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Catherine Piner

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, French, Italian


Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Saintes area - La Bergerie

Well equipped gites ideal for family holidays or a quiet get-away!

Originally barns these 2 beautifully converted luxury, detached gites, each have their own private garden area, sitting amongst trees on the edge of the charming village of Crazannes, just a 5 minute walk from the River Charente. The nearest town is Saintes which as well as offering many places to visit with its Roman Heritage, has all your shopping needs.

These attractive, comfortable and very well equipped gites are ideal for family holidays with everything you would need for a young family. Or this peaceful setting is ideal for a quiet get away. Spend the day by the pool or relaxing in the garden. Or visit one of the many beaches most of which are just a 35 minute drive.

Also perfectly located for those who wish to explore the area or to just relax and enjoy the weather! With beautiful sunny days throughout the year this makes it a perfect location for walking and cycling and enjoying the surrounding countryside and for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages.

What's in the area?: With just a 40 minute drive north west to the Atlantic coast you will find the sunny beaches of Fouras and Chatelaillon Plage. And to the south west, still just 40 minutes, there are the beautiful beaches of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and St Palais-sur-Mer. With many more but unfortunately we haven’t visited them all!

With Cognac a 35 minute drive, tours around one of the famous Martell, Hennessy or Remy Martin distilleries are a must.

Just 50 minutes from the beautiful coastal town of La Rochelle, a must for any shopper! La Rochelle has a wonderful ambience with many restaurants bursting on to the pavements. Seafood is of course the speciality. Just 60 minutes to the stunning Ile de Re. With wonderful shops to browse round at Ile de Martin and an amazing choice of pavement cafes and restaurants, all looking on to the harbour. Ile de Re has many beautiful beaches and more wonderful quaint villages to wonder around.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage l'Olivier, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This is a single storey property with large open plan living, dining and kitchen area. There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin and a shower room. The property has it's own private garden area with patio, table and chairs and a barbecue. It is possible to park outside the gite.
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Catherine Piner (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

About Catherine Piner

We arrived here with our young family in 2003 with the intention of giving it a go for 5 years and we're still here!

We came here from Surrey, so the pace of life has slowed down considerably, not only is this a great holiday destination it's a great place to live too.

Both our children love it, they've only known the French school system so are far more fluent than either of us!

Catherine Piner purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Catherine Piner chose Saintes area

When we first saw this property and the beautiful garden we knew this had to be the one.

The huge draw was the the fact that even though the 'gites' were little more than shells used for storage and garaging we could see they had massive potential especially as they were completely independent of the main house and each other. So each house would have it's only private space.

The location is perfect, not a huge drive from the UK and when our guests arrive loads of interesting places to visit including some amazing beaches within a short drive.

It was a top priority that our guests would be comfortable as although generally the climate is warm and sunny it's inevitable that some days may not be so bright.

What makes this cottage unique

The thing I remember most was during our second viewing of the property, we were sitting on the terrace and could hear the church bell chime midday, beautiful! So very peaceful and our girls have often said how lovely it is to sit and listen to the birds, as there are so many trees in the garden there are certainly no shortage of those!


based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
Surrey, England

Superb Family Holiday Gite

  • 5 of 5

Terry and Catherine have thought of everything. The gite is beautifully renovated and furnished with everything you need for a family holiday from a well equiped kitchen to toys and videos for the children. This will be our third holiday with them this year (2008) and we can't wait for our 2 weeks enjoying the gite, pool and surrounding countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2007
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A relaxing week in a tranquil village

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the warm welcome and for your helpful suggestions for places to go. The gite was perfect for a family of four with younger children. Our daughters loved having someone of their own age to play with. The pool was first class and the gardens added a further feeling of tranquillity.

Crazannes is a picturesque village but surprisingly lively. During our brief visit we visited an outdoor concert and a medieval fair at the beautiful Chateau De Crazannes. The children walked to the Depot du Pain every morning to buy our breakfast. The area is ideal for cycling, running, walking and for canoeing on the Charente (at nearby Pont D'Envaux).

