With a similar amount of sunshine to the south of France, The Charente Maritime is renowned for its sunny climate with long, hot summers and short mild springs and autumns. St Pardoult is a quiet and peaceful village and Le Vieux Café is ideally situated off the main road, but located in the centre of the village, a minute’s walk from the village playground, village green, boules area and numerous river tributaries.
North of St Pardoult is the historic centre of Niort and the canals of Green Venice, the Marais Poitevin. The landscape changes dramatically as you venture further south. In spring, the fields are awash with brilliant yellow rapeseed and in summer they’re a sea of sunflowers, maize and wheat. To the west of St Pardoult the Charente runs through the shipbuilding town of Rochefort and attractive coastal port of la Rochelle, where the pretty islands of Ile de Re, Ile d’Oleron and Ile de Aix are easily accessible. Head ten minutes south and you come to the bustling market town of St Jean d’Angely, with its famous abbey and cobbled streets; further south you encounter Cognac with its luscious vineyards and onto historic Saintes and Royan, the original beach resort.
St Pardoult is surrounded by many picturesque little villages winding their way lazily along the Boutonne Valley and with Charente Maritime’s warm climate, naval history, stunning scenery, winding rivers and charming villages, St Pardoult really is the ideal location for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.