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Welcome to Souvigné [click to enlarge]The Poitou-Charentes [click to enlarge]Our favourite local baker [click to enlarge]
Located in the Deux-Sèvres region of the Poitou-Charentes, Bois Bourdet is just five miles away from the historic town of St-Maixent-l’Ecole. The farmhouse is in an idyllic rural setting near the village of Souvigné, which is less than 10 minutes away from shops, supermarkets, boulangeries and markets.

The Deux-Sèvres region is just 65kms from the Atlantic coast and enjoys 2600 sunshine hours a year (second only to the French Mediterranean coast).
Hay-making in July [click to enlarge]The lane from Bois Bourdet [click to enlarge]Charming stone buildings [click to enlarge]
Nestled at the end of a secluded lane, Bois Bourdet is surrounded by gently undulating fields and meadows. Explore the many country lanes and pathways close by which lead to verdant pastures crisscrossed with hedgerows, to picturesque fields of golden corn and sunflowers, and to pretty havens of woodland. Trees and flourishing wild flowers host a variety of wildlife, birds and butterflies.

Ancient stone buildings also form part of the countryside scenery and their patchwork slate and terracotta tiled roofs are a visual delight.
Seasonal produce [click to enlarge]Enjoying a leisurely lunch [click to enlarge]Take your pick! [click to enlarge]
Throughout the area, traditional village markets sell fantastic, fresh seasonal produce. Savour all the different flavours of meats, olives, cheese, pâté and other regional specialities.

Bois Bourdet is ideally located between the Loire and Bordeaux wine regions with an array of great wines to sample. And don’t forget to try our local aperitif - "Pineau des Charentes".
Yum Yum! [click to enlarge]Delicious pâtisseries [click to enlarge]Tasty goat’s cheese [click to enlarge]
Local delicacies you must try during your stay at Bois Bourdet include "tourteau fromager" (a creamy, dome-shaped traditional cheesecake with a thin black crust) and "fromage de chèvre" (goat’s cheese). You can buy fresh goat’s cheese from the Soignon dairy which is just five minutes from Bois Bourdet - and one of our most popular starters for guests is hot goat’s cheese with dressed salad.
Cherries in June [click to enlarge]Pretty lanes everywhere [click to enlarge]
Each season at Bois Bourdet has its own charm...

... visit us in early Spring to have fun at the local festivals & fêtes...
... pick juicy cherries in the warm June sunshine...
... help yourself to fresh produce from our organic kitchen garden and dine alfresco all Summer long...
... enjoy country walks and collect walnuts that fall from our trees throughout Autumn...
... and in Winter, tuck into our delicious, Aga-cooked meals, with cosy nights by the fire...
A local château [click to enlarge]Forêt de l’Hermitain [click to enlarge]The medieval town of Parthenay [click to enlarge]
Discover the many leisure and sporting activities on offer locally...

... guests feeling particularly adventurous may like to go rock climbing, canoeing, go-karting or even hot air ballooning!

... guests who prefer to take things easy can choose from walking, cycling, horseriding, golf, boating, fishing or sightseeing.
Cycling around the lanes [click to enlarge]Safe roads for cycling [click to enlarge]
Walking & cycling

There are acres and acres of beautiful countryside to explore in the area around Bois Bourdet, including the national forest of l’Hermitain which has numerous interesting woodland trails to follow on bike or on foot. Bicycles can be hired locally and we are happy to book them for you. In addition, we can pack you a picnic lunch to take with you.


The area has a number of riding schools and stables to choose from, with plenty of pretty trails and open stretches of countryside to ride through. The closest is a five-minute drive away at Bois-Pineau in Souvigné.


There are six excellent golf courses in the area. The closest is "Le Château des Forges" which is just a 20-minute drive away. The course (27 holes, 6500m, par 72) is unspoilt scenery at its very best. It covers 110 hectares of gently rolling countryside with meadows, lakes, streams and thickets in quiet, peaceful surroundings. It is an unusual course to play because it was designed as three interchangeable 9-hole courses. These can then be played as three completely different 18-hole courses. "Le Château des Forges" is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

If you are keen to organise a golfing break, please contact us for further information about all the golf courses in the area. We can also help with making reservations for you.
Lake Lambon [click to enlarge]Boating at Coulon [click to enlarge]

There are several lakes close to Bois Bourdet. Lac du Lambon is a 10-minute drive away and has safe swimming, a sandy beach, picnic areas, fishing, canoeing and windsurfing.

