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


6 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7


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
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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


  • 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

Special offer: EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! We're offering a 20% discount on all bookings for 2019 when you book before the end of February. Go on - what are you waiting for?

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 £99
Weekly price
from £695
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £75-£135 per person per week.
1 House for 7
From £996 beds3 bedrooms


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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, prepare a picnic or deliver everything you need for a first night BBQ. And at the end of your holiday, we can even do your laundry so you don't return home to a mountain of washing!
  • 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!