La Principale: Magnificent French Watermill with Swimming Pool. Only 10 mins from Cognac 3 Stelle 3 Stelle 3 Stelle

 Le Moulin de Chazotte
  • Annuncio #: 46
  • 3 Stelle Gite ( 130 metri quadrati )
  • Settimanale £ 690 - £ 1,240
  • Q.tà letti 3
  • Posti letto 7
  • Bagni 2
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Principali Caratteristiche: Watermill on River Chazotte, Very close to historic Cognac, Wonderful views, Swimming Pool, Large garden / grounds, Sleeps 2 - 7

Descrizione della struttura

La Principale: An exclusive gite in a magnificent French watermill dating back to the 15th century. Superb grounds, large swimming pool & lots of activities. Sleeps 2 - 7 and open all year round.

Descrizione dell'Area

La Maison Principale has a wealth of exceptional features which make it a holiday dwelling of an unusually high standard. The house was built in the 1750s and has been totally renovated to incorporate the latest technology as well as retaining traditional Charentais architecture. The staircase, for example, was custom-made by local craftsmen with a lovely curved design which has been the authentic Charentais-style for centuries. All the windows and doors are hardwood double glazed.

The gite is only available for letting from mid-June to mid-September.

The Terrace
The terrace is elevated and has an impressive balustraded surround. It is in two parts with a table, chairs and sun parasol to one side and hardwood reclining chairs on the other. The terrace is south-facing with panoramic views over the vines.

The heavy oak front door leads to a small hallway with a coat cupboard and doors leading off to a toilet, the lounge and the kitchen.

The Lounge
Here too one is impressed at first glance by the oak-strip flooring and the beamed ceiling. At the far end of the lounge is the Charentais stone fireplace which was rescued in pieces from an outhouse and which now belts out heat in the winter from a wood-burning stove. To the left is the lovely sweeping Charentais staircase leading up to the first floor.

Three windows overlook the river and the millpond and a fourth has southerly views over the vines. There is a comfortable seating and a TV with French terrestrial channels and free-to-view satellite channels. There is a Hi-Fi system, a DVD player and a video too.

The Kitchen
First impressions are of the classic tiled floor with it's decoratice inserts and also the heavily beamed ceiling. The massive stone fireplace houses the Godin wood-burning cooker and one entire wall has exposed stonework. The kitchen itself is easily large enough for the table and chairs at one end and the coffee table and chairs at the other.

The fitted kitchen has a microwave, built-in electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, gas hob with an extractor hood, toaster and coffee-maker. The washing machine is downstairs in the utility room via a staircase off the kitchen. There are windows at the front and back with views to the south over the vines and to the north over the millraces at the rear of the mill into the woods.

The downstairs toilet
There is a toilet in the passageway from the lounge to the foot of the stairs.

As with so many French houses, the first floor area of La Maison Principale was never really designed as living accommodation. The original timber roof beams and trusses were so low that you had to limbo to get under them! These roof beams have been specially and expertly modified to allow the first floor area to become completely usable so that there are now three bedrooms, a bathroom and a landing area. The floors at first floor level are all varnished pine floor boarding with rugs.

Master Bedroom
The largest bedroom and has a double bed with space for another single bed. As with all the bedrooms there are lots of exposed beams and character stonework together with the typical low-level windows which you can see in the exterior photos on this page. There is an en-suite shower-room with a toilet, bidet and vanity unit.

Double Bedroom
This bedroom is fairly small but has a double bed and built in wardrobe as well as a drawer unit.

Bedroom Three
A double bed (or two singles) with enough room for another single bed. There is also a large built in wardrobe and a drawer unit.

The Bathroom
The bathroom has a both a bath and a shower together with a vanity unit and toilet. This bathroom is used by bedrooms two and three which are adjacent.

La maison Principale has full oil-fired central heating as well as the wood-burning stove and cooker.
There is a large wallet containing leaflets and information about the area and things to do.

