Bel-Air has 5 individual gîtes (www.bel-airmaritime.com) and stands in 25 acres of unspoilt countryside in Poitou Charente, surrounded by farmland and vineyards and yet so close to the beaches of the Atlantic coast and towns we think this is the ideal location to suit everyone's idea of a perfect family holiday. This attractive Charentaise Farmhouse is situated in the commune of Brie-sous-Mortagne close to Royan and the historic town of Saintes with it's fantasic pedestrianised shopping area. We are approximately 7km from the market town of Gemozac which has 2 supermarkets and a good variety of other shops for all daily needs. Gemozac has a large market every 3rd Friday in the month and a fish/meat and vegetable market Tuesday and Friday of each week.
The same distance in the opposite direction you will find the old port of Mortagne with its quayside restaurants and lovely views across the Gironde.
The beautiful sandy atlantic beaches of Meschers and Royan are only a 20 minute drive away.
We are very central to many interesting and fascinating towns of this beautiful region :
The historic town of Saintes is within 30 minutes drive, here you can visit the Old Abbey, the Cathedral or the famous Amphitheatre or walk leisurely round the town with its many shops and restaurants. In the summer months there are boat trips on the lovely Charente river which meanders through Saintes and the surrounding countryside.
Royan is also within 20 minutes drive, with its (not to be missed) Sunday morning market and the fact that the shops are also open on this day make it a good morning out. There are many restaurants catering for all tastes, this region is particulary famous for its seafood.. There are many excursions that can be booked at the Marina, including visits to the well-known Fort Boyard, Phare de Cordouan and Ile d'Oleron to name but a few. You can also catch a ferry here in Royan over to the Medoc and enjoy a day visiting the well known vineyards.
Bordeaux Airport and La Rochelle Airport are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Bordeaux offers an interesting sight-seeing tour by either horse-drawn carriage or an ancient (renovated) bus, this trip starts and finishes at the Tourist Information Office. The impressive buildings and vast amount of shops make for a good day out.
La Rochelle with its historic port, many quayside restaurants and cobbled streets not to mention the indoor market is worth the drive. The Aquarium at La Rochelle is a favourite with adults and kids alike.
Cognac - We are situated only 50 mins. from the centre of Cognac where you can take a tour around the well known distilleries of Courvosier,Hennessy and Remy Martin and sample their products at your leisure.
We are also within striking distance of some of the houses of the lesser known brands of cognac, which offer excellent quality and value for money.
Last but not least there are some beautiful Chateaux to visit in the Saintonge region, Chateaux Boulon and La Roche Courbon to name but two, most are within easy reach of Bel-Air.
Les Chênes 2 - Two Bedrooms
Kitchen/Lounge with bed settee
Shower room with washbasin and W.C.
Les Chênes 2can sleep up to 6 people, it has 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedded room. It has a large shower room. In the spacious kitchen/lounge there is a sofa bed. Leading from the lounge is a private patio with B.B.Q and garden furniture. This gite is equipped to a high standard with washing machine, full-size cooker, fridge, microwave etc. In the lounge area there is a hi-fi unit and video player and DVD player.What our guests say:-
'On arriving at Bel-air we were warmly welcomed by the owners (Patricia and Paul) Our accommodation was excellent and Patricia was very knowledgeable about things to do and see in the surrounding area.
The facilities on site were very good and ideally suited for families. Our teenage son made lots of friends and having so many different things to do he said it was the best holiday yet.
We have no hesitation in re booking again this year and are really looking forward to another wonderful holiday.'Summer 2010, The Dodd family -U.K
‘We’ve had a lovely relaxing time at Bel-Air, a lovely property and a super pool area! We enjoyed visiting Saintes, Royan and La Rochelle; Talmont was lovely too-well worth a trip.The beaches at Meschers are very relaxing. The kids have loved making friends- they insist we come back soon!
Thank you Paul and Patricia, for your hospitality and welcome- best of luck for the future’-Aug 2010 Alastair and family- Durham
‘Thanks a million for a great holiday. We loved Bel-air and the local bakery! We’ll be back- how about next week???’-Aug 2010 Bastiaan & Maire- Belgium
‘Thanks for the most wonderful holiday. Bel-Air and its hosts have everything to offer that anyone could possibly wish for, including magnificient weather. We hope to be back again soon’-July 2010 Farrell/Mallon family- Ireland
Amazing!Summer 2010, A.H- UK
‘2nd stay at BEL-AIR, first with Paul and Patricia. Another great holiday, gives us the lift we need. Look forward having bicycles available next year.’-Summer 2010 Nick, Linda and family- Staffordshire
‘We have had a wonderful relaxing holiday-even with 5 teenagers!-perfect. Thank you for the warm hospitality and all the best for your future plans. Great weather/pool/games room/stars etc.!Sept 2010, M+A, West Midlands