Riverside cottage near Jarnac, Cognac, Charente.
Allison and Brian
- English, French
About Allison and Brian
We are Allie and Brian and together we run Le Pont de Vinade. We pride ourselves on offering a personal service with quality accommodation, tastefully decorated in a stunning location. I am a beauty therapist and offer beauty and holistic therapies in my beauty salon in the main house and Brian is a pianist, so you may be treated to the dulcet tones of Debussy or Chopin as you sit, watching the boats pass, in our riverside garden.
Allison and Brian purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Allison and Brian chose Saint-Même-les-Carrières
We moved to France for a slower pace of life and we certainly found it. The Charente is truly stunning and we feel very lucky to have found such a wonderful house to share with our guests. We love the fact that we can launch a kayak or fish from the garden and just outside our gate are beautiful walks that can take you to a small beach at the weir in Gondeville or through the many surrounding vineyards and riverside paths. Just a few minutes walk from the house is a boulangerie/shop, two amazing restaurants and a bar offering wonderful food and live music. As of 2017 we will also be offering 2 stylish chambre d'hotes bedrooms in the main house along with evening meals and afternoon tea by the river. Further details of this can be given on request.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have a 2 man kayak for exploring the river and a small private pool, ideal for a splash around to cool off on those barmy summer days. Its private deck, with views over the river, is perfect for sunbathing and keeping an eye on little ones as they swim.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - We allow one dog with prior arrangement.We allow one dog with prior arrangement.
Max guests: 6
- We would ask our guests on their departure to leave the gite clean and tidy. All rubbish must be separated for recycling purposes, separate bags are provided. At the end of your stay we would ask that you take your bottles to the bottle bank and place your rubbish in the large bin provided at the road side. Any damages and breakages to the property must be replaced before departure. We are connected to a fosse septique, therefore only toilet roll and human waste can be flushed down the loo. Sanitary products, wet wipes, cleansing wipes, kitchen roll, cotton wool etc must all be placed in the bins provided. We will have to charge you if we need to fish any of these products from the fosse. (yuck) If you are staying with your dog, please ensure they have had flea treatment before arrival and any dog's mess is throughly removed and cleaned up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. :)
Delightful gite fabulous hosts tremendous location!
We had 11 days here with our 2 dogs. Alison and Brian were great hosts and had paid attention to every little detail to give us a fantastic stay.
Well equipped and layed out to enable us to simply enjoy lazing around or getting out and about.
The location was brilliant with great walks and places to visit. Try Montignac-Charente for a great day by the river for families and dogs.
We loved the on site kayaks and made great use of them.
We were delighted to be invited to dinner by our hosts and we could almost become vegan ... well nearly perhaps 😁�
If you want stay here BOOK EARLY! It’s very popular and with good reason. Thank you Alison and Brian (and Ayan and Humphrey)
Hi Karen and Jo
It was a real pleasure to meet you both. We loved having you staying with us and really hope we will see you again.
Thank you for your great review, you were the perfect house guests and I can't thank you enough for introducing me to Tanqueray Sevilla Gin ! Wow !! :) lol
Allie and Brian xxx
Family stay in August 2019
We had a wonderful stay in this pretty cottage. It has direct access to the river and kayaks and we visited beautiful secret swimming spots. Also pretty local villages and Cognac nearby with excellent restaurants. Ally and Brian were very helpful, making table reservations for us and recommending sights. I also enjoyed lovely runs with Ally! We look forward to returning.
It was a real pleasure meeting you all and I am already missing my running buddy. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Allie and Brian xx
Fantastic location right on the river
Allie and Brian are wonderful hosts
Relaxing peaceful break
We (2 adults and 2 children) have spent a lovely week at the riverside cottage. It is a peaceful spot but close to supermarkets, restaurants and towns. We particularly enjoyed the kayaks and local river beaches with the kids. Thanks Brian, Allie and Ayan
We had a lovely week in this comfortable and charming gite. The children had hours of fun in the splash pool and we enjoyed several meals overlooking the Charente. We all had fun exploring the Charente with the kayaks provided. The location is great - so peaceful yet close to many interesting places and loads to do. Allie and Brian were very friendly and helpful hosts.
Special interest holidays:
Beauty and holistic treatments are on offer in our beauty room with Allison, your host. Whether it's a massage, reflexology or a luxury facial, her beauty care will help to wile the hours away, leaving you feeling totally pampered and relaxed.
The beaches of the Charente Maritime are within an hours drive and Futurescope, the world renowned theme park is around 90 minutes or so east.
Nearest beach: 75
Nearest airport: 26
Nearest port: 449
Nearest supermarket: 5
Nearest restaurant and bakers 10 mins walk away.
Bordeaux, Limoges and La Rochelle airports 80 mins. Nearest port, St Malo 4.5 hours away. For full details on how to get here please email below.
We have a host of great restaurants in the area but our favourite is just a short walk from the house. The Auberge de Condé offers wonderful meals, friendly service and excellent value for money. We also have a boulangerie and convenience store a short walk away, great for your daily croissants and pain au chocolat!