Holiday gite for couples in Poitou Charentes - PC004983_A

Cherves-de-Cognac (12km from Cognac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004983_A Advertiser since: 30 September 2016

This location has multiple holiday properties

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Le Chai Self Catering Saturday 1 4 1

About this property

A Cosy Hideaway For a Couple or Young Family. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Chai is located on the ground floor and on one level, it is the perfect bolthole for a couple or small family. Accommodation for 2 with built-in bunks for 2 more. The gite is also suitable for disabled access because of it's location and layout.

The gite is perfectly formed with all the charm and authenticity of a suberb Charentais stone-built dwelling. Le Chai also boasts it's own privately enclosed terrace, with barbecue and private views over the millpond and River Chazotte.

We do also have 3 other cottages on site which you can check out using the link at the top of this page. You can also hire the whole place exclusively accommodating up to 20 people.



Kitchen and dining

Fully-equipped kitchen electric cooker with full sized oven, fridge with small freezer compartment, washing machine, microwave, toaster.
Open plan sitting room and dining area with satellite tv, plenty of boardgames and books.

Living rooms

Open plan sitting room and dining area with satellite tv, plenty of boardgames and books.


One large family bedroom with double bed and a pair of full-sized bunk beds in a separate curtained annexe.


Large master bathroom with walk-in shower (access friendly).


Full central-heating, an electric "wood burning" fire and fully double-glazed with hardwood windows and doors.


The pool is without a doubt our biggest attraction for young and old alike but particularly for children.
At 12 metres by 6 metres, the pool is beautifully cool in summer but can be heated and lit for evenings or the later summer months. With a shallow end and deep end plus steps down to access.
Guests are free to roam the 12 acres of land that adjoin the mill - from bird and wildlife spotting in the woods, canoeing on the river, tractor driving, to playing a group game of rounders on the open field.
In addition to the "great outdoors" we also have a number of activities to keep the whole family entertained - badminton, table football, childrens playground, boules. For those that want something a bit less active, all the gites come complete with a whole host of boardgames and books.
For the social butterflies amongst you, we often host group barbecues, drinks and outdoor movie nights so you can come along and get to know the other guests.

Garden and outside

Le Chai has its own privately enclosed cottage garden with barbecue, table and seating, and views over the Chazotte river and woodland.

Parking and garages

Lots of parking available onsite, including covered storage in the barn if required.

Visitor suitability

Le Chai is great for couples, young families and is also access friendly as it is all on one floor with widened doorways and a large accessible shower.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Cognac
Distance: 7 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: L'Antenne river
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf du Cognac, 2 Rue de la Maurie, 16100 Saint-Brice
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre de Cognac, Rue de l'Epine, 16370 Cherves-Richemont
Distance: 6 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Le Étapes du Cognac



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local rambling


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Numerous Cognac and Pineau houses and distilleries nearby
Distance: 7 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Laura Wickham

We are Rowan and Laura Wickham and we purchased Le Moulin de Chazotte in early 2016. It was a somewhat impetuous decision having first seen it in September 2015 and falling totally in love with the mill, the gites, the gardens, the surrounding area and France in general. Rowan is from New Zealand, Laura is English and we have spent the last ten years living in Zurich, Switzerland.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? Why not?! Le Moulin de Chazotte is nestled amongst the vineyards and sunflower fields of Cognac country. The mill sits astride the river Chazotte, which was once used to power the mill on the site. With 12 acres of land mixed between woodland, fields and gardens, the mill is blissfully remote with the only other inhabitants being other guests and the local wildlife - from occasional deer and wild boar to the many birds of prey circling the blue skies above.

Our nearest village, Cherves-Richemont, is just a short drive away (2 km) and offers a local bakers, butchers and restaurant. A little further afield (7km / 10 mins drive) is the historic town of Cognac. The surrounding towns of Angoulême, Saintes and St. Jean d'Angély are steeped in Roman and Medieval history with fascinating architecture and bustling markets. The beautiful French seaside towns of La Rochelle and Royan are just an hours drive and the famous vineyards of Bordeaux slightly further but well worth a visit.
Unique benefits of property We are a 16th century French watermill offering beautiful, family friendly self catering holiday accommodation.

Our four exclusive gites are brimming with charm and character whilst offering all the modern comforts and facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. The gites vary in size, from La Principale (the main house) which sleeps up to 7 people - perfect for families. Or for a couple looking for a more romantic, private stay, Le Chai, which is a cosy one bedroom hideaway. All gites have their own private terrace but also offer access to 12 acres of grounds and facilities, including the large heated swimming pool (12m x 6m) and a variety of outdoor activities and games.

Located in blissful rural tranquility within the Poitou-Charente region on the French Atlantic coast, only 10 minutes away from historic Cognac and a short drive to the nearest village with that all important local boulangerie.

The Owner Recommends


The historic town of Cognac and it's Cognac houses and distilleries is just 7 km drive from the mill.

Other nearby towns to explore

Angoulême, Saintes and St. Jean d'Angély are steeped in Roman and Medieval history with fascinating architecture and bustling markets.

The seaside

The beautiful French seaside towns of La Rochelle and Royan are just an hours drive, as is Ile de Re, a coastal island just beyond La Rochelle.


The famous city of Bordeaux and its world renowned vineyards is just under 1.5 hours drive away and is well worth a visit.

Great cycling

The terrain around the mill is perfect for gentle cycling and the roads are virtually traffic free. We can arrange to hire bikes for you and have them delivered to the mill ready for your arrival. Or bring your own with you, we have plenty of on-site safe storage for them.

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