Gite du Calme - Gite Self Catering Holiday Rental Poitou Charente SW France
Gite du Calme is a traditional rural French farmhouse accommodation nestled amongst vineyards near Saintes and Cognac. Just a short and pretty cycle ride is our local village of Chérac, passing vineyards and local farms with cattle and horses. In Chérac you can buy your French bread daily, fresh local produce from the Boulangerie and the local Boucherie/Butchers. Other shops include a chemist-pharmacy where the owners speak pretty good English and are very helpful. There is also a cafe/bar, post office, hair dressers, the farmers co-opporative and the tabac/gift shop. On Saturday morning there is the fresh oyster seller. Chérac is in the heart of the Cognac and Pineau region and during your stay you can visit one of the local producers of Cognac and Pineau and sample the many ages and varieties that are available. If you are passionate about mushrooms, like every French man, then our rural gite is the perfect place for you. The forest behind the Gite has an abundance of the famous cepe champignon/mushrooms.
Just another short cycle ride away is Dompierre on the Charente rivers edge. Here you will find another fine Boulangerie that sells the most delicious selection of breads including the ever popular Pain au Maize (Corn bread) and cakes. Next door is a road-side vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Here in Dompierre you have many picnic areas with some beautiful views along the Charente river. In July and August the cute tourist hut, an extension of the official office in Saintes  is open opposite the Boulangerie everyday which is a hive of information and where you can pick up tickets for everything.
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