Les Tilleuls - Le Chai
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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Les Tilleuls is an old Charentais farmhouse and distillery in the pretty hamlet of Echebrune, surrounded by rolling hills, fields of sunflowers and cognac vineyards. The barn has been converted to provide a spacious 4 bedroom gite, La Grange, and the ancient cognac distillery, which still retains the original alembic, has been converted into a cosy 2 bedroom gite, Le Chai. Both have their own private patio area, access to 3 acres of meadowland and stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the tranquility of the French countryside, visit the local 12th century church on the hillside, wander along the chalk lanes through the vineyards, cycle around the local villages or just laze by the 12x 6m pool!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meschers 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux or La Rochelle 90 km, Nearest railway: Pons 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Le Chai is a spacious 2 bedroomed ground floor gite thoughtfully converted from the original wine store and cognac distillery. The bright fully fitted kitchen and dining area lead on to the lounge which features the original “swan's neck” alembic, here the wine was distilled into cognac and with the exposed beams and stone walls it makes an amazing atmosphere! A hallway leads from the kitchen to the shower room and toilet and to the bedrooms, one with antique double bed the other with twin beds.
Le Chai is fully centrally heated for all year round holidays. The property also has wi-fi access.
Preferential rates for couples.
|Further details outdoors|
From the kitchen step on to the private patio area with barbecue, ideal for watching the glorious sunsets. There is a walkway to the enclosed parking area and access to the pool and children's play area with swings. The 12 x 6 m pool is fitted with a safety alarm and roman steps lead to the 1m depth with a gentle slope to the 2m depth. The pool is surrounded by raised decking with room for sunloungers, lunching beside the pool or just lazing in the shade of the walnut tree!
Le Chai is attached to La Grange, a larger 4 bedroom gite and the property can be let as a whole sleeping up to 12 people if required. We also offer preferential rates for couples.
All linen, bedding and towels are included and changed weekly - pool towels are available.
A welcome pack is provided and we can also provide a meal on arrival at 15 euros (including wine) - please ask for details.
We are also happy to introduce you to our local wine and cognac producers for a tour of their distillery and a chance to taste the local product!!
For anyone interested in purchasing in the area, we are always happy to share our experiences of purchasing and renovating a charentais home.
The Poitou-Charentes region
Les Tilleuls nestles at the foot of the hill in the small hamlet of Echebrune in the Charente Maritime region of south west France. The Charente Maritime region is renowned for its sunny, mild climate and its variety of sights and places to visit. The area is very proud of its hectares of vineyards stretching in the distance producing the world renowned cognac, and also in mid-summer the vivid colours of the sunflowers interspersed with villages of mellow charentais stone and gardens abounding with hollyhocks, wisteria and geraniums. Visit the pretty ports and beaches of the Gironde or venture further to the surfing beaches of the Atlantic, explore the the historic towns of Cognac, Saintes, La Rochelle or Bordeaux or enjoy a round of golf at one of three local 18 hole courses.
Echebrune, with its beautiful hilltop XIth century church, is just 4 miles from the pretty town of Pons which, with its mediaeval keep and pilgrims hospital, provides supermarkets, banks, post office, bars and restaurants and a twice weekly market. Les Tilleuls is also conveniently situated for the old town of Cognac with the houses of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin, etc offering fascinating guided tours of their cognac distilleries which, of course, include tastings! The Roman town of Saintes, with its Roman amphitheatre and bustling shopping centre, is also close by as are the beaches around the resort town of Royan. The pretty fishing ports of the Gironde estuary are within 30minutes. For children, visit the renowned zoo at La Palmyre, discover the Chateau des Enigmes at Pons or enjoy a day at the ‘Antilles de Jonzac’ an aqua playground of 10,000 sqm. Or just simply relax, explore the pretty surrounding villages and try Pineau des Charentes, the local aperitif
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13 Aug 2013
"Excellent family accommodation and beautiful outdoor space, in a convenient location for exploring the area."
We traveled with our two young children (3 and 6) and found the gite to be perfect for our needs. With a good-sized master bedroom and a lovely twin bedroom for the kids, we all had the space we neede… More
3 Aug 2013
"A haven of peace and tranquility"
My husband and I travelled with our 16 year old son (who had just finished his GCSEs) and our 2 year old German Shepherd. The three humans were all in need of a complete wind down and Les Tilleuls proved just the place to do that. The large gardens are beautiful and just the place to settle down on a sun lounger to read and contemplate life. The walnut tree provided some much needed shade, with the pool near enough to cool down when needed.
La chai is a delightful little gite ( actually not that small) with plenty of room to spread out. It is full of character, well equipped and nicely decorated. The lounge was blissfully cool when we needed to escape the sun(we were lucky enough to have temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s) and the little patio was a sun trap in the late afternoon!
Les Tilleuls is in the heart of cognac country with vines, sunflowers and wheat for as far as the eye can see with easy access to footpaths, if walking is your thing.
Derek and Lesley were the perfect hosts, on hand for information or a chat, but always mindful of their guest's privacy.
A perfect place to use as a base, if you want to explore the Charente, or,if like us, to veg out and enjoy the peace.
Thank you Derek and Lesley, we got just what we wanted and needed from our holiday at Les Tilleuls.
If you do decide to stay here, try l'Arriere Cour in Pons, a fabulous little restaurant with desserts to die for!
2 Sep 2011
"Fabulous holiday in an excellent gite and location"
Fantastic property, owners live in farmhouse next door and are very friendly and incredibly helpful. Beautiful location with easy access to Les Sable D'Ollonne, Meschers, Talmont, Cognac, Saintes etc etc.
Highly recommended and plan to stay again.
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