Detached cottage with a truly rustic charm, set in a large enclosed garden with a private in-ground pool 9m x 5m including approved security pool alarm. The cottage is decorated and furnished in a rural French style and affords comfortable and spacious accommodation for a family to enjoy the delights of the French countryside with walks and cycle routes close by and only a short drive to the nearest sandy beaches at Meschers and St Georges de Diddone, with the popular tourist resort of Royan only 20 mins away. The garden is completely enclosed and private and is mainly lawned with terracing around the pool and a separate patio area with a built-in barbecue ideal for Al-Fresco dining. The nearest village, at Arces-sur-Gironde, boasts a recommended boulangerie and a renowned traiteur. The nearest supermarket is at Cozes, a 10 minute drive away, where you will also find a weekly market, banks, shops, bars, restaurants and pharmacies.
Cottage in Arces-Sur-Gironde, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Rural Location, 15 Mins To Beautiful Sandy Beaches, Cycle Routes On The Doorstep
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 29, 2018
About Dianne Grant
We live in England but have always loved holidaying in France with our twin daughters and over many years have explored a number of regions. We kept coming back to this part of Charente-Maritime so decided to buy our own home here and it has become our ‘retreat’ over the last 12 years, where we have shared many memorable holidays with friends and family.
Dianne Grant purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Dianne Grant chose Barzan
Arces is a small village among a farming community and benefits from an excellent boulangerie and ‘traiteur’ and the workshop of a local artisan sculptor. Its such a relaxing place to spend time, in a tranquil rural setting amid fields and vineyards and yet only a very short distance from some of the best beaches in France. And with lots of opportunities close by to get involved in a wide range of activities including horse riding, golf, cycling, walking and all the water sports you can think of! And the resorts of Royan and La Rochelle, towns steeped in history like Saintes and Cognac, the beautiful Ile d’Oleron and the city of Bordeaux all a short drive away.
What makes this Cottage unique
La Bergerie offers the opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ by enjoying the large garden, with plenty of room for outdoor games, swimming in the pool, or just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine for which this region is well-known. Or within a short cycle ride are some beautiful sandy beaches and the port at Meschers, with bars, restaurants and shops, the picturesque Romanesque 12th century church at Talmont and the busy market town of Cozes. And a short drive gets you into the wine-growing region of Bordeaux boasting some of the finest wines in the world or the prime Oyster and Mussel beds at Marennes-Oleron if your tastes are more gastronomic!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful garden, peaceful and relaxing
The house is set back from the road in a very quiet hamlet. At first glance we were unaware of just how beautiful and secluded the garden would be, there is ample space for games and the pool is large enough for swimming laps, it's also clean and was well maintained.
The house was surprisingly spacious, with two bedrooms and a new shower room set on one side of the property, accessed via the conservatory (which runs across the width of the house and looks out onto the garden).
The surrounding countryside is beautiful, with fields of corn and sunflowers amongst vineyards. Cycling to the shops in Cozes or down to the sea at Talmont was easy and the views are spectacular.
Dianne was also very helpful and positive, happy to help with anything, the owners have put a huge amount of work and love into the renovation.
Many thanks for your lovely comments: its so nice for us to hear that our guests have enjoyed what our property offers as much as we do! We are always keen to get feedback which allows us to continually improve our guests experience. We are delighted that the improvements we have made since last year have been appreciated.
We are very lucky that the location of the cottage means that our guests have the best of both worlds: proximity to beaches and yet a quiet rural setting offering peace and quiet among the vineyards.
Beautifull Gite set in lovely countryside
We rented this lovely property for two weeks with our family. The cottage is well appointed and suited our needs well as I am disabled and it is all on one level. The pool area was fantastic and our granddaughters even swam in the light showers that we had in our first week. There are lots of places of interest in the surrounding area and we especially loved the Village of Talmont with all the artisan shops . We will definitely visit again .
Thanks for your positive comments about your recent stay at our property. We are delighted that you found the cottage met your needs and that you clearly enjoyed exploring the local area. Our guests do seem to particularly appreciate the pool and we are glad to hear it met the approval of the younger members of your party! We do feel we are well situated being so close to the Atlantic coast with its glorious beaches as well as having a wealth of other local attractions near by.
Its great to hear you would like to visit again, so please get in touch when you are making future holiday plans!
Wonderful family holiday
Our family of six had an absolutely wonderful time at the cottage. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather which allowed our children to take full advantage of the fantastic pool- which was impossible for us to tear them away from. The surrounding area was beautiful with lots of places to explore, excellent restaurants nearby and cycle trails to some lovely beaches. Would highly recommend and certainly hope to return sometime soon
Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Bergerie so much. It is lovely for us to know that our guests appreciate what the gite offers as much as we do! We do consider the pool to be a key element of the experience , especially when the weather is as hot as it has been this summer. And we are pleased that you took advantage of many of the attractions of the local area; there is certainly a lot to explore so we would be delighted to welcome you back for more holidays in the future.
