Les Gîtes du Vigneron et Chambre d'hôte

22 avenue de Pons , ,Saint Seurin de Palenne,
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  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Size: 8826 (sq.ft)
  • Beds: 15
  • Type: Villa
  • 2-20 Sleeps
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We are situated in the heart of our small village 8 km from Pons, in the Charente Maritime on the west coast of France. We are also in the Petite Champagne region (a cognac grape terroir designation) and there are several local ‘vignerons’ (wine growers) in the village who still produce wine for the cognac houses. There is also a small distillery producing ‘eau de vie’ for one of the leading cognac houses. In summer our village nestles amongst the vineyards and fields of sunflowers. We are 20 minutes from the Roman town of Saintes and the town of Cognac. 40 minutes to the west lies the sandy beaches of the Gironde Estuary and 45 - 50 minutes to the Cote Sauvage, the Atlantic coast. The A10 motorway is 10 minutes away. Bordeaux airport in 1h 15 to the south and La Rochelle airport is 1h to the north. We have a seasonal, heated outdoor salt-water pool with views of the garden. As well as a fully secured toddlers (under 5s) play hangar together with other garden games & equipment such as a 3.5m trampoline, a sturdy swing and slide combination. There is also an indoor games room with table tennis, table football etc. Free secure private parking is available on site. All of our gîtes are fully equipped, insulated and with electric radiators to enable you to be comfortable & totally independent. They have a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, satellite box and DVD player, and the houses and townhouse have satellite channels. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and gardens. Deluxe Double Room with Shower Max adults: 2 Deluxe Double Room with Shower 1 large double bed   

One-Bedroom House Max adults: 2 One-Bedroom House 1 double bed   

Three-Bedroom House 8Max adults: 8 Three-Bedroom House Bedroom 1: 1 large double bed  Bedroom 2: 4 single beds  Bedroom 3: 1 double bed    Three-Bedroom Townhouse 6Max adults: 6 Three-Bedroom Townhouse Bedroom 1: 1 large double bed  Bedroom 2: 2 single beds  Bedroom 3: 2 single beds   

Two-Bedroom Townhouse Max adults: 4 Two-Bedroom Townhouse Bedroom 1: 1 double bed  Bedroom 2: 2 single beds   

 Our Welcome Pack normally includes a fresh baguette, a local cheese, aperitif biscuits, a bottle of beer for each adult, a carton of fruit juice for each child and a bottle of wine. SIRET : 815 207 956 00013


Check-in 16:00
Check-out - 10:00
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please check what conditions may apply to each option when making your selection.
Refundable damage deposit
A damage deposit of EUR 250 is required. This may be paid by bank transfer or by cheque. You should be reimbursed within 10 days of check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full via bank transfer, subject to an inspection of the property and any necessary deductions.
Children and beds
Child policies
Children of any age are welcome.
Cot and extra bed policies
Travel cots and other equipment for children may be reserved, free of charge, upon request at the time of booking.
There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.
All cots and children's equipment is subject to availability.
No age restriction
There is no age requirement for check-in
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the buildings or elsewhere on the property.
Pets are not allowed.
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  • Private Charcoal Barbecue
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Twin Bed
  • Double Bed
  • King Bed
  • Crib
  • Private Bathroom
  • Playground
  • Play Equipment
  • Child Friendly
  • Dining Table Seats
  • Dining Table
  • Walk-in Shower
  • TV
  • TV/DVD
  • Satellite TV
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD Player
  • DVD Library
  • Television
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Board Games
  • Games
  • Reading Library
  • Table football, trampoline, swings & slide, Boules, board games. Secured under 5s play zone.
  • No Telephone
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Linens Included
  • No Smoking
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels provided, except for towels for the beach / pool.
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Utensils
  • of Place Settings
  • Pots and Pans
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Dish Washer
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron and ironing board provided
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Skylight
  • Spacious
  • Anti allergy duvets and pillows, foam mattresses.
  • No Maid Service
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Patio Furniture
  • Parasols, relaxer chairs & BBQs
  • Parking Available
  • Parking for Multiple Cars
  • Community Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Heated salt water swimming pool (seasonal) 11 x 5m - used by guests and owners only.
  • Car Recommended
  • Car essential


