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Farmhouse 30 Minutes Drive To A Long Sandy Beach.Ideally Positioned For Exploring Charente Maritime
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 with king size bed.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter:
30 minutes drive to a long sandy beach with sailing school, crazy golf and water park at Chatelaillon Plage. 25 minutes drive to the popular, sandy beach at Les Minimes in La Rochelle with rock pools and pretty park on the headland.
There are very reasonably priced direct flights to La Rochelle from London, Stansted and Dublin with Ryan Air; Southampton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester with Flybe; Edinburgh and Leeds with Jet2; London, Gatwick and Bristol with Easyjet and Cork with AerArann. The gite is 1.5 hours motorway drive from Bordeaux airport. Europcar, Hertz or Budget can arrange hire cars from either airport.
The town of Surgeres, 5 miles to the east, has supermarkets, bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and pretty river walks. Aigrefeuille d'Aunis, 5 miles to the west, has an outdoor market twice a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a landscaped lake. Historic La Rochelle is only 25 minutes drive away.
The village of Chambon Bourg has an historic church and cemetery in which a number of French Resistance workers are buried. Les Trois Puits was used by the French Resistance during the war. The separate village of Chambon-Gare, 2 miles to the south has a post office. Flat country lanes fan out from Chambon, providing quiet and safe walking and cycling routes. The tall hedgerows lining the lanes harbour many species of songbirds. Buzzards, harriers, kites and owls are frequent visitors. Deer and hares are also to be seen. One walk that we enjoy will take you through the avenue of trees in the grounds of the Maison de Repos (a convalescent home) at nearby Marlonges, then through the village of Marlonges and back home. During June and July many of the fields surrounding Chambon are full of sunflowers. A 25 minute drive west will take you to La Rochelle with its historic medieval towers guarding the entrance to the beautiful Old Port. The choice of excellent places to eat and drink is endless. Street entertainments around the harbour every night during the summer make for a pleasant after dinner stroll. At the nearby modern marina complex of Les Minimes can be found many museums and a small beach. The famous Aquarium is now located near the old port. Other beaches can be found to the south of La Rochelle at Chatelaillon Plage and Fouras, both of which are a similar journey time from the farmhouse.
About Hazel Feeney
I have lived and worked in England, Taiwan, Pakistan and Mexico but I still love France the most! Chambon, the location of my gite, provides a quiet and friendly hamlet in which I can work and relax. I have converted a local barn into a studio in which I make ceramic sculptures, vessels and bowls. I return to the UK frequently to deliver my artwork to galleries and to see my son and daughter. I am very lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside with delicious wine, cheese and French bread only minutes away!
Hazel Feeney purchased this house in 1991
Why Hazel Feeney chose Chambon
Les Trois Puits was derelict when purchased - it was last used by the French Resistance Fighters in World War Two - but it was immediately obvious it had wonderful potential. It took nine years to restore it to its original, rustic charm. In 2001 it was advertised with owners direct as their 4th French property-FR4! The reasons why we bought Les Trois Puits: my family fell in love with La Rochelle, only a 30 minutes' drive away. Les Trois Puits is in the second sunniest part of France - only the Riviera has more hours of sunshine per year. It is easily accessible, with La Rochelle airport only a 35 minute drive, the ferry port of St Malo a manageable four-hour drive, and the Eurostar now running from St Pancras to La Rochelle/Surgeres with only one change in Paris.
What makes this house unique
Les Trois Puits is close to the beautiful beaches of La Rochelle and Chatelaillon but also situated in the heart of the French countryside. In May the fields are full of pale lilac poppies and in June/July, the most amazing sunflowers. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, bird watching and cycling. Outdoor swimming pools are located within ten minutes drive in Surgeres and Aigrefeuille. The local boulangerie will deliver what ever you request - fresh bread, croissants, pains au chocolat-to the kitchen window! The walled garden provides a sun trap and many visitors to Les Trois Puits have commented that the stars are spectacular!