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L'Athena (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4) plus cot if required
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
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
Beaches on the Atlantic coast are all within easy reach.
Fouras, La Chátelaillon-Plage and La Rochelle are all approx. 45 minutes with Royan being slightly further at approx. 1 hr. The islands of Ile de Re and Ile D'Oleron are only an hour away, famous for their beautiful white sandy beaches.
Airports: La Rochelle - 45 minutes, Angouleme - 1hr, Poitiers - 1hr 10 minutes and Bordeaux - 1hr 30 minutes. All are serviced by low cost airlines with car hire available at the airports. Ferry ports: Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo all between 4-5 hrs. Boulogne and Calais approx 8 hrs. Directions available on request after booking.
Nearest village with all amenities is only 5 minutes away. Large supermarket 8 minutes. The historical town of St. Jean D'Angely is only 15 minutes and has something for everyone from Go Karting to markets and an aquatic centre. Ideally placed for outings to La Rochelle, Rochefort,The Marais Poitevin, Cognac, Poitiers and Bordeaux - Not forgetting to mention zoos, museums, a donkey sanctuary, Futuroscope and an Aquarium.
The Charente Maritime can offer you many attractions nearby to explore. To try and help you plan your holiday, take a look at some suggested excursions. Full Day. 1.Royan - Morning visit to La Palmyre zoo. Afternoon spent on the beach or a visit to Ile D’ Oleron. 2.La Rochelle. Visit to the Aquarium in the morning followed by a walk around the harbour and La Rochelle Old Town.
3.Ile de Ré – Famous for it’s beautiful beaches. Have a drive around the island & choose one of the many beches. Visit the harbour of St Martin with good restaurants. 4.Cognac/Jarnac - Famous for the distilleries of the world‘s best selling cognacs. 5.Saintes – Large shopping centre with historic monuments within walking distance. Many good restaurants. 6.Bassin d’Arcachon – The Dune du Pyla is a must. If you have time, spend the afternoon and evening in Bordeaux. 7.Bordeaux - Worth a day trip just to see the magnificent buildings.
8.Futurescope – Theme park located near Poitiers, great for children of all ages. 9.Rochefort – A visit to the Corderie Royale and the construction of Hermione. 10.Puy Du Fou - A fantastic family day out. Shows and attractions including large birds of prey swooping inches above your head! 11.La Vallée des Singes - Get up close and personal to over 350 species of primates. Great enjoyment for children with play and petting area. Half Day 1.Surgeres – Pretty and historic market town. 2.St. Jean D’Angley – Historic town with the Abbey Royale and Fountain. 3.Marais Poitevin – Aptly called ‘Venise Vert’ because of its canal network. Great place for an afternoon’s trip when the heat of the sun has gone. 4.Chize Zoo – 10 minutes away and worth a visit if you have children and are short of time. 5.Dampierre Sur Boutonne - This beautiful renaissance chateau is only 5 minutes away. 6.Port Minature, Saint Savinien - Replica steam boats. This is a lovely place to visit for families with small children.
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About Mike Hildersley
Clare and I have been trying to make the move to France and in particular this region for 4 years. We completed on 20 May 2015 and can now turn our dream into a reality. It was all about the work life balance for us and wanting to embrace the French way of life in a region that has so much to offer, set in beautiful countryside and bathed in sunshine. What more could you want?
Mike Hildersley purchased this cottage in 2015
Why Mike Hildersley chose Villeneuve-la-Comtesse
We had researched the area over a 4 year period and just fell in love with the Charente region. In particular where we are as we are only 45 mins from the coast and La Rochelle which is a beautiful coastal town. The beaches which stretch on past Royan are stunning and the coastal road is just amazing. There are zoo's, an aquarium, plenty of stunning beaches, markets, music events, chateau's, the green Venice, pretty towns and villages. There is just so much to see and explore. Big open sky's, lovely countryside and fabulous weather what more could you want?
What makes this cottage unique
Location, close to the coast, close amenities, perfectly positioned to visit tourist attractions yet set in open countryside where you can just relax and enjoy peace and quiet listening to the birds. There is a 12 x 6 meter heated swimming pool which is amazing. It looks out onto open countryside and sunflowers. Simply stunning. Our holiday gites offer high quality accommodation in a perfect location for this area of France. Our guests absolutely love it here and are often amazed by the site and what it has to offer. We pride ourselves on making sure you have a holiday you will remember for all the right reasons. All our land is fenced for children's safety so when the front gates are closed, they can run and play without the parents having to worry.