Luxury gite for holiday let Charente Maritime - PM003239_C

Pons (12km from Cognac), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003239_C Advertiser since: 5 April 2013

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Gites de Brives - Le Marronnier (2 bedrooms) Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 King size sofabed in the lounge

About this property

Luxury Family-Friendly Gite 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). 

Le Marronnier is a 100m2 detached  (ground floor) gite in a tastefully converted charentaise stable block. Le Marronnier has a large, sunny open-plan lounge leading to a spacious and well equipped kitchen/dining room. The gite has a master bedroom (with k/s bed), a second bedroom with two single beds and an attractive wet-room with shower and toilet. The comfortable lounge has a large sofabed in it. 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 bed linen and towels (not beach or swimming pool towels). 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 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 king size bed and en suite shower and washbasin - ground floor. Master bedroom on the first floor with king size 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.


One 'wet' room including shower and toilet.


Fully winterised, 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, 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.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Sarah Middle 4 September, 2016

Myself, my husband and our 2 children, 7 and 10, stayed in Le Marronnier for 2 weeks at the end of August.
We had the most amazing, relaxing couple of weeks in our gite and will definitely be returning.
On arrival our hosts met us and took us to our gite, which far exceeding our expectations in every way. We had a welcome box including bread, butter, wine, homemade jam etc and the gite was spotless.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities including a beautiful pool and boule terrain. The kids loved the play park and it was so safe that they were able to go off around the five acre grounds on their own without a worry.
The weather was amazing, at least 30 degrees most days and we were able to go to the beautiful nearby beaches at Saint-Palais on a number of occasions. We BBQd most evenings on our built in BBQ on our lovely private terrace. The sunsets were fabulous too, especially with a glass of local vino.
Phil and Glyn were always available if you needed anything but were not at all intrusive (a perfect balance). We were twice treated to some delicious homegrown tomatoes and Glyn passed me a number of books, they were so kind and full of lots of recommendations for the local area.
We were very sad to leave and wish we'd booked 3 weeks! All in all an amazing holiday, our favourite family holiday to date ❤️

9.8 / 10 Ameli6758 10 October, 2014

What a wonderful week. Such a relaxing, quiet and peaceful location (once the children were in bed!). Perfect in every way. The gite (Le marronnier) was very child friendly (ages 5 and 7), with planty to entertain the children and ourselves. Children loved the pool and playarea, whilst my husband and I found the outdoor table tennis most entertaining.

The gite was spotless and well laid out.

Plenty of activities to do in the local area - trips to Royan beach, quiet strolls in the countrylanes, canoeing on the local rivers and a trip to Cognac.

All in all a lovely holiday and we will be returning

9.8 / 10 Mr M Levanzin 2 September, 2014

We stayed at La Marrioner for 7 days. my daughter and I enjoyed our selves immensely cycling around the quite roads amongst the vineyards catching the sun and sights, with afternoons on the sandy beaches returning to our gite in the late afternoon for tea in the setting sun what a way to relax and enjoy your holiday the facilities at the gite were excellent and our hosts Phil and Glyn could not have been more helpful thank you.

The whole family can not wait to return next year

9.7 / 10 Andy 9 September, 2013

Good points
An excellent gite, part of a small arrangement of 4 gites with a shared pool and other facilities. Phil and Glyn were extremely welcoming to all of us and the accomodation was faultless. I've only given a couple of 9's in my score as perfect 10's would look a bit too good to be true!

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