Clair Soleil

  Cozes, Pays Royannais, Charente Maritime, France

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Clair Soleil is an idyllic rural getaway located on the edge of the charming village of Cozes,
in the historic Charente Maritime department of western France.

It is an attractive individual detached house, the ideal holiday home, with light spacious rooms that overlook farmland and yet it is only 250 metres from the amenities of Cozes including the weekly market (on Wednesdays) selling local produce.

The house has all modern conveniences for a comfortable stay. On the top floor are three bedrooms, two double and one twin all with vanity units. There is a shower room and separate toilet.

The ground floor features a fully equipped fitted kitchen (7.5m long) with a dishwasher, microwave and fridge freezer as well as a generous dining area. There is also a light and airy lounge as well as an additional toilet and utility room on this floor. In the basement there is a washing machine and there are two bicycles to enable visitors to explore the surrounding countryside.

The enclosed garden has an above ground swimming pool with loungers and chairs poolside, patio furniture and a barbecue, which facilitates al fresco dining.

This holiday cottage is centrally heated which makes it ideal for a winter break, or for a base for house hunting out of season. Mid week bookings can be made out of the main summer season (June to September) to coincide with more economic ferry crossings. Bedding is provided, towels by prior arrangement.

Cozes is a small town with approximately 1900 residents. It lies close to the main roads from Cognac and Bordeaux to Royan and close to the eastern shore of the Gironde Estuary. La Rochelle is an hour away by road to the north west and Bordeaux is an hour to the south both towns having airports. The beaches of Meschers are 12 km away, with the main coastal town of Royan only 17 km distance.  Cozes is a local Canton, one of nine in the Arrondissement of Saintes and one of the 51 in Charente-Maritime

The stone built houses of the village are centred on the fourteenth century covered market and the twelfth century church. The main commercial activity of Cozes is based on the agricultural produce of the surrounding canton - predominately cereals, sunflower, melons and viniculture. The district is particularly noted for the production of cognac and pineau.

The village has an open air swimming pool with slide, crazy golf, tennis courts and boules area all in the same location, as well as all the normal facilities one would expect in a village of this size.

Nearby, the eastern shore of the Gironde Estuary offers sailing, canoeing and fishing, and is served by several marinas, small harbours and creeks.  There is a good variety of inexpensive restaurants and cafes.

Locally there is a huge variety of activities and places to visit including wine, cognac and pineau tasting, museums, art galleries, gardens and monuments. The region is renowned for the opportunities afforded to artists wishing to sketch and paint. For the more energetic there is walking, cycling and horse riding as well as a good selection of adventure sports like microlight flying, paragliding and water skiing, or you can simply soak up the sun, this being the second sunniest region in France.

As well as Royan the towns of Saintes, Pons and Jonzac are well worth a visit. North of Royan are a number of offshore islands including Ile de Re, Ile d'Aix, Ile d'Oleron and Fort Boyard. The renowned oyster beds centered around Marennes and La Treblade should not be missed.

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If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by clicking on the link below.   

Thank you very much for your interest.

Richard & Maureen Lawrence

Clair Soleil, Cozes, Pays Royannais, Charente Maritime, France.

This website is maintained by Noel Walley of Llandudno Queen of the North Wales Resorts and was last updated in August 2008