: LA ROCHELLE and BORDEAUX
: ST MALO
: Exit 36, A10
: La Plage de Nonne
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Well equipped 18th century Charentaise farmhouse with pool in courtyard located in the second sunniest department in France. Maison d’Ours has a wonderful warm tranquil feeling. It is in the hamlet of Machennes, less than twenty miles from the beach and with easy access to the A10. There are good value local restaurants (one walking distance through the vines) and a hypermarket two miles away. Medieval towns of Pons and Gemozac are four miles away offering chariot racing, mediaeval dungeon, canoeing, and fishing. Excellent golf courses within a half hour radius and delicious brandy tours at Cognac (Martell, Hennessey etc.). Stunning old fort and harbour at La Rochelle, well-established La Palmyre Zoo at Royan, Roman amphitheatre at Saintes, FANTASTIC water park and spa at Jonzac, many attractions in Bordeaux, and an underground church at Aubeterre. It is guaranteed that you cannot fit in all the entertainment and attractions in two weeks. Maison d’Ours is in the centre for EVERYTHING.
Other Activities: Boules, canoeing, wine tasting
Golf: For those keen golfers, there are three golf courses within 40 minutes.
The Golf de Royan is a truly exceptional course set in a unique landscape in the middle of a magnificent forest. You can play golf here without ever coming across a road or a house. The course attracts the best players. In the heart of the Coubre forest, the eighteen holes and their fairways fit in well with the relief of the natural dunes, a rolling green cut into an ocean of pine trees. A fantastic restaurant is set in a raised location overlooking the 18th green for an enjoyable 19th hole meal or drink!
The course at Saintes offers a challenging wooded course and provides spectacular views of Saintes and includes the remains of a Roman aquaduct.
Located on the banks of the river Charente, between Cognac and Jarnac, Cognac golf club has a gently-sloping course dotted with water hazards as it twists and turns between vineyards and woodland. Experienced golfers will enjoy playing holes 12, 15 and 17 which are particularly difficult.
For those willing to travel a little further, Golf de la Prée is a typical Scottish links course with numerous bunkers, 8k from La Rochelle. It overlooks the Ile de Ré and 5 of the holes follow the coastline. Built on dried up swamp land, it is a flat course swept by sea breezes and offers several water hazards. This pretty course will be enjoyed by all golfers. All the above courses offer club hire, buggies and trollies.