Petit Champagné is a domaine of just four houses in the Charente Maritime region of south western France, the second sunniest after the Cote d’Azur and on the Lonely Planet top ten places to visit. The Chateau at Petit Champagné can accommodate 16 guests and is perfect for large family gatherings, weddings and other events.
We are located five minutes from junction 34 of the A10 Paris to Bordeaux motorway, 45 minutes from La Rochelle (which is also the closest airport) and 25 minutes from the nearest beach. Connections to the UK are straightforward with flights all year round from Stansted and Birmingham East Midlands, and in the summer months from Southampton, as well as Bristol. Road connections are also good, with the nearest French port of St. Malo three and a half hours away.
Two of the houses at Petit Champagné make up a small farm dedicated to growing sunflowers, wheat, maize and peas, belonging to Joel the farmer - a well-known local character. The other two houses in the domaine are ours.
Our property is set on 5 acres of gently sloping land with great views all round, including a lake at the bottom of the property. There are several outbuildings which includes a table tennis room, the main Chateau and a private gite.
The Chateau has gardens at the front and a tranquil shady terrace at the back. Part of this grassed area has been paved to make a seating and BBQ area.
The first thing you see when you enter Petit Champagné through the spectacular wrought iron gates are the impressive front gardens with numerous trees and parking for many cars in the gravelled areas.
The large, beautiful pool is 15 metres by 8 metres with a diving board. The maximum depth is 3.4 metres. It is surrounded by paving with roman steps at one end and a large paved area with plenty of sun loungers. Part of the pool and terrace are shaded in the summer afternoons, allowing the little ones to keep swimming even while it is hot.
Below the pool there is another grassed area with plenty of shade for hot days. Here you will find a walnut tree, various apple trees, fig bushes and a plum tree, as well as the lake which marks the boundary of the property.
There are lovely walks through the nearby woodland which is surrounded by sunflowers. There is an abundance of interesting bird and wildlife. The local river, 'The Boutonne', has excellent fishing and is less than a 15 minute walk from the property. There are also many cycle routes in the area, so bring your bikes!
The property is also geared up for Winter breaks - enjoy open fires, a cosy lounge and large homely dining area, suitable for large parties of up to 16 guests.
For details on where we are and how to get here please click here: Getting to Petit Champagné
For things to do and see while you are at Petit Champagné please click here Things to do and see
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