Le Chai is a 2 bedroomed holiday cottage, sleeping 4 guests.
Our wonderful 2 bedroom gite Le Chai (the wine store) has been recently refurbished, carefully retaining the original stripped beams and open stonework in the traditional farmhouse style. The open plan lounge area is furnished with 2 leather sofas and is equipped with an LCD tv, with UK and French channels and dvd player. Come and borrow one of the many films we have in the gamesroom.
The modern kitchen is fully equipped to a high standard with washing machine, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and lots of cooking equipment and utensils.
The lounge area leads out to the private patio area with garden furniture, bbq and wonderful views to the woods and meadows.
Le Chai comprises of 2 bedrooms, the master bedroom with its exposed stone walls has a wonderful calming feel. Furnished with a double bed and wardrobe, there is plenty of space for a child’s cot. The second bedroom is a cosy twin bedroom with tiled floors.
The cottage has one bathroom with a shower cubicle.
Bel Air Gites is a child-friendly complex with 5 traditional-style holiday gites, glorious shared pool, gardens & playground. 20 minutes to nearest beach and 10 minutes to town.
Our Charentaise farmhouse and rustic-style gites provide a comfortable, family-friendly holiday home-away-from-home. The perfect choice for families with children, or bring the whole family as a group, we’ve plenty of space. We’ve created a safe and fun haven for children and toddlers, so they can play and you can have a stress-free holiday!
Set in 25 acres of unspoilt countryside in the pretty parish of Brie-sous-Mortagne, nestled in the heart of the enchanting province of Charente Maritime. The region is characterised by sweeping uncrowded beaches, pine forests, fields of sunflowers and vineyards.
A very warm Irish welcome awaits you at Bel-Air gites. Bel-Air has been a favourite with holiday makers for many years. In 2010 we decided it was time to escape from the rat-race to 'live our dream' in the Charente Maritime. We took over the well established child and toddler friendly Bel Air gites at the beginning of the summer season in July 2010. We are convinced we made the right decision to move to this fabulous area... no going back!
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||Bel Air is close to the sandy beaches of Saint-Georges de Didonne and Royan. It is only 1 hr 10 mins from La Rochelle Airport to the north and the same distance from Bordeaux airport to the south.|
|Unique benefits of property||Bel Air is the perfect spot for a carefree family holiday. Young families are well catered for with the playbarn, playground with swings and slides, a fully fenced and secure, heated swimming pool. We have everything you need for babies and toddlers available free of charge (cots, highchairs, sterilisers, stairgates, babybaths, changingmats, baby monitors, booster seats etc.)|
Right in the heart of one of the most beautiful pine forests in the area just north of Royan just 35 mins drive away, you will find La Palmyre Zoo. The most famous zoological park in France and recently voted European Zoo of the Year. The most visited tourist attraction in the department of Charente-Maritime. And, as a breeding zoo it is very different from most people’s idea of a zoo as many animals are completely free to roam – and there are more than 1600 of them!
You will meet apes, bears, cockatoos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, hippotamuses, jaguars, lions, panthers, parrots, pink flamingos, red ibis and even wolves. There is a polar bear basin a tropical greenhouse and a reptile house. The shows with trained parrots and sea lions are great for the kids.
The zoo is located about 40 minutes drive from Bel Air Gites
Located in the heart of town, next to the old harbour and the famous towers of La Rochelle, discover one of the main European private aquariums. Take a 2 hour’s journey into the depths of the oceans and meet 12 000 Atlantic, Mediterranean and Tropical animals in 3 million litres of water. Explore the magical and mysterious underwater world that keeps fascinating us.
The beautiful La Rochelle is about 1 hr 10 mins from Bel Air. It’s historic port, many quayside restaurants and cobbled streets not to mention the indoor market, make it well worth the trip.
All for one, one for all - At last a château visit which the whole family will enjoy!
Château des Énigmes, at Pons have a treasure hunt that is great fun for kids and adults alike. Solve the musketeer-themed puzzles in the castle through a series of 21 games that include fishing for corks, recognising the smell of a aromatic plants and solving the mystery of the Templar Code. The challenges are diverse, imaginative, large-scale and well constructed. Nice little cafe for a break half way through, too.
Only a 20 minute drive from your gite at Bel Air.
It is open daily from 4th April to 1st November, from 10am to 7pm (8pm in July and August).
Adult (over 12 yrs) : 14 €
Child ( 4 to 12 ) : 11 €
Under 4 yrs: Free
The miniature port of Saint-Savinien has a ‘fleet’ of hand crafted, electric boats. Children can choose from Mississippi steam boats, tugs, river pushing tugs, a trawler, a cargo ship, a sardine fishing boat or a ferry. Budding sailors can navigate the boats on the lake and along the miniature canals passing a boat wash-house, a fisherman’s cottage, a Japanese bridge. Radars, a lighthouse and a light ship guide them around a dredger, a refloating barge and various other ocean perils.
Open Sundays and bank holidays from April to September and every day in July and August from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The beautiful sandy beach of Saint Georges de Didonne is just a 20 minute drive away. This long sandy beach is close to 3 kilometres long, edged by a pine forest, a wide range of activities are on offer here. With sailing taking pride of place, the commune is a classified station voile (sailing centre). The beach of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne is also the regional capital of sand-karting. The tree top assault course (Accrobranche) is also a popular activity here. It is well run and safety harnesses are provided.