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.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
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.