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Four exclusive gites in a historic French watermill only 10 mins from Cognac - Le Chai

Bedrooms 1
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type apartment



Le Chai

Le Chai is located on the ground floor and on one level, it is the perfect bolthole for a couple or small family.  Accommodation for two with built in bunks for two more. The gite is also suitable for disabled access because of it's location and layout. Chai is perfectly formed with all the charm and authenticity of a suberb Charentais stone-built dwelling. Boasting it's own privately enclosed terrace, with barbecue and private views over the millpond and River Chazotte. It has a lounge with dining area. The kitchen is fully-fitted with fridge/freezer, microwave, oven etc. The shower room has a wet-room style shower plus a WC, vanity basin and an alcove for the washing machine. There is car parking right outside the terrace.

About the property

Le Moulin de Chazotte

Le Moulin de Chazotte is a 16th century French watermill offering beautiful, family friendly self catering holiday accommodation.

Our four exclusive gites are brimming with charm and character whilst offering all the modern comforts and facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. The gites vary in size, from La Principale (the main house) which sleeps up to 7 people - perfect for families. Or for a couple looking for a more romantic, private stay, Le Chai, which is a cosy one bedroom hideaway. All gites have their own private terrace but also offer access to 12 acres of grounds and facilities, including the large heated and floodlit swimming pool (12m x 6m) and a variety of outdoor activities and games. See each gites listing for more details.

Located in blissful rural tranquility within the Poitou-Charente region on the French Atlantic coast, only 10 minutes away from historic Cognac and a short drive to the nearest village with that all important local boulangerie. This picturesque region is steeped in Roman and Medieval history and is known for its sleepy villages, Romanesque churches, heritage towns, as well as for the famous and delicious Cognac drink of course.

The history of Cognac: The Cognac area was colonised by the Romans for some 800 years and any town or village with the letters 'ac' at the end or it's name was originally a roman villa (hence names like Cognac, Mesnac, Jarnac etc). The Romans introduced vines and viticulture into the region and so initiated the development of the world-famous drink of Cognac. Nowadays Cognac production is a thriving industry and we have the likes of Hennessy, Courvoisier and Martell almost on our doorsteps. We recommend that you have a conducted tour (and tasting!) of at least one Cognac distillery while you are staying with us.

There are also literally hundreds and hundreds of small family-run Cognac producers in the Charente and we have a close tie with the Chateau Chesnel which produces Cognac and Pineau (a local aperitif based on Cognac) under the family name of Roffignac. There was an intermarriage between the Chesnel and Chazotte families back in the middle ages so it makes for a particularly interesting local visit.

More Details

Laura & Rowan Wickham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Basic French and German
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Calendar last updated:
July 30, 2017

About Laura & Rowan Wickham

Hello there! We are Rowan and Laura Wickham and are the proud owners of Le Moulin de Chazotte.

We purchased the Mill in early 2016. It was a somewhat impetuous decision having first seen it in September 2015 and falling totally in love with the mill, the gites, the gardens, the surrounding area and France in general. Seriously, this place is a little piece of heaven and we are so excited to start running it and welcoming lots of lovely guests.

Rowan is from New Zealand, and Laura is English and we have spent the last ten years living in Zurich, Switzerland. 

We are taking over Le Moulin from the fabulous Bob and Jane Todd who lovingly restored it to what it is today. Their knowledge, support and kindness towards us has been invaluable and we cannot thank them enough. They are off to their next adventure in the Pyrenees and we just hope that we can continue the success of the mill in a manner and spirit that continues their legacy.

So, enough about us! If you want to know more, come and visit and we can have a good old natter over a glass of wine or two on the terrace. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you at the Mill!

Laura & Rowan Wickham purchased this apartment in 2016

What makes this apartment unique

- An ancient water mill dating back to the 16th century at least. Much of the original machinery remains on view.

- A tranquil setting away from the road - amongst the vines and woods with very little traffic at all.

- Large swimming pool

- Only 10k from historic Cognac

- Less than 1hr from the coast (Royan)

Available Rentals


Stay Details: In the summer, bookings are for a 1 week minimum Saturday to Saturday. Out of high season we can be flexible on arrival and departure dates and length of booking, please contact us and we will see what we can do.
Breakage & cleaning deposit: This deposit will be refunded within 2 weeks of the end of your stay once any breakages or damage has been paid for.
Extra cleaning: All cleaning materials are provided to allow the gite to be left as clean as it was found on arrival. A final clean can be arranged at an additional cost if required.
Full details including Q&A and booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:


Cherves-Richemont Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room - toilet , shower , Vanity unit and washine machine in separate alcove
  • The bathroom has been designed to allow access for disabled persons. The floor is tiled and completely level to give easy access to the shower cubicle. There are grab handles in the shower and the toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Family room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Cot available
  • The bedroom has a connecting door to the shower room and toilet. The bunk beds are in a curtained annexe off to the side of the main bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Le Chai
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
London, UK

