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Two stone-built gites in La Rochelle- Sugeres area: each has PRIVATE POOL . - Jasmine

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights




Jasmine, our most recently renovated stone barn, has spectacular views of rolling countryside from its private terrace, complete with climbing vines and the heady scent of jasmine. It has its own large 11m pool. The cool, stone built gite has a large open plan ground floor with lounge area with 2 comfortable settees, a coffee table, TV (including freeview box) and DVD player.

The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and microwave oven. The dining table seats eight comfortably.

There are 3 bedrooms - double, twin and triple and a downstairs shower room with WC and hand basin. The private terrace has a large vine covered pergola, with garden furniture and BBQ.

The wood burner gives a cosy feel- and is brilliant for autumn or winter use!

Jasmine has its own private parking area.

Bed linen, towels (other than beach towels) and suchlike are provided free- there is no cleaning fee on departure!

Inflatables, bikes, table tennis, baby gear- free.

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About the property

Les Ribaudières gites.

Welcome to Les Ribaudieres, our gite complex in the sunny Charente Maritime. Whether you’re looking for a holiday where you can relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings or perhaps something a little more energetic, then this is the place for you!

Watch the world go by in this sleepy hamlet under your own shady pergola, retreat into the cool interior of your gite or take a dip in your private pool. We are sure you'll feel truly relaxed after a short while here.

There are two private pools, birdsong in spring, long summer days, starry, starry nights, the food, the wine, the sun, the calm, the autumn colours, even the crisp winter days. Spring comes earlier than in the UK and we do get Indian summers which can extend until November!

Discount golf can be pre-booked- Saintes, Royan and Cognac are nearby courses.

The atmosphere here is calm, clean, clear and blue. A world away from the grey skies we remember in the UK.

We live here and are willing to help. However, if you prefer to do your own thing then so be it.

The television is through an outdoor aerial- therefore, the picture is good. There is a freeview box in each gite. They are French- but some people do like French TV! A DVD player allows you play your own favourite films- or to keep the kids amused with their preferred stuff. We have some DVD's but you might prefer to watch things of your own choice.

Bicycles and clobber: We have a stable of thirteen bikes which you are welcome to use if you're feeling energetic. The local roads are little used, picturesque and hills can easily be avoided. The countryside is rolling- there are some more challenging rides if you insist. We have provided a couple of children's bikes. There are now two smaller ones ready and waiting! Stabilisers can easily be fitted or removed to suit the rider's needs. Two baby seats- mum and dad could do the pedalling for the non-riders!

The table tennis table is up and awaiting use! John usually fancies his chances- so be prepared to be challenged!

The inflatables- boat, killer whale etc think they are indestructible. OK accidents happen: this is not a challenge! Football, basketball, volleyball, boules and various other bits of games gear is available free of charge.

Free to use golf clubs- left or right handed- are itching to be used! Advice on the use of these would be appreciated. There are a number of good golf courses in the area. We will arrange the tee offs if the language is a problem.

And, the swings, mini-trampolines and slide are always available for the younger ones.

Flights and changeovers: We prefer to have Saturday as changeover day for convenience and for continuity. However, we are offering a service, and we are very conscious of budget flights flights being cheaper mid-week. La Rochelle, Poitiers and Bordeaux are within easy reach. Nantes is now an improved option from Shannon!

We are prepared to be flexible- outside of peak season! This may not be possible in peak season but early or late season is normally possible.

We offer 3 day (or weekend) deals outside of peak season. We have found that a weekend in or around La Rochelle, or three days on the golf courses are now possibilities.

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About Us

John Lamb
Les Ribaudières, 24 Chemin des Vergnées
17380 Tonnay Boutonne
VAT Reg No

John and Dorothy Lamb
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 September, 2018

About John and Dorothy Lamb

We moved here from Newcastle/ Tyne. We were both secondary school teachers for many years in the Tyneside area. Our children were old enough to be independent and we sold up and moved to France.

Many friends said that we were brave and looked at us enviously....we had escaped the pressures and rush of the UK. Instead, we had a rural idyll with two swimming pools, wall to wall sunshine and a stress-free existence!

It really isn't quite like that. Our present house is tiny in comparison with the family home we sold. The temperature in winter can be (amazingly) much colder than that of Newcastle: last year it got down to -15C in February. And, of course, we no longer have income of two teachers.

