Old wine store near Saint Palais de Phiolin

Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin (3km from Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004532 Advertiser since: 2 December 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Chai (The old Wine Store) Self Catering Flexible 1 3 1

About this property

Characterful Converted Wine Store with Bags of Charm. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Le Chai is our stunning stone gite with gallery bedroom (double bed + single bed). It used to be a wine store so we have even included a wine fridge! Upcycled furniture and exposed stone walls creates a unique feel to the gite. The breakfast bar is an old wine press, a cable reel is the dining table and an antique chandelier lights up the gallery.

The courtyard garden is a real sun trap ideal for enjoying an evening bbq with a glass of the local wine and you also have access to the orchard field where you can watch the sun setting over the fields, & the games barn with bikes, body boards and table tennis + more.

If you love wine it's perfect - close to Bordeaux and Cognac......buy wines or cognac direct from local producers, learn about wine production at the fantastic new wine museum in Bordeaux, visit the Maison du Vin in Blaye for advice about wines to buy, eat at great local restaurants, BBQ your finds from one of the many local markets........or you could just relax on the beach......

A well equipped kitchen, your own courtyard garden with bbq, access to the orchard field to watch the sunset (glass of wine obligatory!) and bikes to cycle the local lanes........live the French dream....

Set in a farming peaceful farming hamlet but only 2.5km to the nearest town, 35 minutes to the beach, Bordeaux and Cognac close by and easy access to the motorway makes this an ideal location.



Kitchen and dining

The open plan kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, kettle, microwave, fridge, freezer, wine fridge, washing machine, iron, ironing board and airing rack.

The breakfast bar is an upcycled wine press and the dining table a recycled cable reel

Living rooms

The living is a large open plan space with settee, tv (UK channels) and paperback books (for us old school types!)


The gallery landing bedroom has a large double bed plus a single bed, bedside tables, wardrobe and clothes storage.


The spacious shower room with shower, washbasin and bidet is also on the gallery


Wall mounted electric fire

Garden and outside

South facing gravelled courtyard garden with garden furniture and charcoal bbq.

The games barn next door includes bikes, table tennis table, table football, pool table, body boards for the beach and bats and balls etc.

You have access to a separate orchard field with peaches, cherries, plums, quinces, pears, figs and walnuts.......please help yourself to any fruits in season

Parking and garages

Car parking on site

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages except those who have difficulty with stairs or if carrying babes in arms upstairs. Spiral staircase not suitable for toddlers due to spacing between treads.

Information about any additional facilities

We have written a comprehensive guide to the local area which our guests tell us is very useful and helps them plan their holiday.

We are flexible on arrival and departure days and length of stay, although the minimum stay is 4 nights.

Check out our other gites:
PM0044421 - La Fermette ( sleeps up to 7)
PM004586 - L'Etable (sleeps 4)
PM004645 - L'Ecurie (sleeps 2)

Please ask about our special deal if you book L'Etable and L'Ecurie together

We are registered with the local Mairie as required by French law. Please feel free to contact us for more information if you wish....Lesley is also on LinkedIn. Like us on Facebook - LaFermetteFrance.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saintes
Distance: 10 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Royan
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Bois
Distance: 2 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Blaye and Bordeaux


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Montendre


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Dousseaux Baillif
Distance: 2 km

The Owner Recommends

Beaches......loads of them !

For relaxation there is the beach, or rather beaches, as the Charente Maritime has over 470kms of coastline. We have details of the best local beaches which include....... small coves backed by cliffs of pale honey coloured stone...... town beaches..... long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes and pine trees.....

Blaye Wine Festival

Just after Easter on 9th and 10th April 2016, Blaye's annual wine festival takes place in the grounds of the citadelle. Blaye is one of the Bordeaux wine regions and the festival is a great opportunity to sample the wine from 80 local producers from the Blaye region and to buy your favourite wines.....entrance is only 6 euros. As well as tasting and buying the wines you can watch demonstrations of how barrels are made, visit artisan craft shops, take a boat ride on the estuary or even a helicopter ride. It's great day out.


.....Home of the famous spirit. Visit one of the Cognac houses or wander along the riverside or through the pedestrianised old town. From 5th - 9th July Cognac hosts the Blues Passion - a week of outdoor concerts in beautifully landscaped grounds. Previous years have included sets from George Benson, Lenny Kravitz, Lily Allen, Sting as well as lesser know artists. Cognac's Annual Festival which celebrates the drink itself is 24th - 22nd July


A local Spa town with elegant buildings. The weekly night market in July and August has music and street food plus some local crafts....... Great atmosphere. For children there is the Antilles de Jonzac swimming pool (indoor but with a roof that slides back in good weather) and also the Aire de Loisirs with man-made beach and numerous other activities


There's a local market nearby every day of the week where you can buy the great local produce to cook at La Fermette.......also several weekly night markets in July and August with street food and entertainment And if you enjoy eating out there is a great choice of good local restaurants including several with Michelin stars


Pretty medieval town close by. Picturesque square overlooking the Donjon - enjoy the view from one of the cafes. Don't miss the Bastille Day celebrations on 14th July, or the medieval festival on 23rd July 2016.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.2 / 10 Sallie and Andrew 7 July, 2017

A charming destination and well appointed rooms. A back door step would be the only improvement. Would recommend to anyone. Well done the owners.

Owner response

Thank you for your review and for your suggestion about the doorstep (which we have actioned). We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Le Chai and maybe we will be able to host you again in the future.