This wonderful old house is situated right on the banks of the River Charente, in the picture-postcard village of Montignac-sur-Charente. From the moment you step off the main street and into the charming garden, you know you're in for a real treat. Inviting Adironack chairs are set thoughtfully by the water's edge, whilst a generous deck makes the perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque setting, whilst relaxing beneath the vine-clad pergola. It really takes your breath away.
Owners Mary and Mick (and their lovely little dog, Lily) welcome their guests like old friends, and you instantly feel at home in their traditional, characterful Charentais house, with its generous rooms and stylish, comfortable furnishings. Their obvious love for the area, and extensive knowledge of must-visit places nearby, helped us to make the most of our stay, and they struck just the right balance between being on hand when you needed them, and leaving you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of your surroundings the rest of the time.
Our room (suite would more accurately describe it) was the biggest surprise - worthy of the best boutique hotel, with lofty ceilings, ancient beams and separate sleeping and sitting areas. It even boasted an antique roll-top bath, cleverly incorporated into the open-plan scheme, with a modern shower room (with toilet and washbasin) enclosed in their own room behind. The bed was generous and comfortable, and thick fluffy towels were in plentiful supply. Thoughtful touches abound, from spare toiletries in the bathroom to a selection of entertainment, including DVDs, CDs, books and magazines. It really does feel like they've anticipated your every need, and done everything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Mary is a renowned food writer, but it's her husband Mick who takes charge at breakfast time. His generous version of a traditional continental breakfast features a whole host of high-quality produce, from freshly-baked bread and pastries to artisan-produced yoghurts and fruit juices, not to mention delicious homemade preserves crafted by Mary herself (her apricot jam is the best you'll ever taste!). Truly breakfast fit for a king.
We loved our stay, and felt genuinely sad when it was time to leave. This remarkable place, and its wonderful owners, offer the kind of hospitality that's increasingly rare, and this, coupled with the fact that it's such fantastic value for money, means we'll be rushing back when we're next in the area. My only advice: book your stay before they become so well-known that it will be impossible to get in!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming old Charentais village house situated right beside the river that has been sensitively renovated to provide relaxed and comfortable accommodation in one self-contained double room with kitchen, and another double room with balcony in the main house. An evening meal can be provided. We are 15 minutes from the lively city of Angouleme, on the edge of a small village which provides a lot of amenities such as a market stall, shops, a bar, a restaurant, etc. ... more less