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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

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                Brilliant, a real piece of France in a beutiful location.

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                We (family of 5), booked this holiday at the very last minute - less than 36 hours before departure. The communication with Pam was first class, she could not of been more informative or helpful, the directions and instructions supplied were excellent. After an easy / leisurely 8 hour drive from Calais (a car is essential at this property in our opinion) we arrived to met by Pam, who had very thoughtfully provided some essential provision. The cottage is very tastefully and sympathetically decorated with many beautiful French artisan pieces, in reality the description cannot adequately describe this cottage and its location - it is simply stunning and idyllic. With a vast array of sightseeing and activities in the area & river swimming 50m from the door everything is on-hand. Pam and Geoff are brilliant hosts, providing excellent local knowledge - if required. In summary an idyllic cottage, expertly managed by a wonderful couple, to which we will return in the near future. Stuart, Michaela, Kelsey, Joe, Delaunay.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Wonderfully relaxing

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                The accommodation is better than in the photos and the pool is fabulous. Derek and Lesley are wonderful hosts.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jun 2016