Luxury gite for holiday let Charente Maritime - PM003239_A

Pons (12km from Cognac), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003239_A Advertiser since: 5 April 2013

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Gites de Brives - La Grange (3 bedrooms) Self Catering Saturday 3 7 3 Cots available and z-beds

About this property

Luxury Family-Friendly Gites with a Large Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

We live surrounded by vineyards, sunflowers and swathes of wild flowers in the pretty village of Brives sur Charente, bordering the majestic Charente. Our luxury family-friendly gites are 10 mins from Cognac, sharing exclusive use of a large swimming pool, children's play area, boule court, volley-ball/badminton court, table-tennis, football goal and gym in 6 acres. For the really energetic we can offer bicycle hire.  Enjoy!

Share the tranquillity and the wonderful climate of the Charente Maritime - relax in an idyllic setting in Poitou-Charentes. Our luxury, family-friendly gites and chambres d'hôtes are near Cognac in the heart of the 'Petite Champagne', the grape growing region that produces the world renowned Cognac brandy and the local aperitif, pineau. Our gites are professionally managed by resident owners. Our 4 spacious gites have been sympathetically restored and furnished to a high standard, blending contemporary with traditional features (with beautiful, old oak beams and honey-coloured stone). 

La Grange is a 120m2 2 storey gite with one large bedroom on the ground floor with an additional en suite shower, 2 toilets (one on each floor) and 2 further bedrooms upstairs with a second shower room. La Grange is often booked by several generations of the same family. All gites have a flat screen satellite tv, dvd, stereo, microwave, cooker, washing machine, dishwasher together with a private patio (plus furniture and sunloungers) and bbq for dining al fresco.  All our luxury, family-friendly gites have particularly well-equipped, modern kitchens. We provide Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels (not beach or swimming pool towels). Our gites are cleaned weekly. Cots, highchairs and stairgates are available at no cost. All of our gites have a high speed broadband connexion and fast/free wi-fi. We have a large selection of bicycles available for hire. Should guests want to taste some delicious home-cooked meals, 'washed' down with good local wine and followed by pineau or cognac, then dining in our B&B or table d'hôte is also an option!
There is a mouth-watering choice of places to visit locally (the beautiful beaches of the Cote Sauvage, Royan, la Rochelle, Cognac, Pons, Saintes, Angouleme, Aubeterre, Oradour, Bordeaux, la Palmyre Zoo and sleepy villages) and a host of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding, golf, tennis, swimming and surfing. You can enjoy a relaxing walk or cycle ride to the nearby village for your breakfast croissants or bread. Or - if you are feeling lazy, wait for the daily boulangerie van to sound its 'klaxon' and buy your fresh croissants/bread!
If you have a large party to accommodate please see our 3 other gites (Le Marronnier, Le Figuier (adjacent to La Grange) and Le Studio) or talk to us about our B&B accommodation.We hope you will choose Gites de Brives to savour what France has to offer the discerning visitor. Come and make memories....



Kitchen and dining

Large new Hygena kitchen - fully equipped with oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee-maker etc. Large wooden table and chairs.

Living rooms

Soft seating provided by comfortable sofas (from M&S) and a cintique armchair.


One large bedroom with k/s bed and en suite shower and washbasin - ground floor. Master bedroom on the first floor with k/s bed. Third bedroom on the first floor with 2 or 3 full size single beds depending on need. All bedrooms are equipped with mosquito blinds.


Downstairs toilet and a family bathroom with luxury shower cubicle and toilet upstairs. Additional shower and washbasin in the large ground floor bedroom.


Fully winterised, double-glazed and insulated with electric central heating throughout.


Fast/free wi-fi, flat-screen tv with UK and French satellite channels (Freeview), dvd, books, dvds to borrow etc.
Exclusive, shared use of a large swimming pool (12 x 5 metres), children's play area, boule court, volley-ball/badminton court, table-tennis, football goals and well-equipped gym to enjoy!

Garden and outside

Six acres for you to unwind in or play in - long paths for young children to cycle on - safely.

Parking and garages

Plenty of safe parking next to your gite.