The Swimming Pool
The pool is without a doubt our biggest "attraction" for young and old alike but particularly for children. We are told regularly by our holiday makers that our adverts don't do the pool justice! Well, at 12 metres by 6 metres, it's larger than average and has fancy semi-circular roman steps at the shallow end. It has a toilet and changing room plus a solar shower. It has large sun-bathing terraces all around and sits in its own secure enclosure with a lockable gate. There are ample sun-loungers as well as tables and chairs. The pool is about 50 metres from the house. It is completely private and has a wonderful view to the south across the vineyards to the village of Cherves-Richemont on the hillside.

Le Moulin de Chazotte
La Principale is part of the watermill Le Moulin de Chazotte. The mill sits astride the small river Chazotte and, with no near neighbours, we are privileged to be surrounded by what is, in effect, a nature reserve with masses of animal and bird wildlife including deer and wild boar. The grounds extend to 11 acres with no restrictive boundary fences. The only other buildings are dotted on the hillside at Cherves Richemont 2 kilometres away.

Formerly uninhabited within living memory, the mill has been lovingly restored to create four exclusive and high quality gites for self-catering holiday accommodation in a wonderful setting. The gites each have their own private terrace with barbecue, and all have access to the grounds and facilities.

These include the large heated and floodlit swimming pool (12m x 6m) and both an indoor and outdoor games area. Activities on site include badminton, canoeing, swings, table-tennis, table-football, and boules. In addition there is a 7 acre play field which is ideal for cricket, football, kites, rounders and golf practice.

In addition to the pool, there is a large lake with a beach at Thors which is 10 minutes drive away. This is a superb site with safe-swimming area for children and pedaloes too. The facilities are free for all to use and there is an nice terraced restaurant offering good food and excellent value for money.

We have a few bikes of mixed size which we make available to our guests however we've found that it is much better to bring your own bikes which can be stored in the barn or shed. The terrain around the mill is perfect for gentle cycling and the roads are usually virtually traffic free although you might need to overtake a tractor or two! Cycling is a national obsession with the French especially while the Tour de France is underway! Generally you'll find that French drivers are generally more courteous towards and aware of anyone on two wheels.

From the mill you can explore up or downstream along the river. If you're adventurous you can boldly venture into the wild forest at the back of the property or, if not, take a leisurely stroll out of the front gate and go left or right along the lanes through the vineyards and sunflower fields. The tiny village of Mesnac is 1km away and there is an interesting church to see as well as an ancient "laverie" where the ladies formerly washed clothes in the river Chazotte. In the opposite direction, the village of Cherves Richemont is about 3km away. Cherves is a relatively busy place with a couple of bakeries and a butchers shop as well as a small Spar supermarket, a chemist, a post office and a brand new library. There are tennis courts, a tree-shaded boules arena (bouledrome) and a nice bar/restaurant. On the way towards Cherves you cross a track which used to be the railway line and you can follow this to the site of the Tile works where all that remains is the immense brick-built furnace chimney (Fred Dibner would have loved it!). Whichever way you you walk from the mill you'll probably pass some derelict but still delightful stone houses which cry out for some brave soul to restore them to their former beauty.

We have an excellent canadian canoe complete with coolbox for essential supplies! There aren't many of our guests, especially those with children who can resist an outing. The mill sits astride the river Chazotte so the canoe is usually moored in the millpond ready for action. In recent years the river levels have fallen throughout this region and canoeing on the Chazotte has become more of an adventure than a leisurely cruise! However much fun this sounds though, please be prepared for such obstacles as low bridges, fallen trees and overhanging branches en route - a sort of mild Indiana Jones experience! Several groups of visitors to the mill have brought their own canoes in recent years but I suspect our little river is a bit tame for experienced canoeists. You can hire canoes at most towns along the Charente, including Cognac and Jarnac.

Each gite has its own barbecue but we often have a 'group barbecue' for all the guests at the beginning of their holiday. Apart from being great fun, this is a great chance for everyone to get to know each other and usually enables the children to form a social 'gang' for the rest of their stay here.

