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La Fermette France, Stylish child friendly gite, village location, beach 30 min

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Child friendly gite packed with all you need for a stress free holiday with kids

L'Etable is one of 4 character gites at LaFermetteFrance

It used to be an old stone cowshed, now converted into a stylish 2 bedroomed gite with exposed stone walls and original beams, and packed full of baby and toddler kit designed to make your stay stress free. As well as the usual high chair, travel cot and stairgates we go one step further in also providing a whole host of other items including steriliser, baby bath, baby/toddler cutlery, crayons & paper, socket covers, kitchen cupboard locks to name but a few.

.......Also popular with couples

The ground floor is dominated by an original Charentaise fireplace (not used). The modern well equipped kitchen is seats up to 8 around the kitchen tabel - ideal for sociable evenings enjoying good food & excellent wine!.... seating is arranged in front of the TV (UK channels).

A wooden staircase leads up to the family shower room, master bedroom with room for a travel cot if required and twin bedroom next door which is perfect for children (or grandparents) with shutters at the window which act as blackout blinds (essential if you wake as soon as the sun shines in the morning!).

The south facing garden is a real suntrap, ideal for relaxed BBQ's in the evening once the children are tucked up in bed (we have a baby intercom for peace of mind). The separate orchard field is ideal for kicking a football around or just watching the sun go down over the fields please help yourself to any fruits in season (peaches, cherries, pears, figs, and walnuts)……and if you feel active you can play table tennis, or table football in the Games Barn, or pack a picnic and head off for a cycle ride on the bikes, or maybe take the body boards to the beach.

We are flexible about arrival and departure days although the minimum length of stay is 4 nights.

L'Etable is one of 4 individually styled gites at La Fermette France. Our other gites are:

6524547; La Fermette traditional farmhouse, sleeps 7

6524549: Le Chai, stone barn with gallery bedroom sleeps 3

6524550: L'Ecurie, our stunning studio apartment. Ideal for Grandparents with family staying in L'Etable. Ask us about our special deal for booking both properties together.

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Lesley Houareau
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 August, 2018

About Lesley Houareau

We are Lesley & Felix Houareau. We have worked in customer facing roles for all of our working life and really enjoy hosting guests at our gites. We live in a village outside Bath and feel privileged to live in a beautiful part of south west England as well as being able to spend time in the Charente Maritime

Lesley Houareau purchased this barn in 2004

Why Lesley Houareau chose Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin

We wanted to be based in a part of France that was within half a day's journey from the ferry ports but is a sunny and warm part of France. The Charente Maritime fits the bill. We are 30 min from the beach but located in a very peaceful hamlet where our French neighbours have welcomed us into the community.

We are in wine and cognac producing country where you can visit and buy direct from the producers; the surrounding towns and villages are steeped in roman and medieval history and architecture; for culture we have the towns of Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle and Bordeaux nearby; and many very good local restaurants close by, some with Michelin stars but all less expensive than in the coastal towns. What more could you want from a holiday in France?

What makes this barn unique

We are rural but not remote. Our hamlet is very peaceful but only 2 kms from the nearest town with a small market (we like to buy our oysters there on a Sunday), Carrefour Express, bank, 3 boulangeries, butcher and restaurants, and 10 minutes from the nearest motorway. With 470km of beaches in the Charente Maritime we have plenty of choice!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a very enjoyable 2 week stay in L'Etable. If you want peace and quite, lovely country side, not to mention fantastic wine country then this is for you. Great cycling country as well. I plotted a 15 mile route of gently rolling roads and hardly saw a car. (Managed a PB of over 17 miles per hour on the last day - not bad for a 71 year old!).

The gite is kitted out to a good standard - better than most we have stayed in over the years and the owners could not have been more helpful.
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Baby bath, child's toilet seat & step, nappy bucket
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Travel cot available on request. Velux window with blackout
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , bed guards and changing mat on request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
We provide a beach umbrella, coolbag, freezer blocks and picnic plates and cutlery


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La Fermette France, Stylish child friendly gite, village location, beach 30 min
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 10 reviews

L'Etable - incredibly well-equipped and spacious.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful L'Etable, which was incredibly well-equipped and spacious.

Its in a quiet and picturesque hamlet, but only 10 minutes from the nearest town and lovely local restaurants, we definitely did not run out of things to do. Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux are also only an hours drive away and were definitely worth the short journey, especially if you are a wine lover!!

We will definitely be highly recommending L'Etable and can't wait to return!

Thank you so much to Lesley and Felix for being so helpful!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Authentic experience of rural France

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect as not only does it provide an authentic experience of rural France, but it is also within a short drive of the coast, Bordeaux, vineyards and historical towns. It is the perfect location to relax, with its beautiful surrounding countryside and/or to use as a base to explore this region of France. The local village is within walking distance and the local supermarket is within a 5 minute drive. The gite is very comfortable and has all the mod cons you'd need whilst also retaining its authentic feel. Check in and out was also very easy and flexible and the hosts were easy to contact. There is also ample car parking space. I would love to come back here again!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you all enjoyed your stay. We are lucky to be in such a peaceful and relaxing hamlet yet so close to some beautiful towns (and the beach). See you again soon.
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The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent a long weekend with a bunch of friends and enjoyed our stay immensely. The whole complex fit 13-15 of us perfectly but stayed in the main farmhouse. It's a home away from home and is equipped for indoor and outdoor dining! It's in a tiny hamlet an hour away from Bordeaux. It's rural setting was the perfect place to get away from it all as we live in a big city. The hosts have a games barn with bicycles to cycle to the nearest boulangerie/cafe/restaurants and of course to explore the countryside. Discovered a great little farmers market in the nearest village called St Genis where the older generation still pay by cheque! If you don't want to cook there is also a great local restaurant nearby who caters for any dietary needs if you book in advance. I am definitely returning to La fermette! Thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The farmhouse is an ideal social space when you rent more than one of the gites. We're pleased you had a good time and took advantage of the bikes to explore the countryside and to zip into St Genis for supplies.
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Good rural location

  • 4 of 5

Property good for two of us. Small sitting area amongst the shrubs and lavender attracting the bees and butterflies.

Well equipped

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed L'Etable. The garden is a real sun trap
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Lovely gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the gite, it was ideal for our 4 days on the beach. The location was great for cycling with the children, flat and quiet roads. The gite is beautifully clean and well maintained, we would definitely stay again for a stop over'

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at L'Etable and that you were able to make good use of the bikes in the games barn! We look forward to hosting you again.
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Superb Stay

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous. Very clean and superbly well equipped for little ones - it made our holiday so much easier with all the kiddy kit provided. It was so relaxing jut to sit in the garden when the children were in bed and enjoy the peace and quiet. We'll definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments. We have tried to make L'Etable as baby and toddler friendly as we can to give you a stress free holiday so we're pleased you found all the 'kit' useful.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Ferry
268 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Meschers sur Gironde (30 minutes drive)
Car: necessary

We are based in a small farming hamlet surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat and vines - peaceful but not remote as we are only 2 mins drive from the nearest small town of St Genis de Saintonge with shops and bank. The nearest supermarket in 10 minutes away in the pretty medieval town of Pons. If you enjoy cooking there are numerous markets close for you to buy the local produce.....and if you don't then we have many good local restaurants locally including several with michelin stars.

For relaxation there is the beach, or rather beaches, as the Charente Maritime has over 470kms of coastline. And for culture there is Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Cognac.......and as this is wine country you can visit local producers and try before you buy. What more could you want from a holiday?


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Low Season - there is an extra charge for heating of £10 per night

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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