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I truly cannot speak highly enough of our stay with Bob and Andy at Les Tilleuls! Everything from the location, to the gite - and especially our hosts - was absolutely wonderful and beyond what we could have expected!
We stayed a week in the large gite at Les Tilleuls in Echebrune. The little country town is everything you want from the French countryside: Nestled right on a beautiful vineyard, there are an abundance of tiny little townships along the country roads that guide you through the Cognac region, each of them producing the grapes or Eau de Vie that makes the signature drink for which the region is designated. You can also find a local favorite aperitif - Pineau - which is fresh juice from the grapes fortified with Cognac, and it is delicious!
The chateau is about 25 minutes drive from the city of Cognac itself, where you can tour many different Cognac houses and take in the beautiful architecture. The historic town of Pons is only a 10-15 minute drive, where you can dine out, or head into the city of Saintes on Sunday for their incredible street market; flush with local artisan meats, cheeses, olives, pastries - essentially everything you could want. There is also a proper supermarket in Saintes, and another just across the river in Cognac (intermarche).
You will definitely want to stay in and cook too! The kitchen is VERY well equipped for cooking, and I even made a cheesecake out of local fresh Chevre! There is a 4-burner gas stove, with an oven and 2 good-size fridges, plus a dishwasher!There are plenty of cups, plates, and various utensils, including cookware, mixing bowls and pitchers, etc. Bob and Andy also very sweetly greeted us with a welcome basket of coffee, butter, preserves, biscuits and baguette! If you are a coffee drinker, fear not. There is a Bosch coffee pod system, a drip coffee machine, and a classic French press, so you really have your choice.
Our gite had 4 very comfortable bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms complete with a shower in one and a full tub in the other.
The real winner, though, was the living area, where you could enjoy a morning cup while gazing through the floor to ceiling windows that look out over the beautiful garden (manicured by Bob and Andy), and the lovely vineyard beyond.
Bob and Andy were so gracious and generous, attending to our every need, and even scheduled a wine tour at Chateau des Tourtes for us! They also happen to be two of the most genuinely kind people, and we cannot recommend them enough!
Maison conforme à la description de l’annonce. Bill est à notre écoute et très réactif pour les réponses.
Idéal pour des vacances à plusieurs, réunion familiale. Nous étions là quelques jours pour le réveillon du 1er de l’an et n’avaons manqué de rien. Petite attention de Bill en nous laissant du bois pour faire un feu dans le poil.
Je recommande cette location.