La Grande Barbotière

St Vivien, Charente-Maritime
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)5 46 43 76 14

Minutes from sandy beaches south of La Rochelle, your humorous hosts serve breakfast by an immaculate pool. Toys and bikes to borrow, too


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 5

Children welcome

The Experience

Between the fruit trees a hammock sways, breakfast is served next to a sparkling pool and sculpted chickens peck. Tucked behind gates (child-safe) in the heart of a busy village is a maison de maître of elegance and charm. Your hosts (she half Belgian, he from Yorkshire) have a wicked sense of humour and have created a luxurious and eclectic décor – gazelle antlers, pebbled showers, delicious French linen – for suites with private terraces. Table tennis, croquet, bicycles, toys, jasmine and, everywhere, that spirit-lifting light that you find on this cherished stretch of coastline.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Cot and sofabed available. Can also be booked as self-catering for groups of 4-7.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €95
1 Studio for 5
From €190
1 Studio for 2
From €95



Had a lovely week staying at La Grand Barbotiere - it had everything we needed. We stayed in the Bonaparte gite which was perfect for the family (2 adults and 2 teenagers). We were given excellent advice on restaurants, beaches and local information which was invaluable as it helped us to relax and enjoy our holiday. The breakfasts were amazing and the pool and table tennis helped the boys relax after a busy day at the beach! Would love to go back.

Helen, Colchester

We have just spent 7 nights in this lovely property with its excellent pool and garden. Jacqui and Christopher are warm and wonderful hosts, serving delicious breakfasts and giving lots of help with trips in the area and restaurant recommendations - even booking tables for us. We highly recommend a stay here.

Hazel, London

We enjoyed a lovely week here in September and really appreciated the accommodation, breakfasts, beautiful garden and pool. This place just has a lovely atmosphere. Jacqui and Christopher are very warm, friendly and informative, and will provide all the information you need for visiting towns/sights in the area. An unexpected plus was that our latent passion for table tennis was reignited!

Elizabeth, CARDIFF

We would like to thank Jacqui and Christopher for their warm welcome , nice bedroom and breakfast , good advice . Really nice place to stay .

Christine, Landevant. Brittany

My friend and I had a lovely two nights at La Grande Barbotiere. The room was marvellously comfortable and Jacqui and Christopher told us of all the interesting sights in the area and evben booked us into a splendid restaurant for a delicious supper. The visit could not have been more delightful and welcoming. We are certainly going to recommend La Grande Barbotiere to all our friends.


We both throughly enjoyed our stay. We were able to relax from the minute we arrived and Jacqui and Christopher ensured that we had every need catered for. All of their recommendations did not disappoint and we were able to combine relaxing by the pool with sightseeing in La Rochelle. La Grande Barbotiere is pure French perfection and provides a luxurious atmosphere that you would find hard to beat.


We had a lovely week here in the summer. Jacqui is very welcoming and gave us lots of good tips about local restaurants and places to visit, all of which were spot on. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean. The pool, hammock and table tennis table were only a few steps away from our door. Jacqui prepares a delicious breakfast of fresh local bread, jams, pastries, yoghurts and fruit (some from her garden). The grounds are lovely and a great safe place for children to explore. Not only is it a charming place to stay with great hosts, it is also great value for money.


Christopher and Jacqui are excellent hosts, delighted to recommend restaurants and places to visit. We had a lovely room and viewed the others which were all absolutely delightful. Good pool and breakfast in the garden was plentiful and very good. A great place for a family gathering.


We had the most superb 3 night stay. The accommodation was beautiful and also perfectly arranged for our young family of four. We had lovely evenings sat outside chatting whilst the children slept. The owners were wonderful, so welcoming and kind. The breakfast was amazing - we didn't need lunch! Advice on where to eat and visit was fantastic. We would highly recommend it and will definitely visit again.


We had a highly enjoyable stay at La Grand Barbotiere. Jacqui and Christopher were great hosts providing an excellent welcome, delicious breakfasts, and valuable advice on excursions to beaches and restaurants in close proximity. Our accommodation was very comfortable and the pool was especially appreciated after a long day out. We highly recommend this friendly and relaxing retreat to anyone wishing to explore this beautiful part of France.


We had a wonderful stay for 7 nights at La grande Barbotíere. The warmth and hospitality from Jackie and Christopher made os feel being at home. The rooms were absolutely perfect, and the breakfast was really nice. We give our best recommendations for a stay at La Grande Barbotiére.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Christopher & Jacqui McLean May

  • The lively Port of La Rochelle with its Museums, Art Galleries, & Boutique Shopping. No. 1 European Aquarium designed by Jacques Cousteau. All original Medieval architecture with numerous Bars and Gourmet Restaurants. Visit the famous City's Twin Towers.
  • One 18 Links & one 9 hole Golf Course within 20 minutes drive, each with Driving Range.In nearby Chatelaillon with its 3 km Beach and Casino, there is Clay Pidgeon shooting (UK gun licence essential - Guns for hire)Equestrian Centre and Tennis Close by.
  • Within a five min drive you reach Chatelaillon Plage with its soft shelving 3 kms sandy beach, cafes bars & restaurants & daily busy morning indoor market. A thalassotherapy centre aquatic centre sailing & kite surf school.
  • Easy access to the Islands of Re by car and d'Aix., a short ferry from Fourras. Cycling opportunities abound with lovely sandy beaches and quiet coves to explore. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the nature. A great day out for all the family.
  • The Marais Poitevin known as the Green Venice only 30 mins away. Take a punt and investigate the ancient canal system or get a guided tour of this beautiful and unique part of France.
  • TOUR de FRANCE 4th - 11th SEPTEMBER - STAGE 11 CHATELAILLON-PLAGE (La Rochelle) Anticipating heavy demand - BOOK NOW! 9th SEPTEMBER - START from CHATELAILLON-PLAGE5 minutes from La Grande Barbotiere St Vivien. Bring your own bike or borrow ours


Christopher & Jacqui McLean May

Christopher and Jacqui are seasoned hosts, first running B&Bs in the Borders of Scotland before moving to France. Christopher, who is from Yorkshire, is the maintenance man on site; Jacqui, who is half Belgian, is responsible for the interior design of the studios.