Meander through the tree-lined waterways of the Marais Poitevin. This elaborate network of canals is also referred to as the "Venise Verte" (Green Venice) and is just a 25-minute drive away from Bois Bourdet. It is best explored by hiring a traditional, flat-bottomed punt - with or without a guide - or by canoe, pedal-boat or small power boats.
Pretty canals on the Marais [click to enlarge]

The area around Bois Bourdet is an angler’s paradise. As well as the Marais Poitevin, you can fish in the Sèvre-Niortaise, Nantaise, Thouet and Argenton rivers. A fishing permit for the lakes and rivers in the locality can be purchased locally.

Bois Bourdet is also close to Pescalis - a centre dedicated to fresh water fishing. The centre has 100 hectares of water with carp, black bass, pike, trout and sheatfish. It is open all year round and is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
Sailing at La Rochelle [click to enlarge]La Flotte on Ile-de-Ré [click to enlarge]Attractive architecture [click to enlarge]

The Poitou-Charentes is an area rich in fascinating history, impressive architecture and stunning scenery. To the north and east are Parthenay and Poitiers - and to the south and west are Cognac, Saintes, La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast.
The Atlantic coast [click to enlarge]Miles of unspoilt coastline [click to enlarge]
The Atlantic Coast: the Atlantic coast is an hour’s drive away from Bois Bourdet. The coastal scenery is stunning and there are miles and miles of golden sandy beaches to choose from.
La Rochelle’s old port [click to enlarge]Candlelit supper on the quayside [click to enlarge]
La Rochelle: the coastal city of La Rochelle is famous for its cultural and architectural heritage. It is also a great place to shop and stroll through its network of pedestrianised streets. La Rochelle’s Aquarium is a fascinating visit - and anyone with a love of sailing will know that La Rochelle’s marina attracts the finest yachts from all over the world. Don’t forget to leave enough time for lunch in one of the many quayside restaurants dotted around the old harbour!
The pretty harbour on Ile-de-Ré [click to enlarge]A seafood lunch on Ile-de-Ré [click to enlarge]Shopping in Saint-Martin [click to enlarge]
Ile de Ré: take a short boat trip from La Rochelle or drive over the 3km bridge to the truly enchanting Ile de Ré. All around the island you will find long sandy beaches, pretty harbours and picturesque villages. Elegant hollyhocks border the narrow village streets of charming white cottages with colourful shutters. The fantastic fresh seafood restaurants on the island are reputed to be the best in the Poitou-Charentes.
Coulon in the Marais Poitevin [click to enlarge]
Marais Poitevin: whatever the season, there is always something to see or do in the Marais Poitevin. There are pretty, marshland villages with quayside restaurants and cafés, boats to hire and nature trails to follow. The tranquil maze of tree-lined waterways is a haven for all sorts of birds and wildlife. Watch out for curlews, avocets, egrets and black-tailed godwits, along with thousands of waders, ducks, wild geese and migratory birds.
Cognac vineyards [click to enlarge]Barrels [click to enlarge]
Cognac: Cognac is famous throughout the world for its brandy. Visitors are welcome to take tours of the many cognac producers, such as Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier and Rémy Martin. Tours include a visit to the vineyard, the distillation areas and the cellars, as well as explanations of the blending and ageing processes. There is, of course, an opportunity to taste and buy at the end!
Notre-Dame-la-Grande in Poitiers [click to enlarge]Amble through the lanes in Poitiers [click to enlarge]The Hôtel de Ville in Poitiers [click to enlarge]
Poitiers: Poitiers is the main city in the Poitou-Charentes region and is one of the most outstanding centres of Romanesque architecture in France. Near to Poitiers is "Futuroscope", a fascinating cinema and film theme park. Young and old alike will love the amazing cinematic experiences, the fun atmosphere and the musical shows with fireworks - an unforgettable day out for the whole family.
Fresh flowers and a welcome hamper [click to enlarge]
Whether you decide to visit us in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, we are sure you will take away special memories of this beautiful, unspoilt region.
The rural village of Souvigné (which means "wood") has several interesting historical buildings. These include Château-de-Reigné (15th & 16th century), Château-des-Essarts (rebuilt in the 19th century), Château-de-Boisguérin (19th century), a priory (Notre-Dame) and a temple.

Things to see & do
Discover the local area on bicycle or on foot. Visit the "Forêt de l'Hermitain" and the "Musée de la Coiffe". Explore the banks of the River Hermitain - and look for the Cougnat fountain and the "Pierre du Diable". Join in with the annual Fête every first Sunday in May.
Area1541 ha (5.9 sq miles)
Altitude120 m (394 ft)
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