Poitou-Charentes, France

Le Logis de Puygâty

Rates from (ex tax)$192.19

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR180.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Magnificent mediaeval manor

Setting

Cognac country

With a mix of elegance and rusticism befitting a country lord, Le Logis de Puygâty hotel in Poitou-Charentes is a fortified 15th-century manor house that has been lovingly renovated by its design-devotee owners, Pierre and Max. Farmers' tools sit alongside crystal chandeliers and luxurious linens in the dining room, which serves up some of the best duck in the region.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Four rooms, including a suite, and a one-bedroom cottage.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $192.19 (€164), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.60 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR180.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast of fresh bread, yoghurt and fruit (€15 a person).

Also

This is a hotel for animal lovers: the owners have three dogs and the odd cat likes to come and sunbathe in the courtyard. As the hotel's set in the middle of the countryside, there are lots of different animals in the surrounding fields and you'll likely spot a little lizard or two scuttling along one of the country lanes.

At the hotel

Gardens, boutique, and library including DVDs and CDs. In rooms: free WiFi, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD, kettle, fridge and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Pierre d’Arceluz has a lofty ceiling, wooden beams, an exposed stone wall and a swathe of white fabric above the bed, suspended from hooks. For extra seclusion, book Maison d’Amis, a one-bedroom cottage with space to add extra beds for children. François de Lâge, named after the Logis’ first owner, is an uncluttered space decorated in neutral shades, with local-limestone flooring and sturdy oak beams. The Marie de la Laurencie suite has an impressive rusty fireplace, in contrast to the pretty, muted decor; floating iron stairs lead to the mezzanine bedroom, and the bathroom is hidden under the staircase.

Poolside

A minute-walk away along a tree-lined path, there's an outdoor, unheated pool with plenty of sun-kissed loungers to relax on.

Packing tips

An empty suitcase to fill with booty from the boutique and your sociable side for conversing with your hosts.

Also

No smoking inside – ashtrays are left on the terraces.

Pet‐friendly

Owners Pierre and Max have three dogs among their menagerie. They therefore prefer guests canine-free, but occasionally make exceptions, charging a dog fee of €15 a day. See more pet-friendly hotels in Poitou-Charentes.

Children

Kids over 12 are welcome, although this serene escape is best suited to adults. Maison d'Amis can fit two extra beds and Marie de la Laurenice can fit one (€45 a night); François de Lâge and Pierre d’Arceluz can interconnect.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

You'll dine in a fifteenth-century hall decorated with stylish, rustic furnishings carefully selected by Pierre and Max.

Dress Code

After all Pierre’s efforts, it’d be churlish not to scrub up. Match the hotel’s design quirks with a smart shirt or a tea dress.

Hotel restaurant

Let Pierre and Max know whether you want breakfast and at what time, and you'll find it waiting for you in the dining area next to the bar. This is really more a bed and breakfast, but if you're arriving after a long jourmey or at a loss for local restaurants to dine out in – there's no reason you would be – the owners offer a table d'hôte, with owner Pierre rustling up French and international dishes. You'll need to give 24 hours’ notice to have their four-course feast for €45 a head (wine is an extra €18–€24 a bottle). Sample dishes include duck breast with soy sauce and sweet potatoes, and Lebanese aubergine and beef lasagne; all ingrediants are locally-sourced by Pierre and Max. Let them know if you are going to be late, or miss dinner entirely – we wouldn't want the delicious food going cold. 

Hotel bar

Before heading out to find your evening meal, pop into the bar for a refreshing drink and a quick chat with Max, Pierre and the other guests. Take a seat on one of the tall leather stools and try Max's Cocktail Puygâty, made with a blend of cognac, sirop and freshly squeezed lime juice. They also serve ice-cold beers and bottles of Bordeaux's finest. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8.30am and 10.30am, dinner at 8pm, and the bar stays open as long as guests stay thirsty.

Room service

You can opt to enjoy breakfast in your room.

Location

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Address
Le Logis de Puygâty
Chemin du Logis
Chadurie
16250
Chadurie
France

Planes

Both Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are around a 100-minute drive from the hotel. Fly direct to both from the UK and across Europe, or catch a connecting flight in Paris if flying in from further afield. Our Smith24 team are on hand to organise your flights.