The gite is well positioned for visits to the beaches at La Tremblade peninsular and Meschers sur Gironde and beautiful coastal villages at Mornac Sur Suedre and Talmont sur Gironde. The aquarium at La Rochelle is worth the trip and also Ile de Re if you don't mind the crowds.

Overall a great week, good value for money and recommended without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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A relaxing stay in a lovely converted outbuilding

  • 4 of 5

L'OLIVER is a well fitted out ex barn/outbuilding. It is tastefully decorated and has plenty of land around it for children to play on.

The pool was great. Plenty of room and plenty of sumbeds!

Lots to see on the area.

Catherine was very helpful and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Mooie gîte bij hartelijke mensen in Charente-Marit

  • 5 of 5

Prachtig ruime gîte met heerlijk zwembad. Schoon, voorzien van alle gemakken: absolute aanrader. Catherine en haar dochter zorgden voor een warm welkom. L'Olivier ligt gunstig t.o.v. Bezienswaardigheden zoals La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Marais Poitevin, Bordeaux en Saintes.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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A great week

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in France over Easter and very much enjoyed our stay at l'Olivier. The house is very comfortable and well-appointed, with everything you could need for a relaxing stay. The gardens are lovely and whilst it was a bit too chilly to take a dip in the pool when we were there (mid-April), the pool area is also very nice. A great house for individuals, couples and young families alike. We look forward to going back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Lovely comfortable, clean & well maintained Gite

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were immediately impressed by the secluded and stunning location of the cottage, set amongst the surrounding shrubs and trees along with its own car parking space. We received a warm and friendly welcome from the owners, Catherine and Terry.

We were to learn during our stay that the cottage had been renovated several years earlier. You could easily think it had been done more recently, as the décor, furniture and fixtures are all in very good condition. It is obvious that Catherine and Terry maintain the cottage to a very high standard.

We had a very good holiday, walking locally and exploring the surrounding area. Returning to the cottage each day was the icing on the cake. I' Olivier is without doubt one of the best equipped, cleanest and comfortable cottages we have stayed in over the years.

Brian H



  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Port d'Envaux
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
St Savinien
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Port d'Envaux
Nearest Beach
36 Kilometres
Car: necessary

L’Olivier and la Petite Bergerie are situated in the charming small village of Crazannes. It is only a 5 min. walk to the beautiful river Charente, with local Châteaux of Crazannes and Panloy at Port d’Envaux both within walking distance and le Château de la Roche Courbon at Saint-Porchaire just a 5 minute drive.

It is only a 15 minute drive from the beautiful market town of Saintes, also located on the Charente, shops and restaurants are therefore within easy reach.

There are many many stunning beaches all less than an hours drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Crazannes, Saintes area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer 2016
28 May 2016 - 24 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer 2016
25 Jun 2016 - 8 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2016
9 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Please note all bookings from September to May, heating is not included in the price.
All prices are from Sat. to Sat.during July and August all other dates arrival and departure dates can be flexible to make the most of those cheap flights!
All prices include linen, towels and tea towels, sorry we do not provide pool / beach towels.
There is a cleaning charge payable in euros on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saintes area in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double - 1 Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed , Cot available
  • 1 double, 1 twin, cot available on request.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Sand Pit
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We hope we have thought of everything you might need to help you relax and enjoy your holiday. We have included a small choice of books, dvds and games if you want a quiet night in. It has been written in our guest book many times that “we have thought of everything” we hope you will find this to be true. We are able to provide (we think) everything you might need if you are travelling with small children. We have a young family so we know what it’s like to travel and take all the usual paraphernalia (leaving no room for that essential stock of local wines and cheeses on the return trip!). We can also offer babysitting for a small extra charge. The pool is fenced and shared. There is a children's play area with swings, 'wendy house' and sand pit.

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