Sam Lambourne
14 Rue des Gregnolets
Le Breuil Coiffaud


Les Cygnes, three beautifully restored gites with a private pool sleeping 6-8-10, set in 5 acres. We are located in the lovely village of Le Breuil Coiffaud and ideally situated as a touring base, a quiet holiday in the country or a bit of both.

Situated in the heart of Poitou-Charentes, on the west coast of France. This picturesque region has 2,250 hours year, making it the second sunniest region in France and, therefore, ideal for visiting from early spring to late Autumn.

We are ideally located in south Deux-Sèvres, on the doorstep of the Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime regions of Poitou-Charentes. Therefore visitors of all age groups will be spoilt for choice of things to see and do

Description of Chambres D'Hotes:

Les Cygnes is situated in the heart of Poitou-Charentes on the west coast of France, in easy travelling distance from Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle. This picturesque region averages 2,250 hours of sunshine per year, making it the second sunniest region in France and, therefore, ideal for visiting from early spring to late autumn. We also have availability during the winter months - perfect for house hunters.

What you can expect:

Competitively priced luxury accommodation with no surcharges for Easter, October half-term and Christmas/New Year.
3 luxurious gites in the heart of the second sunniest area of France - Poitou-Charentes. see Le Porier and La Vigne
2, 3 & 4 bedroomed self-catering gites sleeping between 1 and 10.
Combined accommodations for up to 24 people.
A beautiful 10 x 5 metre salt water terraced pool with sunloungers, parasols and cabana.
Professionally converted, architect designed barn and maison -renovated to a very high standard, with panoramic picture windows and doors.
Over 5 acres of gardens and pasture.
Overlooking a beautiful village and 15th century castle.
Peaceful setting, within 5 minutes drive of many amenities, shops, and leisure activities.
Limited ability friendly with many rooms having direct access to the gardens and terrace.
Fully equipped gamesroom with professional table tennis table, table football, darts board, pool table and numerous board games.

The region offers many attractions and the landscape is rich in beauty and colour, from the dazzling, yellow sunflower fields against an endless blue sky to the wild Atlantic coastline bordered by sand dunes and pine forests.


