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I knew that we needed to be somewhere that was reasonably accessible by car but not too far in the north to not take advantage of a warmer climate. The Charente Maritime has a reputation for having the second highest sunshine hours in France. It is accessible via St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg or with almost unbroken motorway, Calais, Boulogne or Dunkirk. It is located close to St Jean d'Angely which is a beautiful medieval town which is large enough to offer sufficient bars and restaurants but small enough for effortless access.

When I was shown the site in Courant, after looking at a number, I knew instantly it was what I was looking for. Although we are in the centre of a small village it was originally a collection of farm buildings fanning around a central area where we located the swimming pools. It had been owned, for some years, by the Chapacou family, fifty years ago they let it out and it became, for a brief period, a garage specialising in lorries. After that it had only occasional use as a holiday home as the family had mostly moved away.

Why here?

Your day can be spent relaxing on site or surfing on the beach or walking in the country or fine dining in town or at a chateau or at a theme park or at one of the music festivals or tasting wine or brandy at the Cognac houses. From us you can do everything from high culture to low tacky at the bucket and spade shops of Royan. Or you could do all that tomorrow and carry on relaxing on site.