Anciens Édifices de Ferme Française
Old French Farmstead 

Pool's designer takes first plunge
Swimming Pool

Five Guest Houses

Maison Du Familial Foyer
Une Famille Ferme Résidence
Sleeps up to
8 persons

Cime L'Arbre
Sleeps up to 6

Sleeps up to 4

La Source
Sleeps 2

Le Cottage du Lucé
Sleeps up to 4



Quiet roads amidst the sunflowers

• Self-Catering Accommodation • houses, cottages, gîte • Charente-Maritime • SW France

Anciens Édifices de Ferme Française
Old French Farmstead
simply beautiful.

"Again, can I say that I had the MOST RELAXED holiday ever and wow what a place you've got. If possible we would like to make a booking for next year."
 - Paul & Helen (Edenfield)

This Old French Farmstead, its houses, grounds and 'out buildings', became a family home with gardens, and with five other houses originally renovated with the visits of friends and relatives in mind. Tree lined drive with lavender borders, extensive, wooded walled gardens, over half a hectare of park land and play ground, with a large swimming pool and old stone buildings scattered around - restoration with imagination and style. 

Our Farmstead is at the end of an hundred meters long driveway (chemin), which is off a quiet country lane, 2 kilometres south of the village, in the Charente-Maritime department, of the Poitou-Charente Region, of South West France.

From the houses it is just a few minutes by bicycle or car to the nearest village, bakeries, shops, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. The area is served by many "Farmers' Markets", both outdoors and covered like the nearby medieval market of Cozes. Ask us for a list! or explore via internet.

We're genuinely within easy driving distance to superb beaches at the mouth of the Gironde and on the Atlantic coast - convenient to Saintes, Royan, St Emilion, Bordeaux, Cognac, Arcachon and La Rochelle.

Satellite (Astro 28.2˚E) TV
WiFi internet access
Barbecue at each houses

The Swimming Pool

The Swimming Pool is 15 metres x 15 metres fully fenced in with generous sunbathing space on its wide, surrounding tiled terrace, and a "beach", and "Wildcat Island".


We have some old bicycles of various shapes and sizes. They're most definitely not beautiful, but their wheels go around, mostly. Visitors are welcome to use them.


CD and DVD player and screen for movies. Don't forget to bring that "must catch up on" stack" of DVDs, CDs - and books.

Household Equipment

Refrigerator-freezer, dishwasher, gas cooking stove with oven, microwave oven, dishwashing and clothes washing machines. Utensils, cutlery and crockery, etc. A Weber or equivalent Barbeque for each house. There are clothes drying facilities. Also, bed and bath linen gratis, on request. All sufficient equipment for a short-term occupancy and an uncomplicated self-catered holiday. Of course, if you forget to pack your cannot-do-without personally essential item, device or utensil, or if you are missing your own favourite colour of linen or fluffy towel, teddy bear or toy, the local shops and supermarkets are well stocked and reasonably priced.


All our houses are furnished with efficient modern wood burning heating stoves with glass viewing windows. If you are unfamiliar with using log burning stoves or lighting fireplaces, help is at hand. With our fireplaces we are in accord with the environmental policy of the French on heating, namely that the renewable resource of coppicing trees, and of planting and harvesting woods, comes as close to carbon neutrality as one can get.

Where in France?

Our nearest village, with supermarkets, a weekly street market, 3 bakeries/patisseries, 2 flower boutiques and other shops as well, 2 chemists, doctors, dentist, etc., is just 5 minutes away. It's an easy bicycling distance for fetching the morning's fresh croissant. Sandy beaches, from our "local" Meschers-sur-Gironde and Saint-Georges-de-Didonne (20 minutes), continue on and on, both south and north of Royan.  Our nearest town is Saintes(20 min) - one of the world's beautiful small cities. We are situated close to Jonzac (25 min), Royan(30 min), Cognac(40 min), La Palmyre(40 min), La Rochelle(60 min), Bordeaux(60 min) and Arcachon(90min).  


We are equidistant from both Bordeaux AND La Rochelle airports, each about an hour away. Nearest TGV trains on the Bordeaux Line are Angouleme or Niort with easy connection to Saintes (just a few minutes away). New TGV direct to La Rochelle is presently under construction. Car rentals are in front of the stations and booking ahead can be savings over airport rentals.

It is easy to get here: Flights to La Rochelle, Bordeaux or the more distant Limoges from many countries. From the North by car, A10 autoroute south to exit 36, you're less than 10 minutes away. From the UK by car and ferry or tunnel: St Malo about 450 kilometres; Caen 550km; Le Havre 640km; Paris 500km; Calais 790km; good highways, remarkably uncrowded out of season.
Private airfields include Saintes, 15min away. And, there is a wire and tree free field next door if you're thinking of coming by helicopter.

