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Cognac distillery beautifully renovated to provide 2 spacious holiday gites

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Updated: 25-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

La Grange 4 bedroom house; Le Chai 2 bedroom gite; large pool and gardens

Les Tilleuls is a lovely old Charentaise farmhouse and distillery set in 3.5 acres of meadow-land 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 meadow-land 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 huge variety of choices from lazing by the pool, relaxing with 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 seeing the Roman amphitheatre, the Abbaye des Dames, taking a boat along the Charente. Or, taking the Green Route along the Gironde estuary, stopping off at one of the many little ports for lunch by the quay and then on to the beaches of Royan and on 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 3 course meal can 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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About the Owner

Bob and Andy
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
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25 February, 2017

About Bob and Andy

About Bob and Andy

Bob and Andy first bought holiday home in the Charente 12 years ago, as a haven from their busy careers in the UK (Bob as a company director in IT and Andy as a TV executive with the BBC). They soon fell under the spell of the region, and in 2016 the opportunity arose for them both to take early retirement and relocate to France. They had always dreamed of running a holiday business and after a year of searching the region, found their perfect property in Les Tilleuls which they bought at the start of 2017.

Why is Les Tilleuls the perfect holiday venue?

La Grange (sleeps 8) and Le Chai (sleeps 4) can be rented separately or together (with an interconnecting double door) offering great flexibility for couples, families and larger groups. Both properties have been tastefully renovated to retain original features but to incorporate all modern conveniences. Les Tilleuls is surrounded by 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens and meadow-land. Here you will find a stunning 12mx6m floodlit pool, boules pitch, badminton court and several shaded/covered terraces to enjoy.

Bob and Andy purchased this farmhouse in 2017

Why Bob and Andy chose Charente-Maritime

Location, location, location!!!! Set in a stunning position, no neighbours, complete privacy but close to towns and villages. Bob and Andy think Les Tilleuls is the perfect location for your holiday- perfect for lazing by the pool or in the grounds, but just a 5 minute drive into the beautiful ancient town of Pons, with its cobbled streets, Donjon and Chateau, lively bars and restaurants and local markets and supermarkets. 20 mins by car will get you to both Jonzac and Cognac and the fishing villages of the Gironde can be reached in under 30 minutes. The beach resorts at Saint Georges-de-Didonne is just 28 miles away

What makes this farmhouse unique

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

13 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveller 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.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just superb!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a relaxing break and this gite was truly the place to achieve that. The accommodation is of the highest quality and spotless throughout. The renovation of the distillery has been carried out extremely well retaining much of its original charm. The kitchen is superbly equipped and beds are very comfortable. The gardens are extensive and wonderful to relax in...with the added bonus of a pool.

The owners, Lesley and Derek are very helpful and welcoming.

We genuinely didn't want to leave...what better recommendation? We will return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

Location, location, location!!!! Set in a stunning position, no neighbours, complete privacy but close to towns and villages. Bob and Andy think Les Tilleuls is the perfect location for your holiday- perfect for lazing by the pool or in the grounds, but just a 5 minute drive into the beautiful ancient town of Pons, with its cobbled streets, Donjon and Chateau, lively bars and restaurants and local markets and supermarkets. 20 mins by car will get you to both Jonzac and Cognac and the fishing villages of the Gironde can be reached in under 30 minutes. The beach resorts at Saint Georges-de-Didonne is just 28 miles away

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux and La Rochelle at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Chadenac at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 250 Miles Nearest Golf : Cognac at 16 Miles Nearest Train : Pons at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : Junction 36 A10 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Pons at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Meschers at 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 famous 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 very close by as are the beautiful beaches around the resort town of Royan. The pretty fishing ports of the Gironde estuary are within 30 minutes. For children, visit the renowned zoo at La Palmyre, discover the themed Chateau des Enigmes just down the road at Pons or enjoy a day at the ‘Antilles de Jonzac’ an enormous aqua playground of 10,000 sqm. Or just simply relax, explore the stunning surrounding villages and try some 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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 19 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
20 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas & New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Feb-2017
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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • 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
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 145 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 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 Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • 2 large doubles, 2 large twins, space for 2 cots


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 14 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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