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Charming Gites with a modern touch in a 400 year old Watermill - L'Esprit



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
4 Gites in a Renovated Watermill In The Grand Champagne Cognac Region

Converted Watermill barn. Situated just 4km from Jarnac and 10km from Cognac in the Grand Champagne Cognac region. The property is situated in a small friendly village.

Recently renovated, featuring fully equipped kitchens and large comfortable rooms, let this be your home away from home whilst you explore this beautiful region. The Gite is centrally heated with radiators in each room for your winter or spring getaway. A dedicated WIFI is provided free of charge for the gites. Visit Cognac, Jarnac, Angouleme, La Rochelle and experience an area rich in history or simply drive among the acres and acres of vines.

Details for holiday cottage L'Esprit, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

tastefully renovated barn. Sleeps 2/3, Kingsize bed with sofa bed in lounge area. Fully equipped Kitchen. English/French TV. Central heating, free WIFI. All linen and towels provided.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I came to France in 2012 from Australia for 3 months. I fell in love with the Moulin and with a Frenchman and stayed. We have spent the last 2 years making my vision of gites on the property into a reality.

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Speaks English, French

13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Perth, Australia

A comfortable and relaxing retreat in the heart of the Cognac region

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Petit Moulin. The accommodation was clean and comfortable, and well equipped for self catering. The garden was an added bonus after a long day touring the neighbouring villages. Christian made us very welcome and ensured that we were comfortable by making contact each day. Monty the dog was also very friendly and loved a game of fetch the ball!

Petit Moulin is very well located for touring the region, being a short distance from Cognac and Jarnac. We also followed the recommendations in the house book and went to La Rochelle(well worth the trip), Saintes( a lovely town with lots of history) and Aubeterre(great for wandering and finding hidden gems). Another village we found interesting was Jonzac.

We would recommend this property to others, but they need to be aware that traffic/train noise can be a hindrance while in the garden. Inside it was not a problem. We found the bed a little too hard for our liking, though still managed to get a good nights sleep after busy days.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully converted water mill gites

  • 5 of 5

The owners Anne and Christian have thought through every detail in these Gites. We stayed in the smallest one, Esprit, which is perfect for two adults. There is a large bed with high quality bed linen, massive bath towels (rare in French accommodation!) sharp knives and a set of good pans in the kitchen. These tick all our boxes for a self catering holiday home so within a few minutes of arriving we were settled and very happy with our choice. There is a large shared garden by the water which has lots of different seating and tables, perfect for anytime of day and all safe and secure behind electric gates. Anne is very welcoming and on hand for any queries about the property and the surrounding area, Christian is so friendly and very gracious about our rather pathetic French. Petit Moulin Gites were perfect for our first visit to this area of France.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you found everything to your liking. It was a real pleasure to get to know you and I do hope we will see you again sometime.
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Enjoyable stay in a well equipped and modern gite.

  • 4 of 5


Very clean and comfortable

TV - English

Nice grounds with plenty of seating areas

Secure parking

Friendly English speaking owner

Very quiet village

Good base for touring the area


Noise from nearby busy major road

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and charming

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this gìte it was very comfortable and had everything we needed to fill our needs. A very picturesque garden with a river running through it made a relaxing place to have a glass of wine (or two).

We had our own parking space and easy access to a local bakery.

Ann and her husband were perfect hosts extremely helpful and available to offer information.

We were greeted with a bottle of wine and very nice goodies in refrigerator to start our stay.

Very much appreciated and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of our property. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves and we enjoyed having you. It is not everyday my guests bake for me and your lemon meringue pie was much appreciated by all.
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Superb welcoming stay once again

  • 5 of 5

Had a super 10 stay at l'esprit. Our second visit to this very clean well equipped Gite. The host Anne and Christian have thought and accommodated for your every need. Whoever books a stay at any of the accomadations will not be disappointed as they are all fitted out to a very high standard. Thankyou so so much.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always lovely to welcome our repeat guests and thank you so much for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon
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First Class Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

As we arrived Anne was waiting for us, She showed us the accommodation and offered help to take our luggage in. The accommodation was first class,everything was spotlessly clean. The accommodation had all the facilities you could require from dishwashers and washing machines to a hair drier, it had TV in French or English also videos and a small selections of books. The house is extremely secure with an electric gate, although the area is secluded , in a very quiet and peaceful village by a stream. You can usually park the car outside of the gite but whilst we stayed the roads were being upgraded which is making the village even nicer, with easy access to the main roads it was easy to get about

I have stayed in several gites in France and this has been one of the best. Nice people a quiet location and first class accommodation with excellent service.

I would recomend this gite to anybody wanting a nice quiet relaxing holiday in the French country side

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to here that you enjoyed yourselves at our Gite. We aim for a high standard and we are pleased to hear that you think we achieved it. Thank you for your patience whilst the roadworks were being carried out. We are delighted that they enhance our village even further. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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From the Owner

Having spent a few months in the area I came with friends to look at a watermill. I had no intention of buying anything but when I saw it I immediately felt calm and at home, away from the hustle and bustle of my busy corporate life in Australia. The Petit Moulin is in easy access distance of Jarnac and Cognac for shopping and restaurants but is set in the old part of Veillard. A friendly location with the added advantage of the Boulangerie in walking distance.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux or La Rochelle at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Jarnac at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen, St Malo at 500 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Cognac at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Jarnac at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Jarnac at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : royan at 76 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

I am a quilter and own a longarm quilting business. Happy to provide one on one sessions.


Approximately 1 hours drive to the coast. 1 1/2 hours to the beautiful town of La Rochelle or to explore the Ile D'Oleron


Nearest Airports, Bordeaux, La Rochelle (summer), Limoges. Nearest trains station is in Jarnac where we can arrange a pickup, the closest TGV station would be Angouleme. Paris CdG to Angouleme on the TGV is a little over 3 hours. From the Ports of Caen or St Malo will be around 5 hours drive. Contact us for a discount code on Brittany Ferries.


Jarnac 4km, Cognac 10km, Angouleme 35km, Bordeaux and La Rochelle just over 100km

Further Details:

There is a boulangerie 200 mtrs up the road. Supermarkets, banks, pharmacy can all be found in the pretty town of Jarnac. You will also find a swimming pool, canoe and boat hire in Jarnac. Bike hire can be arranged for you.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
27 Aug 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Prices are for the property per week for up to the number of persons stated for each gite and are quoted in Euro. Prices include:- linen and towels changed weekly, hot water and electricity.

Changeover Day:
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Notes on prices:
With a couple more cottages to complete there is a small amount of evidence of stored materials around and our prices are low to reflect this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

On of my favourite things here is the bird life. We have a pair of kingfishers who can be seen regularly on the little bridge in the garden, watching for fish. Ducks in the garden, a Heron, Egret and many others passing by.

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • river
  • village


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Super king bed


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Free WiFI. Sorry no Pets. No Smoking inside the Gites Outside: Large gardens next to the river and mill stream. Gas Barbecue, outdoor furniture. Car parking on site

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