Charente Maritime has the warmest microclimate in France after the
Chez Iris is
situated at Chez Périneau in a cluster of 18 th century farm
buildings 1 mile to the West of the commune of Chaniers on the ancient
valley road between Cognac and Saintes. The house is above the flood
plain of the Charente which flows a short distance from our doors. Sunflowers,
vines, maize, and wheat dominate the beautiful rolling countryside,
which unfolds to little stone canal tiled houses. Many of the elegant
ancient churches date from the 11th century and are on the pilgrimage
routes to Compostella.
centre has several shops, a bank, a medical centre and four restaurants.
It has one of the few remaining river ferries, which is free. It takes
2 motor vehicles, bikes and foot passengers to Courcoury during the
months of July and August. The delicious aperitif, Pineau de Charente,
may be tasted and bought at many local vineyards.
of Cognac and gabarres full of salt were brought along the River Charente
to Saintes where many rich Cognac merchants built magnificent houses
which may still be seen lining the river.
On the opposite
bank the 1st Century Roman Arch of Germanicus still stands. River
trips are available and an excellent way to explore the area.
was the ancient capital of the Santones tribe and the chief town in
Saintonge; there is a swimming pool, many restaurants, several art
galleries and museums including a superb museum of archaeology and
excellent shops around the pedestrianised centre
Saintes has a lively programme of activities and is twinned with seven
towns worldwide. The beautiful 11th century Abbaye aux Dames is a musical
centre of excellence and hosts the Summer University in July and various
theatrical and musical festivals.
remains have been found just 5 miles away and now the Paléosite
offers an interesting day out.
only 12 miles to the East where there is a choice of 4 Cognac houses
to visit their cellars, taste their products and learn about "the
part of the angels".
beaches of Royan, Marennes, Fouras (ferry to Ile d'Aix) and the isle
of Oléron are all within an hour's easy travel. La Rochelle
and the Isle of Ré are about 50 miles. All these coastal resorts
offer much to the holiday maker; there are the salt pans of the Ile
de Re, the Napoleon museum and views of Fort Boyard from Ile d'Aix.
Delicious seafood such as mussels and Marennes oysters are available
throughout Charente Maritime.
70 miles, offers all the facilities of a regional capital.
is an excellent location for sight seeing, as an overnight stay, as
a base for exploring by bike or house-hunting in the area.
We are open
any time of the year for local events such as weddings and other family
for events at the Saintes Airfield (Armée de l'Air) - only
10 minutes away.