Lovely villa with pool to let near Cognac - PC005446

Reparsac (11km from Cognac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC005446 Advertiser since: 18 April 2017
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Maison Des Vignes Self Catering Flexible 3 7 2 Travelcot for a baby, a folding bed for a child

About this property

Lovely Villa With Private Heated Pool near Cognac. This villa is in a village setting.

Maison des Vignes is set on the edge of a village surrounded by vineyards, in the lovely Charente valley. It is an old stone house and dates from the 1800’s but has been well modernised inside while retaining period features. It is equidistant between the beautiful old town of Cognac, 10 minutes away, and the charming riverside town of Jarnac, both with supermarkets and shops.

It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), a downstairs cloakroom, separate sitting and dining rooms, wi-fi broadband and a heated (May until end September) private pool. The walled garden is south-facing and very sunny, with some trees for shade, and a large terrace on which you can enjoy a leisurely meal. The pool is 7 x 3m and has wide steps for sitting and is a uniform depth of 1.5 meters, it is ideal for lounging in and floating. For more energetic swimming there are large public pools in Jarnac and Cognac, just 10 minutes away, and the clear, shallow waters of the Charente are also used for swimming.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped for 7/8 people with dishwasher, cooker (gas hob and electric oven), fridge and fridge-freezer, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, coffee-maker, coffee grinder.

The dining room is next to the kitchen, and has a table which extends to seat up to 8. There is a large sideboard. A highchair is provided.

Utility Room: This is down a couple of steps, behind the kitchen.
This contains a modern washing machine and condensing tumble dryer.

Living rooms

Large but cosy sitting room 36m2 with exposed stone wall and feature fireplace, with a log burner, 2 sofas, 2 wing chairs and a couple of footstools.

There is satellite English 32 inch tv with FreeSat channels, this receives BBC1, BBC2, ITV 1,2,3,4, Channel 4, Channel 5 and other Freeview channels such as Film4. There is a dvd player, books, games and dvds, also a Sony iPod dock.

From the sitting room there are double doors to the terrace. Stairs to the mezzanine rise up from this room.

Bedrooms

All 3 bedrooms are upstairs. Bedroom 1 has a king-sized bed
Bedroom 2 has a double bed, a folding bed for a child and a travelcot for a baby
Bedroom 3 has a double bed and an en suite bathroom

All have exposed beams, bedside tables and lights, electric table fan, a hair dryer, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.

The mezzanine has a daybed/single bed, 2 wardrobes and a desk and desk chair. Access to the bedrooms is via the mezzanine, which is above the sitting room.

Bathrooms

The upstairs family bathroom has bath with shower and screen, toilet, two wash hand basins, heated towel rail.

The en suite bathroom has bath with shower and screen, toilet, wash hand basin, heated towel rail.

Downstairs cloakroom with toilet and wash hand basin.

Heating

Gas central heating to radiators available at additional cost.

Electric towel heaters in both bathrooms.

Entertainment

The house is equipped with wi-fi.

There is satellite English 32 inch tv with FreeSat channels, this receives BBC1, BBC2, ITV 1,2,3,4, Channel 4, Channel 5 and other Freeview channels such as Film4. There is a dvd player, books, games and dvds, also a Sony iPod dock.

There is a dartboard outside in the lean-to, and a basket ball hoop attached to the outside wall with basketball.

A boules set is provided, although the garden slopes slightly!

There are noodles for fun in the pool.

For very young children there is a see-saw.

Garden and outside

Property has private walled garden accessed through electric gates with safety stop.

Heated pool (by electric heat pump), which is for the sole use of guests. It is private and not overlooked, with a large sun terrace. The pool area is fenced with a locking gate for safety. Pool heated May to end September.

The garden is south-facing, walled and mostly lawn. There is a large sunny terrace directly outside the house, overlooking the garden and private pool. The pool is kidney-shaped 7 x 3 m and has wide steps for sitting and is a uniform depth of 1.5 meters, it is ideal for lounging in and has the sun all day.

There is a wooden dining table and chairs, plus sunloungers, small tables and parasols.

A barbecue is provided with tools.

There is a picturesque old well, which has a secure locked grid over it.

Parking and garages

Electric gates lead to a long gravel drive in front of the house with parking for up to 4 cars. Parking is secure as the garden is fully enclosed.

