relaxing days out            fun and adventure for all the family

The town of St. Maixent L’Ecole, steeped in military history and just 8km away, has many boulangerie and pâtisserie selling delicious breads, croissants and cakes, while the Saturday market sells fresh fish, meats, vegetables and olives. Try some of the many regional specialities such as ‘Fromage de chèvre’, many made around the town, and ‘Pineau de Charentes’ a local apéritif.  Niort 20 minutes away, has a fantastic, largely pedetrianised centre with many restaurants, bars, cafés and shops.

One of the regions main attractions is the Marais Poitevin or ‘Green Venice’ with miles of shaded waterways to explore. We are just 30 minutes from Coulon, one of the marshland villages with riverside restaurants, cafés and museum.
Hire one of the traditional flat bottomed punts, with or without a guide, and sail along the miles of tree-lined canals or hire bicycles and explore the cool, shaded lanes. Picnic under the trees and enjoy a truly unique day out.

The Atlantic Coast with miles of sandy beaches and La Rochelle are just one hour away. This fabulous city is steeped in history and has some wonderful middle ages and Renaissance architecture. The Vieux Port (the old port) is busy with pleasure boats and the quayside is full of restaurants offering ‘Moules’ and platters of ‘Fruits de Mer’.

In the summer months many craft stalls line the harbour walls in the shadow of the impressive sister towers of Saint Nicolas and Tour de la Chaîne. Wonderful boutiques can be found in the old quarter and the beach is just a five minute walk from the city centre for those who wish to escape.

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La Rochelle harbour area

The Ile de Ré, across the bridge from La Rochelle is perfectly flat and therefore ideal for hiring bicycles and exploring. This incredibly chic island is truly beautiful and a must for a day out. The ice cream shops in both La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré are a must!

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St. Martin de Ré, Ile de Ré

The Poitou Charente is truly a wonderful and versatile region. There is so much choice that we can only touch on a few places and activities but plenty more information is available on the tourist office website for the region.

Quick facts

  • Plan d’eau- man-made beach, flumes and zip wire 5mins
  • Horse riding 5 mins
  • Local town with all amenities 10mins
  • Golf course 12mins and 30mins
  • Marais Poitevin 30mins
  • Futuroscope- Futuristic, film and simulator rides. Third most visited theme park in France fun for all the family 45mins
  • Atlantic coast and miles of beaches 1 hour
  • Puy de Fou- Historical re-enactments, bird displays and largest open air ‘spectacle’ in Europe 1h30 hrs but well worth the trip