NUMBER OF ROOMS: 4 gîtes
ANNUAL CLOSURE: Open year round
THE STORY: Deep in the Charente countryside, twenty kilometers from the wild beaches of the Côte Sauvage, you’ll find La Ferme de Brouage. What should you expect from this eighteenth-century farm, maintained by Hahn-Claire and Antoine Levêque? Organic market gardening on twelve acres of land, vegetable baskets for sale to the public, and, best of all, four spacious and luminous gîtes that can sleep between four and fourteen guests. Renovated using ultra-natural materials (hemp, clay, wood, whitewashed walls etc.), the spaces are all equipped with comfortable double bedrooms, dormitories with rows of beds for the kiddos, cathedral-esque living room/kitchen areas with big communal tables and couches you’ll want to snuggle up in, and private terraces that overflow onto the herb garden dotted with berry bushes (when they’re in season, of course). From April to October, you can even take as much as you like from the farm’s massive vegetable patch, and cook up your own delicious farm-to-table dinners! The estate also boasts a big pool for hot summer nights, and a wood-burning stove in each gîte for frosty winter nights… Four-person gîte starting at €165 a night (two-night minimum stay).
BREAKFAST: Included, with coffee, tea, orange juice, bread, tartines, butter, jam, cereals, yogurt and local goat cheese.
LITTLE LUXURY: Going for a dip in the small pond and croaking with delight alongside the frogs.