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In the heart of the beautiful and historic Charente region you will find The Courtyard at Sainte Catherine, an award-winning chambre d’hotes which is home to three beautifully restored holiday houses. Chez Coco is stylish, quirky and wonderfully welcoming.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination where you and your loved ones can relax with charming hosts in peaceful picturesque surroundings then look no further – The Courtyard is exactly what you need. Once a cluster of virtually ruined buildings, the owners have transformed this place into a little haven of wellness and tranquillity, where the surroundings are rural, the skies are clear, wildlife is abundant and hospitality is a priority. On site you can enjoy home cooked meals and a gorgeous swimming pool, nearby is the pretty village of Rouillac, and all around are the many delights of the region, including the Charente river and the vibrant towns of Jarnac and Angouleme. This is a heavenly retreat.
If you can drag yourself away from the glorious setting of the Courtyard, then you’re in the perfect place to discover the region and the wonderful historic towns of Jarnac, Cognac and Angouleme. Jarnac has the Charente River as a playground - fantastic for outdoor living and watersports. Angouleme and Cognac can offer you culture, nightlife and shopping, as well as museums, galleries and fabulous places to eat and drink.
The Courtyard is close to several transport routes through France and near plenty of airports, as well as the TGV (high speed train link) in Angouleme. You can pick up a hire car at any of the airports, or we can organise a transfer for a small fee. The Courtyard is 2.5 hours from Paris by direct train - London - Paris - Angouleme is only a 5 hour journey! Nearest airports are Limoges (1hr 15), Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Poitiers (1hr 30), Bergerac (2 hrs 30). Nearest ferries are St Malo and Caen (5 hours), Roscof (6 hours) and Calais (7 hours).
Nearest Train Station:
St Malo / Caen
Chez Coco is a chic and unique little cottage with two en-suite bedrooms – one double (with additional single and cot) and one Master with a king size bed and a Juliet balcony which looks out over open countryside. The living area has two sofas, a wood burner, a flat screen TV and a DVD player and there is also a well-equipped kitchen with all the mod cons.
French doors from the living room lead out to a private terrace and garden with outdoor dining furniture and a BBQ.
Aside from the accommodation itself, there are two other main focuses at The Courtyard: food and art. Your host Steph is a culinary whizz, and will happily produce meals for you if you don’t feel like cooking. The abundance of vegetables and pulses which are grown in the Charente region lends itself to vegetarian cuisine, something which is not always easy to find in France. Our menus change subject to season and produce availability and are not just focused on French cuisine. We can cater separately for the youngsters too. Our fairy lit outdoor dining pergola allows us to cater for all of our guests on site at the same time with our Table D’hote Licence.
You can also book yourself onto a painting course here at The Courtyard. The British landscape artist Simon Stooks is artist in residence and runs painting courses for small groups on set dates. Photography lessons and even portrait sessions are available with Ian Wallace. So if you want to get them most from your camera or organise that family portrait session you have been putting off now is the time. The famous food writer Louise Pickford; editor of over 30 cook books and former food editor of Grazia Magazine runs cookery courses from her home 40 minutes away and on site here at the courtyard. Enquire at the time of booking for which dates and which courses are running.
Conditions of Rental
In high season (June, July and August) bookings are a minimum of a week and changeover day is Saturday. Changeover day is flexible during other times of year and there is a three night minimum stay. Prices include all linens, bath towels, WiFi, private parking, end of stay cleaning and concierge service. Couples rates are available for under occupancy outside June, July and August. Breakfast Basket delivery €14 pp. Table D’hote €35 pp.