House Near Cognac, Charente, France - Rural Location, 3 Or 4 Mins To Nearest Bakery. 10mins To Town With All Commerces And Weekly Market.
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About Robert Barrow
Hi, my name is Robert ( Rob ). After years of renovating houses and interior designing in Britain, my partner and I, bought and renovated this beautiful charentaise " Maison de Maitre" [ Masters house] Being one of six children, we have always had plenty of family and friends staying here with us, and so knowing how well this house accommodates everyones needs, whether old or young, we have decided to rent out the house. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Robert Barrow purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2004
Why Robert Barrow chose Criteuil-la-Magdeleine
The area is stunning. The house is surrounded by fields of vines and sunflowers. The area boasts the second highest amount of sunshine hours in France, second only to the south coast. This is a rural setting, with quick and easy access to towns, shops, bistro's and activities, and only an hour from the great beaches of the Atlantic coast and Bordeaux
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The house is very private with enclosed gardens and separate, enclosed and secure pool area. The rooms are huge, and because there are lots of different seating areas both inside and out, there is room for everyone to have a little time and space to themselves. The Covered BBQ area with its large fireplace and seating area is very popular for relaxed evenings. You can just step outside the gate to enjoy the beautiful countryside either on foot or by bike. We have Six bikes (free of charge) and also are registered with bike hire direct for any extras or accessories. www.bikehiredirect.com
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask us.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A very special holiday location
We booked a 2 week stay at the end of August, some family time and then some time to unwind!
This property ticked every box... it is absolutely gorgeous, clean, well maintained, beautifully furnished and very well equipped.
Our hosts, who live in another property nearby, were wonderful, particularly Rob, who couldn't have been more helpful when needed but completely inconspicuous when not.
We are looking forward to exploring more of the beautiful Charante region and will certainly be back to Petit Moulin .
Lovely, large house.
Really lovely house - perfect for a family gathering. We were a large group with a large age range. Was really well suited to us all. Very secure access to the pool reassured the parents of young children, the pool, table tennis, table football and pool table kept the teenagers busy and there were lots of lovely indoor and outdoor spots to relax. Great tranquil location but also not too far from cognac or Bordeaux in the car if you want to do some touring. Highly recommend.
Peaceful and relaxing
A beautiful house in the middle of the French countryside. Ideal for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Perfect setting for a glorious sunny, summer holiday with the family. Beyond all expectations!
The owners were the perfect hosts, with lots of thoughtful touches which absolutely made our visit! The place was spotlessly clean and provided everything we could possibly need. The beds were comfy, the rooms beautifully furnished and all situated in a quiet peaceful setting. The outdoor areas; pool, various dining spaces, games room and fireside den meant that there was little or no reason to leave. All agreed it was our best family holiday to date!
Excellent location and amenities.
Lots of character and well designed rooms.
Party of 7 with 4 dogs and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Robert and Philip were great hosts, available if needed but otherwise unobtrusive.
Would definitely recommend this to others and we hope to come again sometime.
Also, good value for money.
5 star venue for a family reunion - with on-site service to boot!
We had visited here on a recce last September, preparing for a family reunion this year and were most impressed. The property is in terrific condition, all as described in the listing. What tops this compared to other properties is the presence of the owners Phil and Rob in their adjoining but discrete property next door.
We were arriving from all points of the globe and utilised Rob and Phil's offer on arrival of preparing a meal for us saving either risking delays or us having to cook on the first evening. A fabulous feast at a reasonable price was delivered saving much stress.
Their attention to every detail and daily maintenance of the pool was most appreciated, removing the worry of other establishments that if anything goes wrong it will not be immediately rectified. Their helpful, yet unobtrusive presence and tips meant a most enjoyable week.
Highly recommended, this is a terrific place to enjoy a good get together, with fully equipped kitchen for home catering, wonderful reception rooms with real character and tastefully furnished. Complete with grand piano as well as plenty of restaurants, supermarkets and boulangeries within short travel times.
The Charente valley is an undiscovered haven for culture and water sports, un-touristy, certainly for the Brits who tend to congregate further south in the Dordogne. We loved Angouleme, Cognac, Jonzac, Saintes and the sea at Royan - don't miss it!
The Atlantic coast is less than an hours drive away with the Côte Sauvage offering some of the most stunning coastline in the South-West. La Rochelle is around 1hr15mins away and from here you can also explore the beautiful islands of Ré and Oleron just off the coast.
Bordeaux airport is the most convenient, and is one hours drive; car hire is necessary, and very easy to arrange at the airport. Other airports within easy driving distance include Poitiers, Limoges and La Rochelle. The channel port of Calais is around 625km away with Caen and St Malo being 411km and 383km respectively.
Several groups have come by train and then hired a car at Angoulême
The nearest town is 9km and has a choice of several supermarkets,bars and restaurants, a weekly street market and pharmacies, banks and doctors. The pretty town of Cognac is a 20min drive.
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CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR ....Why not spend the festive period with friends and family ensconced in our lovely home. The house, although huge, is incredibly warm and cosy during the winter months, thanks to the modern oil fired heating system and woodburners.Seasoned oak logs are supplied for the logburners.Beautifully interlined drapes and gorgeous throws on sofas and beds complete the picture.
The kitchen is an amazingly well equiped/appointed space...even the keenest of cooks would be happy to cater for very large groups.
Many local fetes/festivals.
Cognac Blues Passion July 2012...headliners, including Sting and Tom Jones...the biggest Blues festival outside of the USA. 4 days of fabulous music held at various venues (Outdoor and indoor) around the beautiful town of Cognac.
Circuit des Remparts, Sept .....A weekend of classic car rallies culminating on Sunday with an thrilling day of racing around the streets of Angouleme. This event is not to be missed and attracts entrants from all over Europe.