Summer 2009 - Le Moulin de Chazotte

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at LeMoulin for a week during the summer of 2009. It was exactly what we wanted - a quiet, relaxing, rural retreat for a week. Great location for cycling as well. Highly recommend making a day of cycling to Cognac, having lunch, doing one of the tours at the Cognac producers, etc. Bob and Jane were very welcoming hosts, and the group BBQ was a nice idea to enable everyone to get to know each other. The mid summer heat/humidity can be quite extreme in this area of France, but the swimming pool helps to counter this! Overall, a great holiday location, we would recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Quite a few of our visitors bring bikes on top of their cars and put them to good use during their holiday. Cycling in France tends to be a less dangerous pastime than in the UK because French car and lorry drivers usually show a far greater respect for two wheels. There is a national passion for the Tour de France, of course, and in the summer you'll often the see the cycling clubs out on the roads with their brilliantly coloured outfits. There appears to be no upper age limit either as some of the cyclists are still zipping along despite clearly being closer to 100 than 50 years old! The Charente area is relatively flat with very light traffic and is perfect for leisurely cycling.
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  • 5 of 5

myself and my wife jackie stayed here in june 2008,i am writing this reveiw in november 2009,the holiday is still very vivid in both our was a lovely time,peace and tranquillity,lovely setting right in the middle of wine growing country around cognac,and a great base for sightseeing in this most idilic region of france.

would i recommend staying here ? a resounding yes from us,(and i am not the easiest man in the world to please).

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those comments. Two of our nearest neighbours are, in fact, Cognac producers with their own distilleries. The first, Chateau Chesnel, is an imposing chateau with a long and fascinating history - the owner, La Comptess de Roffinac, is a charming lady who personally leads conducted tours of her Chateau and distillery throughout the summer. The second is the Chateau de Mesnac which also organises guided tours but is also an outstanding restaurant. We're always happy to arrange tours or reserve tables for our guests and particularly so because we like to support our hard-working local businesses.
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A Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

First, please apologize my bad english.

Laura and Rowan are exceptional by their kindness and hospitality. Their cottage in the middle of the Cognac vineyards is very nice. Everything is made to feel at home and welcome is perfect. The swiming pool is very nice. An address to recommend. The only improvement could be the command of the French language for facilter contact with people who do not speak English at all

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cherves Richemont
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf du Cognac
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély on the A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Chateau Mesnac
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
La Mongie (Barèges, Pyrenees)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Translated as the Mill of Chazotte, we are a 16th century French watermill offering beautiful, family friendly self-catering holiday accommodation near Cognac, France.

Our four exclusive gites are brimming with charm and character whilst offering all the modern comforts and facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. All gites have their own private terrace and also offer access to 12 acres of grounds and facilities, including the large heated and floodlit swimming pool.

Located in blissful rural tranquility within the Poitou-Charente region on the French Atlantic coast, we are only 10 minutes away from historic Cognac and a short drive to the nearest village with that all important local boulangerie. This picturesque region is steeped in Roman and Medieval history and is known for its sleepy villages, Romanesque churches, heritage towns, as well as for the famous and delicious Cognac drink of course.

Nearby Activities: The peaceful and gently rolling terrain of this beautiful area of vineyards and woodlands is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike and it's a bird-spotters paradise. Restaurants of all types are abundant within a short driving distance from the Mill. Several theme parks (eg Futuroscope) are great for a day out but there are also aquariums, zoos, historic chateaux, many roman sites, ancient churches and abbeys all within reach by car. Local towns have excellent food markets and brocantes (flea markets) are common in the summer. Canoeing on the Charente and pedalling on the Velorail near Cofolens are great for working up an appetite! A day out to the beach at Royan or Ile d'Oléron is a must combined with a meal at one of the fresh-fish restaurants. Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saintes and Angouleme all make great day trips.

Golf: With a choice of 20 first class golf courses in some stunning locations, Poitou-Charentes is a great destination for a French golf holiday, with the temperate climate and long hours of sunshine enabling play all year round. The beautiful links course of Golf de la Prée overlooks the Baie de l’Aiguillon and Ile de Ré (1.5 hour drive from the Mill). The 18-hole Golf du Cognac in Saint-Brice is particularly popular with British visitors and is less than 30 minutes away. Slightly further afield (2 hour drive) is the Golf du Haut Poitou, where an 18-hole challenge and 9-hole pitch-and-putt course overlook the beautiful lake of Saint Cyr.

Water sports: The West coast of France boasts some of the finest sandy beaches in Europe. The mill is located only an hour from Royan where you can combine a day basking on the beach with a superb meal at one of many fresh-fish restaurants. At St. Georges de Didonne (next to Royan) is a magnificent sheltered and sandy beach which is perfect for younger kids. There is now also a pretty hair-raising tree rope-walking centre! For the more confident swimmer you can drive just a few miles along the coast from Royan to the Côte Sauvage and indulge in some surfing or body-boarding in the perfect Atlantic waves. Closer to home, and possibly for a cloudy day, we have water activity centres at St. Jean d'Angély, Angouleme and Jonzac. Even closer still (7 minutes by car!) is a recreation lake at Thors where you can hire pedalos or enjoy swimming in the lake before enjoying a good and very reasonably priced meal at the restaurant by the lake. Of course you can always go for a swim in the pool right here too!

Family Friendly: In addition to our well equipped gites to provide you all the comforts of home, the Mill also offers 12 acres of gardens, including our own river! You don't even need to leave the Mill to enjoy a day of canoeing, badminton, table tennis, table football, cricket or rounders on the field, or just lounging by our stunning saltwater pool (larger than average at 6m x 12m) - floodlit, heated and securely fenced.


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