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Four exclusive gites in a historic French watermill only 10 mins from Cognac - La Principale

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking



La Principale

La Principale is the jewel in the crown at Le Moulin de Chazotte. The whole house has been renovated to exacting standards while retaining the appearance of a traditional Charentais 'belle maison'. The first floor bedrooms are approached by an hand-made curved staircase made in the authentic style of the area. The three bedrooms are well-appointed with lots of exposed beams and stonework. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower room with shower, toilet, bidet and vanity unit. The main bathroom has a bath and shower as well as a toilet and vanity unit. On the ground floor is a lounge with comfortable seating, satellite TV and even an antique games table for an evening playing cards. The windows to the side overlook the river and the millpond at the east of the building. The kitchen is fully-fitted with a comprehensive range of equipment and utensils including a wood burning stove. You also have your own private south-facing terrace with sun awning, hardwood furniture and BBQ.

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.

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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: www.moulindechazotte.com


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cherves-Richemont in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Ensuite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to main bedroom
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs WC - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Fold up bed or cot available
    Middle bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • We can setup additional beds or childs cot for you in either the twin or master bedroom.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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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La Principale
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
West Sussex

Fab property - Fab location - Fab everything!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in La Principal twice now (2008 &2009) and have amazing memories of both holidays.

The gite is a real home from home with everything you could want and incredibly well maintained.

The location of the gite is simply breathtaking and so peaceful. We took our bikes with us, although there are bikes on site you can borrow, and spent many afternoons cycling with our 2 young sons along the quiet country lanes spotting birds of prey.

The grounds are perfect for kids - cricket, badminton, table tennis, table football and of course the lovely pool. The river running through the grounds was a total hit with our boys who spent many hours with a cheap fishing rod bought at the local supermarket. We also borrowed the canoe and went on adventures along the river. The river is very shallow though and safe for children.

When we wanted to go further afield we drove to the coast about an hour away and found some fantastic beaches, particularly at St George de Didonne. Cognac is the nearest town and beautiful. Hiring a boat to go along the river there is also worth doing.

Finally, I just have to mention the owners Bob and Jane who are simply perfect hosts. If you are lucky, Bob may even let you have a drive of his tractor!

An amazing holiday and we will return. Last year we thought we would have a change and had a beach holiday in Spain. We spent the whole time reminiscing about La Principal!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou Kate & Alex. One of the real perks of this job is being able to see some of our holidaymakers returning for several years. We get to know most of our visitors pretty well so it's always great to welcome them back after a gap of a year (or more) and to catch up on all that's happened since we saw them last. This is particularly true with youngsters who have often grown up amazingly too - it's a sort of time-lapse friendship!
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Stunning Location Beautiful Gites

  • 5 of 5

It was simply fantastic in every aspect from the location/setting which was idilic to the standard and cleanliness of the Gites. They were undoubtedly the best Gites we have ever stayed in the quality of the finish was execeptional and spotlessly clean. As Hosts Laura & Rowan were fantastic and didn't bombard you with info, rules & regulations and let us settle in at our own pace. The welcome basket was superb in particular Laura's home made chocolate brownies !!! We were very sorry to leave Moulin de Chazotte and will definitely be returning ASAP and have no hesitation in highly recommending it as a holiday destination

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blues but no blues!

  • 5 of 5

If you'd had the fabulous two holidays that we had in 2008 and 2009 the title of our review would be obvious. From the moment we arrived (in 2008) Bob and Jane were the most fantastic hosts you could wish for, and when we discovered that our stay coincided with the famous 'Blues Passion' event held in Cognac, the holiday turned into a real experience. It was so good we returned in 2009! We stayed in La Principale which is really lovely and has everything you need. Every part of the site was immaculate and well laid out. (Bob even gave us a tour of the old part of the mill - his enthusiasm is so infectious!) There's a great pool, areas to relax, even a chance to do a bit of canoeing, and lovely walks. There is lots of space for the kids to run around too. We took a couple of trips to the beach at St Georges de Didonne - a lovely place. We barbecued a lot of the time, or went into Cognac and there's a fabulous restaurant in Mesnac where they serve the most wonderful food. The Blues Festival was something else. It was organised so that you could tell who was playing where, so most nights and during the last Saturday, we saw loads of bands, and all absolutely free! (You paid to see the main acts.) Our lasting memory is of walking back to the car around midnight one night passing one of the main arenas, and hearing BB King going full blast - brilliant! We would definitely recommend the Moulin Chazotte to friends because, as we discovered, it's a place that offers everything. The owners, Bob and Jane are to be congratulated for all their hard work in helping to make our holiday something special.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review! Thankyou so much. There are masses of things to do in this part of France during the summer and if you have a particular hobby or passion then you might find an event or two to really make your holiday extra-special. The Cognac Blues Festival each July is amazing and yet it is only one of dozens of musical festivals going on in different towns in Poitou-Charentes. What about the Classic Car tour of the ramparts at nearby Angouleme each year for veteran/vintage car buffs? What about the Tour de France? Every year we get a stage of this world-famous cycle race going on in the vicinity. All this and wonderful weather too!!
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Holiday at Moulin de Chazotte Summer 2008

  • 5 of 5

Great place to spend a holiday and to make friends with fellow guests. Property very clean and well maintained.

Lot of evenings spent playing ball games on the large field. We also enjoyed the swimming pool and made good use of the bikes which were available.

Plenty of places to visit - Cognac, Royan, Saints, Ile de Re, to name but a few; make sure you visit the local distilleries!

Our eldest son's favourite moment was the tractor ride.

Will always remember the wonderful sight of the sunflowers!!

Make sure you get directions from the owners beforehand for the last part of the journey, who were always helpful and available.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2009
  • Date of Stay: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. Ahh....the tractor rides! It appears that Hector (the tractor) is a firm favourite with not only the children but the mums and dads too. I can't promise that Hector will be out working in the grounds but, if he is, there will be tractor driving lessons for young and old alike at some point. With 11 acres of "estate" to maintain there is usually some work for the tractor to do around the place and before now I've been helped with the chore of mowing the 7 acre playfield by enthusiastic newly-trained holiday tractor drivers!
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La Principal, Moulin de Chazotte

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Principal which was beautifully decorated and furnished and far exceeded our expectations. The property was clean and well maintained. Bob and Jane were excellent hosts. They organised a barbecue at the beginning of our stay, allowing us to get to know other guests. They were also available to answer any questions or offer advice. We enjoyed rowing upstream in their canoe, playing table tennis and table football in the barn and swimming in the pool. We also borrowed bikes to cycle around the lanes locally. The mill is set in beautiful surroundings and is probably one of the most peaceful places we've visited. However Cognac is only a short drive away for supermarkets, shopping and attractions. We visited with our three children the youngest was ten and the oldest fifteen. We also stayed in Paris and the Loire during our holiday, but our stay in the Moulin de Chazotte was their favourite part of our visit. I would have no hesitation in recommending the mill to friends or family.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments. Some of our guests stay with us for one rather than two weeks because they are slightly doubtful that there will be enough to do at one site, especially for youngsters. Others plan ahead with a detailed week of excursions to keep everyone busy. Our advice, based on five years of welcoming holidaymakers is that wherever you decide to stay, if your budget will allow, stay there for two weeks. A two week holiday allows everyone to really unwind properly yet gives you plenty of time for trips to the seaside or markets or whatever takes your fancy. We're fortunate enough to have folks coming back on two or three sucessive years and still not running out of interesting (or relaxing!) things to do!
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Laura & Rowan Wickham
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Basic French and German
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30 July, 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 house in 2016

What makes this house 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)


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.