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Make a holiday villa in Ars your home away from home

Ars is a small, picturesque settlement in a rural area in the west of France. An Ars holiday villa puts you in the heart of wine making country and will provide you a perfect and comfortable base. All Ars holiday villas from HomeAway are furnished with the everyday necessities and some even come with luxury extras like a pool. The area may be rural, which is perfect for those that want to totally relax, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t things to do for those that want to venture out and experience something different.

Things to do

Ars is a little gem. It has the perfect ambience you associate with a traditional village in a wine-making area, nestled among vineyards and rolling agricultural farmland. The River Charente irrigates the valley making it green and charming, whilst beyond Ars, there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions and outdoor activities.

-Cognac is a town just begging to be visited. It’s only a short drive, being about 7kms from most holiday villas in Ars. Many of the Cognac Houses, such as Martell and Remy Martin, offer tours around their distilleries with tastings included. Even if Cognac is not your drink of choice you will still find the tour fascinating.

-Pons is a delightful town which boasts its own mediaeval keep. There is also a pilgrim’s hospital dating back to 1160 which is open to tour. While visiting the town make time for the twice weekly market selling a variety of local products and grab yourself some nice fresh food to take back to your Ars holiday villa to prepare.

-Golf is popular in this little corner of France. Within an easy driving distance there are three golf courses, the Golf du Cognac, the Golf de Saintonge and the Golf de Royan. Each golf course has buggies and clubs for hire so the only decision to make is which one to visit, or you could just visit them all.

-Les Antilles de Jonzac is a great family day out and about 40 minutes drive away from Ars. This water park, one of Europe’s largest, has a multitude of activities from water slides to a fitness centre. If you should get a day with bad weather a visit here is perfect as it is fully enclosed. You can lounge on the artificial beaches each with its own palm trees and completely forget about the weather.

-The Roman Ruins in the town of Saintes make another great day trip to take from Ars. Touring the roman amphitheatre, the oldest and largest in France, can take you back in time when gladiators fought for the crowds pleasure.

The weather in Ars

Temperatures in Ars can range from 3°C in winter up to 26°C in summer around July and August. Although the area is not as hot as the south of France the summers are still pleasant. Rainfall is also light during summer. Winters tend to be quite cold with a good chance of snow and frosts. If you choose a holiday home in Ars in late spring or early autumn you will still get very summer-like weather.

Getting to Ars

The nearest airport to Ars is Bordeaux. You would require a rental vehicle to drive from these airports to your Ars holiday villa. Alternatively you can take a train from London to Cognac and drive to your holiday rental villa from here. The journey by train takes around 8 hours but you get to see some beautiful French scenery as you travel.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      An Experience Not to be Missed

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      If you have not as yet read some of the previous reviews....do so. We experienced much of what has been previously described, with a couple of new additions. Mid-October and the temperature outside was getting cool. Roddy was ever so quick, and he invited me to join him in the woodshed. He powers up an unusual table saw, and before I knew it, a large armful of wood was cut to size. I carried a bagful of kindling while Roddy did the heavy lifting. In no time at all a warm fire was heating our gite. We sat in front of the fire sipping wonderful wine provided by Susan and Roddy. We definitely plan to return next year if there will be "room at the inn".
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic holiday retreat!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My husband and I were very impressed with our accommodation. June and Keith had clearly put a lot of effort into ensuring that everything was of a high standard. The cottage was bright and very spacious with all the facilities you would care to need. The beds were very comfortable and the sofas in the lounge were exceptionally comfortable. On our arrival June had left us a bottle of wine and a jar of home made plum jam which went down a treat, and later in the week we enjoyed some of June's home made scones and jam with cream! The accommodation had a fantastic heated swimming pool too, it was substantial in size which allowed us to swim and was not merely a 'dipping pool'. June and Keith are a lovely couple who were the perfect hosts and struck the right balance between allowing us our privacy and being available if needed. The location of the cottage was also ideal. It was peaceful and tranquil yet close enough to Cognac (10mins away) where there were lots of good restaurants and supermarkets. We would definitely return in an instant!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      A little piece of Heaven!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful, relaxing 2 weeks at La Grange; a beautiful, immaculate, well equipped gite with it's wonderful pool, which we made so much use of during the 37 degree heat! The owners Jan and Janine are very friendly and helpful, providing us with fresh veg from their garden, games for the pool and milk when we ran out! But they're not intrusive, just there if you need them. We visited Aubetterre sur Dronne and Jonzac (both lovely places), went kayaking at Montbron, to the lakes at Montguyon and Jonzac and to Futuroscope (a bit of a drive but we'd been before and wanted to go again!), but were more than happy to be at the gite and in the pool for a lot of the time :) The local supermarkets are about a 10-15 minute drive away and are so much better than Sainsburys or Tesco! We would highly recommend La Grange for a peaceful, relaxing time away in beautiful surroundings.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016