This beautiful Cognac chateau with heated pool is next to a village church, just a short walk from local shops and restaurants in this lovely part of the Poitou-Charentes. It has been within the same family indirectly for 800 years and is steeped in local history. The owners have sympathetically renovated to provide modern accommodation and facilities within the ancient walls, whilst preserving the heritage of the building; such features as cobbled floors, painted heraldry shields, oak panelled walls, tiled and wooden floors, beamed ceilings and of course beautiful old fireplaces. Outside, a remarkable 200-year-old lime tree still provides a shady escape from the heat. Why not start your day with a gentle stroll into the village for your morning coffee and croissants, and end the day with a private chef prepared meal in the chateau for an easy-going, relaxed holiday. It would be a pity not to venture out and explore; Angouleme's old town has cobbled streets packed with buzzing and friendly restaurants and cafes, and a visit to Cognac to sample the delicious local brandy is a must. The Poitou-Charentes is the land of Richard the Lionheart, birthplace of Eleanor of Aquitaine, site of many Roman remains and lies on the St Jacques de Compostelle Pilgrim route into northern Spain; there are endless possibilities for cultural excursions to medieval villages and Roman towns. But this is also a region of agriculture, forests, lakes and rivers. Gastronomy and wine are important here; the Poitou-Charentes red, white and rose wines more than stand up against their rivals from the Loire and Bordeaux. You cannot leave without sampling the local aperitif, Pineau des Charentes, which is made by adding unfermented grape juice to Cognac. Seafood features strongly thanks to the long Atlantic coastline; make sure you try the ultra-fresh oysters of Marennes d'Oleron, renowned across France. Discover the black chicken of Barbezieux, delicious goats’ cheeses and even cognac-imbibing snails!
A holiday here could be like reliving history, with part of the chateau dating from the 12th century and having been in the family for 800 years there are many stories to tell. Set in delightful gardens in a small village with a bar and a restaurant, along with the essential shops and the bustling city of Angouleme just 10 miles away, you can combine relaxing by the pool and city life with ease. Visit the market and eat at one of the many nearby restaurants. A great destination for the kids, who can dress the part of staying in an ancient castle with costumes provided or have a wonderful time enjoying the large garden with pool, trampoline, swing, seesaw and slide. Definitely a place for a very special holiday!
Fully equipped kitchen, door to garden.
Dining room with panelled walls, beamed ceiling, overlooking the garden.
Living/music room (feature fireplace housing TV & DVD, grand piano (only for good pianists), panelled walls, beamed ceiling.
Terrace twin/double bedroom (1.60m 4-poster & 1 x 0.90m single bed), ensuite shower room, WC
Play room/dormitory bedroom (up to 6 single beds (0.90m) and 3 cots available).
Shower room, WC.
Heraldic twin/double bedroom (1.60m with additional 1.40m bed on mezzanine), ensuite shower room, WC.
Valley twin/double bedroom (1.60m canopy bed).
Park double/twin bedroom (1.60m 4-poster & 0.90m single), ensuite bathroom, WC.
Family suite with double bedroom (1.40m 4-poster) and separate twin bedroom (2 x 0.90m), bathroom, WC.
8 acres of completely enclosed grounds, 200 year-old lime tree provides shade near the house, white flower garden. Outdoor dining table and several other seating areas. Gas and charcoal barbecues. Heated pool (depth 1 – 1.5m) Slide, swing, seesaw and trampoline (use at own risk). Ample parking within grounds.
Included: Wi-Fi internet. Pool heating in July & August.
Extras: Maid service €12 per hour. Pool heating May, June, Sept & Oct €20 per day. Winter heating €60 per day from end Sept to March and €40 per day March to June.
There is no restaurant in the village, but a chef service is available at the chateau on request, offering French, Thai and Indian cuisine.
About The Location
- Dignac 6km
- Marthon 10km
- Angouleme 15km
- Brantome 43km
- Perigueux 72km
- Bergerac 100km
- Limoges 108km
- Poitiers 124km
- Bordeaux 135km
- Angloueme TGV 18km
- (2hrs train to Paris)
- Walking distance to local village for
- Shops | cafe | Sunday market
- Nearest restaurants 2km
- Royan & coast 129km
- Walking | cycling
- Tennis & football (Bouex) 3km
- Horse riding at Pranzac 12km