19th Century Charentaise Maison de Maître (5 BR, sleeps up to 15) with Pool
- english, french, german, spanish
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking only outside the house.
no cats, please (allergy reasons)
crib & high chair available
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:15 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A relaxing vacation in a wonderful house
Our 13-days stay in La Garde was fabulous! We were there in april and the weather was very fine. The spring was in full swing, the sun was shining the whole day and the temperatures were fine. Not normal for us, as we come from a colder part of Germany.
We were 4 persons and one dog and we were glad to come in this wonderful house. Lovingly furnished, lots of space, for each one a bedroom and his one bath. The large country kitchen was well equipped and the right place for eating and cozy games evenings.
La Garde and the landscape around is not just a place - it is something special. Living in a part of France, very originally, few tourists at that time and infinitely relaxing.
We were very glad to stay there and there was no moment of boredom. Enough to see nearby and great restaurants around us in the little villages.
It will not be our only trip there!!!!
Our 5-day stay at La Garde was fabulous! My two friends and I enjoyed having our own rooms, bathrooms and even two living rooms! The large country kitchen was well equipped and we could shop nearby for things we wanted to enjoy in our "new home". It was easy to go on our winery tours and nearby great restaurants from there. I enjoyed staying there, relaxing, and taking in the lovely environs.
Relaxation and Sightseeing
While staying at Le Gard with a large group, we spent our days either relaxing at the beautifully maintained house and grounds or took off on day trips. We strolled through the vineyard to the windmill and to the beautiful old church in the village, followed by cooling off in the swimming pool. If we opted to take a day trip, the gracious owners offered help with driving tips and suggestions on where to go.
The rooms were all spacious and comfortable. The large kitchen had modern appliances and two refrigerators; our bedroom had a very comfortable bed and plenty of space for suitcases and belongings. Even during the heat of summer, the house was a comfortable temperature.
The house is surrounded by endless vineyards and sunflower fields that were best enjoyed while dining outside on a warm evening with a glass of wine and in the company of friends. We would return in a heartbeat!
La Garde is sublime
Our week-long stay at La Garde in July 2015 left us wanting to return to discover more of the magic that we found on our first visit. La Garde isn’t just a place; it’s an experience––living life in rural France as the French do. This experience starts with the quest of finding the place. Even though the directions we received were very clear (we took the TGV from Paris to Angoulleme where we rented a car), La Garde’s location is quite remote and surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers, which creates its enchantment. With a glass of wine (or three) in the evening twilight, or watching the changing light in the early morning, the view from La Garde is a living version of an impressionist painting. It’s only a short stroll to the hilltop town of Sainte-Lheurine with its 12th century church and on to a restored windmill, but that short walk is a journey back in time to Medieval Europe. The beautifully restored manor house at La Garde is as graceful as its setting. Even though the house possesses every modern convenience a demanding traveler might want (including an extraordinary swimming pool), those conveniences never overpower the historic character of the house. Despite its seeming remoteness, we took day trips to several fascinating destinations ranging from the many distilleries in Cognac to the urban delights of Bordeaux. But the best part was being able to share this experience with both old and new friends. Gotz and Ellie have created a treasure at La Garde that is absolutely perfect for a large group of friends or family (there were 14 of us in the main house and cottage). On days when we just wanted to relax, we swam, learned to play boule ball, and had impromptu yoga sessions on the lawn overlooking the vineyards, and then everyone would come together in the evening after their day’s adventures for another glass of outstanding Bordeaux wine and dinner on the terrace. We’re so lucky that Gotz and Ellie are willing to share this gem with their guests—we would return in a heartbeat.
The Best of The French Countryside
La Garde is the perfect retreat for a family or large group. We stayed in the main house with 6 other people and never felt crowded. Much of our time was spent outside overlooking the beautiful French countryside. In the mornings you can take walks and some rode bicycles. There is a wonderful swimming pool that was perfect on hot afternoons. The large kitchen was cozy and convenient for making meals. There are many choices for activities meandering into the small town of Jonzac, touring around the countryside in our rented Fiat or taking the train into Bordeaux all convenient and easy to do. We took the train from Paris and rented a car in Angouleme. Gotz and Ellie are great hosts and keep the house immaculate. I would go back in a flash.
Véro et Paulo
Magnifique lieu dans une maison de maître, au milieu du vignoble du cognac . Randonnées pédestres dans un paysage avec point de vue culminant le pays de Haute Saintonge. Accueil chaleureux et lieu propre très bien tenu offrant toutes les commodités et une très belle piscine. Idéal pour se ressourcer. Nous y retournerons !
Wonderful place in a mansion in the middle of the Cognac vineyards . Hiking in a landscape with high point of view the country of Upper Saintonge. Warm and clean place well kept with all the amenities and a great pool . Ideal for recharging . We will return !
Wundervolles Hotel in einem Herrenhaus in der Mitte der Cognac Weinberge. Wandern in einer Landschaft mit hohen Sicht das Land der Haute Saintonge . Warm und sauberen Ort gut ausgestattet mit allen Annehmlichkeiten und einem großen Pool gehalten . Ideal zum Aufladen . Wir kommen wieder!