  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Live Entertainment
  • Movie Theatre
  • Museums
  • Night Life
  • Outlet Stores
  • Putting Green
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sightseeing
  • Sightseeing Cruises
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking Tours
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Near Theme Park
  • Château des Enigmes
  • Waterfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Near Beach
  • Riverfront
  • Safe Swimming Beach
  • Near Golf
  • Near Town
  • Near Shopping
  • Near Restaurants

Additional Rate Information

Taxe de séjour = 1.10€ / adult / night Cleaning fee optional. We expect the gîte to be left as you found it. We can arrange cleaning given advance notice, cost dependant upon the size of your gîte.

Please contact us directly for availability since we have 4 gîtes and cannot show availability for all 4 on one calendar.

Fees, Taxes, Deposit

Type Price
Admin Fee €0.00
Refundable Damage Deposit €250.00
Check in: 4:00 PM Check out: 10:00 PM
Change-Over : Flexible

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Nearest Airport Bordeaux & La Rochelle 70 miles
Nearest Bar Pons 5 miles
Nearest Beach Mescher 45 miles
Nearest Golf Saintes 25 miles
Nearest Restaurant Pons 5 miles
Nearest Theme Park Château des Enigmes (childrens) 5 miles
Facts About Destination :Pons is a historical medieval town which sits on one of the famous Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle . The old Donjon (Keep) and castle (now town hall) remain the focal point of the town. On the outskirts is the Hôpital des Pélérins (Pilgrims Hospital) which is a UNESCO Heritage site. It was built to aid and give succor to the pilgrims en route to Compostelle
Area Information :There is plenty to do and see in the region. The west coast and its beaches are 40 minutes away. La Rochelle and Bordeaux are approximately 1 hour drive away. Closer to home is the medieval town of Pons, the Roman town of Saintes and the town of Cognac with its world famous cognac houses. There are historic Châteaux to visit, a children's theme park (Château des Enigmes) just 10 mins away, the Flow Velo that follows the river Charente and provides a safe cycle path for all the family. There are endless other attractions to keep the whole family occupied, however long your holiday is.
Why visit :Well, on average, the Charente Maritime has over 2,700 hours of sunshine per year and is the second sunniest region in France; London has only 1450 hour per year. In the summer it is common for the temperature to exceed 30 ° C.
How to reach :If you come from the north, you can take exit 35 off the A10 motorway near Saintes and you are 25 minutes away from us. Exit 35 is a bit cheaper and a bit faster than exit 36. On the other hand, you can continue to exit 36 (Pons) where you will pass the Leclerc supermarket, if you want to make purchases before arriving at our place. From the south, leave the motorway at exit 36 (Pons) and you are only 10 minutes away from us. You will pass the Leclerc supermarket, for your purchases if you need them. Once in our village, you're almost there - we're on the village's main road, about 70 metres from the town hall and on the same side of the street. The journey from Calais to St. Seurin de Palenne is 770 km via dual carriageways or motorways, with tolls (it costs about 75 euros in each direction - the quickest is to pay by credit card). The journey takes about 7 hours without stopping. We usually count 10 hours with three stops: one hour in the afternoon and two other small breaks plus one hour in case of traffic jams/incidents along the way. The port of Le Havre is about 660 km (5 hours and 15 minutes), Caen is about 520 km (4 hours and 45 minutes) and St. Malo is 440 km (4 hours and 15 minutes). By plane: The airports of Bordeaux and La Rochelle (seasonal opening only) are about one hour and 15 minutes with easy access by motorway or national road. There are also airports in Limoges (less than 2 hours), Poitiers (1 hour 30) and Bergerac (2 hours 30). By train: The TGV stops at Angoulême. The train station is about 50 minutes drive from St Seurin. The LGV from Paris stops at Bordeaux (journey time just over 2 hours) and there are the stations at Cognac and Saintes which are about 20 minutes from St Seurin de Palenne. There is also a small station at Pons, on the Bordeaux - La Rochelle line (line 17), but the service at Pons is limited to 7 - 10 trains per day.
Transport system :We are situated in the heart of the countryside. A car is essential. There is a train station in Pons, as well as in Saintes, Cognac and Jonzac. The TGV (high speed train) stops in Angoulême and Bordeaux. There are airports in Bordeaux & La Rochelle with hire car facilities.
Languages spoken :English, French


