The Charente-Maritime is a peaceful area of South West France. It has it's own micro climate making it one of the sunniest spots in France.
The Barn is situated in a quiet rural area close to the towns of Saintes, Cognac and St Jean d'Angely. It is a 45 minute drive to the Atlantic coast and the lovely sandy beaches at Royan.
There is plenty to do and see in the area -
Golf courses at Saintes and Cognac
Cognac tasting at the major distilleries in Cognac or visit one of the local producers in the surrounding countryside
Cycling in the quiet (and reasonably flat) lanes
Shopping in Saintes, Cognac, Angouleme and La Rochelle
Sightseeing in Saintes for old Roman remains, the beautiful old church at Aulnay, museums and art galleries in Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle and Rochefort.
Food markets in Saintes, St Jean d'Angely and Cognac
and for the kids -
The Aquarium in La Rochelle
The miniature boats at St Savinien
The adventure park at Abbaye Fonduce
The Paleosite at St Cesaire near Saintes
Atlantis water park in St Jean d'Angely
The Poitou Donkey sanctuary