Character house for holiday rental Charente

Vibrac (20km from Cognac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003173 Advertiser since: 5 March 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Presbytere Self Catering Saturday 3 4 2

About this property

Ancient Presbytery very near the River Charente . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

This beautiful old house is set in an ancient riverside village, just a short walk to the riverside. Ideally situated for kayak/canoeing.  Set in a beautiful corner of the village a stones throw from the River Charente.
 
The house is spacious and full of character, very well furnished, there is a piano and wi-fi. Outside the charming small courtyard leads off from the hall and the ground floor bedroom, there are table, chairs and parasol for outside dining and relaxing. There is a bedroom on each level with most of the accommodation being on the first floor. 
 
Le Presbytere now has the 3 star classification awarded by our regional tourist board, Charente Tourisme.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped with dual aspect windows, table and chairs, 2 fridges, gas oven with 4 rings on the top, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and all crockery, utensils and cooking equipment.
Iron, ironing board and the vacuum cleaner is kept in a separate area.

Living rooms

There is a beautiful large living room with 3 piece suite and other chairs, television, UK and French satellite, dvd, games, books galore, a large dining table and 6 chairs for those special meals.
On the ground floor you will find an additional sejour, an ancient room with stone vaulted ceilings and fantastic acoustics, especially amazing for singing.
There is also a piano on the ground floor for the musically inclined.
The house has wi-fi so that you can use your own tablets and laptops.

Bedrooms

A bedroom on each level:
Bedroom 1 - On the ground floor with en suite shower, washbasin and vanity area, king size bed, double wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom 2 - On the first floor next to the main bathroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair and full length mirror.
Bedroom 3 - On the top floor, twin beds with a washbasin, open hanging wardrobe, chest of drawers, small chest and washbasin.

Bathrooms

The main bathroom has a bath, washbasin, toilet, bidet, bathroom cabinet, cupboard and mirror.
The ground floor bedroom has a shower and washbasin.
The separate and second toilet is on the landing.

Heating

There are electric radiators in each room and the halls for use if needed on the cooler days in spring and autumn. In the winter you will have use of a large Godin woodburning stove in the lounge which adds a very cosy heat.
In the winter there may be a supplementary charge for electricity. Logs are provided as well as normal use of electricity.

Entertainment

In the village just around the corner you can hire kayaks/canoes in the summer months.
We do not arrange entertainment ourselves.

Garden and outside

Outside the charming small courtyard leads off from the hall and the ground floor bedroom, there are table, chairs and parasol for outside dining and relaxing. There is now an addition of a small but efficient barbecue.

Parking and garages

There are parking spaces behind the church which is just approx 50 yards to the front door.
The square in front of the house and the ancient church is now a pedestrian area only.

Visitor suitability

We do not allow smoking in the house, nor do we permit pets, that way we can be sure it is fresh for all new arrivals.
The house is not suitable for small children, babies and infants. There are stairs of stone with no stairgate and we have not made provision for the safety of the little ones with regard to cupboard locks etc.
We are approved with a 3 star rating from the Tourist Office for adult occupation.

Information about any additional facilities

The extraordinary 15th century ancient church next door is used occasionally, on average once a month.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Vibrac

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: River fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Vibrac
Distance: 1 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vibrac and Jarnac area

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Brillet Cognac producers, Graves St Amant, superb red wine and of course Cognac and Pineau
Distance: 4 km

The Owner Recommends

Cities and Architecture

The Charente is a region of vineyards and Romanesque Architecture, dominated by the beautiful River Charente. Local interesting cities include Cognac known for its Cognac Houses and the live music Blues Passion festival held each July. Angouleme for the Cathedral and the ancient Ramparts where they hold the vintage car rally each September. Both cities have good and interesting shops, buildings, churches and of course the typical cafe's are a delight.

Cognac Houses, visit and tasting

Of course you cannot miss a visit to Cognac when you are in this region of the Charente. There are numerous buildings of historical interest as well as all of the Cognac houses. In Cognac itself you can visit Hennessey, Martell and Camus. In Jarnac, there is the Courvoisier Cognac house, where they have a wonderful large building right on the River for you to visit, see how Cognac is made, taste and of course buy. Also the region has several local producers where you can also visit and taste the Cognac and Pineau.

Jazz Festival - Blues Passion Cognac

If you like live music festival then Cognac is the place to be in July. Blues Passion is the famous Cognac Blues festival - Every year in July for a 5 day period you will find live music playing all around Cognac; it makes a fabulous day out, so take a picnic and find your choice of music. If you want to see the big names of the event tickets can be purchased on line in advance, look up www.bluespassions.com.

Local area, Shops, Wildlife, Brocantes and Restaurants

Vibrac is an ancient village of character and is known for the beautiful River Charente that runs through it, with its famous three ancient bridges. There are picnic areas, lovely walks by the river, fishing and canoeing. Canoes/kayaks can be hired near to the property with a short walk to launch your canoe. For the wildlife enthusiast look out for hoopoes, heron, golden orioles and kingfishers. The riverside restaurant has a great menu and is situated near the bridges and can be reached by a 5 minute stroll along a foot path. Other restaurants, cafes can be found in the nearby villages of St Simon and Bassac just 1 kilometre, where you can take river trips on the old barge and visit the beautiful Bassac Abbey. The market town of Chateauneuf sur Charente (6km) offers a good choice of shops, including brocantes, boulangeries, tabac, pharmacies, supermarkets, a fresh fish market (try the oysters!) and restaurants.

River Charente Kayak and fishing

Vibrac, situated on the River Charente is an old unspoilt village with lovely riverside walks. The River Charente running through the villages is a beautiful river with an abundance of wildlife. This stretch of river ideal for kayaking and the river splits to many meandering back waters. Kayaks can be hired from the village and launch is just down the road a few metres. Excellent for kayaking, boating, fishing, walks and bike rides. Bicycles can be hired and delivered to the Presbytery.