|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A self contained Gite with double bedroom/ sitting area, kitchen /dining area, bathroom with shower and WC.
French TV, DVD player and CD/Radio player. Wi-Fi is also available.
Own private garden with furniture and Barbecue with use of the owners swimming pool and all set in a quiet and peaceful hamlet.
The Gite has its own enclosed off road parking area.
Heating is provided with electric radiators.
Changeover days between September and June are flexible. Weekend breaks and short stays are available by arrangement.
Children are welcome outside the main holiday season between October and the end of March.
Peace and tranquility, in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, between Saintes and La Rochelle, are among the many features of your stay at Pres Du Puits.
There are 2 comfortable and stylishly well equipped self-catering gites, recently renovated, each sleeping 2, with King sized beds, situated in the grounds of a charming Charentaise Farmhouse parts of which are believed to date back to the 1750's.In addition B&B available in the main house.
Each gite is equipped with French television, CD,radio and DVD player. Wi-Fi is also included free of charge.
Both gites have their own sunny garden,offering a high degree of privacy with garden furniture and barbecue making it an ideal location for enjoying the warm sunny days and evenings.The salt water heated swimming pool is for guests use and shared with the owners.
The gites each have their own off road secure car park and are situated well away from each other.
Le Grand Chevallon is a small hamlet situated in the heart of thje Charente Maritime near St Savinien and between La Rochelle and Saintes.
The rural setting provides a a perfect location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and also for those wishing to venture further afield the opportunity to explore the many attractions and ameneties this fascinating region has to offer.
The hamlet is surrounded by countryside with fields of sunflowers,wheat and maize- ideal for cycling, walking and bird watching.
Numerous daily,weekly and monthly markets are nearby.
St Savinien some 6 kilometres away is a small picturesque town on the banks of the Charente river with restaurants and bars as well as a supermarket and a variety of shops
Area.: The Charente-Maritime has approximately 2600 hours of sunshine a year. This compares with about 1600 hours of sunshine in Northern France. This area, in number of hours sunshine, is second only to the Riviera.
La Rochelle, for example, some 45 minutes drive away has everything you want for an interesting day out- sandy beaches, beautiful islands, historic architecture, vibrant restaurants and one of the greatest aquariums in Europe.
The Charente-Maritime is famous for its seafood. 50% of France's national consumption of Oysters is farmed in the region. Cognac, Pineau de Charente, Charentaise Butter, Melons(in season), and many cheeses are among the regions specialities.
The beautiful Charente river, some 4 km away, winds its way from beyond Angouleme through Cognac, Saintes and St Savinien and out to sea via Rochefort.The river was the main route, in days gone by, that Cognac was exported to the rest of the world.Now it provides wild life in abundance, fishing and boating with boats for hire at St Savinien and Port d'Envaux.
The clear night skies are ideal for stargazing and being in the countryside reduces the effect of light pollution
Local Activities: Golf (3 courses), Fishing (off shore or river) Sailing (off the coast or river), Tennis, Surfing, Windsurfing, Horse Riding, Walking, Bird-watching and Cycling.
The historic towns of Saintes and St Jean d'Angely are 20 minutes away by car with Cognac 30 minutes further on.
The lovely Atlantic beaches are just over 30 minutes drive away.
The Charente River with its wonderful scenery and water activities is less than 3 miles away.
The famous Oyster beds can be reached within 30 minutes.
The Chateau at Roche-Courbon and the caves at Crazannes are within walking distance.
There are many Romanesque churches in the area within easy reach.
The old cosmopolitan town of La Rochelle, steeped in nautical history, with its many cafes, restaurants, and aquarium is reached in 40 minutes as are the charming isles of Ile de Re,Oleron and Aix.
Bordeaux vineyards are 1 hours drive while the centre of Bordeaux a further 30 minutes on.
Futuroscope near Poitiers is 2 hours drive from the house.
Other local activities:
The Abbaye-aux-dames, the gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the Cathedral as well as a number of museums are open to visitors.Guided tours of the town as well as as cruises on the Charente are also available.
St Jean d'Angely.
Built on the site of a Roman villa, this was a major stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela. The town lies on the banks of the River Butonne.An attractive town and well worth a visit
Visit the Corderie Royal ( Rope Factory) and the Hermoine boatyard where they are building a replica of the vessel that once sailed between Boston and Rochefort in 1780.
Bordeaux 90 minutes drive offers a full day out sightseeing. Leave the car on the outskirts and use the excellent tram system for cheap travel to and from the city.
Wine lovers will find the vineyards, the Medoc and visits to the wine producers within easy reach.
Nantes,Poitiers,St-Emilion and Angouleme can all be reached in 2 hours.
'An excellent vacation in superb settings, nice and friendly atmosphere. We'll be back.' BT Singapore
'Thank you for a wonderful stay-lovely Gite- really enjoyed our stay-would recommend you to anyone' BH Northants
' Lovely relaxing and peaceful holiday. Thank you for all the wonderful help you gave us house hunting. We will return'.PM Yorks
' A beautiful Gite. A lovely peaceful Hamlet. A very relaxing holiday.' PL Solihull
' From the moment you telephoned to talk about our enquiry we knew we were on to a winner!. Thank you for your warm and genuine hospitality and hope we'll get a chance to return' MS Cumbria
' This was our first experience of a gite holiday in France and it surpassed our expectations!. The Gite is lovely and very comfortable, and well equipped, and the garden and pool area are beautiful. We had an extremely relaxing holiday and hope to see you again in the future' JL Guernsey.
'Excellent week that passed too quickly:comfortable and delightful gite' MC Powys.
