A single dwelling, formerly the master’s house, Old Cognac Distillery is perfect for an intimate holiday for two and yet suitable for larger parties alike, with up to four large bedrooms, including a children’s bedroom and comfortably sleeping 10. [Additional sleeping arrangements can be provided on request.]
A traditional french house, the property is set in grounds of two acres of which over an acre is a park of mature trees. Approached by a long balustraded terrace, the front entrance is through impressive, double, oak doors. There is a sense of history on entering the main reception rooms with their marble fireplaces, elegant plaster work and lofty ceilings. Climb up the walnut staircase to the upper level and you will tread antique wooden floors to airy louvred shuttered rooms. Very generously proportioned, with light filled spaces and furnished sympathetically Old Cognac Distillery offers flexible accommodation to suit a variety of needs. Enjoy every comfort of home, including a well appointed kitchen, additional separate shower room, satellite TV and wi-fi.
Leading from the main hall is the main reception room or Salon with double aspect views of the grounds to the front of the property. A well proportioned room, it is furnished with three large sofas. There is a marble fireplace with a wood-burning stove, DVD player and satellite TV with Freeview programmes.
Up the spiralling charentaise staircase is a large landing which leads to two generously sized double bedrooms each with en-suite facilities and a large children’s bedroom with its own separate toilet and basin.
The Master Bedroom has an individually commissioned king size four poster bed. The second bedroom [The Blue Room] has a vintage french bedroom suite with double bed. Bedroom three is the children’s bedroom with two sets of bunk beds and bedroom four, downstairs, overlooks the Courtyard. This has a typically french double bed and the use of the separate shower room. In total the house sleeps 10 comfortably. With prior arrangement sofa beds can be provided to accommodate extra guests.
In the back wing of the house, approached by a small set of stairs, is a well equipped kitchen. This is fitted with a cooker, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer and a comprehensive array of cooking equipment for those who enjoy cooking. A real family meeting centre, there is a large bespoke dining table seating 10.
Beyond the kitchen is a large rear hall, from which opens a large walk-in-broom cupboard which also houses a washing machine for holiday laundry. Leading on from here is the Courtyard Bedroom, a separate toilet, large utility sink and access to the shower room.
Although heating is not necessary in the summer season, it can get cooler in spring and autumn. A central heating system provides heating to all rooms. Additionally there is a wood burning stove in the salon. If heating is required a separate charge is made.
Whether you choose to be indoors or outside there is a space for everyone. Step out at the front of the house onto the terrace, wonderful for quietly enjoying the vista and tranquility of the park and, set with a table and chairs, an alternative space for outdoor eating.
To the rear is the large courtyard, secure behind the main gates, and accessed from the side personnel gate, close to the kitchen. Enclosed by farm buildings, dating back to when the property was a working farm, it offers a private and safe space, ideal for letting children play in unattended safety.
Within the courtyard’s enclosing buildings is the Preau, a large open fronted barn, originally used to store farm machinery. It is a shady, peaceful space furnished with a BBQ, dining table and chairs, lounging furniture, table football and table tennis table, perfect for alfresco eating at any time of day. At the far end is the entrance to the gated, walled, former kitchen garden, providing a completely safe and secluded environment. Now laid to lawn with occasional seating spaces it has the large, automatically controlled 10m x 5m heated swimming pool. You will be able to find a relaxing place to suit you in the sun or under the trees in the shade. An outdoor table under the shade of the pergola offers an alternative spot for outdoor eating.
You will love spending time away from your busy world to relax in this lovely house, but if you want to do something more energetic, step outside the property to explore the vineyards and gently undulating farm land, perfect for cycling and walking. It is an easy walk to the main village, Perignac, where daily bread can be bought at the Tabac. There is also an excellent family restaurant/bar [Copains d'Abord], take away pizza restaurant, village store with integral artisan butcher, excellent boulangerie, pharmacy and hairdresser. Opposite the church is the local cognac distillery, where you can enjoy a degustation and on some days fresh oysters can be bought in the square by the church.
Details for bike hire and organised cycling tours are available on request.