Maison Brives was the village presbytery built in 1830 during the reign of Napoleon the 2nd.
The house sleeps up to 6 people in three luxurious double bedrooms and makes the perfect,
'tout confort' French holiday retreat.
The antique furniture, rugs on the floor, curving elm staircase, traditional, stone carved chimney - all these conspire to offer the visitor a warm and inviting French country house experience.
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Despite or perhaps because of its small size, Brives has a vibrant local community; there are art classes and a bridge club. The village is overflowing with traditional French Clochemerle character.
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Set in the delightful countryside of the Cognac region, Brives offers the tourist a bounty of traditional French experiences. Saintes, an ancient Roman town, has fabulous markets with abundant fresh fish, oysters, home-grown vegetables and fruit, of which charcoal-grilled beetroot, grapes and charentais melons are typical specialities. There are the Roman ruins of a huge amphitheatre, a triumphal arch, baths and a most important church, St Eutope which was a significant resting or starting point for pilgrims to Santiago da Compostella.
Opulent Cognac is littered with the distilleries of all the well-known brands of cognac and these offer tours explaining the process accompanied by liberal tastings. Boats can be hired for a lazy trip down the Charente on which there are some good watering and eating places.
The sea is about three quarters of an hour away by car, boasting a coast famous for its shell fish, and extensive sandy beaches at Royan The timeless chic of Bordeaux with its long river frontage, now completely renovated, quaint La Rochelle and historic Rochfort are also within striking distance. St. Emilion is just one of the famous Bordeaux wine growing areas which are worth a visit and most of the famous chateaux offer generous tastings.