No.4 Sleeps 7 (3 bedrooms)
No.4 is a stylish and comfortable three bedroom stone cottage located in the main courtyard. Big open plan double height sitting/dining room and brand new modern kitchen. Tumbled travertine floor with stone walls makes this a stylish family retreat. There is a ground floor kingsize bedroom, family bathroom with bath, shower and WC and a further triple bedroom on the ground floor with three single beds. Upstairs there is a large kingsize bedroom and shower/wash room. Quality bedlinen is provided and beds are made up for your arrival. Outside of the cottage there is a picnic table and bbq.
La Cannonerie was built in 1826 and incorporates parts of a medieval hunting lodge believed to have been built by Francois 1st. All of the cottages are stylish and comfortable and the perfect location to relax and enjoy a fabulous french holiday.
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Located in the stunning Petite Champagne Cognac region there are no immediate neighbours and guests can relax and enjoy the large 14x6m guest pool and terrace with its commanding views across vines and rolling French countryside. About an hour from the beautiful beaches of the coast and the famous islands of Re and Olereon La Cannonerie is the perfect location for day trips to either the beach or one of the many other places of interest including Bordeaux, St Emilion, Cognac, Angouleme, La Rochelle and Saintes. The English owners have an eye of design and have created modern interiors without detracting from the traditional stone exteriors. A perfect holiday retreat.
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About the Owner
About Talfryn and Shelley Llewellyn
Talfryn and Shelley Llewellyn moved to France with their 3 children from the UK in 2011. After an extensive search across France trying to find the perfect property they discovered La Cannonerie, nestled amongst the Cognac Vines in the Petite Champagne. Their dream was to create quality self catering cottages for guests to enjoy and experience a home away from home. 3 years of renovation later La Cannonerie was ready to open to guests in the summer of 2014.
Talfryn and Shelley Llewellyn purchased this cottage in 2011
Please complete the enquiry section and we will send you a booking form. We require £200 to secure holiday dates and the remaining balance paid 10 weeks before the start date of the holiday. We are happy to offer weekend and mid week bookings outside of July and August.
Changeover Day is Saturday. 4.30pm arrival, 10am departure.
Notes on prices:
The prices shown are for one week.
(7 traveller reviews)
We stayed for 4 nights in this beautiful property. The standard of the gite is extremely high with all modern comforts and very clean. La Cannonerie itself is a stunning property and the swimming pool and loggia provide great entertainment spaces for adults and children. I would highly recommend a stay in beautiful countryside a great place to escape. The owners did everything they could to make our stay as pleasant as possible, we will return.
Les vignes et tournesol de La Cannonerie
Like many of its neighbours, once a producer of fine Cognac and still today surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards and fields of sunflower. La Cannonerie sits amongst a lattice of 'white lanes' that link tiny settlements to quaint and unspoilt villages. It would be hard to imagine a more relaxing 'escape' destination!
Around 90 minutes from the exclusive shops, port and budget flight destination of La Rochelle, a little less to the gorgeous coast lines of La Gironde and Ile d'Oleron. Or choose from a dozen rural market towns, bedecked with château, castles, restaurants, Romanesque churches, not to mention Cognac distilleries.
Well equipped and recently and sensitively re-fitted to a very high standard, the gites are substantial original stone and shuttered labourers cottages, dotted around a substantial Cannonerie courtyard. Guests can enjoy the afternoon sun from a covered cool communal seating area or savour the amazing sunsets from the adjoining hill top open air swimming pool.
In the fridge, you may well find a little gift from the next door Bertrand distillery, your invitation to stroll across the vineyard and pay a little visit. Oh, and why not barbecue your evening meal and sip your four euro bottle of local wine from those afore mentioned markets, and finish off with a tipple from the neighbouring field. We did - every single night!
