Our nearest town is Cozes - 2 km

Cozes is a nice town with a full range of good independent shops, an ancient covered market, a couple of bars and a good 'Super U' supermarket with petrol, car wash and cash machine.  Easily reached on foot or bike on quiet back roads.
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Here you will also find a monument to the estate's original master, a republican mariner and one-time prisoner of England during one of our many scuffles with France ! Don't panic, things have been smoothed over in the last 215 years!

Talmont - one of France's most beautiful villages

Our nearest seaside village, Talmont is a bastide built in 1284 by Edward 1st of England and its appearance has hardly changed since then. Inside the walls, a magnificent church built in 1094, 17th and 18th century houses surround the harbour with hollyhocks and roses growing in huge abundance throughout the little streets and lanes. Talmont has two excellent restaurants, several good cafe's and lots of delightful and individual shops. All this and wonderful sea views make Talmont a lovely place for a leisurely stroll, especially in the evening.


Meschers

The town of Meschers may not be as famous as nearby Cognac and La Rochelle, but it is an unusual town with a dramatic history, gorgeous views, lovely beaches, a colourful market, and one or two good restaurants

Here you will find a museum with a difference: It's dedicated to the disenfranchised, the disgruntled, and the derelicts of France's past. If you dare to visit at night, you will meet them—in the form of costumed guides (not recommended for young children at any time of the day).


How do you like your beaches?

Between Meschers and St Georges there are several small and wonderfully sheltered beaches, all backed with pine trees - all particularly good if you have small children because shade is available at the right time of day.


St Georges de Didonne

Just the right number of parking spaces ensure this beautiful white sandy beach is never overcrowded and it has a couple of nice little bar restaurants, a tree adventure park, boats and sand yachts for hire and a lovely walk around the headland to the lighthouse.


Royan

Royan is situated on the stretch of Atlantic coastline known as the Coast of Beauty and you can take your pick from many beaches from the sheltered to the windswept (one even has a heated saltwater swimming pool) something for everyone..

Royan has a lively fishing port, a little fleet still leaves daily with its catches finding their way onto the restaurant tables that evening.

Renowned for its superb sailing and water sports centre, it has over three hectares of safe sailing waters with expert instruction in all manner of watersports.

Royan town has a lot to offer too with exceptional shopping, designer boutiques, surfing stores and a superb covered market. There are restaurants and cafés and bars of all shapes, sizes and persuasions plus two casinos!

Culture buffs can find lots to interest them, with a good and varied programme of events ranging from concerts to sailing regattas and art exhibitions. The Cathedral of Royan, constructed in Modern style between 1955 and 1958 is definitely worthy of a visit.


La Palmyre Zoo

Unmissable - excellent for children and adults alike!


Cognac - 3 famous distilleries on the river


and lots, lots more

There really is alot to see and do - far too much for one website to mention so come and find out for yourself!

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