Outdoor sports
Early morning jogging through our wood or into the village of Cherves is very popular with our more athletic guests. The huge play-field at the front can be used for kite-flying, football, cricket, rounders, frisbee, golfing etc. etc. In our shady poplar wood you can play badminton or boules (equipment provided) and there are both kiddies swings and a huge tree-swing.

Photography and Painting
Our ancient mill is extremely photogenic and because of our secluded location we are surrounded by a wonderful array of wild animals and birds. We regularly have deer and hares in our grounds and it is rare not to see kingfishers, egrets, redstarts, buzzards, kites, herons, hoopoes and even parakeets around the place. If you're lucky you may get to see the wild boar and coypu at dusk too.

The river Chazotte has a wide variety of fish despite it's small size. Regular sightings in the millpond are pike, chub, roach, eels and superb green tench as well as tiddlers. Rod and line fishing is very difficult in the Chazotte because of the overhanging branches and shallowness of the water in summer. Serious fishermen use the local lakes which are well-stocked and, of course, the river Charente itself.

Tractor tuition
One of the biggest hits with most of the families staying here has been the chance to have a go on the tractor (Hector)! Depending on the weather, we usually manage to get Hector out onto the field so guests can have a lesson in tractor driving followed by a circuit or two of the field.

Indoor activities
In our large open-fronted barn there is a table-tennis table and a table-football machine. This is also a great meeting point for both adults and children in the evenings or if the sun is extra-hot!

Car Parking and Access
La maison Principale is approached by a long driveway through the grounds and parking is about 10 metres from the front door.


Indirizzo: Cherves-Richemont, Charente, France
Codice postale: 16370
Latitude / Longitude: 45.768685236508965 / -0.3607958203124326
Aeroporto La Rochelle 90 minuti
Spiaggia Royan 60 minuti
Il porto dei traghetti St. Malo 250 km
Mercato Cognac covered market 10 minuti
Stazione della metropolitana Paris 200 km
Ristorante Le Grizzly, Cherves Richemont 5 minuti
Stazione Cognac (SNCF) 10 minuti

Come arrivare...

We'll be happy to provide you with detailed directions as your holiday date approaches.

Posti da visitare e altre cose da fare...

For the most part, the countryside around us is gently rolling and characterised by vineyards, sunflower fields and woodlands. We are located in the river Antenne Valley which runs down towards Cognac and into the majestic river Charente.

Cognac and the surrounding towns, such as Angoulême and Saintes are steeped in Roman and Mediaeval history with fascinating architecture and markets. The sandy beaches and wonderful sea-food restaurants of Royan are only an hour's drive away.

Whether you want an active, adventurous holiday or to simply relax in the serene surroundings of the mill, there is something for everyone.

There is a superb restaurant serving real French cuisine at our local Chateau de Mesnac. It's about 3 minutes away by car. In Cognac and other local towns there are numerous excellent restaurants of all types and pavement cafés where you can soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by.

For excellent value meals there is a good restaurant at Thors which is only 10 minutes drive away. The restaurant is situated at the edge of a lake so you can have a swim beforehand if you want to work up an appetite.

Our local village of Cherves-Richemont will shortly have a brand new bar and restaurant which is being built right next to the shady boules arena.

Sight seeing - energetic outings - historical buildings and sites - the beauty of nature - the arts....his area of France has got it all!

Cognac Country
Most of us have heard of the alcoholic drink which takes it's name from the town of Cognac. In fact most of the grapes grown in the vineyards throughout the area are used in the making of this world-famous spirit. There are dozens of Cognac producers but the most well-known (Courvoisier, Martell, Hennessy etc.) all provide fascinating tours of their distilleries during the summer season. The apperitif, Pineau is a blend of cognac and grape juice for which this region is also famous. Many of the small, family-run Pineau producers offer organised tours with tastings.

Except for Disneyland at Paris, this theme park at Poitiers is probably the largest of it's kind in France.

Puy du Fou
An amazing experience for all the family made even better with the special reductions which are available to our visitors (please ask for details).

A theme park at Saint Césaire which is only a short drive away. This is an educational and entertaining outing based on the discovery of the remains of a Neolithic female skeleton.

