Elegant Maison de Maitre in a beautiful riverside setting

Elegant Maison de Maitre in a beautiful riverside setting

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
5 baths

About our home

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Our fully modernised 19th century Charentaise home is situated on the banks of the River Charente in a pretty heritage village close to a wide range of activities and within 45 mins of gorgeous beaches along the coast and the islands of Ile De Re and Oleron.

There are wonderful open views of countryside from all of the spacious and light filled main rooms and each ground floor room leads out onto a large dining terrace overlooking the river, where our day boat, Tibato, is moored right in front of the house. The high spec kitchen, with open plan dining area that seats 8, is a cook's dream, with granite worktops, a large island unit, two ovens, warming drawer, induction hob and dual boiling/chilled water ziptap. The living room showcases the stone walls and large open fireplace with wood burning stove, typical of this region. A more casual family room, shower room and laundry/boot room complete the ground floor layout.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom with King size (180x200) sleigh bed and en suite bathroom,
a double bedroom with King size bed (which can be split as 2 singles) and en suite dressing /shower room in the oak-beamed grenier, a further double with queen size bed, a separate shower room and a study/library,
The large Master Suite on the 2nd floor has dual aspect views of the river and garden and a walk in rain shower and free-standing bath. Furnishings and bed linen are of a high standard and equipment supplied includes 3 flat screen TVs with Sky, DVD player, 2 Bose IPod docking stations and high speed WIFI internet access.

The large south and west facing rear garden is surrounded by stone walls and features a lovely old covered well. Around the heated pool (April - October), there are two wooden deck areas with loungers, a solar shower and 2 shady hammocks under the wisteria-clad pergola. Within the garden courtyard there is a fountain, petanque pitch and summer kitchen fully equipped with crockery and glasses, dishwasher, combination oven, fridge and wine cave and a large barbecue. The covered dining loggia provides welcome shade during the day and a cosy candle-lit atmosphere in the evenings.

In the village, within a five minute stroll of the house, you will find an artisan bakery and patisserie, a general store, post office, bar/pizzeria and 2 excellent restaurants, one situated overlooking the river, the other in the main square with a shady outdoor terrace. There is a small weekly market in the main square on Thursdays and an oyster stall every Sunday. At the leisure port, Les Canotiers hire electric boats, kayaks and pedalos and serve delicious salads, freshly squeezed juices and ice-creams. On the outskirts of the village you can visit an amazing open sculpture park, Les Lapidiales, created by local sculptors within an old stone quarry and now enhanced by new works produced each year by invited sculptors from around the world.

Port D'Envaux is one of Charente Maritime's classified "Villages of Stone and Water" which celebrates its rich history, attractive riverside position and impressive Charentaise houses, formerly owned by the boat owners, who used to ship cognac, salt and the famous local Crazannes stone from the quayside of the village. Today the old haulage path provides us with a picturesque stroll along the riverside to the boulangerie for our morning baguette and croissants!

Our nearest large town -a 10 mins drive - is Saintes, a thriving commercial centre which still retains its medieval heart and is renowned for its well preserved roman monuments, a triumphal arch and amphitheatre and Romanesque churches. It has a vibrant cultural life and hosts many concerts and festivals during the summer months. 30 mins to the east is Cognac, famed for the brandy distilleries which welcome visitors and a great Jazz festival every July. We are 45 mins from the bustling seaside towns of Royan and Fouras and approx 1 hr from nearest airports at La Rochelle and Bordeaux, both wonderful cities that are worth a day trip to explore.

As we have family in UK and go back often for visits, we are not looking for exchanges in UK.


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More about us

  1. Active retired British couple who have made their home in France. We have 2 adult daughters who live in UK who sometimes travel with us
  2. We are enthusiastic travellers but do not want to give up the comfort and standards we enjoy at home
  3. We enjoy good food, wine and company!

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Buzzy restaurants
Le Gabarier on your doorstep in Port D'Envaux. Dine under a 100 year wisteria at L'Auberge des Glycines in Taillebourg. People watch from the harbourside seafood restaurants in La Rochelle. Gaze out at the ocean from the terrace of Le Petit Poucet at St Palais. Enjoy fine dining with the locals in the pretty garden or chic dining room at Le Bruant, St Porchaire
Cool bars
Test the Bordeaux wines at La Cave Passe a Table in Saintes. Dip your toes in the river while sipping a chilled Pineau or Rose at Les Quais de Taillebourg.
Cozy cafés
Great pizzas from our village bistro. Hot chocolate at L'Epicerie in Saintes
Retail therapy
Good selection of shops and supermarkets and a large daily market at Saintes, 10 mins drive away. Brocantes for antiques and curios.
Bit of culture
The Roman amphitheatre and Germanicus Arch in Saintes. Concerts at the Abbaye aux Dames. The 17th century walled fortress at Brouage. The amazing scuptures that have been created on the site of an ancient stone quarry on the edge of the village - watch the sculptors at work during the summer months
Walks in the park
Amble along the riverside paths around the village - look out for herons, storks and our elusive kingfisher! Follow the old railway path to the chateaux of Panloy and Crazannes, on the outskirts of the village
Spot of exercise
A swing in a shady hammock; hire a canoe from Les Canotiers at the little port in the village,or waterski at Taillebourg. Use our two bicyles to explore the many coutryside lanes and water meadows around us. There are three good golf courses within a 40 min drive and a small pitch and putt course 10 mins away.
Day tripping
Bordeaux for an urban fix and impressive architecture. Cognac for the brandy distilleries and jazz festival. The islands of Oleron, Aix and Re for beautiful beaches and unspoilt villages and of course the famous Bordeaux vineyards and the world heritage town of St Emilion can be easily reached by car.

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