Luxury gite for holiday let Charente Maritime

9.6/10
Pons (11km from Cognac), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003239_D Advertiser since: 5 April 2013

This location has multiple holiday properties

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Gites de Brives - Le Studio (1 bedroom apartment) Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 One large apartment with king size bed

About this property

Luxury Gite with a Large Pool. This apartment 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 Studio is a 25m2 comfortable studio apartment on the first floor of a converted charentaise barn. The gite has one large living space with double bed, kitchen and lounge area. Leading off this large room there is a shower room with wc and a separate wardrobe. All our gites have a flat screen satellite tv, dvd, stereo, microwave-cooker, ceramic hob together with a private patio (plus furniture) and bbq for dining al fresco. All our luxury, family-friendly gites have well equipped, modern kitchens. We provide Egyptian cotton bedlinen 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 (La Grange, Le Figuier or Le Marronnier) 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....



Type

Apartment

Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen - with microwave-oven, ceramic hob, fridge with freezer compartment, coffee-maker etc. Wooden table and chairs.

Living rooms

Apartment with one large space including king size bed, kitchen and living area.

Bedrooms

Apartment with one large space including king size bed.

Bathrooms

Separate shower and toilet.

Heating

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

Entertainment

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

This first floor apartment is only suitable for couples or 2 adults.

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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

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

Golf

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

Gym/spa

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

Sports

Walking

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, 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....

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

Brocantes

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

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.

Locally

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.

Sports

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.

6 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 10
8.9 / 10 LB 19 July, 2016

Perfect quiet retreat for a relaxing holiday. Lovely location, great hosts, and excellent facilities. Thoroughly recommended

10 / 10 Robertm 10 July, 2016

Gite de Brives is in a good location close to both Saintes and Cognac. The property is surrounded by fields of vines and sunflowers and is quiet and peaceful. There is an excellent pool, gym, outdoor table tennis and boule. Sky UK tv is available and there is a good selection of DVDs . The Internet access is very good .There is lots of outdoor space.
The property was well furnished and equipped and we had everything we needed ( and more than we expected ) for an enjoyable stay. We made good use of the bbq and the private patio area.
Phil and Glyn made us feel very welcome and gave us lots of useful advice on where to go and what to do both close at hand and further afield.
We very much enjoyed our stay and hope to return some day.
The property was very clean and we would recommend to any of our friends

9.7 / 10 Colin Brass 4 September, 2014

Lovely Studio in the heart of Cognac
Thanks to Phil & Glyn for a wonderful week in the lovely well kept, well provisioned Le Studio. Peaceful surroundings with a gorgeous pool for cooling off in the afternoon sun !
15-20 minutes to Cognac and the usual tourist attractions for the distillery visits or a lazy boat ride down the river, and in less than an hour to the seaside resort of Royan and the beautiful beach at St.George de Didonne, For the connoisseurs there are umpteen local Pineau producers, so spoilt for choice. All in all a very relaxing weeks vacation.

10 / 10 Phil St Albans 1 August, 2014

What's not to like about this gite? Everything we wanted we got. The gite is in a nice quiet location, No planes overhead and hardly any road traffic. Bliss! Good facilities, lovely pool and not at all overcrowded. There is a gym which was not used a lot but would have been if we'd had worse weather. Being keen cyclists we prefer to exercise outside on the nice quiet roads and the gite has a good selection of bikes for hire. We stayed in Le Studio which was perfect for a couple with all the facilities we required, well decorated and clean. The owners Phil and Giyn are lovely,friendly helpful people who had the right balance of being there for you, rather than always being around you! It was lovely to talk to them then they would leave us and go and do their own thing but they always made sure guests were enjoying themselves and happy. I would definitely recommend this gite to others. The Charente area is lovely with coastal harbour town La Rochelle only an hour by car. For the beach, Royan is a lovely seaside resort where we enjoyed the Fete National (Bastille Day). This gite is close to the town of Cognac so there are facilities close by including cognac tasting! You can go to the big names of Cognac like 'Martell' but we chose the tour in the next village a short cycle ride away. The family provide cognac to 'Remy Martin' and are called Famille Goyan located in Salignac.

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