• Marche Le Vanneau

    Few areas are more atmospheric than the Marais Poitevin. Situated in Poitou-Charentes between Poitiers and La Rochelle, this magical marshland surprises first-time visitors with its tranquillity, unspoilt nature, authentic lifestyle and relaxed pace of life.

    Base yourself at Coulon, capital of the area known as the Wet Marsh.

    Stay over at Le Central, a romantic and pretty ‘Hôtel de Charme’

    Calèche Marais Poitevin

    Your short break will enable you to try the hotel’s gourmet fare and enjoy the real flavours of the Poitou-Charentes region through its local produce. During the day, don’t miss the opportunity to take a guided tour of the marshland canals in a traditional flat-bottomed boat – a truly serene and romantic experience.  

    For a different, but equally enchanting perspective, enjoy a trip along the quiet lanes in a horse-drawn carriage, hire a bike to explore the towpath trails, or pilot your own canoe.

    To complete your marshland experience, don’t miss the

    Hôtel le Central à Coulon

    floating market at Vanneau which takes place on the last Saturday in July.  People, animals and produce are all transported along the canals of France’s ‘Green Venice’ in one of the most unusual traditions of the Marais Poitevin.

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  • Camping Sequoia Parc, Oleron country

    Camp in comfort at the 4-star Sequoia Parc: accommodation and activities for every taste near the French Atlantic Coast.

    Whether you want to pitch your own tent or spread out in a mobile home or chalet, Camping Sequoia Parc has the perfect accommodation for your family holiday.

    Located 20km south of Rochefort and just 3km from Marennes Beach, this family-friendly campsite is ideally located for exploring the enchanting Ile d’Oléron and the beaches of the French Atlantic Coast – if you can tear yourself away, of course.

    There are so many on-site activities to choose from, including four swimming pools in a sub-tropical setting, tennis courts, and a busy children’s club. The site’s riding centre has 15 stables and a spacious manege with jumps, or you can venture further afield and explore the surrounding forest on horseback.

    Focal point of Camping Sequoia Parc is the 19th century chateau of La Josephine with its beautifully restored courtyard, which was once dominated by a sequoia tree which gives the park its name.

    Book a short break at this 4-star camping and you’ll find everything you need on the doorstep of your comfortable accommodation, including a mini-supermarket and gift shop, a pizza takeaway and Le Carrousel bar and restaurant. Part of the prestigious French camping chain Les Castels, Sequoia Parc also belongs to the ‘Leading campsites of Europe’ group.

    Open from 12 May to 5 September, Sequoia Parc stands in 110 acres of unspoilt countryside in one of the most attractive coastal areas of France – a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

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  • Domaine de Dienné tree house, Poitiers country

    Unusual accommodation surrounded by nature

    Share a unique experience with your family in an amazing natural environment, less than half an hour from Poitiers and Futuroscope.

    The Domaine de Dienné stands in a vast 47-hectare estate that includes 17 hectares of forest and pools.  Enjoy a relaxing, chill-out stay or an activity break in the great outdoors – the choice is yours.

    The accommodation here is really something out of the ordinary.  Sleep in a tree house, a gypsy caravan or a pixie house. You can even lie beneath the stars in a ‘carré d’etoiles’ and watch the night sky through the transparent domed roof of your bedroom.   Whichever you choose, you can expect every possible comfort in completely unspoilt surroundings.

    Children can let off steam with a variety of outdoor activities such as forest adventure trails, horse riding and disc-golf, an innovative game that uses a Frisbee instead of a golf ball. And they can have fun in the heated pool winter and summer.

    Feel like a little pampering yourself? A session in the sauna, hammam or jacuzzi will help you to relax and recharge the batteries ready for another day in this very special location.

    Dienné is just made for sharing fun and laughter – your kids will love it. And so will you!

