Peace and tranquility, in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, between Saintes and La Rochelle, are among the many features of your stay at Pres Du Puits.
There are 2 comfortable and stylishly well equipped self-catering gites, recently renovated, each sleeping 2, with King sized beds, situated in the grounds of a charming Charentaise Farmhouse parts of which are believed to date back to the 1750's.In addition B&B available in the main house.
Each gite is equipped with French television, CD,radio and DVD player. Wi-Fi is also included free of charge.
Both gites have their own sunny garden,offering a high degree of privacy with garden furniture and barbecue making it an ideal location for enjoying the warm sunny days and evenings.The salt water swimming pool is for guests use and shared with the owners.
The gites each have their own off road secure car park and are situated well away from each other.
Le Grand Chevallon is a small hamlet situated in the heart of thje Charente Maritime near St Savinien and between La Rochelle and Saintes.
The rural setting provides a a perfect location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and also for those wishing to venture further afield the opportunity to explore the many attractions and ameneties this fascinating region has to offer.
The hamlet is surrounded by countryside with fields of sunflowers,wheat and maize- ideal for cycling, walking and bird watching.
Numerous daily,weekly and monthly markets are nearby.
St Savinien some 6 kilometres away is a small picturesque town on the banks of the Charente river with restaurants and bars as well as a supermarket and a variety of shops
Area.: The Charente-Maritime has approximately 2600 hours of sunshine a year. This compares with about 1600 hours of sunshine in Northern France. This area, in number of hours sunshine, is second only to the Riviera.
La Rochelle, for example, some 45 minutes drive away has everything you want for an interesting day out- sandy beaches, beautiful islands, historic architecture, vibrant restaurants and one of the greatest aquariums in Europe.
The Charente-Maritime is famous for its seafood. 50% of France's national consumption of Oysters is farmed in the region. Cognac, Pineau de Charente, Charentaise Butter, Melons(in season), and many cheeses are among the regions specialities.
The beautiful Charente river, some 4 km away, winds its way from beyond Angouleme through Cognac, Saintes and St Savinien and out to sea via Rochefort.The river was the main route, in days gone by, that Cognac was exported to the rest of the world.Now it provides wild life in abundance, fishing and boating with boats for hire at St Savinien and Port d'Envaux.
The clear night skies are ideal for stargazing and being in the countryside reduces the effect of light pollution
Local Activities: Golf (3 courses), Fishing (off shore or river) Sailing (off the coast or river), Tennis, Surfing, Windsurfing, Horse Riding, Walking, Bird-watching and Cycling.
The historic towns of Saintes and St Jean d'Angely are 20 minutes away by car with Cognac 30 minutes further on.
The lovely Atlantic beaches are just over 30 minutes drive away.
The Charente River with its wonderful scenery and water activities is less than 3 miles away.
The famous Oyster beds can be reached within 30 minutes.
The Chateau at Roche-Courbon and the caves at Crazannes are within walking distance.
There are many Romanesque churches in the area within easy reach.
The old cosmopolitan town of La Rochelle, steeped in nautical history, with its many cafes, restaurants, and aquarium is reached in 40 minutes as are the charming isles of Ile de Re,Oleron and Aix.
Bordeaux vineyards are 1 hours drive while the centre of Bordeaux a further 30 minutes on.
Futuroscope near Poitiers is 2 hours drive from the house.
Other local activities:
The Abbaye-aux-dames, the gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the Cathedral as well as a number of museums are open to visitors.Guided tours of the town as well as as cruises on the Charente are also available.
St Jean d'Angely.
Built on the site of a Roman villa, this was a major stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela. The town lies on the banks of the River Butonne.An attractive town and well worth a visit
Visit the Corderie Royal ( Rope Factory) and the Hermoine boatyard where they are building a replica of the vessel that once sailed between Boston and Rochefort in 1780.
Bordeaux 90 minutes drive offers a full day out sightseeing. Leave the car on the outskirts and use the excellent tram system for cheap travel to and from the city.
Wine lovers will find the vineyards, the Medoc and visits to the wine producers within easy reach.
Nantes,Poitiers,St-Emilion and Angouleme can all be reached in 2 hours.