Find plenty to do locally

Les Tilleuls is situated in Echebrune, among the rolling hills of the Charente Maritime region in south west France.

Echebrune view from hill

View to Echebrune

Echebrune church

The 12th century church

We’re a five-minute drive away from Pons with its medieval keep and hospice where the pilgrims on their way to Santiago del Compostela found sanctuary. Find time to stroll the ramparts and alleyways of this hilltop town. Pons also provides bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and twice-weekly local produce markets.

Les Tilleuls is surrounded by vineyards producing the eau de vie from which Cognac is made, local wines and the local aperitif, Pineau des Charentes. You will always be welcome and visits to a local producer can be arranged.

local vineyard

Local vineyard

local Pons cafe

Pons

Cognac

The Roman town on the banks of the Charente giving its name to the world-famous spirit produced from the local vineyards. A tour of one of the cognac distilleries – Martell, Hennessy, Remy Martin, Otard, Courvoisier – is not to be missed.

cognac barrel

Cognac

Saintes

Also a Roman town on the banks of the Charente with many historic buildings, including an abbaye and an amphitheatre, not forgetting a stroll along the pedestrianised shopping centre.

River Charente at Saintes

Saintes

Talmont

Listed as one of the “Most beautiful villages of France” this small village on the Gironde estuary is perfect for a visit to the church and a wander through the lanes full of hollyhocks and local giftshops.

Talmont

Talmont

St Georges de Didonne and Royan

For a family day out, St Georges and, slightly further on, the resort of Royan are recommended for their beautiful sandy beaches with safe bathing stretching along the coast. There is also easy parking, bars, restaurants, beach games and at St Georges a  superb tree-climbing area suitable for all ages.

Royan

Royan

La Rochelle

The capital of the Charente Maritime and busy port. Easily reached by motorway and only an hour way, La Rochelle is a town full of interest  – from its historic port surrounded by seafood restaurants to its pretty shopping area, beaches and aquarium.

Talmont

La Rochelle

Ile de Ré

Experience Ile de Ré, an island easily accessible by bridge off the coast of La Rochelle, and the summer home of chic Parisiens. Enjoy a leisurely seafood lunch in one of the many restaurants in the picturesque ports of St Martin and La Flotte and explore this fascinating island.

Ile de Re

Ile de Ré