We first discovered 'La Petite Barriere' when we were looking for a base to visit the region. We had a wonderful stay and loved our time in this beautiful, well-equipped gite - a real home-from-home nestled in the vineyards. Historical Jonzac, with it's magnificent medieval Chãteau, geothermal spa and fabulous restaurants are only a 5-minute drive away, so it's the perfect place to explore Cognac, Saintes and the surrounding area. After a day's sight-seeing, it was so nice returning to such a cosy gite (the shower is wonderful and the whole place is spotless with lovely French touches). Our hosts Sylvie and Hugues were so warm and friendly, spoke perfect English and could not have been more welcoming. They recommended many good places to visit that we were spoilt for choice and ended up rebooking! The family also own a winery with guided tours and where you can have breakfast at the Distillery. When we came back again, we enjoyed a night-time walk and wine-tasting tour in the vineyards, which was truly magical. We would also highly recommend their deliciously-smooth Charentais wines and slightly stronger Pineau de Charentes, A very special place and a real find, we have made some very good friends and hope to be back again very soon!