Villa in Mortagne Sur Gironde, Charente-Maritime, France - Located In Village Above Charming Port, 15 Minutes From Beaches
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About Declan Jones
Declan and Liz Jones are a couple from Dublin in Ireland who built their dream home in the Charente Maritime 7 years ago. They love the tranquility of the location coupled with its convenience for shops and restaurants. They wanted to build a house in the traditional Charentaise style while giving it all the modern comforts you would expect. Some of the main things they love about the area are: the sunshine, the beaches, the food and wine and the people.
Why Declan Jones chose Mortagne-sur-Gironde
Having holidayed in the Charente Declan and Liz Jones fell in love with the relaxing, sun drenched area along the Gironde estuary and searched for years to find a second home there. Eventually - through friends - they heard about the beautiful port village of Mortagne Sur Gironde and one visit was all they needed to realise they had found their 'dream village'. It took another couple of years to build their home but they are delighted with the results and hope that you will also enjoy your time chilling out in the relaxing environment of 'Loin De La Foule'. The house is within a couple of minutes walk of the bakeries, bars, butchers and supermarket of the 'Upper Village' and a short stroll will bring you down the hill to the picturesque port with it's bars and restaurants.
What makes this Villa unique
The house is perfectly positioned above the village which means that from the upper bedrooms there are clear views of the majestic Gironde Estuary. The location also provides a gentle cooling breeze which is most welcome in the summer months as visitors laze around the pool! The garden is large and enclosed beside a small road with very little activity all combining to give that sense of privacy and serenity. All your shopping needs are to be found within a few minutes walk and there are plenty of friendly bars and restaurants close at hand.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was a lovely property with everything you need for a family holiday. Pool and grounds lovely. Communication with the owner Declan was 100%. Kim was great also during our stay for any questions about local area and things to do, very helpful as this was our first holiday in France. Would recommend visiting the local beaches and towns. Would also reccommend making table reservations at least a day in advance when eating out as we found this pretty difficult at times.
The port of was a nice walk away with a good little co op not too far from the villa.
Beautiful house, pool and gardens
A wonderful house in a very quiet location but within easy walking distance of the village. The pool was warm even in early June and the gardens are beautifully designed with a wonderful games area. The house is very well equipped including a huge collection of both indoor and outdoor games. We look forward to returning with our children and grand children! many thanks Declan and Liz.
The dream house
The house of Declan and Liz is call "Loin de la foule" it means "away from the crowd" but we call it "the dream house". The property is beautiful, clean and very well maintained inside and outside. Tastefully decorated. The house is very easy to live in. The swimming pool is big and very clean but a little chilly (at the same time we where in september and yet got plenty of sun) So swimming every day!! The beautiful garden is big with flowers and a Stunning view of the village, the church and fields. But the most important for us, is that the house have a "soul" you got a very positive feeling to be in. As the matter of fact is very rare to find a place like that to rent.
Je tiens à remercier Kimberley and Philippe pour leur accueil et remercier tout particulièrement Jean-Pierre et son épouse, voisins de la maison pour leur gentillesse, disponibilité et grande efficacité. Ils ont largement participé à la réussite de notre séjour.
A bientôt à Mortagne.
Lovely house, super pool, plenty of room, excellent location
My husband and I, along with our daughter and family have just returned from a week's stay at this house. From the beginning of the booking we have had immediate contact with Declan for information regarding the property. When we arrived we found the house located in the upper part of the village that has local butcher, bakers, pizzeria, Co-op supermarket, and even an estate agent if anyone enjoys it so much they want to move there (!) all within walking distance. The port area in the lower village had a couple of restaurants and good walks along the estuary.
The house itself built by Declan (my husband was in the construction industry so was very impressed) and I suspect furnished by Liz in a super modern style but with French influence. It is very roomy, ideal for us as the oldies were in the massive room with en-suite downstairs and the parents with children upstairs. The open plan kitchen, dining and seating area was great as we could all be talking regardless of the task we were doing. With four children it was ideal having a washing machine and line available.There was an instruction book about the house and plenty of information on things to do in the area. Best of all was the pool, used every single day by all of us. Some holiday lets squeeze in a pool but the size of the plot of land allowed Declan to build a larger pool than with usual cover. The weather for the last week in August before the children went back to school was ideal although we did have a massive thunderstorm one evening and Declan emailed to inform us it was due, luckily we were in the house all day so were able to secure the shutters, outside furniture, although the inflatables did manage to fly all over the garden and the apple tree lost a few apples. Unfortunately one branch of the fig tree did not survive - We let Kimberly (the changeover assistant) know and she immediately came to inspect the damage. Also Declan arranged for a re-clean of the pool midweek as debris had sunk to the bottom and then we had the lights on in the pool so it looked very inviting that evening.
Overall excellent house, super location for beaches and visits - we went to Talmont (artisan village with super shops and restaurants), Royan, St Palais sur Mer, Meschers - all interesting places.
Big thanks for all your communications, we all loved our holiday at 'Loin De La Foule' - and we did get away from the crowd.
Dear Sue, John and family.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review the house and your stay. We really appreciate the positive comments and of course we are delighted that you had such a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Hopefully you will come and stay with us again in the future!
Beautiful home, perfect for families. Lovely pool.
This was our first visit to the Gironde area and we had a wonderful holiday.
The house is very well maintained and clean. We were lucky to have hot and sunny weather, and enjoyed the pool every day.
The location is convenient for trips out and lovely beaches. The village provided all the essentials within easy walking distance. We spent a couple of nice evenings at the port towards the end of the week, enjoying a drink at the bar and live music.
Thanks to the owner for great communication in advance of our stay. A lovely relaxing family holiday!
Thanks Alison for taking the time to give such a positive review. We're delighted you had such a nice time in the house and we hope to see you back again some time in our little corner of France!
The beautiful Atlantic beaches are close by. The secluded beaches at Mescher with their on-beach restaurants are a mere fifteen minutes by car, the vast family strand at Saint Georges De Didonne twenty minutes, and the wild surfing beaches of 'The Cote Sauvage' approximately thirty minutes by car.
Car hire is recommended to get the most out of this beautiful region. The two nearest airports are La Rochelle (approx fifty mins) and Bordeaux (approx one hour). Other options might include Nantes or Biarritz (approx two and a half hours). For those driving from the UK the distance from the Channel ports is approximately five to six hours.
We would like clients to note that unfortunately pets are not accepted at 'Loin De La Foule'.