WHAT MAKES LE GRAND LOGIS A GREAT HOLIDAY RENTAL:
N.B. The video shows the interior as of March 2018. Please note that the new English owners have since undertaken these modernisations:
Also, here are some guest reviews from Summer 2018:
"We stayed at Le Grand Logis in July and absolutely loved it. There was plenty of space for three families (and five under fives!) and so much to see and do in the local area. The owners have managed to balance luxury with homely comfort perfectly and whether we were lounging by the pool, eating on the terrace, playing table tennis or building a fort, everybody was happy there all week long. We’ll definitely be back!"
In our opinion Le Grand Logis works best for families with younger kids. In fact the new owners have a young family and the property improvements planned are being done with the safety of little ones in mind (e.g. pool fencing and window railings).
Equally the property and area is perfect for a group of couples and extended families. This is an ideal venue for a big birthday celebration or family event.
NB Le Grand Logis can sleep up to 16 however the number of dining places, comfortable seating in the lounge and sleeping arrangements mean it is best-suited to 14 people including up to 6 children.
ANYTHING TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Francophiles will love the river towns, historic sights, unspoiled countryside and superb markets, cuisine and wine (and cognac). This is a place to enjoy the slower pace of French life and unwind for a week or two. Cognac-tasting is of course a 'must' in these parts and there are plenty of distilleries open to the public. Options for days out are plentiful and varied with visits to Cognac and Angouleme recommended. Have a day at the beach at one of the Charente Maritime's resorts or spend a day in the city at Bordeaux. Activities for the family include treetop walks, prehistoric caves, canoeing, boat trips and water-skiing.
Beautiful Charentaise maison de maitre with 7 bedroom suites, spectacular views, large garden and heated swimming pool
Le Grand Logis is pure France. Elegant, charming and situated in peaceful Charente countryside on the edge of a quiet village adjacent to vineyards and open fields.
A former village school the property is now in the hands of an English family and it is available for holiday rentals for the first time.
The property is not only charming but spacious too, offering 420m2 of accommodation in a plot of 1900m2. Plenty of space for 2 or 3 famiiles, a large group of friends or an extended family.
NB Just a reminder of the modernisation work carried out since the above video was done:
Inside - Ground Floor:
Inside - First Floor:
Wooden floorboards throughout the upper level.
The outdoor space to the rear of the property is magical. From the living area there is direct access to the raised patio terrace with steps leading down to the secluded pool area. The views are stunning.
Impressive, wide driveway with access to the property via electric gates and courtyard parking for several cars.
NB Outbuildings to the front of the property are out-of-bounds.
1 x super-king; 4 x doubles; 1 x kids' room with 2 singles + bunk beds; 1 x twins which can be joined to make a double
All bedrooms are ensuite: 5 x with shower & WC; 1 x with bath & WC; 1 x with bath, shower & WC
Heated swimming pool 8x4m with security fence
Kitchen equipment includes raclette and fondue set. Access to Netflix.
No smoking inside. Well-behaved pet dogs welcome (additional security deposit applies).
The location of Le Grand Logis is one of its principal attractions. Situated at the northern edge of the Charente village St Même les Carrières, the property overlooks peaceful countryside and vineyards. The village centre amenities (tabac, bar, pharmacy) are less than 10 minutes on foot. The bar sells bread each morning and can do snack lunches. This is a very peaceful and private spot to relax and enjoy French life. The nearby river towns of Jarnac (6 km), Cognac (19 km) and Angouleme (30 km) provide history, culture and sight-seeing whilst there are trips to the coast and Bordeaux to think about. There's a good choice of airports serving the Charente.
Nearest village / town: St Même les Carrières
Nearest beach: Royan 1h15m drive
Boulangerie: Gondeville 2 km (but bread is sold in the PMU bar in the village - a short walk)
Restaurant: Village bar/restaurant which serves a set 3 course lunch; Jarnac (10 mins); Cognac (20 mins); Michelin-star restaurant 15 mins' drive
Market: Jarnac 6 km
(See below for more details)
The village of St Même les Carrières is typical of the Charente - quiet, unassuming and pure France. The area provides plenty of opportunities to eat well, explore historic towns and indulge in the finer side of French life but you can also enjoy family days out and be active too.
The property is handily located to walk into the village for fresh bread at the mini-market.
What's a real bonus is the Planet Ski wakeboard & water-skiing centre at the local 18 ha lake Le Grand Mas des Sables. It's only a 15 minute walk from the villa!
Looking out to the wider area, the unspoiled Charente countryside is quiet and relaxing, best-known for its serene waterways, historic towns of Cognac and Angouleme - and brandy!
There are three winery options in the village where you can visit & taste the local cognac and there are plentiful options in the area. The riverside distelleries in Cognac itself are the best place to visit, in our opinion - in Cognac you have the ambience and sense of place too. You can book tours and tastings at the tourist office in Cognac or directly with the producer (Tripadvisor has traveller recommendations of course).
Jarnac & Bourg Charente
Jarnac is the nearest town - only 10 minutes in the car. A small, pleasant river town it has a choice of restaurants and bars. It's a similar distance to Bourg Charente where there is an excellent Michelin-star restaurant, La Ribaudière.