We arrived late and dead on our feet after a long motorcycle trip from Cherbourg waiting to greet us was David with open arms and a cup of tea. We settled into our lovely geit, feet up and a bottle of wine and relaxed into the early hours. This property is a beautiful part of France very rural but with easy access to major roads that lets you plan for trips near and far and experience the many locations France has to offer in this region. The property was as described in the literature and met our expectation in full, the use of the pool was excellent on those days when you just wanted to relax and take it easy. The barbecue was a bonus and we enjoyed many a meal from it, sitting in the warm evening sun after some of our long days touring the cities and towns. If you are not to adventurist there are excellent towns and villages to visit that have markets, shop, cafes, restaurants and vineyards to visit from 10 min to an hour away. We will make a return visit c’était notre petit coin de! Michael and Rhonda
We found our cottage to be exactly what we wanted.Very well equipped and in good overall condition with ideal layout for a couple.Good decor with lovely blue and white French colours.Lots of dishes,glasses,pots and pans,cleaning materials,clothes pegs etc . Great location in the middle of the area for beaches and other lovely towns and villages.Private south facing garden which was a sun trap and beside a well kept pool area complete with sun umbrella and loungers.Monty,the owners puppy was a delight.
When you opened the kitchen door it was lovely to hear the birds singing in the peace of the counrtyside and we were ony 10 minutes by car from the nearest large supermarket.Perfect.
As the area is very flat it is ideal for cycling.If you visit La Rochelle which is about an hour away,and a must, you can hire bikes for two hours at no charge,a great way to see the town.The wonderful beach at Chatelaillon Plage is just outside the town and is very clean.
Although there was nowhere within walking distance to eat within about 10/15 minutes drive you will find somewhere.
I would recommend the cottage to anyone who wants their own place in the country but not far from clean beaches,boat trips lovely villages and acres of countryside.
David and Hazel couldn't have made us feel more welcome.They were very attentive and were always there if we needed them. They can recommend places to eat and see which is always a good help.
As we went off season we found the roads and towns fairly quiet which was quite nice.There are many country lanes in the hamlet where the cottage is situated and it would be nice to have bikes included in the rental if you are flying and can't take them with you.
We have had many self catering holidays within several parts of France and "The Cottage" was one of the best.
Linda and John Shearer
We struck gold when we found this place on the internet 6 years ago and have returned every year since, both in and out of season. Why go elsewhere when you are guaranteed a warm welcome from the wonderful hosts David and Hazel who are always there to help but never intrude into the peace of the holiday. Both gites have been tastefully restored, are full of rustic charm and character and are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. They are always clean and well prepared.
The pool area is a lovely suntrap, perfect for relaxing or just cooling off after a day out.
Although the hamlet is small, hence the peace, there are many local places of interest for a trip out by car.
If you want noise and nightlife stay away but if you want to relax, recharge your batteries in lovely surroundings then you will struggle to beat a break at "Pres du Puits". We would thoroughly recommend this holiday destination.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It was well equipped, clean, comfortable, peaceful and private and it was a real treat having the pool so close to the house too.
David and Hazel were fantastic hosts and were extremely helpful in recommending local restaurants and activities.
I would recommend this rental home to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway. A car is essential though.
From the moment I first spoke to David I knew that we were going to somewhere special.His conversation generated an impression of a person confident in his product and an obvious knowledge of his business.The gite itself is extremely well equipped with the most comfortable bed that we have experienced in many years of travel. Clean and tidy,providing peace and tranquility with as much privacy as you could wish for. David and Hazel are great hosts,always there for you if you need them and unobtrusively in the background if you don't. Lovely pool together with sunbeds etc helps to while away a pleasant afternoon. There is much to see in the Charente Maritime area which has many small pretty villages and much else to see. The maritime museum at Rochfort is a clear example of this. Perhaps for some a little isolated but a car mitigates that and the traffic is extremely light.
We have rated our stay as excellent and will have no hesitation in recommending both property and hosts in the future
the cottage is a lovely traditional spotlessly clean cottage set in a tranquile setting surrounded by countryside, In the evening there is no light pollution and you can see all the stars, and the silence is unbelievable. The owners are extremely friendly and can give you tips on were to go and were the best resturants are. There is a good sized swimming pool that is lovely to laze around or to swim in to cool off. Even though the area is surrounded by fields there is lots to see in a short drive. there is great little resturants dotted all around the surrounding villages. If you like to walk you only have to go out of the back gate and you are in tiny lanes surrounded by the countryside I thoroughly recommed this location if you want a relaxing holiday
Le Grand Chevallon is situated between St Savinien and St Porchaire.
St Savinien, situated on one of France's lovely rivers the Charente, is 3 miles away.
The town of Saintes with its Roman Amphitheatre, Abbaye-aux- Dames and Cathedral is 20 minutes away. Royan, Rochefort, and the Atlantic beaches are 30 minutes drive.
La Rochelle and Cognac are 45 minutes drive away as are the islands L'Ile de Re and L'Ile d'Oleron.
The vineyards of Bordeaux can be reached in 1 hour.
The Chateau at Roche Courbon and its lovely gardens are within walking distance.
The famous oyster beds are close by.
Restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets are plentiful.
There are numerous markets in the locality.
The local countryside with virtually traffic free roads are ideal for cycling. Bicycles can be hired in St Savinien.
We are 20 minutes from junctions 34 and 35 on the A10 Paris - Bordeaux Autoroute. Ideal for those wishing to break their journey from the Channel ports to all destinations south.
Other Activities: Bird watching, visiting vineyards.
Golf: There are 3 18 hole golf courses within easy distance - Saintes, Royan and La Rochelle.
Of the 3 courses our guests seem to prefer the one at Royan closely followed by the links course at La Rochelle.
The local tourist office have special carnets for visitors offering substantial discounts.
There is a 6 hole course some 4kms away at Plassay.
The Poitou Charente region has a total of 39 courses to choose from.