Claire Barn

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Oliver Approved


Recommended Pool
Great Value
Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids Romantic

This converted barn is now a delightful holiday cottage in Charente Maritime , just a short drive to the market town of Saintes. Whilst a quiet and peaceful country retreat, the much loved family home is within close proximity of many of the region’s main attractions.

Warm and inviting, the open-plan floor space boasts a cozy living room and dining area beside a stone fireplace, with a book and DVD library to make yourself at home. The adjacent family room doubles as a game room for some indoor fun, and includes a sleeper sofa to sleep two extra guests in addition to the three charming bedrooms upstairs.

The spacious farmhouse kitchen is fully fitted with modern appliances and a breakfast table, with French doors leading out to the large, sunny garden. Outside, an acre of mature and secluded gardens filled with lavender, rosemary, and bamboo will delight the senses, while the private pool will help make the most of the ample sunshine or seek shade under one of the glorious trees. Within a half hour from the property guests can enjoy the celebrated wine and Cognac regions, sandy beaches and coastlines of La Rochelle and Royan, and plenty of cultural sites – not to mention the great shopping and rich history even closer in Saintes.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • A car hire is essential to make the most of the region

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)
  • Protects and conserves local Heritage

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool BBQ TV Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Heating

The converted barn is made up of 3 bedrooms:

- 2 double rooms, 1 with en suite bathroom.
- 1 twin bedroom with additional bathroom.
- There is also a sofa bed in the family/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.

There is a built-in bbq for you to enjoy summer.


About the surrounding area of Claire Barn
Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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There are two small, quiet villages within a few minutes by car; Chermingac (3km) with a small, simple grocery shop and café-restaurant (which tends to be open for weekday lunches only and closes early evenings except Fridays when pizzas are served) and Rétaud (4km) which has a good boulangerie and butchers.

The closest town with further facilities, Saintes (10km), is a large provincial town with designer shops, cafes, a weekly market and restaurants and is only 10-15 minutes by car from the villa.

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, Christian Lacroix and Benetton. 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 Palmyre 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, as well as many cafes and restaurants. There is also a large Casino, beautifully kept gardens and a park in which you will come across a children's mini zoo.

As you leave La Rochelle, you will see signs for the toll bridge directed to the Ile de Re. This is a beautiful island with sandy beaches and clear sea. It is easy to cycle around, as bikes can be hired and the island caters to 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 nearby Saintes. Many supermarkets opening on a Sunday will close at midday and they are very prompt.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport La Rochelle

(46-50 km)

Nearest Ferry Port St milo

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village Chermingac/Rétaud


Nearest Town/City Saintes


Nearest Restaurant Chermingac (weekdays/lunch)


Nearest Bar/Pub Chermingac (weekdays)


Nearest Beach Royan

(41-45 km)

Nearest Shop Chermingac/Rétaud



Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £300. The security deposit is paid to the owner 2 weeks prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time From 3.00 p.m.
Departure time Before 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Sunday.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Pool towels included? No.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - May 27th 2024 £1,920
May 27th 2024 - Jun 24th 2024 £1,920
Jun 24th 2024 - Jul 29th 2024 £2,194
Jul 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2024 £2,743
Aug 26th 2024 - May 26th 2025 £1,920
May 26th 2025 - Jun 23rd 2025 £1,920
Jun 23rd 2025 - Jul 28th 2025 £2,194
Jul 28th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 £2,743
Aug 25th 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 £1,920

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - May 27th 2024 €2,089
May 27th 2024 - Jun 24th 2024 €2,089
Jun 24th 2024 - Jul 29th 2024 €2,387
Jul 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2024 €2,984
Aug 26th 2024 - May 26th 2025 €2,089
May 26th 2025 - Jun 23rd 2025 €2,089
Jun 23rd 2025 - Jul 28th 2025 €2,387
Jul 28th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 €2,984
Aug 25th 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 €2,089

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - May 27th 2024 $2,261
May 27th 2024 - Jun 24th 2024 $2,261
Jun 24th 2024 - Jul 29th 2024 $2,584
Jul 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2024 $3,229
Aug 26th 2024 - May 26th 2025 $2,261
May 26th 2025 - Jun 23rd 2025 $2,261
Jun 23rd 2025 - Jul 28th 2025 $2,584
Jul 28th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 $3,229
Aug 25th 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 $2,261

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Heavenly

    on 05/09/2023

    So lovely to come back here, after our discovery of a real 'happy place' last year. Heaven!

  • Beautiful property

    on 24/07/2023

    Beautiful property, has everything we need and kids are loving the pool and the outdoor settings! The photos on the listing don’t do the property justice, so much more than we were expecting and we are loving it!

  • Comfortable and spacious holiday home

    on 19/09/2022

    A lovely, comfortable and spacious holiday home, with the garden and well-maintained pool a real highlight. The cottage is very well-equipped with everything you could possibly need, especially to keep children entertained. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Tranquil getaway

    on 01/09/2021

    Perfect place for a tranquil getaway.

  • Lovely Property!

    on 26/09/2018

    The house/Barn was excellent. Exactly as pictures. Clearly old and needs TLC but a well stocked well used and much loved family Home. It had everything we needed . The huge garden was amazing. Lots of trees so great for shade ( it was very very hot) for us and our little grandson to play in. A great garden for children! A lovely lovely pool. Big! Clean! Very well kept. We were in it several times a day.

  • Absolutely perfect!

    on 03/06/2018

    The Barn and gardens were amazing. From the second we arrived it felt like home. The heated pool was in constant use, the house was beautiful inside and house and it was a real shame to leave. Would highly recommend and will definitely go back again!

  • A perfect family holiday

    on 22/09/2016

    Everything about Claire Barn was ideal for a family with active kids:
    - pool and gardens
    - indoor and outdoor games facilities
    - location close to the coast but also cultural activities too
    - upkeep of the property and quality of the accommodation

  • Claire Barn

    on 20/07/2016

    We have just come back from a lovely stay at Claire Barn and we would go back again. The children enjoyed the swimming pool, games room and the lovely spacious gardens, as did we. A lovely area from which to explore the coast and nearby towns like Saintes and Cognac.

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