Having retired from working in the NHS as a GP and university teacher, and management consultant, we have finally been able to find our own holiday home in France. This extraordinary area is wonderful, friendly and easy to get to.
Peaceful location in vineyards close to historic Saintes and vibrant Cognac
Chez Sibert was professionally modernised in 2015 to provide a comfortable, all year round holiday home. The traditional 150 year old house is designed to be cool in summer and warm in the winter, and well equipped for you to enjoy your stay. There is so much to do and see whatever the season.
The Charente-Maritime is renowned for its micro-climate. This provides long periods of sunshine, second only to the French Riviera. This usually lasts from March to October, with warm days at both ends of the season, and even the winters can be mild.
Situated on a small hill above the Charente valley in the ancient province of Saintonge, the property is surrounded by vineyards planted to get the maximum sun possible – these produce the grapes for the famous cognac and delicious local fortified wine called pineau.
The vines are edged by small woods which attract a variety of wildlife. For example from the garden you can see deer walking through vines in the morning, watch buzzards wheeling above, listen to the crickets, or a nightingale in the evening and hear the extraordinary call of a golden oriole. The garden catches the sun all day long, with huge expanses of sky to really appreciate the weather, bird life, or perhaps gaze at the stars at night. Close by, running through the wood, is evidence of the Via Agrippa roman road which ran between Saintes and Lyons.
The peaceful location is at the end of a no through road but is only 15 minutes from Cognac and 20 minutes from Saintes.