Tim Westacott - 0546920191

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Vanessa, a French teacher and I, a surveyor / insurance loss adjuster, bought our beautiful home in France in 2013. I moved from the UK in 2014, when we started the renovations. Vanessa joined me in 2015. Our daughters had completed their studies and were independent so we decided it was "us time"! We have created a small, child friendly gîte complex and a language school, Papillon école de langue. Life is very busy but we are our own masters. We love it here, come an experience it for yourself.

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Guest Reviews

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Alexander Ireland


Very good location. Beautiful village, close to Pons with shops and restaurants. Accommodation is great with comfortable beds and well equipped kitchen. Large swimming pool with warm water.

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Karen United Kingdom

Peaceful and calm

Tim and Vanessa are welcoming and friendly hosts. The gite is modern and all appliances and facilities are in excellent condition. We loved the pool and spent the late afternoon there every day! We visited the coast at Royan, about 45 mins drive - fabulous spot, and Saintes, about 20 mins drive away, is very pretty with plenty of restaurants. A lovely spot for a holiday away from the hurly-burly of life.

  • Submitted: Sep 10,2021

Sandrine France


L'accueil, le calme , l'environnement les propriétaires ont été disponibles et très arrangeants.

  • Submitted: Sep 05,2021

Chantal Belgium

Une semaine dans un petit coin de paradis.

Excellent séjour dans un cadre magnifique et calme. Idéal pour se ressourcer. Les propriétaires sont accueillants, serviables, sympathiques, de bon conseil pour les visites de la région mais toujours très discrets. Le gite chèvrefeuille est très bien équipé, décoré avec soin, confortable et très propre. Il bénéficie d'une terrasse privée agréable. La piscine est également très propre et dispose de transats en suffisance et surtout d'un coin ombragé pour en profiter. L'endroit est adapté aux enfants en bas âge mais les plus grands peuvent également s'y détendre (ping pong, baby foot, trampoline, livres, DVD). Une voiture est indispensable pour les courses mais le gite est un excellent point de départ pour visiter les nombreux endroits intéressants de la région.

  • Submitted: Aug 20,2021

Sophie France


Tout dans ce séjour m'a ravi. Les hôtes sont attentifs et discrets. La propriété paysagée est ravissante. Elle est calme et les autres convives très respectueux Les infrastructures proposées sont très bien (Literie, piscine, jeux etc...). Même en cette période de Covid, mon séjour fut agréable grâce aux mesures sanitaires prises par Vanessa et Tim. Merci à eux pour tout. Disliked · Au dessus de la chambre Rose il y a un autre gite. Le pas lourd de certain convive s'entend. Mais Vanessa leur dira surement. Ce ne fut qu'une nuit sur la semaine. Donc pas de soucis.

  • Submitted: Aug 10,2021

Yvon France


L'accueil, le logement tant sur le plan de l'équipement, de la propreté. De toutes façons tout était parfait.

  • Submitted: Jul 15,2021

Luc - France


Tout était parfait Accueil excellent des personnes adorables et prévenantes gentillesse extrême ???????????????? Lieu idéal Hygiène parfaite Confort optimal Calme fantastique Superbe piscine à température idéale Bref que du plus ????????????????????

  • Submitted: Jul 10,2021

ExpandingTheMind -London, United Kingdom

Another fabulous stay!

