This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Chai||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
Le Raby is in the Grande Champagne cognac-producing region of South West France. Here you will find peace, tranquillity and a sense of calm… making it an ideal retreat for a ‘digital detox’. Steeped in history, built for a French Knight and previously a cognac-producing farm, Le Raby has seen many changes over its lifetime. Each of the four gites has its own character and style and has been furnished to a high standard with care to preserve the property’s original features and traditional appearance, while also affording the comfort, privacy and convenience of a modern home.
The gites are set within an attractive walled courtyard and all guests have shared access to a screened, heated pool, with plenty of space for relaxing in the Charente’s famous sunshine or taking it easy in the shade.
Le Chai is the largest of our gites and has 2 bedrooms – one double and one with 2 single beds. On the ground floor there is a wc, a large living room with a full-height original exposed-beamed ceiling, a separate dining area and 2 sets of patio doors – one leading to the courtyard, the other to a private garden area with a bbq and a view to the forest. There is a fully-fitted separate kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave and this too has a view to the garden and forest. Upstairs, both bedrooms have beamed ceilings, an en suite shower room and a view over the vines to the forest.
There is a fully-fitted separate kitchen that includes induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee-machine, all pots, pans, tea towels, cooking utensils, glasses & cutlery.
There is a view to the forest from the kitchen window that has external shutters.
There is a separate raised dining area in the lounge with oak table, dining chairs and sideboard.
A full height and original exposed beamed ceiling with a chandelier that emphasises the large lounge. Two large sofas and a pouffe complement the terracotta floor that is throughout the ground floor of the gite.
There are 2 sets of patio doors - one leads to the courtyard and the other to a private garden area containing a bbq.
Stairs lead to a mezzanine with a feature wall mural.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms.
Bedroom one - contains a king sized bed with a 30cm deep comfy "silentnight" mattress, bedside cabinets and wardrobe and has views across vines to the forest.
Bedroom two - has 2 single beds each having a 30cm deep comfy "silentnight" mattress, bedside cabinets, built-in wardrobe and has views across vines to the forest.
Both bedrooms have exposed beams and an electric fan is provided.
Both bedrooms have en suite shower rooms containing a walk-in shower, wash basin with mirror over, toilet, heated towel warmer and a hairdryer.
Towels are provided.
Should it be needed, there are electric radiators in the lounge and in both bedrooms. There is also an electric fire in the lounge.
A flat screen television with hundreds of channels - most languages including UK tv.
Le Chai has a private gravelled garden area to the rear over looking the forest with outdoor dining table and chairs and a bbq.
To the front there is a walled and gated gravelled courtyard that all 4 gites share and have access to.
There is a private parking area external to the courtyard.
Due to location and construction it is unsuitable for under 16's.
A car is needed due to the rural location.
On site there is a heated (weather permitting from May till September) 11m x 3m swimming pool for the exclusive use of all gite guests (owners have their own pool). There is a shower and toilet near to the pool.
There is a boules/petanque court; large garden chess; selection of boardgames and books.
Bicycles are available for use free of charge.
There are 2 under cover 'au-vents' for shaded relaxing, eating or board/card games.
There are a communal laundry facilities.
We fell in love with the area during our many house-hunting trips in 2015. We especially love the rural tranquility of the vineyards – you feel a sense of peace, yet you never feel isolated. The climate was a huge factor in our decision to move to the South West of France as it’s the second sunniest region in France, with short mild winters and long summers.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||We love the peace & tranquility of the rural countryside and being set amongst the Grande Champagne vineyards with views of Bouteville Chateau gives us a real sense of calm - yet not isolated with a number of villages and towns within 10-15 minutes having all the facilities, shops and markets needed. The local area is ideal for walking and the quiet roads making cycling a pleasure. There is a great choice of restaurants catering for all budgets whether it is to relax and enjoy the traditional 2-hour French lunchtime or celebrate a special occasion with fine dining. The beautiful Charente river & its many riverside towns are close to explore, enjoy cafe life and watch the world go by as well as sampling any of the well known Cognac brands but not forgetting the hundreds of small, local individual brands often only found in this area where the passion for their product is not only explained but is also told in the bottle.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace, calm and tranquility. Relaxation is the focus at Le Raby where it is an ideal place to escape from the stresses of modern day life, enjoy listening to the birds, go for a walk, enjoy wonderful food, fall asleep by the pool or simply do nothing. It has been said by guests as an ideal place for a "digital detox". Having little light pollution means the starry night sky is amazing. Due to the nature and location Le Raby is unsuitable for children under 16.|
Our local village with its ancient Chateau perched up on a hill visible from Le Raby and lit up at night. You can easily walk to Bouteville through the Cognac producing vines to see the Chateau and also the "Baume de Bouteville" - an exclusive balsamic vinegar producer at the foot of the Chateau which is not only an excellent product but loved by chefs all over the world. A fresh bread vending machine is also in the main street should you get hungry!
