Thierry and Isabelle welcome you to Chez Belliveau.

Open all the year, we are halfway between Saintes and Royan and 8 minutes from the nearest supermarket. The beautiful beaches at Royan are regular attractions and La Rochelle and Cognac bring seafood platters and cognac tasting within one hour’s reach. The Roman remains at Saintes and the award winning International Zoo at La Palmyre are essential visits. Chez Belliveau was once a working cognac distillery and the dwellings that used to accommodate grape pickers and vineyard workers are now comfortable two and three bedroomed cottages and farmhouses. The cognac still or alembic is all burnished copper and brass and makes a feature in our private licensed bar which is also our reception area, so you can be sure of a warm welcome after your journey to the sunny Charente Maritime. With the backdrop of this antique treasure we have the perfect ambience for tasting the local wines as well as the Pineau and Cognac that so many visitors enjoy.

Children are particularly well catered for here with their own indoor children’s den, outdoor play area with swings, slide, sandpit etc. We have a laundry area which houses our pool table. We even provide you with books to read from our library.

Our single and two storey cottages and farmhouse are safely enclosed in over an acre for you to enjoy. Surrounded by vineyards and attractive countryside, along with the woodlands, these are available for nature walks and picnics. Yet all this easily found minutes away from the Route Nationale. All the properties are very well-equipped with dishwasher, gas hob, mini-grill, microwave and large fridge with freezer compartment. The three bedroomed cottages have a full size eye level fitted oven. They each have their own private patio area and garden, patio furniture and barbecue. Travel cots, highchairs and many other babies’ equipments can be provided free of charge. We can even provide you with an introductory local wine case, please ask for details.

If you need to relax, it may prove difficult to tear yourself away from our large (14M x 7M), heated, floodlit swimming pool with children’s paddling pool alongside, also heated. The pools are well secured by a fence and self-closing gate, and this enclosed area has an abundance of exotic flowers and trees. We have invested in an automatic watering system to further improve the presentation of the grass and flowers. There are sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool is available at all times during daylight hours. Children under 12 must be supervised at all times in the pool area. Our village boasts one of the finest restaurants in this region.

We live on the site and are always pleased to assist with advice and introduce fellow holidaymakers to each other in a convivial manner. Our alembic bar – an ideal venue for friendly evening and leads onto a large patio area, ideal for our regular diner nights in high season. Adjacent there is a very large barn converted into a children’s den and a library.

For nature lovers you could see on place sheeps and hens in the fields near the property, many sorts of flowers. You could also if you get up early, see many sorts of pretty birds in the trees of the property.

If you go to bed later you could see an amazing sky with thousands stars, milky way and even shooting stars.