Holidays in France
Luxury Gites in France


Enjoy a holiday in France, in an area with as many hours of sunshine
as the Cote d'Azure - but none of the problems.
An unspoilt, uncrowded region, lazily criss-crossed by the wide clear waters
of the Charente and Vienne, with rolling pastures and hillside
dotted with woodland. Unlike many areas in France and
because of the gentle nature of the countryside, there are
hundreds of 'petites randonees' (rambles), following history studded paths
and deserted river banks.
The wildlife is abundant - nightingales sing with nightjars in the evenings -
red squirrels run across the lawns.
Buzzards fly overhead and you may even see a vulture!

Holidays in France
Domaine de Villechaise
is in the hamlet named after it, Villechaise
- on the D59 just 3Km south of Confolens on the Limoges Road.
Convenient for the shops & restaurants of Confolens and with
easy access to LimogesPoitiers and Angouleme.

For more details of the cities and towns in the area - CLICK HERE

For travel - routes and flight links - CLICK HERE

To find Domaine de Villechiase is very easy!
From Confolens follow the Limoges signs and cross over the small roundabout.
You will see an equestrian centre on the right and shortly afterwards the road
bends left. At the bend take the D59 to the right and the drive to
Domaine de Villechaise is 1.2km down this road on the left.
If you miss the drive you will find the hamlet of Villechaise and at the crossroads
turn left - the entrance to the chateau is 150m on the right.

You can now book
using your Credit Card!

John & Philippa Holroyd
Domaine de Villechaise
16500 St Maurice des Lions

Tel: +44 (0)7802 460486


Tel: +33 (0)545 71 25 33













The snail is an odd creature. It looks odd, it behaves oddly (so would you if your top speed was just four yards an hour) and, when cooked, it tastes odd.
A hermaphrodite that plays both male and female roles during reproduction, the snail has a single, self-lubricating foot and two sets of horns, one each for seeing and smelling its way around.
Why, then, is such a humble, altogether harmless animal the focus of such gastronomic fervour in France, and the subject of books, recipes and, believe it or not, festivals?

Take a holiday in Poitou-Charentes and enjoy vineyards and châteaux, a relaxing wilderness fringed by a stunning coastline.
The sea along the central Atlantic Coast can be enjoyed actively in a boat or on the surf, or at a more leisurely pace at one
of its attractive port towns. Running inland from the Atlantic, the Loire Valley offers fairy-tale châteaux and countless vineyards
for the visitor to explore. Poitou-Charentes is a peaceful wilderness of pine forests, seaside resorts and lush marshlands,
not to mention Cognac and its world-famous brandy. RENT OUR GITE IN the CHARENTES
If you are looking for a gite in the Poitou-Charentes, we offer a great choice, with pools.

GETTING TO LOIRE & POITOU-CHARENTES AIR Air France (0845 084 5111; from Gatwick to Nantes;
British Airways (0845 773 3377; from Heathrow to Nantes;
Ryanair(0870 240 7070; to Tours, La Rochelle and Poitiers from Stansted.
British European (0870 567 6676; from Gatwick to Nantes.

ROAD A10 from Paris to Orléans, Tours, Poitiers and Saintes. N137 from Saintes to La Rochelle.
For Nantes from Caen, take the A84 to Rennes then the N137. From Paris, take the A11/E50 to Le Mans.
RAIL TGV to Le Mans, Angers, Nantes. Poitiers, La Rochelle and Angoulême from Paris (Gare Montparnasse).