L’Echappee Douce

Néré, Charente-Maritime

Unwind comfortably indoors, or out in the walled garden - fly a kite in the field, take a bike to taste local wines, head for the Atlantic


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome

The Experience

A very welcoming old farmhouse where the living is easy, outdoors and in. It’s the much-loved holiday home of English owners with a passion for music, cooking and French life in this peaceful hamlet, with its endless skies and vineyard views. Big windows and beamed ceilings, Charentaise stone and neutral paintwork, give an airy feel to the open-plan living area. Everything’s fresh and cared for: comfy sofas flank a grand fireplace, bookshelves proffer interesting novels; a friendly mix of traditional and modern furniture, with splashes of colour in paintings and fabrics. The kitchen is great, with surely all you’ll need; hanging pots and pans, cookery books galore, a pantry – cupboard doors made from old shutters. The rustic, comfy downstairs bedroom looks over open fields. A winding concrete stair leads to more cottagey rooms: the triple has space to play in, the double a super king-sized bed. In the walled garden there’s a stylish eating-out area shaded by sails; games room too with pool table, board games and jigsaws. Good local cycling, bikes to borrow, and your own field – for picnicking, flying a kite and kicking a ball. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Parking on-site.
November - March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £595
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £75-£135 per person per week.
1 House for 7
From £855 beds3 bedrooms


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a beautiful home! Everything we needed was right here - we could have stayed so much longer! Our 3 year old (and us) really did not want to leave! We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area, thank you for your recommendations and tips. Hope to visit again soon - thank you for sharing your home with us.

Sarah, Twickenham

We started to relax the moment we drove up the lane to the house! This was a fabulous holiday - the children had loads of space outdoors to run around and we enjoyed exploring the local countryside on foot and on bikes. The house is incredibly well equipped which made the whole experience a pleasure. We'll be back!

Richard, Dublin

We feel completely recharged after our holiday - lots of nice, long walks in the countryside and plenty of fresh air. It was great to be able to eat dinner in the lovely walled garden and we also appreciated having the bar in the village for when we didn't want to cook. Plenty of places to visit when we fancied a trip out too, so everyone was happy.

Nigel, Portsmouth

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachel Page

  • Perfectly positioned for walks along 'chemin blancs' - literally on your doorstep. We've got maps to help you find your bearings or just start walking and see where the day takes you. Take a bike out in the morning sunshine and bring home fresh croissants.
  • The local village of Néré (2 mins by car) is home to a friendly restaurant/bar with English speaking staff & there's a weekly visit from a fantastic food truck. Don't miss the incredible local markets - stalls piled high with delicious, fresh produce.
  • Catch dinner at the local trout lake, pick your own vegetables at the organic farm in nearby Angoulême, escape from the Maize Maze or make friends with a monkey at La Vallée des Singes.
  • Within an hour's drive of the Atlantic coast with beautiful sandy beaches. Enjoy the islands of Oléron and Ré or the very cosmopolitan, La Rochelle. Take a tour of Cognac's famous distilleries or cruise along the river at Saintes.
  • Small things matter. We can do your food shopping before your arrival or deliver everything you need for a first night BBQ. And there will always be a supply of the basics – washing up liquid, toilet roll, soap etc – so no need for a mad dash to the shops!
  • There are chateaux straight out of fairy tales, donkeys wearing traditional pyjamas & locally produced wines and cognac. Throw in an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine per year & you can feel sure that the region has plenty to offer for a perfect holiday!