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L'APÉRITIF - A PRETTY COTTAGE WITH A POOL SET IN A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN.

Miles and Lyn Dent

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Speaks English, French
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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L'APÉRITIF - A PRETTY COTTAGE WITH A POOL SET IN A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Saintes area - l'Apéritif

Secluded and peaceful setting with rural views.

One hundred years ago 'l'Aperitif' was a quarryman's cottage - now it's a pretty gite, with a pool, set in a beautiful garden in the heart of the lovely 'Saintonge' region of South-West France. Within easy reach of the Roman town of Saintes, the fascinating ports of La Rochelle and Rochefort, the wide sandy beaches of Royan and the cote Sauvage. Close to the beautiful River Charente with its excellent fishing and boating (take a trip along the river in the owner's traditional sailing boat - Le Rat d'Eau).

The Saintonge region.: The Saintonge is a beautiful region of sunflower fields and vineyards crossed by the waters of the Charente River. l'Aperitif is just a few minutes drive or a relaxing fifteen minute walk from the river with its excellent fishing and boating. The cottage is in a small village - Clere - within the commune of Crazannes. Local bakers, village stores and bar/restaurant are just a five minute drive or a short bike ride away - with a supermarket and other shops in the charming riverside town of St. Savinien about 10 minutes drive away.

Local attractions.: Visit the Roman amphitheatre in Saintes, the distilleries of Cognac or the fascinating port of La Rochelle. There are several impressive chateaux to visit nearby including La Roche Courbon (Sleeping Beauty's Castle) five minutes away. The well-known resorts of Royan and St.Palais sur Mer are only 40km. drive away or you can visit the beautiful islands of Oleron and Re (by bridge) or the Ile d'Aix (by ferry). The owner will be pleased to take you for a half day trip on the River Charente in his traditional sailing boat 'Le Rat d'Eau' - at no extra charge.

Activities.: As well as the boating and fishing which are available locally it is a wonderful area for cycling and walking with hundreds of quiet lanes, tracks and well-marked footpaths. The area between the house and the river is a bird-watcher's paradise with kites, buzzards, storks (in 2006 and 2007 we had a storks' nest visible from our garden - we hope they will return in 2008), kingfishers and hoopoes and, if you're lucky, a golden oriole. There is a good golf course at Fontcouvert (about 12 km. away) and several more within a 50km. drive. You can visit the local markets and inexpensive restaurants and enjoy all the local produce, fresh seafood and local wines...... or just relax in the garden with a good book.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Miles and Lyn Dent (Owner)
Advertiser since 2001
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Speaks English, French

About Miles and Lyn Dent

Miles and Lyn. We welcome you to share our slice of rustic French paradise.

We have lived in France since 1998 after early retirement from the rat race and in this house since 2003 which we chose for it's position and large garden.

Miles and Lyn Dent purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Miles and Lyn Dent chose Saintes area

It's so quiet and peaceful here with a beautiful view over open countryside down to the river valley with it's abundant wild flowers and birdlife.

We renovated the gite, an old quarryman's cottage, in 2003-4 and have enjoyed welcoming Summer visitors ever since.

What makes this cottage unique

Relax with a book in the garden or by the private pool or visit the local markets, restaurants and cafés. Five minutes away is the beautiful Riverside village of Port d'Envaux where you can hire boats or canoes or just enjoy a quiet picnic. If you prefer, Miles will be happy to take you for a river trip in his boat Le Rat d'Eau.

The huge Atlantic beaches are not far away with bike and surf hire and delicious local oysters and mussels.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have fallen in love with l'Aperitif. The peace and quiet, the pool, the bikes, the boat, the beautiful countryside, horse riding, swimming in the river.....one week has not been enough.
Aug 2010
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews
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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
5

Peaceful location, beautiful pool, friendly owners

  • 5 out of 5
What a magnificent holiday!

Our children enjoyed swimming in the magnificent full-size gated pool and playing in the gardens which seemed to stretch forever. The owners, Myles and Lyn were unobtrusively attentive and were on hand to offer any advice and assistance if needed (such as immediately repairing a punctured bicycle tyre - thank you again for that!)

The cottage itself had a kitchen/living area, with upstairs, a bathroom and two large bedrooms and it was perfect for our family of four. We used the BBQ (with a generous supply of coal) several times, eating out in the wonderful grounds by the cottage (no problems with mosquitoes either when we were there).

During our stay we made day excursions to the two large islands off the Atlantic coast - Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron, as well as to the city of La Rochelle (the aquarium there is a must-see). We also visited the nearby 'La Roche Courbon' (a chateau with beautifully landscaped grounds which we had almost to ourselves, don’t forget to take the path to the prehistoric cave dwellings in the grounds. The artifacts found there are on display in a museum at the Chateau’s keep). We also hired boats on the river at Saint Savinien one afternoon. During our stay it was 'Bastille Day', and we attended an amazing firework display nearby at Saint Savinien. We did not have time to see anything else, and wished we had booked for at least two weeks!

'L'Aperitif' is amazing value and we are so glad that we chose this cottage for our summer holiday in 2013. We have stayed at many properties in France and it was a relief to find a holiday rental home in good repair with such friendly owners (Myles is an exceptional craftsman as well).

