Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
'Clos Fleuri' offers the ideal base for discovering the delights of the region. Just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Cognac with its medieval quarter. Take a trip on the Charente river here, visit one of the Cognac houses for a tasting or simply sit on the terrace of a cafe and watch the world go by.
The Roman town of Saintes with its amphitheater is just 20 minutes by car and there is a wealth of interesting towns, villages, seaside resorts, islands and attractions within travelling distance.
Alternatively why not spend a day or two relaxing round the pool, have a barbecue and wait for the sunset with a glass of wine to hand. The choice is yours!
The nearest Boulangerie for those essential croissants in the morning is just round the corner and the nearest supermarket just 3.5 kms away in Burie.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle, Nearest railway: Cognac|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Large well-equipped kitchen.
Enormous lounge with dining area (opening into small lounge area) and 3 lots of french windows opening onto the terrace.
Shower room downstairs with double washbasins and shower.
Seperate toilet downstairs.
Three bedrooms upstairs - 2 double and 1 single (there is a single bed base ( without legs) and mattress which can be put in either single or double bedroom for 6th person...please ask if needed). Bathroom with bath, washbasin and toilet.
The property retains much character with original stone charentais fireplaces, original wooden staircase, wooden beams and some stone walls.
|Further details outdoors|
The 10x5m pool is unheated but warms easily in the sun. A summer overnight cover ensures heat is retained for the next day.
There is a large terrace with outdoor furniture including table, chairs, parasol and sunbeds. A barbecue is at your disposal.
There is a large garden mainly laid to lawn with a large pebbled drive which provides parking for several vehicles within the enclosed grounds.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
This region is the second sunniest region of France after the French Riviera. It is renowned for its production of Cognac and also the aperitif Pineau - a mixture of cognac and grape juice! As well as the larger Cognac concerns such as Henessy and Martell, there are many smaller producers who welcome visitors for tastings.
The region is covered with rolling hills of vineyards, interspersed with fields of sunflowers and is the home of Charentais melons which can be bought directly from the fields when in season.
The River Charente winds its way through this department and offers relaxing walks along its banks. Fishing is a favourite pastime here as well as boat trips along the river.
The Atlantic coast has wonderful sandy beaches, many of which are lined with pine forests, such as at La Palmyre where one of the best zoos in Europe can be found. The nearest beach at Royan is only 45 minutes away!
Talmont with its streets full of Hollyhocks is a delight to visit, as is Mornac- sur- Seudre. Both being listed as one of the prettiest villages in France.
La Rochelle and the Ile de Re with its famous bridge are well worth a day trip, as are Bordeaux and St. Emilion in the opposite direction.
La Chapelle- des- Pots between St. Sulpice de Cognac and Saintes is steeped in pottery history and houses a pottery museum and factory. Also nearby at St Cesaire there is an interesting museum of the Neanderthal age. The skull of a woman from this era was discovered here some years ago.
For the young there is a water park at Jonzac and Futuroscope in Poitiers is a cinema theme park and worth a day trip. In fact the list of places to visit and things to do is endless!
Cognac is a pleasant town on the Charente river and has a medieval quarter. Here can be found a Chateau where King Francois I was born. The chateau now belongs to the Otard cognac house and is an interesting place to visit.
There are several cafes and restaurants in Cognac mainly round the main square and a cobbled pedestrian area with shops. The Jardin public offers pleasant surroundings for a stroll or a picnic.
There is a small port on the river in Cognac and boat trips, notably on the Dame Jeanne ( a reconstructed wooden boat of former times, used to transport goods along the river) provide a relaxing and peaceful way to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
Hennesy is also to be found along the banks of the Charente and their visits include a short boat trip to the opposite bank to visit the chais which store barrels of cognac.
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