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Riverside Gite Between Cognac And Angouleme, Sleeps 4



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Riverside cottage near Jarnac, Cognac, Charente.

A beautiful 2 bedroom cottage nestled on the banks of the river Charente between Cognac and Angouleme. This former ferryman's cottage has private parking and level and direct access to a wonderful garden and the river Charente. It even has its own stone jetty, ideal for fishing or launching a kayak. An above ground splash pool, ample garden furniture and stone barbeques are at your disposal and beauty/holistic therapies are available in our stylish beauty room. The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with fridge, integral cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and the lounge has comfortable sofas and LCD TV/DVD with English satellite channels. The garden and summer dining area enjoy stunning views over the River Charente. Books, and board games are all supplied for those rare rainy days and a mid stay cleaning and baby sitting service can be provided for a small fee. Quality bed linen supplied.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Allie and Brian and together we run Le Pont de Vinade. We pride ourselves on offering a personal service with quality accommodation, tastefully decorated in a stunning location.

I am a beauty therapist and offer beauty and holistic therapies in my beauty salon in the main house and Brian is a pianist, so you may be treated to the dulcet tones of Debussy or Chopin as you sit, watching the boats pass, in our riverside garden.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Bartons: "Well what can I say. Fantastique! Magnifique! Wonderful house, great setting and great hospitality. We have loved every minute."

The Smiths: "A warm welcome from all the family has made our stay relaxing. We will return!"

The Thebault: "Wonderfully relaxing holiday. Loved feeding the swans, fishing. Fab house. Thank you!"
May 2009
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


French escape it certainly is

  • 5 of 5

Second time we have stayed here, if you want a quiet,beautiful Gite in a very picturesque location away from city life this is the place. We just love it. Allie and Brian are the best hosts you could ever meet,and it is a honour we now class them as friends. The village of Bassac is just minutes away with two great restaurants but as the Gite has a great kitchen we like to cook and sit by the river watching the kingfishers eating our dinner. The garden is fully enclosed so very safe for young children and dogs which are made very welcome. We can't rate this place enough just love it. We will be back next year for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both very much for your fab review. It was so lovely to see you both again and of course your four legged babies. We are always happy to get such positive feedback and are delighted you'll be booking again for next year. Allie and Bri. xx
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The Perfect French Escape

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location - right on the Charente and seconds from the heart of the Grand Champagne region for the Cognac lovers!!

Ideally situated - short drive (15 minutes) to Cognac and just over an hour to La Rochelle. All the local Cognac small houses can be visited by simply jumping on a bicycle. Two great restaurants in the local village of Bassac serving excellent food & wine plus an extensive Cognac menu!! Boulangerie in Bassac (10 minute walk) and for those emergencies an Alimentation in Gondeville (4 minute drive). Walks along the river are a must and in order to do this simply step out of the Gite and go.

The Gite - is gorgeous with such a comfortable bed. It has all the facilities that you will need inside and sheer beauty outside! Many an afternoon was spent down by the riverside reading a good book.

Dog friendly – actually our little Border Terrier has a new boyfriend in the form of Ted!! Whilst we were reading the two of them flirted together!

The owners – what can we say………..Allie & Brian made the stay for us. They provided us with quality recommendations and even organised tours to the local Cognac Small houses. On our arrival we were greeted like long lost friends, given a tour of the property and made to feel so welcome. Brian provided us with wood for the fire whilst Allie organised massage treatments for us (Highly recommended!!)

This was our second time in the Cognac area and was going to be our last but after staying here we will be returning………where?........no brainer……with Allie and Brian at The French Escape.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a fab review. Thank you both so much. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and even happier that we will be seeing you again. Marlie was a joy to have around too and Ted has been sulking since she left... Holiday romances hey! Hope to see you again soon. Allie and Brian
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Place of beauty in a great location, Great hosts,

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we feel in love with the Gite, Allie,Brian and Ellie are a lovely family and great hosts, they shown us around the gite which is stunning, the master bedroom is just like a room from a boutique hotel.Our two dogs love playing in the garden while we are catching the sun by the pool watching the boats and the kingfishers. Area is quiet and ideal if you just want peace and quiet and get away from it all, you are close to Jarnac which has a great market. and also close to the major road networks to get to La Rochelle and Bordeaux. The gite is very comfortable with all the comforts of home including British TV. if you can get out of a very very comfortable bed, there are great walks right on your door step. We love the place so much we have already booked again for 2016. Thank you Allie, Brian and Ellie, and also Harley's new best pal Ted, for a great holiday. x

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review. We are so glad you have enjoyed your stay in our riverside cottage. And we are delighted that you will all be coming back next year too! :)
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Great place, warm welcome and very dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to find the most wonderful setting for our holiday, right on the River Charente with your own direct access onto the river. The river became our dog's own personal pool, he could get in and out when he wanted. There are also lovely walks on your doorstep.

The gite is lovely, everything you could want for a holiday. It was as described and was well maintained.

Allie and Brian are lovely and really are great hosts, we met Ellie as well, it was great to hear how well she had done at school etc in France.

Would highly recommend La a Pont De Vinade to friends and family.

We did use the Auberge in Bassac for dinner, just a 10 minute walk away. We also went to a pizzeria in Jarnac, where the food was also very good.

