La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is furnished beautifully. From the moment you walk through the door you know you are going to have a wonderful holiday."
Longère Louise:

“Lovely house, lovely stay! 
The location was perfect and the large garden was super for the children. The house is clearly well taken care of."

La Poste des Gardes:

“Beautiful house, perfectly presented, in a wonderful location. Much more than a holiday house - it is an entree into French village life."
Longère Louise:

"The cottage is stunningly beautiful and renovated to a very high standard. 
The gardens are private and totally relaxing."

La Poste des Gardes:

"A relaxing fun holiday in a home away from home. 
Our accommodation this year was the most comfortable and spacious we have experienced."


Longère Louise:

"If you are looking for an oasis of rustic French charm in the depth of the peaceful and rural countryside then this is the destination for you."
La Poste des Gardes:
 
"It was so comfortable that it was difficult to leave. The balcony is a real haven as the breeze from the river flows in and cools the hottest days."

Longère Louise:

"For us the real retreat was the haven just outside the front door, to sit there with all day sun or gain shade from the many plants."

La Poste des Gardes:

"A beautiful and well equipped house. It was superbly clean and had everything we needed at hand to keep a family of five very happy."


Longère Louise:

"Upstairs was a dream, two large romantic bedrooms, extremely comfortable beds/bedding along with the large downstairs bathroom."
La Poste des Gardes:

"From the beginning when you decide to concrete the quality of your holiday with staying at La Poste you will find the whole process seamless." 

Longère Louise:

"The garden is huge with lots to explore. We enjoyed lunch on the south-facing terrace and our evening meal on the west-facing terrace."

La Poste des Gardes:

"We adored the river terrace. It was a delightful start to the day and a relaxing end to the evening as well, after the children went to bed."

Longère Louise:

"An ideal retreat. It is beautifully presented with a super family size kitchen and a delightful garden for the children to play and explore in."

La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is absolutely gorgeous, well equipped and very clean; it catered easily for six adults and a baby.
We will definitely return."

Longère Louise:

"The house itself is in a quiet hamlet with only a few neighbours. You are surrounded by fields of corn and sunflowers. Idyllic!"

La Poste des Gardes:

"Perfect! Right from arriving it was relaxing. The house is comfortable, well equipped and the river terrace was definitely our favourite spot."

Longère Louise:

"Spectacular! A wonderful holiday meeting all my expectations and more. We achieved relaxtion - very rare for a mother of three!"

La Poste des Gardes:

"Availles is wonderful to walk around - all sorts of loops and little tracks present themselves. The village is much larger than it first appears."
Longère Louise:

"Tranquil hamlet, beautiful cottage, spacious garden, perfect stay! A wonderful holiday in a charming cottage. We'd love to do it again"
La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is beautifully located in the town and furnished to the very highest of standards, having everything you would need for a holiday."

Longère Louise:

"Super retreat in the Vienne! Home comforts abound, comfortable beds supplied, kitchen fully equipped. All you need is your food and drink."

French Rental Holidays

Poitou-Charentes Gîtes ... Your Way

France is still the undisputed leader in cuisine and wine making. These high standards are kept alive in Poitou Charentes traditions so a visit to this region is a pleasure for the palate as well as the eyes. French Rental Holidays offers two charming cottages for your gastronomic holiday. This page is designed to help you get the most out of culinary and winery delights during your stay. The Vienne has a large number of local producers and regional markets with the freshest produce and best prices imaginable.

LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL 2012 confirms this: "The food and drink of this region is legendary. Seafood is the star attraction around La Rochelle, with nearby Ile de Ré renowned for its oysters. To combine taste-bud satisfaction with sightseeing, a visit to the distilleries and museums of the pretty cobbled town of Cognac, home of you know what, should be high on your list of places to visit".


SPECIALITIES OF THE VIENNE

French Rental Holidays: LE CHABICHOU: this is a traditional soft natural-rind goat cheese (Chèvre) with a firm and creamy texture – a must for all cheese lovers.

LE CHABICHOU

A traditional soft white natural-rind goat cheese (chèvre) with a firm, creamy, soft and dry texture. Chabichou is one of the first cheeses produced in France with its quality being controlled since 1990.

Its AOC label proves its authenticity, quality and outstanding taste – a must for all cheese lovers. In fact cheese is such a tradition in Poitou-Charentes that this region produces two thirds of France's goat cheese.

Its powerful flavour and taste can be supplemented with a glass of local fine wine such as Saumur red.


French Rental Holidays: LE BROYÉ DU POITOU: a delicious butter cake with a hint of rum.

 

LE BROYÉ DU POITOU

A delicious butter cake with a hint of rum. Tradition has it that you mustn’t cut it with a knife but rather break it with a clenched fist!

In fact Poitou-Charentes produces one of the best butters in the world known as Echiré Butter.

