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Charming Gites with a modern touch in a 400 year old Watermill - Ellipse

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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tastefully renovated workers cottage in Watermill Property, overlooking a secure courtyard. Sleep 4-6 people. fully equipped kitchen. Generous size bedrooms, can be configured as superking beds or king singles. Television in English and French, DVD. All Linens provided. Centrally heated with radiators in every room it is perfect for those winter and spring getaways. A dedicated WIFI service is provided free of charge to the gites.

About the property


Converted Watermill barn. Situated just 4km from Jarnac and 10km from Cognac in the Grand Champagne Cognac region. The property is situated in a small friendly village.

Recently renovated, featuring fully equipped kitchens and large comfortable rooms, let this be your home away from home whilst you explore this beautiful region. The Gite is centrally heated with radiators in each room for your winter or spring getaway. A dedicated WIFI is provided free of charge for the gites. Visit Cognac, Jarnac, Angouleme, La Rochelle and experience an area rich in history or simply drive among the acres and acres of vines.

More Details

Anne Morgan-Menzato
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2017

About Anne Morgan-Menzato

I came to France in 2012 from Australia for 3 months. I fell in love with the Moulin and with a Frenchman and stayed. We have spent the last 2 years making my vision of gites on the property into a reality.

Anne Morgan-Menzato purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Anne Morgan-Menzato chose Charente

Having spent a few months in the area I came with friends to look at a watermill. I had no intention of buying anything but when I saw it I immediately felt calm and at home, away from the hustle and bustle of my busy corporate life in Australia.

The Petit Moulin is in easy access distance of Jarnac and Cognac for shopping and restaurants but is set in the old part of Veillard. A friendly location with the added advantage of the Boulangerie in walking distance.

What makes this cottage unique

On of my favourite things here is the bird life. We have a pair of kingfishers who can be seen regularly on the little bridge in the garden, watching for fish. Ducks in the garden, a Heron, Egret and many others passing by.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Prices are for the property per week for up to the number of persons stated for each gite and are quoted in Euro. Prices include:- linen and towels changed weekly, hot water and electricity.

Changeover Day:
Contact Owner

Notes on prices:
With a couple more cottages to complete there is a small amount of evidence of stored materials around and our prices are low to reflect this.


Accommodation and facilities for Ellipse in Bourg-Charente, France

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Generous corner shower, heated towel rail, wash basin and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , Bed can be converted to two singles
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be configured as singles
  • Super king beds that can be split to provide 2 king singles. Large fitted wardrobe in each room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: Free WiFI. Sorry no pets No smoking inside the Gites Outside: Large gardens next to the river and mill stream. Gas Barbecue, outdoor furniture. Car parking on site


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Rural retreat, perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

From the outside le petit moulin is full of character and beautifully kept. The inside is a wonderful contemporary surprise, with modern living at its very best. We have just returned from a lovely 8 day autumn break. The owners are charming, nothing is too much trouble, the grounds are lovely to walk round. Inside the gites there is everything you could wish for with high quality fixtures and fittings. The beds are massive and so comfortable. The welcome pack is a lovely touch and very appreciated. The whole house was immaculately clean. The village is tiny and very quiet, it has an amazing boulangerie. We've visited France for over 20 years, it is the best gite we have ever stayed in. There is lots to see and do locally, Cognac, Jarnac, Angouleme, La Rochelle, Talmont ..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad to hear that you appreciate our blend between the old and the modern. It is alway good to know that our guests have throughly enjoyed their stay.
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Clean, modern gite

  • 5 of 5

The host Anne was very accommodating and was present on arrival, any issues we had were sorted immediately. The gite itself is very clean, spacious and has everything you could need for your stay. Anne had even left us some food and wine to get us going on our arrival. We would thoroughly recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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A little gem in the country

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted very warmly by Anne.A bottle of wine and a baguette was on the table,there was milk,orange juice,butter and cheese in the fridge.Wonderful.

We found Anne and her husband Christian very caring hosts.

Their gite is finished to a very high standard.

We would recommend this very highly to everyone.

Jarnac is the nearest town and only about a ten minute drive!

We recommend visiting the small Pineau producers.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We aim to please and we are glad to hear we hit the mark. Anne et Christian
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  • 4 of 5

What can I say? This is definitely one of the better Gites we have stayed in. The Mill is being renovated to the highest specification and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Outstanding properties and a wonderful welcome.

  • 5 of 5

I found this property on the Internet by chance on a Sunday morning, my wife and I were extremely impressed with it. We booked immediately and were not disappointed when we arrived. A high class finish, the property was spotless. The owners Anne and Christian made my wife, three children and I very welcome. There is a local Boulangerie about two minutes walk up the road. The area is close to Jarnac, Cognac and La Rochelle is a little over an hour away.

I would thoroughly recommend this property to couples and families.

I never really make a habit of going on holiday to the same place again but with this property I cannot wait to book for next year. Thank you Anne and Christian.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to know we got it right. We aim to prepare our Gites to a high standard and I am very pleased we have succeeded. We love our friendly little village and I am glad that you enjoyed it too. It will give us great pleasure to welcome you again next year. Anne and Christian
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Mooie verzorgde woning.

  • 4 of 5

Mooie, goed onderhouden woning. Enige gemis is een zwembad in de tuin.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Bordeaux or La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Caen, St Malo
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
76 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

I am a quilter and own a longarm quilting business. Happy to provide one on one sessions.


Approximately 1 hours drive to the coast. 1 1/2 hours to the beautiful town of La Rochelle or to explore the Ile D'Oleron


Nearest Airports, Bordeaux, La Rochelle (summer), Limoges. Nearest trains station is in Jarnac where we can arrange a pickup, the closest TGV station would be Angouleme. Paris CdG to Angouleme on the TGV is a little over 3 hours. From the Ports of Caen or St Malo will be around 5 hours drive. Contact us for a discount code on Brittany Ferries.


Jarnac 4km, Cognac 10km, Angouleme 35km, Bordeaux and La Rochelle just over 100km

Further Details:

There is a boulangerie 200 mtrs up the road. Supermarkets, banks, pharmacy can all be found in the pretty town of Jarnac. You will also find a swimming pool, canoe and boat hire in Jarnac. Bike hire can be arranged for you.


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