The web site says it's an 18th-century house on two levels with a big living room and a spacious kitchen on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I'm happy to have found a place that meets three or four of our must-have criteria. First, the owners must allow you to bring your dog with you. Tasha will be happy to go for a long ride in the car. Second, we need to have internet access. Third, we want TV so we can watch Télématin in the morning for news and weather before heading out for a day of touring around. And fourth, we need a convenient location from which to do day trips.
This gîte — it's pronounced [zheet] — is near the big town of Fontenay-le-Comte (pop. 13,640) on the edge of the area known as the Marais poitevin, a big marshy region described on Wikipedia as having a western zone called a 'dry marsh'... “used for farming and breeding, and ... an eastern zone called the 'wet marsh', a maze of islets criss-crossed by picturesque canals now used for tourist rowboating...” It's a three-hour drive from Saint-Aignan and about 35 miles from the beaches along the Atlantic coast. The historical average temperatures for the area in October are highs of 16 or 17ºC (mid-60s in ºF) and lows around 10ºC (50ºF). I want to be able to walk on the beach and see, smell, and hear the ocean. I want to eat seafood.