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Cognac distillery renovated to provide 2 spacious holiday gites - La Grange

Derek and Lesley Sando

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Cognac distillery renovated to provide 2 spacious holiday gites - La Grange

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Saintes area Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Les Tilleuls is a lovely old Charentaise farmhouse and distillery set in 3 acres of meadowland 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, has been converted into a cosy 2 bedroom gite. Each gite has its own private patio area, access to the meadowland and 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 variety of choices from lazing by the pool, just pausing for 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 spending a day seeing the Roman amphitheatre, the Abbaye des Dames, taking a boat along the Charente. Or, taking the Green Route along the estuary, stopping off at one of the many little ports for lunch by the quay and then on to the beaches of Royan or even further 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 meal can be also 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.

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Details for La Grange 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

La Grange is a spacious 4 bedroom gite and although completely modernised still retains the character of the original barn. The ground floor is open plan with a fully equipped kitchen, island unit with hob and oven and a breakfast bar opening on to the living area which has French windows on two sides, exposed beams, original stone walls and a dining area seating 10 people. There is also a shower room and toilet on this floor. Stairs lead to 4 bedrooms, 2 with double beds and 2 with twin beds and a bathroom with shower and toilet. A private patio area surrounds the property with access to the garden and meadowland and views over sunflower fields and vineyards. There is a 12 x 6m Pool, with safety alarm, in the grounds with raised decking ideal for lazing on a sun lounger or watching the children. Roman steps lead into the 1m depth end with a gentle slope to the 2m end.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Derek and Lesley Sando (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
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About Derek and Lesley Sando

Derek and Lesley bought an old charentais house and distillery in 2003 and over the next 18 months worked to renovate the property to provide a family home and 2 spacious gites for both families and couples. By adding modern touches but keeping the original character of the property we have made a rural corner of France into a very special holiday venue, away from the noise and crowds and yet near to beaches and towns. We have landscaped the grounds which were overgrown and uncared for into gardens and a pool area so there is plenty of space for games or just relaxing in the sun. There's even space for our 2 friendly goats. We are proud of Les Tilleuls and over the last 7 years we have met some lovely people, some of whom have come back on a regular basis and, we hope, provided a very happy holiday venue for many,many people of all nationalities.

Derek and Lesley Sando purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Derek and Lesley Sando chose Saintes area

Location, location, location!!!! Set in a stunning position, no neighbours, complete privacy but close to towns and villages.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Central for airports, motorway connections, close to the coast, towns and easy to find.

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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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La Grange
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
Chalfont St Giles, Buck

Summer holiday Aug 08

  • 5 of 5

Following on from our Summer holiday, we would like to thank Lesley and Derek for sharing their holiday home. We had a lovely familiy holiday in an ideal setting.

The accommodation was better than expected, everything had been thought of, especially the most welcome food parcel to help you settle into the first days of your holiday.

The setting could not be more ideal, very relaxing, perfect for lazy days around the pool.

Derek and Lesley were perfect hosts, thank you for a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway

Et fredfyldt sted i smukke omgivelser

  • 5 of 5

Min familie og jeg har netop tilbragt en fantastisk uge i La Grange, Les Tilleuls. Hvis I kigger efter et roligt og fredfyldt sted i smukke omgivelser, et meget gæstfrit (og engelsktalende) værtspar kan dette sted varmt anbefales. Ferielejligheden var meget rummelig og veludstyret. Ved ankomsten var køleskabet fyldt op med basale fornødenheder og der lå frisk brød parat på skærebrættet. Der var redt op og store lækre håndklæder var til rådighed. Vi følte os meget velkomne. Den smukke store parklignende have havde en dejlig pool indrammet med lavendler og andre velduftende blomster, og der var masser af hyggelige kroge i haven, hvor man kunne slappe af og nyde udsigten eller en god bog. Der var også et poolhus med alle mulige udendørsspil og udstyr til poolen og store græsarealer til fodbold samt en badmintonbane. Man kunne vælge et hav af engelske tv-kanaler og de store teenage-drenge havde ingen problemer med at følge med i Tour de France. Vi fik en intro-mappe ved ankomst, der bl.a. indeholdt en oversigt over markeder i området og med det meget veludstyrede køkken – selv bagepapir var der i skuffen – var det let at kaste sig ud i finere fransk madlavning! For andre aktiviteter end madlavning kan vi anbefale ture til Saintes og Cognac. Vi tilbragte også en dejlig dag på den fine sandstrand i Saint-Georges-de-Didonne og nød vin- og cognacsmagning i lokalområdet.

