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Traditional Charentaise House with twin towers & swimming pool.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

4 en-suite bedroomed house in rural setting with inside and poolside kitchens

Set in the Charente Maritime area of France amid fields of vines and sunflowers, within easy reach of the coast, we are the perfect venue for that get away from it all holiday.Having successfully operated as a Bed & Breakfast establishment for several years, we have now decided to change to a Gite, while offering the same first class accommodation and facilities. Your accommodation is within the original manor house, with separate private entry. There are 4 comfortably furnished bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room. Linen and towels are provided. Fridge,hair-dryer, make-up mirror & overhead fans are standard. There is a large lounge/dining room with TV, games etc. available. The kitchen is equipped with gas cooker, fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. In the large courtyard we offer exclusive use of the swimming pool, and all other facilities, including barbecue, sun loungers, tables for alfresco dining, pool table, table tennis, petanque court, children's play area with swing, pool toys, cycles etc. There is plenty to amuse and occupy all ages. If you wish to spend a day in Paris, you can catch a train from Angouleme and be back home in time for a late supper. In the nearby towns of Matha, St Jean d'Angely, Cognac or Saintes there are shops, supermarkets and restaurants, and there are many lovely beaches just an hours drive away. There are adventure playgrounds for all ages nearby. The choice is yours - an action packed holiday - or a quiet restful one lazing poolside. Ample car parking. Strictly no smoking. Free Wi-Fi.

Golf details: Assistance will be given regarding location of golf courses and with bookings. When the new season's booklets detailing golf courses and rates in the Charente-Maritime become available from the Tourist Office we will forward them to you on request.

There are very good golf courses in Saintes, Cognac, Royan and Angouleme to name a few and in Angouleme there is the added bonus of wonderful shopping and restaurants for any ladies in your party!

More local activities: There are numerous stables in the area where riding, hacking & jumping is available. We regret we can't arrange this for you but will send literature if available. In nearby St Jean d'Angely and Matha there are swimming baths with separate areas for serious and not so serious swimmers. There are also flumes for the brave. Pond and river fishing is available nearby and on request we would pass on information as available. We regret we are unable to arrange this for you. The Charente-Maritime has many sites of historic interest and the Charente River has beautiful settings. Many local villages & towns have weekly markets, where you can take part in French rural life. There are opportunities for walking and cycling in the area, an added bonus being that it's almost always flat! To sum up walking, cycling, riding, sailing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, shopping or lazing by the pool, we have a lot to offer our guests during their stay, not to mention the wonderful food & wine available locally.

Our facilities at a glance: Guest Gite adjoins our home and has a private entrance. Rooms have twin beds, en suite shower room, fridge etc. They are on the1st floor, with stair leading from the lounge which has a dining area, English TV & radio, DVD, board games, etc. You can make use of our improved catering facilities or BBQs at any time. There are terraces with sun loungers next to the swimming pool, and tables chairs & parasols for enjoying meals outdoors. For the more energetic, we have a pool table,outdoor table tennis, boules ,croquet, cycles, children play area & lovely local walks. We also offer manicures for ladies. With many local golf courses, swimming pools, beaches, historic sites, shopping good food & our own on site facilities we feel we've much to offer the discerning holiday maker.We have ample parking and have a strict no smoking policy in the house.Free Wi-F- available

More Details

Joyce & Don Andrew
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 November, 2017

About Joyce & Don Andrew

Hello, we are Don and Joyce, a retired couple who decided to come to live in France 9 years ago, having sold our hotel business in Scotland. We lived in the north east of Scotland, Don being born near Aberdeen, and myself on the mainland of Orkney. Don was an electrician before he became involved in the licensed trade, and I spent most of my life in the hotel trade since I was 26.We both have children and grandchildren, who enjoy coming to visit in the summer.We really love living in this part of France. During the summer we spend most of our time outside, which means we can dispense with watching tv, and then start viewing again in time for Strictly! We do all of the upkeep ourselves, which means one or other of us is to be found wielding a paint brush or hoe. I have to say Don looks after the vegetable patch - I just go and help myself and our guests are welcome to do the same. We enjoy meeting our guests and helping them to make the most of their stay with us. We hope to meet you this year.

