The Logis de l’épinière is a charming 17 th century residence situated in the Charente Maritime in the heart of the Saintonge Romanesque region.

Located in the peace and quiet of the countryside, surrounded by nature, it is perfectly situated for visitors to discover a region steeped in history such as, Rochefort, La Rochelle, Saint-Jean d’Angely, Saint-Savinien, Taillebourg and Port d’Envaux.

The banks of the river and the tranquil countryside are perfect for those who enjoy the relaxation of exploring the region on foot.  Beautiful both in summer and the winter months.

A short distance away is the Atlantic coast and its nearby islands, where, as far as the eye can see are vast beaches of fine sand lined with dunes and national forests as well as ports and oyster-farming sites.  At the end of the day, lovers of gastronomy can enjoy the local seafood in one of the many beachfront restaurants.

Each of our 4 large luxury gites has its own garden.  The gites are decorated and furnished in their own unique style and are equipped with all you need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

All our gites are quipped with central heating and one with an open fireplace enabling our guests to enjoy their stay in the winter months.

In the summer, our beautiful pool area is a perfect place to relax in the sunshine.  

Finally, The Logis de l’Epiniere has a beautiful reception hall, which is perfect for those wishing to celebrate, for example, their wedding or Birthday in this idyllic setting.



L’Epinière sits on a medieval site on the South banks of the River Boutonne, at the edge of the flood plains in the hamlet of Les Noulliers, in the Charente Maritime, Since we bought the property in 2008 we, (Laurence and Pierric Couturier) have made extensive renovations. The Logis has given us some clues to its former structure, For example we can see the remains of an imposing staircase in the heart of the house, which would have given access to four vast rooms on each level of the property. The external cornice is now much lower than it would originally have been and is completed by a large pediment from the 19th century. These various changes to and aspects of the original building, tell their own story of how history has influenced the various styles inherent in the architectural history of L’Epinière. To the West of the property lies a beautiful old farmhouse dating back to the 19th century. To the North is the original farm courtyard, with its ancient buildings, which indicate that despite the nobility of the early days of this property, more recently its history lies in farming. Using information from local archives, we can trace the various owners and occupiers from as early as 1461. We understand the site was first used as a dwelling for a Lord in the mid 15th century, later becoming the residence of Nicolas de Montaigne, Abbot of the local area, from there passing to the family Puyrigaud, followed by the Count of Miossens, Francois d’Albret. Following the Counts death in 1671, the ownership passed to the Bobènes, who, records tell us, lived here until 1841.



Le Logis de l’Épinière is the last stop before the mouth of the Boutonne Valley where, when the water rises in the winter months, is only accessible by boat. The Logis sits amongst Willow, Poplar and Alder trees. On warm sunny days the exceptional sunlight ensures incredible views as far as the eye can see and it’s location is perfect for you to discover the natural beauty of l’Epinière and it’s surrounding countryside. L’Epinière is very well placed and easily accessible from airports, train stations and by car. We are situated 10km from the A10 autoroute, exit St Jean d’Angely. 45 minutes from La Rochelle airport and approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Bordeaux. We are 20 minutes from the train station at Surgeres which has a direct TGV line into Paris. Once you have arrived you need never leave the relaxing atmosphere of l’Epinière. You could spend your holiday unwinding in our peaceful gardens or simply lazing by the pool, however should you wish to discover this beautiful corner of France then there are a wealth of places to visit and things to do. The historical and picturesque Roman towns of Saintes and Rochefort are both nearby. The beautiful city of La Rochelle, with its ancient port and abundance of pavement cafes is only 45 minutes away. Situated on the Atlantic coast we benefit from miles of golden sandy beaches. Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer or rock pool fisher there is a beach for everyone within easy reach. Our closest beach is Fouras, which is approximately 30 minutes drive from l’Epinière. In less than an hour drive you could be on one of the beautiful islands, such as Ile de Ré or Ile d’Oleron. Whilst you are there be sure to sample the fresh oysters, which are farmed locally off the coastline.


- Located 10 km from the Saint Jean d'Angely motorway exit, in the Saintes-Rochefort-Saint Jean d'Angely triangle. - On the edge of the Boutonne marshes, in a natural environment inviting for relaxation and inspiration - right at the heart of the Saintonge Romane, close to the Lapidiales - 35 minutes from the sea (Fouras)