Visitor suitability

We are registered with the French 'Tourisme et Handicaps' scheme but our gites are not particularly suited to wheelchair users or those with significant mobility issues. However, the ground floor bedroom in La Grange can be a real bonus for those with less mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

Exclusive, shared use of a large swimming pool (12 x 5 metres - all 'swimmable'), children's play area, boule court, volley-ball/badminton court, table-tennis, football goals and well-equipped gym to enjoy!
We have a large selection of bicycles available to rent. Dining in our B&B (Table d'hote) is an option, by prior arrangement.
We provide cots, stairgates, highchairs, pushchairs, baths and other baby equipment at no cost - as long as we are notified in advance.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Chub, Roach, Pike, Perch, Zander and Barbel
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente River
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac (also Royan and Saintes)
Distance: 18 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Boussac: Route de l’Epine, Cherves-Richemont Tél : 05 45 83 15 10
Distance: 10 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vignobles Cognacais; Cotes de Blaye; St Emilion;l Bordeaux



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Five local walks in village; Santiago de Compostela (Pons - 11kms)

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Hennesy/Otard/Camus/Martell/Remy-Martin & St Emilion, Cote de Blaye, Bordeaux
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Phil Silvester CBE

Phil and Glyn managed holiday homes in the UK for 10yrs before moving to France in 2008. Phil is an ex-Headteacher and he continues to work as an education consultant for 2-3 months a year, supporting schools in France and the UK and working with the British Council in Algeria on a regular basis. Glyn is an ex-teaching assistant and she loves machine embroidery, quilting, pilates and aérobics. Phil and Glyn have 3 children (in the UK and Australia) and 2 grandchildren. They love to travel....

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? We are on the edge of a charming village in 'real' France, in the picturesque countryside of the Charente Maritime. Yet we are only just over 10 minutes from local towns (Cognac and Pons) with all local amenties. We are quite close to an arterial motorway (the A10), just over an hour from local airports (La Rochelle and Bordeaux) and we enjoy a micro-climate which gives us the second best sunny weather, after the Mediterranean area. Cognac also acts as a real magnet for holiday-makers (of all nationalities) and business people alike.
Unique benefits of property We have converted our gites (and B&B) to a high standard and they are all well equipped. Our properties display a 'winning' blend of authentic features (lots of honey-coloured charentaise stone and old oak beams) with contemporary amenities, like double-glazing, good insulation, large furnished patios (with bbqs) and wi-fi in every gite. Our guests share exclusive use of our 5 acre field, a large swimming pool, a boule court, a gym, table tennis, a volleyball/badminton court, a football pitch - and we even have bike hire! Our rural setting is beautiful and restful - a real family-friendly oasis and antidote to the stresses and strains of busy, modern working life. Our local area is great for walking, cycling and enjoying the 'simple' pleasures in life.

The Owner Recommends


Every town and village hosts a Brocante throughout the summer - these are an enjoyable mixture of car boot sales, local village fairs, where you can pick up a bargain, buy local produce and eat alfresco!


Cognac has a huge open air swimming pool and play park. There are lots of cafes and boutique shops. Do not miss the world famous distillery tours - Hennessy, Otard, Remy Martin, Martel Camus and in Jarnac Courvoisier. Visit a more local, intimate distillerie to the beautiful ancient town of Pons and Saintes.

Days Out for the Whole Family

Canoes can be hired at nearby Dompierre, Cognac and Pons. The Chateau des Enigmes near Pons and the Paleosite (near Saintes) make wonderful days out for children. Adults may prefer a trip to the beautiful village of Aubeterre sur Dronne (now officially recognised as one of France's prettiest villages) or Oradour sur Glane to visit the World War II martyrs' village and memorial. The beautiful beaches of St George-de- Didonne and St Palais-sur-Mer are a 30 minute drive away. La Palmyre Zoo (one of the biggest zoos in Europe with over 1600 animals to delight all the family) is about an hour's drive.


We live in a quiet hamlet (Les Morinauds) on the edge of the pretty village of Brives sur Charente (45 40 03 N 0 27 13 W) in the 'Petite Champagne' near Cognac. The next village is only 2 miles away. Our secluded, rural setting is perfect for walking, cycling and generally getting away from it all for the whole family. There are many marvellous marked walks and cycleways commencing at Brives sur Charente and our surrounding villages. Maps and guidebooks in the gites.

Markets, Supermarkets and Local Shops

Weekly local markets are held in Cognac, Pons and Saintes. The produce is fabulously fresh, the selection of locally caught fish is outstanding and the cheeses are simply delicious. Supermarkets can be found in Cognac, Pons and Saintes. You will find local shops in Salignac, Perignac, Dompierre and Rouffiac.