Dianne and Dean
Nice location & pool, bathrooms very disappointing
Pool lovely, location very good & private but really let down by the antiquated bathrooms/toilets. These need to be totally ripped out. Not great the fact the main toilet comes straight out onto the small kitchen. The showers & toilets were really tiny and so old they spoilt the trip for us personally. Also, the equipment in the kitchen e.g fridge/ oven need a total revamp. TV was tiny ( 17 inches ). Not even one T towel in the kitchen either ( although the crockery/ glasses were fine). Bed and Bedding comfortable – shame very little hanging space. We felt the house needed more money spent on it especially the toilets/ bathrooms.
Thanks for your constructive feedback, Sarah, we always value our guests views and appreciate your comments and suggestions.
We are glad you appreciated the location and pool facilities, and are sorry that you felt the bathrooms/toilets let the place down; indeed we are of course saddened that these spoilt the trip for you.
This is the first negative feedback we have experienced in all the time we have had guests staying at La Bergerie so naturally we are surprised by the points you raise and want to ensure we understand what we can do differently to allow our guests to have an enjoyable stay with us.
Feedback from previous guests has consistently suggested that La Bergerie offers a tranquil and relaxing place to spend a family holiday, with comfortable accommodation and good facilities, a well-maintained pool and close to some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast.
As we indicated in our e-mail correspondence with you following your stay, we routinely review facilities offered, equipment etc. at the end of each season to identify improvements required prior to the next season. However, in light of your specific comments we will be focussing this years review on the bathroom facilities and kitchen equipment and can assure you that any improvements identified will be implemented ready for summer 2017.
Kind regards Dianne and Dean
A relaxing week in La Bergerie
We can only agree with the previous reviews that have been submitted for La Bergerie, a wonderful find in the tranquil French countryside.
My partner and I took my mum and her parents for a week in late June at La Bergerie and found it to be a well equipped, clean and well maintained cottage. The bedrooms were all comfortable with quality mattresses and the kitchen has all the utensils you'll need including several cork screws and we loved the baguette holder!
Whilst the weather could have been slightly warmer we barbequed most evenings and enjoyed the peace and quiet of rural France. It must be said that our parents were surprised at just how many bottles of wine were consumed whilst watching the world go by.
We visited the local Roman remains, had trips to Cognac (1 hour) and Bordeaux (1.25 hours). We would happily recommend The Cottage restaurant and the Auberge on the estuary, both excellent food and very friendly staff.
All in all a great stay and we would be happy to recommend and also hope to return.
Kevin and Sue
Thanks Kevin and Sue for your great feedback on our property.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Bergerie and would be delighted to welcome you back for a return visit.
Dianne and Dean
Perfect summer holiday in rural France
La Bergerie was a delight. We spent two peaceful and relaxing weeks at the cottage. The property is situated in a little hamlet but within close driving distance to the small town of Cozes, which has cafes, restaurants, supermarket, banks etc. La Bergerie offers total privacy and a clean, well maintained swimming pool. Excellent location for cyclist and runners. We thoroughly enjoyed daily trips to the nearby towns and chateaux's along the coast as we are both interested in history and architecture. If you love the South of France then you will love La Bergerie!!
Delighted you appreciated the location of La Bergerie and what it offers. We believe this part of SW France is not widely recognised but we have loved coming here for years so its good to hear others like it too!
Special interest holidays:
The area is well situated with a great number of marked cycle routes, many off road through the field and vineyards.
The nearest sandy beaches and grottoes are at Meschers, only 10 mins drive. The beaches of the Atlantic coast are sandy and some are extensive e.g. St Georges de Didonne, 15 mins drive away and la Grande Cote, with perfect surfing conditions is only 20 mins drive. Other beaches are more isolated and approached through pine forests. The larger,popular resort of Royan with extensive watersports available is only 20 mins drive and offers equipment hire and tuition.
La Rochelle and Bordeaux airports are approximately 55 miles away.
From Calais (ferry) and La Coquelles (Eurotunnel) it is approx. 520 miles or 8 hours driving time.
A car is essential if you wish to explore the area.
Arces sur Gironde is approx 5km from Meschers, 20 mins drive to Royan, Saintes is about a half hour drive and Cognac about an hour. La Rochelle and Bordeaux are both within an hours drive.
The nearest town is Cozes, a 5minute drive, which offers a supermarket, restaurants, shops, banks, a post office, tourist information, a health centre, and a weekly market for local produce.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: 25% deposit on confirmation of booking. Booking form to be completed and returned with deposit. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival date. £250 refundable (subject to a satisfactory inspection) security deposit to be paid when full balance is required. Changeover Day: Saturdays arrival after 4pm. Departure before 10am. Please ensure you leave the house clean and tidy as you would expect to find it. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.