Holiday Gite in Poitou Charentes
Marais Poitevin

1 Impasse du Lineau, Ouimes, Crézières, 79110, Chef Boutonne

Local Information

The hamlet of Ouismes is situated in the pretty village of Crézières, one of the smallest communes in France with only 54 inhabitants. From the local goat farm you can buy goats milk, honey and eggs, visit the goats and the rescued Poitevin donkeys.

It is a 10 minute drive (5km) to Chef Boutonne where there are 2 supermarkets, several restaurants and bars, banks and other small shops, including 4 bakers who also deliver daily to the hamlet. The weekly market is held on Saturday in the main square where you can also find the Tourist Office. The source of the river Boutonne is found at a traditional lavoir in the town and on the outskirts of the town is the Château Javarzay, a beautiful little Chateau housing the Musée de La Coiffe.

20 minutes away is Melle, home to the famous Silver Mines of the French Kings, a 6km nature walk with over 200 species of rare trees and 3 Romanesque churches, the most impressive of these being a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The Poitou-Charentes region

The region is steeped in history and tradition and has a warm and exceptionally sunny climate. There are medieval towns, Romanesque churches and cathedrals, ancient abbeys, châteaux, museums, and art galleries.

The beautiful port of La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast are approximately an hour’s drive away. There are superb beaches at La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Royan and Fouras where you can take a short ferry trip to Ile d’Aix, a car-free island with a variety of excellent beaches and restaurants. The area behind La Rochelle hides the beautiful Marais Poitevin, which has a labyrinth of canals that can be explored by boat.

One hour to the south is the town of Cognac, home of brandy producers such as Remy Martin and Hennessy, and Angoulême a beautiful hill top city full of history and an annual comic strip festival. Poitiers with its great range of shops and Futuroscope is an hour’s drive away to the north. During the summer months there are various music and theatre festivals all over the region.

Horse riding, golf, canoeing and kayaking (on the nearby river Charente) are among many of the different sports available.

Contact Us

If you would like further information or would like to make a booking enquiry then please contact us.


1 Impasse du Lineau
Ouismes, Crezieres 79110, Chef Boutonne


+33 (0)5 49 07 15 67


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Thank you

Robin and Amanda Holmes


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