House in Archingeay near St. Savinien, Charente Maritime, France - Tastefully Renovated 5 Bedroomed house in a lovely Hamlet in Archingeay near St. Savinien.
About Rose Brown
We just love this area of France and cannot recommend enough for family holidays.My photo is a picture of a wonderful day out at La Palmyre zoo when we went last year with our grandchildren. We have been coming to this region on holiday for over 30 years and this is always a popular visit.
Rose Brown purchased this House in 2006
Why Rose Brown chose Archingeay
We have holidayed in this region for the last 30 plus years. Our children and grandchildren now come to visit and love the area as we do. Every year we find something new. The house is in an ideal situation. Access to the countryside, beaches of historic interest is all within reach.
What makes this House unique
The house has a wonderful feel with the old fireplaces and beams. The huge garden is a great asset for children. It has privacy and safe for little ones.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 10
Just what we needed
We were two families including six children and thoroughly enjoyed the pool and outdoor space in particular. Huge garden, lovely pool area, great outdoor dining table.
We party picked this property because of the lack of TV and WiFi which made all of us find alternative things to do, such as playing board games and cards bringing adults and children together.
Rose was very friendly and helpful and was always available if required.
There are some lovely places to visit in the area such as pretty towns, a tree climbing place, a great indoor pool with slide, river swimming and it's not too far from some lovely beaches.
Overall a fab holiday destination.
Thank you for your lovely review.
We are so delighted when our guests appreciate our house and garden and what the Charente Maritime has to offer. So nice to have that special time with family and friends and make great memories. Lovely to meet you all and thank you for your visit. Rose and Jim.
Wow, Fantastic House
From the day we arrived at this house until the day we left we had an amazing holiday
I arrived with my husband to celebrate my 60th birthday, my daughter, son in law, and my three grandchildren aged 4 & 7 & 7, were also with us.
We were greeted by Rose who showed us around this beautiful house, so much space. The children were straight into the pool and I don't think they got out again until the day we left to go home, they loved. I loved it because it could be locked at night with a secure gate.
We were greeted with supplies from Rose - very nice touch after a 6 hour drive from Roscoff.
The area is also gorgeous, so much that we loved it we are now looking at buying a property down in this area.
Royan is a must
All I can say is thank you, thank you Rose & Jim for letting us stay in your beautiful house, I cried when we left
Thank you so much for your review. It was lovely to meet you and your family. I'm so pleased when my holidaymakers appreciate the house as much as we do. It certainly is a special place and I hope you find yours soon. Best wishes from us.
We had stayed for a 10 night break in this lovely property in June.
A fantastic travel cot with matress was provided for our 1 year old which was very nice and comfy for her.
The owners kindly provided a fantastic welcome pack with provisions inc a well needed wine after a long drive!!
The property is very spacious which was great as we had a few small children and 4 adults. The pool and very large safe enclosed garden was brilliant for the children to play out in.
We made use of the bikes available to explore the surrounding lanes which the children really enjoyed especially feeding the local goats and geese who live down the road.
The house was very clean and well maintained. Jim kindly tended to the pool each day to ensure it was in full working order.
It is situated in a very peaceful location yet not very far to get to the local very picturesque town.
I would recommend this property and especially wonderful owners to my friends and family. 😀🌞☀️
Thank you Aisling it was lovely to see you all again and meet the little one. I'm glad you had a good holiday and really made the most of it getting out and about and enjoying pool. Looking forward to seeing you all again. Best wishes Rose and Jim.
Beautiful property with pool & great location
Love this beautifully restored and maintained traditional property which is in a great location. Ticked all my boxes as we like to explore the area there's so much to do and something for everyone or if you simply want to relax there's the pool which is very private, great size with loads of ground around the house. The property is exactly as advertisied and I would highly recommend. The owners Rose and Jim thought of everything, providing snacks on arrival to bikes, cots, information pack etc, they have excellent knowledge of the area. I very much enjoyed my stay in this house and I plan on going back there again.
Thank you.I'm so glad you had an enjoyable holiday. I love when people appreciate the house and the beautiful surroundings. Looking forward to seeing you again this year.
Poorly maintained. Avoid
The booking of the property went smoothly and we had a friendly welcome from the owner on our arrival. She supplied a good selection of provisions. There are many bikes for all us to use.
