The Old Tabac - Nr Cognac
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Beautifully furnished, well equiped, large sunny rooms, comfortable beds and large kitchen/breakfast room. Fabulous for wine-tasting, culture, boating, walking, cycling, fishing, golf, historical sites, yet near to Cognac and Saintes. Great for adults and children alike. Sandy beaches 50 mins away. The village of Migron, with its pretty 11th century stone church, has a mini-market, baker, butchers, post office and a weekly grocer's van selling fresh local vegetables. Oysters and mussels are sold in the main square on Saturday mornings. There is a tennis court a few minutes walk away. There are miles of quiet roads and tracks through vineyards, fields of sunflowers, woodland and villages which you can explore by foot or cycle. Find the streams and rivers and lakes nearby where you can fish. The stream that runs through the village is perfect for children to safely play in or feed the ducks! The house is very much a home rather than just a rental house, in fact this is the first year it has been let commercially other than just to friends. It is a perfect house for families and friends seeking comfort and relaxation, but with plenty on offer in the local area. WiFi and Bicycle hire.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan 60 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 100 km, Nearest railway: Cognac or Saintes 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
A cot can be supplied on request
The double rooms both have king size beds, and the singles 3ft beds - all have superior sprung mattresses.
The house accommodates 10 people in bedrooms, plus baby in cot. However, there is a sprung mattress on the sofa bed in the playroom should you have an extra guest.
There is a large, well-equiped kitchen-breakfast room with doors which lead straight on to the terrace, where we eat most of our meals and spend long lazy lunches or evenings.. The other rooms downstairs are a utility room, cloakroom, play room and sitting room with a large hallway from where the stairs lead up to the first floor. Upstairs there are four large double or twin rooms, loo, shower room and family bathroom. Then a few steps through to the main bedroom which has its own en-suite and is slightly apart from the other bedrooms. There is a small landing here where there is a desk, though this could equally be an area to have a cot if needed. From this landing there is a second staircase which leads back to the kitchen.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden has different areas to sit and relax or eat, whether you want sun or shade. There is a table tennis room leading off the main terrace for those family tournaments! There is only one access to the walled garden, through the large gates, and once those are closed the garden is completely safe for children. Play boules in the large gravelled areas, swing in the hammock under the shade of the mulberry tree. Within the enclosed poolside area there is an old stone poolhouse with table, chairs and swing seat, looking onto the pool, as well as a large loo/changing room. The pool captures the sun from early morning to early evening.
The large swimming pool (10m x 5m) has steps into the pool the entire width, which makes it particularly good/easy for both young and old! There is an electric safety cover, as well as gates into the pool area.
There is a large teak table and chairs on the terrace outside the kitchen.
In the shaded stone poolhouse there is another table and chairs, with a swing seat.
There is an outside changing room and loo in the pool house.
A cleaner will visit mid-week and extra help arranged if required
Linen and towels provided but please bring pool and beach towels.
It is expected that the house is left in good, clean order, as you found it, with cleaning carried out and any damage reported.
Whilst general wear and tear is considered acceptable, the deposit will be used as compensation for damage or theft, or extra cleaning and laundry where necessary.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charente Maritime is one of the sunniest, prettiest and friendliest areas of France with approx 300 days of sunshine a year. June, July and August are the hottest, most reliable months, but from April to October you can enjoy frequent, fine warm days. Winter is mild and Spring comes early.
There is such variety in this area, from the wonderful beaches of the Cote Sauvage to the north and the Gironde to the south, and the gentle rolling countryside with the River Charente making its journey to the coast.
Another joy of this area is that it is never too busy or crowded, even in the peak season. There are so many activities and places to visit within an hour of our home (to suit every taste and age), but then you can return to a tranquil haven and the swimming pool !
In addition to the famous tipples, the region is also renowned for its food, (particularly seafood and foie gras). There are many markets and restaurants to suit all pockets.
The immediate area is famous for its Cognac and Pineau, both produced from the vineyards, that together with huge fields of sunflowers, make this area so interesting and distinctive.
The Charentaise people are very sociable and the summer agenda is filled with jazz and classical concerts, fireworks, fetes and brocantes every week of the summer.
The Charente river offers a wide range of water sport (including excellent fishing) while the countryside offers the excitement of Roman heritage, wine-tasting, cycling, horse riding, championship golf courses, tennis, birdwatching, walking (Ramblers - there are 80 signed circuits) and of course, good shopping!
One thing is sure, you will never be bored - the activities and places to visit are too numerous to mention - perhaps you will have to visit again! Below are just some of them - there are guided visits to many of them - including some by night.
Treetop wire adventure courses (suitable for all ages)
Europe's best aquarium at La Rochelle
Paleosite at Saint Cesaire
Magnificent Roman architecture and Amphitheatre at Saintes
Guided tours of the Grand Cognac Houses - Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin
Rochefort Maritime Arsenal and Fortifications and Rope factory
Sea and river trips
Abbeys, Chateaux and Museums
Thermal Spa - Jonzac
Zoo - La Palmyre
Ile d'Aix, Ile Madame, Fort Boyard
Ile d'Oleron and Ile de Re
Oyster & mussel farming near Fouras
Sailing, sea-kayaking, canoeing and water-skiing
Wonderful parks for children with varied activities - Cognac
Classic Car race - Angouleme
Violin sur le Sable - Royan
The French are very organised when it comes to tourism - the local tourist offices are extremely helpful.
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9 Dec 2013
"Very nicely done, excellent swimming pool, perfect for the family."
A very nicely done village house with excellent swimming pool and very friendly and helpful owners. Perfect for the family.… More
22 Nov 2013
"Lovely house in a very French village"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Old Tabac. The house is well equipped and beautifully decorated. We especially enjoyed making use of the fabulous BBQ and patio area as well as the ping pong room… More
10 Nov 2012
We arrived slightly later than initially planned, a small mix up with picking up the keys. That said when we gained access, the house was wonderful, very well equipped, spacious the kitchen as it shou… More
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25 Sep 2012
"Ticked all the boxes"
Spent a week with friends and family (mostly French) and we all agreed this was a wonderful place to stay, much more of a home away from home than your average holiday rental. It had everything you wo… More
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2 Aug 2012
"Our Summer Holiday at the Old Tabac"
It suited us very well as it was a quiet village location, the house was very private, with a lovely patio area just outside the kitchen. Just a 3 minute walk through the village and you arrive at the boulangerie which we visited every day. Also supermarket in village which was well stocked for a village store. The house was stunning just my cup of tea beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Ample space for a large extended family. The pool area was perfect just a shame the weather was not so good. I would thoroughly recommend this property and the village.
8 May 2012
"spacious and relaxing"
Large and light period property, easily big enough for a larger group.All the basics plus lots of extras make it a real home from home.Good size off road private gated parking area, and nice size secl… More
18 Apr 2012
"Excellent place to stay for families, groups!!!"
Stayed at the above property with family and friends. Excellent facilities, beautiful pool area, and plenty to do in the surrounding areas. Would absolutely recommend this as a very relaxing place to stay for all ages.
5 Sep 2011
"Superb for all the family"
We couldn't fault The Old Tabac. Luxurious decor, wonderful pool and pool house, enough space and comfort for everyone. Everything we needed was there, and more! We made full use of the terrace, … More
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