Le Manoir - need to know
Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) flies from Cork to La Rochelle, an hour's drive from Cognac Manoir. Ryanair (0818 303030; ryanair.com) serves the airport from Dublin and will begin a new service from Cork this summer. Bordeaux, served by Aer Lingus from Dublin, is an hour and 40 minutes from the property.
Cognac Manoir can be booked through Unique Home Stays (0044 163 788 1942; cognacmanoir. uniquehomestays.com), which offers luxury accommodation in 11 countries. A week in the gîte, which sleeps four, costs from €900, or €225 per person.
It costs €4,490 to rent the entire property for 12 people for a week, or €374 per person.
FOUR GREAT THINGS TO DO NEARBY
- Explore the sandy beaches and postcard villages of Poitou-Charentes.
- Savour some of the most magnificent seafood in France in La Rochelle.
- Take the kids to the state-of-the-art theme park Futuroscope and the friendly apes at La Palmyre Zoo.
- Taste Cognac in Cognac, where the fabled double-distilled nectar has been created since the 17th century.