I was truly stunned when I came to stay at the Logis. I imagined that it would be more like the sort of barn-with-a-bed-in-the-hayloft-type gite which those of us who have holidayed in France a few years ago got used to; the sort of place where you need litres of the local wine to get any sleep.
Not a bit of it. The place is spotless, with a stunning front aspect and oodles of space and charm. It's clear that a lot of effort has gone into putting this old manor house into shape. But it retains a family feel, with the landlady living close by in the outbuildings to sort out any issues a visitor might have and a few small animals which give it that country aspect, without which such a place could seem lifeless. Only someone weaned on a diet of the most anodyne of hotel resorts could find fault with this place.
A look at a map of the wine-producing regions of France reminds the visitor that this isn't just anywhere in France; you're near Cognac, which is a pretty town only half an hour's drive away with fascinating trips round the cognac houses and more besides. Perhaps the reputation of the big brandy makers overshadows the region's wine, but the local Charente red and white, while not well known in the UK, is actually delicious and I spent many happy hours under the trees at the back of the logis quaffing vintages with friends.
I am already checking my diary to see when I can go back. . . . .