Our best regards,
David, Monique, Caitlin and Amy
(Anglo-Dutch family from the Netherlands)
  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David and all the family - so glad you had a good time.
Miles and Lyn.
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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
5

Perfect location

  • 5 out of 5
Thankyou for our lovely stay. We all enjoyed the beautiful garden and pool. Children had a great time in the pool which is secured with a gate. The gites is in a great location, close to the Charente River and the coast so plenty to visit. On our arrival we were welcomed with a bottle of wine and biscuits of the region and homegrown vegetables. The Gites is very well equipped and clean. Again thankyou for a very relaxing stay.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - so glad you had a good time.
business
l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
5

Such a wonderful holidays!

  • 5 out of 5
A beautiful and peaceful place to spend a holidays. The house is comfortable and the environment magnificent. Lot of places to visit and things to do around. But if you prefer, you can just enjoy the swimming pool and the wonderful garden. It's adapted for all ages.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou very much - we're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
4

POSITIVELY BUCOLIC

  • 4 out of 5
Leaving rain and windswept UK for the south of France, particularly in this lovely corner of it, was utter heaven. The weather was nothing short of spectacular, Miles and Lyn are great hosts - nothing is too much trouble to ensure you have a good stay, the region is awash with attractions, great cafes and restaurants and the beaches are within easy reach.

The gite is compact, attractively furnished and well-equipped (don't forget to take your own towels though - we did, and had to rush off to the local Super-U to get some .... silly us!) The gardens are just lovely - viewed from the Terrace where we spent many happy sunlit hours (and if you're lucky, as we were, our hosts shared some of their plentiful produce ... tomatoes, figs, raspberries, apples, pears), the pool is fabulous and oh, so private and the lilo (if you ever master getting on the damn thing) is heaven to float lazily around on ... or fall off copiously, to the sounds of hysterical laughter from your other half.

We never did get to use the bikes, but we so enjoyed firing up the barbeque .. oddly the cats made a very rapid appearance whenever meat hit grill!

Overall a fantastic holiday. Thanks Miles and Lyn for your generosity and kindness. See you again soon (if we can ever find a free spot in the bookings!)

Hazel and Richard Luetchford
  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Hazel and Richard - so glad you enjoyed your stay. We will, in future, supply towels at a small charge - we realise how useful this can be for people arriving on RyanAir flights ! Look forward to seeing you again in the future. Miles and Lyn.
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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
Somerset-England
5

Perfect Relaxing Rural Retreat

  • 5 out of 5
A perfect location for peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings yet within reach of many interesting towns, villages and beaches to suit all tastes. The gite is delightful,spotlessly clean and well equipped and the owners are always ready to be of help.The swimming pool is a big bonus and the garden is exciting and safe for children.
  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thankyou very much - glad you enjoyed your holiday.
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l'Apéritif - a pretty cottage with a pool set in a beautiful garden.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p14880
-+33 0546912098
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
England
5

Wonderful L'Aperitif

Wonderful L'Aperitif
  • 5 out of 5
L'Aperitif was just as we remembered it, we wouldn't normally return to a gite as we like to move around but the memories of our first stay meant that we wanted to come back again. The gite was beautifully presented with a bottle of wine waiting for us to enjoy in the lovely gardens. The pool was great, as were the bike rides, kayaking and evening walks. Wonderful! Thank you to Miles and Lyn who are fabulous hosts.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - hope to see you again one day.
Miles and Lyn.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Saintes
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Saintes
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres

Clere is a tiny village - part of the commune of Crazannes - just a few minutes to the bakers and less than 10 minutes to the attractive riverside town of St.Savinien for supermarket shopping.

Crazannes is ideally situated between the towns of La Rochelle and Rochefort to the North, Saintes and Royan to the South and Cognac to the East.

Easy access to the beautiful beaches of the Cote Sauvage and the islands of Oleron, Re and Aix.

'An exceptionally well connected location with plenty to see and do.' - Ruth and Matthew 2009.

Other Activities: bird watching

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Saintes area, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Rate 1
13 Sep 2014 - 18 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£250
for 7 nights
£250
 
 
2015
4 Apr 2015 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£275
for 7 nights
£275
 
 
2015
30 May 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
 
 
2015
13 Jun 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
2015
11 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
2015
29 Aug 2015 - 11 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
2015
12 Sep 2015 - 17 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£275
for 7 nights
£275
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes These rates INCLUDE the cost of electricity and heating and bed linen - there are no extra/hidden costs.Deposit of one third of total with booking. Balance 6 weeks before arrival.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saintes area in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes:
The cottage is adjacent to the owner's home. There is a large (18 sq.m.) living room with kitchen and dining areas. It has two bedrooms upstairs (one with double bed and one with twin beds). The twin bedded room is not really suitable for toddlers as it has direct access to the stairs but we can provide a safety gate. There is also plenty of room for a cot or small bed in the master bedroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen area with fridge, gas cooker, toaster and microwave oven. The bathroom has bath/shower, W.C. and washbasin. From the living room a glazed door leads on to a private terrace with its own garden furniture and barbecue and a path to the fully fenced pool. WIFI internet access. The driveway from the road leads to a parking area where you can keep your car just a few yards from the cottage. Set in gardens of about an acre with a lovely rural view.
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