Joyce & Don Andrew purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Joyce & Don Andrew chose Aujac

We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it. It was built around the 1890's by a wine producer. The name of 'Les Cygnes Noir' is a translation of The Black Swans that live in the small river which runs through our property. A special feature of our house is its twin towers. We wanted to buy a house that we could live in while we renovated it and this house fitted the bill. We moved in in March 2005, and started to work right away. As with all homes it's an ongoing thing, and we are always doing something new. The house is a mixture of old and new, with original beams in the bedrooms and in the guest lounge/dining room, but all mod cons are available for our guests. The area we live in is especially charming, with lots of vines, sunflowers and cereal crops growing all around us. There are many little market towns, and we are close to Cognac, St Jean d'Angely and Saintes all with many features for sightseers to visit. During the summer nearly every small town and village has a Sunday Brocante

(car boot sale) at least once. Some brocantes feature animals, all feature a host of objects that we can all live without, but they are great fun! All in all, we are glad to have ended up in this part of the Charente Maritime

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your home here in France with us. We have had a lovely week and enjoyed your garden vegetables and generous company. All the best.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Aujac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All shower rooms are in good condition and are complete with soap, fluffy white bath sheets, hand towels and facecloth. All duvets & pillows are non allergenic. Towels and bedding are refreshed as required and fully replaced weekly. All areas including shower rooms have wooden flooring.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Travel cot available free. All rooms are fitted with overhead fans, hairdryers fridges & makeup mirror with light. Rooms are tastefully decorated & furnished.Our large salon has comfortable seating & dining area, TV, DVD,board games, etc. Our catering & BBQ facilities can be used all day.The swimming pool is in our enclosed courtyard where there are terraces with tables, chairs, sun loungers, parasols & BBQ areas. We have a pool table and table tennis table etc. A small river runs through our grounds and we've got 2 black swans. There's a small play area for children & quiet areas for those who wish to read etc. We are 10mins from the charming market town of Matha with supermarkets, cafes, a selection of shops including a chocolatierre, patisserie, & weekly markets. Many local wine producers offer tours of their chateaux. There are many scenic walks on the doorstep, and as the ground is flat, it is also good for cycling. We offer free use of a range of sizes of cycles.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
As our courtyard is covered with pebbles it may be unsuitable for infirm people or wheelchairs and our bedrooms are all upstairs. However some people may be able to cope and we would welcome them. The pillows and duvets in guest bedrooms are all non allergenic.


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Traditional Charentaise House with twin towers & swimming pool.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a relaxing week at this beautiful French house. Set in an idyllic rural location, surrounded by sunflower fields, this is an exceptionally peaceful accommodation. The house itself is beautiful with exposed beams and great character and was spotlessly clean. Having changed to a self-catering venue recently everything you need is available. The owners Don and Joyce were fantastic and were always on hand to answer any questions, for a friendly chat or to serve the obligatory pineau or gin and tonic! However, they were never intrusive and we were left to our own devices for the majority if our stay. We didn't venture far as there was plenty to keep us and the children (boys aged 7 to 11) entertained - pool, table tennis, pool table - just a day trip to Cognac which was a little disappointing. It would have been nice to have a boulangerie and a restaurant or two within walking distance, but all in all we had a fantastic holiday in a beautiful location.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a great holiday at this beautiful house. Don and Joyce were fantastic hosts, always on hand with helpful advice, interesting chats and the obligatory pineau and gin and tonics, but never intrusive. Now a self catering set up rather than a B&B, there is everything you could possibly need. The house, pool and summer house were spotlessly clean and well maintained and the surrounding area is extremely quiet and peaceful. Plenty to keep the kids (in our case 4 boys 7 - 11) occupied for a week. Would be nice to have restaurants and bakery etc within walking distance but Don was very accommodating and always asked if we needed anything when he was going in to town. Just a shame we had to come home!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always extremely delighted when people have enjoyed their holiday with us and of course it is particularly satisfying when they are complimentary to our property and ourselves. The review reflects what we aim to achieve.
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The best B & B experience ever

  • 5 of 5

Well what can we say that hasnt been said already. Quite simply the best best B & B experience we have ever had. Don and Joyce were absolutley tremendous hosts offering great ideas for exploring the region, great eating opportunities and extremely generous in terms of the breakfast and sundowners. The room was amazing and we simply could not believe what we got for our money. The region itself is interesting (having never been before) and we were in easy reach of beach cities etc. The summer house was I think unique in that it offered refuge out of the main house but had all mod cons for cooking and chilling out etc. The pool was also amazing as it does get pretty hot in the charente. All in all a first class experience and Don and Joyces hotelier background came through in spades. Best wishes to them. Jeremy and Cahy

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hospitality and relaxation at its best

