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Who We Are

We are Nick and Chania and between us, we have over fifty years of experience of owning and running self-catering businesses. We re-located to France over 10 years ago and now own and run this beautiful small complex of five gîtes in the Charente Maritime. We know holidays are very important so it is our aim to make sure that everything is perfect so that you have a relaxing and memorable visit to France.

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Please spend a few moments to view our gîtes, all of which are furnished to a high standard. They are all well decorated and have fully equipped kitchens, including an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, kettle and toaster. A full set of china, cutlery and glassware along with kitchen implements are all provided. One of the most repeated comments are "You even include a garlic press!”.
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What's Here.

Heated swimming pool, the Salle du Jour, a games room, with a 
pool table, table tennis, table football and home cinema. 
The summer kitchen, a games field for ball games, a boule pitch and bikes for hire. There are many other activities and places of interest within easy reach.

The local area

Located in the Charente-Maritime, part of the larger Poitou-Charente region on the southwest coast of France. The hamlet of La Foye is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and forests. It enjoys long hot summers and very mild winters which are so necessary for the production of fine grapes used to make the wonderful wines and Cognac. It is known locally as the 'western Mediterranean' and enjoys the second highest number of sunshine hours in France (after the Côte D’Azur).

Things to do

Charente-Maritime is situated on the southwest coast of France and is part of the larger Poitou-Charantes region. 

Just fifteen minutes by car from us, you will find the pretty town of Aulnay. This pleasant town has a small range of shops, supermarkets, banks and bars. There is a very good market on a Sunday morning and a smaller one on a Thursday morning. The church is a World Heritage Monument and is regarded as one of the top Romanesque churches in France. 

The small village of Néré, which is a few minutes’ drive from La Foye, has a small assortment of shops and the friendly bar and restaurant, Bistro St Pierre.

The nearby Donkey Sanctuary for the rare Poitou donkey which is indigenous to this region and an open air Zoo Park featuring northern hemisphere animals are only a twenty minute drive from La Foye. 

Futuroscope, which is one of France’s largest leisure parks, is just over an hour away on the outskirts of Poitiers. It is packed with innovative activities for all the family.

La Rochelle and the Île de Ré rank amongst the highlights of the French Atlantic Coast. La Rochelle has a beautiful Vieux Port, guarded by medieval twin towers, historic shopping streets, quayside restaurants and one of Europe’s largest Aquariums

The Île de Ré is accessed by a toll bridge, it is known for the quality of its light and whitewashed houses, and you can explore the island following a network of cycle trails or just sit in one of the attractive harbours soaking up the atmosphere.

The town of Cognac is forty minutes to the south of La Foye. The name cognac is synonymous the world over with the finest French spirit and a tour of one of the many distillery’s is both enlightening and interesting. 

The seaside resorts of Royan, Fouras, and L’île d’Oléron are also within an easy drive and make a pleasant day out. 

Green Venice (Venise Verte) with its maze of ancient canals, lined by willows and poplar trees offers the opportunity to go boating in traditional barques, using a form of punting. There are several piers, 'embarcadères', from which boats can be hired. 

Just a short journey in any direction one will find many more quaint villages and towns that support open air markets, shops, restaurants and historic churches. 

The combination of the words "Charente" and "Maritime" help to capture the magic of this department – producing as it does the best from the land with the Cognac, grapes, cereal crops, fields of sunflowers and forests – and the best from the ocean with the oysters, mussels and fish. Located with the Atlantic to the west of its 150 mile coastline, the Vendee and Deux-Sevres to the north, the Dordogne to the east and the Gironde to the south, the Charente-Maritime is a magnificent and exceptional part of France. 

 If you have any questions about the area, please feel free to Contact Us.

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