Criteuil la Magdeleine
In the vines of the Grande Champagne Cognac region Le Logis du Paradis is a lovely old complex of buildings dating from 1712, including former Cognac distillery, built around a classic Charentais courtyard. There are 5 luxurious guest suites and two self catering maisonettes with private terraces. There is an enclosed, lush walled garden, with further terraces, lawn, piano bar and delightful swimming pool with reclining garden furniture. Classic cars for self-drive rental with routebooks.
Description of Chambres D'Hotes:Le Logis du Paradis is a lovely old complex of buildings dating from 1712, including its former Cognac distillery, built around a large, enclosed, classic Charentais courtyard. It is set in a tiny hamlet on the banks of the small river Né in the midst of the vines of the Grand Cru Grande Champagne Cognac region; famous for the very best Cognacs and Pineaux.
Sally and Nick bought this property in an unrenovated state in 2005 and have sympathetically refurbished an 18th century wing to a high standard to provide 5 comfortable and spacious guest rooms. Sally has furnished the interiors with elegant linen and family antiques, mixing influences from her colonial upbringing with classic English and French styles. B&B costs around £70 per night for two.
Guests have use of their own large, airy breakfast/dining room for meals or otherwise to take them just outside on a south facing terrace shaded by a mature lime tree. Just beyond the courtyard is an enclosed, lush walled garden, with further terraces, lawn and the bar and the delightful swimming pool with garden furniture and reclining chairs. Beyond this is the walled park “a l’anglais” with two avenues of trees and from these extensive grounds there are views of the vineyards and hills of the Grand Champagne. Bicycles are available and guests have access to documented attractive walks and cycling routes in the nearby countryside. Also easy and interesting day trips by car.
Attractions:LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST Where do you begin? The Charente is a very pretty departement with what King Henri IV described as “the most beautiful river in my kingdom”, the Charente, running through the middle of it. Here we have fabulous Romanesque churches from 12th century and villages and small towns built in the fine white Sireuil stone. In the west are the vineyards of the Cognac region; in the east are the pastures and wooded hills of the Charente Limousine towards Limoges. In the south the area blends into the Perigord. It is easy just to meander on the small local roads and laze on the banks of the Charente and go no further. However we have developed a series of more structured trips, each being a fairly easy day out from here, even in a classic car! These include: The Cognac and Grande Champagne trail La Rochelle and the Islands (Ile d’Oleron and Ile de Re) Royan and the Gironde Estuary (Caviar and Lampreys) Bordeaux, the Medoc and the Grand Crus St Emilion and Pomerol The Perigord (Dordogne) and pre-history Limoges and the Confolentais We have attractive routes planned and can recommend lunch stops as well as places of interest.
DirectionsHow To find us :
Note: we are situated across the small square from the chapel in the hamlet of La Magdeleine, 3 Kms east of the village of Criteuil la Magdeleine (our postal address) and our back gate is at the junction of the D90 and the D151. La Magdeleine is about 10 minutes from the N10 Viville exit (with deviation sign in roadworks at time of writing) on the Angouleme side of Barbezieux.