Le Chai is a 2 bedroomed ground floor gite thoughtfully converted from the original wine store and cognac distillery. The bright kitchen and dining area lead on to the lounge which features the original “swan’s neck” alembic, here the wine was distilled into cognac and with the exposed beams and stone walls it makes an amazing atmosphere! A hallway leads from the kitchen to the shower room and toilet and to the bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with twin beds. There is also a small private terrace with barbeque, ideal for watching the glorious sunsets and guests have full use of the 1 hectare gardens and meadow. There is a walkway to the enclosed parking area and access to the pool and children's play area. 12 x 6 m pool, with safety alarm, is surrounded by raised decking, ideal for lazing on a sunlounger or watching the children. Roman steps lead to the 1m depth and a gentle slope leads to the 2m depth.
- Cottage871 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay3 - 7 nights
Le Chai - Les Tilleuls
Les Tilleuls House and Pool
Les Tilleuls is a lovely old Charentaise farmhouse and distillery set in 3.5 acres of meadow-land surrounded by rolling hills and cognac vineyards, ideal for holidays. The old barn has been renovated to provide a spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom self catering gite. The ancient cognac distillery, which still retains the original alembic still, has been converted into a spacious 2 bedroom gite. Each gite has its own private patio area, access to the gardens and meadow-land with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
Les Tilleuls is situated in the rural hamlet of Echebrune in the Charente Maritime region of south west France renowned for its exceptionally sunny climate and is only 10 minutes from junction 36 of the A10 motorway making for easy access from northern ports and the airports at Bordeaux and La Rochelle. The 12 X 6m pool, with safety alarm, is surrounded by raised decking ideal for relaxing on a sunlounger or watching the children play.
Explore the Charente Maritime: A holiday at Les Tilleuls offers a huge variety of choices from lazing by the pool, relaxing with a cooling glass of the local wine or reading that best seller under the shady walnut tree to, when more action is needed, a cycle along the chalk lanes through the vineyards and sunflower fields, visiting the many local Roman churches and pretty villages. Or, visiting the local town of Cognac and making a tour of one of the many famous distilleries. Or, a visit to Saintes seeing the Roman amphitheatre, the Abbaye des Dames, taking a boat along the Charente. Or, taking the Green Route along the Gironde estuary, stopping off at one of the many little ports for lunch by the quay and then on to the beaches of Royan and on to the miles of pine forest and sand dunes for some windsurfing. Or, improve your golf at one of the superb local 18 hole courses. The choice is yours!!
Welcome Pack: A French Welcome Pack is provided to all guests on arrival when a 3 course meal can be served. Please contact us for further details.
Family Bookings: Les Tilleuls can also be let as whole with inter connecting doors between the gites and offering accommodation for up to 12 people.
Bob and Andy
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Sep 2018
About Bob and Andy
Bob and Andy first bought holiday home in the Charente 12 years ago, as a haven from their busy careers in the UK (Bob as a company director in IT and Andy as a TV executive with the BBC). They soon fell under the spell of the region, and in 2016 the opportunity arose for them both to take early retirement and relocate to France. They had always dreamed of running a holiday business and after a year of searching the region, found their perfect property in Les Tilleuls which they bought at the start of 2017.
