Fall asleep to the sound of the tinkling fountain, wake to bird song and when the stills are working, smell the unique aroma of cognac on the breeze. Set in 2 and 1/2 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland and surrounded by vines, L'Ancienne Distillerie is an intimate holiday complex of 4 properties situated in a peaceful hamlet just outside Cognac. Formed around a traditional Charentaise farmhouse, the accommodation has been created through the sympathetic conversion of the 150 year old buildings that made up the former cognac distillery.
Whilst the buildings are original the interiors are far from rustic offering the highest standards of fixtures and fittings, and comfortable soft furnishings whilst ensuring that the origin of the buildings is not lost with exposed stone walls and ancient beams.
Hennessy is one of the 4 properties and can be rented for stays of 3 days or more either alone or in combination with the other gites - Otard, Martell and Remy Martin to provide accommodation from 2 to 20 people at any one time.
So whether you are staying for a few days or longer, just want to kick back and relax or use us as a base to discover this wonderful region of France we guarantee you a warm welcome.
Hennessy has been created from a the former cognac storage barn and on you find yourself in a open plan living area with high vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and exposed original stone walls. Furnished throughout with a blend of antique and modern furnishings allowing you to enjoy the style, quality and comfort that is the gite Hennessy.
A spacious and well equipped modern kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, coffee-machine and place settings for 18 people.
The is a dining table and 6 chairs.
Full laundry facilities are provided in a separate building.
The large open plan living area has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and exposed stone walls. Furnished in a mix of antique French furniture and modern soft furnishings there are frenchdoors leading out onto your private terrace with outdoor table and chairs and views over the central courtyard.
There are 3 bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 with a super king sized bed
Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds
All bedrooms have plenty of storage and bedrooms 1 and 2 have exposed stone walls.
There is a large modern family shower room with toilet and washbasin plus a second toilet with full sized wash basin.
We provide a range of toiletries for our guests - shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
The property is fitted with electric heating for those early and late season stays.
We offer a large 13m x 6m shared pool which is set in a secured enclosed courtyard with plenty of sun beds and parasols.
The site also offers a gamesroom with darts, pool table, table tennis and plenty of boardgames.
There are also balls etc for use in the park and gardens.There is a swing in the garden.
There is a tv/dvd with all the English and European free to air tv channels and plenty of dvds to borrow.
We have a library of English books for our guests to borrow.
We have a number of bikes that our guests can use to explore the area or to collect their morning croissants.
The property is set in 2 1/2 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland and is surrounded on all sides by vines.
Each property has its own private terrace with garden furniture but there are also 2 large bbq terraces for the guests to use.
The buildings are set around a central courtyard and the pool is in a separate secured walled courtyard making the site child friendly.
There is private parking in the central courtyard or in the large barn.
Although the property is on a single level there are 3 large steps to reach the entrance making it unsuitable for people with walking disabilities.
In the gite there is masses of information about everything to see and do in the area with maps, town plans, guidebooks and leaflets to borrow.
To ensure that guests get the most from their stay we also provide reviews and recommendations for local restaurants.
We live on site and are happy to help in anyway possible whether it be booking a restaurant table, recommending trips out or dealing with an emergency.
After 24 years working long hours in the banking industry my husband and I decided that it was time to get a life! We always knew that we wanted to live in France when we retired but we decided that life wad too short and so moved to France when we were 42 and 45 years old. We were too young to sit and do nothing so we brought our beautiful property and created 4 wonderful gites. Since 2005 we have been sharing our new home with guests from all over the world and enjoying the vie en France!
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||We had always visited France but when it came to moving here we had no idea which area we wanted to live in. When I explained what we were looking for a friend encouraged us to visit the Charente region - an area we had not visited before. Well we came and fell in love with the rolling vine covered hills, the beautiful Charente river valley, the old stone buildings and of course the history and traditions of cognac production.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property is a former 'cognac' producers house and buildings and is surrounded by vines. Located just outside Cognac town, near the river and within easy access of the coast we can offer holidays to meet all tastes. The area is perfect for cycling and walking or if you feel more energetic even kayaking. Visit the famous cognac houses and understand the methods and traditions behind the production of this world famous product or discover the delights of the local liqueur - Pineau.|
We are a 50 mins drive from the lovely sandy bay of St Georges De Didonne which offers all the facilities that you may need on a beach trip. If you like your beaches wilder then head for the Cote de Savage with the big Atlantis rollers miles on undeveloped sand backed by pine forests and sand dunes.
Cognac tours and tasting
Visit and tour the major internationally renouned cognac houses like Hennessy, Remy Martin, Otard, Martell etc or choose one of the small local independent producers whose product you can only get in this region. Try the local liqueur - Pineau made from Cognac and grape juice
We are an easy drive from many of the beautiful major towns of the area. Wander the the old streets of Cognac , visit the Roman ampitheatre in Saintes, walk the Ramparts of Old Angouleme or try La Rochelle, Royan, or Rochefort. Further afield the city of Bordeaux demands attention as does the world heritage village of St Emillion.
A number of the local villages have achieved the national recognition of Les Plus Beaux villages de France. Whether it is the white washed village of Talmont with it masses of hollyhocks, the craft village of Mornac sur Seudre or the classic village square of Aubeterre you will always find something to delight the eye.
The tourist office has devised and sign posted a series of themed drives which allow you to discover the back roads of the area. Our favourite is the route along the beautiful river Charente which allows you to stop off an see a 13th century abbey, old eel fisheries, an artisan chocolate maker, the old barge museum and to take a boat trip.
Stones and churches
The area is blessed with many small Romanesque churches or visit the cathedrale at Angouleme or the Abbey des Dames in Saintes. The local fields are also dotted with a series of standing stones. The highlight of the area must be the massive underground church at Aubeterre.