|Rocking Horse House||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||4||1 x Travel cot. 1 x daybed (full size single)|
4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a separate toilet. Privacy by the pool.
Stone built Charentaise long house set in private grounds at the edge of a hamlet. You enter through a courtyard with a pomegranate tree and wisteria clad walls. To the left is a further arched gateway to the expansive terrace, pool and summerhouse.
The villa has been fully refurbished, but many period features remain. There are 2 luxurious reception rooms both with wood burning stoves for cosy winter evenings. The downstairs is all tiled with limestone/quarry tile flooring. The kitchen has space to seat 8 and is flooded with light, double doors open onto the main terrace which is equipped with a table seating 12 for al fresco dining and a bbq.
A further terrace area equipped with seats and a table for lazy sundowner drinks is accessed by the back door. Upstairs in the main house there are 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. There is a separate, romantic, wooden summerhouse by the pool. The summerhouse is self-contained. It has a living area, summer kitchen, bedroom and shower room.
A fully equiped kitchen with 5 ring gas hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer and usual small appliances. Seating for up to 8 in the kitchen or alternatively dining can be done on the linked terrace area where there is seating for up to 10 around a large outdoor dining table.
2 Living rooms, both with solid fuel stoves for the colder evenings. Satellite tv channels available via freeview. Ample comfortable seating in both rooms. Dvd player and dvds available for viewing. Various boardgames and jigsaws. And for the musically gifted and electric baby grand piano/organ.
3 Bedrooms upstairs.
Bedroom 1 - super-king
Bedroom 2 - twin room with 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 - super-king
Summerhouse - Bedroom 4 - double
Upstairs: Bathroom with freestanding rolltop bath and a shower room
Poolhouse: Bathroom with shower
Electric panel heaters in all rooms plus 2 solid fuel woodburners in the living rooms. Seasoned oak is supplied for residents use.
Satellite tv, wi-fi, boardgames and jigsaws, books, tennis rackets and balls, Finnish skittles, 2 adults bikes plus helmets.
Heated secure swimming pool (heating at additional cost).
Self contained poolhouse.
Large secure enterance courtyard with ample parking for several vehicles.
Large terrace with additional seating areas surrounding property.
Large garden with mature fruit trees.
Secure parking for several cars in enclosed enterance courtyard.
Suitable for anyone without mobility issues.
Pool area is fenced and locked.
There is a tennis court and boulodrome a short walk from the property.
We are a family of 4, mum, dad and 2 children aged 14 and 10. We come from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands and use this house as a location to have most of our holidays. The house is our second home and we intend to retire there in later years. Until then we wish to share it with other holiday makers who can benefit from the abundance of activities and sights that are in the close and surrounding area. We all love being outside walking, cycling, playing tennis or just lazing by the pool.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The Charente is blessed with amazing weather being second only to the Cote d'Azur in terms of annual hours of sunshine. This combined with the fact that the summers, although hot, rarely get unbearable like further south towards the Mediterranean.
The location is ideally based for exploring the Charente Valley, canoeing, fishing, swimming or cruising. The cycling in the area is fantastic for all disciplines and families can enjoy a nice day out on flat cycle paths and trails beside the river, linking the various riverside towns.
There is easy access to many airports in the area from all over the UK. Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Nantes being the main airports. Alternatively the TGV will take you to Angouleme from Paris CDG.
The location is close enough to do day trips to the beach.
The countyside is a beautiful mix of vineyards, woodland, arable, nut groves and sunflower fields.
There are many ancient towns and cities to explore in the surrounding area.
|Unique benefits of property||Fully renovated period property, offering space and comfort within a traditional villa. Complete privacy beside the pool which includes a beautiful oak framed poolhouse. The pool has a heating system that can be used during the season to boost pool temperature if required (additional cost).
Walled courtyard which adds to security and privacy as well as providing additional areas to relax during the daytime either in or out of the sun.
Large terrace with dining table for upto 10 adults connected directly to the kitchen.
Large garden with mature fruit trees offering a place for children to play or families to lounge during the warmer months.2 lounges both fitted with solid fuel stoves for the cooler evenings. Satellite tv, dvd player, dvds and games.
Undercover parking for bikes in the properties garage/woodshed.
Canoeing and boating is available in nearby Jarnac and Angouleme. On weekends canoe slalom competitions take place in the centre of Jarnac and can be viewed from the park riverbanks.
Remy Martin, Hennesy, Courvoisier, Paris.
The surrounding towns and cities contain many options for tasting and dicovering Cognac and Pineau production. From the major Cognac Houses to small local producers, there is an experience for everyone. I would personally recommend visiting one of the larger producers for a "glossy tour" and also a local producer for a more authentic and personal tour.
The Good Food and Wine Festival held every August in St. Savinien could also be part of your wine tasting.
Cognac Blues Passions is a French blues, jazz, soul, folk and pop music festival in the small town of the same name.
Each summer in early July the festival takes over Cognac's beautiful public gardens for a week of performances from a range of local and international musicians, which have recently included Santana, James Blunt and Beth Ditto.
Road cyclists will love the miles of smooth, quiet and undulating roads. Many waymarked routes exist in the area or just head out and discover the countryside and surrounding area for yourself.
Mountain bikers can head into the vineyards and link together big loops without needing to worry about traffic. Also in the east of the Charente are numerous waymarked mtb trails that are graded for distance and severity.
Families can enjoy safe, flat and relaxed riding along the riverside trails that link the various towns and cities.
The Golf du Cognac was designed by French champion Jean Garaïalde in 1988. It is located in St Brice not far from Cognac. It is a journey through vineyards and woods with water hazards, combining the pleasure of play with that of the eyes. The terrain blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.
On site, during your visit, Le Restaurant du Golf welcomes you every day for lunch on the terrace or in the dining room. A pro-shop is also at your disposal for the purchase of equipment or accessories.
Designed by Jean Garaïalde, Golf du Cognac, opened in 1988, features undulating fairways between vineyards and forests, on the banks of the Charente river, only 7 km from Cognac city center. Cognac Golf Course sits in 60 acres, offering an 18-hole par-72 course, a 6-hole course, a wide driving range and 2 putting greens. The clubhouse, nestled in an old restored farm, is the perfect venue for receptions in an exceptional setting.
Cruisers can be rented nearby to view the various attractions of the Charente valley. Pick-up/drop off available from Jarnac. The river is navigable from Angouleme to the sea at Rochfort, some 93 miles.
Charente angling holidays are a favourite amongst many! Carp, pike, bream, roach, chub and black bass are all present in the river. The fishing is great in Jarnac, especially for roach. Stroll half a kilometer from the quay to a great spot for a fishing picnic.
La Rochelle is a coastal city in southwestern France and capital of the Charente-Maritime department. It's been a center for fishing and trade since the 12th century, a maritime tradition that's reflected in its Vieux Port (old harbor) and huge, modern Les Minimes marina. The old town has half-timbered medieval houses and Renaissance architecture, including passageways covered by 17th-century arches.
The Aquarium is particularly good and an entire day can be spent visiting it alone.
The Amphitheatre de Saintes is one of the oldest and largest in existence in France and dates back to 40AD.
This area was dominated by the Romans for 40 years and the amphitheatre in Saintes is a atmospheric reminder of their time here. In its heyday it could hold between 12-18,000 people.