Le Chai, one of 2 gites, Charente Maritime - PM003662_B

Echebrune (9km from Pons), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003662_B Advertiser since: 29 April 2014

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Chai Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Le Chai, one of 2 renovated Gites . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Les Tilleuls is a renovated Charentais house and Cognac distillery providing 2 spacious gites sleeping up to 12 people with heated swimming pool and large garden

Le Chai has 2 bedrooms sleeping 4 persons. Both gites are fully equipped, have their own patio and barbeque areas and are set in the 3 acres of garden and grounds of Les Tilleuls. Both gites can be interconnected to provide accommodation for up to 12 people.

The large 12 x 6 metre heated pool is surrounded by a sunlounger deck for lazing in the sun, there are also shady areas with tables and chairs suitable for al fresco meals or escaping from the sun when it gets a bit too hot.
Nestling at the foot of a hill amongst vineyards and sunflower fields, Les Tilleuls is in the village of Echebrune, close to the medieval town of Pons and the Roman towns of Cognac and Saintes. For dining out, there are bars and restaurants in Pons or go further afield to the coastal ports of the Gironde Estuary to taste the locally caught fish specialities. For the children, there are the long sandy beaches and resorts of St Georges de Didonne and Royan where there are plenty of water sports, restaurants, tree climbing etc.available.

Tours of the local wine and Cognac producers, can also be arranged for those all important tasting sessions!
For the more energetic we have bicycles to explore the chalk roads that run through the vineyards or take your time ambling around the local villages soaking in the Charentais charm.



Kitchen and dining

An open plan kitchen and dining room, fully equipped with oven, hob, washing machine, dishwasher, toaster, microwave with ample crockery and glasses.

Living rooms

Lovely large lounge converted from original Cognac distillery and incorporating the original Alambic still. English tv is provided, Broadband, dvd player.


Two bedrooms. One large double bedroom with a King size bed and one twin room with two twin beds. Le Chai sleeps up to 4 people.


Shower room with basin and toilet.


Fully centrally heated.


Flat screen tv with dvd player and all UK freesat channels, books, games and puzzles. Free wi-fi also available.

Garden and outside

Large 12 x 6 m pool with views of the countryside and 3 acres of gardens and meadowland surround the gites and pool. Plenty of space to relax or play ball games or fly kites, boulle and badminton courts plus childrens swings are also within the grounds.
Swings for the children
Pool house with sun beds and selection of garden toys

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking space enclosed within the grounds.
Access to your private terrace is a along the side of the house from the carpark.

Visitor suitability

This gite is all on one floor with a small step to the terrace and to the Alambic lounge.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Clinique Veterinaire de la Dague 71 avenue Gambetta 17800 Pons 0033 546 91 21 23


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Weekly Sunday brocantes at local villages
Distance: 5 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Courses at Cognac, Royan and Saintes
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Pons
Distance: 6 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Pineau


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Echebrune
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Bob Jose

“Bienvenue!” from your hosts – Bob and Andy.<br/>We first fell under the spell of the Charente Maritime region back in 2005 when we bought a holiday home here as a haven from our busy careers in the UK (Bob as a company director in IT and Andy as a TV executive with the BBC). In 2016 the opportunity arose for us both to take early retirement and relocate to France. We had always dreamed of running a holiday business and after a year of searching the region, we found our perfect property.

Owner's website www.charenteholiday.com
Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? Well placed, however you arrive
Les Tilleuls is situated in Echebrune, among the rolling hills of the Charente Maritime region in south west France.
We’re a five-minute drive away from Pons with its medieval Donjon and Pilgrims Hospital where the pilgrims on their way to Santiago del Compostela found sanctuary. Find time to stroll the ramparts and alleyways of this hilltop town. Pons also provides bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and twice-weekly local produce markets.
Les Tilleuls is surrounded by vineyards producing the eau de vie from which Cognac is made, local wines and the local aperitif, Pineau des Charentes. You will always be welcome at the vineyards and visits to a local producer can be arranged. We are less than 30 minutes drive from the fishing ports and marinas of the Gironde, and just 40 minutes from the fabulous beaches of Royan
Pons – 6km (4 miles)
Cognac – 18km (11 miles)
Saintes – 26km (14 miles)
La Rochelle – 84km (52 miles)
Bordeaux – 83km (52 miles)
Unique benefits of property Room for everyone
Les Tilleuls offers accommodation for couples wanting to spend a relaxing time in the French countryside and for larger groups wanting to enjoy a holiday together in their own property with their own pool.
The two gites, La Grange and Le Chai, can be interconnected and opened up to provide one large living area of six bedrooms, three bathrooms and two kitchens – sleeping up to 12 people.
We are able to offer Les Tilleuls as a wedding venue for that really different, intimate occasion.
Les Tilleuls is also suitable for those wanting golfing, birdwatching, cycling or walking holidays.Les Tilleuls is set in three acres of landscaped gardens, pool area and meadowland. The gardens have been lovingly established over 15 years, the lavender and hollyhocks being a major feature around the gites and pool.
The grounds also incorporate boules and badminton courts and swings, whilst leaving plenty of grassy areas for ball games.

The Owner Recommends

La Rochelle and Ile de Re

Visit the capital of the Charente Maritime, La Rochelle, and drive across the bridge to the chic ports of Ile de Re

Les Antilles water park at Jonzac

Indoor/outdoor pools with wave machine and beach at the local town of Jonzac

Visit the Famous Cognac Producers

Visit the ancient town of Cognac and tour the cognac producers including Martell, Hennessy, Remy Martin. They provide organised tours of their distilleries every day in the summer followed by a tasting.

Visit the Local Coast

Only 20 minutes away are the ports of the Gironde Estuary and further along the coast to the sandy beaches of Royan and St Georges de Didonne where the estuary opens to the Atlantic Ocean.

Zoo at La Palmyre

Visit the famous zoo at La Palmyre, a good day out for the children


A visit to Saintes is a must- with its cafe culture, roman architecture, amphitheatre and Abbey.


The ancient hilltop city of Angouleme can be reached in 40 minutes by car. Famous for its Circuit de Ramparts car race every September, it is also the world capital of Cartoons - see the amazing artwork in the museum and on the building walls.


The city of Bordeaux can be reached in an hour by car. Voted the best city to live in France, the culture, gastronomy and shopping is not to be missed.

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