Cognac Retreat

Larceau, Celles, Charente-Maritime
Self-catering


Lovingly renovated farmhouse amid vines and sunflowers, deep in the Charente countryside - small pool in garden, beaches 45 minutes away.

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

The
Experience

It’s wonderfully quiet in this tiny hamlet, but only ten minutes by car to Cognac if you need shops or restaurants. The homely 250-year-old farmhouse, known as a ‘longère’ due to its shape, shows off its agricultural past: archways used to bring in hay and an opening where grapes were thrown in for pressing are now striking doors and windows. Olive green shutters, limestone walls and climbing roses add to the rustic charm. Gather by the old stone fireplace in the sitting room, or for meals in the open plan kitchen/dining room. From here spiral stairs lead to a mezzanine sleeping space, great for teenagers; three other bedrooms, one with its own en suite, have more privacy for grown-ups. Two shower rooms downstairs are good for rinsing off after a splash in the above ground pool in the garden. Pick figs, apples and plums in season – or raid the strawberry beds in return for some watering! Swing in the hammock, rustle up pizzas to cook in the wood-fired oven, or throw an impromptu BBQ. It’s a country paradise: families, walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers will love it. Fishing, châteaux and vineyards nearby.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
By 10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 10-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £450
Damage deposit
££200 cheque held until after the holiday against damage or extra cleaning
1 House for 8
From £656 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

We have been staying in this wonderful house for the last 5 summers and will continue to do so. It has everything that our family of 5, including young children to older teenagers, could possibly want. The property is beautiful, comfortable, spacious, and utterly peaceful. The owner's attention to detail, high level of care and thoughtfulness is apparent in every aspect. The surrounding area is idyllic. I wholeheartedly recommend this property to all.

Helen, London

Had forgotten how quiet the world could be. If you want to pull out of the fast lane and need a serious unwind this is the place. This is a deeply relaxing part of the world. I came down here to paint and was struck by the vast landscapes and dramatic skies. You could drive for miles and see no one. A van parked by the side of a vineyard and one would look for the farmer. Sometimes literally Kms away chopping off side shoots on individual vines. The house notes cover everything and the owners love for the house and area becomes infectious. You want to look after this place. It has it all!

George, Chipping norton

A more peaceful and serene place with modern but tasteful and hospitable interior. Longing to go back as soon as possible!

Hugo, Oxford

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Warlow

  • When we bought our home in 2004, we wanted somewhere peaceful above all - a place to recharge and regroup and escape the busyness of life in the UK. We wanted an unspoilt rural landscape - vines, crops and rolling hills - in a secluded setting.
  • Cognac Retreat is a sympathetically renovated ancient Charentais longère farmhouse situated at the end of a quiet lane in a tiny hamlet, yet only 10 mins from the bustling centre of Cognac. Charming local villages have boulangeries, a butcher and pharmacy.
  • With the coast only 40 minutes away, and miles of countryside to walk or cycle on your doorstep, holidays are quintessentially français. The towns of Saintes and La Rochelle are within striking distance, as are the islands of Ré and Oléron and Bordeaux.
  • The house is spacious with generous living areas: the large open-plan kitchen is often the hub of activity, whereas the lounge with log burner is the place to hunker down with a book and a drink. Bedrooms are cosy and there are plenty of bathrooms.
  • Kids simply love it! The 5x3m pool is a source of endless amusement, and the sandpit also provides hours of fun. Badminton, swing ball, indoor games, UK TV and a DVD projector also cater for most demands. Easy bike rides through fields and woods too.
  • The climate is very favourable: May and June can be just as fine as August, as can September. Long, hot summer days give way to mild autumns and bright, cold winters; spring begins early and garden lunches have been known in February and November.