Moreau - Le Pressoir

Cercoux, Charente-Maritime
+44 (0)1485 532918

Charming 18th-century farmhouse filled with antiques, a sociable kitchen, small pool and beautiful terrace for relaxed mornings


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Along with the neighbouring farmhouse, this 18th-century Charentais house is a treasure chest of antiques: recycled front doors from a local château, a lovely pine armoire from a priest’s house in Bordeaux and chandeliers from Nantes in the big kitchen. Open French windows onto the big walled terrace, perfect for sunny breakfasts, and beautiful garden with a 6.5 metre raised pool beyond.

Leave for walks from the door – stroll through the forest to the boulangerie or set off in rolling countryside with the dog. Stock up on fresh goods at the Coutras market (20 minutes’ drive) on Wednesdays and Saturdays; head to Montguyon for restaurants, cobbled streets and a swimming lake.

Return to large and airy rooms overlooking endless fields – there’s one up and two down in the cool pressoir where grapes were once pressed to make pineau de Charentes.

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We think you'll love

  • Relaxing in the hydrangea-filled garden
  • Taking the dog for long walks from the front door
  • The incredible dark skies - perfect for stargazing
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You should know

  • You'll need the car to make the most of exploring
  • Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor


  • 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
  • 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 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season.
Christmas, New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £790
1 House for 7
From £1303 bedrooms


This is a fabulous place for a relaxing holiday. The house is spacious, cool, stylish and well equipped.There’s a very large, completely enclosed and private garden (perfect if you have a dog) and a nice swimming pool plus a beautiful outdoor terrace with a large table. Unless you’re going out of course - and there’s plenty of opportunity to do that inc a lovely new Auberge in the village of Cercoux which you can walk to via a woodland path that takes about 20 mins. We had the menu gastronomique, which was fantastic! St Emilion is only 40 mins and a must visit. We highly recommend Le PressoIr!

Sarah, Woking

There's really a sense that on arriving here you can relax and let busy life melt away. Its quiet, safe and peaceful and very classically French! Rural but not isolated, the cottages are situated in the Southern end of Charente Maritime but close to the border with the Dordogne so you have the best of both worlds - coast and country. Barry and Marian are just wonderful.

Katie, Sawday's Inspector

A long overdue mention of this little gem! We have stayed at the Pressoir on two separate occasions (April 2015 and August 2016) and have thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. The house is beautifully decorated and well equipped making for a very welcoming atmosphere. A perfect combination of charm and functionality.

Jacquelyn, Madrid

Marian & Barry have created the most beautiful idyll at Moreau. We are a family of 5 and it was perfect for all our needs. The rooms are all decorated with superb attention to detail. Comfortable beds and copious amounts of beautiful French linen! the garden is sensational; totally enclosed with a fabulous pool. We played rounders, badminton and football. I hesitate to endorse Le Pressoir as it may not be available next year when we wish to return!!

Elayne, Glasgow

I reviewed Le Pressoir three years ago however I wanted to share my views once again from my recent three week stay. All I can say is this place just gets better and better!! The property is beautifully presented and it feels like our own little French idyll. We never imagine anyone else ever stays here other than ourselves. The bedding always smells so fresh and clean and after our eight hour drive from Calais with our three dogs it is just perfect. We again had some lovely meals with Barry, Marian and Peggy and took the dogs long walks around the unbelievably quiet country lanes. Heaven!


This is the fourth time my partner and I along with our two springer spaniels, Berta and Rocket have stayed at Le Pressoir. We have had yet another superb three weeks holiday. Weather beautiful and the house as always was immaculate but you do feel that you can relax and unwind. We have become firm friends with Marian, Barry and Peggy (the owners) and had a couple of long, lazy lunches with them. Drinking more wine than I care to remember! We were also joined by a couple of friends for a week and they cannot wait to return. We will of course be back same time next year. Roll on September 2013!


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The neighbourhood

The house is on a quiet lane in a small hamlet surrounded by open fields and forests with just one quiet French neighbour in the adjoining house and a few more cottages along the lane; it feels rural but not isolated. Cercoux is the nearest town (five-minute drive) which is good for small shops, a Sunday market and a few restaurants - try the excellent Auberge de Cercoux. Head to historic Montguyon (10 minutes away) for cobbled streets and the remains of a fort. The larger town of Libourne is 30km away and has good markets several times a week; world Heritage Bordeaux is 45 minutes away for culture and wine tasting.

Local points of interest from Marian Sanders

  • Walk through the woods to the boulangerie in Cercoux to buy your buttery croissants for breakfast, don't miss their beautiful tarts and gateaux, a new young couple have recently taken over the boulangerie and they are extremely helpful.
  • One of the best markets in France is at Libourne on a Sunday morning, in the indoor market you will be dazzled by the array of cheeses and fish, breathtaking, don't be late, it is all over at noon!
  • Visit the exquisite town of St Emilion, walk through the cobbled medieval streets and have lunch in one of the many restaurants, this unesco world heritage site, famous for it's wine is one of the most beautiful places in France.
  • Children love the swimming lake and sandy beach at Montguyon, only ten minutes away from Moreau. Pack a picnic or eat at the little cafe there.
  • See the Stars! In this unspoilt part of France there is no light pollution, sit back on the terrace in the evening and watch the stars, simply magical! You can also see the satellites as they circle the earth.
  • Finally, take a day away from the peace of Moreau and visit Bordeaux, second only to Paris for architectural beauty and charm, it is only a 45minutes drive but you can also take the train from Coutras, you will want to return again and again.


Marian Sanders

Barry and Marian have lived on and off in France for nearly 30 years while running their antiques business and have rented out their self-catering properties in Moreau since 1991. They are very hard-working and constantly improving what they offer to guests. Barry is practical and down to earth and builds, fixes up and repairs – he restored all the cottages himself – and Marian adds artistic flair and comfortable touches.