Inspected and selected by Sawday's

Quality accommodation in the heart of the Charente countryside



An impressively large open-plan kitchen-dining room, where the old Cognac press and ageing barrels once stood, is very well-equipped, specially to cater for large gatherings: gas/electric range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Belfast sink island, microwave, coffee machine. There are plenty of pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and glassware to cater for the largest of gatherings. There is a breakfast bar, a pair of armchairs and a sofa bed with a lovely view of distant trees through the large French windows. The dining table can seat 12 comfortably (16 at a squeeze!), and sits beneath the mezzanine level, accessed via a spiral staircase. The whole area has underfloor heating.


The original stone fireplace with log burner takes pride of place, and where better to sit with a glass of cognac at the end of an evening? There is a 3-seater sofa and 2 armchairs. There is also a TV with UK Freesat TV and a DVD player and home cinema projector for movies.


The wifi broadband access covers the whole house. As it is a satellite connection, the speed can vary and download limits apply. If there has been heavy use (streaming video/Netflix etc.) the provider reduces the connection for that day; normal service should resume the next day.


The large, inviting entrance and hallway welcomes you into the house. The main stairs lead you up to the three bedrooms (a dog bed under the stairs is available for well-behaved dogs).


Three toilets and three showers cater comfortably for large groups. There are two bathrooms on the ground floor: a toilet, basin and shower room, and a separate bathroom. On the first floor, one bedroom has en suite toilet, shower and basin, and there is a third toilet with basin shared between the two other bedrooms.


There is a laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ceiling clothes airer. An outdoor clothes line is also available.


The garden is compact and private, sweeping around the front and side of the house. It is a real sun-trap and a lovely spot for sun loungers, and also the place for al fresco dining. There is a large barbeque area next to the herb garden and a wood-fired oven for delicious pizzas and breads. Under the pergola, covered in fragrant climbing plants, is a perfect place for a cool drink on the hammock. The 5x3 metre (1.3m deep) solar-heated above-ground pool (from May-September) is great to keep children amused all day, or plenty big enough for adults to relax. Please note - there is no shallow end, so small children need to be supervised.