• Hôtel Cordouan ****

    The Grand Hotel Cordouan has a direct access by elevator to the Thalassotherapy Institute Thalazur, air-conditioned rooms overlooking the sea, with a private balcony, a large bed, a couch, a television, a mini-bar, a safety box, and a free WIFI access. Prolong the tranquillity of your stay in thalassotherapy in our fashionable rooms with quilts. An overflow swimming pool with a teak beach overhangs the sea. Warm atmosphere, quality service, and extremely close attention to detail. Turn your stay into an unforgettable moment. We promise you that at the Thalassotherapy Institute Thalazur, which is part of the hotel, you will enjoy relaxing moments and a sensation of wellbeing thanks to our 6-days cures with 4 treatments a day, half board or full board, as well as the different treatments a la carte. Complementary relaxing activities such as sand yachting, mountain biking, boat trips, or of course thalassotherapy treatments, can also be organised.

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  • Château de Javarzay

    The Javarzay castle was reconstructed in 1514 by François de Rochechouart, governor of Genoa. Its one-time owners include the La Rochefoucauld family, the count of Pontchartrain (a minister of Louis XIV), Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (lawyer of Louis XVI). All that's left of what was once the most imposing castle in Deux-Sèvres is the building bringing together the two towers and the chapel. The left wing was destroyed long ago, and the right wing constructed at a later date. The walls were demolished between 1820 and 1824, and the sculptures disappeared. In 1862, the Javarzay castle was awarded the status of a historical monument, which now houses a headdress museum and a room dedicated to Jean-François Cail, one of the five principal 19th-century manufacturers. A Renaissance castle (16th century), it nonetheless conserves a feudal aspect. Inside, there is a collection of regional headdresses.

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  • Chambre d'hôtes Le Clos des Palmiers (3 épis)

    8 miles from La Rochelle (10 minutes by dual carriageway), at the heart of a small village, in an old charming restored house in the middle of a 23000 sq. ft. property with a secured swimming pool upstairs : LES ROSES : 300 sq. ft. independent family suite finely decorated including 1 bedroom with double bed + separated from a second bedroom by sliding panel doors containing 2 single beds + shower + separate private wc. On the ground floor, each with an independent entry and private terrace : BAMBOU : 190 sq. ft. double bedroom with nature-inspired decoration and private en-suite shower with toilet. ORIENTALE : 270 sq. ft. bedroom in exotic colours with large double bed and settee + en-suite shower and separate private toilet. EVASION : 230 sq. ft. bedroom for guests with reduced mobility (wheelchair access) comprising 1 large double bed + 1 single bed + large en-suite shower and toilet. Breakfast served on the terrace or in the dining room. Also available to guests : library corner, fridge, micro-wave, family games, baby crib, TV on request, tea/coffee making corner, Communal facilities : sitting-room, books, fridge, possibility to prepare tea, parlour games, baby bed, TV on demand, terrace (garden furniture) and sun beds. Private car park in the walled property.

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  • Office de Tourisme de Chauvigny

    An essential leg of your journey through la Vienne is Chauvigny, on the way to Poitiers, just twenty minutes from the Futuroscope.It is a warm-hearted city of Art with five châteaux dominating the Vienne River from the same rocky cliff, a truly unique site in Europe. Chauvigny is also an important site for Roman architecture with the Saint Pierre Collegiate Church (12th C) famous for its sculptured chapels and painted columns, the Notre-Dame Church (12th C) and the Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises with its pre-Romanesque murals. The Donjon de Gouzon(11th & 13th C ) provides a panoramic view and also houses examples of local industrial production through the ages (stone quarries, porcelain, mills and limestone ovens, a steam wheel, etc). The Archaeological and Ethnological Museum retraces two thousand years of daily city life (Gallo-Roman artefacts, tools and head dresses). In the upper part of the town, the high ruins of the Baronnial Château become the setting of The Giants of the Sky a flying bird show with birds from all over the world skimming over you at break neck speed. (Every day up to 30 th September). Chauvigny is also the birth-place of the Poitou-Charentes porcelain industry which is world-renowned and found in many of the most prestigious restaurants. Chauvigny is also known for its stone which can be found in many principal monuments such as: the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the Louvre and in the bridges spanning the Loire. Nearby : discover the countryside around Chauvigny by taking a 9km return rail-bike ride on the abandoned railway track. On site accommodation : hotels, camp site, gîtes and guest rooms. The tourist information office offers individual guided tours throughout July and August. Take advantage of our Pass Découverte to visit three sites for the price of two: the two Chauvigny museums , the Giants of the Sky show and the rail-bike coarse. Guided tours of the Medieval town with a professional guide can be organised throughout the year. The horse-drawn taxis, which set off from the medieval centre, also allow you to visit the city from a different perpective. Interesting local Saturday market and also on Tuesday and Thursday - Fair every second tuesday of the month.

