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Country cottage with enclosed private garden and secure pool

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

VANZAC village. Near Jonzac - Peaceful rural location, approached via private road

This 4 bedroomed property sleeps 8 in an unrivalled situation. The rural setting affords spectacular views from all aspects. The property faces due south and benefits from all day sunshine. The house is situated in a private hamlet at the end of a long private drive with plenty of parking close to the house.The comfortable bright through lounge / kitchen leads onto a covered deck ideal for alfresco dining. A fully fitted dining kitchen provides everything to make this house feel like a home from home. All the bedrooms are accessed via 3 small steps from the hallway. The main double bedroom has an en-suite shower room with toilet and the bathroom has a bath and overhead shower with toilet which serves the remaining 3 bedrooms. A separate toilet is also situated next to the bedrooms. A fully enclosed and totally private garden with fully fenced pool is one of the best features of this property affording great views and tranquility. Fresh fruit from the orchard is available as well as some home grown vegetables. The village provides a baker, multi store and renowned butcher along with an alfresco restaurant. Tennis and fishing are available in a peaceful location ideal for picnics. The owners live in the hamlet and are available should you have any problems or need information.

Pretty 4 bedroom cottage sleeping 8 Idyllic rural location, but not far from all amenities. The fully hedged and enclosed garden and secure pool offers peace of mind with young children although there is plenty of space for older children to play football etc without disturbing parents wanting to relax by the fenced pool. Close to the old Roman town of Jonzac with its renowned water park, thermal springs, comprehensive shopping and restaurants, it is a perfect place for a family holiday.

More Details

Lynda McClure
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 November, 2017

About Lynda McClure

.We bought our little hamlet in 2006 and have spent the last 9 years gradually bringing it back to life. 2 of the 3 houses needed total rebuilds as they had been derelict for years.

Having spent many years holidaying around every part of France, always with an eye out for a place to buy, we stopped in Jonzac for lunch one day and knew that we had found our perfect area. After 9 years of very hard work, we still know we made the right chose.

Five years ago we were delighted when our daughter Emma and her family decided to join us and has since built her own house on the footprint of a ruin adjacent to ours.

Lynda McClure purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Lynda McClure chose Vanzac

Looking for an area that gave us a tranquil lifestyle but still didn't deny us the culture and activities that we had grown used to in our native Cheshire, was quite a task, but we have achieved just that!

Bordeaux, only 40 mins away never disappoints as one of France's top cities and Cognac,Saintes and Angouleme with their Roman history and wealthy wine producing industry are only a short drive away.

What makes this cottage unique

our property, situated on a private road but only minutes from the bustling town of Jonzac couldn't be in a more peaceful location with plenty of space for children to play but perfect for watching birds and deer coming out of the woods. The surrounding fields are usually planted with either sunflowers or summer wheat and walking or cycling along tree shaded trails is idyllic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for providing us with such lovely accommodation.

You made us feel so welcome and enabled us to have the most restful break. Thanks for that!!

We will certainly be in touch to book a second, longer visit!


Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Vanzac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is an en-suite shower room with toilet leading from the main bedroom and a family bathroom containing a bath with shower above. There is also a separate toilet and wash basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 4 double bedrooms sleeping 8 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has double bed and fitted wardrobes with en-suite shower, vanity unit and toilet. Bedroom 2 has double bed and fitted wardrobes Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds and fitted wardrobe Bedroom 4 has full size bunk beds and cot if required
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The outside covered deck has a gas barbecue and table and chairs for 8. There are comfortable padded sun loungers for use in the garden and pool area. Utility Room: The large utility room has a washer, ironing board and iron, sink and drinks fridge. Plenty of room for secure bike storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Charges for cleaning are made at the end of your stay, amounting to £60.


