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SELF-CATERING HOLIDAYS IN THE CHARENTE-MARITIME

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If you don’t want to venture out, there’s lots to do on-site.

One of the main attractions is our large 10m x 5m heated, saltwater swimming pool.  It is surrounded by a large terrace offering both sunny and shady areas with lots of space for everybody.  From the terrace there are lovely views over the surrounding countryside.  Sun loungers and parasols are available and pool towels are provided. There are toilet facilities located near the pool.

Table-tennis, table-football and a dart board can be found in the barn. There are numerous outdoor games available including swing-ball, croquet, “Viking chess”, boules and quoits.

In the grounds you’ll find a slide and some swings for our smaller guests.

Should you wish to venture a little further afield, there are adult bicycles available with local maps to borrow. Enjoy the quiet country roads or there’s a car-free Voie Verte nearby.


Despite being in a rural location, we are by no means isolated.

Montendre, our local town, is only 8km away and boasts two supermarkets and a weekly market. There are numerous places to eat-in or take-away, including the Michelin recommended La Quincaillerie. During July & August there is also a wonderful evening market.

Jonzac is a very pretty small spa town (21kms north) with a lovely chateau and market place. Also here is a huge water park with a beach.

Cognac (49kms north) is, as the name suggests, famous for Cognac and you can visit various distilleries to discover how it's made. The town itself is great for shopping and admiring the architecture. It also hosts a great music festival in June.


Bordeaux (65kms south) A big city with a Park-and-Ride which uses the tram network, making it very easy to enjoy a day out. Superb architecture and various wine tours just in case you crave some bustle.


Royan and St Georges-de-Didonne (77kms west) boasts a super sandy beach and a well kept zoo.

St Emillion (70kms south east) very famous for its wine and a lovely little town to visit.

La Rochelle  (147kms north west) a gorgeous port with lovely streets and an interesting Aquarium.

The Dune de Pyla and Arcachon (135km south). Arcachon is a superb chic coastal town, sandy beaches and a long promenade full of restaurants and shops. The dune is a bit further round the coast and has been voted the 2nd best beach in the world!

Activities available nearby include boating, fishing, horse-riding and balloon flights. Golf courses can be found in the area, including at Montendre (9 hole), Cognac, Saintes and Royan (all 18 hole).

These are just a few suggestions.  We provide a guide book for you to use during your stay so you can browse for other things to see and do.