The house is excellently situated at the centre of historic Cognac with easy access to all amenities. Relax with a coffee and Cognac in the pretty square opposite the statue of Francois 1st. Take in a Cognac house tour or a lazy walk along the River Charente. Cognac has a selection of supermarkets, indoor & outdoor markets, boutiques, museums, restaurants, bars and cafes and of course it is home to some of the worlds most well known Cognac houses including Hennessey, Martell, Otard, Camus and many more. There is plenty for all the family to do without taking the car. Enjoy fishing by the river, or mini golf, tennis, pedalos, or have an open-air bbq in the park. There's lots of fun for the children in the play park and a splash in the paddling pool to cool down on a hot day There is also an outdoor lido and golf is 5 minutes away by car. It is 20 minutes to the larger towns of Saintes & Angouleme & its artificial beach, 5 km to Jarnac home of Courvoisier Cognac and the birth place of President Mitterand. The pretty sea side towns of Royan, and La Rochelle/il de Re within a 1 hour drive. The city of Bordeaux is approx 1 hour 20 minutes.
The property consists of 3 bedrooms (2 kingsize and 1 single plus travel cot), upstairs shower room and separate wc, ground floor wc, fitted kitchen, separate dining room, sitting room leading to courtyard, attached garage, deep freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. UK Sky TV with towels and bedlinen included.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Royan 60 km|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Walk around the old town: here the narrow streets are a mix of narrow medieval timber framed houses that once housed the workers and the grander mansions of the wealthy merchants.
Points of interest include the window called ‘King’s balcony’ which is half way along Rampe du Chateau. Amongst the decoration are two salamanders, the insignia of King François 1 found throughout this part of town.
Also along this street is the Creux de Charlotte, once the chateau’s water tank, but turned into a public wash house after the Revolution.
The two crenellated towers along Quai Maurice Hennessy date from 1499 – 1500 and which some of the few remains almost of the original fortified town.
Walk along Rue Grande, Cognacâ€™s main street from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, which is evident in the half-timbered houses. The most well-known is Maison de la Lieutenance at number seven whose wooden storey dates back to the 15th century. The house owes its name to the lieutenant general of Cognac who lived there during the 16th century
Down by the river are the blackened chais (warehouses) that still store barrels of Cognac, their discoloured state caused by the alcohol evaporating into the surrounding air. The locals call this â€˜the angels taking their shareâ€™ â€“ sadly, the truth is less romantic as the culprit is a tiny fungus that thrives in the alcohol-laden atmosphere.
Another option is to follow one or both of the routes created by the tourist office to help you discover the town. With â€˜totemâ€™ poles or panels that give information on the townâ€™s history, the routes lead visitors through different parts of Cognac. These include the banks of the River Charente, place FranÃ§ois 1er, place dâ€™Armes, the RÃ©collets convent and the gardens of the town hall.
The Parcours du Roy route takes visitors back in time to the era of the salt trade and then the brandy industry, thanks to its pathway through the beautiful streets of the old town. Also take a look at the booklet, available from the tourist office, called â€˜Laissez-vous conter Cognacâ€™ or â€˜Discover the world of Cognacâ€™ which contains a programme of six visits that are a little different. The â€˜Les instantanÃ©esâ€™ (or â€˜Snapshot tourâ€™) tours is all about getting to know a particular place or a district of the town during a brief visit of no more than 30 minutes.
The â€˜Rendez-vous en terres cognaÃ§aises inconnuesâ€™, meanwhile, take visitors on a mystery trip to a less well-known but stil;l exceptional feature, monument or site in the region. All you know in advance is a place and time to meet â€“ nothing else.
The â€˜Savoir-faire et des Hommesâ€™ tour focuses on local personalities. Artists, artisans and designers living in the
region open up their workshops to share their knowledge and passion for their art or craft.
Take a cognac tour: one of most popular tourist attractions is a tour of one â€“ or more! â€“ of the many cognac producers to learn the history of cognac, how it is made plus enjoy a tasting or two. Most of the big names offer a tour â€“ more information. Itâ€™s also worth asking the tourist office about tours of the surrounding vineyards and smaller producers where you can also buy direct.
ChÃ¢teau de Cognac: the birthplace of FranÃ§ois 1 is now called ChÃ¢teau de Cognac. During its illustrious history it hosted the marriage of Richard the Lion Heartâ€™s son to AurÃ©lie de Cognac in 1190. During the French Revolution it was sold as national property and bought in 1795 by cognac producer Baron Otard. Today it is the headquarters of Otard cognac. A tour includes some of the rooms of the chÃ¢teau.
MusÃ©e FranÃ§ois Mitterrand: in the nearby town of Jarnac, itâ€™s dedicated to former French president FranÃ§ois Mitterrand who was born in the town. One of Franceâ€™s most loved and respected presidents, the museum chronicles his life, but also contains the gifts he received from visiting heads of state from around the world when he was president. 10 quai de lâ€™Orangerie, Jarnac; tel 05 45 81 38 88
The Village Gabarrier: the village of Saint Simon was once the site of the Charenteâ€™s most important shipyard. Today itâ€™s peaceful but 200 years ago the air was filled with a cacophony of noise as workmen and traders plied their trade. To soak up the history, take a look at the museum, La maison des Gabarriers, which is housed in an elegant old stone building. Your ticket also includes a 90-minute trip on a replica gabarre. Also stroll around town, keeping an eye out for evidence of the past â€“ signs explaining all are posted along the way. Also worth a look is the 12th century church of Saint Sigismond.
Bourg-Charente: take the tow-path from Cognac and follow the river to this medieval chateau thatâ€™s overlooked by a grand chÃ¢teau owned by the family behind Grand Marnier (unfortunately, it is not open to the public). You can, however, have lunch at the Charenteâ€™s only Michelin-starred restaurant, La RibaudiÃ¨re.