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Country cottage with enclosed private garden and secure pool
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 5 reviews

Lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful rural France

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group of 6 and all thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Clean, well-equipped and spacious house, lovely new pool and stunning views of sunflower fields. As the weather was hot we particularly appreciated the interior of the house remained nice and cool. We enjoyed cycling to the local village and along the nearby Voie Verte. The owners are very friendly and welcoming but at the same time discreet. Thank you for a lovely holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a delight to have you stay with us Clare. You and your extended family are what makes letting our property worthwhile. It was obvious you were having a great time and would be warmly welcomed back anytime. Lynda McClure
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  • 1 of 5

On first impressions everything looked nice, it wasn't until the next day things started to reveal themselves. The cottage was surface clean, it had clearly been given a quick once over before we arrived. Cobwebs were everywhere, every corner high and low, inside every wardrobe and dead bugs in the children's toy truck, not what you would expect of a clean rental property. Some mugs, glasses and kitchenware had to be washed before being used as they were dirty, we did however have lovely clean linen and towels. Outside the garden was overgrown, the decking was old and broken in one place with exposed wiring to lights which did not work. The garden had clearly been used as a building site when building the new pool and therefore was very uneven and full of weeds not to mention a few dog poops, not very child friendly, along with the gate at the front of the property which did not shut or lock...so much a secure garden for our 2 and 7 year old children. The pool area although new was nice but the decking was pretty rough causing lots of splinters in the children's feet and bits were lifting causing a trip hazard, it was however fenced which was good. The garden furniture was old and dirty, and the cushions had seen better days, sweat stains all over them. The shutters on the windows were absolutely filthy inside dead critters and peeling paint. One of the main reasons we booked this cottage was because it was within walking distance of the local village which the owner assured us it was...well technically it is but we certainly couldn't walk there with 2 small children it was a good 30 minute walk for adults mostly along the river not ideal! There was a sofa and chair missing from the lounge which was shown on the website as were the ceiling fans. On arrival one of the toilets was already broken along with the back door being very difficult to open, this was rectified. One of the big problems we had was the electricity constantly tripping out for the first 9 days we were there. Every time we turned an appliance on we were left with no power so consequently we had to pick and choose which one was the most important at that given moment and flick the trip switch back not to mention it going off over night leaving a fridge full of food with no power! Some of this could have been overlooked had our complaints not been met with hostility and a reluctance to accept blame. After a lot of money and a 14hour journey needless to say we were very disappointed

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A most peaceful retreat...

  • 5 of 5

This cottage exceeded all my expectations. It was spotlessly clean and well looked after. The garden was private and the peace was extraordinary. The owners made us feel extremely welcome. Approachable and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. We will definitely return for a longer visit and recommend the cottage without reserve.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to meet you all. Looking forward to your next stay with us.
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Car: necessary


Only 40 mins by car from beautiful award winning clean family beaches at St Georges de Didonne and Royan. An excellent facility featuring a man made beach,lakes, restaurant, activity centre and the renowned Les Antilles waterpark is only 10 mins drive away.


Bordeaux airport is 40 mins drive away. Flights to Limoges Bergerac and La Rochelle are also convenient and are 1hr 40 mins away approx.

To drive from the channel ports takes approx 5 and a half hrs from Caen.


Leoville (2mins) for bakery, butchers and alfresco barbecue restaurant .Fishing with permit. Tennis courts.

Jonzac for shopping and activities (10 mins)

Montendre for shopping and lakes (10 mins)

Baignes for shopping ( 8 mins)

Further Details:

Banking in Jonzac with ATM.

Numerous pharmacies and A&E hospital.

Spa for treating arthritic and breathing conditions.

This a world renowned wine growing area producing some of the best wines in France and Cognac is 40 mins away, where it is possible to do various cognac tours organised by Hennessy, Martel Courvoisier etc Canoeing, fishing archery and tennis are available locally. Bird sanctuary along the Gironde estuary.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Vanzac, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning £60

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% will be required on booking unless the arrival date is less than 8 weeks away, in which case the full amount will be asked for. The balance will be required 2 months before the commencement of the holiday. A security deposit cheque of 200 euros will be payable before arrival but only kept if unacceptable damage occurs during your stay. Cleaning charges of 60 euros will be charged at the end of your stay.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Departure by 10 am and arrival after 4 pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.