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Holiday rental River Cottage with 17th century surroundings near Saintes & river

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Country cottage 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Self catering rental

GITE L'Ancienne Ferme de La Baine : an exceptional site, dating back to 1675, a riverside cottage built with the famous white stone of Saintonge.

TYPICAL charentaise farmhouse facing a large sunny GARDEN. Accomodation rental ideally located : in a 4 houses hamlet near the village of CHANIERS, close to Saintes (7 kms), Cognac (16 kms), Royan (40 kms).

An alley leads to the property, giving at once a sense of PRIVACY and of the PICTURESQUE : the Charente River is right there, with a private access for the guests, the cottage is surrounded by fields, and the views are amazing.

DETACHED 100 sq.m house, functional, COMFORTABLE, many original features with the added benefit of all modern facilities.

In HISTORICAL Saintonge Romane area : close to village (700 m, shops), long beaches of the Atlantic COAST. Golf courses nearby. Plenty to do in the countryside or seaside.

ALL YEAR ROUND rentals, convenient base for house - job hunting, off season family and friends visits : CENTRAL HEATING, INTERNET, internet. In spring and summer, enjoy the pleasure of swimming in the river or ocean, fishing, cycling, canoeing (rental) or relaxing in the courtyard.

Holds the distinguished 'Three Seagulls' label. 3 STARS rating.

GOLF : Three 18 holes golf courses nearby.

Golf de Saintes, only 10 min away. Friendly atmosphere. Golf de Royan, 44 km away. In the sand dunes, 1 km from the sea shore, magnificent views. Golf de Cognac, 20 min away : in the vineyards.

Have a nice holiday rental in Charente-Maritime.

SERVICE + : We pay attention to your comfort during booking, preparation and your stay.

::: Check our ''Guest Manual' available in the house : detailed tips and hints, both in English and French, whether for discovering the area or making the house your own. Kit of photos, house floor map available on request, no bad surprise on arrival!

::: We tell you the BEACHES not to miss, the best spots of the Poitou-Charentes Région for both adults and children, the best bike rides, even where to get the best oysters and your bottle of Cognac, the most famous world brandy!

Booking form and Rental Terms and Conditions sent on request.

According to Guests arrival schedule and our possibilities, we can supply you with a food basket and dinner, on your arrival day. (extra charge).

COMFORT & SAFETY :::: Shops and Restaurants

::: For the comfort of all our guests, we do not allow smoking inside the house. Pets not allowed.

:::: The house is close to the river and has its own direct access (about 30-50 m). However, the access to the river is protected by 2 gates which remain shut at all times and cannot be opened by young children. Secured garden. Big walls.

No tent, no camping car, thank you.


in the nearby village : bakeries, small grocery store, excellent butcher, fruits and veggetable market twice a week, oyster stand, tobacconist and newspapers, ATM machine, pharmacy, doctors, post office, flower shop

Several restaurants, crêperie, pizza stand on Fridays

A vast selection in SAINTES also, 10 minutes away, amazing fresh food markets and grocery stores. You will love it !

You're most welcome to come and experience !

Kind regards

Nathalie Visit and like our english page Visit and like our page in french

More Details

About Us

Nathalie Jarrard
16, rue du point haut
92150 suresnes
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
Nathalie Jarrard
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
3 July, 2018

Why Nathalie Jarrard chose Chaniers

It is quite a story!

The property was a former agricultural domain, built in 1675. You can still see the date engraved on the front porch, as well as two beautiful écussons on the main house.

It was bought during the french revolution by one of our ancestors, as a 'bien national', while the former owner had to flee France so as not to be killed by the révolutionnaires as he was as an aristocrat.

We have managed to pass it down through the generations! Thanks to the women of the family! We have bookshelves full of old papers which are fascinating!

There was a farm and its farm house, which is now a cosy gîte, a wine store house : ''le chai'', a dairy : la ''laiterie'', an orangery with high ceiling, the main house ''le logis'' facing the river, with its tower to watch the Charente river, and the mill with seven wheels. Also fields, woods, and vineyards. At one time, we owned two of the seven mill wheels...

The property stretched out to the village probably, at a time when there were no roads, no railways...

Today, and since 2005, we are proud and happy to share it with our guests and they all ove their stay here !

Welcome at La Baine

Nathalie and her family

What makes this cottage unique

1. Our guests mention a cosy house ! A home-like environment (facilities).

2. The gîte environment is quite special !

3. The sightseeing program is very rich as the area where the gîte is located has a lot to offer !

4. Enjoy the river and the sea, which is only about 50 kms away, beautiful long sandy beaches and pine forests ! A countryside rental is less expensive than a seaside rental, plus being inland means less crowds and more calm !

