|Chez Sarrazin||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3||2 Z-Beds also available at additional charge|
Gite L'Ecurie is a barn conversion officially rated as 3* by the local Tourist Board. The main living room is large and benefits from a wood burning stove. The furnishings are comfortable and there is a tv with UK satellite channels and a dvd player. High speed wi-fi is provided for free both within the gite and around the pool. The kitchen is fully-equipped and has a cooker with oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There is a separate dining room and gamesroom with a pool/snooker table.
The 3 spacious bedrooms can accommodate 8 people. Bedroom one has a double bed (can also be configured as a twin), bedroom 2 has 4 single beds (these can be converted into 1 or 2 double beds), bedroom 3 has a double bed (that can also be configured as a twin). There are 3 bathrooms, each with a shower, basin and toilet (en suite to bedrooms 2 and 3. The private bathroom for bedroom 1 has a sunken bath with shower).
Bed linen, bath and kitchen towels are included in the price. Pool towels can be hired.
L'Ecurie has its own terrace garden with garden furniture and barbecue, from which you have fantastic views over the valley and to the village of Bardenac.
Changeover day in High Season (July and August) is Saturday. Outside of this period, we are happy to accept other changeover days.
ABOUT THE AREA
The south of the Charente offers beautiful rolling countryside, a wonderful sunny climate and an opportunity to see southwest France at its best.
The quiet lanes are ideal for touring around by car, bicycle or on foot to explore the countryside, historic villages and towns, the lakes and the authentic local character such as markets, good restaurants, vineyards and cognac distilleries.
Chez Sarrazin provides an excellent base to explore the many attractions of the Charente, Charente Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne Departements. It is a short distance from the village of Brossac with its old stone houses set around the 12th century church where there is a good range of facilities including: restaurants; tennis and bocce courts; bakeries; a grocery store; a pharmacy; bank; post office; and a butcher. A tourist office is located in the post office.
The pretty town of Chalais, dominated by its 16th century chateau, is located 10 minutes drive away and has many shops and supermarkets as well as a colourful and lively market on Monday mornings. One of the highlights of the summer is an international horse show and during the year there are concerts and exhibitions in the castle and its gardens.
Also within easy reach is Aubeterre-sur-Dronne which boasts an exceptional cultural heritage which, combined with its beautiful natural surroundings and the famous French “art de vivre”, makes it the perfect place to visit. Officially listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in France it has welcomed tourists, visitors and pilgrims on their way to Spain for over 1000 years. Visitors today can enjoy meandering through the narrow streets, popping in to admire the many specialist shops (including a leather worker, potters, and antique shops) and then settling down in the village square at one of the cafés or restaurants, comfortably shaded by ancient lime trees.
A little further afield are: Royan on the Atlantic coast; Bordeaux, the historic and cosmopolitan city; St Emilion and Cognac, known worldwide for their famous wine and cognac; Villebois La Valette; Périgueux; Brantome; Bourdeilles; Bergerac; Riberac with its famous weekly market; Poitiers with the famous Futuroscope and the Vallée des Singes monkey park; and Angoulême, the walled capital of the Charente with shopping boulevards and historic buildings.
WINE, FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
The southwest of France is known for its Cognac, Pineau (cognac and grape juice) and great wines. The Cognac region consists of six vineyard growing areas, called ‘Crus’: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires. Chez Sarrazin is situated in the Bons Bois area about 40 minutes south of the town of Cognac. The grapes used for Cognac brandy must always come from this French region which totals about 79,000 hectares of vineyards. The Cognac wine region is the second largest in France after the wine region of Bordeaux. Chez Sarrazin sits on the northern edge of the Bordeaux wine region and all of the great chateaux of the area are within easy reach.
From a food perspective, local products include melons, raspberries, (goat) cheese, walnuts, hazelnuts and walnut oil. The mild, sunny climate guarantees abundant crops of fruits and vegetables. Magret de canard, duck confit, duck pâté, rillettes, foie gras and Chalais veal are all specialties of the region.
There is one restaurant in the centre of Brossac (2 kms) and 2 at Etang Vallier (3 kms). Restaurant Poirier at Bardenac (5 minute drive) is highly recommended and serves a traditional plat de jour at luncheon (5 courses plus wine) for about 12 Euros a person. Numerous cafes and bars are also available in Chalais (10 minute drive) which also boasts a fine-dining restaurant in its 16th century chateau.
For hiking and mountain bike enthusiasts, paths are marked so it is easy to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside by bike or on foot. For those who would like to take advantage of the many beautiful cycle routes in the area but are unable to bring your own bicycles, there are local companies who hire bikes for durations of 3 or more days (for example see www.bikehiredirect.com).
