Romantic holiday in France

For couples looking for the ultimate romantic break, in perfectly picturesque surroundings, look no further than our one bedroom couples gite at les Vieilles Ombres. If you’d like to experience the romance of Charente, this beautiful south west region of flowing French countryside captures the hearts of poets, artists, cyclists, walkers and especially lovers.

Romantic holiday in FranceAside from the beautiful Atlantic coastline, less than an hour away, the region boasts 2.500 sunshine hours throughout the year with breathtaking sunsets and evenings that are long and light, making the perfect setting for strolling and outdoor dining.

Couples wanting to explore can travel to the vast area of marshland called the Marais Poitevin, the second largest wetland in France, often referred to as ‘La Venise Verte’ (Green Venice), a haven for wildlife. Take in the scenes by boat, bicycle, or on a horse-drawn carriage, for maximum romance.

The French are renowned for their romantic nature and it’s no wonder, considering they are surrounded by such beauty. Les Vielles Ombres is perfectly placed within miles of peaceful, unspoilt landscape of rolling hills, dotted with church spires, pretty medieval villages, forests, rivers, ponds and lakes, making it an idyllic setting for lovers wanting a taste of French country life.

For couples with a car, the gite is within easy reach of the starting point on a tour of the many famous Bordeaux vineyards, where there is opportunity to see the legendary chateaux of the D2 – including Margaux, Medoc, Mouton Rothschild, Pomerol, St Georges, and Yquem……so what better opportunity to take yourselves off together for some intimate socialising.

Alternatively, cognac and chocolate are a perfect aphrodisiac combination, not to be missed at the famous Remy Martin. Learning about the origins and expertise behind the brand, their fascinating historical and gourmet tours, tantalise the taste buds and awaken the senses in the very oldest cellar of this world renowned Cognac house.

The region is simply bursting with romance and these are just a few suggestions to seduce, but if you’d rather just relax in the comfort of your gite and it’s surroundings, Le Tournesol, is an ideal choice….

With its authentic honey coloured stone walls, original fireplace and modern finish, this gite has been renovated with romance in mind, an intimate hideaway, nestling in the ancient village of Bagnizeau, perfect for quality time out with your loved one.

If you are partial to the food of love, oysters, lobster, and other sumptuous dishes are served by candle light, less than ten minutes away at the most wonderful family- run restaurants, delighting the senses with the very best of romantic French cuisine.

Visiting La Rochelle - 1hr drive away from our Gite in FranceFor centuries, nearby La Rochelle (1 hr away) has been a popular haunt for painters, with so much beauty to capture on canvas, a wander through the romantic cobbled streets is a must. Couples can discover the secret passages, historic buildings, museums, quaint, ancient wooden houses and stately mansions, amidst an array of interesting shops & boutiques. There’s an abundance of seafood restaurants overlooking the Old Port, where you can just sit quietly together and simply take in the wonder of the place, before returning to the solace of Le Tournesol.

If you fancy a romantic getaway this year, take advantage of a 20% discount for 2018 breaks booked at Le Tournesol (our couples gite) before April 1st.

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We look forward to you visiting us.

For Bookings and Enquiries, Please Contact Les Vieilles Ombres
Telephone: 05 46 32 52 60