There are over 200 producers in the area - apart from the well known brands there are small producers many of whom open their facilities for a tour to see how it is made followed by tastings.
There is a huge choice to satisfy all tastes and budgets - a traditional French 2-hour lunch or fine dining - by the river or in a garden setting
There are markets every day of the week - ranging from small outdoor markets in local villages to the massive once a month on the 27th in Rouillac (about 30 mins away) where the whole town is taken over by the market selling everything you can imagine!
Cognac: there are three markets. The covered market, in the area known as the Left bank (of the river than winds through the town), is on Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. On the Right bank, there is the open air market at St Jacques (place du Solençon) on Saturday mornings. Finally, there is an open-air market at the Champ de Foire on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Jarnac: Indoor market from Tuesday to Sunday with fish stalls on Tuesdays and Fridays. An open-air market is held the first Saturday of every month.
Angoulême: there many markets in the town which means that there is a market on every day.
At Place Mulac, there is a market on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Unusually, the market on Mondays and Thursdays is open in the afternoon only. At Place Felix Gaillard the market days are Tuesday and Friday.
At Place St-Jacques, find the market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Les Halles in Victor Hugo is the main and is a lovely indoor market (ideal for food lovers) - open every day (apart from Monday) - cheeses here are fantastic!
Saintes - first Monday of each month the whole town is taken over by a huge market
Angouleme - about 25 mins away - famous for its painted murals on the walls of buildings and the annual Circuit des Remparts in September when the town is taken over for a weekend of classic racing cars hurtling around the ancient twisting hill top roads.
Jarnac & Cognac - both on the Charente river and famous for Cognac production
Saintes - also on the Charente with a well preserved roman amphitheatre
Chateau de la Roche Courbon is about 45 mins away and with its stunning gardens is a wonderful example of a beautiful Chateau that is still lived in.
There are other Chateau at Rochechouart and Verteuil also about 45 mins away.
There are numerous beautiful villages/small towns within easy reach - Verteuil with its Chateau and riverside mill, restaurant & bakery that produces (according to chef James Martin) the best brioch in the world, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne with its magnificent underground church, Jonzac with its underground thermal waters and spas, Villebois Lavalette with its old wooden covered market that dates back to the 16th century ...to name a few.
The countryside and forests are ideal for short strolls or longer treks. The 136 km part of the GR4 hiking route from Saintes (Charente-Maritime) to Mouthiers-sur-Boeme (Charente) passes close by.
Water skiing, canoeing, kayaking are all available locally.
The Saint-Yrieix lake near to Angouleme has many activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing and a sailing school.
Boats trips on the river enable you to see the area from a different perspective. Jarnac, Cognac, Angouleme and Saintes all have boat trips of varying duration. More locally from the village of Saint-Simon there is the "Gabare" boat. Gabarres are flat bottomed cargo boats that were once commonplace on the river used to transport goods to and from the coast - but have now virtually disappeared.
The quiet roads are ideal for gentle bike rides to a local village or town or to the river.
About 1.5 hours to the West is the stunning Atlantic coastline and from Royan to La Rochelle there are quaint coastal villages and towns of Talmont, Meschers & Fouras as well as the islands of Ile de Re (via a toll bridge near La Rochelle), Ile D'Oleron and Ile D'Aix (a quaint and car-less island accessible by ferry from Fourras). If you enjoy seafood and oysters you won't be disappointed.
If you feel energetic a half or full day on the velo rail is a good way to get rid of the excess energy. The veto rail is a pedal car self-operated for 2 or 4 people along an old disused railway through charming countryside and forests. A picnic spot with snack bar is available half way for suitable refreshments.
There are 2 golf courses - Cognac about 20 mins away and Angouleme about 30 mins drive.
The beautiful city of Bordeaux can be visited by car (about 1.5 hours) or experience the super fast train from Angouleme and get there in about 35 mins.
The countryside has abundant wildlife and birds. Many varieties of hawks and eagles are around and they often make their nests very close by.
With little light pollution star gazing is a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening!
About 1.5 hours to the North - enjoy the calm and greenness of the beautiful Poitevin Marsh which is the second largest wetland in France and centered around the stunning town of Coulon. Rent a boat or punt to glide silently over the waterways under the tree canopy. Or hire a guide who can explain all about the flora and fauna whilst you lay back and relax. The conditions are ideal for the growing the herb Angelica which is emblematic flower of the area and used in many sweet products and alcohol.
About 1.5 hours to the South you will find the perfectly manicured vineyards that surround this beautiful hill-top town of Saint-Emilion - famous for its wine production which can be sampled everywhere. Cobbled streets with individual shops; restaurants and wine shops galore as well as an underground church all wait to be explored.
About 1.5 hours to the East and close to Limoges airport is Orodour where 642 inhabitants in this occupied village were massacred on 10th June 1944 and the village has been preserved as a memorial and museum.