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Bob and Jane Todd

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Cognac - Le Moulin de Chazotte

Four individual gites sleeping 4, 5, 6 and 7 persons respectively

Le Moulin de Chazotte dates back to the 15th century when it was a flour and walnut-oil mill constructed by the then owner who had a chateau in the existing grounds. The mill closed down in 1896 and was finally abandoned during the first world war. The current owners began a total renovation project in 2003 beginning with bringing drinkable water, electricity and sanitation to the mill for the first time. Since then they have created four individual self-catering holiday gites within the building complex. The accommodation has been reconstructed to a very high standard but still retains many of the original features, particularly the exposed beams and the wonderful cream-coloured limestone. The mill stands in 11 acres of park and woodland with it's own little river, the Chazotte, running through it. Visitors can enjoy the total rural tranquilty of the mill location and the many facilities such as the large salt water pool whilst being able to be in bustling Cognac in 10 minutes by car.

The history of Cognac: The Cognac area was colonised by the Romans for some 800 years and any town or village with the letters 'ac' at the end or it's name was originally a roman villa (hence names like Cognac, Mesnac, Jarnac etc). The Romans introduced vines and viticulture into the region and so initiated the development of the world-famous drink of Cognac. Nowadays Cognac production is a thriving industry and we have the likes of Hennessy, Courvoisier and Martell almost on our doorsteps. We recommend that you have a conducted tour (and tasting!) of at least one Cognac distillery while you are staying with us.

There are also literally hundreds and hundreds of small family-run Cognac producers in the Charente and we have a close tie with the Chateau Chesnel which produces Cognac and Pineau (a local aperitif based on Cognac) under the family name of Roffignac. There was an intermarriage between the Chesnel and Chazotte families back in the middle ages so it makes for a particularly interesting local visit.

Water sports: The West coast of France boasts some of the finest sandy beaches in Europe. The mill is located only an hour from Royan where you can combine a day basking on the beach with a superb meal at one of many fresh-fish restaurants. At St. Georges de Didonne (next to Royan) is a magnificent sheltered and sandy beach which is perfect for younger kids. There is now also a pretty hair-raising tree rope-walking centre! For the more confident swimmer you can drive just a few miles along the coast from Royan to the Côte Sauvage and indulge in some surfing or body-boarding in the perfect Atlantic waves. Closer to home, and possibly for a cloudy day, we have water activity centres at St. Jean d'Angély, Angouleme and Jonzac. Even closer still (7 minutes by car!) is a recreation lake at Thors where you can hire pedalos or enjoy swimming in the lake before enjoying a good and very reasonably priced meal at the restaurant by the lake. Of course you can always go for a swim in the pool right here too!

Holidays for Mums (and Dads!) as well as the kids: For busy Mums a break from the routine of cooking and cleaning can be crucial. So, we provide well-equipped kitchens and a BBQ to encourage the dads to grab the apron while mum chills out with a book by the pool or on the terrace with a glass of wine. Superb fresh produce from local markets suddenly also makes cooking exciting again. Of course with such a wealth of restaurants, in theory, you needn't cook a single meal during your entire stay here! We often have a group BBq for all our guests at the back of the mill too.

As for the children well, we have one very important asset here...11 acres of space with a river! We have bikes for exploring, we have a large Canadian canoe for a paddling adventure right from the millpond. We have badminton and swings in the shade of the wood. We have a stunning saltwater pool (larger than average at 6m x 12m) - floodlit, heated and securely fenced. We have table-tennis and table-football in the barn and a 7 acre field for rounders and cricket.

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Details for holiday apartment Le Chai , 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Le Chai is a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2 to 4 persons. It has a lounge with dining area. The lounge has comfortable seating for 4 together with a library of books. The dining area has a table and chairs seating four. The kitchen is fully-fitted with fridge/freezer, microwave, oven etc. The shower room has an easy-access shower plus a WC, vanity basin and an alcove for the washing machine. The Terrace at the front is privately fenced with it's own BBQ, hardwood table and chairs and a parasol. There is car parking right outside the terrace. Le Chai has views at the back over the mill races and to the front it looks into the woods that border the river chazotte. There is a folder with leaflets and suggestions for things to do plus various games and jigsaws. For winter use, Le Chai has central heating and an electric log-effect fire. In addition the apartment is finished to a very high standard with double-glazed hardwood windows and doors plus exposed original stonework.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Bob and Jane Todd (Owner)
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Le Chai
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
Le Chai
+0033 -(0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
London, UK

Summer 2009 - Le Moulin de Chazotte

  • 4 out of 5
We stayed at LeMoulin for a week during the summer of 2009. It was exactly what we wanted - a quiet, relaxing, rural retreat for a week. Great location for cycling as well. Highly recommend making a day of cycling to Cognac, having lunch, doing one of the tours at the Cognac producers, etc. Bob and Jane were very welcoming hosts, and the group BBQ was a nice idea to enable everyone to get to know each other. The mid summer heat/humidity can be quite extreme in this area of France, but the swimming pool helps to counter this! Overall, a great holiday location, we would recommend.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Quite a few of our visitors bring bikes on top of their cars and put them to good use during their holiday. Cycling in France tends to be a less dangerous pastime than in the UK because French car and lorry drivers usually show a far greater respect for two wheels. There is a national passion for the Tour de France, of course, and in the summer you'll often the see the cycling clubs out on the roads with their brilliantly coloured outfits. There appears to be no upper age limit either as some of the cyclists are still zipping along despite clearly being closer to 100 than 50 years old! The Charente area is relatively flat with very light traffic and is perfect for leisurely cycling.
Le Chai
+0033 -(0)545 323972
Cognac Charente


