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Joanna Cottrell
2 Rue Des Halles


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Situated in the heart of the Poitou Charentes countryside, 60 km south of the Loire, is the medieval village of Airvault. Here Marc and Jo Cottrell offer a warm relaxed welcome at ‘The Voltaire' Bed and Breakfast in their 19th Century mansion home.

The Voltaire has 5 large individually styled and furnished double and twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The emphasis of ‘The Voltaire` is that you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us whether it is for 1 night, a couple of days, a week or more. The benefit from the ‘soft` air and comfort of The Voltaire has resulted in guests sleeping for longer than they expected!

There is plenty of communal space for you to relax in, including a sitting room and library with a selection of books and board games. Outside we have a pool (warmer months only), and of course many people feel that no trip to France is complete without a game of boules or petanque, so we have a set of boules available, either for use in the garden, or you can use one of the towns' pitches, located just up the road. Breakfast is served either in the dining room or, weather permitting, in the garden.

In this idyllic and unspoilt part of France we benefit from very high annual sunshine levels, second only to the Côte d’Azur, and the added beauty of being in the heart of the largest sunflower growing region in France.

Most amenities are available within a short walk, including bakeries, butchers' shops, restaurants and bars, banks (with cash machines), a chemist and much more. There is a market every Saturday morning selling local produce and even a beautician for those who may want a little extra pampering.

Stunning walks around the village provide an opportunity to appreciate the picturesque village and its architecture – some dating back to the 9th Century – while the nearby countryside, with the River Thouet running through it, allows a more tranquil opportunity to take in the wide variety of flora and fauna. There are several cycle routes taking in the local area & we have a couple of adult bikes that you can borrow. Beyond the village there are a plethora of day trips & activities to occupy visitors of all tastes & ages – why not visit the Loire Valley with its chateaux & vineyards, or the theme parks of Futuroscope & Puy du Fou, historic towns & villages or head to the coast or the Marais Poitivin………… the list is endless.

For those not wanting to go out in the evening, we can provide evening meals on request. We can also arrange to put a picnic together for you if you wish.


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