Perhaps Vendee brioche will be on your breakfast menu at your Poitou Charentes B&B - chambre d'hote in French. This is a great place to unwind. The Mayenne River offers possibilities for kayaking, fishing and walking or perhaps a visit to the Oriental Gardens near Cholet appeals - they are said to be some of the finest Japanese gardens in Europe. Or, if near the coast, Poitou Charente's 140km of sandy beaches are great for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. Eating-out is a real pleasure here - mussels, oysters, poultry and mushrooms, not forgetting Port Salut cheese and the region's wines and ciders.