Rural French Dream
La Cannonerie - a rural French dream destination. The renovation of this beautiful old property is brilliant and to a really high standard yet staying sympathetic to the original stone frame. Everything you could possibly want - contemporary style inside and dreamy antique outside. A lovely large guest swimming pool was immaculate and warm and overlooked beautiful vines and rolling countryside.
The sunsets were spectacular, the stars without city light pollution awesome and a sense of stepping back in time palpable.
The owners were friendly, charming and helpful when it came to planning trips out. The Bertrand cognac distillers right next door is well worth a visit for a wonderful tour and tasting. Make sure you have weight and space to take some of the finest Cognac and Pineau home with you.
I personally would recommend trips to La Rochelle, Angouleme, Talmont and Aubeterre as ones not to miss but there is plenty more to see and you'll have the roads pretty much to yourselves too.
I can't wait to book a return trip and would recommend La Cannonerie to couples looking for romance, (perfect wedding location) as well as friends and families wishing to be all together but with their own space. In fact I cannot imagine anyone not having a perfect vacation at La Cannonerie.
Jo from Cambridge, England
The newly modernised cottages are neutrally decorated with new kitchens and bathrooms. The kitchen had all the necessary equipment and was easy to use. The downstairs is open plan with a private outside area with seating and barbecue. We found our cottage a pleasure to stay in.
La Cannonerie is in an excellent position with great views of the surrounding countryside. On site, there is a new outdoor swimming pool and a games area including table tennis, table football, croquet and a children's play area. Our children, 7 and 5, thoroughly enjoyed these activities.
There is a super local shop in Reaux, where you can pre order baguettes etc. for the following day, and stocks a good selection of local produce. There are plenty of good supermarkets in nearby Jonzac, such as LeClerc, for further shopping needs.
The owners are a charming English couple who made us feel very welcome. They made some excellent recommendations on day outings. We followed their advice on taking a trip to explore St. Emilion, which included a tour of the vineyards, and spent a day at La Coubre beach. Both were a thorough success.
They also recommended an excellent local restaurant in Jonzac (10 mins by car), called Le Coq d'or, which is incredibly good value.
In short, I cannot recommend La Cannonerie highly enough, and would not hesitate to stay there again.
We had a fantastic stay at La Cannonerie. From the photographs and description of the property our expectations were high - on arrival they were exceeded. Very clean property, tastefully furnished and well equipped. The open plan living accommodation worked very well with our young children.
There was a thoughtful welcome pack on arrival. Talfryn and Shelley were very welcoming and had great local knowledge and recommendations.
The lovely pool area and the small play area for smaller children proved popular with our youngsters. The availability of Cbeebies was also a welcome distraction!
The property is very well located for exploring the Charente Maritime. It was also great having a village nearby - only a short walk away.
We will definitely be recommending La Cannonerie to family and friends.
Incredible - Wish I was still there!
Having seen the pictures of the guest houses and the pool and the grounds/property online before we booked, I have to say that we had *really* high expectations. They were exceeded almost immediately!
The entire property is gorgeous and we loved hanging out in the courtyard with some local wine enjoying the sun. There are lots of little nooks and crannies and chairs and lounges to just relax at and read or maybe a little mid-day rest post cognac tasting in the area:)
As far as the unit, it had everything. The design is modern but still feels very warm and homey. We cooked a few meals and they had literally thought of everything from a garlic press to a rolling pin and measuring cups. You're also welcomed with homemade raw honey (amazing) and fresh eggs from the property (never had a better omelet, how can I get eggs like that in the USA??), also obviously a crusty loaf of French bread.
Amenities? Washer, dryer, beautiful brand new bathrooms with huge tub and rainshower... The wood burning fireplace in the living room which we used even when it wasn't even cold.
Big comfy beds and spacious rooms - with stone walls that had to be 2 feet thick (if you have any snorers:))
Talf and Shelly were outstanding hosts. Super friendly with spot on recommendations for the area. Moulin Du Val De Seugne was probably the best dinner of our entire trip in France. They also pointed us in the direction of some vineyards that had local cognacs and pineaus that you can't find anywhere else. We brought back a case of nearby Bertrand pineau that we've already had to hide from ourselves and our friends.