Det har virkelig været en dejlig ferie, som vi vil mindes med glæde, når hverdagen igen melder sig.

Lise Riisberg Jensen

Vejle, Danmark

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A holiday with great pleasures!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just spent a wonderful week in la Grange, Les Tilleuls (July 2013). If you are looking for a peaceful place to relax in beautiful surroundings and with very welcoming (English speaking) hosts we highly recommend this place. The "gite" was very spacy and well-equipped. When we arrived, fresh bread, milk, eggs, jam, cheese and butter was to be found in the kitchen, the beds were nicely made and there were also towels for us – we felt very welcome. The lovely large garden had a nice pool surrounded by lavenders, beautiful flowers and all over the garden there were corners to relax and enjoy the views . There was a well-equipped pool house and a large area for ball-games. The TV had plenty of English channels and it was easy for our teenage boys to stay updated on "The Tour". In the gite there was also a folder on the area containing a list of local markets - and with the full equipped kitchen you could easily start your own French cooking - even baking paper was provided! For other shoppings than food we recommend trips to Saintes and Cognac. We also spent a nice day at the very sandy beach in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and enjoyed wine and cognac-tastings in the neighbourhood.

It has really been a holiday with great pleasures - a happy memory when everyday life is back!

Lise Riisberg Jensen

Vejle, Denmark

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Notts, UK

Wonderful Half Term Break

  • 5 of 5

My family have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing break at The Grange. We stayed with Lesley and Derek last year in their other property Le Chai and this holiday surpassed the high standards set last year. The pool was so enjoyable to relax in and sunbathe by. The surroundings are so beautiful and The Grange was so well equipped we wanted for nothing.

On our first evening we had a delightful 3 course meal served by Lesley which was welcomed after a long drive. No need to cook or go out as a result of feeling tired.

The rooms in The Grange are tastefully decorated in typical french style and the beds were extremely comfortable promising a good nights sleep after active days. My son especially commented on the comfort of his bed - most unusual for a 15 year old!!!

We will definitely back both my husband and I love it here. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property. Lesley and Derek go to exteme lengths to make sure your holiday is perfect

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Bristol, United Kingdom

Superbly equipped

  • 5 of 5

I had a suspicion that this was going to be something rather special, and we weren't disappointed. Les Tilleuls is set in lovely countryside and surrounded by vineyards and undulating hills, about 5 minutes drive outside Pons. Originally a barn attached to a typical Charentaise farmhouse, it has been cleverly converted to provide four excellent bedrooms and large open-plan living space. Unlike may gites we have stayed in that provide only just enough of the essentials, Les Tilleuls has sofas and arm chairs galore, enough crockery, cutlery and utensils to host a large garden party, two sets of dining furniture (one indoors, one out), not to mention two barbecues!. The only thing missing was a teapot!

There are more pool toys, sets of boules and other toys/games equipment than a family could possibly use in a week, together with board games, books and dvds if the weather isn't kind. The pool is large and clean, and one of the most memorable aspects of our stay for our children was the nighttime swimming due to the fact that it is illuminated!

