Loulay and St-Jean-d’Angély 

The small market town of Loulay is situated just a 5 minute drive away with its Friday morning market, Bar/Restaurant, baker, bank, hairdresser, chemist,  post office, small supermarket and newsagent..

The historic town of St Jean d’Angély, only 15 minutes away by car, boasts numerous bars and restaurants, supermarkets, cobbled streets with small boutiques and a large boating lake with a park and childrens’ play area.

Seaside Towns and Beaches

Fouras, La Rochelle, Châtelaillon-Plage, Royan, (all under an hour’s drive) Talmont sur Gironde (one of the “plus beaux villages de France”), Royan, St Georges de Didonne, Ile d’Oléron, Ile d’Aix, Ile de Ré, Ile Madame, the Côte Sauvage, the beautiful Atlantic Coast..

Other Activities and Towns to visit

The mystical Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte), the beautiful and historic towns of Cognac and Jarnac with their guided tours and tastings, the picturesque town of Saintes with its famous Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the golf courses at Niort and Royan,  the Romanesque Churches – notably Aulnay which is situated on the the Route de St Jacques de Compostelle, the Zoo de la Palmyre, the Château de la Roche Courbon, the Grottes de Crazannes,  the Citadelle de Brouage, visits and tastings at local wine, pineau and cognac houses, the ‘Sites en Scène’, the Rallye de Saintonge at La Rochelle, the World Motocross Championship at St Jean d’Angély, cross country cycling, hiking and kayaking.

Markets

St-Jean-d’Angély: Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Aulnay: Thursday and Sunday morning.

Surgères: Thursday morning.

The local area is reknowned for its seafood dishes, oysters, melons, goat cheeses, farce poitevine and grillons charentais, not forgetting the Cognac, Pineau des Charentes and the local Vin Charentais.

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