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Large Property With Private Pool, Spacious Grounds, Close to Atlantic Beaches



Updated: 24-Jul-2016
Old Cognac Distillery, Perignac, Charente Maritime. Accommodation For 2 To 10 In A Calm Environment Within Walking Distance Of All Amenities

A single dwelling, formerly the master’s house, Old Cognac Distillery is perfect for an intimate holiday for two and yet suitable for larger parties alike, with up to four large bedrooms, including a children’s bedroom and comfortably sleeping 10. [Additional sleeping arrangements can be provided on request.]

You can obtain more information and book direct through our PayPal system at maisonmaitre.eu.

A traditional french house, the property is set in grounds of two acres of which over an acre is a park of mature trees. Approached by a long balustraded terrace, the front entrance is through impressive, double, oak doors. There is a sense of history on entering the main reception rooms with their marble fireplaces, elegant plaster work and lofty ceilings. Climb up the walnut staircase to the upper level and you will tread antique wooden floors to airy louvred shuttered rooms. Very generously proportioned, with light filled spaces and furnished sympathetically Old Cognac Distillery offers flexible accommodation to suit a variety of needs. Enjoy every comfort of home, including a well appointed kitchen, additional separate shower room, satellite TV and wi-fi.

Leading from the main hall is the main reception room or Salon with double aspect views of the grounds to the front of the property. A well proportioned room, it is furnished with two large sofas and double bed settee. There is a marble fireplace with a wood-burning stove, DVD player and satellite TV with Freeview programmes.

Up the spiralling charentaise staircase is a large landing which leads to two generously sized double bedrooms each with en-suite facilities and a large children’s bedroom with its own separate toilet and basin.

The Master Bedroom has an individually commissioned king size four poster bed. The second bedroom [The Blue Room] has a vintage french bedroom suite with double bed. Bedroom three is the children’s bedroom with two sets of bunk beds and bedroom four, downstairs, overlooks the Courtyard. This has a typically french double bed and the use of the separate shower room. In total the house sleeps 10 comfortably. With prior arrangement sofa beds can be provided to accommodate extra guests.

In the back wing of the house, approached by a small set of stairs, is a well equipped kitchen. This is fitted with a cooker, microwave, dishwasher, large refrigerator and second fridge-freezer and a comprehensive array of cooking equipment for those who enjoy cooking. A real family meeting centre, there is a large bespoke dining table seating 12 and an island breakfast unit for two or three people to sit at.

Beyond the kitchen is a large rear hall with a washing machine for holiday laundry. Leading on from here is the Courtyard Bedroom, a separate toilet, large utility sink and access to the shower room.

Although heating is not necessary in the summer season, it can get cooler in spring and autumn. A central heating system provides heating to all rooms. There are wood burning stoves in the kitchen and salon. If heating is required a separate charge is made.

Whether you choose to be indoors or outside there is a space for everyone. Step out at the front of the house onto the terrace, wonderful for quietly enjoying the vista and tranquility of the park and, set with a table and chairs, an alternative space for outdoor eating.

To the rear is the large courtyard, secure behind the main gates, and accessed from the side personnel gate, close to the kitchen. Enclosed by farm buildings, dating back to when the property was a working farm, it offers a private and safe space, ideal for letting children play in unattended safety.

Within the courtyard’s enclosing buildings is the Preau, a large open fronted barn, originally used to store farm machinery. It is a shady, peaceful space furnished with a BBQ, dining table and chairs, lounging furniture and table tennis table, perfect for alfresco eating at any time of day. At the far end is the entrance to the gated, walled, former kitchen garden, providing a completely safe and secluded environment. Now laid to lawn with occasional seating spaces it has the large, automatically controlled 10m x 5m swimming pool. You will be able to find a relaxing place to suit you in the sun or under the trees in the shade. An outdoor table under the shade of the pergola offers an alternative spot for outdoor eating.

You will love spending time away from your busy world to relax in this lovely house, but if you want to do something more energetic, step outside the property to explore the vineyards and gently undulating farm land, perfect for cycling and walking. It is an easy walk to the main village, Perignac, where daily bread can be bought at the Tabac. There is also an excellent family restaurant/bar [Orchidee], take away pizza restaurant, village store with integral artisan butcher, pharmacy and hairdresser. Opposite the church is the local cognac distillery, where you can enjoy a degustation and on some days fresh oysters can be bought in the square by the church.