Bob and Andy purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Bob and Andy chose Échebrune
Location, location, location!!!! Set in a stunning position, no neighbours, complete privacy but close to towns and villages. Bob and Andy think Les Tilleuls is the perfect location for your holiday- perfect for lazing by the pool or in the grounds, but just a 5 minute drive into the beautiful ancient town of Pons, with its cobbled streets, Donjon and Chateau, lively bars and restaurants and local markets and supermarkets. 20 mins by car will get you to both Jonzac and Cognac and the fishing villages of the Gironde can be reached in under 30 minutes. The beach resorts at Saint Georges-de-Didonne is just 28 miles away
What makes this Cottage unique
La Grange (sleeps 8) and Le Chai (sleeps 4) can be rented separately or together (with an interconnecting double door) offering great flexibility for couples, families and larger groups. Both properties have been tastefully renovated to retain original features but to incorporate all modern conveniences. Les Tilleuls is surrounded by 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens and meadow-land. Here you will find a stunning 12mx6m floodlit pool, boules pitch, badminton court and several shaded/covered terraces to enjoy.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Wonderful accommodation, grounds, heated pool and hosts
Just home from a wonderful 2 week holiday staying in the smaller of the two gites, Le Chai. The gite itself is very spacious, but still cosy and full of character, especially the lounge with former distillery equipment. The gite was immaculate and very well equipped. Touches like a welcome basket packed with goodies and delicious local wine on arrival make it a cut above the norm. The gardens are huge and we enjoyed football, badminton and petanque. However the real star of the show is the pool - newly lined and heated, it was the best pool we've ever been in and plenty of room, even when the other gite guests were also using it. Finally, the owners Bob and Andy were just fantastic. They were present and on hand with advice when required, but never intrusive and were both brilliant with the 6 kids staying in the 2 gites. Wholeheartedly recommend and hope to visit again in the future.
Excellent séjour aux Tilleuls !!!
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour avec notre chien (Golden Retriever) qui était vraiment le bienvenu dans ce gîte.
Bob et Andy nous ont accueilli chaleureusement après une longue route avec une surprise ... un panier gourmand de bienvenue. Chose très appréciable lorsque que l'on arrive tard un dimanche et que tout est fermé pour se restaurer.
Le gîte est spacieux, très confortable et propre. Vous ne manquerez de rien car il est très bien équipé. On se sent rapidement comme chez soi.
L'endroit invite à la détente, encore merci à Bob et Andy, nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir.
Très bon accueil, magnifique logement, très propre et bien équipé.
Un très agréable moment partagé avec nos hôtes. Merci à eux pour leur disponibilité.
Location, location, location!!!! Set in a stunning position, no neighbours, complete privacy but close to towns and villages. Bob and Andy think Les Tilleuls is the perfect location for your holiday- perfect for lazing by the pool or in the grounds, but just a 5 minute drive into the beautiful ancient town of Pons, with its cobbled streets, Donjon and Chateau, lively bars and restaurants and local markets and supermarkets. 20 mins by car will get you to both Jonzac and Cognac and the fishing villages of the Gironde can be reached in under 30 minutes. The beach resorts at Saint Georges-de-Didonne is just 28 miles away.
Echebrune, with its beautiful hilltop XIth century church, is just 4 miles from the pretty town of Pons which, with its mediaeval keep and pilgrims hospital, provides supermarkets, banks, post office, bars and restaurants and a twice weekly market. Les Tilleuls is also conveniently situated for the old town of Cognac with the famous houses of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin, etc offering fascinating guided tours of their cognac distilleries which, of course, include tastings! The Roman town of Saintes, with its Roman amphitheatre and bustling shopping centre, is also very close by as are the beautiful beaches around the resort town of Royan. The pretty fishing ports of the Gironde estuary are within 30 minutes. For children, visit the renowned zoo at La Palmyre, discover the themed Chateau des Enigmes just down the road at Pons or enjoy a day at the ‘Antilles de Jonzac’ an enormous aqua playground of 10,000 sqm. Or just simply relax, explore the stunning surrounding villages and try some Pineau des Charentes, the local aperitif.
Other Activities: go-karting, quad-biking, canoeing, fishing, walking, horse riding, cycling
Golf: There are three 18 hole courses in easy reach of Les Tilleuls. The par 72 Golf du Cognac, located on the banks of the River Charente, is gently sloping and dotted with water hazards as it twists between vineyards and woodland. At Saintes, Golf de Saintonge is a rolling, par 68, wooded course which combines the pleasure of the game with some technical skill. A kilometre inland from the Cote de Beaute, in the heart of the Coubre Forest, lies Golf de Royan, a slightly narrower par 71, that gently follows the line of the sand dunes. All have buggies and clubs for hire.