There are times in winter when it can be a it too isolated in Les Ribaudieres. It isn't a shopper's paradise- Dorothy does sometimes miss the life and bustle of the citylife. In any case France is no longer as cheap as once was as sterling has weakened against the euro. After a revival in sterling..BREXIT!

Since arriving in France we have gained 3 grandchildren and they have obviously strengthened the ties to the UK. BUT, thanks to the budget airlines in particular we (normally Dorothy!) can get back to the UK quickly and cheaply.

On the plus side, as far as family goes, our children and grandchildren don't mind coming out here in summer and spending a week or two or three and taking advantage of the pools and the calm surroundings of Charente Maritime.

All in all moving out here has been the best thing I have ever done in my life. I am a country boy (old bloke) at heart and this place suits me very well. I don't necessarily want to be going back to England on a regular basis- there are things to keep me busy most of the time here. I've noticed that the weeds grow when they are not watched closely.

Really, the beauty Les Ribaudieres for me is that there is enough to do most days to keep me gainfully occupied..... but not so much that it is hard labour

John and Dorothy Lamb purchased this cottage in 2005

Why John and Dorothy Lamb chose Nachamps

A long story! I spent a few weeks looking in this region for suitable properties and came up with a short list of about five. We agreed on the top two- but Dorothy's number one was my number two and vice versa.

In the meantime, selling our house took longer than we expected and it was only then that Les Ribaudieres entered the frame. A friend pointed out the advert to us and we came to view on a bitterly cold January morning.

The location was good- being to the west of the A10 autoroute. There were 2 gites, 2 pools (something we had not really considered before) and a very nice workshop. The land was self-contained and big enough for a vegetable plot and play area for the gites.....but NOT too much.

By then we had sold in Newcastle and we were soon to become homeless. So we jumped in as spring was springing. That was April 2004- why does time pass more quickly as one gets older?

What makes this cottage unique

Coming to Les Ribaudieres was like taking a couple of steps back in time. It reminded me of my childhood village in rural Northamptonshire- or, more likely, a rose tinted version of it. We have a open views of arable countryside- birds of prey, hares, deer, partridge and so on. We arrived in April to the sound of the cuckoo: I hadn't heard one for years in the UK.

There is next to no traffic apart from the bread van, the post and farm vehicles- though, to be fair, some are bigger than I remember them. The summers are generally good: plenty of sun without being overpowering. September and October usually give us extended Indian summers, too.

I am told that I am a good potterer! This is a huge misunderstanding or rural myth! In fact, I work long hours- normally, outdoors. I rarely stop working between April and the of October of beginning of November.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rachel, Richard and Libby (HALIFAX )

Fantastic holiday, fantastic, people. Thankyou for a memorable holiday. Hopefully, see you all again in Sept.

Anna and Steve (BIRMINGHAM) and Pat and Peter (ARKLOW Co WICKLOW)

Had a wonderful two weeks in Jasmine. John and Dorothy lovely hosts . John will test the pool at any time. Plenty to do in the local area. See the storks nesting in Brouage. (NB** John may not be ever available as pool tester!- John Lamb).

Pat, Geraldine, Tara, Niall, Jack and Siocha Woulfe (DONERAILE, Co CORK)

The pool, flowers, BBQ, hospitality, scenery, weather, golf, bikes, TV, etc. Just loved it all!

Chris, Carole, Matthew, Owain,Amy and baby Euan Walsh (HARROGATE) and Andy, Helen, Pat, Callum and baby Nuala Darley (SHEFFIELD)

Lovely holiday, super setting in peaceful and tranquil countryside. Some great coastline too- favourite for the boys with the spectacular surf was the Cote Sauvage. The fortnight has flown by and there's still so much to see!
Nov 2007
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We do offer a meal on arrival if requested.

There is wi-fi internet on site. The signal at present is not strong. The house walls are 2 ft thick and the signal is not guaranteed. We have an internet radio- it works!

PLEASE be aware that the PEAK SEASON price (English school holiday period) is £1150 per week. Also, be aware that Saturday is our preferred changeover day: we have to be rigid about it in Peak Season: at other times we may be able to be more flexible.!

