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.