Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area - Joie de Vivre
Well-equipped, tranquil home near river and farm, close to coast and attractions
Relax and unwind in this lovely rural house, surrounded by rolling hills, a farm and fields of sunflowers, maize and vines. Joie de Vivre is a pretty two-bedroom house, sleeping 5-7 people, with its own above ground pool, situated between the lively and historic port of La Rochelle and the beautiful vineyards of Cognac. It’s in a small hamlet close to the River Boutonne, with friendly English and French neighbours, and is on a no-through road, so there’s very little traffic. Although the setting is very quiet and peaceful the house is centrally located, so there are interesting attractions in all directions. The lovely coastal resorts are not far away, so it’s easy to get to great beaches such as La Palmyre, Fouras and St Palais sur Mer and towns such as La Rochelle, Saintes, the Gironde resorts and Ile de Re. Nearby St Jean D'Angely has lovely restaurants, shops and a fantastic twice-weekly market and you can cycle or drive there easily. The house itself is modern and well-equipped, with traditional beams and stone walls plus a light, bright interior. It has an open-plan layout downstairs, with the lounge leading onto a sunny patio which is south facing and gets sunshine most of the day. The two bedrooms both have stone walls and wooden beams - one large room overlooking the patio, a barn and fields with a king size bed, and another smaller bedroom with a double bed. An extra single bed in the main bedroom, a sofa bed downstairs and some fold-up beds make it easy to vary sleeping arrangements for families, and there is a travel cot for babies and toddlers. If you want to relax at home there's everything you need, including an outside dining table, 18'5' x 12'6' heated swimming pool, barbeque, sun-loungers, swing chair and sun umbrellas. You can explore the surrounding hills, fields and farm, cycle by the river or read books from the house library. The house has all you will need for an enjoyable holiday - computer, Wifi, DVDs, games, books, maps, English TV, i-Pod, hairdryers, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, travel cot, high chair, 7 bikes, including one child's bike, and toys. There are no hidden costs - the price of your holiday includes cleaning, utilities, pool maintenance in season and use of bedding and towels . You can see more photos on our website at http://joiedevivreholidays.me/ and read more reviews from the house guestbook by clicking on 'About Lindsey and Peter' below. We are happy to answer any questions so do get in touch if you need to know more.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Lindsey and Peter Sharp
Peter is a psychologist and consultant and Lindsey is a journalist and writer. We live in the New Forest and have two lovely grown up daughters.
We love Joie de Vivre and the Charente Maritime and enjoy it when our guests have happy holidays there too.
Lindsey and Peter Sharp purchased this cottage in 2006
Why Lindsey and Peter Sharp chose Saint-Jean-d'Angely area
We found the house on the internet and loved it as soon as we saw it. We were not familiar with the Charente Maritime before, but are amazed by how much there is to do there - every time we visit we discover something new and exciting. We also like the fact that the Charente Maritime seems like the 'real' France and is not overly chic and snooty like some other tourist destinations can be. The people are also very friendly and welcoming.
We love the setting for the house because it is so quite and peaceful. Our guests tell us they enjoy the tranquillity, the farm with its fields of sunflowers and cows, the cycle rides by the river, and the fact that it is very easy to get to lots of interesting places from the house, such as beaches, markets and lovely restaurants. Children and families really enjoy having their own pool (and we built the new one in 2013) and all the nearby attractions. Guests say the house is lovely and several say it is the best-equipped they've stayed in. Check out the wonderful reviews below and the house guestbook feedback to find out more. We hope you'll enjoy a warm welcome and relaxed stay at Joie de Vivre.
What makes this cottage unique
Apart from the lovely house, peaceful location and ease of access to all the resorts and attractions, we think it's important for guests to feel comfortable and relaxed in a holiday home, and to be able to travel light. So we provide as much as possible in the house for you to use. We want our guests to have a really enjoyable holiday at Joie de Vivre and we do our best to make it lovely for them. Mel looks after our house, and helps guests when needed, and we have friendly neighbours too. See http://joiedevivreholidays.me for more photos and information.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We've had a lovely relaxed week. The kids have enjoyed the swimming pool. We have all enjoyed revisiting La Rochelle, St Savinien, St Jean and the mini golf in Fouras. We have visited Fouras beach too which was really good. We loved Chatellaillon Plage too. Your lovely home was once again full of everything and more than we needed. Sad to go. Thanks again."