|La Sorciere||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||2|
La Sorciere is a two bedroomed cottage/gite at our wonderful old farmhouse logis which dates from the 17th Century. It is set in 2 acres of gardens, meadow and orchard and surrounded by vines and sunflowers. We also have 2 other holiday cottages here , La Libellule REF 006408 and Le Figuier REF 006410. The 3 houses are very well spaced on different sides of an enormous courtyard so that you can be very private if you want to but at the same time it is easy to make friends with other families staying here at the same time.
Living in the main house we are available if you should need us. We are situated on the border of the Charente Maritime (17) and Charente (16) departements, and only 4 to 5 hours drive from the Channel ports, just over an hour from the La Rochelle airport and an hour and a half from Bordeaux.
Only 10 minutes from historic Cognac with it's cobbled streets, pavement cafes, shops gardens, cognac houses to visit and numerous festivals throughout the year. We are also close to wonderful La Rochelle, the beautiful Romanesque small city of Saintes, medieval St Jean D'Angely, Angouleme, Royan, La Palmyre and much much more. Amazing sandy Atlantic beaches are an easy 40 minute drive away and then there is also the Lazy River Charente and nearby lakes for canoeing, fishing and windsurfing.
Children are well catered for with a 10 x 5 metre heated pool, a sandpit and a large selection of toys. We also have table tennis,badminton and basket ball, football goals in the meadow, climbing frames, swings and slides plus bikes to borrow free of charge.
For those who really can't or don't wish to escape the buzz of everyday life completely, we do have a free, accessible wi-fi connection in the courtyard.
Well equipped kitchen with full sized cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Senseo coffee-maker and toaster.
Large comfortable living room with flat screen tv, dvd player and music system as well as a selection of books and games.
Two very large bedrooms, one with king sized bed the other with full size bunks plus plenty of space for a cot.
Comfortable mattresses, duvets, plenty of pillows and virtually all cotton bedlinen will help you to sleep like a baby!
Walk-in shower and wc downstairs plus additional upstairs wc/washbasin.
Lots to see and do in the area if you manage to tear your children away from all there is to occupy them here.
Large choice of bars and restaurants just 10 minutes away plus in high season we have visits nearly every day to our courtyard from a local boulangerie van bringing wonderful fresh crusty bread, croissants and pains au chocolat. Often he has cheese, melons and other delights as well.
Children love going out to choose their breakfast and practise their French.
There is a private garden area in front of the gite with table, chairs and a barbecue. We provide sunloungers for relaxing, plus of course there are the rest of the 2 acres to share.
Plenty of safe undercover off road parking to keep your car cool .
Our gite is specially designed and equipped for families with young children.
Cots, highchairs, stairgates, smoke alarms etc are all provided free of charge along with little plates etc and a selection of toys suitable for the ages of your children.
The heated pool is gated and has a safety alarm. It's kept sparklingly clean and it is 1 metre 20 in depth which is perfect for learning to swim and for playing. There are plenty of inflatable toys and we can also provide a paddling pool for toddlers.
We have a large selection of ride on toys for little ones near the huge sandpit and older children will love the play area in the meadow with climbing frames, swings and slides, a giant trampoline and basketball.
In the play barn you will find table tennis and a selection of variously sized bikes to borrow plus a pull along Burley Bee bike trailer for very small children.
We came to live in this area of South West France 25 years ago, partly for the sense of adventure and partly for the weather! We settled happily in to the French way of life in a nearby village, bringing up our young family and working and then had the chance to move to this amazing place, close to Cognac.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||Situated where we are between Cognac and the coast, we have the benefit of being in the glorious French countryside (vines, sunflowers...) but is not far from lots of interesting towns, villages and holiday activities.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our 3 holiday gites are exceptionally baby, toddler and child friendly with absolutely everything that you could need for a holiday that will be idyllic for Mum and Dad as well as the kids.|
A lot of families find it really hard to drag themselves away from the pool, gardens, and play things here plus the all the lovely cycle tracks around the hamlet, but there are so many great things to see and do in the area that it would be a shame not to try one or 2 of them at least!
We have a regularly updated notice board and we're always happy to get more info for you, make reservations for restaurants etc.
Firstly of course there are numerous traditional Cognac Houses to visit...Henessey, Martell, etc plus smaller producers , like Le Cep Enchanté where the whole family can learn about the production of grape juice, wine and Cognac in a fun way.
Cognac town has lots of history, old cobbled streets and a wide selection of cafés and restaurants, bars and shops.
There are parks for children ranging from the carved wooden climbing frames in the Jardin Publique to the Base de Plein Air down by the river where as well as the usual swings etc there is an enclosure with huge inflatables accessed for a very small charge, mini golf, canoe and kayak rental and very pleasant woodland trails for walks. The Blues Passion Festival and La fete du Cognac are in July.
Within a 20 min drive there is a Prehistoric Theme Centre ( Paleosite) especially good for ages 6 to 16 and the Parc Aventure de Fontdouce much the same as 'Go Ape' with tree climbing runs for all ages from around 4 yrs to adult.
Small children will love steering their own boat at the Port Miniature in St Savinien where adults are only allowed to 'sail' if they are accompanied by a child!
Lots of wildlife at Zoo in La Palmyre and Zoodyssée in Chizé.
With easy access to the coast from here (under an hour) and a huge choice of wide sandy beaches backed by pine forests to small seaside resorts, you can combine a day out with a visit to the very pretty Talmont sur Gironde, the caves at Meschers, famous La Rochelle and Rochefort or even pop over to the islands of Ré and Oléron or Aix for the day.
Logis La Cabane was a very characterful & tranquil place.
We were in one of 3 gites but each had its own private outdoors area within the lovely garden.
Our teenagers enjoyed the badminton & table tennis & of course the sheltered pool which provided hours of fun!
A short drive to the pretty town of Cognac with plenty of choice for shopping.
The owners Heather & Philip were very welcoming & friendly & relaxed about the noises of glee coming from the pool! Their very amiable dog provided another element of enjoyment as our dog deprived children were allowed to take him for a walk!
I would thoroughly recommend Logis La Cabane for a great family holiday.