The house benefits from a large living area including a dining area with an open fire place. Two sets of french doors lead on to a patio, 1 acre of mature and secluded garden, fenced heated pool (10m x 5m) and covered patio/barbeque area. The garden has a southerly aspect, the sun remains at the back of the house all day, and is surrounded by fields which grow corn or sunflowers. The garden itself is dotted with bramble bushes, bamboo, bunches of lavender and scented rosemary.
The dining table will seat 8. A high chair and Ikea wooden toddler stool are also provided. You can relax in the living area by listening to music or watching TV which has a DVD and video player. The TV is satellite linked and receives BBC channels along with CNN, ITV news, music and children channels. The bookshelf is full of books, videos and DVDs which you are invited to share but ask that you take care and return them after use.
The large farmhouse kitchen is fitted with gas cooker, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. The kitchen table sits in the middle of the kitchen. A set of French doors lead to the garden.
Interior and grounds
The converted barn is made up of 3 bedrooms:
- 2 double rooms, 1 with ensuite bathroom.
- 1 twin bedroom with additional bathroom.
- There is also a sofa bed in the famil/games room on the ground floor.
The house will sleep 8 adults and can accommodate an additional 2 children in a travel cot and cot bed that can be provided on request. There are also 2 extra adult camp beds should your party be more than 6 adults. All bed linen is included in the price as is the children’s linen.
Location and local information
The closest town, Saintes, is a large provincial town, with designer shops, cafes, markets and restaurants and is only 10mins from Retaud.
At Royan you can laze on long stretches of safe sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast, which is only 20 mins away from home. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the promenade and local shopping too, such as Timberland, Esprit, D&G, Christen Lacroix and Benneton to name a few. There is also a beautiful Carousel for the children and a small fun fair. Further beaches can be found at Meschers with secluded coves and children play areas.
Further along you will find a wonderful zoo at Palmyer for a whole day out. There is a wide range of animals and they provide good entertainment with regular shows. The seal and whale show is particularly amusing.
La Rochelle is home to a large and exciting aquarium and has plenty of designer shops and galleries to keep you occupied and cafes and restaurants to recuperate. There is also a large Casino and beautifully kept gardens and park. In which you will come across a childrens mini zoo.
As you leave La Rochelle, you will see signs for the toll bridge directed to the Ile de Re. This is such a beautiful island with sandy beaches and clear sea. It is easy to cycle around, bikes can be hired and the island caters for the cyclist with plenty of cycle lanes.
Cognac is within half an hour by car and is worth a visit.
Supermarkets can be found in near by Saintes. Many supermarkets opening on a Sunday will close at midday and they are very prompt.
Catering and services
Please enquire prior to booking for a full list of services.