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La Fermette France - L'Etable, stylish family friendly gite, + Pool & Games Barn

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Stylish Child Friendly Gite with baby & toddler 'kit'. New Pool for 2019

NEW FOR 2019 - our 10m x 5m saltwater pool opening May 2019

L'Etable is an old stone cowshed 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, and kitchen cupboard locks to name but a few.

The ground floor is dominated by an original Charentaise fireplace (not used) and the modern kitchen well equipped for comfortable holidays - the dining table seats up to 8, ideal for sociable evenings enjoying good food & excellent local wine!.... the TV has UK Freeview channels.

The master bedroom has room for a travel cot if required. The bedroom next door is perfect for children (or grandparents) with twin beds & 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, a real suntrap, is great 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 kids to run 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...... And from May 2019 we have our new 10m x 5m saltwater pool with surrounded by terrace and lawn providing real family space.

Our other gites are:

L'Ecurie, the spacious studio apartment next door (property no. 6524561) is ideal for grandparents travelling with a family staying at L'Etable.

La Fermette farmhouse, sleeps 7 (property 6524557) which can accommodate families travelling together,

Le Chai stone barn with gallery bedroom, sleeps 3 (property no. 6524559)

Please note that we can be flexible with changeover days and length of stay as required.

More Details

Lesley Houareau
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, seychellois creole
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Lesley Houareau

We are Lesley & Felix Houareau. We live in a village just outside Bath. We feel very lucky that we live in a beautiful part of the UK but can also spend time in the Charente Maritime area of France with it's historic towns, pretty ports of the Gironde estuary and great beaches.

Lesley Houareau purchased this barn in 2014

Why Lesley Houareau chose Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin

We looked for a region with good weather but easier to travel to than the South of France. The Charente Maritime is the 2nd sunniest region of France and a hidden gem known about by the French. Lots of great beaches to choose from and great local (small) markets and rolling countryside with towns and villages with lots of character.

We are in a peaceful hamlet 2.5km from the nearest town but surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat and vines and lots of local wildlife. The myriad of lanes around our gites are great to explore by foot or bike (we have a selection of 10 adults bikes and 4 children's bikes on hand). We are close to the Bordeaux / Blaye wine region as well being able to buy the best Cognac locally, and only 30 minutes to the beach. Wine, good food, sun and beaches - what more could you want?

What makes this barn unique

We love the space that we have in the farmhouse and the original features that give the house it's character. The location is rural but not remote as the nearest town is only 2.5 kms away - close enough to cycle to the boulangerie

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 15mile 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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Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Travel cot available on request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 9 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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La Fermette France - L'Etable, stylish family friendly gite, + Pool & Games Barn
average rating of 4.75 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic stay at L'Etable!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at L'Etable. The gite is in a great location with plenty of outside space to enjoy the weather. Local supermarkets and restaurants are nearby. The gite was very clean and comfortable, with 2 double sized bedrooms and a large open plan kitchen and living area. I look forward to returning to L'Etable.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: L'Etable is our most popular gite so we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again soon
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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 we met up for mealtimes 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 which caters for any dietary needs if you book in advance. I am definitely returning to La Fermette! Thanks for having us!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend staying at L'Etable. The location is perfect as not only does it provide an authentic experience of rural France, it is also within a short drive of the coast, Bordeaux 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. I would love to come back here again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all enjoyed your stay. Our little hamlet is so peaceful but also close to Bordeaux, Cognac, beaches etc. You are very welcome to visit us again.
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Lovely French Countryside stay

  • 4 of 5

We visited this property as a group of friends and it was ideal for a weekend getaway. We stayed in different gites but enjoyed dinner outside in the communal barn area. Our gite was nicely decorated with decent facilities. We loved our French countryside visit.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you loved your French stay. We agree that the open barn at La Fermette farmhouse is ideal for gatherings when guests book it together with another of our gites - we use if often for family get togethers. You are very welcome to come back and see us any time.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
St Genis de Saintonge
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Meschers sur Gironde


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $197.45

Extra charge for heating in March and October of £60pw (£10pn for stays of less than 7days)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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