Maison Folle Blanche

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Sleeps: 8 - 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Barn Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Parking Space

Just a short stroll from a typical French village, Maison Folle Blanche is a stylishly renovated abode set in three acres of lawned gardens featuring a superb swimming pool, perfectly located in the sunny region of Charente-Maritime near the distilleries of handsome Cognac and the historic sites of Saintes.

This characterful maison is owned by a welcoming English family who followed their dreams and moved to France to restore a pretty château which you can admire just across the château’s private courtyard. Within the estate is a historic barn which has been remarkably transformed into Maison Folle Blanche and its adjoining apartment.

As you step into this delightful home, be amazed by the double-height ceiling of the vast open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen space where classic charm meets contemporary style. Beneath the wood-beams, two bedrooms each with their own bathroom can be found off one side of the living room whilst on the other side are two cleverly designed cabin-style bedrooms which share a dressing area and bathroom. Guests of all ages will also love the games room with a pool table, table tennis and giant jenga.

The adjoining one-bedroom apartment is just as charming and ideal for accompanying friends/grandparents or perhaps older teens seeking a little independence - this is included only in the 10-person rate.

Outside, the glorious swimming pool awaits, set in the large lawned garden which also features swings and a little playhouse. The shaded terrace is such a wonderful place to dine al-fresco and a barbecue is available for leisurely lunches and warm summer evenings.

It’s handy being able to stroll to the traditional local village with its café-bar, butchers and supermarket as well as other useful amenities. Cognac is also nearby, just a 15-minute drive away, such a picturesque and historic town by the banks of the Charente. As well as visiting one of Cognac’s iconic distilleries, enjoy a river cruise as far as Jarnac or simply potter around the town with its café terraces, gourmet restaurants and daily covered market.

A trip to the exquisite riverside town of Saintes is also a must, home to the famous Basilique Saint Eutrope de Saintes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you can find the time, venture to the Atlantic coast and spend the day in the charming seaside resort of Royan. Alternatively, explore the salt marshes and oyster beds close to the Seudre River, not far from the beautiful beaches and nature reserves of Île d'Oléron.

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What you should know…

  • The 8-person rate includes the main house only (4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) whilst the 10-person rate also includes an adjoining 1-bedroom apartment. Rest assured that this apartment is never rented out separately when guests only rent the main house.
  • The maison is also part of the estate of a pretty château where the owners' family and their dog live, separated by the château’s courtyard (no access to guests) and walled gardens.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Coffee Machine TV Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Parking Space

1) Maison only - 8-person price (4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms)
2) Maison and Apartment - 10-person price

Maison Interiors (split-level with some steps)

-    Open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen, fully-equipped including two ovens, large induction hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine and Nutribullet blender. Doors lead to garden and swimming pool on one side and the château’s private courtyard (no access) on the other
-    Games room with table tennis, pool table and giant jenga
-    Laundry room and WC

Bedrooms Wing I

-    Master bedroom with double/twin bed and en suite bathroom with shower and sink
-    Separate WC
-    Bedroom with twin bed and separate bathroom with shower and WC

Bedrooms Wing II - cabin-style bedrooms each accessed via a wooden platform/steps

-    Bedroom with double bed
-    Bedroom with double/twin bed
-    Dressing area
-    Bathroom with shower (shared between above two bedrooms)

Apartment Interiors 

- Open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area
- Bedroom with twin beds (can be joined as a double)
- Bathroom

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (11x4.5m) with safety alarm
-    Al-fresco dining terrace
-    Barbecue
-    Swings and playhouse
-    Lawned garden (three acres) and wooded grounds 
-    Private parking area
-    Entrance via electric gate

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    TV (for DVD player only)
-    DVD player
-    Board games
-    Table tennis
-    Pool table
-    Washing machine/dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Folle Blanche
Walk to Village Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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In the sunny Charente-Maritime region of south-western France, 13km north-west of Cognac, Maison Folle Blanche can be found on the edge of a typical French village and close to brandy-producing vineyards. Situated just off the road between Cognac and Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche, there is a petrol station close by and you can walk to other useful amenities including the village’s café-bar, pharmacy, butchers and a good-sized supermarket. 

Abbaye de Fontdouce is also nearby (a short drive or you could walk in around 30 minutes) with its tree-top adventure centre and other activities whilst Paléosite, a museum and educational park based at a Neanderthal site, is within a 10-minute drive.

It's fantastic being so close to Cognac (13km), a paradise for gourmands as well as brandy-lovers. The small, picturesque town is on the banks of the Charente and is home to a charming old quarter with its château and distilleries alongside a modern part with vibrant shops and café terraces. Pick up all sorts of local delights at the daily covered market, then enjoy a picnic near the riverside. Discover the glorious surroundings on a river cruise all the way to Jarnac or look out for canoeing and kayaking opportunities.   

