Set in a small hamlet, our gites are the ideal place to escape and indulge yourselves into the French way of life.
Our nearest Bar/Restaurant is a 10 minute walk away or 2 minutes by car. A village shop and post office is also found in the same village.
A boulanger (Baker) stops opposite almost every day for you to buy your fresh french baguette.
Horse riding, fishing and microlite flights can be found within a 10 minute radius.
10 minutes drive brings you to St Jean d'Angely, a lovely typical market town that has a full range of supermarkets, restaraunts and almost every shop you would expect to find, or you may just prefer to relax on one of the many open-air cafe terraces. Its market days are every Wednesday and Saturdays giving you the chance to buy fresh fruit and vegetables or the catch of the day for your evening meal.>/p>
Between rows of poplars and water meadows, the river Boutonne winds lazily around the town, its towpaths now used for leisurely walks and its waters for angling and canoeing. Ask at the town's canoe club if you're thinking of a river trip.
20 minutes away is the beautiful village of St Savinien. It is in the heart of the area known as the Saintonge, which only seems to have been "discovered" by the British in the last ten years. The pretty Charente river, which flows through it, is ideal for coarse fishing and the area generally, with its gentle hills, is good for cycling, especially as there is a huge network of lanes and tracks through fields, woods and by the river.
20 minutes further south is the beautiful historic city of Saintes, also sitting proudly on the river Charente. Its foundations go back to the Roman Empire and it still retains some impressive remains from that period.
Today you can visit its Amphitheatre as well as two beautiful Romanesque pilgrim churches and an attractive centre of narrow lanes and medieval houses.
25 minutes and you are in Cognac with its many famous distilleries. Many 'Cognac Houses' invite you in for Degustation (careful, appreciative tasting) tours. Martell, Remy Martin and Hennesey are just 3 names where you will find a warm welcome and an english spoken tour through the complete distilling process and finally the all important tasting session.
When we came to the Charente Maritime in early 2004 we had in mind the property that we wanted to buy. During the following few weeks we visited a lot of properties with the idea of turning the right property into a family home with 3 gites to work as a business. We stumbled across this wonderful 200 year old farmhouse and barns as we clocked up the miles. After the first visit we knew that this was the one. It had been left unoccupied for 54 years so it was in a very original state. Little did we know as to its rich history over the years; part of the roof was demolished in 1943 during a bombing raid in the second world war, we also discovered that it was used to press tonnes of grapes for use in the Cognac trade.
Our reward for the many hours of work that we have put in, is to welcome guests from all over the world and let people escape to our hideaway... Enjoy!
Please use the links below to download our booking form and contract.
For any guests with young children who require extras such as cots, high chairs, etc. please make this clear on the booking form. These will be provided free of charge subject to availability. Please note that stair gates are already in place in the gites.
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