We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. It was great meeting you all and of course the lovely Ernie! He was such a good boy. We look forward to your return. Allie, Brian, Ellie and Ted!
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A Riverside Dream

  • 5 of 5

The Riverside Gite was the perfect place to spend my holiday. The stylish environment provides you with everything you'd need during your stay and Ali and Brian could not be more welcoming. It also has amazingly comfy beds, perfect after a day exploring the French countryside or visiting the towns nearby, not forgetting to mention the adorable Betsy - a caravan in the garden, adorably decorated and still fitting a double bed! It's in an ideal location to drive to La Rochelle, Saintes and Bordeaux whilst still being able to spend a glorious amount of time relaxing in the garden next to the river. During my stay, I enjoyed spending my time in the pool, lounging in the garden or canoeing down the river, accessible right from the garden! We also felt particularly adventurous by trying water skiing that is situated very close by! The surrounding towns are filled with bakeries, cafes and restaurants as well as individual boutiques - where I enjoyed updating my wardrobe! It's the best place soak up the sunshine, surrounded by beautiful views. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Beth. It was lovely meeting you and we're so glad you've decided to book again next year. Maybe you'll have another go at the water skiing! ;) Thank you for a lovely review. X
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Fabulous holiday again

  • 5 of 5

We have booked again for 2014 which will make it our 4th consecutive year staying at what we like to now call call our holiday home! After many failed attempts at finding a gite that lived up to our expectations we are so happy to be coming back here each year.

Alli, Brian and Ellie are a lovely family and are not intrusive just there if you need them and nothing is too much trouble. The gite provides you with everything that you need, comfy sofas and beds, hot shower, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher etc etc and decorated with a modern french twist! To be honest we would love to move in permanently.................we can dream.

We all spend hours relaxing in the garden trying to catch fish from the river/play boules/play football/read or cool off in the pool. We love to chill with a glass of wine or two under the gazebo over looking the river and watch the boats float by, or if we are feeling a little energetic then we launch the canoes from the jetty that is accessible from the garden.

Each morning my husband and son cycle the short distance to the local shop for bread and croissants and larger supermarkets are only a short drive away.

We are counting the days to July 2014, it can't come soon enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We're really looking forward to seeing you all again this summer. A bottle of red wine and a blue sky will be waiting! X
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From the Owner

We moved to France for a slower pace of life and we certainly found it. The Charente is truly stunning and we feel very lucky to have found such a wonderful house to share with our guests. We love the fact that we can launch a kayak or fish from the garden and just outside our gate are beautiful walks that can take you to a small beach at the weir in Gondeville or through the many surrounding vineyards and riverside paths. Just a few minutes walk from the house is a boulangerie/shop, two amazing restaurants and a bar offering wonderful food and live music. As of 2017 we will also be offering 2 stylish chambre d'hotes bedrooms in the main house along with evening meals and afternoon tea by the river. Further details of this can be given on request.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 69 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bassac at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 280 Miles Nearest Golf : Cognac at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Jarnac at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Bassac at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Royan at 52 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Beauty and holistic treatments are on offer in our beauty room with Allison, your host. Whether it's a massage, reflexology or a luxury facial, her beauty care will help to wile the hours away, leaving you feeling totally pampered and relaxed.


The beaches of the Charente Maritime are within an hours drive and Futurescope, the world renowned theme park is around 90 minutes or so east.


Nearest beach: 75

Nearest airport: 26

Nearest port: 449

Nearest supermarket: 5

Nearest restaurant and bakers 10 mins walk away.


Bordeaux, Limoges and La Rochelle airports 80 mins. Nearest port, St Malo 4.5 hours away. For full details on how to get here please email below.

Further Details:

We have a host of great restaurants in the area but our favourite is just a short walk from the house. The Auberge de Condé offers wonderful meals, friendly service and excellent value for money. We also have a boulangerie and convenience store a short walk away, great for your daily croissants and pain au chocolat!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
3 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
18 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
25 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Apr 2023 - 20 May 2023
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. Booking forms and further details can be sent on request. Quality bedding is provided and included in the rental price, although we do ask you to bring your own towels.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday peak season but flexible changeover dates can be arranged out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the cottage per week in UK Pounds. If you are interested in renting Betsy, either for overflow accommodation or as a separate rental, please email for more details. If you would prefer to pay in euros, we can accept cash on arrival or bank transfers at the current exchange rate. However, there will be a small administration charge for this. We can offer 10% discount for two weeks or more in April, May, September and October.

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From the Owner

We have a 2 man kayak for exploring the river and a small private pool, ideal for a splash around to cool off on those barmy summer days. Its private deck, with views over the river, is perfect for sunbathing and keeping an eye on little ones as they swim.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly fitted shower room and loo next to the master bedroom. Quality fittings, travertine tiles, wooden floor and exposed stone wall.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4-6 (2/3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom is a spacious and sunny room. It has an iron framed 4 poster bed, quality bedding, antique armoire and drawers and a calming decor. The 2nd has twin beds, and a spacious armoire and drawers. A cot, high chair and pushchair available. Betsy our fully restored vintage caravan can provide an extra double bed if required. she has her own shower room and toilet close by.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Heating is supplied from a log burner and digitally controlled heaters for the cooler months and fans are provided for the summer months. Outside: Our large walled garden has direct river access and a private jetty, ideal for fishing or launching a kayak. We have an above ground pool and decked area providing privacy and views over the river. Utility Room: Washing machine provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality bed linen is provided although you will need to bring your own towels. A mid stay maid service is available. Bedding for the cot will need to be provided by yourselves. Other: Betsy, our 1970's caravan has been fully restored with Cath Kidston styling, and is available as overflow accommodation for the cottage. Fully equipped with kitchenette, seating for two, quality full sized double bed and separate shower and toilet.

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