Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 1 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Manor Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3|
Surrounded by Cognac vineyards and fields of sunflowers discover La Rose des Vents - a former 19th century Cognac domaine, comprising 2 beautifully restored luxury cottages, set discretely within the 2.5 acre gated grounds of an elegant Manor House. Awarded 4 stars by the French Tourist Office and selected as a Sawdays Special Place to Stay.
We are not a gite complex - the spacious luxury cottages, located separately within the gated grounds offer complete privacy and tranquility with their own private walled gardens. The 11 x 5.5 metre heated swimming pool for sole use of our guests is located in the orchard where guests can help themselves to the organic apples, pears, cherries, figs, damsons and plums. You can reserve a welcome candelit dinner on your first night, to be served in your cottage or under the stars in your garden or reserve a B & B mini break with breakfast delivered to your cottage each morning, and all our guests enjoy a complimentary trip through the local vineyards in a 4 seater Morgan sports car.
Located on the edge of a small hamlet and hidden from view, all you hear is birdsong and the occasional tractor. It is just 5 minutes from the busy market town of Matha, 15 minutes from Cognac and within easy reach of the Atlantic beaches, La Rochelle and the chic Il de Re. You can take the ferry from Royan to the vineyards of the Medoc and in 1h 30 mins you can be in Bordeaux
Relax in a spacious cottage which combines a mix of English and French country style with aged wooden beams, terracotta floors and sky blue shutters, and enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay with high quality furnishings and linens, ensuite bathrooms and 21st century facilities.
On opposite sides of the grounds, each cottage has it's own private flower filled walled gardens, equipped for outdoor dining and there is an idyllic heated 11 x 5.5 metre swimming pool (for sole use of guests), set within the orchard overlooking the vineyards.
Manor Cottage (sleeps 6 + cot) - the former Estate Manager's House (135 m2) has been tastefully renovated with its' honey coloured stone and sky blue shutters. Inside, high beamed ceilings, original terracotta and waxed wooden floors and an open fireplace with antique woodburner, provides a luxury holiday cottage.
Furnished in a pleasing mix of English and French country style and equipped with everything to ensure your comfort, including good wi-fi.
The front door welcomes you into the hall with its' open tread staircase. The light filled spacious sitting/dining room has double doors accessing the walled courtyard garden, and a well equipped kitchen opens onto a private terrace ideal for those sunny breakfasts. There is also a large ground floor family bathroom with views over the vineyards.
On the first floor a spacious landing leads to 2 double bedrooms each with en suite shower room, and a twin bedroom - all with views over the gardens.
Outside In addition to the terrace with it's wrought iron furniture and shady parasol - ideal for those sunny breakfasts, step through the archway into your private walled courtyard garden, filled with flowers, a tinkling fountain, pigeonnier and shaded by an enormous fig tree. Furnished with table, chairs and parasol, plus a bbq and outdoor candle lights where you can dine under the stars.
A secret door opens from the courtyard into the orchard and the guests' 11 x 5.5 metre heated swimming pool.
We also offer a selection of signature tours for groups of classic car owners, such as our "Circuit des Remparts Special" based on the historic road race in Angouleme, and on request can organise bespoke, house party style inclusive tours to explore this beautiful region by classic car.
.....and for those special occasions we have 2 x 4 seater classic Morgan cars for hire.
The separate kitchen is equipped for the keenest cooks (including cookery books) with plenty of quality china, pots, pans and utensils, lots of storage, original terracotta floor, a double butler sink, gas cooker with extractor hood; electric coffee-maker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
A spacious sunny room, decorated in a restful palette, with windows on 2 sides and French double doors leading into the courtyard. It boasts an antique woodburner and waxed wooden floor.
There are 3 comfy two-seater sofas to relax in, well stocked bookcases and glossy magazines to read plus indoor boardgames to keep the children amused. There is a flat screen tv offering Sky Freeview as well as French tv, dvd player, mini HIFI, wi-fi and a dining table seating 8.
There are 2 double bedrooms, each with an en suite shower room, and a twin bedroom (adult size single beds) all on the first floor with views over the gardens.
To ensure a relaxing stay quality beds are made up for your arrival with Egyptian cotton linen and Provencal throws. There are snuggly duvets for the cooler months, and electric fans to keep you cool in summer.
