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Bob and Jane Todd

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home 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 home L'Abricotier, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

L'Abricotier is a three bedroom holiday house sleeping up to 6 persons. Formerly the coach house, this building has been carefully renovated to create high quality living accommodation full of character and original features. All three bedrooms have lovely views and also on the first floor is a shower room with toilet and vanity unit. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower and a wash basin. On the ground floor is a lounge with comfortable seating for six plus a fireplace and wood-burning fire. There is satellite TV and a cd player. There is a library of books and games plus a folder full of leaflets showing things to do in the area. The downstairs wc is an added convenience! The kitchen is fully-fitted with appliances and a comprehensive range of utensils, cutlery and crockery. The adjoining dining area has a table and seating for six. There are no less than two terraces (South and West facing) with a feature stone-built BBQ , sun awning and hardwood table and chairs.
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Bob and Jane Todd

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Speaks French, English
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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
Coalville, Leics, England


  • 5 out of 5
I very rarely write reviews of places we have vsited but Le Moulin de Chazotte was one of the best houses I have stayed in in over six years of holidaying in France. The facilities were first rate and very spacious (my kids loved having two bedrooms to choose from!). The house was very well kept and included nice touches like some games and books for those rainy days. Plus lots to see in the area.

Two things stand out - Bob the owner was so friendly and helpful and secondly the house just oozed character and charm. I would recommend to anyone!
  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente


  • 5 out of 5
We have just returned from a wonderful week staying in l'abricotier gite,part of the Moulin de Chazotte .
As a family of 5 aged 3 - 44 yrs we can highly recommend this gite.
Bob and Jane have thought of everything a family would need for a perfectly relaxing holiday.
We were met by Bob on our arrival,having followed their well written directions to the gite.There are plenty of large supermarkets nearby and a good boulangerie within jogging or cycling distance ,
The kitchen is well equipped, has a dishwasher and washing machine and was clean and well maintained.
The whole family enjoyed the pool and the table tennnis provided ,and we were able to meet the other famlies staying there at the weekly BBQ at the beginning of the week , where we all formed friendships for the rest of the week, the children playing together on the field ,whilst the adults supervised over a glass or two of local pineau!
Plenty to see and do in area,or a great place to just relax by the pool with a book.Thank you for a great stay Bob and Jane.
  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente


  • 5 out of 5
+ Niet te groot, niet te klein complex.
+ Keurig verzorgd appartement.
+ Van alle gemakken voorzien.
+ Hartelijk ontvangen.
+ Zwembad altijd schoon.
+ Geen muggen en vliegen.
+ Kinderen maken makkelijk contact doordat er gezamelijk speelgoed aanwezig is.
+ Als je vroeg opstaat zie je wilde reeën in de wijngaard.
  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Those who read Dutch will see that this is a quite complimentary review, so a big thankyou to our 2009 guests from Holland. We regard ourselves as being rather "tucked away from it all" in this beautifully rural part of France so it always fascinates us that we attract visitors from all over the world (South Africa, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and even Brazil in recent years!) as well as from mainland Europe - such is the power of the internet! The Dutch generally put us to shame with their impeccable command of English (of course!) but it's true to say that there are no geographical boundaries to the children, whatever part of the world they come from. Naturally enough, once the children have made their new friends, the adults usually follow suit!
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
Sutton Coldfield


  • 5 out of 5
Beautifully renovated self catering cottages in a lovely setting in the Charente region overlooking vineyards. All properties are tastefully furnished and well equipped and spacious. Facilities are good and include an impressive pool area. Also large field for playing games. Bicycles are available from the owner, together with a canoe for adventures upstream. The owners, Bob and Jane, are friendly and helpful and do everything to make your holiday enjoyable, including a weekly barbecue. Interesting towns of Cognac and Saintes within easy reach. A good holiday for families, including those with older children. Thoroughly recommended.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Once the full summer sun has moved off the field and the evening meal is finished we often see groups of children and parents alike playing rounders or cricket on the field in front of the mill. As the light doesn't fade till gone 10pm the games tend to go on for a couple of hours - it's a great way to ensuring that everyone gets a good night's sleep afterwards!
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente


  • 5 out of 5
We choose this gite from the internet in July 2008.We contacted Bob who gave us directions that sounded complicated but took us straight to the door.What a place spotlessly clean beautiful setting and good swimming pool. The owners are very helpful should you require advice. Cognac has many bars and restaurants, boat trips and canoes are easily booked and i dont speak french! So if this is the area for you with good wine and cognac to boot contact Bob and Jane you wont be disappointed.
  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. We thought long and hard about the pool when it was all at the planning stage. They say size doesn't matter but at 6m x 12m a pool is big enough for any number of excited children and also for adults wanting to swim lengths and play water polo etc. Safety is a serious issue so the pool is securely fenced with a lockable gate but there is still ample room all round the pool for the sun loungers. We chose salt water rather than chlorine treatment because it's kind to the eyes and skin and lovely to swim in. The added feature of a fresh-water solar shower has proved very succesful too. With minimal maintenance and virtually no added chemicals the pool stays crystal clear and inviting throughout the season. The pool has been purposely located about 50m from the gites so that the happy splashing and noise of the children isn't too intrusive! Floodlit swimming under the stars also seems to be a very attractive idea particularly to teenagers! What seems to be very clear is that a decent-sized and well-kept pool is absolutely essential for this type of family holiday in the sun.
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
swindon, UK


  • 5 out of 5
Our family spent 2 idyllic weeks here in August '09. Our hosts made us feel so welcome and did everything to make our stay so relaxing. Rooms are wonderful and kept very clean. The Moulin is in a fantastic setting with plenty of walks and rows of grape vines as far as the eye can see. A 5 minute drive to the local bakery gave us fresh croissants for breakfast every morning and a restaurant meal in the evening. The pool was wonderful for cooling down at the end of the day or just for days off from touring. Make sure to explore Cognac and its wonderful bars and shops and you have to visit one of the Cognac producers. We can thoroughly recommend the Moulin for a wonderful away-from-it all holiday - don't worry, there's plenty of games and fun on site to keep the kids happy!
  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Kevin and family. The nearest shops to the mill are at Cherves Richemont which is about 3k away. There is a boulangerie a boucherie, a pharmacie and a small Spar supermarket plus a bar/restaurant. Right in the centre of the village is a boulodrome - which is a very popular boules area shaded by trees and with benches for watching the action. We've known active holidaymakers to walk, jog or take the bikes up the the shops but more often it's a quick trip up to the shops by car and back for breakfast with the pains and croissants. For more serious shopping there are four or more massive supermarkets in Cognac and even a branch of Lidl (so I'm told!).


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


Availability & Rates


Rental rates for this holiday house 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 www.cognacvacances.com

    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. The gite has electric panel heaters and additional electricity used for heating will be metered and charged at EDF cost. There is also a wood-burning fire in the lounge and logs, if required will be charged at a nominal rate.


Accommodation and facilities for L'Abricotierin Cognac in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 96 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ensuite shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite in main bedroom
  • There are two showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Cot available
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bunk bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • There are three bedrooms.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis