Welcome to
Les Landes Vacances
  1. Jo and Nick Speight welcome you to Charente Maritime
    Jo and Nick Speight welcome you to Charente Maritime
    Les Landes Vacances is a converted farm situated on the edge of a rural hamlet, so you can be assured of peace, tranquility and relaxation, whatever the time of year.
  2. Cottage Le Tournesol
    Cottage Le Tournesol
    Le Tournesol can sleep up to 9 people in 3 bedrooms
  3. Cottage La Lavande
    Cottage La Lavande
    La Lavande can sleep up to 5 people in 2 bedrooms
  4. Cottage L'Hibiscus
    Cottage L'Hibiscus
    L'Hibiscus can sleep up to 4 people in 2 bedrooms
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We have 3 comfortably presented cottages, converted from the original farm dairy. The three cottages can be booked together to accommodate 18 people, or separately:
  • Le Tournesol: Three bedrooms, sleeps up to 9 people
  • La Lavende: Sleeps 5 in two bedrooms
  • L'Hibiscus: Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms.

Changeover day is Saturday in July and August.

Each cottage has a private, fully enclosed patio area and open plan private garden with a cherry tree. The grounds extend to 3 acres, with a beautiful 10x5 metre swimming pool which is fully enclosed for safety and with inflatables to amuse the children. There is room for several badminton or boules games, and plenty of sun-loungers and outdoor furniture help you enjoy the full benefits of the marvellous climate.

Les Landes Vacances is surrounded by rolling farmland and beautiful countryside. There are lovely walks and cycle rides on the doorstep, many suitable for children, we even have bicycles available for you to borrow.

Each cottage has Freesat TV giving access to English TV and radio, as well as an extensive DVD/video library

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Les Landes Vacances is situated on the edge of a hamlet called Azay in the commune of St Crépin, surrounded by farmland. Thanks to the gulf stream we benefit from a mirco-climate making the area the second sunniest in France.

There are over 100km of beaches within an hour's drive, and with child-friendly area with life-guards, surfing, fishing, sailing and kite surfing all available, there is something for everyone.

Access is straightforward either from the regional airports, or from the channel ports.

Estimated travel times (don’t forget to add time for breaks):
Calais: 6 ½ hours (directions Rouen, Le Mans, Tours)
Le Havre: 5 hours (directions Caen, Rennes, Nantes)
St Malo: 4 hours (directions Rennes, Nantes)

La Rochelle airport (45 min travel time)
Bordeaux airport (90 min travel time)


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Where are we?

The lifestyle
Really appreciate the taste of fresh food. Eggs are readily available from our 10 free-range chickens, with milk from the local dairy (500m away).
Depending on the season there is a harvest of fresh vegetables from our potager, grapes from our vines and walnuts, apples, pears, figs, cherries and plums from our trees.
On-site activities
There is an activity centre for the children with swings, ladders, slide and climbing frame.
There is plenty of room to play football, badminton or boules.
We have a table tennis table (with bats and ping-pong balls) and a table-football game.
The pool is 10mx5m, and 1m deep throughout. It is completely fenced, with an alarm for safety. We provide inflatable toys for use in the pool.
Buckets, spades, beach mats and sun shades are available for days at the beach.
We also have a selection of childrens toys (cars, dolls etc)
The Wildlife
The area is a haven for nature lovers and bird watchers. This is an agricultural community and the local farm life revolves around sunflowers, dairy herds and maize. These three products provide an ideal environment for birds and wild-life with plenty of land set aside each year.
The bird life includes sightings of (in season) nesting storks, 3 species of herons, hoopoes, stone curlews, buzzards, marsh and hen harriers, as well as the more common black redstarts, tits, warblers, goldfinches, swallows, swifts and wagtails.
The luckiest and most patient bird watchers will also enjoy a rare sighting of a golden oriole, although you can frequently hear their distinctive trill and warble and you will be serenaded most summer evenings by nightingales.
In addition, there are plenty of interesting insects; the rare Rosalia Longicorn, beautiful humming bird moth, several varieties of bee and "gendarmes".
We also have several small lizards in residence and a couple of Western Whip snakes (don't worry, they are harmless!)
Bicycles
We have 11 bicycles available for use - 4 suitable for small children (1 with stabilisers) and 7 for older children/adults.
Charente Maritime has hundreds of cycle routes, with several within a few kilometers of our front door.
** It is now compulsory for children under 12 to wear cycle helmets. Make sure you pack yours **
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Some produce from our vegetable patch
Jo and Nick  Speight

About us

We are an English couple, living in France since May 2016, loving the French lifestyle and weather. We share our home and property with a beautiful 14-year-old cat, 10 free-range chickens and a wide variety of wild animals, birds and insects.
We were attracted to the area initially by the excellent travel links, by road, rail or plane, and then by the weather – it is the second sunniest region in France, with an average of 1954 hours of sunshine per year (ref www.climatedate.eu) so the sunshine is never very far away.
Our lives have had meandering paths to reach the point where we decided to move to France: Nick started his career working in zoos, then via a few “odd” jobs, he was an RSPCA inspector, then an Environmental Health Officer, finally ending up working for the National Trust as an advisor on various aspects of risk.
Jo’s career was more straightforward, starting off as a mechanical engineer working in the automotive industry, before retraining as a Health and Safety advisor and moving into the food industry. Both of us were happy in our roles, but busy work schedules often meant days on the road, and nights apart in hotels, so we started looking for a way to improve our work-life balance.
Les Landes Vacances was the opportunity to be able to take a step back from the rat-race, and stop and take a breath. It is certainly not retirement, we have 3 acres of land, including a large vegetable patch to keep in check, and although we are certainly not Tom and Barbara Good (yet!) we already grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables.
Chickens "helping " dig the vegetable patch
Pinot enjoying the sun
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