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"A fine place to hear yourself think ..."
(from Southwest France, Facaros & Pauls,
(view from the garden on a Spring evening)
(neighbouring fields of sunflowers)
(and the all important vineyards !)
We believe we've got the best of both worlds, in many ways :
we're close enough to UK to be easy to get to, but far enough away to be
warmer (and not to be in the UK !)
the area is the second sunniest in France, after the Cote d'Azur - but
without their prices or crowds !
we're in the beautiful Charente Maritime ("land & sea : the
elements of success"), but we're in the 2 most interesting parts :
La Vieille Grange is in the south of it (where the countryside's more
interesting/undulating) and within easy striking distance of the Aquitaine/Gironde,
including the Medoc; and Les Studios à La
Rochelle are in lively and cosmopolitan La Rochelle - the centre
of the micro-climate !
we're easy to get to, both sets of properties are
only a short distance from the A10 motorway, and within easy travelling
distance (even walking or taxi distance in La Rochelle !) of a number of
airports (mainly La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Poitiers) and TGV rail stations (La
there's loads of interesting places to visit and
things to do including sleepy villages and livelier towns (of which La
Rochelle has a life all of its own !),
beaches, chateaux/wine tasting, nature reserves, fetes and festivals and
(for those into them) lots of outside activities including walking, cycling,
fishing, golf, horse riding and bird watching - or just sitting outside bars watching the world
go by !
with year round Summer warmth available at a brand new (opened August
2002) indoor tropical lagoon/aqua pool complex at Jonzac, just 20 minutes
La Vieille Grange
La Vieille Grange is set in a small hamlet of about 12 houses and a farm,
in the middle of the countryside (surrounded by vines and sunflowers), but within 10
minutes of the nearest small town (Mirambeau), 10 minutes of the Gironde
Estuary, 20 minutes of a larger town
(Jonzac) and within 30 minutes
of the nearest beach
Les Studios à La
Rochelle are in central La Rochelle, set in quiet residential
areas, but within 10 minutes walk of the Old Port and bars and restaurants
for those who like nightlife (gay or otherwise) as well as the country
life, there is plenty to be found in La Rochelle or Bordeaux - with smaller scale nightlife
available at Saintes, Rochefort, Royan and Niort.
Our location :
Use the links at the top of the page to see how perfect your holiday location
will be : to find out about places to go, events and activities, the weather
(including today's !), maps/leaflets/books for planning your holiday and a photo
gallery showing the variety and beauty of the area.
A number of tourist boards have web sites for further information about the
area (or France in general), but unfortunately many are not well presented :
For France :
of info - badly organised and piecemeal for the most part - but its Practical
Information and Brochure Orders sections are excellent !
For the region of Poitou
START HERE !!!
- it used to be by far and away the best summary of what the area has to
offer, and although it's lost its way since it's still a good place to start -
for ordering brochures also : especially their "Guide Touristique" and
"Carte Patrimoine" available in
many languages and one of the very best general summaries of all the area has to
offer (follow "tout savoir/commande de brochure")
For the Department
of the Charente Maritime :
Charente Maritime Department
THEN GO HERE !! - the second best site. Plenty of content - use the "Patrimoine"
and "Les 9 Pays du 17" links : La Haute Saintonge for our local area. But to be honest, the presentation is as dry as chewing on
yesterday's baguette - c'est typique !!
Quite interesting site - but so
overly stuctured as to make it almost impenetrable ! (Would make a good case
study on French tourism's marketing strategies !) But has some particularly
good points :
The Organisez votre Sejour facility is a
useful way to find events on during your stay (e.g. brocantes) : select
The "Cartographie" is a mildly interesting
map based facility to find places to go etc - but it's content is extremely
selective - bizarrely so !
It is a good place to access tourist
brochures (either to read online, download or order by post) - especially
"Carte Touristique" tourist map and
"Les Trésors de
For amusement value (but also some interesting footage) try
the "Videos" section. Best turn sound off when you get to the droning
"talking heads" that French video makers seem to love !
version of the above website - but with rather less content
Mainly concerned with selling pre-packaged holidays, but
nevertheless some interesting content
For the local areas :
But for some of the best websites (e.g. La Rochelle Tourist
Office and Royan Tourist Office)
- see individual "Places to Go" (above)