About Us

Originally from London in the UK, both Neville and I had the opportunity to give up careers in Banking and Airfreight and to changes our lives!.  Too young to retire we decided to look at setting up a business where we could work together and bring a better balance to our lives.  In 2003 we moved permanently to this beautiful area of France where we set about renovating an old cognac distillery to create 4 wonderful holiday houses along with a home for ourselves.  


The Venue

Whilst regular visitors  to France we had never been to the 'Charente' before.  Recommended by a friend who had recently brought a holiday home near Cognac we came to look and fell in love the only the second property we viewed!.  L' Ancienne Distillerie translates as 'former distillery' and that is exactly what we brought - a farmer's house along with barns and outbuildings plus the huge vats that still contained that years harvest of grape juice and 'eau de vie'



The Business

In our previous lives we had done a great deal of travelling, experiencing too many countries, hotels and guests houses to mention.  We have drawn on these experiences when planning and establishing our own travel business. We opened in April 2005 and we have worked hard to ensure that all our guests have a perfect stay and we are glad to be able to welcome many return guests as 'old friends'.  Years on, it is is still a pleasure to welcome guests from around the world but now we stay closer to home - why would we need to travel when we live full time in such a beautiful place?