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Luxury, family-friendly gite in rural setting near Cognac (with B&B) - Le Studio (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2) - comfortable and private apartment

Bedrooms 1
Space 269 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking



Le Studio (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2) - comfortable and private apartment

Le Studio is a luxury, detached (first floor) apartment with its own private parking space. Fast and free WiFi in the gite and on the patio!

It has a large (almost 30m2 in total), comfortable living space which also benefits from being south-facing. This sunny apartment is equipped with a 2 seater settee, a flat screen satellite TV (freeview UK channels), DVD, stereo, table with 2 chairs, large chest of drawers, a double bed.

The fitted kitchen with ceramic hob, fridge (with freezer compartment), microwave combination oven, coffee maker and food processor.

The apartment benefits from having a large, built in wardrobe. Le Studio's bathroom has a large shower, washbasin and toilet.

Le Studio has a private, south-facing patio which is about 10m2 (with patio furniture and BBQ).

Guests can have access to a washing machine by prior arrangement with the owners.

More Details

About the property


Come and share the tranquility and the wonderful climate of the Charente. Our spacious gites have been sympathetically restored and furnished to a high standard, blending contemporary with traditional features. All gites have satellite TV (UK channels), DVD, stereo, microwave, cooker, washing machine, broadband (WiFi), a private patio and BBQ. Bed linen and towels provided. Baby equipment available at no cost. Enjoy our large, floodlit swimming pool, children's play area, indulge in a game of boule or badminton, play table-tennis, tone up in the gym or just relax in an idyllic setting! There is a mouth-watering choice of places to visit locally (the beaches of the Cote Sauvage, Royan, La Rochelle, Cognac, Pons, Saintes, Angouleme, Bordeaux, La Palmyre Zoo and sleepy villages) and a host of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding, golf, tennis, swimming and surfing. A perfect setting for summer or winter breaks for all the family (gites centrally heated).

About Us

Rozenn Tupet
Gites de Brives
23 route des Romains, Brives sur Charente
17800 Brives sur Charente
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 May, 2018


Phil and Glyn bought a beautiful charentaise farmhouse in 2003, clinching the deal on the same day England won the rugby world cup in Australia! For 5 years this was our maison secondaire (holiday home) or 'bolt hole'! Phil was a successful Headteacher of a large special school in Dorset for 16 years, after a teaching career which began in Coventry and Warwickshire. Phil was awarded the CBE in 2008 for services to special education. Glyn played the role of home maker for our 3 lovely children (Sam, Rebecca and Kate) whilst (also) working as a childminder, hospital receptionist and teaching assistant in schools. We moved to Puddletown (Dorset) in 1993 from Kenilworth (Warwickshire) due to Phil's new job. From 1989 to 2007 we built, established and managed Cote Holiday Cottages in Dorset. We emigrated in 2008 and started 'Gites de Brives' in 2009...!

PHIL SILVESTER CBE purchased this barn in 2003

Why PHIL SILVESTER CBE chose Brives-sur-Charente

We have always loved France and (particularly) the south west of France. We have taken one or two holidays a year in France for almost 30 years and we always intended to buy a holiday home here. We chose the Charente maritime because it remains 'la vrai France' and it has a superb climate. The Charente maritime is the second sunniest area of France, after the Mediterranean.

The Charente has everything - beautiful villages, historic towns and cities (Cognac, Saintes, Angouleme, Pons and La Rochelle), picturesque countryside (vines and sunflowers aplenty!) - a majestic river and beautiful beaches. Moreover this region is unspoilt and easily accessible by car, train or plane (regional airports at Angouleme, La Rochelle and Bordeaux with Poitiers and Limoges a little further away).

What makes this barn unique

We are ten minutes' drive from Cognac and Pons, twenty minutes from Saintes and an easy half an hour drive from the coast. We are in the middle of the 'golden triangle' of Cognac - Pons - Saintes in the Petite Champagne, the heart of the cognac producing countryside.

We enjoyed running holiday homes in the UK for ten years before emigrating to France in 2008. We had always planned to give up our 'day jobs' in schools to live our dream in France.

