• Hotel Maison Flore, Arçais, Marais Poitevin, Green Venice

    Authentic marshland charm

    Enjoy a relaxing break in the Marais Poitevin, a unique area of picturesque marshland which is also known as ‘Green Venice’. Here the plants and wildlife are as varied as the peaceful landscapes – a mix of tree-lined pastures and green waterways, pretty villages and quiet towpaths.

    Take a guided tour in a traditional flat-bottomed boat or follow the network of marked trails by bike or on foot to explore this magical corner of Poitou-Charentes. And while you’re here, don’t forget to try the local food specialities – a real treat for the taste buds.

    Maison Flore is a charming small hotel located in an authentic, marshland property surrounded by canals. Relax in one of the 10 comfortable bedrooms, each decorated on a floral theme, and start your day with an energy-boosting breakfast of organic and natural products.

    The owners have every respect for their natural heritage, using renewable energy both to minimise their impact on the environment and demonstrate good ecological practices to their guests. So Maison Flore is proud to have been awarded a European Eco Label.

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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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  • hotel Le Parasol, Ile de Ré

    Peace and quiet on the Ile de Ré

    Enjoy a relaxing family holiday at Hôtel le Parasol in Ars-en-Ré, classified amongst France’s Most Beautiful Villages and dominated by a black and white church spire. Located on the south-west shore of the idyllic Ile de Ré, Hôtel le Parasol is perfectly placed for exploring the coast and countryside of this beautiful holiday island – a jewel of the French Atlantic coast.

    With all the hotel bedrooms at ground level, the accommodation couldn’t be more accessible for families with young children. Families who like to prepare their own light meals can rent one of 20 studios with kitchenette on the ground or first floor, with terrace or balcony; three have communicating doors to sleep 4-5, the rest accommodate 2-4.

    A member of the Logis de France network, Hôtel le Parasol guarantees a warm welcome and good regional food at an affordable price. The restaurant offers local produce and fine wines with a choice of tables both inside and out.

    When you’re ready to explore, there are cycles for hire in Ars-en-Ré. Visit the bird reserve, relax on Trousse Chemise beach, climb the Phare des Baleines lighthouse, or take a cruise excursion towards Fort Boyard and La Rochelle.

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  • Hotel Le Square, Oléron island

    Family accommodation at the heart of Oléron island.

    Just moments from the pretty pedestrian streets of St-Pierre d’Oléron, Hôtel Le Square is all geared up to welcome families with its attractive outdoor pool, courtyard garden and relaxed atmosphere. Located in the centre of the Ile d’Oléron yet remarkably tranquil, Hôtel le Square is ideally placed for exploring the entire length of this holiday island, which lies off the French Atlantic Coast in Poitou-Charentes.

    Linked to the mainland by a toll-free road bridge, Ile d’Oléron boasts 25 magnificent beaches where you can try a wide range of watersports or just chill out on the sands. Kids will love a visit to the Phare de Chassiron lighthouse and the imposing citadel at Le Château d’Oléron. Take a cruise excursion, hire bikes and go on nature walks, then try your skills at billiards or table tennis in the games room at Hôtel Le Square.

    A gentleman’s residence in the 18th century, the buildings of Hôtel Le Square have been beautifully restored to offer 27 individually designed bedrooms in blue and white, sleeping 2-3 people. Some have communicating doors to accommodate 4-5 guests. Start each day with buffet breakfast inside or on the outdoor terrace.

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