Trains

Angoulême is on the TGV route from Paris to Bordeaux; Bordeaux is a 40-minute train ride away and Paris is a two-hour journey. UK travellers should take the Eurostar and connect at Lille or Paris. Our Smith24 team can arrange your tickets.

Automobiles

You'll need a car to explore the local countryside and nearby towns. The hotel can be tricky to find even with GPSl it's located at the end of the cedar-lined Le Maine Roux - a two-kilometre dirt track off the D674. From Bordeaux airport, take the A630 around the city, then turn onto the A10 and head north. After crossing the bridge, follow this road for about eight kilometres then switch to the N10 following signs for Angoulême. Take this road for 100 kilometres, then take the exit onto the D22 towards Villebois. After another 22 kilometres turn left onto the D674, then in another 2.4 kilometres turn left again onto again onto Le Maine Roux. From Bergerac airport, take the D936E1 out of the airport and at the fourth roundabout take the first exit across the bridge, following signs for the D709; follow this road for about five kilometres then turn onto the D709. Take this road up to Montignac-le-Coq, then turn onto the D19 heading north until it meets the D674; turn left onto the road, then in two minutes turn right onto Le Maine Roux.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel can arrange horse-riding lessons for you, or recommend walks and bike trails. Notch up some laps in the swimming pool, or read in the peaceful gardens. Follow the woodland path through picturesque woods and flower-filled fields to admire the medieval bath, pumped with crystal clear water, at the bottom of the garden. If you ask nicely, Max will guide you there; ask lots of questions on the way – he knows all about the area and its history. Make an appointment to visit Les Jardins du Logis de Forge, a stunning private garden in the pretty little village of Mouthiers sur Boeme just a 15-minute drive away. The house attached to the gardens dates back to the medieval times and there’s also an 18th-century hamlet and an old paper mill to admire. For more rustic charm with antiquity, head deep into the Champagne-Vigne vineyards to Le Maine Giraud, the former home of French poet Alfred de Vigny. The Durand family has owned the property since 1938, producing a steady stream of wines, pineau and Cognac. Since one in five Charente residents work in the Cognac region, and local alcohol is a (deserved) source of pride, go for a tasting session at one of the Cognac houses: La Maison Rémy Martin and La Maison Camus are particularly good. Angoulême is a historic city with a very varied past. It was the home of one of the most powerful women in Renaissance France, Margaret on Angoulême – sister of King Francis I and wife of Henry II – so the area is full of regal château to discover. More recently, it's known as Comic Strip Capital; there's a museum and an annual festival dedicated to the art.

Local restaurants

Succulent seafood is the speciality of Le Terminus. Don’t be put off by the frill-free exterior and opposite-the-station locale – food and service are fantastic. For modern French cuisine cooked to gourmet standards, eat at Le Restaurant du Château in Jarnac. Charismatic chef Thierry Verat owns Michelin-starred La Ribaudière in Bourg-Charente. Though it’s known as one of the region’s best restaurants, the delicious French fare comes with very reasonable price tags.

Reviews

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Raphael Ibanez

Anonymous review

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Emerging through the massive arched entrance into Le Logis de Puygâty’s great expanse of walled courtyard, we’re met by complete silence. For a moment, all we can hear is our own footsteps. But we’re not alone – Max, who owns Puyga?ty along with his partner, Pierre, is standing by with one of their dogs to greet us. An American/Belgian pair with a passion for furniture collecting and interior design, they restored the property to be their own holiday home – and then, I suppose, the guest list just got out of control. We’re here to relax and reflect, just me and Mrs Smith, and to enjoy some precious time alone together; we’ve left our four children in the care of their grandparents and we’ve got two days of rural peace and quiet ahead of us.

If the exterior of this 15th-century fortified manor looks authentically austere – strong stone walls, beautiful proportions, a fine-looking turret – the interior design is pretty modern in style. Max and Pierre have used simple, rough-hewn materials and lots of wood, steel and animal skins, to keep an artisanal feel. The biggest, most attractive fireplace in the house (and there are quite a few) is in the living room. Adorned with a sort of chainmail curtain, it’s what you’re drawn to first, even when it’s hot outside. Next to it is a pair of big armchairs and a low table with fresh flowers, candles and design books. Though much of the furniture has a 20th-century look, the colours used feel warm and antique, and the monumental beams and stone give the place a unique solidity.

