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Fruits from our garden

Mirabelle fruit

We’re both foodies so we’ve taken advantage of the long summers here in Poitou-Charente by planting a few fruit trees, nurturing our vines and growing what we can. Summer 2016 has been particularly warm (some might say hot) and dry. Perfect…

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Book a gîte and get 20% off your Brittany Ferries fare

Gite holidays France ferry discount

Many guests drive themselves and their families down to stay with us here at La Ferme de l’Eglise and for many, the easiest and quickest route over the channel is the ferry. Inevitably, the ferry fare can end up being…

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Romanesque churches of medieval Melle

France holidays, gites in Poitou-Charentes, Romanesque architecture

Melle is a busy small town about 25 minutes drive from Vanzay. Melle was founded in the reign of Charlemagne as a mining centre and was, for a time, the home of the French mint, although silver had been mined…

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Exploring the medieval history of Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes has had a turbulent history that has left a rich cultural and architectural heritage. This heritage is best represented by the numerous churches, many of which are Romanesque and served pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Over…

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5 Reasons to Holiday in France Right Now

Cheap French holidays in gites

Of course there are plenty of reasons to take a holiday in France at any time, but right now there are five particularly good reasons why a holiday in France makes perfect sense.

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