Aside from the obvious and plentiful opportunities to sample the town's eponymous tipple, Cognac has much to offer the visitor. The modern 'half' of the town is where you'll find the wide boulevards with shops and cafes but it's the historic centre that's of most interest. The old town is home to the historic monuments, cobbled streets, the Charente river and the oldest cognac distelleries that line the riverside (including Remy Martin). The attractive white stone that characterises Charente buildings is much in evidence here. The 'English-style' public gardens are located in the modern-day Cognac but well worth a visit after exploring the old town. The gardens feature the town hall, a museum, orangery and a Victorian-style bandstand! If you've walked far enough for one day there are boat trips available on the Charente or you can hire canoes for a bit more independence. Market days are Tuesday and Friday.
For golfers it's only 15 minutes' drive to Golf du Cognac.
The capital of the Charente département, Angouleme is a very pretty and historic Charentaise town perched on a rocky promontory with superb views over the Charente river. Angouleme's historic centre is classified among the French Towns Of Arts & History and 2km of ramparts remain intact. The town's tree-lined boulevards feature excellent cafes, shops and restaurants. A market is held every day except Monday. If you're in the area in September, for a fun day-out watch the classic car race through the town's streets.
A little further afield (45 mins' drive) is the historic river town of Saintes in the Charente-Maritime departement. Francophiles will appreciate the historic monuments of Saintes. Because of its Roman, medieval and classical heritage, Saintes is officially listed as a 'Ville d'Art et d'Histoire'. The Arch of Germanicus and amphitheatre are the principal Roman monuments whilst there is also an archaeological museum devoted to the town's Roman history. The Abbaye aux Dames, to the east of the river, dates from the 11th century. The town also features public gardens and a shopping & cafe district where the boulevards are lined with elegant buildings in the traditional pierre blanche - white stone - of the Charente.
Family Days Out WIth The Kids
Water park...in Cognac, opened in 2018.
Wild swimming...choose your spot on the local Charente river.
Prehistoric caves...just to the east of Angouleme is the Grotte de Vilhonneur which hosts wall paintings dating back 27,000 years. On a similar theme, visit the Paléosite at St Césaire for some prehistoric fun & games including spear-throwing and get better acquainted with our neanderthal ancestors!
Head to the beach...the villa is in striking distance of the fabulous Charente Maritime coastline - ideal if you're happy making a weekly rather than daily trip to the beach. Royan is the nearest and principal resort of the Charente Maritime. It features a marvellous, broad sweep of sand and the town's faded elegance is rather fetching. If you'd prefer to steer clear of the crowds then head a little further up the coast to La Côte Sauvage where forest trails and sand dunes form a stunning natural landscape. The beachces of La Palmyre are particularly special. If you're feeling adventurous then visit the island of Oleron - it stands in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour (Ile de Ré) but its oyster-fishing villages give the island a certain maritime charm whilst its beaches and pine forests evoke the spirit of French Atlantic holidays.
Angouleme Comic Museum...all kids love a comic and the wonderful and quirky Musée de la Bande Dessinée in Angouleme is dedicated to comics from Europe and America.
Treetop adventures...wherever you are in France on holiday you are never too far from a treetop walk! It's known as accrobranche. The Parc Aventure du Fontdouce between Cognac and Saintes is an adventure park within the grounds of a 12th-century Benedictine abbey.
Kayaking & boating adventures on the Charente...the waterways of the Charente provide an alternative way to experience the serene countryside. The Charente river towns of Chateauneuf, Jarnac and Cognac all offer canoe & kayak hire and guided tours. From Angouleme you can hire one of the little red boats - Les Bateaux Rouges - without the need of a permit. In Angouleme you can also do segway discovery tours of the town.
Bordeaux...this may sound a little ambitious but it's only 40 minutes by TGV train from Angouleme. This fantastic city has undergone a long-term transformation programme and the results are fabulous - it will easily fill a day with its museums, sights and superb shopping.View More Bordeaux Rentals
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Product: The property was stunning and the hosts could not have done more for us during our stay. We really didn't want to come home from a wonderful week here. We feel extremely lucky to be the first guests to enjoy staying at this fabulous villa. It was beautifully and luxuriously decorated to a very high standard, equipped with everything we could possibly need and more! The pool area was comfortable and immaculate. A lovely area to relax and keep cool in the hot weather. We are outside on all but one of the evenings and the BBQ was more than big enough for our large group. We all enjoyed walks around the local area and vine yards, while travelling further afield to local towns. supermarkets are only a short drive away, as are local markets and activities such as canoeing and cognac tasting tours. We had an exceptionally warm welcome on arrival and shown where everything was and when we needed help because the BBQ had run out of gas it was replaced within less than 12 hours! Dan the owner made sure everything was perfect for our stay and it really was. This is a 5* properly with 5*hosts. I can find no faults.The beds were very comfortable and several of us have noted down the make of bed sheets and towels to get some for home because they were so soft and comfortable. Thank you for such a lovely week away and we can't wait to revisit.
Product Comment: Thank you for your lovely feedback. I visited Le Grand Logis a couple of weeks ago and was very taken with its charm and location.
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