Renovated mill for holidays in Charentes - PC004983_D

Cherves-de-Cognac (12km from Cognac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004983_D Advertiser since: 30 September 2016

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Principale Self Catering Saturday 3 7 2 Camp bed available and cots for babies

About this property

The Main House of the Old Mill, 3 Large Bedrooms. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Maison Principale is the main house of the original mill. It is the largest of the 4 gites, accommodating up to 7 people.

The original house was built in the 1750s and has been totally renovated to incorporate the latest technology whilst retaining the traditional Charentais architecture. The staircase, for example, was custom-made by local craftsmen with a beautiful curved design which has been the authentic Charentais-style for centuries.

La Principale is great for larger families with an extensive kitchen and dining area, large comfortable sitting room and 3 beautiful bedrooms.

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 oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, gas hob with an extractor hood, toaster, traditional wood burning stove. Also includes large dining area with table and chairs.

Living rooms

Large sitting room - comfortable seating, tv, Charentais stone fireplace, views over the millpond and vineyards, wooden staircase leading to upper floor.


Three bedrooms - 1 master bedroom with en suite, 1 double room, 1 twin.


Bathrooms - master bathroom with bath and shower, en suite bathroom, downstairs guest wc.


Oil-fired central heating with radiators in each room, as well as the wood burning stove in the kitchen. All windows and doors are hardwood double-glazed.


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

Private terrace - with barbecue, table and seating with stunning views of the grounds and local vines.

Parking and garages

Lots of parking available on-site, including covered storage in the barn if required.

Visitor suitability

Great for large families or groups of friends.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • 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


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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