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Beautiful Charentaise Home Close To La Rochelle and many other attractions

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,906 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful period house close to beaches and La Rochelle Quiet Countryside Location, Within 30 Mins Of Beaches And Within 1 Hour To Most Major Attractions

Our House was built in 1814. Its a very comfortable large 240m2 family friendly home retaining all its original charm, with beamed ceilings, stone walls, stone fireplaces, yet it has all the modern conveniences necessary for a nice relaxing holiday- wifi, satellite TV, Washing machine, Dishwasher, Microwave etc. There is four large bedrooms two with double beds and two twin rooms all looking out onto our beautiful well maintained garden with its Terrace, heated pool and a hammock between the trees for those lazy sunny afternoons. For the Balmy evenings theres a cool secluded courtyard out front where you can enjoy a glass of Pineau des Charentes and gaze up and watch the star show late into the evening. Our Home is not a gite, so you will be completely left alone unless you would like to avail of a cleaner that we can provide during your stay. We also have an English speaking lady close by should you need help with anything at all.

colm o'brien
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About colm o'brien

Hi My name is Colm O'Brien, I'm married to Mairead and we have lived in Belgium for the past 20yrs. We have 3 boys, Jake 14, Danny 1 and Joshua 8. We're an Irish family, me being from Dublin and my wife Mairead from Tipperary. I've run my own food related business for many years having spent quite some time working in Michelin starred kitchens in Belgium. I love being in the Charente maritime, as the food and ingredients are to die for! We live just outside Brussels, so have the busy city life to escape when we come down to the relative quietness of Marsais.

colm o'brien purchased this villa in 2012

Why colm o'brien chose Marsais

We have visited the Charente Maritime every year for the last 9 years and we decided to buy a house here in beautiful Marsais. . Its a great area for getting around seeing the sights, and every year we discover something new to do. We're never bored and we can holiday as fast or as slow as we wish!

Its a great area of France if your into your food and wine. whilst being quite simple in tastes, produce from the Charente is honest good fresh food. Seafood is amazing, game in Autumn and fruit and veg that actually taste of what they are supposed to be!

We fell in love with the Charente, more because of the people then anything else. No matter where we go we are welcomed warmly.

What makes this villa unique

As its pretty flat everywhere, its wonderful for cycling. Our 8yr old has been on many 5km plus cycles with us here as the roads are so quiet and easy to cycle on. So we have bikes at your disposal, one equipped with a baby carrier.

Only 5 minutes away is a small airfield where you can take a tandem ride in the skys above, wonderful experience!

Our pool is always warm as its heated, and as the house is fully private you really feel like your on a secluded holiday. The neighbours are all lovely people, french speaking only! There is a telescope for budding astronomers as the night sky here is something special.

Wild life is pretty amazing too, you can expect to get bored with the amount of birds of prey you'll see, and if you wander out at dusk you'll see deers, hares, wild boar, pine martens, hedgehogs, owls, foxes and I've even seen a badger close by. Lizards are regular visitors to the walls around the house, and snakes (not deadly!) can sometimes be spotted at the local stream as can South American Cobayes and crayfish too!