I'd recommend this place in a second. I'll be going back myself as soon as I can!
Thanks again Talf and Shelly!
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
For those with an interest in Cognac the family run Bertrand Cognac House is a short walk through the vines from La Cannonerie. Tours of the distillery can be arranged and the owners are always happy to show people around - fluent English is spoken.
Private Yoga sessions can be arranged on site. Please email for more information.
La Cannonerie is located about an hour from the coast. It is easy to explore the Gironde estuary, the beaches of the Cote Sauvage, La Palmyre and Royan. The Ile de Re and the Ile d'Oleron are close enough to day trip. The long sandy beaches are all of fantastic quality and great for surfers too.
Nearest airports - La Rochelle (1hr 20mins) Bordeaux (1hr 10mins). The nearest TGV station is Angouleme (45mins) Car hire are available at all of these locations. Alternatively, you can drive and use the Channel Tunnel or any of the ferry crossings.
The small village of Reaux is 1km away and an easy walk or cycle along a country lane to pick up a baguette or a coffee and a croissant at the local cafe/bar/shop and post office. Next door is the hairdressers and upstairs the excellent beauty salon which offers a range of massages and facials. Appointments can be made on your behalf by request. In the village there is also a large municipal swimming pool open in July and August along with tennis courts and petanque.
The pretty and popular spa town of Jonzac is 5km away. It contains all the services you would expect of a small town as well as a spectacular castle with cafe and tree lined square, fantastic covered French market full of local seasonal produce and wonderful seafood from the coast. Also in Jonzac is Les Antilles, a brilliant tropical indoor water oasis complete with swimming pools and a water slide.
Plenty of historic towns to visit within about an hour: Saintes, Cognac, Angouleme, Royan, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, St Emilion and Blaye. Lots of beautiful scenery to enjoy including fields of sunflowers and plenty of cognac vineyards. Outdoor activities include kayaking (at Jarnac in particular), cycling (the cycle tracks in the pine forests at the beach are particularly brilliant for this), and some lovely walking. Pretty coastal villages at Talmont and Mortagne, dune backed beaches, oysters, seafood, wine, cognac and pineau are all waiting to be enjoyed. Cognac Blues Passion is a brilliant open air music event held annually around the first week of July. Acts of 2012 included Tom Jones, Sting, Hugh Laurie and The Cranberries. And of course plenty of brocantes to visit too.
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower Room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: All cottages have Dishwashers, Washing & Tumble Drying Machines, SMEG ovens, toasters, coffee makers, fridge/freezers, kettle, Sat TV with cBeebies, WIFI, heated towel rails, modern showers, plenty of comfortable seating, 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, bath and hand towels provided (these are for indoor use only and guests will need to bring pool towels). Sorry no pets. No smoking in the cottages or buildings, the pool area, central court or directly outside the cottages. Travel cots and highchairs available at no extra cost. Outside: Cottages No.7 and No.8 have their own front gardens and parking area with picnic tables and are accessed via a separate beautiful tree lined driveway. The other three cottages form part of the pedestrianised courtyard which is a large green space with picnic tables for each cottage. All visitors are welcome to use our beautiful stone loggia located just off the courtyard which has sheltered seating with lovely views. There is also the enclosed 14x6m heated swimming pool with travertine terrace and panoramic views of the rolling countryside. The swimming pool has 3 meter wide steps in the shallow end which provides a useful play area for children whilst leaving plenty of room for adults to swim lengths. BBQ's are provided. The property is surrounded by a 12 acre meadow which runs down the hill and provides a wonderful space for kicking a ball, playing frisbee or flying a kite. There are plenty of quiet roads which are great for bicycling through the vines.