Les Antilles
A water-based outing near Jonzac for active holidaymakers and well worth combining with vists to the fortress at Pons or the picturesque chateau in the heart of Jonzac itself.

Adventure Parc
A high-level adventure outing amongst the trees for energetic folk!

Located in Rochefort this is a must for anyone interested in maritime history. For the past few years the new "Hermione" has been under construction in a covered dry-dock in Rochefort. The first Hermione was a 17th century frigate and the traditional techniques and original plans are now being used to reconstruct a fully sail-rigged frigate which will eventually reneact the journey by Lafayette to America.

La Palmyre Zoo
A very well respected zoo regarded as one of the best in Europe.

La Rochelle Aquarium
A very nice aquarium with a good restaurant and makes a great day out when combined with a shopping trip to bustling La Rochelle.

Scene of the horrific massacre of virtually an entire town's inhabitants by the Gestapo during the war. This town has been preserved as it was on that fateful day. Many of our visiting families have reported that it is both educational for youngsters and a genuinely moving reminder of the terrible price the French paid during the war.

Here's a chance to work off some calories and then put them back on again with a picnic! At the Velo-rail you pedal aong a section of railway line on special carriages to a nice picnic spot before pedalling back again! The Velo-rail is near Confolens which is also a very interesting town with Roman historical sites.

La Vallée des Singes
This is a theme park where you can get close to many types of monkey, including gorillas.

The dune of Pyla:
At around 107 metres high, this is the biggest sand-dune in Europe. You can climb to the top to enjoy panoramic views before sand-surfing down again (if you're young enough!). There are cafes and souvenir shops on the approach to the dune from the carpark (paying).

Chateau des Enigmes
An interesting day out for the family.

Aqualand Theme Park
You'll need a full day to travel to and then wear out the kids for this one.

Atlantic Toboggan Theme Park
Another full day required at this exciting water activities site.

Cognac Blues Festival
Every third weekend in July, Cognac hosts a huge Blues Festival with artists from all over the world. No less a giant bluesman than BB King was top billing last year and previuosly we've had Status Quo, Massive Attack and Joe Cocker. Also many, many other great acts from France, the USA and the UK. Well worth a visit, especially for old jazz and blues-addicts like me! This year's acts will be announced on the official website

The legendary classic car rally in Angouleme takes place around the 20th September each year.

The Royal Corderie
Rochefort is an ancient fortified town which was the centre for ship-building and rope-making in the era of sailing ships.

The caverns at Matata
The estuarine caves at Matata have always been inhabited by man. A historical day out to the seaside with a museum trip included

Steam train excursions: A steam train runs between La Tremblade and Saujon. There is also two small scale railways on L'Ile d'Oleron.

The Cognac riding centre
Only ten minutes away is the principal riding school in the Cognac area. The prices are very reasonable at about 15 euros per hour.

The popular beaches of the Atlantic coast, at La Rochelle and Royan, are an hour away by car.

The Dordogne, Limoges potteries and Bordeaux wine chateaux all within 2hrs drive

Throughout the area there are many fascinating examples of Roman architecture, particularly at the nearby town of Saintes where you can visit the "arc de triomphe" and a spectacular amphitheatre. The history of the Charente region can also be discovered in local museums, potteries, churches and abbeys.

Historic Towns
The towns of Pons, Angouleme and Rochefort are also well worth a visit for their historical sites. In neighbouring villages during the Summer, there are weekly markets, fetes and "brocantes" (bric-a-brac fairs), which are a great way to experience the French way of life. You can of course, try the delicious local cuisine at numerous restaurants dotted throughout the areaThe traditional Charentais houses are built from the local soft creamy-coloured limestone under red pan-tiled roofs. The grander buildings and chateaux tend to have walls made from huge cut blocks of stone and, if they're really posh, expensive slate roofs. You will often see that the stonework on the older houses is discoloured. This is caused by the distillation bi-products of millions of litres of fermenting cognac!

