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Farmhouse With Private Heated Pool



Updated: 12-Nov-2016
Farmhouse near Matha, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes, France - Countryside Location, Walled Garden

The House is believed to have been a Farm house built in the late 19th century by a local vineyard owner. Divided into two residences for over a hundred years the history of the house can be seen in the new beams in part of the lounge and the lack of a handrail for the staircase. Local history says that the vineyard owner who had the house built to his specification never completed the house (and staircase) because he lost all his money in the phylloxera epidemic which destroyed most of the vineyards in France. The history of the house is still seen in its name which means 'beautiful well' and reflects the tiny well in the grounds and is the name of a Bordeaux wine for which the region is famous together with its other celebrated drink - Cognac.The house itself is spacious and airy and would suit a group holiday as there are 3 living areas and four double bedrooms with four bathrooms including a bath and 2 showers. The house is well equipped and is a safe environment for young children with its enclosed gardens,incorporating a private heated pool. Tucked away in the corner of a quiet village, the house and grounds provide privacy and relaxation in this beautiful part of the French countryside.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

My name is Chris Plews and I live and work in Oxfordshire. I am the FD of a company in Witney but enjoy visiting France whenever I can with my family.

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From the Owner

We bought in Charente-Maritime following several years of family holidays in the area. As well as enjoying the French language and culture we found the area to be unspoilt and combining the best of the countryside with easy access to beaches. When our children were small, the region was within half a day's drive from the ferries yet far enough south to get better weather.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Train : St Jean D'Angely at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary


There are a range of beaches including Fouras (45mins), Royan (1hr), Ile de Re (1hr 15mins). All times are by car.


The nearest ferry ports are St Malo (4.5hrs), Caen (5hrs), and Cherbourg (5.5hrs). Calais is approx 8hrs drive so an overnight stop is recommended.

The house is about an hour from La Rochelle airport, 1hr 20 mins from Poitiers and Bordeaux 2hrs.

The use of a car is essential.


Matha 5km, Aulnay 10km, St Jean D'Angeley 20km, Cognac 30km, Saintes 30km.

Further Details:

This is a region which is known as 'Entre terre et mer' as it encompasses both the delights of the French rural countryside and the Atlantic coast. There are numerous resorts along the coast which cater to the taste of all from the cosmopolitan La Rochelle and Ile de Re to Fouras, Palais sur Mer and Royan. There are many markets and spectacles during June to September but particularly in July and August and a visit to the local Tourist Information will fill you in on that season's events.Inland you have the delights of Saintes, St Jean d'Angely and Cognac. In addition there are the historic towns of Roquefort and Brouage.Each town, and many of the villages, have festivals during the summer season and Cognac has festivals dedicated to jazz, performing arts and, of course, cognac! There are municipal parks and 'Plan d'eau' for younger children and the pleasure boats at Saint Savinien are a must for the under 10 years. There is a local shop 2km away at Loire-sur-nie. Food shopping can be done at Aulnay, Matha and at any of the big supermarkets and markets at Saintes and St Jean d'Angeley. All of these have lovely weekly markets. For bigger items of shopping and clothes there is Angouleme and Bordeaux, the latter being a launchpad for visiting the wine chateaux of the Medoc. The nearest bars and restaurants are at Nere, Matha, and Aulnay.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 A
30 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 B
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 C
2 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 D
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 E
3 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
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

Booking Notes:
You can arrange a booking by email or contact us on 01865 862033. Your holiday can be secured with a deposit of 30% of the total, with the balance payable ten weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
During the main season, 24th May to 7th September, changeover day is Sunday. Outside if this time we can be more flexible.
The house will be available from 4pm on the date of arrival and we would ask that you leave by 10am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Having owned one half of the house for ten years, we purchased the rest when it became available in 2012. Since the it has been extensively renovated and modernised including the installation of a private heated swimming pool in 2014.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are two family bathrooms one with a bath, the other with a shower, in addition to the two en-suite rooms described above.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one is a large carpeted bedroom with a double bed, bedroom two has two single beds, bedroom three has a double bed and an en-suite shower/wc, bedroom four has two single beds and an en-suite washbasin/wc.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 7 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Cleaning / Towels / Linen services: The house and pool will be cleaned prior to your arrival. Guests are encouraged to skim the pool occasionally to improve their enjoyment of the facility. Other: The conservatory leads off the lounge. It has a suite of furniture and sun blinds. The garden can be accessed from the several opening patio doors.

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