Covered parking for one car and bikes.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages, but no downstairs bedrooms.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

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

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, perch, trout, barbel, bream, chub, roach, catfish, pike, zander
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente river
Distance: 9 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: St Brice
Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Les Etapes de Cognac

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: St Brice

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Henessy Cognac, 8 Rue de la Richonne, Cognac 16100
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Rosemary Minshall

We bought the house in 2012 with the intention of moving into it permanently when we can retire. We have decorated and equipped it as our own home, which is why the kitchen has just about everything you need! We love spending time there, and find it relaxing and peaceful, and particularly enjoy the pool, especially now it is heated. Whenever we go there, with family or friends or on our own, we always find new places to visit and new things to do.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? We searched for a long time, starting a bit further north in Vienne, but deciding we really preferred to be surrounded by vines rather than cornfields. Our main criteria were that the house should be in a village and within easy reach of facilities, that it should be old but renovated, south-facing and with a pool. We are just 10 minutes from the lovely old towns of Cognac and Jarnac, and that has been so valuable to us.
There are so many places to explore, whether it is chateaux, brocantes, markets, the Charente, the coastline, Roman sites, La Rochelle and the lovely Ile de Re, and much more.
Unique benefits of property The house, garden and pool are very private and are bathed in sun all day, but there are some trees to give shade. The pool is heated, and a delight to lounge in and for sole use of the guests of Maison des Vignes. There is a large sun terrace outside the house and another round the pool. The garden is a good size and walled/hedged. There are shops just over a mile away, and in 10 minutes you can be in one of several supermarkets, and some excellent restaurants.

The Owner Recommends

Cognac, the town

The lovely old town of Cognac, with its cognac tours, elegant buildings, parks, museums, supermarkets and shops, cafes and restaurants is 10 minutes away, 5 miles.

The main cognac producers have tours of their distilleries which are well worth visiting. They can be very atmospheric and give you a sense of the history of the area and the development of the cognac industry. Included is a tasting of several cognacs. English speaking tours are available every day.

Base Plein-air André Mermet, Cognac

Less than 10 minutes away on the edge of Cognac is the "Base Plein-air André Mermet" which is located in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Charente and is free entry. There are 20 acres with shaded picnic areas, games and sports equipment for children and adults, including mini-golf, a zip-wire, climbing frames, slides, trampolines, tennis courts, pedalos, kayaks, bikes for hire, and much more.

Le Bistrot de Claude, excellent restaurant in Cognac

In the old part of Cognac, 35 Rue Grande, this is an excellent restaurant. Truly French, with an outstanding cuisine. You must book.

Jarnac, picturesque old town on the Charente river

Just 10 minutes away from the house is this lovely old riverside town. It has an extensive park beside the river, an open air swimming pool, cafes around the square and a number of restaurants. There are boat trips along the lovely Charente river from Jarnac, and kayaks can also be hired.

La Rochelle and Ile de Ré

The Aquarium is fascinating and well worth a visit.
La Rochelle itself is a lovely old city, and nearby is Ile de Ré which is very picturesque and worth spending at least a day in. You have to pay a toll of about 16 euros to cross the bridge into the island, nothing to leave.
La Rochelle is about 1 and a half hours by car.

Vide Greniers and Brocantes

There are lots of Vide Greniers and Brocantes in the area. Vide Greniers are literally “empty out the attic” and are French car boot sales. They pop up all over the place, advertised by signs by the road. They can be quite variable in quality, but you can find some interesting old “shabby chic”.

Brocantes can be anything from a larger car boot to an excellent professional antique fair. The towns of Hiersac, Fleac and Jonsac have frequent large brocantes.
There are also permanent antique centres, often barns, which are called “Brocantes”, we found several in the Archiac/Jonzac area. They also vary a lot from barns full of rusty broken objects in need of full refurbishment to barns with gorgeous old furniture, glass, porcelain etc.

Vide Greniers and Brocantes are mostly on Saturdays and Sundays.

Royan, the coast and La Palmyre Zoo

The closest beach is St Georges-de-Didonne: just south of Royan, a bit over an hour away. There is a two kilometre long beach with tranquil waters, set between cliffs at one end and a 36m high lighthouse at the other. In between, the beach is fringed by pine forests. As well as the long promenade, there are walks along the cliff tops, giving you breath-taking views. There is also the Parc de l’Estuaire, with its interactive museum, forest walks and educational tours.

La Palmyre: north of Royan and part of the Côte Sauvage, this beautiful five kilometre stretch of beach is backed by sand dunes and forest. As the name Côte Sauvage – wild coast – suggests, the waves can be big here so it’s popular with surfers and wind-surfers. If you’re looking for an uncrowded beach this stretch is where to go.

La Palmyre Zoo: This is a large zoo in attractive woodland, and well worth a visit. You can get up really close to a lot of the animals. The zoo sells snacks that are animal friendly and it's possible to feed giraffes, elephants, ostriches, pelicans, zebras, rhinos and goats.

Saint Palais-sur-Mer: north-west of Royan, located in the estuary St Palais is a small and attractive seaside town around a curving, sandy beach with very calm waters. Near the beach are plenty of cafés and restaurants, and in the evening the town comes alive with music. It is very child friendly with clubs for different age groups, and plenty of entertainment as well as loads of places to buy an ice-cream.

Grande Conche: in Royan itself, the two kilometre beach features pretty striped tents and is perfect for bathing. Many families also head for Conche Foncillon and Pigeonnier. Also worth a visit is Conche de Pontaillac to the west which is more sheltered and can be less crowded.