Our gites are the perfect base for site seeing in Poitou-Charentes as we are ideally located in south Deux-Sèvres, on the doorstep of the Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime regions of Poitou-Charentes. Therefore visitors of all age groups will be spoilt for choice of things to see and do. Beaches Upon our arrival to this region, we assigned ourselves the arduous task of trying out as many beaches as possible. We can therefore say, with some authority, that beach-lovers will have come to the right place. We are as close as an hour and fifteen minutes' drive from some of the most spectacular stretches of Atlantic coastline, from the sandy, family-friendly resorts of Châtelaillon, and Royan, to the quieter beaches on the Île de Ré and the Île d'Oléron in Charente-Maritime. Sand dune and surf-lovers shouldn't miss the fabulous, unspoilt beaches along the Vendée coast, south of Les Sables d'Olonne. Eating & Drinking The region boasts exquisite gastronomic delights such as goat's cheese, seafood (fresh oysters in particular), foie gras, farmhouse butter, chocolate and of course the wine. The region is also famous for its cognac and for Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine. Festivals & special events There are many festivals and cultural events throughout the year and, depending on when you visit, there may be a festival taking place nearby Historical buildings The region is rich in history and boasts beautiful Romanesque churches, stately châteaux and gallo-roman sites and amphitheatres. Nearby, you can visit the 12th - 17th century Royal Abbey and Abbey church in Celles-sur-Belle, the 16th century Château de Javarzay in Chef Boutonne or the church of Saint-Hilaire in Melle. In Niort, you will find the second largest Romanesque-style dungeon in France. Built at the end of the 12th century, the Donjon offers panoramic views over the city. Don't miss the picturesque village of Verteuil-sur-Charente with its views of the Château overlooking the weir on the Charente river. If your historical interests lie in earlier civilisations, visit the pre-historic Tumulus de Bougon in St Maixent L'Ecole, which were built 2000 years before the pyramids of Egypt. But you don't have to venture far to enjoy the region's historical architecture. Simply step outside your gite and admire the beauty of Le Logis du Breuil Coiffaud, a recently restored 15th century château with French style garden, rose garden and maze. Children If you're wondering how to entertain the children during your holiday and avoid cries of "Are we there yet?", this section will give you lots of ideas and provides the approximate distances from Les Cygnes. However, it is by no means exhaustive and is merely a 'taster'. We suggest that you also check-out the sections on Beaches and Sports and Outdoor Activities for more fun-filled ideas. Within a 10 minutes' walk from Les Cygnes, in the village of Le Breuil Coiffaud, you will find Les Ecuries du Breuil, a well-established and reputable riding school and pony-trekking centre that caters for horseriding activities at all levels. Within 45 minutes' drive The Lambon Leisure Lake at Prailles (42 km) Offers supervised swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, pedalos, picnic and games area and tourist train, all in a peaceful and picturesque woodland setting. Zoodyssee at Chizé in the Forest of Chizé (33 km) Home to 600 animals native to Europe, such as wolves, European bisons, lynx, reptiles and amphibia. information page The Silver Mines of the Frankish Kings,Melle (19 km). Exploited between the 5th - 10th century, these are the oldest mines you can visit in Europe. The 320 metre long underground tour recreates the noises and atmosphere of working in the mine. Valley of the Apes in Romagne (38 km). See gorillas, chimpanzees, gibbons, lemurs and capuchins and a host of other primates in a natural setting (some monkeys are free to roam around the visitors). There is also a petting zoo with mini-goats, ducks and chickens. The park is dedicated to conservation and in August 2004, they were proud to announce the birth of a baby gorilla. L'Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (39km) See the best donkeys in the world the Baudet du Poitou - fanstatic day out for all animal lovers. Neighbouring Towns and Cities Poitiers - Poitiers is a lively university city with a population approaching 90,000. Nestled on top of a hill, it offers fine views over the Clain and Boivre rivers. Like most university cities, there is plenty going on in the evening. The city centre has been designed with the pedestrian in mind and is therefore a great place to take a stroll and do some shopping. Angoulême - The cathedral city of Angoulême is home to over 100,000 inhabitants. During its long and varied history it has been fought over many times. The historical Angoulême sits on a hill above the Charente and, in this bustling part of the city, you will find a labyrinth of alleys that are full of charming shops, restaurants and bars. Cognac - This is the home of cognac or brandy. Cognac sits along side the Charente river and is a delightful town to spend a day in. Take one of the many tours of the cognac distilleries such as Hennessy, Martell or Otard, to name a few. Saintes - A beautiful city with the Charente river running through it. Visit the Roman amphitheatre, see the Roman "Arc de Triomphe" or take a leisurely cruise down the river in an electric boat. La Rochelle - The city has a population of 120,000 and boasts a bustling port, historic centre, and active cultural scene. Go to the central shopping area for chic boutiques and street cafes, visit the port and lunch in a quayside restaurant overlooking the two ancient towers that guard the city. The aquarium is a major attraction and is especially popular with children. Niort - This is the departmental town of the Deux-Sèvres. Take a visit to see the Donjon near Les Halles in the centre of town. Combine your trip to Niort with a visit to the nearby Le Venise Verte (Green Venice). Limoges - The home of Limoges pottery. This is a large and bustling town with fine restaurants and lots of shops. Bordeaux - Home to the famous wines of the same name. The city has a large shopping centre, many fine restaurants and of course, numerous châteaux and vineyards to visit in the surrounding countryside.


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Whether travelling by land, sea or air, we are quick and easy to reach.

Ryanair fly from:

* London Stansted to Poitiers, La Rochelle or Limoges,
* Bournemouth to Nantes
* Liverpool to Limoges
* East Midlands to Nantes and Limoges
* Dublin to La Rochelle and Nantes
* Shannon to Nantes

British Airways fly from:

* London Gatwick to Bordeaux

Flybe fly from:

* La Rochelle to Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton
* Limoges to Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton.
* Bordeaux to Southampton

Easyjet fly from:

* Bordeaux to London Luton and Bristol
* La Rochelle to Bristol and London Gatwick

BMIBaby fly from:

* Bordeaux to Manchester and Birmingham

Eurostar goes from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord. The TGV leaves from Paris Montparnasse for Poitiers and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Channel crossings via Eurotunnel go from Folkestone to Calais. Ferry crossings go from Dover or Folkestone to Calais, and from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Le Havre, Caen or St Malo (ferry offers).

We are a 6.5 hour drive from Calais, 5.5 - 6 hours from Cherbourg, 4.5 hours from Caen, 4 hours from St Malo and 6.5 hours from Le Havre.
Nearest Travel Links

* Airport: Poitiers (70 km)
* Ferry: Caen (420 km)
* Railway: Ruffec (27 km)

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