After a long year of building work we are now 'itching' to get started. We are looking forward to sharing our French oasis with others who need to relax and re-charge their batteries a little!

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Bookings are only accepted with a 25% (non-refundable) deposit. Holidays (priced in euros) can be paid for in sterling at the prevailing rate of exchange. We require full payment 8 weeks before the holiday (to include a 200 euro cleaning and breakages 'bond'). This will be refunded after your stay and we have checked the inventory. The refund will be within 2 weeks of your leaving date. Bookings which are not fully paid at this time will be re-advertised. See 'Booking Form'.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is usually Saturday. This can be flexible in the quieter months (not the UK school summer holidays) when we are not fully booked. Arrival 4.00pm or later (please confirm by email). Departure 10.00am or earlier. Thank you.

Notes on prices:
Prices in euros per week. We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking and the balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. With the balance a 200 euro cash deposit is also payable (to cover the cost of any cleaning/breakages following your stay). This will be refunded within 2 weeks of your departure, subject to any deductions. See Booking Form. We are happy to negotiate discounts for winter lets and holidays of 2 weeks or more. Please contact us. Thank you - looking forward to meeting you!


Accommodation and facilities for Le Studio (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2) - comfortable and private apartmentin Brives-sur-Charente in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • barn
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 269 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All gites benefit from central heating and they have been recently refurbished, so benefiting from extensive insulation. All bedroom windows benefit from mosquito blinds. All gites benefit from Egyptian cotton bedding and towels. Swimming/beach towels are not provided. Gites are cleaned on a weekly basis. All gites suitable for children except Le Studio. Baby equipment available at no cost. Bikes available for hire. All gites have broadband internet (Fast/free WiFi). Outside: All gites have large private patios and BBQs for dining alfresco, not forgetting that guests can treat themselves to some delicious, home-cooked food 'washed down' with some of the excellent local wines and pineau at the 'table d'hote' in the B&B (chambre d'hotes - with 4 ensuite bedrooms) on site. Guests can enjoy relaxing in our our 6 acre field which is home to countless wild flowers, shrubs, trees, butterflies and insects. Our well-maintained grounds are bordered by vineyards and sunflowers. Guests can enjoy swimming in our new, floodlit 12 x 5m swimming pool with its large sun terrace (with plenty of sun loungers to top up that tan!). The large, private pool is for the exclusive use of guests and owners. Guests can also enjoy our safe children's play area, boule court, play badminton or table tennis or else tone up in our well-equipped gym! A selection of bikes are available to hire so that you (too!) can enjoy the local paths and countryside. Bread van arrives daily in summer!


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average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Propert set in beautiful landscape settings.

  • 4 of 5

Le Studio is perfect for 2 persons. It has all that is needed to make for a comfortable holiday. Kitchen is well equipped with utensils. Spacious studio with beautiful views. Sheltered terrace overlooking pool area.

Private parking space as well.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Studio, Gites de Brives

  • 4 of 5

Clean, comfortable, peaceful and a lovely pool.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Studio in a great rural area

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Studio flat in July and were pleasantly surprised as it was nicer than in the video, and the views from the windows were much greener. We found it well equipped and comfortable and we had plenty of space for 2. The fly screens on the windows are a real boon! We didn’t miss an oven and the hanging space was quite OK.

The pool was immaculate, though it could get busy at times. We also enjoyed playing table tennis and boules, but never quite got around to badminton. But we did hire bikes and have a great spin around the sunflowers and vineyards. And we had some great trips out in the area - there is so much more to do than we realised. Definitely needed another week!

Glyn and Phil are very helpful and friendly, and gave us some great advice about the area. We really enjoyed our stay and we'd love to go again!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Studio in the heart of Cognac

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Phil & Glyn for a wonderful week in the lovely well kept, well provisioned Le Studio. Peaceful surroundings with a gorgeous pool for cooling off in the afternoon sun ! 15-20 minutes to Cognac and the usual tourist attractions for the distillery visits or a lazy boat ride down the river, and in less than an hour to the seaside resort of Royan and the beautiful beach at St.George de Didonne, For the connoisseurs there are umpteen local Pineau producers, so spoilt for choice. All in all a very relaxing weeks vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pleasant stay at Brives

  • 5 of 5

The second week of our three weeks stay in France led us to Brives sur Charante. We really enjoyed it there. We had the "Studio" and needed not more. Everything was there, and you coul enjoy kind of quitness in the middle of wineyards in the evening. You find a pool, a gym, a huge private green area.And it is really a center for starting to Cognac, Jarnac, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, the atlantic coast.

