“After more than 30 years staying in gites, this has without doubt been our best ever experience. Le Vieux Monastere has it all – hosts, location and facilities. Best pool ever! Many thanks Christine & Graham”

Richard, Bucks

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Self catering holiday cottages in the beautiful Charente Maritime countryside

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Set among sunflower fields and vineyards Le Vieux Monastère and its grounds provide privacy and seclusion within the stone walls that surround the property. This ensures a safe and secure environment for children, allowing parents the freedom to relax and enjoy our tranquil location and facilities. We also offer babysitting in high season to enable you to enjoy that special evening out.

Whilst Charente Maritime offers many attractions and places of interest to visit, Le Vieux Monastère is a perfect place in which to soak up the sun and unwind. Have a look at what we have to offer…

Our 12m x 6m heated swimming pool has shallow steps for easy access, a heated shower and sun terrace with stunning south facing views across open countryside and is floodlit after dark. There are plenty of sun loungers and patio furniture and the entire pool area is fully enclosed to restrict the unaccompanied access of young children. The pool is heated to 28 degrees from May to October making us an ideal choice for early and late season holidays.

Onsite activities. A former pigeonnier, our games room includes table tennis, table football, children's toys and a book exchange. We also have a library of DVD’s available.

The large area of lawn lying central to the grounds is bordered by the cottages, creating a pleasant village green atmosphere. It is a perfect play area for all sorts of outdoor games including boules and croquet, volleyball and kwik cricket. There is a swing set for the younger children and we also offer bicycle hire.

Social events. Our sun terrace has spectacular south facing views across the valley and is the venue for holding our welcome drinks and optional weekly group meals (in high season).

This comfortable seating area is also a natural magnet for guests to relax and savour early evening drinks whilst absorbing the unique atmosphere of the historical site. At the same time this provides the opportunity to make new friends and exchange stories with your fellow guests in the most convivial of environments.

Our optional group meal in high season is always popular, and has a “party” atmosphere, making it great fun. The evening is often rounded off with a late night swim for the children, providing a truly memorable experience for them.

We can also facilitate arrangements for a birthday or other celebrations if required.

The delightful village of St Hilaire de Villefranche is a 3 minute car ride away (10 minutes by bicycle) and offers traditional village facilities including boulangeries, shops, post office, café / bars, restaurant, bank and a pharmacy.

At Le Vieux Monastère we know that it’s the little things that make a big difference so you will find everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. In addition, Christine and Graham are available on site to provide any assistance or local knowledge that you may need to make your holiday that bit more special.