Our holiday properties are all located in the Charente Maritime region of south-west France, sometimes known as Poitou-Charentes.
This is rural France where life goes on a slow and easy pace. You will find no high-rises here, but can enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Cote Sauvage pine forests, islands and miles of beach all the while being within easy access of lively seaside resorts and big shopping centres.
This area is renowned for its wonderful climate with summer sunshine comparable to the Mediterranean coast – with half the drive! Winters are mild and bright and the Chateau makes a lovely winter escape within very easy reach. Typically, the area boasts 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, while the rest of France has an average of 1,700 hours of sunshine per year. (French meteorological office statistics) One of Europe’s best-kept secrets is the excellent spring and autumn climate in this area.
Our property is in a quiet, rural area but within easy reach (5-35 minutes only!) of all sorts of interesting things to see and do.
La Rochelle is probably the most famous town in this area, along with Fort Boyard where the TV games are held. The Roman town of Saintes is well worth a visit (stunning amphitheatre among other things) and the old military town of Rochefort with its famous fortifications is nearby. All 3 towns have excellent shops, museums, one of the best aquariums – lots to see and do.
Royan is a relatively new town, having been blitzed during World War II, but nonetheless boasts miles of sandy beach and lots of restaurants. Visit the markets, chateaux, picturesque rivers, taste the local wines and eat at a wealth of seafood restaurants. Excellent also for shopaholics !
Wonderful zoo at nearby La Palmyre. Karting and a variety of other activities all within easy reach of our properties.
Sporting opportunities are also abundant with cycling, golf, diving and other water sports. Swimming is ideal for young children as the coast is protected by the island; alternatively there are several surfing beaches within a short drive of the properties. There is an excellent zoo at La Palmyre and the aquarium at La Rochelle is wonderful. France’s answer to the Mary Rose is the ancient ship HERMIONE in Rochefort – well worth a visit.
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pets only out of peak season. Sorry – we love animals but some people do not and we cannot accommodate them in peak season except in the Logis and in the Chateau. Supplement of 150 Euros pw payable.