Built in 1854 and set in 5 acres, this gite forms part of a stunning former Cognac distillery and is situated in the courtyard outbuildings. Hidden behind high walls and private gates, you and your family can enjoy and relax in our newly renovated gite and enjoy full use of the spacious and secluded walled grounds and fantastic facilities .
A second gite called La Rochelle will be available to rent from August 2019 thereby making the property also perfect for family gatherings if booked together for up to 14.
1854 Chassors is nestled in a small village surrounded by vineyards, whilst located only 4km and 10km from Jarnac and Cognac respectively - perfect for exploring the Nouvelle Aquitaine area of beautiful countryside, villages, vineyards, beaches and of course picturesque French life.
The gite is called Cognac and furnished to a very high standard and has everything you might need. It is truly a home away from home with a few extras on hand.
Upon arrival, enjoy our welcome basket - No need to rush to the supermarket ! Sample the local cheeses, olives bread and jam. Upon booking, simply tell us your choice of red, white and rose and a bottle will be waiting for you. Also included in the gite are all home essentials such as washing liquid for dishes and linen, dish cloths and condiments which will set you up for your stay.
We will also leave warm bread outside your door each morning.
The 150 m2 gite is furnished in warm neutrals, wood and metals to give that modern yet rustic feel and can sleep 8 people. It consists of a lovely 60m2 open plan living/ kitchen area with views on to the front courtyard/garden. Leading off from this are 3 bedrooms, of which 2 have new ensuites with walk in showers. There is also a separate WC and a large laundry room with a washer dryer off the kitchen . The sofa in the main living area can also be converted into a double bed.
You will find everything you need in the country style kitchen. Centred around a 5 burner gas stove and oven it also includes a dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, blender, toaster, Senseo coffee maker and iPhone charger.
There is a lovely wooden dining table in the kitchen or simply choose one of the various outside tables to sit back and enjoy your meals and wine. A large barbecue and dining area has been created in the corner outbuilding, perfect for those hot days or for entertaining evenings. It even has its own original bread/ pizza oven!
There is also free wifi throughout the gite and property. English, French and international TV channels are also available in the gite. Included also is a DVD player and a Sonos music system. Please help yourself to the various books and DVDs available in the barbecue area.
If staying in the cooler months, there is also a log burner and central heating.
Outside, enjoy the peacefulness and privacy of the property with the front and back gardens providing the perfect setting . There are lots of sun and shaded areas to enjoy.
A new highlight of the property is the stunning 8.6 x 4.5 m open air swimming pool (installation Oct 2018) built within the walls of the original distillery. To the rear is a relaxation area which includes a spa bath and sun beds.
In terms of activities, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a laid back day, enjoy a glass of wine whilst playing on the original pétanque lawn in the back garden.
There is even a set of giant Jenga!
For those with more energy stroll across the courtyard to the games area which has everything from table tennis to a fully equipped gym - complete with spin bike, rower, back inverter, weightlifting bench, free weights including kettlebells, bands and yoga mats and fitness ball.
There is also a free tennis court just a 200m stroll away. Tennis racquets and balls are available in the games room.
To really enjoy the beautiful area, why not hire one of our bikes for the day?
We live in the main house and are on hand if you need anything to help your stay and can recommend places to see or eat and as fluent French speaking can make reservations or anything you might require.
1854 Chassors is perfectly located being equal distance away from the airports of La Rochelle, Limoges and Bordeaux at 1h 30. Angouleme is 35minutes away and from here you can catch the TGV and be in Paris within 2 hours so making a trip to Paris a fun day outing.
There is so much to see and do in the Poitou - Charente. In addition to the beautiful countryside, the area is bursting with history, culture and things to do, making it the ideal destination for the all the family and for friends.
Ofcourse our immediate area is best known for the production of Cognac and also pineau. This is the local eau-de-vie aperitif and delicious when drank neat or with sparkling mineral water.Why not visit one of the grand Cognac houses such as Hennessy or Courvoisier for a tour on everything Cognac or visit one of the smaller houses for a tasting.
Food is a real delight here with the local menu de jour being great value for money! Being close to the sea, seafood is a speciality with oysters and mussels being a highlight.
The beauty of this area is that you have the choice of both exploring inland and the stunning Atlantic coast, know as the côte de beauté, reaching up to La Rochelle.
1854 Chassors is just 5 and 10 minutes by car from Jarnac and Cognac respectively. Set on the banks of the river Charente, these historic market towns are home to many of the Cognac houses and have all the amenities you need along with the river offering so many activities for all ages!
Jarnac is slightly smaller than Cognac and we love it - maybe we are biased! You will find everything here from 3 supermarkets, daily covered market (apart from Monday), bakers, butchers, various doctors, vet, post office and hairdressers.
Meander through the beautiful old town and make your way down to the quais and the banks of the Charente. Either walk along the trails and take time to explore the central island of Ile Madame of if you want to join in the fun, hire canoes and paddle up the river to the village of Bourg-Charente and have lunch at the Michelin starred restaurant, la Ribaudière.
There is even a horse racecourse along the banks which holds three consecutive race meets in September!
Drive 10 minutes and explore both the new and old towns of Cognac. The old town is breathtaking and includes the Valois castle and Sant-Jacques gateway flanked by its iconic twin towers overlooking the Charente. Visit the museums - Art and History and Arts of Cognac and learn all about the areas rich Romain-Gallo history and archaeological past or simply about Cognac itself.
Further afield, drive through the beautiful Gallo-romain town of Saintes on the way to Royan by the sea and relax on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches along the coast. You can even visit the Ile d'Oleron for the afternoon.
So many places to see and added to that an extensive list of events and activities in the region through the year.