  • 5 of 5

A hidden gem. Website desciption & photos depict exactly what we found in a supurb rural setting. Following Don's very clear and precise directions we found Le Grand Moulin some 20 minutes off junction 34 of the A10 Autoroute. Within minutes of arriving we felt as though we had known Joyce and Don for years and very much at home. Beautiful accomodation that is bright and airy and spotlessly clean. Wonderful facilities particularly for the kids with endless things to do if you can prise them out of the swimming pool ! (WiFi for the teenagers) Breakfast of home grown melon, croissants and pastries laid out for you is a cracking way to start your day. Plenty of nearby places of interest with Saintes and Cognac only 20 minutes away. Good size supermarket just 10 minutes away. There is a restaurant is this town as well but the weather was so good the BBQ was in our eyes the only place to cook. A great place for a family holiday allowing mum and dad to truly chill out on the patio or sunloungers or join in with the table tennis, table football, pool table etc, etc. Joyce and Don are fantastic hosts providing advice and information if required with no request to much trouble. On an evening Don's famous sundowners are the perfect way to end the day. In summary a wonderful holiday, thank you Don and Joyce from all the family - a week was too short it will be longer next time."

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Splendid Rural Retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Set amongst Sun Flowers and Grape Vines in quiet rural France.

An ideal place for a relaxing unwind from the daily hurly burly .

Very well presented, immaculate accomodation. Convivial hosts, welcoming and willing to go the extra mile.

Good local restaurants, plenty to explore.

Really good base, for touring or cycling, the local landscape is relatively flat but still interesting.

First class all round.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent setting/home and exeptional hosts

  • 5 of 5

From the time we left the Airport in La Rochelle, Don and Joyces direcions led us through beautiful Frence countryside, with tree lined avenues, to Le Grand Moulin in a stunning rural setting. On the days that we travelled out to explore with our two children, aged 9 and 11, we always looked forward to the warmest of welcomes form our hosts as we returned in the evenings. Don's unique gin & tonics are sensational. This is a perfect location to explore many interesting places or just to relax and unwind. It really was the best of both worlds and I would highly recommend it. We stayed for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed every minute, particularly our two children, who cannot wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope that future guests benefit from Hugh and Alison's description of our chambre d'hotes and the area surrounding us. We offer a calm and relaxed setting to the discerning holidaymaker, with the chance to mix with other guests and meet new friends or simply to spend time en famille. There are many pastimes such as boules, cycling, table tennis or pool not to mention the swimming pool, and lovely beaches and places of interest a short car journey away.And at the end of a perfect day in the French countryside or lazing by the pool one of Don's famous gin and tonics awaits you. The end to another perfect day as a guest at Le Grand Moulin Chambre d'Hotes.
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Burie or Matha
Nearest Ferry
420 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Saintes & Cognac
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angely
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angely
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Royan or St Georges-de-Didonne
Car: recommended

Aujac is situated near the charming town of Matha and 20mins from Saintes, St. Jean D'Angely and Cognac, home of the famous French brandy. The Charente Maritime is full of historic sites and there are many good golf courses. Most villages & towns have weekly markets. In Saintes you can enjoy a river cruise or hire a little pedal boat. There are also lovely shops and restaurants. Just 10/15 minutes drive from Le Grand Moulin there are many restaurants offering very good value meals. It's possible to get a 3 or 4 course meal complete with wine from as little as 14/15 euros St Jean d'Angely is nearby & has a pool with flumes and also lanes for the keen swimmer. With golf widely available it's an ideal location for parties wishing to combine the beach golf sightseeing shopping and some gourmet eating with the pleasure of staying at Les Cygnes Noir.

Other Activities:Swimming Pool, Pool table, Table Tennis, TV, DVD, croquet, board games, cycles. French boules, small play area for children.

Golf: There are many superb golf courses nearby. These include courses at Saintes, Cognac, Rochefort, La Rochelle and Royan, all between 30 minutes and one hours drive away. We can get Brochures and prices for you and may also be able to reserve t-times. We will be happy to help in any way we can to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. You will appreciate that prices may vary from course to course. But all are worth playing..


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Aujac, Poitou-Charentes

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Prices quoted are per week for 8 people. A charge of £10.00 per night is made for each extra bed. A deposit of 25% per week is required to confirm booking The balance becomes due 3 weeks before arrival. Late bookings must be paid on arrival or by bank transfer. A returnable security deposit of £300 is payable with the balance. Free Wi-Fi available. A selection of cycles is available for guests use.

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