is a pretty little village in the Charente-Maritime, just ten minutes
away from La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré.
It is located on
the edge of the Marais Poitevin, also known as Venise
verte (Green Venice). Our house is located in the heart of the
village, two kilometres from the sea. You will appreciate its quiet
and very calm environment. The village has lots of charm with its
narrow little streets lined with holy- hocks, and its cute cream-coloured
houses. The village has also an architectural richness in its fortified
church dating from the 12th century. Next door to the church
you can visit the new Mytiliculture Museum which traces the
history of mussel farming, Esnandes having been once the main centre
for the cultivation of 'Moules de Bouchot'.
Esnandes is also situated on the Bay of Aiguillon, with La
Rochelle to the south and the beaches of the Vendée to the
north. The bay is a natural reserve for migratory birds because
its ecosystem provides an ideal source of food for birds in transit.
The L.P.O (ornithological society) organises walks where you can
discover this natural environment and its amazing bird life in more
Esnandes still preserves its authenticity as a Charentes sea-side
village despite being very near to the very popular tourist centres
of La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré. You will be pleasantly
surprised by the calmness and tranquillity of the village, even
during the tourist season. It's a perfect place to re-charge your
batteries while remaining within striking distance of La Rochelle,
the Ile de Ré and the Marais Poitevin!
You will enjoy going for bicycle rides on the coastal pathway
which surrounds the Bay of Aiguillon., the impressive Ile de Ré
bridge being less than a half an hour away. You can also go for
a walk from the house to the Pointe Saint-Clément,
from where you will get a panoramic view of the bay. Here you can
consult an orientation table and enjoy the magnificent sun-sets.
You will also discover the different-coloured 'carrelets'
(cabins used by fishermen and women) which are typical of this part
of the Atlantic coast.
You may also feel drawn to the golden beaches of the Vendée
coast (Les Sables-d'Olonne, La Tranche sur Mer) which reach
out to you from a distance of less the forty five minutes.