Its a bird watchers paradise which isn't my strongest point however one of our bird watching guests has returned several times and always finds something new!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Marsais in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2906 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms, the one upstairs has both a shower, toilet and bath and is large. The Bathroom downstairs has a shower and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a large bright room right next to the bathroom. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are very large twin rooms. Bedroom 4 is also a large Double room and close by to the kids twin rooms. All rooms have mosquito window nets and windows have shutters for blackout and retaining the coolness inside.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All rooms are cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to the thick stone walls. The bedrooms are all upstairs. Wood parquet flooring throughout, so its dust free! Outside: Beautiful flowering cottage garden with plum and apple trees, A hammock, garden table and chairs, sun loungers, deckchairs. 9x4m Heated private swimming pool with safety cover (as per French law) The pool heating can be turned on between May and October with an extra cost attached (please enquire for your specific period). In the front of the house, we've got a 'secret' walled garden for the evening sun and bbqing. There is ample off street parking, the the whole property is completely secure with a lockable gate so you can let the kids roam free (once the pool cover is closed!) The roads around the village are very quiet so great for biking. Lots of country lanes to walk through and explore along with plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife! Hedgehogs, foxes, Boars, Deer, Hares, birds of prey, Owls amongst many others are regularly spotted around the area. Utility Room: Plenty of toys and games, real slate bed pool table with lots of cues. Wooden country house table with 8 chairs, Baby chair, closed fireplace and direct access to the garden. One set of sheets are included, Other: The outside courtyard has lounge seating and covered area so you can still sit out even during those rare showers! bikes and extra drinks fridge in the garage along with tennis rackets to use at the local court


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Beautiful Charentaise Home Close To La Rochelle and many other attractions
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews

This house combines traditional French architecture with modern amenities beautifully.

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a beautiful part of France, with easy access to beaches and islands, as well as the historic city of La Rochelle (which has a very fine rugby team). The pool and garden are a splendid bonus, especially for the younger members of our family who were able to 'explore' in a totally safe environment. Marsais is peaceful and surrounding villages have a variety of amenities. Sugeres is within easy driving distance and is well worth visiting.

The house itself combines traditional French architecture with modern amenities beautifully. So much so, we were happy to spend days enjoying the pool and garden; and barbecueing supper to top things off. The kitchen is well equipped and the accomodation is comfortable. It was sometimes useful to have two bathrooms.

All in all, we had a fantastic holiday; and are considering re-visiting in future years.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely holiday home the last week of July 2018. We were surprised by how large the house and garden were, there really is a lot of space. Two families could easily share this house without encroaching on each others space. The garden is gorgeous and was just perfect for our needs. It has a secure parameter with lockable gates so children will remain safe. The pool is beautiful and is much larger than the photos convey, it has steps down into it and also has a motorised security cover for that added peace of mind. The house was well equipped with everything to make this a perfect home from home. There are even several bikes available to use, selection of books, dvds, a great pool table and a hammock which our children adored. The temperatures were very high during our stay however due to the really thick stone walls the house remained fabulously cool and we all slept so well. This is a truly charming property and the only negative being the photos simply do not do it justice! Thank you for a lovely relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this house. Everything was great. Really well-equipped kitchen, large, comfortable bedrooms and living room, a beautiful garden and bbq area, and lovely pool. We enjoyed using the bikes, eating the plums from the garden, visiting La Rochelle, Venise Verte, and playing tennis on the court in the village. We couldn't have wished for a more relaxing or enjoyable holiday. Many thanks indeed.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing two weeks at this property with lovely weather. The pictures do not do the villa justice - the pool is larger than it looks and the walled garden was an added bonus. We spent many days just enjoying the pool and garden. The rooms are spacious and cool in the evenings and the pool table was a welcome distraction! The location of the villa is fabulous for exploring the countryside with trips to La Rochelle and Ile de Re aswell as beach days at Fouras and Chatellion Plage. Nothing is too far away - Surgeres is 10 mins away with lots of shops aswell as bars and markets. We were well looked after and the owners were responsive to emails and any queries we had before and during the holiday. We would highly recommend the villa and would love to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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"The ideal relaxed, family stay"

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier during our stay in Marsais - our first foreign hols with our 2yo and the walled garden, secure pool, large lawn and acres of space inside (the bedrooms are vast and cot provided was excellent quality) made the whole trip a joy from beginning to end. The fully fitted kitchen was a really boon, sharp knives, lots of pots and pans and more than a rusty bottle opener for utensils meant that we could really make the most of the local produce and cook each evening. The pool table was a great asset for those rainy afternoons. The relaxed homely interior meant we could relax with our toddler and thanks to the shutters and thick stone walls he slept solid 12 hour nights!

