Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 4 9.4/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Oleander Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
We have 3 beautifully appointed cottages which are extremely comfortable and have been renovated to a high standard with electric central heating. Each cottage is for 4 persons comprising 2 double en suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin).
All linen, towels (beach available on request) and cleaning materials, including toilet rolls, black sacks, dishwasher, washing machine products, and toilet cleaner are provided.
Each cottage has its own private terrace, garden with garden furniture, barbecue facilities and secure parking. Two cottages can be joined together for bigger groups. The other cottage has a bedroom situated on the ground floor for ease of access.
There is a large enclosed tranquil garden which is ideal for small children. The walled heated pool has large terrace, housing Jacuzzi, shaded bar and barbecue area. Bicycles are available for hire.
We are open all year and also do B&B and short breaks out of season, including Christmas and New Year. If you do not fancy cooking we can provide dinner (by arrangement) for all guests using fruit and vegetables from our garden and local produce. Please note we take credit cards.
Set amongst vineyards and fields of sunflowers, we are ideally situated for visits to Cognac, Saintes, Angouleme, Royan and the airports of La Rochelle, Poitiers and Angouleme, as well as many charming French market towns, churches, gardens and historic sites.
We also offer Cognac Discovery Tours of local distilleries and wineries. This provides the opportunity to taste local cognacs, after dinner with us and appreciate the different flavours of individual cognacs, which go into making the blended cognacs from the major international houses. You can then decide which distilleries you would like to visit. It also provides the opportunity to take home a few bottles of your favourites at very reasonable prices to help in these tough economic times!
30% deposit (non-refundable) at time of booking with balance 6 weeks before arrival date.
150€ breakages (or £100 cheque) deposit paid on arrival, returned after one week.
Property to be left in same state and level of cleanliness as found on arrival
The well equipped kitchen has oven, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker plus a very extensive range of crockery and utensils.
All cleaning products, black sacs, toilet rolls, dishwasher and washing machine tablets and liquids, plus wide range of general cleaning products are provided.
The spacious open plan living area is furnished to a superior standard consisting of sofas, chairs, dining area and kitchen
Each cottage has 2 double en suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), excellent mattresses, bedside lamps, clock-radio and hair dryer. Fans and anti-mosquito plug-ins are provided in the summer
Each bedroom has an en suite shower room wih shower basin and wc.
Electric central heating in the cooler and winter months is included in the price. The seemingly higher winter prices reflect the heating provided
There is satellite tv (French and English) with dvd player, radio cassette/dvd player, selection of dvds for all ages, books and board games.
There is a large fully enclosed and secured terrace which houses the heated pool, Jacuzzi, shaded bar and bbq area.
The fully enclosed, large garden provides badminton and space for youngsters to run around or kick a football about.
Bikes are available for cycling on the hundreds of kilometres of country and wide roads through the vineyards.
There is secure, off-road parking provided for each cottage and B&B guest
Suitable for all ages. The ground floor bedroom in Oleander Cottage with walk-in shower is ideal for those less mobile.
We are open all year, including Christmas and New Year, and are ideal for short breaks. We can house groups of up to 16, fully catered if preferred, B&B, table d'hote dinners using fruit and vegetables from the garden and local produce.
We have wi-fi connection and take credit cards.
Peter and Sally have lived in the Far East, UK and Europe before settling in France in 2004. With a background in the Armed Services, finance and client services they moved to France to create a small business welcoming guests, visitors and friends from all over the world.<br/>We are well established in the area and can also help others seeking an escape from the pressured environment of UK.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||Wanted a country location amidst vines and small villages but with good access to autoroutes (A10 J34), TGV rail links (Angouleme) and airports La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Poitiers and Limoges.
Whilst in the countryside nearest town (Matha) 5 mins and Cognac 20 mins, Angouleme 35 mins, Saintes 35 mins, La Rochelle 70 mins and Bordeaux 90 mins.