Cosy bedrooms are well furnished with pine or painted wardrobes, dressing tables, bedside tables (with good reading lights), and chests of drawers.
You will find pool towels and a hairdryer in each wardrobe
Each of the 2 en suite shower rooms includes a rain shower, washbasin, wc, freestanding unit for toiletries and heated towel rail, and are complemented by pretty provencal tiles, good lighting and mirror.
On the ground floor, the fully tiled family bathroom with views over the garden and vineyard comprises a bath with hand shower; wc, vanity unit with washbasin and heated towel rail, good lighting and mirror.
Bathrooms are stocked with plenty of fluffy white towels and shower mats.
Thermostatically controlled electric radiators throughout the house.
11 x 5.5 metre heated swimming pool for sole use of guests.
Badminton, boules and swing ball on site.
Free use of tennis courts in commune.
Large grassed area for a ball games
Books, boardgames, flat screen tv with Sky Freeview and French tv, dvd player, excellent wi-fi and mini hi-fi system
There are local festivals and fetes held throughout the year.
......and to help you settle in, there is a welcome folder brimming with ideas on places to visit to suit all the family, Cognac and wine tastings, dates for local markets and restaurants to try. Lyn and Graham the resident owners are always happy to make any reservations for you.
In addition to the private unoverlooked terrace and walled courtyard garden offering 2 outside eating areas, guests have sole use of the 11 x 5.5 metre heated swimming pool (28 degrees minimum between April - beginning of October) sited within the orchard with views over the vineyards. The orchard is accessed via locked monumental iron gates and the pool is alarmed to ensure the safety of little ones. Here you will find, sunloungers, drinks tables and parasols.
There is also a large grassed area for ball games, and badminton, swing ball and boules are available on site. (Please bring your own racquets, as guests have free use of the local tennis courts in the commune)
Guests are also invited to enjoy the herbs, apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherries, apricots and figs growing in the orchard and gardens.
Undercover parking keeps the cars cool in summer, and security is assured as the property is walled and gated.
Classic car owners can be assured that their cars will be safe and secure, and that they have access to a fully-equipped garage in case of any problems.
The cottages are popular for romantic hideaways; families of all ages; and groups of friends/family who would like to reserve both cottages to holiday together.
For the comfort of all our guests, especially those who may suffer from allergies, we do not accept pets in our cottages; but if you are missing your own furry friend, you can always have a cuddle with one of our kit cats!
The open tread staircase is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility.
Cots, highchairs and stairgates, cold boxes, picnic rugs and golf umbrellas are supplied at no extra cost, and bathroom and kitchen cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, bin bags and toilet tissue are also supplied.
WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS - Enjoy a tour of the local area and vineyards in our 4 seater Morgan sports car.
On your first night, you can pre-order a welcome 3 or 4 course dinner to be served in your cottage or under the stars in the garden - if you have young children put them to bed, light the candles. and sit back and relax. Menus and special dietary requirements will be discussed in advance with you.
Bicycles suitable for the whole family, including childrens' trailers, tag-a-long bikes, childrens' seats and car bike racks can be hired in advance from a local company, and delivered to your cottage
After busy careers in the NHS and National Grid, having spent 12 years holidaying throughout France, we fell in love with La Rose des Vents, on a rainy day in October. It was just the type of place we would have loved to stay on holiday. Our adventure has included renovating this beautiful former Cognac domaine, welcoming guests from all over the world, learning french, sampling great restaurants and exploring this beautiful region in our Morgan sports cars our other great love.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We are surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers, in a sleepy little hamlet with just the sound of the nightingales and an occasional tractor to disturb the peace, but we are only 5 minutes from our busy local market town of Matha with it's supermarkets, restaurants and busy shops, 15 minutes from Cognac and within easy reach of the Atlantic beaches, La Rochelle and the chic Il de Re. For a city fix you can be in Bordeaux in 1 hour 30 mins by car, and the world famous vineyards of the Medoc are 30 mins by car ferry from Royan. Paris by TGV is just two and a half hours.
We have the best of all worlds - within easy reach of golden sandy beaches, beautiful countryside and vibrant cities and towns and throughout the year there are festivals, fetes, music, markets, Brocantes and classic car events - including the famous Circuit des Remparts race meeting at Angouleme - just 40 minutes away.
