Flexible accommodation, great for one or two couples ready for a short trip or longer break, for holidays or house-hunting.
Our home is set in beautiful countryside, we offer bed & breakfast accommodation in a private apartment over two floors, two comfortable rooms with tea/coffee tray, and our price includes a good continental breakfast. Evening meals available on request.
Great location for visits to Cognac, Bordeaux, Angouleme, St Emilion, Dordogne, the coast....or just relax!
Welcome to our home, an ancient former barn with open beams, and views over beautiful countryside toward the old village of Yviers.
South Charente is blessed with one of the highest average hours of sun in France, and is a great place just to relax, or explore the area on foot, cycle or car amongst the vines, fields, and woodlands of this rural landscape.
Our accommodation comprises a first floor private lounge and dining area overlooking the pool, and two comfortable bedrooms, a first floor double overlooking open countryside with en-suite bathroom (bath, wc & basin), and a ground floor double overlooking the pool, with separate shower room (shower, wc & basin). All rooms are timber boarded or tiled.
As usual with bed & breakfast accommodation, we provide towels, bedding, essential toiletries, and a continental breakfast, and you can arrange an evening meal (24 hrs notice please).
Tea and coffee making facilities are available in bedrooms, and the dining area includes a kitchenette with sink, two hobs, fridge and microwave.
Outside, we have poolside recliners, and in season we open our pool daily for us to share with you. The pool is 10m x 5m, and a constant depth of 1.5m (no shallow or diving areas). Pool is heated, average 25 - 28 deg C.
Our location on the Charente and Dordogne border gives us access to the best of France throughout the year, its food, wine, culture, lifestyle, sightseeing, history, museums, sunshine....just explore, or take a few of our recommendations, including several UNESCO* world heritage sites...
- Aubeterre sur Dronne, historic and beautiful town with roots back
before the Romans, an 800 year-old subterranean church* (one of
only two in Europe), river with canoe/kayak hire.
- Bordeaux, famous port waterfront buildings*, sinister U-boat pens, wine
house centre, museums, historic old town, cathedrals. Restaurants
operated by Gordon Ramsey and Philip Etchebest.
- St Emilion*, centre of red wine production, many wine dealers and craft
shops and market-place restaurants within historic old town, containing
the only other subterranean church in Europe.
- Blaye, 17th-18th cent citadel* protecting river from the English,
designed by military architect Vauban. Includes fortifications, craft
shops, restaurants (try The Citadel, tables overlooking the estuary).
Angouleme, department walled city, wide range of shops, historic quarter with cathedral, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Creative centre for satirical and humourous cartoons, and home to the "circuit des remparts", an annual historic car race. Also home to the Museum of the Resistance.
Cognac, town and region, centre of cognac production and trade including historic old town, thriving shops and restaurants, and visits to the cognac chais.
Jonzac, market and spa town with impressive old centre, and modern spa complex with thermal pools.
Charente is one of the original 83 departments created in 1790 during the French revolution. With roots as part of the former Aquitaine, the area reflects the influence of past turmoil, conflicts within Plantagenet dynasties of the middle ages, hundred years war, wars of religion, and many towns and villages contain historic buildings varying from fortified churches and smallholdings through to grander chateau.
Fauna and flora abound, we often see deer, hare, buzzard, boar around, and with no street lighting, the night sky is lit by a million stars..
And I could go on but better not...
Car parking to front or rear of house.
Independent access to apartment and bedrooms via poolside door.
All bedrooms have en suite or private bathrooms.
The lounge area includes comfy chairs and TV with UK freesat stations, kitchenette, dining table and four chairs.
Open use of garden, please help yourself to any weeds.
Pool open daily (May - Sept and weather permitting). A security cover is in place overnight.
Interaction with guests
With that extra privacy of a self-contained apartment, we hope to offer more than just bed & breakfast accommodation.
Since moving here in 2014 we have a good knowledge of the region, including lots of ideas for sight-seeing, house hunting, food & drink, and we will happily make ourselves available to ensure your stay is a happy one.
Other things to note
Languages spoken: English, French, German, Italian.
We have two border collies, who would love to meet you!
All floors and stairs are polished timber boarded, or tiled.
Access to rooms includes using steps or stairs.
We enjoy a secluded location away from the madding crowd, but we do have reasonable Orange internet, and the house has wifi.
Mobile signals will vary according to your provider and location.
Evening meal available with 24 hour notice please, charge 17 euro pp.
Pool towels (free) are available on request.