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luxury cottage for 4, all mod cons, 10x5m shared pool, gym, close to Cognac

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Rural views, pool, 2 bedrooms, 2 private shower/WCs, cottage with feature beams

Recently renovated maison des amis (attached to the Logis) in a quiet hamlet 10 minutes from Cognac with all amenities - bars, restaurants, supermarkets and culture. The house looks out over sunflowers, fields, woods and vines and has its own large walled garden, field, wood and access to a small stream. Awarded 4* classification by Meublés de Tourism France in 2018, the gite has 2 bedrooms one double and one twin/super king (on request) with ensuite shower rooms/WC, fully fitted kitchen, including hob, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, lounge/diner with sofas and dining table. We also have a one bedroom gite for rent. Both have private patio / BBQ area and use of shared secure, heated swimming pool (10m x5m) - May to October. New for 2018 there will be a gym / games room with exercise bikes, rowers, tredmill, table tennis, darts etc.

More Details

June and Keith Smallwood-Rose
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

About June and Keith Smallwood-Rose

June and Keith Smallwood-Rose spent the first 2 years of ownership renovating the main house and gites to create luxury holiday accommodation as well as a place to spend their retirement. They have owned and rented houses in France since 2003 and pride themselves on their attentive customer service.

June and Keith Smallwood-Rose purchased this cottage in 2015

Why June and Keith Smallwood-Rose chose Ars

We fell in love with the Logis de L'Arceau as soon as we turned into our hamlet and saw it rising above the walled garden. It gave us an opportunity to completely transform this magnificent house into luxury accommodation for us and our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

The peace and quiet apart for the birds and odd tractor in the fields but easy access to two great towns with mediaeval heritages - Cognac with its Cognac houses and history and Pons - a unesco world heritage site with castle on the route of St James of Compostella.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Des hôtes charmants et discrets

Une tres belle chambre décorée avec gout avec une grande salle de bain

Un petit dejeuner sympathique avec une salade de fruits frais; mangues, oranges, framboises, pommes

Une salle à manger face à une grande baie vitrée

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Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ars in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • house towels are not allowed to be used for pool, gym or beach
  • Children under 16 years old are not allowed to use the gym equipment
  • children are not allowed in the pool, gym or games room if unsupervised
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , bathroom 1 provides private facilities for bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , provides private facilities for bedroom 2
  • both bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms with shower enclosure, sink and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can offer twin beds in this room if separate beds required
  • large bedroom with feature beams, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Luxury gite with 4* classification from Meublés de Tourisme France


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luxury cottage for 4, all mod cons, 10x5m shared pool, gym, close to Cognac
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely accommodation for a fall stay in Cognac

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples on a road trip through France. Our stay at June and Keith Smallwood-Rose’s lovely guesthouse was one of the highlights of our French adventure. The home was wonderful—immaculate, well-equipped, spacious, warm and cozy. It is a beautifully done renovation with everything we could ask for in a modern guesthouse. Keith and June shared their local knowledge of distilleries and other points-of-interest with us. June was kind enough during this slower fall tourist season to accompany us on a visit to a very small local distillery and interpret the lovely 4th generation distiller’s story of Cognac making. Amazing! Thank you again, June and Keith for the experience of a lifetime!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay - always our aim! Do come back and see us again. I enjoy sharing the magic of how our neighbour Michel creates his award winning cognac. A great chance for our clients to experience real France and for me to practice my French. #livelikealocal
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Lovely Gite in beautiful quiet rural setting. Nice sized pool. Very welcoming hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two week stay at the gite in a beautiful setting. The gite has been done to a very high standard, modern and roomy. The pool is big enough to swim in, with lovely flowery garden surrounding it and with view over the fields. We took advantage of the cycles to discover the countryside - a nice day out. Cognac and Pons are near by, and the coast and beautifull beaches are near enough for a day out.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really pleased you had a good time in our gite and the surrounding area. Thank you for leaving it spotless! It'd be great to see you back sometime.
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  • 5 of 5

Très bel accueil, cadre enchanteur avec superbe piscine , belle région .

Nous prévoyons déjà d'y retourner Nos hôtes sont charmants merci encore

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre mots gentils. Nous serons heureux de vous raccueillir!
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Wonderful Stay

  • 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: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nadina - thank you so much for your kind words. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you and your family again for your wedding. June and Keith
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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: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. It'd be great to see you again - we may even have the gate house cottage done by next summer!
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Great short break in newly renovated gite.

  • 5 of 5

We were first to stay in this attached gite wonderfully renovated by owners June and Keith. A fantastic conversion with original features and modern touches where it matters. Great benefit of a heated outdoor pool which we used daily. We also made good use of the bikes available. Enjoyed the local cycle routes (1 starts just 3 mins from property) through the vineyards and a daily short cycle to the local excellent boulangerie in Ars the local village which was of a very high standard. Excellent location close proximity to Cognac yet a great rural setting. June and Keith were very helpful and friendly during our stay. The plum jam June made was superb!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments and we're really pleased you enjoyed your stay. We've enjoyed renovating the Logis and the gite and look forward to ensuring our future guests enjoy it as much as you did.
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Bordeaux, La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
St Brice
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Set in a small hamlet amongst the vines and sunflowers you can find absolute peace at the Logis de L'Arceau but still get to Cognac in 10 minutes by car for everything you could need in the way of activities, leisure, culture and shopping. Pons with it's Unesco world heritage site on the route of St James of Compostella is just 15 minutes away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ars, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
high season
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
low season 2019
28 Oct 2018 - 4 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.74
Stay tax £1.08 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

welcome pack can be provided on request - price on demand
cleaning and linen charges included in property rates but if additional cleaning is required or you do not want to do your own cleaning at end of rental we will charge £45 /50 euros
taxe de séjour (stay tax) is payable on arrival at €1.21 per person per night over 18 years old.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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