Welcome to La Rose des Vents, two 4 star, luxury detached cottages set in the 2.5 acre gated grounds of a Charentaise Manor House. Wooden beams, terracotta floors & blue shutters - the spacious cottages have been beautifully restored and furnished. Including flat screen satellite TV & DVD, and WI FI internet connection. There are en suite shower rooms and luxury bathrooms,and kitchens equipped for the keenest cooks. Comfy beds are made up for your arrival with Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy white towels & pool towels are supplied. Relax by the 11 x 5 metre heated swimming pool (sole use of guests) set within the fruit orchard, overlooking the vineyards, or in your own private flower filled gardens with sunny terraces equipped for BBQs and outdoor dining. Self catering guests have the option of reserving dinner on their first night. B&B minibreaks also available. Complimentary ride through the vineyards in the owners Morgan sports cars. Close to Cognac (15mins);market town of Matha (5mins), Saintes (25 mins), Angouleme (40mins) Atlantic beaches (45mins). La Rochelle, Il de Re, Bordeaux & the Dordogne all within easy reach.
La Rose des Vents is ideally located to explore the ancient streets of Cognac, where you can have a guided tour of the great Cognac Houses or enjoy a river trip on a 'Gabare' (historic flat bottomed boat). Roman Saintes with its famous amphitheatre is just half an hour away, as is Pons, a medieval town where you can climb the 12th century keep.40 mins will take you to the walled town of Angouleme and Bordeaux and St Emilion are within easy reach. Visit the Old Port of La Rochelle where you can linger in a quayside restaurant or wander the ancient arcaded shopping streets. Royan is one of France's leading seaside resorts, with safe golden beaches, and from here you can drive along the Cote Sauvage, where you will find the Zoo de La Palmyre. Don't forget to take the toll bridge to the Il de Re and wander through this unspoilt island with whitewashed houses, gardens full of hollyhocks and bustling harbours lined with cafes and restaurants.
You can choose from self catering, reserve a 3/4 course candlle lit dinner with wine on your first night (to be served in your cottage, or under the stars in your private garden), or book a B & B mini break of 3-5 days.
This is delightful driving country and the resident owners have owned classic cars for over 25 years, and have put together a range of scenic tours which will take you off the beaten track though vineyards and picturesque villages to the Dordogne, Charente, Charente Maritime and the Bordeaux regions.
If you would like to experience a drive through the vineyards in an open top sports car, the owners offer a complimentary ride in one of their 4 seater Morgan sports cars, during your stay.
.. and if you are a keen classic car enthusiast it is possible to hire a Morgan during your stay. Bespoke tours can also be organised for groups of classic car owners.
Please see the owners website www.cottagesandclassics.com for full details.
You can visit a market every day of the week, in one of the surrounding towns and villages and there are huge monthly fairs selling everything f rom clothes, kitchen utensils and food to livestock!
Each cottage has a welcome folder brimming with ideas of places to visit,to suit all the family, cognac, pineau and wine tasting, dates for local markets and restaurants to try . We are always happy to make any reservations for you
Whether you enjoy exploring this beautiful region, soaking up the atmosphere in the local cafes and restaurants, sampling the local cuisine or just chilling out by the pool, with the family, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
We spent our holidays exploring France for 12 years until we fell in love with La Rose des Vents on a rainy day in October. Here we could develop the type of luxury self catering holiday accommodation we were always searching for! So we took the plunge, gave up our busy careers in the NHS & National Grid and moved to this beautiful region.
Since then we have lavished care and attention renovating the properties to ensure our guests have a great holiday and along the way learned to speak french, made lots of friends, sampled numerous restaurants, were adopted by a litter of kittens - Honey, Lucy & Rosie, joined a couple of classic car clubs and explored the area in our Morgan sports cars - our other great love.
