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Handsome Period House With Nearby River Swimming

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House in Crazannes, Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location, 2 Minutes Walk To The River Charente And The Centre Of The Village

Elegant nineteenth century house situated on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Crazannes famed for its superb stone. Within walking distance of the picturesque river Charente, the historic Château de Crazannes (Perrault's original Puss in Boots castle) and the village centre with local butcher. There are daily bread deliveries to the house. Garden to the front and back of the house, sun terrace, barbecue and sheltered ping-pong table. Lovingly restored garden room and kitchen with rural views.

Guy Hopkins
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

About Guy Hopkins

I am a musician and teacher and my wife is a freelance consultant. We have had the house for 14 years. We have three children and have had great pleasure from using the house for holidays both with friends and on our own. We have also enjoyed making improvements to the property over the years. In the summer we run an opera festival locally and we enjoy creating a welcoming atmosphere for the singers and musicians that we accommodate and cater for. Our children spend hours in the garden playing ping-pong and climbing trees and we all completely relax - something much needed with our hectic lives!

Guy Hopkins purchased this house in 2003

Why Guy Hopkins chose Crazannes

We bought our house because we wanted to have a home reasonably near the sea where the weather was reliable (the Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region of France) but that we could get to by car from the UK without an overnight stop. We all love the river swimming and the charming little river beach in the next village. I love surfing on the Ile d'Oleron and the fantastic beaches as well as the abundance of good local seafood (mussels and oysters) and other local produce such as the cognac, pineau de Charente and the melons. The River Charente itself is beautiful as is the gently rolling countryside which has always reminded me of Norfolk, my favourite English county.

What makes this house unique

We have had some wonderful family holidays both in the summer but also throughout the year during the Easter and Christmas holidays. The house is in excellent condition and has plenty of character. It is perfectly situated for the beach, river, local towns, shopping, historic places of interest and unique attractions such as the La Rochelle Aquarium and the zoo at La Palmyre - the very best of their kind anywhere in France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for a lovely stay. The house is a great place to relax with lots of space for everyone. We loved the river swimming!

The children have spent the whole two weeks outside playing giving us lots of time to switch off. Everything was very comfortable and we loved the beautiful renovation of the kitchen.

Lovely views over the trees. We did lots of walking and enjoyed our visit to Cognac making full use of the tours and tastings!
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crazannes in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom adjacent to bedroom 1 with bath and wc. Shower room with wc. Additional ground floor wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed, bedroom 3 with twin beds, bedroom 4 with twin beds. The house also has a sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Garden to the front of the property with terrace, garden table, chairs and parasol. Barbecue. Garden to rear of the property with pleasant views, access from the garden room which provides shelter from heat of the day. Car port with washing line and ping-pong table. Utility Room: Large fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, sink, wc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, changed weekly, the property is cleaned weekly. Other: Spacious mezzanine on first floor with Wii, books and children's toys.


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Handsome Period House With Nearby River Swimming
average rating of 4.5 based on 5 reviews

Un havre de paix

  • 5 of 5

Jolie maison en pierre blanche du pays. Très bien placée, idéale pour partir à la découverte de la région...

Terrasse très agréable. Bel environnement pour une promenade de proximité..

Bref nous avons tous apprécié !

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Lieu charmant

  • 4 of 5

Maison comme sur le descriptif


Cuisine bien équipée

Jeux pour enfants

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Maison superbe

  • 5 of 5

Grande Maison situé dans un village tranquille. Elle est bien équipé. Nous avons apprécié les lits faits ainsi que les serviettes.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Belle maison pour famille nombreuse.

  • 4 of 5

Très beau moment passé en famille avec tout le confort. Dommage que notre séjour fut si court car nous n'avons pas eu le temps de visiter le coin. Hormis le château de La Roche Courbon qui est une magnifique propriété ! N'hésitez pas à le visiter !

Merci de prévoir plus de ventilateurs en période très chaude surtout pour les étages. Indispensable !

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Port d'Envaux
Nearest Ferry
44 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
St. Savinien
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A10 at St Jean d'Angeley
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Port d'Envaux
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Ile d'Oleron
Car: recommended


Nearest beaches are 30 minutes by car, (Fouras, Rochefort, St Palais sur Mer) Vast sandy beaches on Ile d'Oleron 45 minutes by car. We spend most of our time in the summer at the charming river beach in the nearby village of Port d'Envaux with swimming, boat/canoe hire and children's play area. There is an outdoor pool complex with tennis courts 5 minutes away in St Savinien near the holiday centre.


La Rochelle airport 45 minutes away - car hire essential. Bordeaux airport 1 hr 40 minutes, car hire essential. Normandy ports (Caen, Le Havre) are 5 hours by car, Calais is 7 hours including stops.


Crazannes centre is 2 minutes walk. St Savinien & Port d'Envaux are 5 minutes by car/10 minutes by bicycle, Saintes is 15 minutes by car, La Rochelle 45 minutes by car and Bordeaux 1 hr 40 minutes by car. Cognac is 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

There is a butcher in Crazannes, and excellent boulangeries in Port d'Envaux and St Savinien. Supermarkets are found in St Savinien, St Porchaire and a large HyperU in Saintes. The nearest pharmacy is in St Savinien. There are good restaurants in Port d'Envaux - Le Gabarier, St Porchaire - Le Bruant, and several in Saintes - our favourites are the Relais Bois St Georges and L'Heloise in Pont L'Abbaye. The nearest banks are in St Savinien. There are traditional markets on Saturdays in St Savinien and on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Saintes with a fantastic selection of local produce and a covered market with excellent butchers. One of the biggest markets in France takes place in the centre of Saintes on the first Monday of every month. There are a number of brocante/antique shops, one of the best is in St Porchaire. There are three interesting châteaux nearby which are worth a visit - Château de Crazannes, Château de Panloy (Port d'Envaux) and Château de la Roche Courbon (near St Porchaire). The town of Saintes has lovely boutique shopping and many places of interest to visit including the Roman Arena. The excellent shopping city of La Rochelle has a renowned Aquarium and a large selection of family friendly restaurants in the historic Vieux Port. One of the best zoos in France is to be found at La Palmyre on the coast. Seafood enthusiasts can buy fresh mussels and oysters in season on or near the Ile d'Oleron and along the coast. You can hire bicycles to tour the enchanting Ile d'Aix, accessible by small ferry from the town of Fouras.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £50
Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
- There is a minimum stay of three nights.
- Please do not smoke inside the property.
- Changeover day is Saturday, though Friday may be negotiable. Arrival time - after 4pm, Departure time - 11am.
- Pets are welcome paying the standard fee of £20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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