The Charente-Maritime, with its exhilarating micro-climate, offers much interest. You can explore the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice), visit historic towns such as Angoulême (45 mins), Poitiers (75 mins), Saintes (20 mins), La Rochelle (75 mins), the Cognac distilleries (15 mins) or even Futuroscope (90 mins). There are numerous good (and reasonably priced) restaurants in the area and the superb local markets offer an amazing range of fresh seafood, farm produce and cheeses.
The Atlantic coast is only an hour away, with its amazing beaches at Royan, Ile d'Oléron, Fouras, Chatelaillon and Ile de Ré, or visit the zoo at La Palmyre and the magnificent Aquarium at La Rochelle. Alternatively you can take advantage of the local countryside, walks in the vineyards or woods surrounding the hamlet, or cycle the myriad of peaceful lanes.