Le Jardin des Brandes - Poitou Charentes Holiday Gites

Things to do on your Poitou Charentes Holiday

Our Poitou Charentes holiday gite is situated just 15 minutes from the local market town of Chalais and 10 minutes from Montguyon with shops, bars, post office, restaurants, banks, doctors and weekly markets.

Le Jardin des Brandes is the perfect place to wind down. You can spend your days relaxing by the pool and enjoying the views of the Poitou Charentes countryside, or if you wish below are a few suggestions of places to go and things to do.


Bordeaux is a large cosmopolitan city, with something to suit everyone whether it is the beautiful architecture and museums or just a great place to shop. If you don't feel like driving why not take the train from nearby Chalais.


Why not take a trip to Cognac and visit the Hennessy or Martell Cognac distilleries, or just take a stroll through it's old quaint streets.

St Emilion

St Emilion is a must to visit. Above ground are the quaint old cobbled streets, where every other shop sells wine, below ground are the catacombs, and the monolithic church which were all carved out of solid limestone rock.

(Please click on Bordeaux, Cognac and Saint Emilion to be linked to the relevant tourism office websites).


Royan on the coast is also a lovely town with its picturesque marina and stunning beach

Other Places of note to visit.

Aubeterre with also its monolithic church is just 25km, whilst Angouleme, Dordogne, PĂ©rigueux, Lascaux Caves are also within easy reach.

Poitou Charentes surrounding markets

On Monday Chalais has a wonderful colourful market, which is well worth a visit.

Libourne has a large food market on both Sundays & Tuesdays and there are many other towns with markets nearby (20-50kms).

Poitou Charentes Outdoor Life - 10 mins drive away

Nearby outdoor life includes Etang Vallier at Brossac, which has a bar, restaurant, childrens play area with trampoline and bouncy castle, here you can also hire a canoe and paddle on the lake or go for a swim and watch the children play in the sand.

There is also a second nearby lake - 'Beauvallon' aqua-lagoon with its man-made beach where you can hire pedaloes, here too there is a restaurant and bar.

If you like something a little livelier why not visit the local racing circuit and try Karting on the outdoor track or if you feel like driving a racing car around the larger race track take a look at the Circuit de Haute Saintonge website for further details.

The choice is yours - Motor sports, swimming, boating or just relaxing in the sun.

If you wish you may even try horse-riding through the Charente-Maritime or hire a canoe and paddle leisurely along the nearby waterways.




There are plenty of good restaurants to choose from in the local area. The Chateau in Chalais is always a popular choice for those who want to dine somewhere special.

The local cusine is wonderful and we are more than happy to recommend several of our favourites.

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