I was born and bred in the southwest of France; my home town of Dax – also the first side I played rugby for, for eight years, before I moved on to Perpignan – is some 250km to the south of here. So the terrain around Le Logis de Puyga?ty feels familiar enough to represent a kind of homecoming, especially since I now live in the UK. All I can say is that I’ve finally found the most peaceful place in the south-west of France. It’s funny, though: when we go into town, people start to recognise me – perhaps it would have been better to lie low at Le Logis. Max has recommended a good spot for dinner in Angoulême. Usually, the kind of places you find by the train station are, ahem, not that great, but Le Terminus is terrific, with very good fish – unexpected here in landlocked Charente. Afterwards, we continue our date at the cinema, where we watch Avatar, supposedly as a test to see if it’s suitable for the kids, but we love it.

When we want a drink back at Le Logis, there’s an honesty bar: a few bottles of wine and brandy by the television. The house cocktail, made with cognac and lemon, will be whisked up in front of you if your hosts are around, and very good it is, too. Everything we see and touch has elegance and originality, from the china and silverware we use at breakfast (brought to us in our room) to the reclaimed trough redeployed as a washbasin. Our bathroom is very simple, absolutely nothing like the standard hotel facility; the massive shower, with natural stone walls like a cave, honours the countryside context perfectly.

On Sunday we spend the whole afternoon hanging out in our room, which is ideally kitted out for ‘staying in’, with a fireplace, sofa and soft armchairs. The white-clad bed is up on a mezzanine, decorated with more natural wood, stone walls, hessian and animal-skin rugs, which are an acquired taste, but definitely add to the warm atmosphere. Our windows are deep-set and small, which means it’s blissfully shady and cool when the summer heat gets heavy, even if you can’t fling them open to admire the view. Because I work for the BBC and French TV as a rugby pundit, I’m used to my phone going off 10 times an hour. But here, inside these 500-year-old walls, the pinging is definitely less relentless, although that might just be my network, since Max and Pierre have made sure their ancient home is well and truly wired up for modern telecommunications.

There are animals living here, too: Max and Pierre’s dogs, Nelson the black cat, the sheep, ducks, geese and a couple of donkeys who kindly provide our alarm call. It’s OK, though – it’s late morning by the time they rouse us. Actually, if you want to sleep soundly, definitely come and stay at Le Logis de Puygâty. The only traffic noise around here is made by the sheep, who we notice having their breakfast at the same time as us, three or four metres away. And the custom-made cotton sheets are so comfortable we ask Pierre to order us a set.

On our second and last night, we take a nice fireside table for Pierre’s table d’hôte – refined country cooking that’s nothing less than awesome, especially the magret de canard, which, we understand, has achieved a measure of fame in Côte Ouest magazine (a sort of regional World of Interiors). Nelson is at our side throughout, which technically could mean we didn’t get to spend as much time alone together as we’d planned. Feline gooseberry aside, we have luxuriated in 48 hours of the sleepiest, least hectic, most calming time possible. Le Logis has given me a lot of inspiration, space to reflect on my goals, and consider the potential of the next few months. It’s amazing what elegant interior design, historic architecture, great cooking, a beautiful location, friendly hosts and a bunch of cute farm animals can do.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Le Logis de Puygâty’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, great food, great host. Walks in the countryside.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 8 Sep 2016

We loved

Great food and beautiful setting. Nearby, Angouleme is a great city.

Don’t expect

Nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The rooms and the peaceful surroundings

Don’t expect

Dinner unless you reserve in advance

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jul 2016

We loved

What a superb place, quiet, relaxing, the hosts Pierre and Max are great people and really helpful and good chefs. Go to Aubeterre sur Drone a very pretty place with some nice restaurants

Don’t expect

Noise

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! The host, the decor, the breakfast...10/10

Don’t expect

The road leading up to the Logis; it's a rough track. Apparently it should be being looked after by the local town council but clearly isn't.

Rating

Stayed on 31 May 2016