Roman History
The Romans occupied this part of France for about 700 years. In those days a Roman villa would have it's own supporting community around it so that it was virtually self-sufficient. This community would provide man-power to run the villa and grow the crops to supply food and wine. Many of these villas would be named with a title ending in "ac". You only have to glance at a local map to see the hundreds of place names ending in these two letters. A prime example of course is Cognac itself and even our own local village is called Mesnac. As you might expect there are ample historic Roman remains in the area including some superb Roman buildings and ruins (notably at Saintes).

Here in the Poitou-Charentes region we have a wealth of golf courses and a wonderful climate which allows a very long playing season. There are at least 10 well-appointed golf courses within easy driving distance and eight of these are 18 hole courses. Many of the golf courses have their own websites and some offer an English, Dutch or German translation.

Strutture e Servizi

Tipo di struttura: 3 Stelle Gite

Colazione: Non Inclusa

Q.tà letti: 3 ( 7 Posti letto )
  • Lettino: 1
  • Camera doppia: 1
  • Camera doppia con bagno: 1
  • Camera con due letti: 1
Bagni: 2
  • Bagni: 1
  • Bidet: 1
  • Servizi igienici al piano di sotto: 1
  • Docce: 2
  • Lavabi: 2

Adatto per

  • Affitti a lungo termine: No
  • Animali: No
  • Fumatori: No fumatori
  • Bambini: Sì, ideale per bambini
  • Disabili: Non idoneo
  • Anziani: Non idoneo

Tipo di vacanza

  • Famiglia
  • Romantica
  • Rurale


  • Campagna
  • Jardín
  • Fiume

Servizi Generali

  • Riscaldamento centralizzato
  • Elettricit
  • Camino
  • Jardín
  • Parcheggio
  • Calcio balilla
  • Tennis da tavolo
  • Terrazza
  • Fornitura di acqua
  • WiFi

Servizi Interni

  • Orologio sveglia
  • Frullatore
  • Libri
  • Macchina per il caffè
  • Fornello
  • Lettino
  • Lavastoviglie
  • Lettore DVD
  • Congelatore
  • Frigorifero
  • Giochi
  • Asciuga capelli
  • Seggiolone
  • Raccolse
  • Ferro da stiro
  • Bollitore
  • Forno a microonde
  • Forno
  • TV Satellitare
  • Televisione
  • Tostapane
  • Lavatrice
  • Bruciatore di legno

Servizi Esterni

  • Badminton
  • Barbecue
  • Boule / Pentanque
  • Cricket
  • Calcio
  • Mobili da giardino
  • Arrotondatrici
  • Altalene

Servizi Forniti

  • Pulizia Extra
  • Lavanderia Extra
  • Biancheria fornita
  • Asciugamani forniti

Accesso e Parcheggio

L'auto essenziale
  • Off-road Parking
  • Parcheggio privato


Attività locali:

  • Canoa
  • Ciclismo
  • Pesca
  • Golf
  • Passeggiate a cavallo
  • Fotografia
  • Nuoto
  • Campi da tennis
  • Caminar
  • Degustazione di vino

Altre attività:

  • Monumenti antichi (5 minuti)
  • Badminton (1 minuti)
  • Spiagge (60 minuti)
  • Bird-Watching (1 minuti)
  • Gite in barca (10 minuti)
  • Canoa (1 minuti)
  • Cattedrali (30 minuti)
  • Pesca (1 minuti)
  • Golf (30 minuti)
  • Case storiche / Chateau (5 minuti)
  • Passeggiate a cavallo (10 minuti)
  • Pattinaggio su ghiaccio (10 minuti)
  • Musei (10 minuti)
  • Riserva naturale (90 minuti)
  • Surf (60 minuti)
  • Nuoto (1 minuti)
  • Parchi di divertimento (120 minuti)
  • Vigneti (1 minuti)
  • Zoo (90 minuti)


Febbraio 2018
Aprile 2018
Giugno 2018
Settembre 2018
Novembre 2018
Dicembre 2018
Febbraio 2019
Marzo 2019
  • Prenotato
  • In attesa
  • Disponibile
  • Non definito


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