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Le Clos de la Garenne
9, rue de la Garenne
Brigitte & Patrick FRANÇOIS
Email: inquiry@au-chateau.com


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Languages:  English, Spanish spoken; German and Italian understood.
Payment by bank transfers, Visa, MasterCard or cash.  Checks only in euros on a French bank.

Département: Charente Maritime (17) 
Special Features: Access for the Disabled

Le Clos de la Garenne

  Very near the historic port city of La Rochelle on France's  Atlantic coast is the elegant and inviting Le Clos de la Garenne, a bed and breakfast also offering a studio apartment for two that is rented by the week, a Cottage for up to 5 people, and a self-catering contemporary gîte for up to six people.  Set on four hectares of property in Puyravault - a village with its own fascinating 2000-year history from Gallo-Roman times - this 360 year-old residence has an interesting past.   Vineyards once surrounded it and the town, and Puyravault became a point of resistance to the Roman invaders.  La Garenne has been here since 1650.  It began as the hunting lodge for the priory built in 1040 next to the town's incredible pre-Romanesque church constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries.  Both of those buildings are still standing, despite the ravages of time, religious wars, and the French Revolution!  The manor house of la Garenne later became a farm with a vineyard, and various owners added to the building as they prospered. 

Following the French Revolution, when many noble propertie were sold to the public, La Garenne was purchased by the Audry family.  Pierre-François Audry de Puyraveau was a friend of General La Fayette whose ship, L' Hermione, is currently being reconstructed in nearby La Rochelle, and he sacrificed his personal fortune for the people of the French Republic.  He was active in 1830 in the 3-day Revolution against the monarchy and completed his career in politics as President of the 'Assemblée Constituante' in 1848. La Garenne once again prospered until the 1880s when phylloxera destroyed the vines.  The huge 500-hectare estate was broken up and sold bit by bit until the 1970s when the house, four outbuildings and four hectares were sold by the descendants of Audry de Puyraveau.  It was energetically restored and refurbished by its new owner for more than a decade until his sudden death, after which time it sat empty for many years.  The current owners ' woke it up' in 1997 to make it their home and open its lovely gate to guests. Today, the region is known for its cereal and dairy products, especially its delectable butter, as the vineyards are gone.

The lovely grounds of La Garenne include wild woodlands, fields for the animals, gardens and a young orchard.  There is a pond project underway which may one day include a pool.  Several terraces around the house, as well as a summer kitchen, make the outdoors at La Garenne very appealing and comfortable.  This property is accessible by the handicapped, and the cottage and living rooms are accessible for wheelchairs. 

In the main house are four rooms on the ground floor - a large kitchen where breakfast is served, a fine 17th century dining room with stone floors and a grand fireplace where guests take dinner, a billiards room, and an 18th century salon with oak floors and a marble fireplace.  In the salon there is a CD player and games for people of all ages to amuse themselves when they are not out sightseeing.  Of course, simply relaxing in the salon with a good book or to plan your exploration of the region is also appealing. 

The guest rooms at Le Clos de la Garenne are spacious and tastefully decorated. Two bedrooms with queen size beds, a suite accommodating up to six people,  an apartment for two people and a cottage that can accommodate two adults and three children are offered.  All are en suite with either a tub or showers.  The windows all have views over the gardens making the rooms sunny and bright.  This part of France has almost as many sunny days as the Côte d' Azur, so travelers can rest assured their vacation days will likely be consistently pleasant for most of the year.  A few steps away from La Garenne is the studio apartment, Tournesol, ideal for two people who want a small self-catering accommodation.

The combination of a superb location near La Rochelle, Rochefort and the Atlantic coast, a truly warm and friendly welcome from Brigitte and Patrick François the enthusiastic proprietors, and absolutely delightful and comfortable accommodations will make your stay at Le Clos de la Garenne a happy and rewarding experience. 


Rooms:   2 guest rooms (one for 2 people and one for 3 people) both with en suite bathrooms; 1 suite of 2 chambres for a maximum of  6 people with en suite bathroom with shower only; 1 apartment for 2 people with en suite / tub and shower; one cottage of two chambres for a maximum of 5 people with en suite / shower; one gîte for up to six people.  All rooms have queen size beds (except children's rooms). 
Prices per night:  B&B Rooms for 1 person € 68 - for 2 persons € 78 - for 3 people € 98 - for 4 people € 118 - for 5 people € 138.  Baby cot/crib € 10. Visitor tax 0.60 pp/per night.
for two adults and up to three children priced by number of people as above. Le Chai, contemporary two-story self-catering gîte € 550 - € 700 per week for 5 or 6 people. Security deposit € 300.  Visitor taxes of € 0.90 per person/per night.   Le Tourneseol apartment for 2 adults and 1 child, with  access by village street
€ 300 to € 400 per week.  All three are handicapped accessible.
Dinner: by prior reservation on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays iin the Summer months.  Fresh seasonal cuisine, with special consideration for vegetarians, allergies,dietary restrictions, children's meals, etc.  The price is € 27  per adult, wine included.  Teenagers € 22 and children 3-12 € 12. Served other times is possible by arrangement.
Booking Information: Reservations are confirmed only after a signed agreement together with the deposit is received (supplied in English to guests by the owners).  A 25% deposit of the total stay is required to hold the reservation with a minimum of € 50 per room booked or € 100 per family accommodation. Deposits can be charged on Visa or MasterCard by the proprietors.  Balance of payment is due upon arrival.  Any other expenses not mentioned on the agreement will be paid at the end of the stay by cash or by Visa or MasterCard. 

No pets permitted on the property as the owners have two dogs, two donkeys, chickens and sheep.
Television in the Salon.
No land line telephones, but Internet access is available. Public telephone booth in street in front of church if needed.

Open March 1 to October 18, but could be available off season.  Please inquire.
On site:  Billiard room, library, music, games for all ages, toys for small children.  On the grounds there is volleyball, table tennis, badminton, pétanque. Enclosed parking on the property.
Vicinity:  Tennis court in village with free access for guests of Le Clos de la Garenne.  Swimming pool in Surgères with market, shops, services,  11th-12th centuries church, cinema and château.  Bicycle rental available in Surgères.  Golf 15 kms, horseback riding 2 kms, fishing  5 kms. Lovely countryside with lanes for walking or biking.  Atlantic beaches are 25 kms away, forests 10 kms, and  marshes of the Marais Poitevin 15 kms. Cities of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Saintes and the large town of Cognac, as well as the islands of Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron are all great to visit.


From Paris Gare Montparnasse by TGV  to Surgères,  2 hours 40 minutes (TGV). 

From Paris by auto: take the A10 via Tours/Poitiers/Niort.  Exit 33 to La Rochelle/Rochefort/Surgères.  At Mauzé sur le Mignon (not necessary to go into town) follow Rochefort/Surgères direction on D911.  At 1st traffic light in Surgères,  turn right. Before Gare SNCF at the round-about (fire and police stations), turn right under railway bridge. This is D115  to  Puyravault.  Continue for 4 kms to the D205, turn left to Puyravault.  In the village, turn right at the church onto rue de la Garenne (sign for Chambres d'Hôtes).  Le Clos de la Garenne is another 500 meters on the right.

Airport:   La Rochelle
Railway Station:  Surgères or La Rochelle
Car Rental La Rochelle airport
Car Rental La Rochelle railway station
Car Rental Surgères (scroll down on left of page and click Surgères)

Michelin Map to Château

Guest Rooms Dining View from the gardens Salon and Billiard Room Cottage and Studio
Guest Rooms Elegant Dining The Gardens Salon & Billiard Room Cottage and Studio