La Vendange Child friendly gites: Examples of some great family destinations in the local area
For a "top 30" list of family friendly places to visit in the area please click below (external web links provided where possible): See and Do with kids (top thirty)
The local area:
Within about 15 mins drive of the property:
Matha has a weekly market, four supermarkets, several boulangeries, banks etc. and a couple of good restaurants. There is a park and a couple of nearby tourist attractions: the "enchanted vineyard" (a kind of theme park for local viticulture ) and the Neuvicq chateau
Aulney is an ancient market town full of history with a bastion and a very famous 12th century church (a main stop off for the pilgrims en-route to Santiago de Compostelle). There is a good pub and restaurant in the town square.
Jean D'Angely is a medieval town whose abbey towers dominate the skyline.
Within about 30 minutes drive of the property:
St.Savignan is also on the
Saintes was originally a Roman settlement and is steeped in history. The roman amphitheatre
holds free "spectacles" during the summer and there are Roman
thermal baths nearby. Saintes has a large market and is a centre for boat
trips up the
Within about one hour drive is a large stretch of the
Charente Maritime coast:
The zoo at LaPalmyre (near Royan) has won many awards and is very popular with children of all ages.
The aquarium at
The oysters of the area around Isle d'Oleron are world famous and remarkably inexpensive (see "local area" section.
The Marais de Poitevin near Coulon is a huge complex of woodland canals where you can take a Picnic and hire a punt for an adventure of exploration.
Further a field:
Futurascope, a theme park near