We had visited this Region before and loved everything about it - the climate, relaxing lifestyle and people. We live in a small hamlet - no traffic noise - just birdsong and the occasional tractor. No light pollution - the stars are absolutely incredible and in summer guests enjoy a midnight swim whilst watching the meterorite showers! However, we are not isolated but ideally located. The bustling town of Cognac is just 15 mins drive away and Saintes & St Jean d'Angely close by. Even closer, at 5 minutes drive is the busy market town of Matha. In 45 mins we can be sitting on the beach, or for a fix of city life be in Bordeaux within an hour and a half. It is beautiful driving country on near deserted roads, through rolling vineyards and there is always something going on - street theatre, music festivals, firework displays,artisan markets and fetes.
Our home is over 200 years old and on that first visit we could see the potential. In addition to the Manor House, the former separate stables and an estate managers house are set discretely within 2.5 acres of beautiful gated grounds with views over the vineyards once owned by the previous owner.
Although we named them Rose & Manor Cottage, the fully renovated properties are now spacious houses with private gardens and courtyards offering complete privacy and the cottages are only one of three properties in this area (Val de Saintonge) to be awarded 4 stars by the French Tourist Office for their comfort, style and facilities.
We are constantly improving the facilities and services we offer, and in addition to offering B & B mini breaks outside high season,in 2012 we introduced the option of reserving a 3 or 4 course dinner on the day of arrival to be served by candlelight in the cottage, or under the stars in the garden.
Come and relax by the heated pool or explore this beautiful region - any queries, just ring the bell by the kitchen door, we are here to help and if you are interested, enjoy a complimentary ride through the vineyard in our 4 seater Morgans.
Located in a small village surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers - yet just 5mins from the busy market town of Matha with it's full range of shops & supermarkets. The bread van delivers to your door each morning. Cognac is 15mins away - explore the ancient streets, mansions and museums, take a riverboat trip,tour one of the famous Cognac Houses or soak up the atmosphere in a pavement cafe. The Roman town of Saintes with it's amphitheatre and superb shopping centre is 25 mins away, as is St Jean d'Angely with its colourful market, cobbled streets and medieval timbered buildings. You can reach Royan, with it's safe golden beaches in 40mins. Visit the old port at La Rochelle and explore the ancient arcaded shopping streets or visit the Aquarium. Take the toll bridge to the famous Il de Re or visit fascinating Rochefort with its' maritime heritage. There are museums, zoos, boating lakes, waterparks, fishing and golf courses nearby. Bordeaux & the Dordogne are also within easy reach
Other Activities: Scenic drives through picturesque countryside to unspoilt villages in the Charente,Dordogne and Bordeaux regions. Classic car tours and car hire.
Golf: There are 3 excellent golf courses nearby.
Cognac 18 holes (15 minutes by car) - 6142m par 72
Located on the banks of the river Charente, this is a gently sloping courses with water hazards as it twists and turns between vineyards and woodland.
Saintes 18 holes (30 minutes by car) - 4790m par 68
Gently rolling wooded course. Provides spectacular view of Saintes and the remains of a Roman aqueduct.
Royan 18 holes (45 minutes by car) - 5924 m par 73
In the heart of the Forest de la Coubre, this superb undulating course, stretches amongst the pines and natural dunes. After playing the 14th tee you have great views of he Atlantic Ocean, and at the end of your game there is a newly extended clubhouse where you can relax in the bar.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 5 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 3 2014
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|It is now possible to reserve a 3 or 4 course dinner with wine, to be served in your cottage on your first night - if you have young children put them to bed, light the candles and sit back and relax. For larger groups booking both cottages, dinner can be reserved and served in the Manor House or under the stars in the garden. For more details see owners website www.cottagesandclassics.com|
|Notes||Outside high season, long weekend and mini breaks (3/5 nights) are available on a B & B basis, with breakfast delivered to your cottage each morning, and includes afternoon tea and cakes on arrival, a welcome 4 course dinner with aperitifs, wine, coffee and cognac served in the Manor House and a complimentary tour of the local countryside and vineyards in a Morgan Sports Car.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.