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