Charming family villa near Cognac - Dating from the 16th century, this charming family villa was once the centre of a Cognac estate, now refurbished and converted into a beautiful, spacious home in unspoilt countryside with lovely views all around.
The house is elegantly furnished and retains some lovely features such as marble fireplaces, but still offers a very child-friendly environment including extensive grounds and an enclosed pool with covered games area for table tennis and an area for badminton.
Its position on a hillside in the southern Charente is perfect for touring the pretty towns, Romanesque churches and vineyards of the region. The nearby village of Brossac has local shops. Just 10 minutes away, Chalais and Barbezieux-St-Hilaire each have an impressive chateau and weekly markets. The Charente claims to have the most hours of sun in France, and the Atlantic coast has wonderful stretches of sandy beach. The beautiful town of Cognac is just 45 mins away, while the elegant port town of Bordeaux is only an hour's drive. La Rochelle, offering boat trips to the islands of Oléron and Ré, is less than 2 hours' drive from the villa.
Large living room, wood-burning fire.
Dining room, open fireplace.
TV room (TV, DVD, CD).
Kitchen, door to garden
Family bedroom (1.60m double and 0.90m single), French doors to garden, ensuite shower room.
Two staircases to split level first floor :
Family bedroom (1.40m double & 0.90m single), adjacent private bathroom, WC.
Family bedroom (1.60m double & 0.90m single), ensuite shower room, WC.
Family bedroom (1.60m 4-poster bed & 0.90m single), ensuite shower room, WC.
2 x twin bedrooms (0.90m) share family bathroom, WC.
Large grounds with enclosed lawn for children. 12m x 6m pool (depth: 1m-2.5m, ladder), converted open barn with summer kitchen, barbecue, sauna, shower room. Badminton court, table tennis, trampoline (with safety net - use at own risk). Please note: the charming owners live in a separate, private house sharing only the driveway to the property.
Brossac 5 mins. Chalais 15 mins (train to Bordeaux). Aubeterre 25 mins. Angouleme 30 miles. Cognac 45 mins. Bordeaux 1 hour. Royan and Atlantic coast 1 hour 30 mins. Golf 20 mins. Cycling, tennis & horse riding nearby.
6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms, 5 WCs
Private 12m x 6m POOL
Included: 2 hours mid-week maid service. One hour per day use of Sauna. Pool towels. WiFi internet.
Extras: Telephone. Winter heating supplement £175 per week. Additional use of sauna.
I like this house with its double frontage and big rooms and its an ideal family house. Nice big swimming pool enclosed by hedges means the children are safely within this area. The caretakers are delightful and take great care ensuring all their guests leave having enjoyed a memorable holiday. Great area for trying out the local Cognac and a good location for visiting the Dordogne as well as Bordeaux and the coast.