We stayed here with a group of friends for a long weekend. We rented both apartments which were both beautifully appointed.
They are located in a typical, quiet French village; a 10 minute drive from the nearest town of Pons, a little further to Cognac, just an hour away from Bordeaux and just over an hour from La Rochelle, ideal for interesting days out exploring the beautiful local area. Bob and Andy were excellent hosts and gave us lots of tips to help discover the best bits of the area in the limited amount of time we had.
The apartments themselves were very well equipped; dishwashers, washing machines, ample cutlery, china, glassware etc. They were spotlessly clean and had quality bed linen and furnishings, the garden was large and beautifully tended, opening out onto the local vineyards and rolling French countryside. The pool was large and very well maintained; Bob informed us that over the winter they are having heating installed so the water temperature will be much warmer for those spring and autumn days.
Would we stay here again? Most certainly, we’re already booked in for October next year ready to explore more of the surrounding area and try more of the local restaurants.
We had the pleasure of staying at Les Tilleuls in late June (6 adults, 3 small children). From the pre arrival emails and right throughout our stay, Bob and Andy could not have been better hosts.
The house is spacious, comfortable and clean with all the amenities of you could wish for (washing machine, dishwasher) plus some thoughtful touches like a delicious welcome basket. Les Tilleuls is also well equipped for holidaying with small children and we appreciated the cot, cot bed and high chair.
The grounds are simply stunning with well thought out plantings to create private spaces and enhance the beautiful rural views. Much of our time was spent around the large pool which is equipped with loungers and pool toys. The pool alarm was also a welcome safety feature.
We were in the area for a number of family events so unfortunately did not have much time to explore the Charante region. We did, however, manage to squeeze in a quick trip to a local vineyard to purchase some very drinkable table wine and with a little more time Bob and Andy would have been able to help us organise longer trips to tour and enjoy more of the local delights.
One of the highlights of our stay was a very enjoyable evening meal on our terrace cooked by Andy and served by Bob. The food and wine were delicious and thoughtfully tailored to our dietary needs.
We hope to be back again soon.
We certainly made the right choice, Les Tilleuls turned out to be an exceptional find and the welcome by the owners made us feel at home.
The accommodation we had was part of the old cognac distillery and the central point in the lounge area was the original still which is definitely a topic of conversation and a chat with Bob or Andrew will accommodate you with a view of the old barn which houses the storage vats.
The kitchen and bathroom is all you would expect and a welcome pack of coffee, bread,jam etc for your first day was a nice thought and very welcome.
The bed rooms are well appointed and the decor is off a very high standard throughout whole of the property.
This was our first visit to the area and Les Tilleuls, and it turned out to be a truly memorable one for which I would like to thank Bob and Andrew for, and we look forward to another visit to them in the future.