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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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                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      June and Keith were wonderful hosts, we had the Gites and one room in the Main House, we loved our stay so much that we have arranged to book with June and Keith as the recommended place for people to stay for our wedding later in the year! They have gone to such efforts to make the place look and feel fantastic, we felt relaxed, it was only a short 12 minute drive to Cognac and was just far enough out from Cognac that we were able to enjoy their stunning retreat. I would 100% recommend this property to anybody staying in the area. Thank you again June and Keith for welcoming us in to your wonderful accommodation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Charming and well appointed Gite in the Charente, lived up to expectations of offering

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed a month in this lovely Gite on holiday from Australia. Its in a lovely area near Sainte and Portd'Envaux, rural yet close to all city amenities. The Gite is beautifully appointed, clean and tastefully decorated and has everything in it you can think of to need, Morag and Vince were great hosts ready to help with advice as needed but not at all intrusive and obliging with any extra request we had such as printing visas etc. I can highly recommend this Gite for a short or long stay, its a sweet spot in France.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Rural retreat, perfect in every way

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      From the outside le petit moulin is full of character and beautifully kept. The inside is a wonderful contemporary surprise, with modern living at its very best. We have just returned from a lovely 8 day autumn break. The owners are charming, nothing is too much trouble, the grounds are lovely to walk round. Inside the gites there is everything you could wish for with high quality fixtures and fittings. The beds are massive and so comfortable. The welcome pack is a lovely touch and very appreciated. The whole house was immaculately clean. The village is tiny and very quiet, it has an amazing boulangerie. We've visited France for over 20 years, it is the best gite we have ever stayed in. There is lots to see and do locally, Cognac, Jarnac, Angouleme, La Rochelle, Talmont ..
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016