Saint Savien
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The local area has a great deal to offer. Saint Savinien has an excellent Intermarché, a bank, several bakeries, post office, pharmacy, other useful shops and a lovely indoor market on Saturdays.

Charente Maritime, ‘The second sunniest department in France’. It is a beautiful region with wonderful countryside, fields full of sunflowers and grape vines. Long white sandy beaches backed by fragrant pine forests, historic towns and villages, markets, châteaux, forests, walking, cycling, theme parks, and of course seaside resorts.

Atlantic beaches are about 45 minutes away by car and at any time of the year it is possible to get away from the crowds. The beaches on the islands off the coast, Ile d'Oléron and the Ile de Ré, are magnificent and well worth the drive.

The towns of La Rochelle, Cognac and Saintes are all interesting from a cultural and historical point of view. Local delicacies of oysters, fish, cheese and wine (including cognac and Charente's own aperitif, Pineau) are available in the freshest form at all the local markets.

The River Charente meanders a mile from the house and walking and cycling are popular pastimes. There are bikes of all sizes in the shed for your use. Tennis and swimming are available in Saint Savinien (5 mins), golf at Saintes (20 mins) and Royan (45 mins) and there is water skiing on the Charente at Taillebourg (10 mins).

Descriptions of local places

Links to websites about the area


Farmhouse with pool sleeping 8/9 Saint Savinien Charente Maritime France