Les Hortensias

Archingeay, Charente-Maritime
Bed & Breakfast


Superb value B&B with a magnificent garden in a country village – drive 15 minutes for restaurants, the coast is less than an hour away

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Behind its modest, wisteria-covered mask, this 17th-century former wine grower’s house has a charming interior and a garden that’s a delight in every season – stay put with a book or paint and enjoy the peace and quiet inside and out.

Warm and gracious Marie-Thérèse will greet you and is always happy to advise on things to do and see. Breakfast is a feast around a large table in the dining room – jams using fruit from the orchard, fresh bread, breakfast gateaux, yogurts, fruit.

You can make your own picnic as an old wine cellar has been kitted out with a fridge, microwave and crockery. Drive 7 minutes for Saint-Savinien for shops and good restaurants, plus a boating lake, open-air pool, river fishing and kayaking. Fascinating Roman ruins at Saintes are 30 minutes’ drive away, Cognac and La Rochelle are less than an hour.

Les Hortensias - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Spending time in the beautiful garden
  • Having the picnic room to make a snack or chill some wine
  • The rural quiet location
Les Hortensias - Gallery

You should know

  • The house is traditional rather than modern
  • You’ll need a car
  • There’s not much to do in the village

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-8pm
Check out
By 11am
Closed
Christmas - New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Summer kitchen. Restaurant 5 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €65
Damage deposit
-
Surcharges
Extra bed €20.
2 Doubles
From €65
1 Triple
From €72

Accommodation

Reviews

Madame Jacques was able to accommodate us at short notice as we were travelling through the area and we enjoyed a truly traditional and welcoming experience at the beautiful Les Hortensias. Mme was very kind and we had some wonderful conversations about the area, her own history and life in general. The room and bathroom were spotless and comfortable and it was a treat to return after a busy day to enjoy some relaxing time in her lovely garden - the wisteria was magnificent! We thoroughly recommend a stay at Les Hortensias - a phone call rather than email to book may be preferable.

Susan, Broadway, worcs

Great countryside location for exploring this area. Madame Jacques loves to show you around her beautiful colourful garden, ideal place for relaxing with a good book after your days out exploring. The 'salle de picnic' is great, equipped with a fridge & microwave and crockery for you to use, tables & chairs, great place to hang out if its too hot or even too cold outside.

Nikki, Sawday's inspector

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Marie-Therese. A delightful room, a wonderfully spacious bathroom and delicious breakfasts. Our host was keen to help in any way possible from drying our wet clothes to chilling wine in the fridge. There was so much to see and do in the area that three days simply weren't enough!

Christopher

A delightful place to stay. MarieTherese gave us a warm welcome and a delicious dinner in her traditional home with a very peaceful garden. The accommodation is spotlessly clean and most importantly the bed is extremely comfortable. I wish we could have stayed longer, we stayed one night to break our journey to the SW and were so impressed, we stayed again our our way back!

Liz

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Location

The neighbourhood

You're in the quiet village of Archingeay, which is bordered by the river Boutonne and surrounded by the Charentaise countryside with fields of various crops and vines. Wander around the village and visit its 12th-century Roman church and lavoir, where people used to wash their clothes.

Local points of interest from Marie-Thérèse Jacques

  • Characterful house renovated in the style of a Charente, stone cottage. The landscaped garden is of great interest to the English, they like to stay, relax, drink in the shade of trees, paint, take photos.
  • On the way to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrims are welcomed here, in memory of a room of the house. On his door you can read "Pax huic domui" (peace in this house).
  • In the garden, a carved stone is the evidence of the presence of the vineyard on the property: stone cooling water distillation.
  • The interior is faithful to the tradition of a Charentais interior (furniture, fabrics, amenities) having added modern comfort.
  • The orchard produces fruits which are used for the morning jams.
  • There is a covered barn where you can spend time or even dine when the weather is bad.

Introducing

Marie-Thérèse Jacques

Marie-Thérèse has been running the B&B for over 20 years and loves meeting her guests and advising them on the best things to see in the area, as well as where to find the best local products.