here that the famous beverage of the same name has been produced since the 17" century and where world famous Cognac houses such as Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Prince Hubert de Polignac, Rémy-Martin, Courvoisier, and Renault-Bisquit are located. Each distillery has its own secret and unique process for mixing the various blends of its eaux-de-vie and most offer guided tours allowing visitors to observe the distilling process as well as to taste and purchase the final product.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late season
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
To reserve the Property, complete and sign the booking form and return it together with payment of the initial non-refundable deposit (25% of the total rent due). Subject to availability, the Owner will send a confirmation receipt and statement. This is the formal acceptance of the booking. Provisional bookings by telephone or online are held for one week only. Balance required 8 weeks prior to stay.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in high season but can be flexible outside of this period. Check in 3pm. Check out by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices exclude bed linen, which can be hired if required. Guests may choose to bring their own if preferred. Towels not provided.

A security deposit of £350 for the rental period is payable with the holiday balance in case of, for example, damage to the property or its contents. However, this sum shall not limit the Client's liability to the Owner. The Owner will account to the Client for the security deposit and refund the balance due within two weeks after the end of the rental period.

Up to 2 well-behaved dogs may be accepted on a discretionary basis. Please give full details of your pets on booking form or ask us for further information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Private pool, large garden and games barn as well as it's rural location among the rolling countryside of the Boutonne Valley make this property a great choice for families or couples who want to get away from it all, yet be just a 10 minute drive from all amenities in the picturesque towns of St Jean d'Angély and Aulnay. Gorgeous Atlantic beaches and La Rochelle with it's award-winning restaurants and aquarium are just an hour away. Vineyards, beautiful chateaux, the historic towns of Cognac& Saintes and the Marais Poitevin are all easily reachable. For child-friendly days out, why not take a trip to the charming Donkey Sanctuary just a short drive away, or further afield (just over an hour) to Futuroscope, the water park at Jonzac or the Zoo at La Palmyre?

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 27 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, WC and wash hand basin
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Wash hand basin, electric razor point, bath with shower
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over plus wash handbasin. Separate WC with wash handbasin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Cot can be provided upon request
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Twin beds.
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The cottage can sleep 6 people in the 3 bedrooms: a double, a twin and a bunk room, or up to 8 people using the bed-settee in the living room. A cot can also be provided on request.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Pets accepted subject to approval. Outside: Large enclosed field with swings, badminton nets and football goals. Private pool and splash pool - fenced and alarmed with sun loungers. Use shared with owners only. Games room/barn with pool, table tennis, table football, darts and fitness machines. Private outdoor terrace with Gas BBQ, Parasol and patio furniture. Utility Room: Washing machine in utility area, plus iron & ironing board. Towels / Linen Bed linen may be hired at a cost of £10 per set, per bed. (Guests may bring their own if preferred) Towels are not provided. Cot linen not provided.

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