There the positives end. We found the property lacking in general maintenance, there were cracked paving tiles around the pool. The pool was cloudy and had some green algae on the pool floor. The owner visited a few times to try to rectify this. The paintwork on outside woodwork was peeling and guttering broken. The house smelled damp and unpleasant in several areas. Several times everyday, the electricity tripped out. The fridge freezer was left without power for a day when we were out. Each time it tripped out, we had to reset in a building across the road.
On the second day there was a sudden rainstorm. To our horror, water poured through the ceilings of the kitchen, running down an electrical socket, through the ceilings of 2 upstairs bedrooms and through the ceiling of the downstairs bedroom, wetting beds and flooding floors. Water also flooded through the front door and came down the chimney. We mopped up the mess. The owners replaced bedding and towels and replaced several roof tiles.
3 days later we were awoken by the children at 3 am. The roof in 2 bedrooms, had leaked severely again leaving the floors awash with water. Fortunately most of our property was undamaged as we moved valuables after the 1st leaks. Water leaked through the kitchen ceiling soaking this room. The next day, the owners covered the roof with tarpaulins.
We were unable to relocate to alternative accommodation at peak season, so were forced to remain. This is unfit for rental in it's current state.
The severity of leaks was highly exaggerated and we found virtually no evidence of water penetration on our arrival. We had 2 very bad storms during the first week causing local flooding. We cleared any moss on the roof as this had impeded its efficiency causing the leaks.After the small leak from the 2nd storm we completely sealed the roof with 7 tarpaulins and 600 new tiles to ensure no further problems. We recognised that they had been inconvenienced and reimbursed the full rental for their 1st weeks stay.The tripping to electricity was a problem with the supply,not house wiring and the suppliers rectified the problem in their 2nd week compensating them £150 for inconvenience.We have received positive feedback from our guests all summer in total contrast to these guests appraisal of the property.During their stay they demanded at least a total rental refund while continuing to enjoy the facilities of the house and pool. We feel we have been very generous and we feel their critical comments had more to do with trying to extract further compensation.On their arrival we pointed out that the pool was not as clear as we would like as it had heavy use by previous guests.We had treated it and cleaned the pool on the first 3 days at 7am gaining access through the garden so as not to disturb.The pool could be used safely,after 3rd clean it was perfectly clear. There was so algae at any point.A new roof will be put on at the end of summer season. All repairs and maintenance will be made before start of next summer. Prospective guests can be assured the property is a beautiful well maintained building. We would recommend they read our other reviews for accuracy and feedback .
There are a multitude of beautiful beaches running from La Rochelle to Royan, St George de Didonne and Suzac. They range from sheltered coves to expansive beaches with impressive Atlantic breakers and can be found within the hour the nearest being 25 mins drive.
New airline flying to La Rochelle from Edinburgh and Leeds Jet2.com. La Rochelle 45 mins drive, Angouleme (1hour)Bordeaux (1hr 20 mins) are the nearest airports. The port of St. Malo would be approx 4-4.5 hour drive (195 miles to La Rochelle). The port of Caen would be approx 6 hour drive (253 miles to La Rochelle). The tunnel is another option with a drive down the motorway.
St. Savinien's position makes it an ideal base to explore the many attractions of the Charente Maritime. The Roman town of Saintes, Rochfort, boat trips to the islands of Oleron, Ille d'Aix (where there are no cars allowed and you can hire bikes to cycle round the island) and Ille de'Re they have individual characteristics and many glorious features. The region has a wealth of historical sights to enjoy. The old harbour of La Rochelle, the forts of Boyard and Fouras and many chateaux.
Chez Tranquard is a hamlet between St. Savinien and Archingeay with lovely walks and cycle routes. St. Savinien and St. Jean de Angely are our local towns 5-15 mins drive away where you will find restaurants, bars, supermarkets, banks and markets. The Atlantys leisure complex is on the edge of St Jean de Angely. There is also a boating lake in both towns.
There is a bread van which stops in the hamlet daily or the nearest boulangerie is at Archingeay a few minutes bike ride away. There is a good selection of bikes of differing sizes available for your use.
Are you interested in wine tasting. Google the 'foire aux vin St Savinien'.