La Grande Vigne
Escape. Explore. Relax and unwind
Couples, family and friends, everyone receives a warm, friendly welcome at La Grande Vigne. Set in a peaceful, picturesque rural location, as soon as you arrive you will be begin to de-stress, relax and unwind. And whether you stay overnight, for a weekend or a week, you will want to come back again.
The high summer day-time temperatures in the Deux-Sèvres mean that even in the evenings it’s warm enough to sit outside. Each gite has it’s own private patio area with BBQ, and comfortable garden furniture. Your private patio is the perfect place to sit out and enjoy a glass of chilled wine while watching the sun set across the fields. The summer days are practically cloud-free which means the night time is too. And there’s nothing better than sitting out gazing at a star-filled sky, waiting to catch a glimpse of a shooting star.
BBQs are also available for our campsite visitors – you just need to provide the charcoal! If you want to take in some French culture and shop for the freshest ingredients for your barbecue the local markets are the best places to go. There are several in the surrounding area, on different days of the week, but you have to get there early as most will start to pack up around lunchtime.
If you want to go out for the day, the Deux-Sèvres and surrounding regions have so much to offer. Golf, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, even the occasional music festival. There is something here for everyone and to give you a few ideas, check out some of our visitors’ favourites below. Just click on the links provided.
And after a wonderful day exploring, you can come back to La Grande Vigne, relax and unwind.
A few ideas
Seriously, there are so many wonderful, historic towns and cities nearby it’s difficult to select just a few. Our website just isn’t big enough to list them all. All of the ones we have included are less than a 2 hour drive from La Grande Vigne. If you wanted to head out further then you could try Bordeaux, Nantes, Saumur, Le Mans.. the list is endless. But at the end of the day, you will be returning home to La Grande Vigne where you can kickback, relax and unwind.
Only 20 km (12 miles), about 30 minutes drive from La Grande Vigne, Melle is an ancient town with traditional French architecture, some dating back before the 17th century. The silver mine in Melle is reputed to be the oldest in Europe, and is open to the public with daily guided tours. It’s approximately 20 km (12 mi) long, and visitors can explore 350 m of it.
If you prefer a little gentle exercise, Melle also has a beautiful 6 km (3.7 mi) walk known as the Arboretum du Chemin de la Découverte. There are more than 1000 species of trees and shrubs from around the world, and a collection of over 100 roses.
The farmer’s market in Melle is held every Friday until lunchtime. There are numerous outside stalls and an indoor market hall housing fresh meat, cheeses, wines and other wonderful french produce.
Twinned with Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, since 1977, Niort is dominated by the Dondon de Niort, a medieval castle once used as a prison. Today the castle acts as a museum and includes Bronze Age and Gallo-Roman exhibits, as well as many others. From the roof, there is an incredible views over the town and the river – ‘Sèvre Niortaise’. Lots of shops and markets, a good variety of things to see and do, and less than an hour drive from La Grand Vigne.
Just over an hour away is one of the most beautiful man-made landscape there is – Le Marais Poitevin. 112,000 hectares of canals, marshlands and countryside. Pretty villages, ancient abbeys, walks along the river and boats for hire. For a relaxing day out, good bars and restaurants you will struggle to find anywhere that’s as diverse as ‘Green Venice’.
Straight down the N10, and only 40 minutes from la Grande Vigne, Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou-Charentes. It’s a university city rich in medieval history. From the endearing half-timbered houses on Place Charles de Gaulle, to the shopping arcades, market hall and ultramodern Futuroscope theme park. Poitiers has something for everyone. It also has a mainline train station connecting the whole of France, as well as an international airport with regular flights to the UK.
The beautiful town of Cognac, with its narrow medieval cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance facades, is about 90 minutes drive away. World famous firms such as Camus, Hennessy, Otard, Rémy-Martin, Courvoisier, and Renault-Bisquit are located here. The Hennessey tour is the one most recommended but others are available if you want to find your favourite. Hennessey Cognac – Baron Otard, Chateau de Cognac – Remy Martin – Courvoisier
The Cognac Blues Festival takes place in the town centre each summer and there’s also the ‘La Fête du Cognac’. This takes place at the Cognac marina in July. As well as the Cognacs, you will discover Charentais wines, and the famous Pineau des Charentes.
If you want a day at the beach the beautiful sandy beaches of Meschers and Royan (Grand Conche, Chay beach, Pontailliac beach) are just over an hour away. There are pretty cove beaches at Meschers and long, white sandy beaches at St George and Royan. There’s even surfing at St Palais and fishing at Royan harbour. In July each year Royan hosts ‘Un violin sur la Sable‘ on the beautiful Grande Conche Beach.
Roughly a 90 minute drive from us, the historic harbour town of La Rochelle and the famous Fort Boyard. If you haven’t visited here before, then we would definitely recommend it.
“Capital of the Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle is well known for its postcard-pretty Old Port. Protected by the ‘Chaîne’ tower and the Saint-Nicolas tower, the old port has inspired numerous artists. After a walk on the quays, wander around the beautiful narrow streets of the old town. It is packed with interesting mansions, Renaissance residences, and old timber-framed houses. The numerous shops lining the pedestrian streets and under the arcades will delight shopping fans”.
For the keen golfer, there are several courses around the area at Royan, Saintes, La Rochelle and Cognac. Three of these are 18-hole – the Prée Golf Course at La Rochelle, the Maine Gaudin course at Saint-Palais, near Royan and the Louis Rouyer course at Saintes. They combine various technical aspects with something to please players of all levels. See the following websites for details. – Golf de Royan – Golf de la Prée, La Rochelle– Louis Rouyer Golf course, Saintes – Golf du Cognac
Tourism websites and other local attractions
In case we have missed anything, check out some of the links below. Apologies if some of the sites are in french. We have tried to find the English versions, but if you do have trouble viewing then we recommend using Google Chrome’s translation tool.
- Tourism Deux-Sevres
- Tourism Poitou-Charente
- Valley of the Monkeys – “Composed of fifteen tree-lined and green islands, the park allows the monkeys to evolve in total freedom and in direct contact with visitors. These are real encounters with animals that you will experience!”
- Zoo at La Palmyre
- Puy du Fou – theme park featuring different periods in history – vikings, gladiators and musketeers – as well as battle re-enactments
- Giants of the Sky – “the open-air amphitheatre offers you a superb panoramic view of the city and magnifies the free flight of birds from all continents. An exceptional setting for the practice of falconry”
La Grande Vigne
11, Rue du Paradis
79120, Messé, France
Phone: 0800 073 8385 (free from UK landline)
Or – 0033 (0)549 29 39 93
La Grand Vigne is a registered business in France
Siret number: 825 372 618 00017
Tax Ref: 3018040568473