Details for bike hire and organised cycling tours are available on request.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely house, wonderful stay - particularly enjoyed the Orchidee restaurant in Perignac and the Côte Sauvage beach north of Royan.
Aug 2014
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3 Reviews

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Old Cognac Distillery, Preroux nr Perignac

  • 5 of 5

The first (and lasting) impression of each of us (twelve of us stayed at various times) was that the distillery is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place to spend a family holiday. It is just as lovely as the photo shows but the courtyard and garden spaces beyond are no less impressive; everything is immaculately presented and very well maintained, we had everything we needed. The pool was our favourite thing but we also made full use of an excellently-appointed kitchen and we were able to eat outside every night under the stars. Our hosts were extremely helpful and anxious to make sure we had everything we needed. The distillery isn't far from the coast, or from Cognac, which is definitely worth a visit. We were sad to leave and would love to go back, next time armed with bikes; strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It gives us a lot of pleasure to know that your holiday experience in our property worked out so well for everyone in your family group. We look forward to welcoming you again, next time!
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A delightful period property in a quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Maison maitre is a lovingly restored substantial house in a delightful rural setting. The English owners are most helpful and welcoming and well integrated in the community, which makes life much easier for the visitor. The property is particularly suitable for families: plenty of space, a swimming pool, table tennis table etc. One has the sense of being welcomed into a family home, at the same time one has privacy. The house is well maintained, clean and comfortable. The surrounding area gives scope for walking, cycling, visiting vineyards and local restaurants. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A nice surprise.

  • 5 of 5

We booked this at the last minute for a place to stay enroute to the South. The warmth and welcome from Geoff & Judith was such that we decided to extend our stay. The house is a gem which has been restored with due care and the original fireplaces all add to the allure of accommodation. Geoff is a bit of a wine expert so he was able to recommend some excellent wines for us to take back to England. We couldn't have wished for a better autumn stopover.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux, La Rochelle at 96 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Pons at 8 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Cognac at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pons at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A 10 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Perignac [local village] at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St. Georges de Didone at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

Old Cognac Distillery is the ideal base from which to explore the Charente Maritime and beyond. Only 8 kilometres away is the medieval town of Pons, with all the local shops, and attractions you are likely to need. Royan and the Atlantic beaches are easily reached and the towns of Cognac and Saintes are a 15 minute drive by car. Bordeaux and La Rochelle are both an hours drive away.

The Charente-Maritime is an area of fine sandy beaches, pretty islands and white-washed villages, towns and buildings steeped in history. Along the coast there are more than 100 beaches to enjoy, including family friendly beaches within easy reach of Maison Maitre, as are the zoo at La Palmyre, the Aquarium at La Rochelle, the oyster beds at Marennes, the Iles d’Oleron and de Re. Take the ferry from Royan and the whole of the Medoc opens up before you, whilst journeying south towards Bordeaux takes you to the magnificent areas of Sauternes, Pomerol and St Emilion.

There is a wealth of fresh seafood, the Charente Maritime producing the highest yield of and best oysters in France, with Marennes being the centre for this. Local markets proliferate the region, with cheeses, fruit and vegetables, sausages and air dried hams being sold “direct de la producer.” There are small independent wine merchants that produce very drinkable Charentais wines as well as selling the local fortified wine “Pineau de Charentes” and of course fine Cognac and Bordeaux wines, favourably priced for their quality. Information about local markets is available from Tourist Information Centres. Throughout the year there are many local fetes and festivals offering locally produced products and entertainment


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 8
27 Aug 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9
29 Oct 2016 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid 2
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid 1
26 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid 2
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
To make a booking, check availability on the calendar and contact us through the booking form on our website. (see link below). A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking and the balance payable 8 weeks prior to rental including a £300 security bond.

Changeover Day:
The rental period begins at 16.00 hours local French time on the first day of your rental and finishes no later than 10.00am local French time on the day of departure. The changeover day is Saturday.

Deposit at time of booking. Payment in Full 6 weeks in advance.

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Property Type

  • house


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


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Two large ensuite bedrooms upstairs, each with bath, mixer tap and shower, toilet and basin. Additional upstairs cloakroom with toilet and basin. Shower room with toilet and basin downstairs. Separate toilet with wash hand basin in rear hall.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master with four poster bed. Second with double bed. Children's room with two sets of bunk beds. Fourth with double bed. Salon with convertible double sofa bed settee. Extra sofa beds and cots available by arrangement.


  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis


  • Self-catering

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


  • A wonderful property, Old Cognac Distillery offers a unique holiday experience. Situated in the sunny Charente Maritime, with it's beautiful coastline, pretty islands, family friendly beaches, gently rolling acres of vines and famed local gastronomy, there is sure to be something for everyone to take pleasure in.

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