  • 5 out of 5
myself and my wife jackie stayed here in june 2008,i am writing this reveiw in november 2009,the holiday is still very vivid in both our minds.it was a lovely time,peace and tranquillity,lovely setting right in the middle of wine growing country around cognac,and a great base for sightseeing in this most idilic region of france.
would i recommend staying here ? a resounding yes from us,(and i am not the easiest man in the world to please).
  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those comments. Two of our nearest neighbours are, in fact, Cognac producers with their own distilleries. The first, Chateau Chesnel, is an imposing chateau with a long and fascinating history - the owner, La Comptess de Roffinac, is a charming lady who personally leads conducted tours of her Chateau and distillery throughout the summer. The second is the Chateau de Mesnac which also organises guided tours but is also an outstanding restaurant. We're always happy to arrange tours or reserve tables for our guests and particularly so because we like to support our hard-working local businesses.


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cherves Richemont
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf du Cognac
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély on the A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Chateau Mesnac
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
La Mongie (Barèges, Pyrenees)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The peaceful and gently rolling terrain of this beautiful area of vineyards and woodlands is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike and it's a bird-spotters paradise. Restaurants of all types are abundant but the local Charentais cuisine is exquisite and nowhere more so than at our local Chateau Mesnac which is within walking distance from the mill. Several theme parks (eg Futuroscope) are great for a day out but there are also aquariums, zoos, historic chateaux, many roman sites, ancient churches and abbeys all within reach by car. Local towns have excellent food markets and brocantes (flea markets) are common in the summer. Canoeing on the Charente and pedalling on the Velorail near Cofolens are great for working up an appetite! A day out to the beach at Royan or Ile d'Oléron is a must combined with a meal at one of the fresh-fish retaurants. Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saintes and Angouleme all make a fascinating day trip - we'll provide details of many more such outings in your gite.

Other Activities: Please check out the many, many activities via our website link

Golf: The Poitou Charentes region of France has yet to market itself properly to the world golfing fraternity. There are dozens of well-regarded golf courses in this area not the least of which is the superb Cognac golf course at St. Brice. In recent years we have hosted numerous golfers who have combined their love of the game with an opportunity to chill out here at the pool as well as to explore the area. We have a section on our website specifically devoted to golfing which you can get to via our link on this website.

Ski: Skiing is not something that goes on much in this part of France largely because we rarely get any snow! However we have a direct connection with a ski and activity holiday company based in the Pyrenees which may well be of interest if you're into skiing or, for that matter, any other activity-based holiday. Mountainbug is run by our daughter and son-in-law and they operate out of Barèges near Lourdes. They offer full board and lodging with tuition and mountain-guiding as well as airport collection etc (from Pau or Toulouse airports usually). You can find a link to them on our website or we'd be pleased to give you more details ourselves. In recent years we have arranged a number of 'two-centre' holidays for families wanting an avtive week or so in the mountains followed (or preceded) by a week or two in the tranquility of the Charente here at the mill.


Rates & Availability

Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Cognac, Charente


  • BOOKING PROCEDURE: A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable to secure the booking. The balance of 75% is then due 8 weeks before the start date. Payments can be in Euros or Sterling at the conversion rate on the day. Please contact us to discuss the most convenient (and painless!) way to do it. We will send you a booking form for completion or you can download a copy from our website

    SECURITY DEPOSIT: A security deposit of 1 weeks low season rental is required at the same time as the balance payment for each booking. This is to be by separate cheque or other payment and will be refunded in full within 2 weeks of the end of your stay once any breakages or damage has been paid for. Full details can be found on our website www.cognacvacances.com
  • CLEANING: Your accommodation will have been thoroughly cleaned at the time of your arrival. We would like you to leave the place in the same condition at the end of your stay. If you prefer we can arrange a cleaning service at an additional charge of 30€. Please note that if exceptional cleaning is required we may need to charge an additional amount to cover the expenses incurred.
  • HEATING: During mid and low season lets heating may be required. An additional charge of 35€ per week is made for central heating and use of the electric log-effect heater will be charged at EDF cost.
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Accommodation and facilities for Le Chai in Cognac in Charente

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Vanity unit and washine machine in separate alcove
  • The bathroom has been designed to allow access for disabled persons. The floor is tiled and completely level to give easy access to the shower cubicle. There are grab handles in the shower and the toilet. All light switches in the apartment are located at a lower level than usual to assist wheelchair users.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Family room - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Cot available
  • The bedroom has a connecting door to the shower room and toilet. The bunk beds are in a curtained annexe off to the side of the main bed.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
The location of the mill building on it's own small river is potentially a risk to younger children. We are parents ourselves and we have welcomed youngsters of all ages to this lovely place since 2005. We have found that normal parental guidance plus a gentle warning from the owners at the beginning is more than adequate protection. In practice the enormous pleasure that parents and children alike get from watching the fish and crayfish in the millpond, the dragon flies and even the king fishers more than makes up for the need for a little extra vigilance...and that's even before they go on a supervised paddling adventure upstream in the Canadian canoe!

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