The location means a car is essential, but the house is perfectly positioned to pop into the local towns for sightseeing and supplies, or even La Rochelle (under 40 mins) then escape back to the rural bliss of Marsais. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week in Marsais, I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We have never stayed in this area in France and were not disappointing either. It is in a great area to explore or to simply enjoy the house and garden.

The swimming pool and garden is a great and is very safe for children.

We loved the enclosed patio area to the front!

The house itself is very large and more than well equipped with everything you would need and more!

They have a great selection of toys, books and dvd's for all ages.

The house is spotlessly clean and the pool is cleaned on a regular basis.

We loved our holiday here and cannot wait to return someday!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Saint Felix
Nearest Ferry
350 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La clos gourmand Saint felix
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The coastal resort of Chatelaillon Plage with its long sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants and lively atmosphere is a 35 minute drive. Other west coast resorts are also easily accessible, these include Fouras, La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Il d'oleron, Ronce les Bains whilst the wild surfing beaches of La cote Sauvage are 60 mins away.


La Rochelle airport is a 35 minute drive and is served by Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2. By Ferry: Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries, P&O, Eurotunnel and Sea France. The use of a car is essential in this location. Best rates for car hire is not at the Airport, please let me know if you need car rental and I can send you on info


Theres a pharmacy within a short walk and local shops - Co-op, Boulangerie, Boucherie - all within a 3 minute drive. The Baker calls by every morning and beeps her horn to let you know she's there.The town of Surgeres with its restaurants, cafes and Abbey is a 10 minute drive. Saint Felix, with its superb restaurant and nightclub is 4 mins away.The Beautiful old Roman town St Jean d'Angely is a 20 minute drive and well worth a visit. The harbour town of La Rochelle is 30 mins away, as is The Old Garrison town of Rochefort.

Further Details:

There is as little or as much to do within one hour of the house. For the active there is biking, motocross, paragliding (such good fun!!!), surfing, windsurfing, kayaking sailing, fishing, go karting, zip wire courses and lots of other activities available within an hour. Theres lots of brochures in the house with all the relevant adresses but if you fancy having some of the activities booked in advance let us know and it can be arranged for you. For food lovers there's lots of really decent markets around and a local organic farm thats a short ride on the bike away with the most fab veg you can get. Theres also lots of other small producers that you can visit that make such specialities as goats cheeses, honeys, cheese,Pigeon terrines and many others. Of course you will be only a short hope to Cognac (40 mins) and Loire Valley (1hr) and Pineau producers (20 mins) for wines and cognacs etc.

For Kids who love animals there is lots to do, we have three and are never short of day trips with them. Zoodysee is 10 mins, La Palmyre Zoo is 45 mins, theres a fantastic aquarium in La Rochelle. Vallée des Singes is over an hour but well worth the trip as there is monkeys roaming about freely everywhere and plenty of opportunities to meet them. As for other Attractions theres Futuroscope (1hr) which is fantastic as is Puy de Fou (1.15hr) which is worth a stop over if you can manage it. Other attractions for kids include a water park with slides and wave machines etc in St Jean d'Angley (20mins) alongside electric boating and a very decent playground right beside it.

The area is well known for its historic heritage, playing an important role within the Roman empire with plenty of ruins to visit. In la Rochelle theres the Maritime musuem and trips can be taken out to Fort Boyard by boat from here. Rochefort has L'Hermione, a replica of a 1779 frigate that you can now board and have guided tours. Niort and St Jean D'Angely are also full of buildings predating 14th Century.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £448.64

Booking Notes:
A 500€ deposit is required at time of booking. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to you holiday together with a breakages deposit of 500€ which will be refunded one week after departure

Changeover Day:
We've decided to allow a Friday changeover day, so you don't get caught in the holiday traffic! we will be flexible if we can!

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in Euros. A surcharge of 100€ per week will be applied if you want to use the pool heating in May and 50€ extra for June.

Owner'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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