Beaches, golf courses, children attractions, historic sites, wine and cognac tasting - all an easy drive for visits and days out.
|Unique benefits of property||We offer peace and tranquility, in beautiful gardens for all ages with excellent accredited accommodation, heated pool (April-October) and jacuzzi (all year). There is also the possibility of catered holidays or dinners/bbq by arrangement using local produce and fruit and vegetables from the garden. You just have to ask.
The property is ideal for couples, families or groups (up to 16 people) and we try to provide a home from home holiday.
Two ancient cities full of history found on the River Charente.
Only 90 minutes away this World Heritage Site is a must if you have the time. International shops, wonderful buildings, culture, restaurants, wine and pavement cafes.
The homes of the international cognac houses - Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell Otard and Courvoisier, plus many other less well known brands.
Hundreds (literally) of cognac and pineau producers to choose from in the area. Tasting is free and you can choose your favourite to take home. Pineau is grape juice with eau de vie added and then matured in barrels for no less than 18 months.
Beaches are 50-70 minutes drive away and provide a wonderful day out.
A visit is not to be missed for history, the aquarium, excellent restaurants, boat trips to Fort Boyard and Ile d'Aix
A choice of local family run restaurants within 2km to Michelin starred restaurants 20 mins drive away. Also see our website for independent reviews of our table d'hote dining.
Marennes and Ile d'Oleron - the centre of the oyster and mussel culture. Best seafood found at Fouras - go to the fish market, armed with a tray from the bar opposite the market and order your oysters to be opened from one of the stalls, buy your shrimps, prawns, whelks, winkles, crab and langoustines ready to eat and the bar will provide the lemon, butter bread and your drinks - all at a fraction of the cost at a restaurant.
The first Monday in the month is the enormous street market in Saintes.
The 27th of each month is the very large market in Rouillac, including livestock
The first Friday in the months sees the market/fair in Matha.
La Rochelle Saturday Market is an experience not to be missed.
We have been going back to La Maison des Grands Bambous since we first stayed there nearly ten years ago. Louzignac is very quiet but situated really well for many places of interest (Cognac Houses, Romain Amphitheatre at Saintes, the river Charente, Angouleme and it is less than an hour to the beaches near la Rochelle).
Sally and Peter are always very welcoming and we get on really well. Oleander, our favourite, is one of three superbly appointed gites. We go for a holiday so take the opportunity to have B+B plus the sumptuous evening meals prepared by Sally and eaten with our hosts. My wife and I have been as a couple, with our grown up children and with our daughter and grandson. I even stayed with friends for a few days to play the local golf courses. Every stay was superb.
The advert described the accommodation accurately. It was clean, well maintained, comfortable and excellent for our needs. Whilst close local amenities ( restaurants, shops etc ) are somewhat sparse
we were very happy with being in a small hamlet surrounded by vineyards and fields. It was a pleasure to be able to stroll around without fear of traffic Close local towns supplied all we needed. Cognac and St jean d'Angelies are easily accessible and have good restaurants. The monthly market at Rouillac is astonishing.
Sally and Peter are very helpful and excellent hosts. They provided very accurate directions to find the house. The wonderful grounds and gardens more than compensated for sparse amenities locally and, with the fine swimming pool, there would be ample to occupy young children.
This was our second visit and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to others. in fact we have suggested it to our two sons both of whom have young children
We have stayed in Oleander cottage before and found it perfect for our needs. The enclosed terrace, complete with barbecue, is ideal for al fresco eating and lounging. The heated swimming pool, together with umbrellas and loungers, is very inviting. There is also a jacuzzi.
If requested or at certain times, the owners will provide a delicious barbecue in the pool area. Excellent evening meals, with wine, can be requested. Both at a very reasonable rate.
There is a boulangerie in the village and an Intermarche as well as other shops in Matha.
We used two restaurants near to the gite quite different but equally enjoyable. Particulars in gite together with information of places to visit and activities available.
The area is agricultural mainly given over to vinyards mostly producing cognac and pineau. These blend well with fields of cereals and dazzling sunflowers in July.