As soon as you enter the property, you get a sense of uniqueness... as the private driveway takes you straight to the river - we have our own access to the Charente river, and this feeling will last throughout your whole stay... wether you relax in the easy chairs in the garden looking at the old stones around you, go for long walks along the river banks - a very special path from the house takes you to the village to buy your croissants or baguette aux graines, or enjoy melon au pineau bought at the local market, along with Bordeaux white wine in the garden, after touring the pedestrian streets of Saintes and La Rochelle, or after a day at the long white sand beaches of the Atlantic or a trip to the local islands (' Aix ' - by boat only ! ' Madame ' - by foot or bike only, ' Oléron ' - drive on a beautiful bridge, ' Ré ', the trendiest), very "bobo" !

We hope you will like to do what we like the most on a perfect summer day with bright blue sky : go to the Alassins beach on the Oléron island, enjoy the waves, their sound, the heat; drive back at sunset and jump in the river where it feels so quiet after the Ocean -;)

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for getting back to me. We¹ve now booked somewhere else,

but will definitely bear you in mind for the future. I love the sound of

your property and the location.

With best wishes and thank you again,
Jan 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chaniers in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , With a view on the garden
  • The spacious, clean and airy bathroom is equipped with both a bathtub with shower, and with an independent shower. Overlooking the garden. Toilets on each floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Chambre Bleue - 2 Single Bed
    Vigne Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom bed 63 in/160 cm
  • 1 master bedroom with a Queen size bed (160 cm). 1 twin bedded bedroom with 2 single beds (90 cm). Facing the garden. East. Plenty of wardrobes and cabinets, duvets and blankets. Close to bathroom with bathtub + independant shower, and toilets.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Very practical house to live in. Open-plan kitchen with sizable cooking space and lots of cabinets. Spacious and modern bathroom overlooking the greenery with independent shower, big bathtub, 2 wash basins and WC. 2nd WC downstairs. Large wardrobes in bedrooms and hanging space. Terracotta tiles on the ground floor. Convenient laundry room + storage room (for bicycles, canoe, beach, golf or fishing equipment, etc). ‘Guest Manual' at your disposal. Tourism guides. Private outdoor parking. Extractor hood, ironing equipment, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, blender, mixer, juicer. Books. Toys, games and swing for children. Cot available on request. For your convenience, sheets, bath linen, wood for fireplace, cleaning service, babysitting : can be supplied (extra charge). Internet at the village library and in town. also wifi at our home if needed 'Perfect place for couples; ideal for families' : this is a quote from one of our guests. Enjoy this gite rental in Charente Maritime !


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Holiday rental River Cottage with 17th century surroundings near Saintes & river
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La Ferme de la Baine: Peace, tranquility and so much more.

  • 5 of 5

Of the many times we have visited this, our favourite region of France, this was without doubt the setting which has given us the greatest pleasure. Now our family has 'grown and flown' our requirements are fewer but equally demanding. We look for a home with character within walking distance of a village boulangerie and bar; within driving distance of a larger town with market and restaurants, close to a river (or coast) where fine weather is pretty much guaranteed. La Ferme de la Bain provided all the above and more. On entering the property through the imposing gates, you find yourself within a beautiful garden - which also provided our dining room as we ate every single meal out of doors during our August stay. Nathalie, the owner, will be on hand at your arrival to show you around and, if you wish, provide you with the fascinating history of the property. She is nearby to offer local knowledge and advice but is equally aware that you may wish simply to be left alone - she (and her family) make you feel so welcome without ever intruding into your holiday. The cottage itself was well equipped and provided for all our needs - only two of us but the second bedroom had twin beds so there was provision for a family of four. There was something rather special in having access to the River through our own Porte Privee (combination available in the house) and every day began with a stroll up the riverbank to the village for baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat whilst the coffee was filtering. Walking back through the village along the road made this an ideal circuit each morning. There are a couple of pontoons near to the property from which we were able to go for a swim in the river - very few people to bother you. The village Creperie is a must and we were really impressed by the menu - well worth an evening meal. Chaniers also has a wonderful butcher's shop and a well stocked Coop (Baguettes available from here when the Boulangerie is closed on Thursday) We spent time just looking at the river, in all its moods, from the bridge by the cottage - beautiful! Saintes offers all one can ask from a larger town and we dined out at Le Parvis which was really quite special. The whole region is steeped in history and the pace of life was calm and easy. If you enjoy reading, eating, drinking, dozing and generally unwinding, I can think of no better place than this. Sincere thanks to Nathalie and her family for sharing this jewel with us. Merci.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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London UK

Delightful house and garden close to river

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, very well equipped cottage with a very charming and helpful owner. The house and large garden are great for lazing around and there are lovely river walks close by. We enjoyed discovering the local towns and markets, buying delicious local produce to take home and cook! There are many places to visit close by, the Atlantic coast and the Isle d'Oleron are well worth a visit for the oysters alone!

Mostly, we just enjoyed relaxing in the garden,we highly recommend this property

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ridgeland, MS

La belle campagne!