You can fish and swim at Lake (Etang) Vallier which is about 3 kms from Chez Sarrazin. The lake also has an imported sandy beach and there is a dedicated safe swimming area, supervised during the summer months. Moreover, there is an indoor, heated swimming pool that is open all year. Horse riding is also available nearby. 5 kms away is Lac Sensation Frisson which offers quad-bike riding and jet-skiing during the high summer months.
Other possibilities for nature swimming are at Aubeterre (the river), St. Aulaye (the river with a water slide) and Le Paradou near Parcoul (a lake with a water slide). In addition to the pool at Brossac there are other large indoor leisure/adventure pools at Jonzac (with a beach!) and at Angoulême.
Visits are highly popular to the many castles/chateaux, churches, museums and art/pottery studios in the area. And don't forget a visit to the numerous mills, farms and wineries and distilleries where they will give you a guided tour and sell local produce made using traditional methods.
The area has various parks and gardens that can be visited.
Chez Sarrazin is about an hour's drive to the Gironde estuary where outstanding sandy beaches are plentiful, particularly around Royan. More locally, there are a number of recreational lakes with (imported) sandy beaches.
In addition to Etang Vallier, carp fishing is available at Etang Arnaud (a 10 minute drive away). Please see http://www.etang-arnaud.com/index.html
Aubeterre - 9-hole - 20mins
Angouleme - 18-hole - 40mins
Fully-fitted kitchen, separate dining room.
Comfortable living room with UK Freesat television and dvd.
The 3 spacious bedrooms can accommodate 8 people. Bedroom one has a double bed (can also be configured as a twin), bedroom 2 has 4 single beds (these can be converted into 2 double beds), bedroom 3 has a double bed (that can also be configured as a twin). There are 3 bathrooms, each with a shower, basin and toilet (en suite to bedrooms 2 and 3. The private bathroom for bedroom 1 has a sunken bath with shower).
Each bedroom has its own private bathroom/shower room, 2 of which are en suite.
Electric wall-mounted heaters are provided in all bedrooms and bathrooms. There is also a wood-burning stove in the living room.
There is a pool table in the dining/gamesroom. A range of toys and games are provided separately for all guests at Chez Sarrazin.
There is a private terrace and garden with outstanding views across rolling countryside. There are no near neighbours and the property is not overlooked, even from the owners' adjacent house.
Parking is by the gite.
The gite is on ground level but there are single steps to the bedrooms and bathrooms so is not suited to wheelchair access.
We are Sarah and David and moved to France in early 2015 to 'start a new life'. Previously, we ran our house in Devon as a highly successful B&B and do hope that we can continue to provide the same high level of service to our gite guests in France as we did in the UK! Between us we have 6 children and a growing number of grandchildren who we expect will be visiting us very regularly for long family holidays. We look forward to welcoming you to France too!
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Sarah likes nothing better than a hot and sunny climate and as Poitou Charente is the second sunniest region in France, she is now in heaven. The area is just stunning, having the most beautiful rolling country-side, historic towns, villages, chateaux and outstanding food and drink. This is truly the centre of the wine, cognac and pineau world - yum! Chez Sarrazin also offers us peace and quiet in its rural setting but just a mile from the lovely village of Brossac with its shops, restaurants and facilities.|
|Unique benefits of property||In trying to find the perfect property, we wanted to have our own space. So many gite properties we saw were all side-by-side in a single converted building. The beauty about Chez Sarrazin is that both of our family-friendly gites, Gite L'Ecurie and Gite La Fleurette, are each very private and are separated from the main house. The small and intimate campsite has only 6 pitches and is quietly located in a valley below the property so everyone enjoys peace and privacy. And, we are just a 25-minute stroll to a lovely village with 3 good restaurants. Lastly, the swimming pool and its adjoining garden are truly magnificent with wonderful views across rolling Charente countryside.|
Officially one of France's 153 most beautiful villages. A 20 minute drive from Chez Sarrazin. In addition to its ancient and beautiful village, Aubeterre offers plenty of water activities on the Dronne river including swimming and boating.
About an hour's drive away through fabulous countryside, St Emilion is at the heart of southwest France's wine region. A beautiful village in its own right, this is a day trip not to miss.
About an hour's drive away are some fantastic sandy beaches in and around Royan.
These are 2 ancient villages close to one another on the Dronne river that offer visitors great history with their beautiful chateaux, churches and abbey.
Open from 9 to 12 this is a great market that really must not be missed. 10 minutes away by car.
Cognac is worthy of a visit just to see the architecture. However, no visit to the town would be complete without a visit to one of the world-famous Cognac houses. Bookings are strongly advisable during the high tourist season. About 40 minutes away.
A visit to the city of Bordeaux (about an hour away) is a must. There is a huge amount to do and see and the city boasts more restaurants per head than any other French city! Yum.....
Ancient, lovely small town about 30 minutes away with lovely old buildings and a chateau.
Ancient town about a 15 minute drive away. Lovely chateau open to the public plus loads of shops and restaurants.