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OLD WORLD CHARM & ROMANCE, NEAR ATLANTIC BEACH AND HISTORIC SITES

Debi Hill

Speaks English, French
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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OLD WORLD CHARM & ROMANCE, NEAR ATLANTIC BEACH AND HISTORIC SITES

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Charente-Maritime - Maison Kismet

18th Century Maison De Ville, 4 Bedrooms, Private WalledAnd Courtyard & Garden

Inviting and comfortable holiday home suitable for romantic and/or family holidays. Pet friendly. Furnished to retain the character of the home. Located in a market town with all amenities within walking distance. Excellent for day trips to Bordeaux, LaRochelle, Poitier, the Gallo-Roman city of Saintes, and basking on the beach.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Debi Hill (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
Speaks English, French

About Debi Hill

My husband and I are close to retirement, and we are fortunate to live in the scenic town of Wimberley, Texas, USA. We have called Central Texas home since 1971. Both of us returned to college in our 40's, and graduated from University of Texas at Austin. We have 5 grown children, and 10 precious grandchildren, all living within an hour's drive of our home. After traveling to Europe several times, our dream is to retire in France someday. My husband and I love art, dancing and live music, which is abundant in Central Texas. Our dog, Cognac, is a Briard, which is a French herding and guarding breed. We love all things French and have found the French people to be extremely friendly and generous, including in Paris.

Debi Hill purchased this house in 2006

Why Debi Hill chose Charente-Maritime

'Love at first sight' inspired us to purchase Maison Kismet. We looked throughout France to find a home that was full of character, was located where our family could enjoy natural amenities and historic sites, and was enjoyable year-round. We wanted a home that would be comfortable for our retirement. When we saw Maison Kismet, we knew we had found a home that met all our hopes and expectations. Once we purchased the house, we were amazed by the kindness and generosity of the residents. The local hardware store owner came to our home to meet us and to offer us the ability to bring down the bits and pieces we needed just to make sure they were the right ones before we paid for them. The staff of the Marie's office were exceptionally helpful and told us how much they were glad to have Americans in the town. The garden was landscaped to show the best of each season, and the courtyard proved to be an marvelous spot for having coffee each morning and dining al fresco. We found wonderful French furniture so that you step into another age and time when you enter Maison Kismet. It's easy to access the highway and at the same time, it's far enough away that you do not realize it's so close. Bordeaux and LaRochelle are each an hour away. Flying to other parts of Europe and to the UK are inexpensive from LaRochelle, and flying internationally is convenient from Bordeaux...not to mention visiting some of the world's best vineyards. The area itself is not as well-known as others and therefore, less crowded. In fact, it's considered one of France's best kept secrets. Walking the promenade along the beach near sunset...visiting the sights of great historic significance, driving to Spain in only two hours, through the breathtaking Pyranees Mountains, stopping near a clear stream for a picnic. En route from Paris, the Loire Valley chateaux astounded us with their phenomenal architecture. It's a place for savoring each moment in the way that the French do so well.

What makes this house unique

Maison Kismet offers the charm of an earlier age with the convenience of modernity. Each room is appointed with furnishings that are both comfortable and that reflect the age of the house. As you enter the foyer, you are instantly transplanted in time. Sink into the couch in the salon, which opens to the walled garden, and has a view of the chateau de ville, just across the street. In winters, the flaming fireplace provides physical and emotional warmth. The sunny kitchens are equipped for preparing the simplest to the most complex meals, which can be enjoyed al fresco in the courtyard just outside the rose festooned door. Enchanting bedrooms await up the stairs, with carved headboards and comfortable beds fitted with high quality linens. You'll be happily surprised by the spacious, updated bath and shower room featuring a soaking tub, separate shower and vanity. The WC is in a completely separate room. By the way, there is a full half-bath downstairs, too. In the mornings, you'll head up the street for some of the delectable breads made by the Artisan baker - just right with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Go to different towns for the daily fresh markets or visit the night markets for music and dancing. Have coffee or wine at a cafe on the centre de ville. On Sundays, shop the brocantes for your souvenirs. During the summer, there are occasional horse races in the hippodrome, within walking distance of the house. Whether visiting historic sights such as the Gallo-Roman am phi-theatre in Saintes, tasting Cognac in the city of Cognac, visiting the old port of LaRochelle, or just relaxing by the beach, this area offers activities and fascinating historic venues for people of all ages and interests. Several restaurants are just a stroll away from Maison Kismet, as is the community pool. To 'stay in touch,' there's wireless internet. A bottle of wine, cheese and a baguette welcome you to Maison Kismet to begin your holiday with the French 'joie de vivre.'

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Bordeaux and LaRochelle
Nearest Barpub
80 Metres
Italian Garden, Lion d'Or
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
There are 3 golf courses
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Pons
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A-10
Nearest Restaurant
80 Metres
Italian Garden
Nearest Ski
500 Kilometres
Pyranees
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
St. George-de-Didonne, Royan
Car: recommended

The Charente-Maritime is full of natural and historical sites. Located near the Atlantic Ocean, this area has it's own micro-climate, which keeps the temperatures fairly moderate throughout the year. From the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, traveling north, there are beaches for sunning, swimming, surfing, sailing, and fishing. Visit the gorgeous beach islands of the Isle de Re, the Isle D'Oleron, and stop along the way to sample the famous Marenne oysters. Interesting historical sites are everywhere, including in close-by Pons, where there is the hopital which served as the stopping point for Pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela and the Castle and Keep. Saintes has an impressive 1st century amphitheatre, as well as numerous Gallo-Roman remains, and daily fresh markets. Bordeaux is not only charming but offers tasting of some of the world's greatest wines. A drive along the Atlantic Ocean south is picturesque and leads to San Sebastien, Spain, in a couple of hours.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
Autumn
31 Aug 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
2 night minimum stay
€270
for 2 nights
From
€110
From
€83
Fri,Sat,Sun
€650
€1,650
 
 
Winter
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
2 night minimum stay
€250
for 2 nights
From
€100
From
€67
Fri,Sat,Sun
€550
€1,350
 
 
Holiday
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
3 night minimum stay
€395
for 3 nights
From
€115
€650
€1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning €50
Notes Euros and US dollars accepted. Rates quoted in Dollar
Please inquire about reduced rates for more than one month. Long-term rentals are an option. The manager lives a few minutes from Maison Kismet and is extremely helpful orienting guests to the area and local points of interest.
Please enquire with owner about long term rentals, which are discounted for stays or more than one month.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Charente-Maritime in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , And sink.
    Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Vaniety
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • Upstairs is a modernized bath with vanity, a shower and a soaking tub, and which overlooks the walled garden. The separate WC makes it easy to accommodate a houseful of people. Another WC and sink are downstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , inflatable mattress can be added to sleep 2
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • High quality mattresses and linens are in all bedrooms. Each has a romantic yet practical quality. Natural light streams through the windows, which are double-paned. A radiator is in each room. There are drawers and closets in the bedrooms for longer holidays.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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