Welcome to Saule des bois
Run by Alan and Dorothy Peel, the resident owners for the last seventeen years, Saule des Bois consists of three gites, offering a range of accommodation of two and three bedrooms. Two of the gites are situated around a floodlit, heated swimming pool and a third separate gite adjacent to the pool and overlooking the carp ponds and gardens. Set in some two acres of landscaped gardens which attract an abundance of wildlife and birds including kingfishers, woodpeckers, hoopoes and even the occasional golden oriel, the grounds offer a tranquil setting for a relaxing holiday and as a base for exploring this interesting and historic area. The National forest, (L’Hermitan) is easily accessible to walkers and cyclists on peaceful roads, whilst horse-riding is available at a nearby riding centre. The pond, which is stocked with carp, is at the disposal of guests. For the more enthusiastic fisherman, there is a choice of fishing lakes nearby, one of which has leisure facilities and a sandy beach. On site, we have table tennis, badminton, table football, volleyball and boules and of course our 10m x 5m heated floodlit swimming-pool, which is fitted with a alarm which complies with current French safety legislation.
WiFi access available by arrangement. Each gite has its own portable BBQ but there is a larger communal BBQ in the grounds with outdoor dining area which can seat up to fifteen people. As well as the tranquility of the countryside, Saule des Bois is an ideal centre for touring and sightseeing with La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast, Cognac, the Loire Valley and Futuroscope at Poitiers all within easy day trip distance. The Marais Poitevin, an area of rivers, canals and wetlands, offers a superb day out and is only 40 minutes drive away. Easily accessible from the N10, we are approximately three and a half hours from St. Malo and five and a half hours from Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre. Local airports are at La Rochelle and Poitiers connecting with a large number of UK airports. See details under Location Menu. We are always pleased to help you plan your visits and introduce you to the real French way of life. We speak French and are involved in the local community and are therefore in a position to keep you informed of local events and points of interest. See the events under Community menu Over the years we have welcomed many families to Saule des Bois, a good number of whom have chosen to return, often several times, some even every year we have been here. We hope you choose to spend your holidays here and look forward to welcoming you.
Alan and Dorothy