We are four mature discerning ladies who like our home comforts. Chez Sampo provided everything we needed including wall to wall sunshine! The Gite is huge with four very large bedrooms all en-suite.it is as expected of a 17th century farmhouse very rustic and charming as is the village, although the boulangerie was closed all the while we were there a problem! There is a tiny bar/retaurant run by an eccentric lady who chain smokes and sings to herself outside while you sip your pre dinner Ricard.
Richard and Viki are great hosts and nothing too much trouble. The garden is enclosed and great for children and des toutous ( doggies) Richard and Viki very kindly allowed us to bring our four little pooches.The garden has many fruit trees although we missed the fruit as it was coming into Autumn and a couple of resident hedgehogs who confused the dogs somewhat.! We spent a month there and went out everyday finding beautiful villages and beaches, never bored. One of our party is a keen cyclist so she took her bike and had a fantastic time exploring the very many off road cycle tracks through vineyards and sunflower fields.
In conclusion it is not the Ritz but we didn't want it to be, great value for money in a super spot in gorgeous Charente Maritime. Home 2 days missing it already.
My wife, our neighbours and I stayed in the gite during the last week in August - the gite offered us great accommodation and as we were two couples it was super having two ensuite bedrooms.
Richard and Vikki are great hosts, very welcoming and provide a gite with everything that you need for a memorable holiday and if you are lucky an evening with them listening to their music.
There is plenty to see and do in the locality with some some amazing beaches within a few minutes drive - Royan is particularly impressive. There are also plenty of really good restaurants close by as well.
One small word of warning that is not related to gite - beware of the the high kerb when leaving the petrol pumps at the Super U in Cozes as it can play havoc with alloy wheels.
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A fantastic gite in a quiet little village location. Comfortably sleeps 8 in the 4 en suite bedrooms. An ample sized kitchen with dishwasher (don't want to be washing up on holiday) and a large dining table that seats 8 without being cramped. The garden is enclosed and private. Full of fruit trees including a kiwi tree which was a first for me. There's a charcoal BBQ, decking and outside dining furniture. Plenty of room for kids to run around and let of steam.
The gite makes a great base. The village itself is very quiet with a bakers and only one restaurant. However you don't need to travel far to find more. A few miles away, on the coast, is Talmont, full of arty shops and restaurants. Next is Meschers, where the first beach is with Tina's bar almost falling into the beach. Restaurants are easy to find at the little port.
Everyday there is market in St George sur Gironde and Royan has a fantastic fish market.
All in all it's a fantastic place to holiday and quite frankly I wish I was still there.
8 of us spend two wks here and had a wonderful holiday. the gite is lovely,large and airy enough to have your own space....garden was fab...each bedroom is ensuite. the area has some great beaches and excellent bars and restaurants. loads of historic sites and beautiful unspoilt villages....Talmont is amazing