Les Demeures de Valette

Azay-le-Brulé, Deux Sèvres
+33 (0)5 16 25 10 32
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A smart, friendly mix of new with old hunting lodge: great food and art, a heated pool, fab views and masses of quiet - near Niort


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Hikers and bikers can head straight out on wooded trails and winding lanes and return for home-made continental breakfast, or brunch of local eggs, cheeses and charcuterie. Tables are set both inside and out on the terrace and Aurélie’s dinners are a celebration of local good things to be lingered over.

The garden’s lit at night, highlighting majestic trees and tempting late swimmers to the warm, salt-water infinity pool or out for a game of boules. Below is another patio and the lake (rods provided) dug by monks from Saint Maixent ten minutes away. You can take the train from there to Niort, La Rochelle, Bordeaux; visit the Abbey and the weekly market too.

It’s easy to relax here, whether out in the gentle countryside or in an armchair by the fire; the TV’s in a separate area so won’t impinge. Choose a room with a view to suit; all have king-sized beds and one with its bath centre stage. One night is not enough.

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We think you'll love

  • Aurélie's delicious dinners using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients
  • Lazing in the infinity pool with its great views
  • Taking a break from hectic everyday life and walking through the wooded countryside - it's very peaceful here
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You should know

  • Steep stairs lead to the bedrooms
  • Mobile signal is not great - there is WiFi though


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • 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
Flexible in low season. From 4pm in July & August
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast, €10. Weekend brunch, €16. Lunch & dinner, from €22. Restaurants, 10 minutes.


Nightly price
from €76
1 Suite for 4
From €145
4 Doubles
From €76



We had a warm and friendly welcome - everything was perfect. The hotel and gites are lovely, well positioned with pretty, clean bedrooms. The hotel is located in a valley very close to the Roman Bridge at Azay-le-Brulé. I'd highly recommend this place...


What a surprise this beautiful property was - not at all what I was imagining. Each room decorated & furnished to give them all their own individuality, no two rooms the same. Comfort, luxury, minimalist decor with a twist, a very intriguing property indeed. The chance to step into the world of nature and enjoy peace & tranquillity awaits you here.

Nikki, Sawday's Inspector

An ideal space to relax in the great outdoors. This is a superb hotel with different rooms and two very beautiful and large gites. Thank you Aurélie.


A magical place in a very calm site and in the middle of nature. We had a wonderful stay in Valette thanks to Aurélie who was very attentive to answer our requests. An enchanted break outside of time, an invitation to relax in a luxurious setting. The pool is extraordinary.


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The neighbourhood

The feel is deeply rural and wildlife-rich, as befits a former hunting lodge. It shares its wooded hill with just one other property but 10-minutes' drive away are the shops, restaurants - try L'Auberge du Cheval Blanc and L'Atelier - and Saturday market of Saint Maixent l'Ecole. The walking's great and you can borrow a bike to explore, and a rod to fish the pond below the hotel's pool.

Local points of interest from Aurélie

  • Our park is beautifully rich in fauna. We regularly cross wild hares and venison on the horse chestnut avenues. We also have swallows who nest each year in our barn and Eurasian Hoopoes who nest and feed their young next to the pool.
  • You can hear the tawny owls – if you’re quiet and watchful enough, you’ll see them silently flying in the park. We have hedgehogs walking around in the hotel park after dark too. It’s a real little natural reserve here!
  • A 5-minute walk away, Le Chambon & La Ligueure join up at the Roman Bridge. It replaced a ford on the Gallic path called Chemin Chevaleret, connecting Poitiers to the sea. It has a fascinating history, used by the Romans until the 18C to transport cattle.
  • Originally in a state of overgrown vegetation and crumbling masonry, the stream and bridge is now part of a rehabilitation and conservation project so it’s a beautiful hiking trail, perfect for picnics and fishing trips.
  • We also have some bikes to hire for exploring the paths around the domaine - several routes are possible on our doorstep. We also have our lake with masses of fish and a boat, as well as several fishing rods for your use.
  • We can also offer lots of services during your stay. Just ask about grocery delivery, picnic hampers, massages, boules or even horse riding. Get in touch and visit our website for lots more ideas!



This was the the family's holiday home for many years before they decided to convert it to a elegant hotel. The owner is an auctioneer, lives in Rennes and enjoys a chat with guests when he visits. The property is managed by the very friendly, enthusiastic Aurélie. She lives here with her family and pets and is also head chef; her menus based on the best fresh, local produce available each day.