Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 5 9.2/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
A beautiful gite situated in the peaceful, ancient village of Migron - the heart of the Cognac/Pineau producing area and surrounded by acres of vineyards and sunflowers.
The small village of Migron, with its pretty, 11th century stone church, is perfect for those who want a quiet village surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, but don't want to be too remote.
Migron has a well stocked mini-market complete with a tiny coffee bar. Its a 5 minute walk and almost next door is the village bakers. The bakery is exceptional and actually supplies most of the bakery shops in the surrounding area. The shop is simply a counter within the bakery itself. A pizza van with a wood burning oven calls on Monday evenings and oysters and mussel stalls appear on Saturday morning.
The village also has a post office and hairdresser and a vegetable van calls during the week.
The shared pool is heated and has been completely refurbished for 2019. It is fully enclosed with child-proof security gates.
Close to the beautiful historic towns of Cognac, Saintes and St Jean D'Angely, and just 40 minutes from the beautiful sandy beaches of Royan.
Kitchen/living area is open plan, and there are double doors leading directly onto a private terrace and the beautifully landscaped and shared pool area beyond.
Open plan living room with satellite tv (including BBC), French terrestrial tv, dvd player, stereo cd and mini hi-fi. WiFi is available throughout the house.
Two loft bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds and both with fitted cupboards and shelves. A french day bed, situated in a mezzanine level upstairs, can also be converted into a night bed to accomodate a 5th and 6th person if required.
As described in other sections, there is good range of entertainment available at the house: swimming, boules, table tennis, tv, reading, etc.
The large garden has lawned, gravelled and terraced areas plus table tennis, a stone-built barbecue with chimney and plenty of outdoor seating and umbrellas. There is a full size boules area adjacent to the barbecue area.
The 9 x 4m pool is 1.5m deep, and is security alarmed to help protect younger children and is fenced. The gite shares the pool and can be booked with the main house for larger parties: please ask for special arrangements.
The private driveway and entrance are alongside the orchard with cherries, almonds, and blackcurrants in abundance....do help yourself to whatever is in season.
Free wi-fi is provided.
We will research as a free service local activities and events for each visitor if they have particular interests. We provide a comprehensive guide to local attractions, towns, restaurants, markets, etc. Cycle hire can be arranged.
We expect the property to be left in the same state as upon arrival... on that basis, there is no cleaning charge. However, if you have to dash for an early ferry, a paid-for cleaning service can be provided.
Linda and I have busy lives in England, both working from home, and with two grown up children. Our house in France has become a part of family life: a place we treasure and where we come together and where we know we will eventually live.<br/><br/>Its also a place where we've been delighted to welcome guests for over 11 years..<br/>
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||We spent more than five years looking for the perfect location. It had to be in beautiful countryside, within striking distance of the coast, close enough to get to comfortably and far enough south to have a long, warm sunny summer. In fact, the area is within a micro climate that is the 2nd sunniest in France. We first visited it on a wet January day. Even then we knew we had found the place. The huge rooms of the house, the careful restoration that created a fantastic atmosphere and its quirky character made it irresistible. And then we discovered the towns.. Saintes, Cognac, St Jean, Angouleme, each brilliant but with a distinctive character. And Oleron, France's 2nd largest island, but hardly mentioned in England, with huge unspoilt sandy beaches. We were absolutely sold.|
|Unique benefits of property||We holiday at the house each year ourselves. We never tire of the countryside and villages, the local walks and just soaking up the atmosphere of the towns. In truth, we spend most of our time at the house. It just seems to fit our mood. There's the shade of L'Ecurie's orchard and herb garden. And Thouvenin with its quiet, almost hidden spaces, to sit, read, think, snooze.. And the pools big enough for a real family swim or the competitiveness of winning at boules or table tennis. Eating outdoors is for us an essential part of summer and there's nothing better than walking down the road to buy fresh bread to have with cheese and wine.
Thouvenin's new bar has just added another wonderful space to relax. And as the evening finally falls, seeing the stars without extraneous light, brighter than I've ever seen.
The beautiful sandy beaches of Royan are just 40 minutes away. Also within an hour's drive are Rochefort, Ile d'Oleron, La Rochelle and - just a bit further - the beautiful Ile de Re, dubbed the Cote d'Azur of the Atlantic Coast.
Migron and the surrounding area is excellent for cycling - miles and miles of level countryside with virtually traffic-free routes through vineyards, fields, woodland and villages. Other activities include river trips, antique markets (large brocantes held in surrounding villages regularly throughout the summer), visits to chateaux, churches and museums, walking, cycling and birdwatching (74 hectares of lagoon nature reserves in the area).
In Cognac, 20 minutes' drive away, there's a chance to visit some of the world-famous Cognac distilleries and the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes, also 20 minutes away, has good shopping, good museums, a Roman ampitheatre and 2 cathedrals.
There is a market to go to practically every day of the week, in Saintes, Cognac, Matha, St Jean d'Angely among others, and there are many excellent local restaurants and auberges to suit every budget.
Our village is blessed with a great baker, mini market, butcher, Post Office and hairdresser.
Plenty to do in the area, including golf (18-hole courses in both Cognac and Saintes which are 20 minutes away), horse riding, all types of fishing, tennis (including a court in the village), canoe-kayaking (boats to hire at various places along the Charente in Cognac and Saintes), and plenty of space in and around the village to kick a football.
Very pleasant gite in quiet village. Well located although you will need to drive to most facilities Limited facilities in the village (bakery & small shop). Town of Cognac 15-20 mins away. Shared pool with other side of the house - great pool & nice social area. Good sitting out / BBQ area for the house. Accommodation within the house is as described and is simple, very clean & perfect for an indoor / outdoor holiday.
Booking & local support all excellent & owner very helpful & prompt with booking, enquiries etc. Good information supplied.
Beautiful area for cycling on miles of quiet roads.