Restaurants and Bars

There are a multitude of local restaurants and bars all within an easy drive. Some are (luckily) only about 15 minutes by bike.


Golf at Cognac, Saints and Angouleme. Tennis at Rouffiac or Ars. Swimming (indoor and out) Cognac and Saintes. Sea swimming the Charente coast. Canoeing: Charente, Dompierre, Cognac, Seugne (Pons), coast. Fishing, rivers and coast. Aquatic centre (pools, gym, sauna and massage): Jonzac (Les Antilles) and St Jean D'Angely (Atlantys).

The Necessary Bits

Post Office at Brives sur Charente. Cash Points at Chaniers and all local supermarkets. Banks at Cognac and Pons. Dentist and Hospital at Cognac.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Alexis_Barr 4 September, 2017

We highly recommend a stay at Gites de Brives. My husband, two boys (3 and 1 yr old) and I stayed for seven nights in Phil and Glyn's wonderful La Grange gite. The gite was very well equipped (even including a blender to mash up baby food), and we were also provided with a stairgate, highchair, cot and paddling pool which made it very easy with the kids. We arrived in desperate need of rest and relaxation and we got everything we needed from our stay. The gites are super quiet and dark at night, with very comfortable beds so we all slept very well. The pool was lovely and made for a very refreshing dip on a hot day. The whole site was great (and very safe) for our 3 yr old to run around in and burn off some energy. We spent a lot of time relaxing around the site but also had great trips out to La Palmyre (beautiful beach, very suitable for little children and great, safe cycle tracks) and La Rochelle (lovely harbour front, with a brilliant kids playground and a wonderful aquarium). We also did a tour of the Remy Martin site very nearby which we loved (not sure the kids were so bothered...). Phil and Glyn are fantastic hosts and were extremely helpful. They manage to strike a perfect balance between being there when you need them but not being intrusive at all!

10 / 10 Cheryl 28 August, 2016

We stayed at La Grange, Gites de Brives for a week in August 2016 and recommend it to anyone looking for top quality accommodation in a beautiful, relaxing setting.
The Gite is spacious, comfortable, spotlessly clean, very well equipped and well maintained. The pool and outside areas and facilities are also to the same high standard.
Phil and Glyn, the owners, were helpful and friendly, but never intrusive, and were able to recommend places to visit and activities. The additional touches that they provided, such a small welcome box of groceries, and bringing tomatoes for us from their garden, were thoughtful and kind, and made us feel very welcome.
We liked that we could spend time at the Gite and take advantage of using the pool, gym, table tennis or other activities there, or we could very quickly reach the beach or one of the local towns if we wanted to explore. We especially enjoyed hiring the bicycles available and cycling around the neighbouring villages.
You will come away from a stay there feeling refreshed, and, like us, planning when you will be able to visit again.

10 / 10 Cuthbert Family 23 August, 2016

Just back from our fourth stay at La Grange. As always the Gite and all facilities were pristine and Phil & Glyn were warm and welcoming.

The Gite is fully equipped with everything you could need for your stay, including English TV channels. Bikes are available for hire and the relatively flat landscape is perfect for cycling around.

Gites de Brives is a little slice of heaven in a truly beautiful part of France. When we weren't enjoying the sun terrace and beautifully kept pool we went sightseeing in places such as Cognac, Jarnac, Pons and Talmont. We went kayaking on the Charente and had a tour of the Otard Cognac house.

The fact that we are planning our FIFTH visit to Gites de Brives surely says it all!

Owner response

Gosh! It is always a pleasure to welcome Clare, Tony, Pippa and Ben (accompanied by Simon and Clare - for the first week, this year!). We cannot believe the last four years have gone so quickly...! Many, many thanks. See you next year!

10 / 10 billme 8 August, 2016

Gites de Brives is an excellent group of gites and chambre d'hotes, with a lovely pool and leisure facilities. If you are a nature lover there are large grounds which have deer, hares, various woodpecker species, redstarts, partridges, kites and nearby there are red squirrels and lots of other species. The owners have created a lovely wild flower meadow which has lots of butterflies and attracts birds. In adjacent fields there are sunflowers and vines. All makes this a fantastic holiday location.

The owners are very responsive and available and will help you in any way they can. Highly recommended.

Nearby are many relaxing restaurants as well as the town of Cognac with it's obvious attractions.

We stayed for four weeks and had only one day of rain, blue skies and warm temperatures seem to be the norm in summer.

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