(even the name sounds good)

Big sky country; gently undulating, rural, sparsely populated, well wooded and coppiced and astonishingly well stocked with classic birds of prey. Charente-Maritime on the Atlantic Coast is a seaside department of Poitou-Charente; it is also great walking country and superb for cycling and horse riding.

Stress-free region; little traffic, almost no crime - no pressure.  Even buzzzz bikes are rare.  In the high season it is still possible to find un-crowded roads.

The region abounds with good cafés, restaurants, sites of historical interest, antiquities and beauty, and, just good fun.

Here on the Atlantic coast, the months of September and October are our personal favourites. Weather is settled, warm and sunny. Beaches are nearly empty and even the main roads are traffic-free.

Beaches, Sports and Pastimes

There are marvellous beaches locally, or towards and beyond La Rochelle. South from Royan to the great sand dune of Arcachon, there is about a 100km of perfect silver sand.  Water sports of all kinds, include surfing, sailing and boating schools. Sea, river and lake fishing.

Many different 18 hole golf courses, riding stables, tennis, karting, motocross and all-wheel drive events is in the area. Horse racing and trotting, rugby, of course, and soccer at local and national levels. Other pastimes include bird watching, flying kites (superb) and flying machines including micro-lites, etc. - closest airfield field, 15km.

Day trips

La Palmyre - nearby is one of Europe’s most innovative zoos.
å - just a few kilometres down the road is the Roman Port, now an active archaeological dig with beautiful displays and exciting explanations.
Mortagne-sur-Gironde - just minutes by car, picturesque old port and new yacht harbour with restaurants, cafés and parks. Well worth a visit.
Saintes* - one of the most beautiful little cities in the world. And the coliseum well enough intact to still be in use today. Take the kids and let them play at Gladiator in a real areana!
La Rochelle - Yacht harbours, historic sites of interest, quaint cityscapes and a very special Aquarium.
Royan - gorgeous beach, seaside promenade and a superb orchid house, boat rides and water sports.
Bordeaux - now rated by the French as the most desirable city in which to live in all of France. It is stunning.
Poitiers - Futuroscope theme park is not too far away.
Toulouse - an unexpectedly grand and interesting city. At "Cite de l’espace" you can walk through the "Mir Space Station" and rub shoulders with an "Ariane 5" space rocket.

Wines and food

We are situated in a triangle with Cognac and Bordeaux. Distilleries and wineries abound and are fascinating to visit. The Charentaise wines, drunk locally, hold up well against their more illustrious neighbours. Oysters, sold on the steps of the churches on Sunday mornings, are sweet, superb and cheap. The general standard of coquillage and other sea food is exceptional.


*Saintes, once the capital of the Roman province of Gaul - amphitheatre, a triumphal arch, etc. is nearby. Once Roman Empire capital of France. Walking the streets and little back lanes, one can easily imagine oneself in Rome of old (without the crowds).
This is the territory of Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother of Richard the Lion Heart and “bad” King John, and, “by the wrath of God, Queen of England” when she had divorced the French King, Louis VII,  to marry Henry II, King of England.
As part of Europe's Celtic fringe, southwest France was home to the Arcadians who, like the Scots and the Irish, were "encouraged" to emigrate, often forcibly, to The New World, giving their name to the Cajuns and to Canada.
Classic Romanesque facades built onto Charente-Maritime farmhouses testify to profits made from shipping (smuggling more likely) millions of bottles of claret and cognac to England’s south coast over several centuries.


We are already unique in using the first ever, fully operational, autonomous, solar powered, practical utility vehicles - do come see them at work.

Please contact us for details and availability.

"Du Familial Foyer" in Springtime

Atelier - Traditional stone cottage

Our country lane

Cime L'arbre

Looking past the pool to the Cime L'arbre veranda

Le Cottage du Lucé and it's terrace

The Beach and Polynesian Pool seen from L'Atelier balcony/terrace

"La Source" cottage

The ltraditional chimney with glass door closed-in wood burning "insert" in the living room of Du Familial Foyer farmhouse

The ltraditional chimney with glass door closed-in wood burning "insert" in the living room of Du Familial Foyer farmhouse

Du Familial Foyer's master bedroom ensuite bathroom.

Longhouse kitchen looks out on the balcony and treetops

Nearby La Palmyre sunset

Our solar powered Quad

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Anciens Édifices de Ferme Française
Old French Farmstead

Charente-Maritime, France.
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