About the area
Welcome to one of the sunniest regions of France! Our gites are nestled in the heart of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, a pretty French village in the Poitou-Charentes, an easy drive from the ferry ports and local airports of La Rochelle, Poitiers and Bordeaux. This enchanting region is famous for its micro-climate and lies between the fine sandy beaches of the Atlantic coastline to the west, the châteaux and the castles of the magical Loire Valley to the north, and the bountiful Bordeaux vineyards of the south.
Dampierre sur Boutonne is a lovely village, with a village shop that is open 7 days a week and sells fresh bread, pastries, freshly baked pizza and all the day to day necessities you may need.
The village cafe/bar, "Garage a Papi", is a quirky, chilled out place where you can sit and enjoy views of the sun setting behind the Chateau. The bar has indoor seating, but also has outdoor seating in it's large orchard, next to the river. Often musicians play on summer Sunday afternoons.
The Chateau de Dampierre is a beautiful renaissance chateau open to the public, with stunning gardens to walk through. They offer daily guided tours, as well as allowing you to freely explore by yourself. Throughout the year they have a range of art exhibitions and musical events.
The river Boutonne flows through the village and around the chateau. Fishing, hiking and cycling are all accessible in the village. We can give you information on local routes and fishing spots. We have a number of bikes (and helmets) for you to borrow, but can also arrange for bike hire if the sizes are not correct. We can also arrange canoe hire or fishing trips.
Aulnay, a charming little market town, with it's bar, restaurants, shops, twice weekly market and large supermarket (Intermache) is an 8 minute drive, while the larger, lovely market town of Saint Jean D'Angely is a 15 minute drive. Here you will find a number of supermarkets, bars, restaurants, twice weekly market, Abbey and a cinema as well as a range of leisure activities such as karting, boating, canoeing and swimming. Both towns are on the Santiago De Compostela pilgrimage trail and have stunning churches and other historic buildings to visit. There are very helpful tourist information offices in both towns.
3 miles away is the world famous Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (Poitou Donkey Farm) home of the rasta donkeys and Zoodysee wild life park in Chize is a 15 minute drive away.
Water sports, including paddle boarding, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing are a 25 minute drive away
Ideally situated to be within a 60 minute drive of a number of historic and beautiful towns and a range of activities. The beaches and marinas of La Rochelle, Royan and Rochefort as well as a number of equally gorgeous, but lesser known beaches such as Fouras and Chatelaillon Plage are all less then a hour away. Stunning Charente towns worth a visit include Cognac, home of the world famous cognac houses of Martell, Hennessy and Reme Martin and an 18 hole golf course and Jarnac, a beautiful riverside town, home of Courvoisier. Saintes, Niort, and Angouleme are great towns for culture, sights and shopping. The Marais Poitevin, the Green Venice of France, is a great day out for boat trips and cycling.
We provide each gite with a large pack of information on the local area and have range of maps including cycle and walking routes that we can share with you.
La Petite Ferme Gites is the ideal place to relax and unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful Charente Maritime, but there is plenty to do and lots to see in the area for those who want to explore.
We have had many lovely holidays in France, but after a spending a glorious 10 days in the Charente Maritime in 2016, we decided to pack in the day jobs (working with young offenders and project management in construction) and relocate from the our busy lives in London to the French countryside. We fell in love with the area around Saint Jean D'Angely and decided that would be the centre of our house search.
After viewing La Petite Ferme Gites & walking around the delightful village of Dampierre sur Boutonne, our minds were set. We have been here since February 2018 and are both loving the beautiful countryside, the tranquility, the sunshine, the birds singing in the evening, the cheese and wine and everything about life in rural France. We had a great first summer in 2018 running the gites and are looking forward to more of the same in 2019.
Sam is a keen runner and has been exploring the local running trails. Stuart enjoys fishing and has been getting to know the local fishing spots. We would be really happy to share this knowledge with our guests. We have explored some of the local cycle trails but are hoping to get out on our bikes in 2019 & discover more routes.
We really want our guests to relax and enjoy their stay at La Petite Ferme Gites and we hope they fall in love with the Charente Maritime, just as we did.