It has been produced since the early 20th century and has been granted an AOC label for its authenticity and exceptional taste and flavour.

The rich soil in the region gives Echiré butter its unique character and elegant flavour.


 

 

French Rental Holidays: LE FARCI POITEVIN: this dish originally emerged as a tasty way to use leftovers.

LE FARCI POITEVIN

This dish originally emerged as a tasty way to use leftovers.

It is a Poitou stuffed herb paté dish based on vegetables (cabbage, lettuce, spinach, beetroot, leek, onions, parsley), eggs and bacon.

The dish displays subtle differences throughout the region. Farci has been the traditional mainstay for centuries and is usually eaten with bread.

Farci Poitevin is normally poached in a bouillon (stock) and then cooked in the oven.

It is eaten cold to fully appreciate its powerful flavour.


 

French Rental Holidays: LES MACARONS DE MONTMORILLON: the first Montmorillon macaroons can be traced back to the 17th century. They really do melt in your mouth!

LES MACARONS DE MONTMORILLON

The city of Montmorillon is well known for its macarons and even has a museum dedicated to it.

The Maison Rannou-Métivier is the oldest macaron bakery in Montmorillon, dating back to 1920.

The traditional recipe for Montmorillon macarons remains unchanged for over 150 years and the first macarons can be traced back to the 17th century.

They really do melt in your mouth and are an absolute must-try.

 

 


 

French Rental Holidays: LE TOURTEAU FROMAGÉ: this is a traditional Poitou cheesecake totally unique to this area.

LE TOURTEAU FROMAGE

This is a traditional Poitou cheesecake totally unique to this area.

The recipe calls for goat's cheese, eggs, flour and sugar and produces a spongy cake with a black crust.

It originates in the 19th century.

The characteristic dark crust is achieved by baking in a very hot oven before reducing the temperature.

It serves the purpose of keeping the cake inside exceptionally fresh.

 


LA GRIMOLLE: (also known as goureon in Montmorillon patois) is a thick crêpe (or pancake) garnished with apples or pears. Its unique flavour comes from cooking it on a bed of cabbage. In times gone by it was cooked in the old stone ovens that were also used to bake bread.

LA GRIMOLLE

This is also known as goureon in Montmorillon patois. La Grimolle is a thick crêpe (or pancake) garnished with apples or pears.

Its unique flavour comes from cooking it on a bed of cabbage.

In times gone by it was cooked in the old stone ovens that were also used to bake bread.

 


 

LE PÂTÉ DE PÂQUES: a traditional starter in the Montmorillon commune which is eaten at Easter time. It is pâté made from minced pork, mushrooms and hard-boiled eggs. It is always served cold accompanied by fresh crisp lettuce.


LE PÂTÉ DE PÂQUES

A traditional starter in the Montmorillon commune which is eaten at Easter time.

It is pâté made from minced pork, mushrooms and hard-boiled eggs.

It is always served cold accompanied by fresh crisp lettuce.

 

 


 

French Rental Holidays: POITOU CHARENTES SEAFOOD: with its extensive coastline and cosmopolitan resorts, the area offers excellent fish and seafood


POITOU-CHARENTES SEAFOOD

With its extensive coastline and cosmopolitan resorts, the area offers excellent fish and seafood such as: mussels, oysters, scallops, clams, sole, turbot, halibut, eel, mullet, skate, sea bream, sea bass, carp and cuttlefish.

All these can be served in delicious wine sauces.

La Rochelle offers mouclade, a regional Poitou dish made with locally grown mussels.

Mussels are cooked in white wine, served on the half shell and then topped with a creamy sauce.

 

 

 


 WINES AND VINYARDS

The Vienne Département is bursting with vinyards and is an excellent wine growing region. Red wines, white wines and rosés are produced, some examples being Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gamay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir.

Many wineries provide a full visitor service with reception areas, guided tours of the cellars, wine tastings and shopping opportunities.

For those who have a passion for wine, follow the Haut Poitou Wine Trail. This will take you to the most famous vinyards and allow you to meet the local wine growers and sample their varieties.

 


 FAIRS AND MARKETS

The Vienne Département is bursting with farmers' markets and fairs where you can buy the freshest produce imaginable at excellent prices. They are a great way to spend an hour or so while experiencing France at its best. Availles-Limouzine has a market on the 17th of the month and La Trimouille on the 4th of the month.

French Rental Holidays: The Vienne Département is bursting with farmers' markets and fairs where you can buy the freshest produce imaginable at excellent prices.

 Les Herolles: If you happen to be staying at the end of the month, head to Les Herolles on the 29th. A visit to this traditional, country market, held every month of the year for over 400 years, is a unique event not to be missed. It provides lots of interest and is an outstanding photographic opportunity.

 


ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VIENNE TOURIST BOARD AND FRENCH-PROPERTY

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