We changed provider to France Telecom and Livebox. This has improved reception.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Nachamps around the Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom was enlarged and revamped this year. There is a now a much larger shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 treble (especially suitable for younger children). Cot(s)-stairgate- futons(downstairs). All bedrooms have blackout facility.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The shower room and WC are downstairs. One of the bedrooms has 3 single beds. Washing machine and tumble dryer available in utility area. Loads of inflatables for pools - table tennis -free golf clubs and discounted green fees! There are lots of free (more than10 in total) bikes available for the energetic- two with baby seats. On your arrival night, we are delighted to be able to offer you a 3 course meal including wine, cooked and delivered to your gite. When you arrive tired and hungry after your journey, you won't have to think about shopping and cooking for your first home cooked French meal. The cost for this is 15 euros per adult - 10 euros per child under 12. Specific menus will be decided nearer dates of arrival, because Dorothy uses seasonal ingredients whenever possible.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 16 reviews

Perfect wind down from a busy life!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family ranging in ages from 3 years to 73 years and everything in between! This was a perfect wind down holiday, fabulous accommodation, tranquil location, great outdoors area and most importantly perfect owners who made us very, very welcome. We hope to return one day!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Tamsin for such a great review. As you know you would be very welcome to return at any time. Arrived as guests...left as friends- perfect!
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An excellent holiday experience

  • 5 of 5

What you see on the website is what you get. A restored stone-built dormer bungalow with old-world character and all mod-cons. The owners could not be more helpful, with tips on the weather, short-cuts, events etc. On-site pool and playground keep kids and teenagers amused. Local roads are safe for walking and cycling. Happy to strongly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you! We are delighted that your fortnight was enjoyed by all. We do try to be honest and accurate in what we offer, for example I would describe our gite as a barn conversion with velux windows instead of a dormer bungalow.. All families are different but we try to flexible- good weather always helps!
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Relaxed beautiful get away

  • 5 of 5

This was our families second visit to stay with John & Dorothy and we will be returning again next summer.

Accomodation comfortable and full of character and charm. Stunning location surrounded by fields of sunflowers and quiet country lanes. The perfect get away for everyone that wants to spend quality time away from the rat race. Although, within an easy drive there are plenty of places to visit.

With the luxury of your own pool, table tennis, small play area and bikes for the whole family to use.

Typical day was a relaxed french breakfast fresh from the local bakery follwed by a day round the pool, possibly a bike ride and ending with a bbq on your own terrace with a glass or two of wine in complete peace!

John and Dorothy are the perfect hosts and there if you need them, Dorothy provides a lovely meal for you arrival if you require. John works very hard to ensure everybody has a great time nothing is too much trouble.

Can't wait to be back there again.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this lovely review - I think it's the time of year when people begin to think about next year's holiday! It's good to have it confirmed that we can provide for the needs children of different sexes and ages, while keeping the parents happy with a choice of peace and quiet or sight-seeing. J and D
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Fantastic Break!!

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely gite with a large swimming pool. Owners, John and Dorothy, were very accommodating and nothing was ever too much bother for them. Kids had lots of fun with the inflatable pool toys, table tennis and bikes provided for our use. Weather was really good during our stay. Good access to supermarkets (either Intermarche or E L'Eclerc in St Jean D'Angely) and a local boulangerie that delivered fresh bread every morning to the gite.

Overall, really impressed with the location, the gite and John and Dorothy. Definitely would consider staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Phil and family! We are especially pleased because the family was here for a fortnight... and for a lot of that time there were five teenagers/ young adults in the party. The swimming pool, bikes, table tennis and the locality seem to have worked! The wi-fi (which did have its moments!) of course, allowed contact with the wider world.
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3 wonderful weeks

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a very restful 3 weeks at Les Ribaudieres.

And yes, we would have stayed longer had we been able to.

Our family of 5 (3 daughters of 9,11,13) fitted comfortably in Jasmine, and the gîte was able to accommodate the addition of the 2 grandfathers for a spell in the middle of our stay.

John and Dorothy have equipped their gîtes very well internally, and also provide a fabulous array of equipment and toys outside for their guests - bikes, pingpong, inflatables in the pool - to name but a few. And of course the pool....simply wonderful, in particular as we were blessed with unusually hot weather.

With just one small nearby restaurant/bar, the excellent barbecue got a lot of use.

John and Dorothy were also always on hand to provide advice and help if needed, on places to visit, local markets, etc.

