|Property type||chateau / country house|
Set in the Charente Maritime area of France amid fields of vines and sunflowers, within easy reach of the coast, we are the perfect venue for that get away from it all holiday.Having successfully operated as a Bed & Breakfast establishment for several years, we have now decided to change to a Gite, while offering the same first class accommodation facilities. We have 4 rooms with en-suite showers all decorated to a high standard with bath sheets,fridge,hair-dryer, make-up mirror & overhead fans as standard. Private guest's entrance and while we're always around you can come & go as you please. There are many restaurants nearby or you can use our BBQs, upgraded catering facilities at any time. With sun loungers, tables for alfresco dining, pool table, table tennis, petanque, children's play area with swing, pool toys, cycles etc.,there is plenty to amuse and occupy everyone. If you catch the TGV from Angouleme, you can enjoy a day in Paris and be back home in time for for a late supper. There are many lovely beaches just an hours drive away, and there are adventure playgrounds for all ages nearby. The choice is yours - an action packed holiday - or a quiet restful one lazing poolside. Ample car parking. Strictly no smoking. Free Wi-Fi.
Golf details: Assistance will be given regarding location of golf courses and with bookings. When the new season's booklets detailing golf courses and rates in the Charente-Maritime become available from the Tourist Office we will forward them to you on request.
There are very good golf courses in Saintes, Cognac, Royan and Angouleme to name a few and in Angouleme there is the added bonus of wonderful shopping and restaurants for any ladies in your party!
More local activities: There are numerous stables in the area where riding, hacking & jumping is available. We regret we can't arrange this for you but will send literature if available. In nearby St Jean d'Angely there are swimming baths with separate areas for serious and not so serious swimmers. There are also flumes for the brave. Pond and river fishing is available nearby and on request we would pass on information as available. We regret we are unable to arrange this for you. The Charente-Maritime has many sites of historic interest and the Charente River has beautiful settings. Many local villages & towns have weekly markets, where you can take part in French rural life. There are opportunities for walking and cycling in the area, an added bonus being that it's almost always flat! To sum up walking, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, shopping or lazing by the pool, we have a lot to offer our guests during their stay, not to mention the wonderful food & wine available locally.
Our facilities at a glance: Guest Gite adjoin our home and have a private entrance. Rooms have twin beds, en suite shower room, fridge etc. & are on 1st floor, with stair leading from the lounge which has a dining area, English TV & radio, DVD, board games, etc. You can make use of our improved catering facilities or BBQs at any time. There are terraces with sun loungers next to the swimming pool, and tables chairs & parasols for enjoying meals outdoors. For the more energetic, we have a pool table, table tennis, boules ,croquet, cycles for hire, children play area & lovely local walks. We also offer manicures & pedicures for ladies. With many local golf courses, swimming pools, beaches, historic sites, shopping good food & our own on site facilities we feel we've much to offer the discerning holiday maker.We have ample parking and have a strict no smoking policy in the house.Free Wi-F- available
Hello, we are Don and Joyce, a retired couple who decided to come to live in France 9 years ago, having sold our hotel business in Scotland. We lived in the north east of Scotland, Don being born near Aberdeen, and myself on the mainland of Orkney. Don was an electrician before he became involved in the licensed trade, and I spent most of my life in the hotel trade since I was 26.We both have children and grandchildren, who enjoy coming to visit in the summer.We really love living in this part of France. During the summer we spend most of our time outside, which means we can dispense with watching tv, and then start viewing again in time for Strictly! We do all of the upkeep ourselves, which means one or other of us is to be found weilding a paint brush or a hoe. I have to say Don looks after the vegetable patch - I just go and help myself and our guests are welcome to do the same. We enjoy meeting our guests and helping them to make the most of their stay with us. We hope to meet you this year.
Joyce & Don Andrew purchased this chateau / country house in 2005
We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it. It was built around the 1890's by a wine producer. The name of 'Les Cygnes Noir' is a translation of The Black Swans that live in the small river which runs through our property. A special feature is its twin towers. We wanted to buy a house that we could live in while we renovated it and this house fitted the bill. We moved in in March 2005, and started to work right away. As with all homes it's an ongoing thing, and we are always doing something new. The house is a mixture of old and new, with original beams in the bedrooms and in the guest lounge/dining room, but all mod cons are available for our guests. The area we live in is especially charming, with lots of vines, sunflowers and cereal crops growing all around us. There are many little market towns, and we are close to Cognac, St Jean d'Angely and Saintes all with many features for sightseers to visit. During the summer nearly every small town and village has a Sunday Brocante
(car boot sale) at least once. Some brocantes feature animals, all feature a host of objects that we can all live without, but they are great fun! All in all, we are glad to have ended up in this part of the Charente Maritime
Thank you for sharing your home here in France with us. We have had a lovely week and enjoyed your garden vegetables and generous company. All the best.
Aujac is situated near the charming town of Matha and 20mins from Cognac, home of French brandy. The Charente Maritime is full of historic sites and there are many good golf courses. Most villages & towns have weekly markets. In Saintes you can enjoy a river cruise or hire a little pedal boat. There are also lovely shops and restaurants. Just 10/15 minutes drive from Le Grand Moulin there are many restaurants offering very good value meals. It's possible to get a 3 or 4 course meal complete with wine from as little as 14/15 euros St Jean d'Angely is nearby & has a pool with flumes and also lanes for the keen swimmer. With golf widely available it's an ideal location for parties wishing to combine the beach golf sightseeing shopping and some gourmet eating with the pleasure of staying at Les Cygnes Noir.
Other Activities:Swimming Pool, Pool table, Table Tennis, TV, DVD, croquet, board games, cycles. French boules, small play are for children.
Golf: There are many superb golf courses nearby. These include courses at Saintes, Cognac, Rochefort, La Rochelle and Royan, all between 30 minutes and one hours drive away. We can get Brochures and prices for you and may also be able to reserve t-times. We will be happy to help in any way we can to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. You will appreciate that prices may vary from course to course. But all are worth playing..