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Charming villa with large secluded garden and heated private pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

Situated near the medieval town of Aubeterre in the Charente

An old farm house, recently fully modernised, it has spacious accommodation and provides a well-equipped and comfortable base for a relaxing holiday.This part of the Charente boasts one of the best climates in France, with the highest number of sunshine hours after the Mediterranean. Surrounded by gently rolling hills and sunflower fields, Gendaine makes an ideal base for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.Nearby villages are full of activity, with places to visit, dine and drink. Our local bistro restaurant is only a short walk. Full details and more photographs can be found on our website but there are 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large lounge and dining area and a fully fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences. Outside on the large secluded veranda there is a shaded lounge and dining area and Weber Gas BBQ. There is a superb salt water private swimming pool (12x 6m) with a large patio for basking in the sun in complete privacy. There is also a log burning stove and central heating for the winter.

David and Jane Whigham
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Have had a wonderful two weeks in your lovely home. Weather fantastic if not a little too hot on a couple of days hitting 36C. Hence lots of time spent lazing around the pool! Aubeterre and its lake beaches were lovely and we had a fun hour on the canoes trying to paddle in time together. The Intermarche at Chalais had everything we needed and the markets at Chalais and Riberac were worth a visit. Many thanks again for a great holiday and all the help from Emma with any queries we had. Would definitely recommend this to our friends.
Aug 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Les Essards in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This room has a large walk in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot only if required
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 has an ensuite bathroom and French windows leading to the garden.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Charming villa with large secluded garden and heated private pool
average rating of 4.864865 based on 38 reviews

beautiful and beautifully kept.

  • 5 of 5

Well worth a visit

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your really were a joy to have as guests..... Haste ye back..! Best wishes David & Jane
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Perfect family holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five with three girls aged 13, 11 and 9. As parents all we wanted was total R&R in the sun and the girls wanted to swim and eat Moules et frites, have space to run about and also do their own thing! It's hard to get that balance. Not at Gendaine. It ticks every box.

It's a beautiful villa, perfect size for us, the rooms are spacious and light and have everything you could possibly need. We cooked every night and found the kitchen very well equipped with all the necessary gadgets. We then ate outside on the veranda, all but two night and would sit out until late playing games.

The setting is stunning, the pool is fantastic, with an alarm and lockable gate for peace of mind and spacious sunbathing area. It also has a large grassed area where we played badminton most nights, there was pick up sticks, boules, giant dominoes, table tennis and lots of games. The girls loved the hammock as it was a little sanctuary for them.

The weather was beautifully hot (highest was 34 degrees in the shade) with a breeze on most days - perfect.

We had a perfect holiday and we recommend you look no further. We ventured out only a handful of times for a couple of lunches, sightseeing, a market, to shop and there is lots to close by but we were actually surprised how contented we were to just stay put and enjoy what Gendaine had to offer.

Thank you David, Jane and Emma for a wonderful, most memorable holiday, we hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and we are all delighted that you enjoyed your holiday. We would be pleased to have you back anytime. Best wishes David, Jane & Emma
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Perfect 2 weeks!

  • 5 of 5

Gendaine seemed to be ideal for our holiday requirements, based on our web-based research. When we got there, the updating really made it - great outdoor living area and an amazing shower. We really capitalised on being able to do virtually everything outside in the great weather. There was bread, cheese and wine left as a welcome for us - a nice touch.

We were ideally located between Chalais (great tapas at La Bodega) and Riberac for shopping and Aubeterre for evening meals, canoeing and other attractions. Also Le Grand Etang de La Jemaye was easily accessible for the beach, walks and canoeing. Saint Auylaye was also well worth a visit with a amazing crepes at La Muscadiere, river beach, high ropes and water slides. For older kids (8 yrs upwards) there was high ropes at Base De Loisirs De Poltrot, plus many other things to do there. Bonnes was a few km away with a terrific boulangerie and patisserie and an amazing pizzeria, loved by all.

The pool is where much of our time was spent as temperatures were around 30C in the shade, though not overpoweringly hot with a lovely breeze. An ideal size and great for swimming. Being a saltwater pool, it was kinder on the skin and eyes and left no chlorine smell. Plenty of shade provided with big parasols and plenty of comfortable sunbeds.

The accommodation was well appointed and really a home-from-home, with everything you could possible need. The bedrooms were light and airy with lovely beds and linen plus nice towels provided. The only slight improvement that could be made would be a larger fridge. Manageable, but often pushed to it's limits as we didn't shop that often, preferring to do weekly, big shops.

There was plenty to explore in the lanes and trails around the accommodation - abundant wildlife and a chapel in the valley.

As everything was so well thought-out we had no need to contact Emma, but we did meet her on departure and she couldn't have been more friendly and approachable.

We'd like to really thank David,Jane and Emma for a wonderful two weeks, and we'd definitely be back. We thoroughly recommend Gendaine as a perfect holiday rental. We'd also be interested if there are plans to provide another bedroom - when we holiday as an extended family, there's 9 of us.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review.....thank you. It is always good to receive positive feedback and to know that all the work we have put into the house in the last nine months is apprectated. You were ideal guests and we are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday so much. You are welcome back any time and I do hope that we will see you again. Once again thank you, it is very much appreciated. Bset wishes David, Jane & Emma
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, and so peaceful. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a relaxed and peaceful holiday

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleasure to have pleased you enjoyed your stay... Haste ye back David & Jane
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Fantastic fun family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two week holiday, and felt so at home in this beautiful house. We were so surprised to see that many areas of the house and garden had been renovated with a wonderful new terrace area, which had a fantastic seating area, gas BBQ and huge dining table!

The house itself was immaculate, and our children (3,6 & 9) were delighted to find many books, board games, DVD's and videos to entertain them, although the icing on the cake for them was the heated pool! Which was great when our first week was a bit cooler! The pool itself was very secure with a fenced gate and 2 alarms on the poolside. The house inside was lovely and cool and the kitchen was very well equipped.

We didn't travel far from the house, as we wanted a holiday that we could just chill and relax, and this was definitely a relaxing destination!

We did venture out occasionally and found a fantastic treetop climbing place in Nabinaud, and enjoyed pizza at the beach at St Aulaye. But the majority of our evenings were spent barbequing on the new, and very swanky BBQ!

We would highly recommend this as a family holiday, and we will definitely be back again! Thank you Jane and David for sharing your home.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review....we try to make the house as comfortable and well equipped as possible and it is great to receive such a nice review. thank you. Hope to see you again. David & Jane
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Stunning villa, perfect family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this holiday and villa was perfect. We were travelling with young children (2 year old and 6 month baby) and this house catered fantastically for our needs. With a highchair, children's toys and books all available, it meant less for us to pack! The heated pool was very securely locked with a fence round it, alarm on the pool and a padlocked gate. The facilities in the house are excellent with everything from a very well catered kitchen to a stunning Webber bbq on the veranda! The house was very clean and well maintained. The area is perfect for families with canoeing close by and a fantastic man-made beach a few kilometres away. There are also wonderful local markets on which are definitely worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your vauable feedback and we look forward to seeing you again. David & Jane
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
310 Miles
Saint - Malo
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Longeveau, Pillac
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
A10 at Angouleme
Nearest Restaurant
4.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
St Aulaye
Car: necessary

The old Roman town of Aubeterre sur Dronne, recently voted one of the prettiest villages in France, is only a short drive away. A favourite place to shop, eat, drink and relax under the lime trees in the square. Slightly further are the market towns of Chalais and Riberac (with one of the biggest markets in France!).There are a variety of local festivals, fetes and firework displays that take place throughout the Summer. About a 45 minute drive, are the capital towns of Angouleme and Perigeux which offer a wider and more sophisticated range of shops in a typically French setting. Also within easy reach are towns such as St. Emilion, Bergerac, Cognac and Bordeaux, all famous for their wines and spirits and equally beautiful places to visit. Beyond Bordeaux are the unspoilt beaches of the Atlantic coast with several superb resorts within a reasonable drive. Families with children will enjoy day trips to the popular attractions of the Aqualand Water Park, La Palmyre Zoo and Futuroscope.

Other Activities: Canoeing and quad biking,


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Les Essards, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2018
27 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Seaon 2018
5 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Late Season 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

All bed linen and towels are included in price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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