There are Chateaux and Cognac Houses to visit, zoos, museums, and activities for the whole family.
|Unique benefits of property||We are not a gite complex - Within the 2.5 acres of gated grounds you will find two beautiful, spacious cottages, each with its' own private walled garden. Relax by the 11 x 5.5 metre heated swimming pool (for guests use only) located in the orchard where you can pick and enjoy the organic apples, pears, cherries, figs, damsons and plums.
To start your holiday off, you can reserve a welcome candelit dinner on your first night, to be served in your cottage or under the stars in your garden - just pop the little ones to bed, then sit back and relax.
Or, for short stays you can reserve a B & B mini break with breakfast delivered to your cottage each morning, and all our guests enjoy that wind in the hair experience with a complimentary trip through the local vineyards in a 4 seater Morgan sports car.
We also offer a selection of signature tours for groups of classic car owners including our "Circuit des Remparts Special" based on the historic road race in Angouleme
National day dedicated to live music: 21st June. All performances are free and typically take place in the open air - streets, squares, parks and national monuments.
Nuits Romaines June - September. During the summer months, music and dance events are held throughout the region at a number of Romanesque heritage sites.
Blues Passions July: International music festival which takes over the town of Cognac for a week. There are numerous music venues with ticketed performances by big names, most of the squares, restaurants and bars also turn themselves over to free live music performances.
Fete du Cognac July: 4 nights of live music, and food served alongside the quays in Cognac hosted by the winegrowers equivalent of the Young Farmers.
Bastille Day: 14 July. The French National Holiday - most towns organise celebrations. The best in the area is the firework display alongside the river Charente in Jarnac, following which, there is dancing in the town centre.
Violons sur le Sable July: Hugely popular classical concerts set on the beach at Royan. Borrow our seats/rugs and a picnic and enjoy fantastic performances, the evening ends with a firework finale choreographed to the music.
Festival International d'art pyrotechnique: July. St Palais sur Mer is the place to be to watch the annual international festival of pyrotechnics, with competitors from all over the world. This event attracts crowds of up to 40,000.
Abbaye Fontdouce: July Classical recitals, Jazz and swing performances set in the cloisters and gardens of this beautiful old abbey.
Festi classique August - September: Each year international artists hold a series of classical concerts in the great Cognac Houses of the area.
Coupe de Chauffe: September: A street arts festival in Cognac featuring puppets, stilt walkers, comedians, magicians, dance and circus performers.
Manor Cottage is an idyllic home from home in the heart of the Charente. We were utterly bewitched and enchanted by our cottage and the beautiful and secluded garden.
Lyn and Graham were very gracious and welcoming hosts. They live on site and were always available (but never intrusive) if we needed advice or assistance. They provide lots of information about places to visit/restaurants. We had lunch on the last day of our holiday at the restaurant they recommended. The April sunshine was streaming down and we were dining on the terrace just yards from the River Charente. Glorious!
The cottage is very well and tastefully furnished. The lounge is spacious and supremely comfortable. Two of the three bedrooms have en suites, the bathroom for the third of the upstairs bedrooms is on the ground floor. All the associated shower/bathroom facilities are excellent. The kitchen is large and very well equipped.
The patio and terrace areas are prefect for sitting out, sipping a glass of wine and watching the lizards basking in the sun or listening to the nightingales. The heated pool is a very good size and immaculately maintained.
If you like classic cars you're in for a treat. Graham is a real enthusiast and the trip around the local vineyards in the late afternoon sun in the open topped tourer was absolutely superb.
Manor Cottage was everything we hoped for and quite a bit more as well. We had a wonderful holiday and would certainly return if the chance arose.
Anyone looking for a base from which to explore the Charente Marintime region of France by car, or just take it easy, should seriously consider La Rose des Vents, in the tiny village of La Tacherie, 15 minutes drive from Cognac.
This gated collection of three properties and other buildings, is run by owners Lyn and Graham, both motoring enthusiasts, with an in-depth knowledge of places to go and eateries. They even have a small fleet of Morgan sports cars for hire.
The properties, are very well appointed, well maintained and clean, and share a 12m swimming pool. And the owners go out of their way to make staying there a pleasure.
We had a fantastic week here. Lyn and Graham were really helpful and friendly. Manor Cottage is such a beautiful place to stay. It was spotless when we arrived and very homely, the photos don't do it justice. The pool is perfect, the house has everything and is in a very quiet village, perfect for switching off and relaxing.