Luxury 4* Cottage rental nr Cognac

Echallat (4km from Rouillac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004030 Advertiser since: 2 March 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Courtyard Self Catering 3 6 2

About this property

Luxury 4 Star Cottage in Cognac Country - heated pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chez Aristide is a large, 4* luxury family friendly gite is set in the grounds of the former priory of Ste Catherine de La Champs with private parking, free wi-fi and its own terrace and garden.
This fabulous gite sleeps up to 6 plus a baby in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and all bed linens, fluffy towels and hairdryers supplied.
Outside the grounds are shared with 2 other gites, has an in-ground 10 x 5 heated swimming pool in its own secure area and a children’s playground.
The private southerly garden, with views over open country side, has a cherry tree, terrace, bbq, outdoor seating and shade sail.



Kitchen and dining

There is a fully-equipped kitchen with range oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker, Tassimo machine, dishwasher and washing machine. Cleaning products are supplied.

There is a highchair, hand blender, step up potty and bathmat for children.

Living rooms

The living room has 2 large comfy sofas and frenchdoors leading onto the garden plus a wood burning stove. Flat screen tv plus dvd. UK and French freesat tv. Free wi-fi is available.


All linens and bath towels are supplied.

The master bedroom has a king size bed with frenchdoors, Juliet balcony and southerly views over open country south.

The children's room has a proper cot and bunk beds.

The second bedroom had a king size double, which can be twins, and a quiet view onto the main courtyard and roses.


Upstairs there is a family bathroom with full bath, overhead shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.

Downstairs there is a walk in shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.


Upstairs there are electric radiators in each room, heated towel rails in the bathrooms and downstairs there is a wood burning stove.


There is a flat screen tv with UK and French Freesat, dvd player, iPod docking station.

We have loads of dvds you can borrow, lots of books and toys for children.

Garden and outside

Frenchdoors lead to private garden with cherry tree, terrace, sunloungers, and outside dining with bbq.

A path leads to the children's play and pool area.

Parking and garages

There is a private parking space for each cottage just outside the main electric gates and those with vintage or classic cars can book at no cost, a covered space within the courtyard.

Visitor suitability

This cottage is perfect for a larger family or extended family holidaying together. Outside the school holidays is perfect for 2 couples or a couple who just want more space and a touch of luxury.

Information about any additional facilities

Canoeing, horse riding, wine tasting, cookery courses and Cognac tours can easily be arranged.

We have a table d'hote and alcohol licence and specialise in vegetarian and Greek cuisine.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Angouleme
Distance: 20 km

Creative arts


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: river
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac and Angouleme both have great Golf Courses
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Des Bouchauds
Distance: 6 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vaux Rouillac


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chai 27
Distance: 4 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner, Mrs Stephanie May

We are Steph, Charlie and Finn May

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? The Charente is a region full of things to do and see
Unique benefits of property Official 4 star rating, private parking, wi-fi, heated pool, Table D'hote service and alcohol licence

The Owner Recommends


Cognac Tours – Most of the major Cognac houses give a tour of their cellars and châteaux and you can have a tour in English if you book a short time in advance.


Cycling tours – As the national sport of France, cycling is taken very seriously. A large peloton darting down the road is a daily occurrence here.

Eating out

Dining – plenty of restaurants in the area, most of them very good, some exceptional! We will be happy to make recommendations or even reservations for you when you arrive.

Pop Up Restaurant

A variation on the Table D'hote. Join us at our covered outdoor dining area for a special al fresco experience. We have Thai, Indian, Italian, Greek, French and Gastro Pub style food and of course children's options. Sample Thai Menu: Thai Fishcakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce, Red Thai Curry with Jasmine Rice, Caramelised Pineapple with Cardamom Ice Cream


At St. Yrieux there is a large lake right next to the river where you will find sailing lessons, windsurfing, boating and canoe hire. There is a childrens play area, a small sandy beach and a great track around the lake for walking, jogging or cycling.


As well as the usual high street shops, there are many markets in the area. Le Vingt Sept (27th) is a large regional market held every 27th of the month. You can buy everything from a donkey to a tractor to a melon to a cheese. You name it Rouillac has it. The whole town becomes an open air market. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Open from 7.00am.

The Nautilus Centre

The Nautilus Centre is also next to the lake. It has large indoor and outdoor pool, an ice rink and other leisure facilities. Bring your Speedos though as swimming shorts are not aloud.


Of course you can do this anywhere you like! A particular favourite is a trip to the Roman amphitheater nearby. Glorious views and interesting architecture.

Water Skiing

Only 10 minutes away is an old quarry lake, not as dull as it sounds, where skiiers can book to have lessons, from beginners to experts. They even have a ramp if you fancy your chances.