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    If your own wellbeing – and that of the environment – is high on your wish list for weekends and holidays, come to a destination where you can live in harmony with nature. The natural beauty of places like Ile de Ré is fragile and the eco-hotel of Les Vignes de la Chapelle on the south coast of the island welcomes nature lovers keen to preserve its local environment.

    You’ll be able to see and feel the beauty of Ile de Ré from the moment you arrive. Absorb the peaceful atmosphere and soak up the magnificent view across the vineyards to the distant ocean and the outlines of Ile d’Aix and Ile d’Oléron. There’s a double delight in knowing that whole hotel has been thought out not only for your personal wellbeing, but also to safeguard  the nature all around.

    For you, there are ‘lodge’ rooms or spacious duplex apartments, quiet and comfortable, with a decking terrace where you can enjoy a tasty organic breakfast of local products. There’s a spa area too with sauna and heated pool for the ultimate chill-out, with the added bonus of birdsong, sunshine and the rhythmical sound of the ocean –the complete coastal relaxation package!

    And to help the environment, the hotel’s many eco-friendly measures include using solar panels, renewable energy, and natural materials, as well as recycling whenever possible.

    Stay close to nature throughout your stay by taking an excursion by bike or on horseback along the coast or through the salt marshes. Drop in at the Ecomusée du Marais Salant, or salt marsh discovery centre; buy some pure donkey milk soap from the shop in Saint-Martin-de-Ré; breathe in that clear sea air from the Phare des Baleines lighthouse; go birdwatching at the Lilleau des Niges reserve; and be as active or passive as you please on the Ile de Ré’s magnificent beaches.

    It really is possible to live in harmony with yourself and with nature – you just have to see life from an organic, environmentally-friendly point of view!

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    Vignes de la chapelle - pool and vineyard

    Vignes de la Chapelle - livingroom

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  • Stay in the Art Deco surroundings of the luxurious Loges du Parc hotel in La Roche-Posay for a short break that combines wellbeing treatments with outdoor activities and heritage visits.

    Part of the prestigious Chateaux & Hotels Collection, this elegant hotel in a landscaped garden was built in the Art Deco period and has been tastefully refurbished to combine period style with modern comforts.

    The moisturising and healing properties of waters sourced from beneath La Roche-Posay have been recognised for centuries.

    Today this quiet country town is France’s leading dermatological centre using natural mineral water, internationally famous for its skincare products.

    The refurbished Spa Source opened to the public in April 2012, offering pampering and relaxation treatments alongside medically-approved treatments for specialist skin conditions.

    La Roche-Posay boasts an impressive range of sports and leisure activities.

    So when you’re not relaxing in the spa or by the pool, you can play 18-holes on the Connétable golf course, go horse racing, try your luck in the casino, or just explore the surrounding countryside.

    Stop off at Angles-sur-l’Anglin, an enchanting riverside community classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages of France, and visit the abbey church at St-Savin-sur-Gartempe to see the fabulous murals of biblical scenes, classified by UNESCO on their World Heritage list.

    And don’t miss Chauvigny with its five individual fortresses and a stunning bird show, Giants of the Sky.

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  • Family Hotel Jules Verne Premium, Futuroscope-Poitiers

    Exotic stopover at Futuroscope

    After an action-packed day enjoying the thrilling attractions of Futuroscope, the Jules Verne Hotel is the perfect place to wind down, ready for another day of new adventures. Located on the edge of the park, the proximity of the hotel means you can be in your room within minutes. Completely refurbished, the themed bedrooms of the Jules Verne Futuroscope will instantly transport you to the undersea world of Nautilus – you may even dream you’re exploring the ocean depths.

    Or maybe you’d prefer to set off on a journey around the world in 80 days at the Jules Verne Premium Hotel, where the Nuptiale, Bengale and Safari bedrooms are an evocative invitation to a family adventure. You’ll love the luxurious vegetation and atmospheric bazaar.

    With Wifi access and free parking, the hotel has every possible comfort to ensure a relaxing stay. So make your hotel accommodation an integral part of your journey through the wonders of Futuroscope!

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