  • 4 of 5

I've always wanted to experience life in the French countryside and staying at Gite La Baine is a great way to do that! The surrounding area is lovely and the house itself well-equipped for a "do it yourself" vacation. We loved shopping, cooking, and generally taking our time each day to decide our itinerary. There are many interesting places to visit within a short distance, but having a car is an absolute must. We were a little disappointed that, although the village of Chaniers is just steps away, there were no restaurants or even a cafe open during our stay. Maybe a little too early in the season? A big merci to Nathalie for helping me fulfill a life-long dream!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for describing so well La Baine lifestyle. Chaniers is a very small village, all the cafés and restaurants are in the city where people get together, Saintes 10 minutes away. Our favorite is La Musardière in the pedestriant streets, very coszy inside and with a beautiful courtyard in a historical setting when it is sunny outside. In summertime, the café in Chaniers is open on the banks of the Charente river. The Créperie is open all year round in the village, so is the restaurant in the mill, right next to the cottage. We provide a long list of where to go and eat !
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It is an beautiful cottage in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing, the cottage is beautiful, set in an amazing grounds next to the river.

We have a teenager a 7 year old and a baby and they all enjoyed the stay.

Nathalie the owner couldn't have done enough for us, very very helpful and such a pleasure to meet.

we hope to stay again next year, if not we will definatly return very soon.

we can recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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exceptional and an idyllic place of unique charm

  • 5 of 5

We have used Homeaway offers many times, but this place we liked the most.

We spent the most beautiful vacations of our lives. The house is beautiful, clean, comfortable, very tastefully decorated. The area is full of interesting places you can visit (the children and adults). We stayed with our two children (6 years old and 14 years old) and all had a great time. The house, the wonderful garden, the surroundings and its inhabitants provide the opportunity to know France with the best. We appreciated the charm of a clean river that flows behind the house, where we bathed and swam on the pontoon every day. The owner of the house is a wonderful, open person, full of inner peace and joy of life. She provides guests with professional information about the area and places worth visiting. I recommend this place with all my soul.

Agata Jalowiecka

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property, peaceful picturesque setting

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this beautiful property in the most wonderful of settings and the peace was just bliss!

The lovely owner Nathalie and her family are the most warmest of hosts of whom were very discreet during our stay.

The river is just a stone throw away ideal for canoeing ,fishing and swiming.

We enjoyed the daily walks along the river bank into the village for fresh bread and croissant and a bière at the bar in the evenings!

The coast just 30 mins away and many other places of interest not far. Admittedly we just went to chill and barely left the property and its surroundings.

A highly recommended gite (although we would like to keep it a secret! )Very well equipped, comfy beds all the things that make it home from home!

We can not wait to return! :0)

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Nearest Ferry
430 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Saintes, Cognac
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Royan, the islands and the coast, 30 to 45'
Car: recommended

Tranquil setting perfect for a different holiday 'A la Française'. Holiday Rental within walking distance of the village of Chaniers with its bakeries, restaurants and shops.

Saintes : 10 min, shops, famous markets and cultural activities. River cruise from the house dock to Saintes. Cognac and its distilleries : 15 min.

Famous beaches of Royan, Côte Sauvage, Ile d'Oléron : 30 to 45 min. Wonderful Ile de Ré and Ile d'Aix nearby, La Rochelle, a must, 60 min. Easy day trips to Bordeaux vineyards and Chateaux visits aroud Saint Emilion. Day trip to Green Venice (Marais Poitevin). La Rochelle has a big Aquarium that children love.

Easy access : motorway A 10 Paris-Saintes junction 35 : 10 min. Train station connecting to TGV Paris-Angoulême : 10 min. La Rochelle, Rochefort or Poitiers airports and their Ryan Air flights, Bordeaux Airport. Saint Malo 430 km, Calais 700 km. ‘So many things to enjoy around here. One week is not enough’ : a quote from one of our guests.

Other Activities : Rowing, canoeing, horse riding (to rent or fees)

Golf : 3 beautiful golf courses in the area, more information in our Local Guide.

In the nearby village : yoga class in summer. 4 kms away : aqua gym in summer in outdoor swimming pool and horse riding club.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chaniers, Charente-Maritime

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
peak season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
end of peak season
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
school holidays and mid season
20 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
5 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas New Year season
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

1 £ = 1.142 € / 1 € = 0,8755 £ (april 2018).
- Low season (€ 470) : a € 60 heating fixed sum is charged on top of the weekly rate.
- In case of heating in the months of may to september, € 60 charged per week. This is due to the high rise in gas supply prices.
- The stay tax is collected for the city of Saintes and area.
- A security deposit to cover any potential damages is due on arrival (300€, personal checks in £ allowed) and given back on check out when no damage jointly reported.
- We can supply, for you convenience, bed linen, towels, cleaning service during your stay and departure cleaning, baby sitting : brochure/service rates sent by e mail.
- The departure cleaning is done by the renter (60 € to be paid on arrival in € and cash as a guarantee. Returned on departure if cleaning done).

House hunting winter long lets: contact the owner.
Thank you

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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