On the banks of the Charente River, Jarnac (26km) is another attractive town to visit, known for its chocolate, brandy and wine production, whilst in the other direction is Saintes (20km) with its fascinating Roman and medieval heritage. The historic architecture in Saintes is beautiful from its old quarter with white stone houses and Cathedral of Saint-Pierre to the incredible amphitheatre with stunning views. Furthermore, Basilique Saint Eutrope de Saintes, a pilgrimage site dating back to the 12th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The beach also beckons for a great day out with Royan (59km) just over an hour away. With its sandy beach, range of watersports, promenade, architect-designed covered market and bustling cafes and restaurants, it’s a joy to spend time in this charming French seaside town. Further north along the coast, visit the traditional salt marshes and oyster farms by the Seudre River and head to Île d'Oléron, an amazing island with superb beaches and nature reserves.

Further afield, other brilliant day trips include the handsome city of Angoulême (59km), some of northern Dordogne’s picture-perfect towns such as Nontron (110km) and Brantôme (111km), the UNESCO World heritage vineyards of Saint-Émilion (130km) and even grand Bordeaux (141km).

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport La Rochelle Airport

(90km)

Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux Airport

(134km)

Nearest Airport 3 Aéroport de Poitiers-Biard

(140km)

Nearest Train Station Cognac

(14km)

Nearest Village Typical French village

(Within 700m)

Nearest Bar/Pub Café bar - in the village

(800m)

Nearest Supermarket

(900m)

Nearest Town Cognac

(13km)

Nearest Golf Golf du Cognac

(20km)

Nearest Beach Royan

(59km)

Region

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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Kids

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

There is plenty to keep families entertained in the Charente-Maritime region of south-western France. As well as wonderful walks, there are horse riding opportunities within a short drive and donkey rides just ten minutes away by car.

Abbaye de Fontdouce is also close by (you could walk in around 30 minutes), home to a large park and adventure centre with tree-top trails (with three courses suitable for children aged 3-8 and nine courses for older children/adults) as well as other activities. A little further, within a 10-minute drive, is Paléosite, a museum and educational park based at a Neanderthal site.

In Cognac itself, there are gorgeous river cruises on traditional gabarre boats along the Charente River as well as summer canoeing and kayaking. Furthermore, take a walk through the large park on the edge of the town or drive to reach the Base Plein Air André Mermet with its large playground, picnic areas, mini-golf, volleyball, tennis and summer swimming pool (age restrictions apply) alongside inflatables and trampolines. Pedal boats can be hired by the river in the summer months.

Around half an hour south near Pons, Château d'Usson has an Escape Game that older children may enjoy (aged 6+ only, children need to be accompanied by two adults).

Head to the Atlantic coast for a wonderful day out – Royan, a charming French seaside resort, is just over an hour away with its glorious beach, summer watersports, promenade, iconic covered market and plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Further north are the fascinating salt marshes near the Seudre River and even the stunning beaches and nature reserves of Île d'Oléron.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD

Extras

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

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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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 www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €1500 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay cleaning for stays of more than 7 nights also included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Tax French Visitors Tax is included.
Pool opening dates? Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs The maison is also part of the estate of a pretty château where the owners' family and their dog live, separated by the château’s courtyard (no access to guests) and walled gardens.
Other Ts and Cs The 8-person rate includes the main house only (4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) whilst the 10-person rate also includes an adjoining 1-bedroom apartment. Rest assured that this apartment is never rented out separately when guests only rent the main house.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £3,518
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 £4,694
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 £3,518
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 £4,694

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £4,111
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 £5,287
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 £4,111
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 £5,287

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €3,827
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 €5,107
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 €3,827
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 €5,107

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €4,472
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 €5,752
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 €4,472
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 €5,752

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $4,138
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 $5,521
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 $4,138
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 $5,521

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $4,835
Jun 29th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 $6,218
Sep 14th 2024 - Jun 28th 2025 $4,835
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 $6,218

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.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property? 
Since December 2020.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?  
The grounds, the space and the open plan living area with exposed beams. Photos don't do it justice.

Are there any interesting stories in its history? 
The Château used to be a cognac distillery, the maison is part of the old chai used to store the barrels.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do? 
Cognac distillery tours, hire kayaks on the Charente river, treetop rope course at Abbaye de Fontdouce, go to the coast.

Must see? 
Roman ruins in Saintes.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area? 
Keep an eye out for wildlife! We have hares and deer regularly in the gardens.

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Reviews

  • Great spot for a relaxed family trip

    on 09/08/2023

    We had a lovely stay at Maison Folle Blanche. The gite is a perfect blend of rustic and luxury - exposed beams and stone floors, along with rainwater showers and some of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever found in holiday accommodation! The living room is a great place to relax, and we also enjoyed eating outside in the pretty arbour. The pool and its surrounding terrace are absolutely lovely, and the swings and playhouse were hit with the children.
    The owners were super friendly, welcoming and helpful, and we would definitely recommend the house to friends and family.

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