These really are super gites - well-equipped, clean and in a beautiful area of France. We returned for a second visit and were not disappointed! Tim & Vanessa are great hosts - we will definitely be returning! Date of stay: July 2019

  • Submitted: Jul 20,2019

London - UK

Fantastic clean and well-equipped gite close to plenty of attractions and the coast

We chose these beautiful gites for a family holiday after a lot of detailed research – and having just returned to the UK after two super weeks there, are very glad that we did! The properties are spotless, spacious, very well-equipped and well-located for exploring the beaches of the Charente coast and the cities of Bordeaux and La Rochelle, as well as local sightseeing around Pons, Saintes and Angoulême. Our children loved the pool (securely fenced and gated), trampoline, swings, slide, covered play area, boules court and games room and we could relax in the well-kept gardens while they had fun. Friendly hosts Tim and Vanessa were always on hand should we need anything (Vanessa also runs a French/English language school on site), but unobtrusively so, which made for a peaceful break where we could really unwind. A great holiday in a fabulous property in a lovely part of France - highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 25,2018

Beetlegirl123 - Hermitage, United Kingdom

Perfect Family Holiday

Over the years I have spent numerous happy holidays in France in many different gites, each with its own unique charm. Yet one gite stands out above all others. Les Gites du Vigneron are simply beautiful. To say they are a “home from home” is an understatement. The gites retain their original character but have been enhanced to create a modern feel. They are immaculate with everything you could possibly wish for to make a perfect holiday. If you can tear yourself away from the heated pool, there is plenty to do in the garden or games room, including table tennis , boules and trampolining. The gites are located in the lovely region of Charente Maritime. There are so many interesting places to visit that you are spoilt for choice. Vanessa and Tim are wonderful hosts. Thank you for our second special holiday - we shall definitely return soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 14,2018

Louise Roest - Winchester, United Kingdom

We keep coming back to Paquerette - top spot near Pons!

This was our fourth trip to Les Gites du Vigneron and our third stay in La Paquerette! When we first visited, we were one of the very first guests and of course, everything was beautifully modern, new and clean! Three years on, I am happy to report that nothing has changed. La Paquerette continues to be a ‘home from home’ (or better than!) experience - very well maintained and equipped, fresh and clean! Everything has been thought of and additional items are supplied, if required. I always love looking at the gite's very useful ‘folder of info’ on the surrounding area, and we are slowly working our way round the recommended locations and restaurants listed therein! There is also, of course, the option of taking some French lessons with Vanessa Westacott in her well equipped classroom – within the main house. She is a fantastic language teacher (French and English at Papillon Ecole de Langue) – whose fluency, ability and teaching skills are second to none – and she can tailor lessons to suit students following a syllabus (CE/GCSE/IGCSE/Pre U/A’level etc) or just wanting to brush up their conversational French/English or grammar for a holiday or work trip. In the summer, of course, there is also the added attraction of the swimming pool, barbeque, boules area and children’s covered play zone and trampoline. There really is something here for everyone! We can’t leave without planning our next trip back again!

  • Submitted: Mar 14,2018

samjb161 - London, United Kingdom

Outstanding property

We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) have just returned from the most relaxing fortnight at the gîtes du vigneron. The gîtes are beautifully renovated, spotlessly clean and very comfortably furnished. Great consideration has been given to what people want during a holiday and the gîte was fully equipped with everything we could need. The showers were powerful, the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of space for us all. The grounds are immaculate, yet you can still play football. The play barn is full of games and toys for all ages, including table tennis, darts and table football. The pool area is stunning, with a large, shaded area as well as plenty loungers around the pool. The pool was clean, warm and available from early in the morning til late at night every day. The property is around 15 mins drive from two large supermarkets in Pons. Saintes, Cognac and the coast are all within easy driving distance. The local boulangerie is a couple of minutes drive away. Tim and Vanessa are the perfect hosts. They are always available, yet never intrusive. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at the gîtes du vigneron and were very sad to leave. We cannot rate it highly enough - an outstanding property. Thank you Tim and Vanessa for a wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 20,2017

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