We miss all that now beeing back to daily business in Germany. Would be great to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to meet Gudrun and Juergen - such a lovely couple! Thank you so much! We hope very much to see you again, in the future!
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Bordeaux or La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Rouffiac or Montils
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
St Malo or Caen
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Rouffiac, Montils or Perignac
Nearest Ski
400 Kilometres
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
St Georges de Didonne

Special interest holidays:

We have experience of providing corporate hospitality and can arrange bespoke weeks focusing on team-building, leadership training, wine/cognac/pineau-tasting, relaxation, yoga, local walks, French, or machine embroidery (etc!) by arrangement.

If this provision appeals to you or your group or organisation -please contact us to discuss your individual requirements. We can accommodate up to 30 people at any one time (this is much easier in the quieter months), other bookings permitting.


The nearest beaches of the beautiful Cote Sauvage (including Royan) or the Gironde estuary are about a half an hour's drive away. The child friendly beaches of the Gironde Estuary, with miles of safe sandy beaches and lovely little coastal villages and towns are definitely not to be missed if sand is an important part of your holiday! Two of the best local beaches are St Georges-de-Didonne and St Palais-sur-Mer (both near Royan).


We are 4.5 hrs drive from St Malo and Caen; 6 hrs from Cherbourg, Le Havre and Roscoff; 7 hrs drive from the Tunnel, Calais and Boulogne. Using the motorway - exit the A10 at junction 36 (for Pons). A car is really handy due to the number of places to visit! Train: TGV (Paris to Angouleme or Saintes). Airports: Angouleme 30 mins, La Rochelle 1 hr 10 mins, Bordeaux 1 hr 15 mins. It is also possible to fly to Poitiers or Limoges. Use Ryanair, Easyjet, BA, Flybe, BMIBaby, Jet 2, Air France.


We live in a quiet hamlet (Les Morinauds) on the outskirts of the pretty village of Brives sur Charente. The next village (Salignac) is 2 miles away. Our rural setting is perfect for walking and cycling and, generally 'getting away from it all'!

Places of interest include Cognac 7 miles, Pons 9 miles, Saintes 12 miles, Chaniers 18 miles (chain ferry), Jonzac 18 miles (thermal centre), Angouleme 32 miles, Royan 35 miles and La Palmyre Zoo (biggest in Europe, 1600+ animals!) 45 miles.

Further Details:

The surrounding area has a great deal to offer from the buzzing town of Cognac (lots of cafes and boutique shops - not forgetting world-famous distillery tours etc!), to the beautiful ancient towns of Pons and Saintes. Weekly local markets are held in Cognac, Pons, Jarnac and Saintes. There are a multitude of local restaurants and bars all within an easy drive from the property (see below). Some are (luckily!) only about 15 minutes by bike.


Post Office - Brives sur Charente.

Local shop (general stores, boulangerie and Post Office) - Salignac, Perignac, Dompierre and Rouffiac.

Local restaurants - Salignac, Rouffiac, Orlac, Ars, Montils, Dompierre, Perignac, Cognac, Pons, Chaniers etc.

Supermarkets: Cognac, Pons or Saintes.

Cash point: Chaniers (Credit Agricole) and at all local supermarkets (see above).

Banks: Cognac and Pons.

Tennis: Rouffiac or Ars.

Swimming (indoor and outdoor): Cognac and Saintes, coast, Charente.

Fishing: Charente.

Canoeing: Charente (Brives, Rouffiac, Dompierre), Seugne (Pons), coast.

Surfing: Cote Sauvage.

Aquatic Centre (pools, gym, sauna, massage, beauty treatments): Jonzac

We also run a B&B should you need additional rooms or want friends or family to visit you while you enjoy your holiday with us.