Le Logis du Paradis | Bed & Breakfast in Charente | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Le Logis du Paradis - Bed & Breakfast in Charente

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La Magdeleine, 16300 Criteuil la Magdeleine, Charente
Poitou - Charentes, France

Sally Brimblecombe

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+33 (0)5 45 35 39 43(landline)

Take the scenic route through Cognac territory; return to a secluded cottage, plenty of good books, a wonderful pool and a candelit dinner

Mellow stones, chunky beams, sensuous fabrics... there's a timeless feel to the beautifully renovated Logis, where Sally greets you as an old friend. The 18th-century buildings (a paradis is where the oldest, finest Cognac was stored) embrace a magnificent oval courtyard. In big, elegant bedrooms you snuggle down in superbly comfortable king-size beds under white linen... and wake in anticipation of a delicious breakfast (on the raised terrace on sunny days, the luxurious dining room in winter). There's a pool in the aromatic garden, books on the landings, a tea and coffee kitchen, a bar in the former distillery shared with the other guests. Pootle down delightfully empty country roads, discover the finest vineyards for a bit of wine tasting, take a picnic to a stunning Atlantic beach. Return to a stroll round the walled parc by the pretty river Né before a four-course table d'hôtes dinner, enjoyed on the terrace in summer. Sally's generous table features market-fresh local produce, fine wines, and a glass of the neighbour's superb XO Cognac to finish with. Highly professional.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Sally Brimblecombe:

Local points of interest from
Sally Brimblecombe:

  • This early 18th Century Logis, on the edge of a small hamlet surrounded by vine-covered hills, was used originally to house 500 horses of Louis X1V's army, garrisoned there to fight the English.
  • In the 19th Century it became a Cognac distillery, which ceased to run in the 1960's, and was then largely abandoned. Now there is a piano bar with the old copper stills, opening onto the pool garden and the park.
  • The huge barn is a party room with billiards and ping pong, there is a croquet lawn, tree house and swings, bicycles to use. Secure within the walls, children can run free in the 3 hectares of garden.
  • Cognac, Angouleme, Chateauneuf and Jarnac, all nearby, are pretty towns on the beautiful river Charente - you can swim, canoe, take boat trips and picnic along its banks, taste the local Pineau and Cognac, and try the many shops and restaurants.
  • The lovely, unspoilt western coastline is an hour's drive from the Logis Du Paradis, visit the wild beaches of Iles de Ré and d'Oleron, the port of La Rochelle, taste oysters at Marennes, wander through the cobbled streets and arty shops of Talmont.
  • The zoo at Royan is a day's outing, St Palais sur Mer idyllic for parents and children alike. Eat fresh fish at Bob's, build sand castles and swim in gently lapping waves or take a stroll along the headland and coastal paths.
Points of interest

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  • 5 Doubles
Price:(i) 110 to150 per night

Booking info:


Lunch €19. Dinner €39, on request. Wine from €12.50. Restaurant 4km.


Mid-January to end February.


La Magdeleine, 16300 Criteuil la Magdeleine, Charente

B&B 5 Double rooms
Price: (i) 110 to 150 per night

Sally Brimblecombe

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+33 (0)5 45 35 39 43(landline)