Le Logis de Puygâty
- 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.
Need to know
- Rooms Four rooms, including a suite, and a one-bedroom cottage.
- Rates Double rooms from $209.57 (€154), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out and an additional room tax of 2% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude Continental breakfast, €12.50.
- Facilities ardens, library, including DVDs and CDs. Daimler limo taxi service for guests (transfers and short journeys only). In rooms: free WiFi, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD, kettle, fridge and minibar.
- Poolside Surrounded by boxwood and close to the woodland path, there is an outdoor, unheated pool, tiled in limestone, at the back of the main building.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Late check-out is free for Mr & Mrs Smith guests. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children The pool is unsupervised, and some of the farm tools scattered around the property are not child-friendly, but youngsters aged 12 and up are welcome.
- Also 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. No smoking inside – ashtrays are left on the terraces.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips An empty suitcase to fill with booty from the boutique; some riding clothes and boots for a canter on Pierre and Max’s horses; your sociable side for conversing with your hosts.
- Also Action Smiths are well catered for at Le Logis. Ask the owners about hiking/walking routes from the property; they’ll also lend out mountain bikes, and can arrange horse riding for experienced equestrians.
Food and drink at Le Logis de Puygâty
- Hotel restaurant The Logis offers a flexible table d'hôte, with owner Pierre rustling up French and international dishes. Give 24 hours’ notice and you can have a three- or four-course feast for €50, with wine included. Sample dishes include duck breast with soy sauce and sweet potatoes, and Lebanese aubergine and beef lasagne.
- 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.
- Top table For privacy, take a table in the bar. If you feel sociable (and provided you’re staying more than one night), you might dine with your hosts, around their whitewashed wooden table overlooked by dramatic paintings.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 8.30am and 10.30am, dinner between 8pm and 8.30pm and the bar stays open as long as guests stay thirsty.
- Room service You can opt to enjoy breakfast or dinner in your room.
- Hotel bar Drink like a thirsty farmer, with an ice-cold beer in the barn/bar/boutique, Sorti de Grange. There’s also a cocktail menu to explore: the Cocktail Puygâty is a blend of cognac, sirop and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details