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  • L'Hermione

    Discover the Hermione, the largest replica of a traditional ship ever rebuilt in France, a three mast ship over 66 mèters lenght, jewel of the eighteenth century franch navy.

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  • La Rochelle harbour

    La Rochelle harbour

    Want to get away for a couple of days?  Then pick up a low-cost flight from the UK or Ireland and head for La Rochelle on the French Atlantic Coast for the perfect budget break.

    Backpackers should head for the Youth Hostel at Port des Minimes, just a short hop from the town centre, main attractions, and bike hire stations. La Rochelle is a city that actively welcomes cyclists!

    You’ll be surprised at the choice of activities on offer. If you like to get under the skin of a city by discovering its history and heritage, join one of the guided tours run by the Tourist Office and explore the town’s museums, especially the Musée du Nouveau Monde, or New World Museum.

    La Rochelle Yélo bikes

    La Rochelle Yélo bikes

    For those on a tight budget, the Pass Rochelais gives unlimited access to all kinds of public transport as well as discounted entry to a variety of attractions. For a great value lunch or dinner, drop in at La Caisse à Jus restaurant for good food in a stylish, relaxed atmosphere.

    La Rochelle is a maritime city so it’s fun to take a short cruise into the bay to see Ile d’Aix and Fort Boyard, home to the famous game show, at close quarters. For life beneath the waves, don’t miss La Rochelle’s Aquarium, one of the world’s largest, to see 12,000 marine animals from around the world.

    The Vieux Port and Rue Saint-Nicolas are the essential places for night owls and anyone who just wants to stroll through the streets and soak up the charm and party atmosphere. Be sure to drop in to La Guignette, the town’s must-do bar, for an aperitif.

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  • Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - Marie suite

    Experience the sumptuous surroundings of centuries past at Vue sur Cour, a delightful guest house offering three beautiful bedrooms and one suite.

    Conveniently situated close to La Rochelle’s Old Harbour with its photogenic twin towers and bustling quaysides, Vue sur Cour makes the ideal base for exploring this attractive town. Expect beautiful bed linen with quilted bedspreads and toning cushions; period furniture and draped curtains; large mirrors and quiet colours. The property has been beautifully restored and every room has its own modern bathroom, television and WiFi access.

    Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - Louise suite

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your room, in the lounge, or on the courtyard terrace with home-made jams and yoghurt, warm pastries and freshly-squeezed juice.   

    Then head out on foot to explore La Rochelle. All the major attractions are within easy walking distance including the arcaded shopping streets and the impressive Aquarium, the Maritime Museum and the Museum of the New World, which explores the town’s historic links with the Americas.

    Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - breakfast room

    For a change of transport, hire one of the municipal yellow bicycles or Yélos, or take one a cruise excursion from the harbour. Looking for a memorable meal?

    Enjoy the simple but sophisticated cuisine at La Cuisine de Jules, a cosy restaurant in Rue Thiers, or eat beneath the soaring glass atrium of Les 4 Sergents in rue St Jean du Pérot.

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  • Palmier sur cour - Aziyade bedroom

    Just a short walk from the key attractions of historic Rochefort, the Palmier sur Cour is a B&B in authentic period style.

    Think spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, antique furniture and sumptuous soft furnishings, then add a shady garden, elegant façade, and quiet patio.

    Typical of the grand houses built by wealthy merchants and ship-owners, the Palmier sur Cour is the ideal base for anyone wanting to explore the fascinating maritime heritage of the town chosen by Colbert for Louis XIV’s royal dockyard.

    Palmier sur cour - Anges bedroom

    Walk through the botanical gardens to visit the museum of the Corderie Royale, an elongated building beside the river Charente that once housed the Royal Ropeworks.

    Visit the Marine Museum, the School of Naval and Tropical Medicine, and the huge collection of brilliant begonias, brought back to the town from naval expeditions and named after Mr Begon, a leading local figure.

    Palmier sur cour - Corderie bedroom

    Continue your historical journey at nearby La Rochelle where the Museum of the New World showcases the town’s links with the Americas.

    Explore the network of cobbled streets behind the historic harbour where imposing private mansions and public buildings were built in the 17th and 18th centuries as trade developed with Canada and the West Indies.

    Visit the twin towers that guard the harbour mouth, and the third tower along the ramparts that served as a lighthouse and prison.

    Then return to the Palmier sur Cour to relax after your day of exploration.

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