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A Warm Welcome 

Welcome to The Old Shades - we are located in a stunning area of south west France known as the Charente Maritime, which is famous for its long summers and mild winters.  Situated in the ancient village of Bagnizeau, 3kms from the market town of Matha where most amenities can be found including supermarkets and boulangeries.

The Old Shades (known as Les Vieilles Ombres in French) is approximately 50 minutes from the stunning beaches situated along the Atlantic Coast boasting some of the most beautiful costal scenery, with long beaches of white sand combined with pine woods and rugged cliffs, known as the 'Cote Sauvage'. 

We have a selection of 4 well appointed, comfortable & indiviual gites/self catering cottages for you to choose from....accommodating from 2 - 7 people.  

A former Cognac Estate set in 3 hectares of walled, spacious gardens.  The gardens make a safe & exciting playing environment for children of all ages due to the surrounding walls, gated courtyards and a security fence all around the pool.  The gites are located in 2 separate courtyards allowing each gite its own space and privacy. Our  setting offers you tranquility and calmness making it an ideal holiday destination for those who wish to recharge their batteries whilst the children play safely.

For the more energetic there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas. Within easy reach of the world famous town of Cognac, where a tour around around one of the well known Cognac Houses such as Hennessy or Remy Martin will help you understand the vast history and the making of this very famous drink.  Saintes, Angouleme, St Jean D'Angely and La Rochelle are amongst some of the other places that are well worth visiting during your stay in the Charente Maritime.  We have many interesting and exciting places to recommend, something for all ages.

There is so much to do in the beautiful countryside surrounding us golf, cycling, horse riding, walking, fishing to name but a few.  For the children a visit to the world famous zoo at Royan and of course the aquarium at La Rochelle as well as a variety of museums will help keep them amused throughout your holiday.

The Old Shades provides an opportunity for people to enjoy some of the splendours of this wonderful part of France and the French lifestyle.

NEWS:  The International Dive Show - London - February 2015

We are pleased to announce the winner of our competition that we had running during the dive show:  Congratulation to Miss K Johnson from the West Midlands - we look forward to welcoming you to Les Vieilles Ombres