La Vieille Ecole

  • Taugon Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps 2 to 20
  • £70 to £120 per night

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Formerly a convent school and completely renovated 3 years ago, La Vieille Ecole is situated in a small, typically French village named Taugon.

Committing to comfort, charm and a warm welcome we offer twin, double or family rooms. A bed and breakfast but in a hotel sized building, we can accommodate up to 20 people - ideal for large groups, family gatherings and parties. We have our own separate house therefore noise would not be an issue. Our facilities include swimming pool, boules court, children´s play area and the use of community tennis courts. There is designated parking for cars and secure area for motorbikes and cycles.

The village itself has a boulangerie, a takeaway, pizza van (sunday nights), bar/tabac, post office, tennis courts, campsite, small children's park, football pitch, photographic museum and designated walk ways and cycle routes and a restaurant on the periphery of the village.

With an exceptional 2400 hours of sunshine per year, on par with the French Riviera, we are located in the Charente Maritime and bordering the National Park "Marais Poitevin", Vendee also know as the "Venise Verte". Taugon is set between sea and marsh, offering a diverse range of activities and a wealth of culture and history.

Only 30 minutes drive away is the third most visited city in France; La Rochelle. Host to countless events and festivals, including Grand Pavois, the largest boat show in Europe and the International Film Festival. The city has beautifully maintained its past architecture, making it one of the most chic, picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast.

There are numerous other activities to keep you occupied when visiting this area.

Marais Poitevin - Starting right on our doorstep. A captivating region which holds the status of regional National Park and has become one of the best loved tourist attractions in Charente Maritime. Where in some places water has replaced roads and the only contact between people and villages is a maze of mysterious canals. The canals are of a "green pea soup" colour from the duck weed hence the name "Venise Verte". During the summer months it is possible to take a trip on a punt or rowing boat (with or without a guide) and glide along the serene canals by day or night. There is no shortage of things to do in the local area, whether it be discover the landscapes of Marais Protein by the peaceful pace of draught horse, stroll on a horse/pony, have a guide show you how to fish and cook crayfish, or board a river cruiser or tourist train giving you an insight to the history, flora, fauna and architecture of the marshlands villages. Alternatively hire a bike and explore the numerous peaceful and beautiful villages and marshlands along the 55km sign posted cycle tracks across the countryside.

La Rochelle - With its beauty and diversity it is no wonder it has 3 million people visit here each year. At the heart of this medieval city is the "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), which is spectacularly lined with a diverse range of restaurants and cafes over looking the multitude of luxurious and lavish boats and yachts. Daily bustling markets, an impressive aquarium, beautiful beaches, boat trips, museums, cinemas, art galleries and a shoppers paradise you will be hard pushed to decide what to see and do first. Adding to the cosmopolitan appeal is the constant festivals and major events held throughout the year such as Grand Pavois, International Film Festival and Francofiles.

Chatelaillon Plage - Some extravagant architecture with a somewhat "Americanized look", this is an idea place to take families. Lively seaside resort with promenade stretching over 3 km, a casino, beachside park, water complex with flume and indoor and outdoor pools, sailing school and clubs. Your time here could be spend enjoying spectacular views from the promenade of nearby islands or panoramic view of the Marais Poitevin from the fortified church or even take a guided tour of the oyster beds in a charabanc pulled by a tractor with on-site oyster tasting.

Ile de Re - The Charente Maritime's answer to St Tropez. Lying off shore from La Rochelle, an impressive 3km bridge you can walk, drive or cycle taking you to the most picture postcard villages. Cycles and the island of Re go together like a cheese and wine, with 100 km of cycle tracks, bikes are the preferred mode of transport and therefore cyclists can be seen everywhere. Bikes are available to hire, and there is no better way to discover the delights of this majestic island. There is a wide range of water sports available, magnificent beaches, golf course, bird sanctuary, markets, boat trips, or just enjoy meandering through the narrow cobbled streets and small shops. Alternatively savor some seafood and admire the "beautiful" people sailing into the marinas and look out for Johnny Depp or Bill Gates mowing their lawns. Approximately 60 minutes drive away is Saintes, Poitiers, Cognac and Royan, all of which offer a superb day out catering for every need.


La Vieille Ecole

Taugon bed and breakfast

3 Impasse de la Vinette
Charente Martime 17170