Cognac Retreat

Larceau, Celles, Charente-Maritime
+44 (0)7900 935498
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Lovingly renovated farmhouse amid vines and sunflowers, deep in the Charente countryside - small pool in garden, beaches 45 minutes away.


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

It’s wonderfully quiet in this tiny hamlet, but only ten minutes by car to Cognac if you need shops or restaurants. The homely 250 year old farmhouse, known as a ‘longère’ due to its shape, shows off its agricultural past: archways used to bring in hay and another opening where grapes were thrown in for pressing are now striking doors and windows. Olive green shutters, limestone walls and climbing roses add to the rustic charm. Gather by the old stone fireplace in the sitting room, or for meals in the open plan kitchen/dining room. From here spiral stairs lead to a mezzanine sleeping space, great for teenagers;  three other bedrooms, one with its own en suite, have more privacy for grown-ups. Two shower rooms downstairs are good for rinsing off after a splash in the above ground pool in the garden. Pick figs, apples and plums in season – or raid the strawberry beds in return for some watering! Swing in the hammock, rustle up pizzas to cook in the wood-fired oven, or throw an impromptu BBQ. It’s a country paradise: families, walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers will love it. Fishing, chateaux and vineyards nearby.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
By 10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £450
Damage deposit
£200 cheque held until after the holiday against damage or extra cleaning
1 House for 8
From £656 beds4 bedrooms


A very complete house with a lot of space. very nice for children with large garden with vegetables and swimming pool. Quiet neighborhood, although a lot of things to do and visit in a short driving distance. We had a wonderful time!

Timon, Sliedrecht, Holland

We spent a wonderful three weeks here. The house is ideal for a family with children - ours’ loved the swimming pool, watering and picking the fruit and vegetables in the garden and around, and getting to know the local wildlife (hedgehogs, herons, owls). There are also lots of games and books to keep children occupied on rainy days. We spent many lovely afternoons relaxing in the garden and exploring the local countryside on short walks. When we wanted to venture a bit further afield the house was well-situated for visiting various beaches, villages and La Rochelle.

Hannah, Paris

Just what we were looking for - an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The house is fantastic and has everything you will need during your holiday - it's a great size, obviously lovingly restored by John and his family. The bedrooms were nice and cool and there were plenty of fans to use when it was hot. The garden is beautiful and the pool is great fun, perfect for a dip on a hot day. My children loved looking after and picking the fresh veg and we really enjoyed the tomatoes and roasting the courgettes to go with our barbeque. We highly recommend this fab property!

Jen, Aberdeen

We had a wonderful stay at this lovely, peaceful family friendly house in the heart of Cognac. It is beautifully appointed with plenty of space for all. We loved the garden for relaxing and dining or playing competitive rounds of badminton, the pool is especially good for children. It is a short to drive to Cognac town for resupplies of local wine and an excellent French indoor market. Close by there are walks through fields of sunflowers, or cycling to the nearby villages, this is a beautiful part of France we cannot recommend enough. Thank you for a fantastic holiday. We will be back!

Michael, Somerset

We have been staying in this wonderful house for the last 5 summers and will continue to do so. It has everything that our family of 5, including young children to older teenagers, could possibly want. The property is beautiful, comfortable, spacious, and utterly peaceful. The owner's attention to detail, high level of care and thoughtfulness is apparent in every aspect. The surrounding area is idyllic. I wholeheartedly recommend this property to all.

Helen, London

Had forgotten how quiet the world could be. If you want to pull out of the fast lane and need a serious unwind this is the place. This is a deeply relaxing part of the world. I came down here to paint and was struck by the vast landscapes and dramatic skies. You could drive for miles and see no one. A van parked by the side of a vineyard and one would look for the farmer. Sometimes literally Kms away chopping off side shoots on individual vines. The house notes cover everything and the owners love for the house and area becomes infectious. You want to look after this place. It has it all!

George, chipping norton

A more peaceful and serene place with modern but tasteful and hospitable interior. Longing to go back as soon as possible!

Hugo, Oxford

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Warlow

  • When we bought our home in 2004, we wanted somewhere peaceful above all - a place to recharge and regroup and escape the busyness of life in the UK. We wanted an unspoilt rural landscape - vines, crops and rolling hills - in a secluded setting.
  • Cognac Retreat is a sympathetically renovated ancient Charentais longère farmhouse situated at the end of a quiet lane in a tiny hamlet, yet only 10 mins from the bustling centre of Cognac. Charming local villages have boulangeries, a butcher and pharmacy.
  • With the coast only 40 minutes away, and miles of countryside to walk or cycle on your doorstep, holidays are quintessentially français. The towns of Saintes and La Rochelle are within striking distance, as are the islands of Ré and Oléron and Bordeaux.
  • The house is spacious with generous living areas: the large open-plan kitchen is often the hub of activity, whereas the lounge with log burner is the place to hunker down with a book and a drink. Bedrooms are cosy and there are plenty of bathrooms.
  • Kids simply love it! The 5x3m pool is a source of endless amusement, and the sandpit also provides hours of fun. Badminton, swing ball, indoor games, UK TV and a DVD projector also cater for most demands. Easy bike rides through fields and woods too.
  • The climate is very favourable: May and June can be just as fine as August, as can September. Long, hot summer days give way to mild autumns and bright, cold winters; spring begins early and garden lunches have been known in February and November.