• B&B La Rochelle Lodge, Sainte-Soulle

    Home from home with B&B at La Rochelle Lodge

    If you like the atmosphere of staying in an elegant family home and feeling like a personal guest, you’ll love La Rochelle Lodge, a gorgeous country house in typical Charentais style in the heart of Poitou-Charentes.

    You’re just ten minutes from La Rochelle and the French Atlantic Coast when you book bed and breakfast in one of the five charming guest rooms, with easy access also to the Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron, the marshland of the Marais Poitevin and the maritime heritage town of Rochefort.

    Each room at La Rochelle Lodge has been individually and imaginatively furnished. Perhaps you like the neutral colours of the Nature room, Exo-Chic, or Linen. Something more striking? Then maybe the Black and White room is for you with its striped soft furnishings, or the red highlights of the Art Deco room. All five bedrooms feature exposed brickwork and wooden beams, tv, internet access and hairdryer.

    Start your day with breakfast in the kitchen or sun terrace, and enjoy fresh bread and pastries, locally cured ham, cheeses and home-made jam, plus a choice of teas, coffees and juice. And relax after a day’s sightseeing around the secluded swimming pool.

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    Families welcome at Le P'tit Dej Hotel on Ile de Ré

    Located on the south-east coast of the beautiful Ile de Ré – pearl of the French Atlantic Coast - le Ptit Dej Hotel is an attractive new address for families seeking a beach holiday on a budget. Opened in spring 2012 in Ste-Marie-de-Ré, this family-friendly hotel offers an economical and eco-friendly base just a bridge away from picturesque La Rochelle.

    Hospitality runs in the owners' family, who have been running hotels and gîtes in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré since 1930. So whatever comforts and facilities your family needs, you can be sure of finding it here. Choose from 10 ground floor bedrooms sleeping up to 4 people each, and 22 apartments for families up to 5, all with private terrace, television and free WiFi. Make new friends around the heated pool and over the children’s games, and hire bicycles to explore this holiday island paradise.

    Some 30km long and 5km across at the widest point, Ile de Ré’s highest point is just 19 metres above sea level, making it perfect for young cyclists.  And with more than 100km of marked paths and trails, it’s easy – and safe – to get close to nature by bike or on foot. Family holiday heaven!

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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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  • 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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  • Combine state-of-the-art moving images with historic harbours and heritage attractions; man-made fun with the natural attractions of the Atlantic Coast. All these - and much more - are achievable when you combine a trip to Futuroscope with a short break in the beautiful port of La Rochelle.

    Family fun at Futuroscope amusement park CRTPC©O Héral / M Vimenet / Getty Images / Parc du Futuroscope

    Fourth most important theme park in France, Futuroscope - on the outskirts of Poitiers - offers attractions to enthral, entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Enjoy a mix of movies in Imax, 3D and even 4D format, as well as interactive experiences and a fabulous evening show that combines water, lasers and fireworks on a huge outdoor stage.

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    But why not stay a bit longer and enjoy the contrasting attractions of La Rochelle, historic port on the French Atlantic Coast? Famous for the medieval twin towers that guard the old harbour, La Rochelle offers quaint streets, speciality shops and an eclectic mix of museums as well as a fabulous aquarium, wonderful restaurants and a vibrant programme of arts festivals and sports events.

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    Hotel Ibis La Rochelle Centre

    For a stylish base right in the heart of the action, head for the Hôtel Ibis La Rochelle Centre just a step away from the Vieux Port and 100 metres from the departure point for boat trips to Ile de Ré and Ile d’Aix. The 82 rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with WiFi, and include three suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

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