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Riverside Cottage Between Cognac And Angouleme, Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Riverside cottage near Jarnac, Cognac, Charente.

A beautiful 2 bedroom cottage nestled on the banks of the river Charente between Cognac and Angouleme. This former ferryman's cottage has private parking and level and direct access to a wonderful garden and the river Charente. It even has its own stone jetty, ideal for fishing or launching a kayak. An above ground splash pool, ample garden furniture and stone barbeques are at your disposal and beauty/holistic therapies are available in our stylish beauty room. The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with fridge, integral cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and the lounge has comfortable sofas and LCD TV/DVD with English satellite channels. The garden and summer dining area enjoy stunning views over the River Charente. A selection of books and DVDs are supplied for those rare rainy days and a mid stay cleaning and baby sitting service can be provided for a small fee. Quality bed linen supplied.

We specialise in vegetarian and vegan foods and have a varied and interesting table d'hotes option most evening and for those of you with a sweet tooth, afternoon tea and cake can be served by the river on request.

More Details

Allison and Brian
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Bartons: "Well what can I say. Fantastique! Magnifique! Wonderful house, great setting and great hospitality. We have loved every minute."

The Smiths: "A warm welcome from all the family has made our stay relaxing. We will return!"

The Thebault: "Wonderfully relaxing holiday. Loved feeding the swans, fishing. Fab house. Thank you!"
May 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Même-les-Carrières in Charente

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly fitted shower room and loo next to the master bedroom. Quality fittings, travertine tiles, wooden floor and exposed stone wall.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom is a spacious and sunny room. It has an iron framed 4 poster bed, quality bedding, antique armoire and drawers and a calming decor. The 2nd has twin beds, and a spacious armoire and drawers. A cot, high chair and pushchair available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Heating is supplied from a log burner and digitally controlled heaters for the cooler months and fans are provided for the summer months. Outside: Our large walled garden has direct river access and a private jetty, ideal for fishing or launching a kayak. We have an above ground pool and decked area providing privacy and views over the river. Utility Room: Washing machine provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality bed linen is provided although you will need to bring your own towels. A mid stay maid service is available. Bedding for the cot will need to be provided by yourselves. Other: Betsy, our 1970's caravan has been fully restored with Cath Kidston styling, and is available as overflow accommodation for the cottage durimg the summer months at a small extra charge. Fully equipped with kitchenette, seating for two, quality full sized double bed and separate shower and toilet.


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Riverside Cottage Between Cognac And Angouleme, Sleeps 4
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 12 reviews

A beautiful and peaceful location, amazing house and great hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in the gite for one week with our 8 and 4 yr old sons, we had an amazing time and thoroughly recommend staying there. The gite is beautifully furnished and very comfortable to spend a week in, its obviously located on the river and we spent most evenings sitting admiring the views. There are plenty of Kingfishers flying around, fish and swans to feed whilst drinking the local produce! Its only about 5 minutes from Jarnac which we loved and spent a couple of afternoons playing in the river and enjoying the sunshine. The hosts, Allie and Brian, are amazing and so friendly and are always around if you need any advice or help...the kids also loved playing with their little dog Ayaan and he is a right charmer. If you are looking for some peace and relaxation then this is your place, you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully situated by the River Charente and a picturesque bridge.

  • 4 of 5

Super for peace and quiet.

Owners Allie and Brian were extremely kind and helpful, well beyond what you might expect.

We decided to do without a car for the week and would have had to reverse that decision if it were not for Brian kindly taking us to a supermarket on two occasions.

Allie also offers a variety of treatments such as reflexology and massage, which my wife enjoyed.

Village of Bassac is a mile away with a nice boulangerie and two staggeringly good, but not staggeringly expensive, restaurants.

A quite different, but very relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. It was lovely meeting you both and we hope to see you again soon... maybe in our new chambre d'hôtes next time?
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Quiet great walking

  • 4 of 5

Location beautiful from the garden very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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French escape it certainly is

  • 5 of 5

Second time we have stayed here, if you want a quiet,beautiful Gite in a very picturesque location away from city life this is the place. We just love it. Allie and Brian are the best hosts you could ever meet,and it is a honour we now class them as friends. The village of Bassac is just minutes away with two great restaurants but as the Gite has a great kitchen we like to cook and sit by the river watching the kingfishers eating our dinner. The garden is fully enclosed so very safe for young children and dogs which are made very welcome. We can't rate this place enough just love it. We will be back next year for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both very much for your fab review. It was so lovely to see you both again and of course your four legged babies. We are always happy to get such positive feedback and are delighted you'll be booking again for next year. Allie and Bri. xx
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The Perfect French Escape

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location - right on the Charente and seconds from the heart of the Grand Champagne region for the Cognac lovers!!

Ideally situated - short drive (15 minutes) to Cognac and just over an hour to La Rochelle. All the local Cognac small houses can be visited by simply jumping on a bicycle. Two great restaurants in the local village of Bassac serving excellent food & wine plus an extensive Cognac menu!! Boulangerie in Bassac (10 minute walk) and for those emergencies an Alimentation in Gondeville (4 minute drive). Walks along the river are a must and in order to do this simply step out of the Gite and go.

The Gite - is gorgeous with such a comfortable bed. It has all the facilities that you will need inside and sheer beauty outside! Many an afternoon was spent down by the riverside reading a good book.

Dog friendly – actually our little Border Terrier has a new boyfriend in the form of Ted!! Whilst we were reading the two of them flirted together!

The owners – what can we say………..Allie & Brian made the stay for us. They provided us with quality recommendations and even organised tours to the local Cognac Small houses. On our arrival we were greeted like long lost friends, given a tour of the property and made to feel so welcome. Brian provided us with wood for the fire whilst Allie organised massage treatments for us (Highly recommended!!)

This was our second time in the Cognac area and was going to be our last but after staying here we will be returning………where? brainer……with Allie and Brian at The French Escape.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a fab review. Thank you both so much. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and even happier that we will be seeing you again. Marlie was a joy to have around too and Ted has been sulking since she left... Holiday romances hey! Hope to see you again soon. Allie and Brian
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Place of beauty in a great location, Great hosts,

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we feel in love with the Gite, Allie,Brian and Ellie are a lovely family and great hosts, they shown us around the gite which is stunning, the master bedroom is just like a room from a boutique hotel.Our two dogs love playing in the garden while we are catching the sun by the pool watching the boats and the kingfishers. Area is quiet and ideal if you just want peace and quiet and get away from it all, you are close to Jarnac which has a great market. and also close to the major road networks to get to La Rochelle and Bordeaux. The gite is very comfortable with all the comforts of home including British TV. if you can get out of a very very comfortable bed, there are great walks right on your door step. We love the place so much we have already booked again for 2016. Thank you Allie, Brian and Ellie, and also Harley's new best pal Ted, for a great holiday. x

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review. We are so glad you have enjoyed your stay in our riverside cottage. And we are delighted that you will all be coming back next year too! :)
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Nearest Airport
69 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
280 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
52 Miles
Car: necessary

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.

Further Details:

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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Même-les-Carrières, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Apr 2023 - 20 May 2023
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £10
Stay tax £1.00 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. Booking forms and further details can be sent on request. Quality bedding is provided and included in the rental price, although we do ask you to bring your own towels.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday peak season but flexible changeover dates can be arranged out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the cottage per week in UK Pounds. If you are interested in renting Betsy, either for overflow accommodation or as a separate rental, please email for more details. If you would prefer to pay in euros, we can accept cash on arrival or bank transfers at the current exchange rate. However, there will be a small administration charge for this. We can offer 10% discount for two weeks or more in April, May, September and October.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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