Pons (5 minute drive) is a pretty town with good amenities including supermarkets and a railway station - check out the €35 two day roving pass for 2 adults and 2 children which just proves how we're being right royally scr*wed here in the UK. The attractive square with impressive 'donjon' (or keep) and Hotel de Ville hosted a great night-time competition of local brass bands followed by a firework display whilst we were there, something that happens quite often by all accounts.

Jonzac is another interesting historic town within 20 minutes by car, with excellent restaurants and a water park with lots of outdoor activities for children.

One tip - if you're taking a laptop to use the wi-fi, stand with your back to the wall, behind the kitchen island looking out through the triple french doors out to the pool and the hill behind the house - the walls are very thick and this is the only place you'll pick up the network!

Our hosts, Derek and Lesley were very friendly and welcoming, and very relaxed. Derek is laid back, bordering on the horizontal, but always willing to help if necessary. We stayed with another family who also loved it, and I would unhesitatingly recommend Les Tilleuls if you're looking for a relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

A Great 2 Weeks Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Actually we have been 3 families during the 1st week of our 2 weeks' vacation, sharing both gites with the inbetween door wings opened. This gave lucious space for our whole party of 10 people.

Both gites were absolutely stunning, individually designed to the local rural touch, absolutely clean, completely equipped and well maintained.

While our friends had the smaller gite Le Chai, featuring the ancient Cognac Distillery in the living room, as the highlight, we were sharing the La Grange.

The latter became the center of all social activities because of the big enough kitchen, the dining table with sufficient seating capacity and the terrace which was facing the huge garden with the pool.

Incidentally, the Soccer World Championship took place in South Africa during our stay. While the English team had to leave for home early, we probably gave Derek and Lesley a hard time while watching the German team's games.

Thank you again, Derek, for allowing the crazy Germans to hoist our flag in your Garden ;-)

The 2nd week, our friends went home and some very nice Irish family took over Le Chai - with the sound prrof door between the gites locked.

We easily made contact and soon the new party was fully integrated for common vacation enjoyment.

During the last day of our stay, we also had the unique chance to enjoy a guided tour at famous Sebastian's vineyards, cellars and cognac distillery.

Some final words:

The given description of the property on the website is absolutely accurate and fully comprehensive.

The pool is even better than described, well cleaned regularly with a mini robot and covered over night which helps preserving its temperature.

We will be happy to return to this great place again at any time.

Our stay has been a extremely recreating experience with a nice English host couple in an traditional French rural setting, providing our kids with a fantastic Italian cooking on the 1st evening which eventually led to a Sauce Bolognaise contest between Derek and ourselves ;-)

We really learnt to love that place!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bordeaux and La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
250 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Junction 36 A10
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: recommended

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 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 close by as are the beaches around the resort town of Royan. The pretty fishing ports of the Gironde estuary are within 30minutes. For children, visit the renowned zoo at La Palmyre, discover the Chateau des Enigmes at Pons or enjoy a day at the ‘Antilles de Jonzac’ an aqua playground of 10,000 sqm. Or just simply relax, explore the pretty surrounding villages and try 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.


Rates & Availability

From £75 Per night

Saintes area Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
Jan 3 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 23 2015 - Jul 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 4 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Xmas & New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes A 25% deposit is required with the booking and the balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival.
A £100 refundable damage/cleaning deposit is required per gite with the final payment. Payment may be made by cheque or bank transfer.
A 3 course meal can be provided on arrival at 15 euros per person including wine, please ask for details
Prices include all utilities,linen, towels and a welcome pack
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Saintes area Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 145 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • There is a large shower room, toilet and basin with vanity unit on the ground floor and a large family bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and basin vanity unit on the 1st floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • 2 large doubles, 2 large twins, space for 2 cots
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 14 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
La Grange can be let as a single unit for 8 people or inter-connecting doors to Le Chai make Les Tilleuls spacious accommodation for up to 12 people. All linen, bedding and towels are provided - pool towels are also available. A welcome pack is provided on arrival. We prefer no smoking inside the gite.

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