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Cognac Gite du Calme

Although not on a vineyard this self-catering farmhouse Cognac gite is set in the heart of Cognac (Brandy) country easily accessible to the grand Cognac houses and the coast and beaches.

Cognac Gite du Calme

Cognac Gite du Calme

The Gite du Calme provides exclusive holiday accommodation for 6 to 8 people. The Gite is a perfect self catering holiday home with most  creature comforts!  Gite du Calme is a traditional 1890 lime stone farmhouse set in a 2 acre garden with swimming pool and play area for family/friends.

Three large double en-suite bedrooms and one childrens twin bedroom. Supplied with bed linen and towels – Cots are also available free. Located between Cognac & Saintes in the Charente Maritime ( 30 minutes drive to the beaches at Royan) SW France. The Gite it is in a peaceful location with lovely views over vineyards and forest.

A beautiful old garden of 2 acres with fruit trees, children’s play area and swimming pool. The gite is surrounded by stunning views of Cognac vineyards and oak woodlands. There are many chairs dotted around the garden for you to enjoy the sunshine and totally relax when not sightseeing.

book directThere is also a B&B. The property is at Chérac, located between Cognac and Saintes (17 Charente-Maritime, ALPC). Even the city and vineyards of Bordeaux are accessible – about  90 minutes away down the autoroute!

To book or enquire about the Cognac Gite contact the owners direct julia@giteducalme.com

 

Cognac is a variety of distilled brandy  named after the town of Cognac in France in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime. For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, its production methods must meet certain requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni Blanc (known locally as Saint-Emilion) is the one most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.

This area is made up of 73,000 hectares (180,400 acres) of vineyards of which there are six different growing areas. Grande Champagne is known for making powerful cognacs. The second area is called Petite Champagne, and it is know to make elegant cognacs. Borderies is the third area, and makes well-rounded cognacs with violet aromas. The fourth area is called Fin Bois, and makes fine and elegant cognacs. The last two areas are named Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires.

Grande Champagne and Petit Champagne both have chalky soils. Hence the use of the word Champagne (derivative of the word “chalk”). (This is not to be confused with the Champagne region of France known for producing sparkling wine.) In Borderies and Fin Bois, there is a thin layer of clay before the chalk soil. And that gives those areas different characteristics. Cognac.com

There is also an local aperitif Pineau des Charentes, a blend of Cognac and grape juice, which comes as either white, rosé or red and is sweet and about 18o – serve chilled!

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