Le Triskèle, Villemorin, Poitou-Charentes, Charente Maritime
Description of Lavender CottageOnce the village dance hall, and more recently an artist’s studio, Lavender Cottage is now tastefully converted with many unique features including original pieces of sculpture.
The cottage comprises a fully equipped kitchen, a large bright lounge with formal dining facililties, romantic bedroom with king size bed, outside patio area for exclusive use, and use of the pretty communal gardens and outdoor furniture.
Short breaks and alternate start days may be available off peak, subject to availability - please enquire.
Laundry facilities available with laundry products included in rent. Dishwasher new for 2014 season.
Features of Lavender Cottage
Local InformationLocal Information
Villemorin is situated 5km from the market town of Aulnay-de-Saintonge, where all amenities are available: supermarkets, bakeries, banks, pharmacies, post office, garages, bars and restaurants. There is a large market on Sunday mornings, and a smaller produce market on Thursday mornings, in the town square.
The open air swimming pool with games area and café is open throughout July and August, with the tennis courts open all year. The town is on the Santiago de Compostela route for pilgrims and the Romanesque church of St-Pierre d’Aulnay boasts impressive columns and is listed as a UNESCO Heritage site.
To the east of Villemorin is the little town of Néré only 6km away with supermarket, bakeries, bank, pharmacy and a welcoming anglo-french bar and bistro – Bar St Pierre!
St Jean D'Angely
Only 20 minutes drive away is St Jean d’Angèly, perfect for discovering the local heritage and magnificent architecture of the area. Built on the banks of the Boutonne River, this large market town boasts a beautiful lake and leisure area for water sports and lakeside activities. Nearby is the impressive swimming centre – Atlantys – with water slides, diving pool, jacuzzis, gym, sauna and sun terraces.
In and around the town are all amenities including major supermarkets and a good selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Be sure to visit the old harbour of la Rochelle with its protective towers at the entrance (they used to string metal chain between the two to keep out invaders). Pass through the well preserved walls into the old town. Take a boat trip to the Île d'Aix and Fort Boyard. Enjoy a visit to the spectacular aquarium. (1 hour 15 mins)
Rochefort is a fascinating naval town. Make sure to visit the historic Arsenal and dockyard, where the replica of the frigate Hermione used by Lafayellte in the civil war is now complete, and is undertaking sea trials in 2014 before heading for the USA next year (59 minutes)
Explore the historic town of Cognac on the banks of the Charente river, visit the Cognac houses and learn how the famous brandy is made (51 minutes)
An ancient galo-roman town, Saintes offers lots to explore, particularly in the old town. Make sure you visit the ampitheatre (49 minutes)
Visit the well preserved centre of Poitiers. Explore the many shops and cafes in the safe pedestianised streets, and view the Romanesque churches (1 hour 20 minutes).
Don't fail to spend a day at Futuroscope, a technology based theme park with IMAX, 4D and 3D cinemas, plus plenty of attractions for all the family. If you have the stamina, stay until the very end for the free evening show - lots of lasers, fountains, music and fireworks! Very French - very 'son et lumiere'! (1 hour 20 minutes - Futureoscope is about 20 minutes from Poitiers)
La Palmyre Zoo
The best zoo in Europe. Buy a bag of popcorn and feed the giraffes! (1 hour 20 minutes)
Chateau de Dampierre sur Boutonne
This nearby beautiful 15th century moated chateau is well worth a visit - open afternoons from May to September, and from 10:30 in July and August. Also see the Poitou Donkeys at the l'Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (17 minutes)
Chateau de la Roche Courbon
The largest chateau in the Charente -Maritime. Open all year round, there are guided tours in English at 12:00 on Thursdays from mid May to Mid September, but not during August (54 minutes)
Accessibility DetailsThe property is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Ground floor shower room facilities.
NotesShort breaks may be available, please enquire.
ChangeoverSaturday Change over, however during shoulder seasons different change over days may be possible; please enquire.
Booking Conditions25% deposit required to secure booking (for rentals of more than one week please enquire as a reduced deposit payment may be possible). Balance payable 6 weeks before commencement of rental. We do not take a security deposit.
Contact Information and Booking Enquiries
Property contact details
+44 01624 614608
Location details for Lavender Cottage
(All distances and times are approximations)
Getting HereBy Air: La Rochelle – 75 minutes drive, Poitiers – 75 minutes drive, Bordeaux – 110 minutes drive
Limoges – 120 minutes drive, Nantes – 135 minutes drive
By rail: Take the fast Eurostar and TGV to the region from London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, Kent directly to Paris Gare de Nord in just over 2 hours then change to Paris-Montparnasse for the fast and efficient TGV service from Paris to Poitiers in 90 minutes.
Approximate driving time from St Malo 3 – 4 hours; Caen and Le Havre 5 hours; Cherbourg and Roscoff 5 – 6 hours with Calais, Boulogne and Dunkerque 7 – 8 hours.
Confirm your booking with us before you make your travel reservation, and we can help you save money! Once we have your confirmed booking and deposit, we will give you a booking code which provides a 20% discount on Brittany Ferries crossings (subject to availability - Britanny Ferries' terms and conditions apply).