My husband also took advantage of the relatively flat landscape and explored much of the region on his bike.

We would recommend this place to anyone who is getting away from a busy life, who wants to rest, who likes to eat simple food at home and who wants to choose whether or not to take phone calls or read is a peaceful place, deep in the countryside, truly away from it all whilst within day trip access of Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Cognac and so on.

Thank you John and Dorothy for a very memorable time.

The Carton family, Dublin

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and great review score. As you know, we enjoyed your visit immensely, too! For those wishing to eat out- I would advise that there are many quality restaurants in Charente Maritime! You might choose St Jean d'Angely or Surgeres- within 10 miles or 16 kms. Slightly further afield.... La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Royan, Ile d'Oleron etc are renowned for their seafood in particular. Again, inland Gognac, Saintes, Niort and so on offer gourmet dining.....and, given the strength of sterling against the euro....Brits might be surprised by the low cost. We are rural tranquillity at Les Ribaudieres- a car is a must!...But restaurantation is an important part of the Charente Maritime experience. The choice is enormous.
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The holiday was everything we wanted!

  • 4 of 5

John and Dorothy were really great in catering to our needs with a 4 year old and 1 year old in tow. Even before we had fully paid up John was providing helpful information ahead of our long drive to Les Ribaudieres which was above and beyond.

When there we had the use of the pools and the playground was just perfect for our two. The bikes have two kids seats so we could go out as a family and the provisions for our youngest (cot/highchair/stairgates/safety to pool) were there.

The description on the website was accurate on all points, but John and Dorothy made it even better than described by taking the time to help identify best drive routes to activities, restaurants etc.

Great and quiet location within 1-2 hours of key family activities. We would recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Jenny and Roddy; We're glad you enjoyed your holiday here with us and were able to take advantage of the long June days. Just a reminder that there are places for family activities less than 1 hour away eg, La Rochelle 45 mins, Saintes 40 mins and our nearest beach, Chatelaillon Plage, 40mins.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
St Loup
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
St Malo Channel ports
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Saintes La Rochelle Royan Cognac
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Surgeres TGV to La Rochelle from Poitiers.
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Junction 34, A10 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély or Surgères
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Fouras Chatelaillon Plage
Car: necessary

We are in the heart of the countryside, criss-crossed by quiet lanes which are perfect for walking and cycling or just watching birds of prey soaring on the thermals. If you're energetic, there are tennis courts, boating lakes and fishing close by. Just 30 minutes away is the lovely Atlantic beach resort of Fouras. La Rochelle, Cognac, Futuroscope and Royan are all within easy reach. Charente Maritime is second only to the Cote d'Azur for sunshine and is a totally unspoiled region with acres of sunflowers- and tranquillity! Having said that, there are plenty of things to do! You should venture out! The Marais Poitevin is nearby with a network of canals to explore, alone or steered by an 'embarquedero'. The area is steeped in history with many Roman features, such as the amphitheatre and arch in Saintes. 18 hole golf courses at Saintes, Cognac, Royan and La Rochelle- quality courses at reasonable prices. Pineau, cognac and Bourdeaux wines are local drinks of choice. Seafood, surfing and sun are on tap, too.

Other Activities: Bird watching. Birds of prey+ cuckoo+nightingale

Golf: The nearby 18 hole courses are La Rochelle, Niort, Saintes, Cognac and Royan. John was a member at Saintes: he has allowed his membership to lapse. It was a combination of age and pride that caused him to give it up! Golf for those interested can easily be arranged.

Royan, Cognac and La Rochelle are excellent and arrangements can be made by phone (we would do the phoning if necessary!). Saintes is cheaper and is much improved in the last two seasons!

Golf is warmer and less crowded here than in UK or Ireland. It is, also, less hot and prettier than in Spain!

Also, there are several 9 hole courses in the region. We have sets of clubs (left hand and right hand) here, waiting to be used- free of charge.

At the last count, there were 13 bikes of various sizes on site. These are free to use. (Please note that we do not provide safety helmets- the bikes are used at your own risk!)

The roads round here are virtually traffic free and flat but we cannot offer guarantees!

The locals are friendly and willing to help- despite being rural and tranquil- tourism is a big deal. Shop assistants do try to be helpful- your custom and your money will be welcomed!


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