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.