St Simon de Pellouaille offers an ideal base for exploring Charente-Maritime From historic towns to sandy beaches of Royan and Meschers, from oysters to pineau, from architecture to sunflowers, Charente-Maritime has something for everyone.
St Simon is near the bustling market town of Gémozac which has a full range of shops, banks, supermarkets, doctors, sports facilities and a swimming pool.
Saintes, renowned for its Roman remains, churches and shops, lies a few kilometres to the north. You can visit the famous distilleries in the town of Cognac and sample the product.
Talmont and the Gironde estuary , an ever changing landscape of water and sky, are close by. The church of St Radegund at Talmont (above) is a gem of Romanesque architecture which should not be missed.
Explore Mortagne sur Gironde with its yacht basin and many other little ports along the estuary.