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Make a holiday villa in Saint-Simon your home away from home

Situated inland, around 30km from the beautiful coastal beaches of Southern France, Saint-Simon is a charming rural escape. Whether you plan to visit for a couple's retreat, a family holiday or a large group event, you will find HomeAway offers many choices of Saint-Simon holiday villas. Whether you want a quiet break taking in the tranquility of the local area or you're ready for shopping and beach activities, the variety of holiday villas in Saint-Simon will suit you perfectly.

Things to do

Whilst Saint-Simon is a rural community it is by no means lacking in things to do, both in the local area and just a short drive away. As with many rural communities, a car is a great asset to help you see as much of the local area as possible and allow you to venture further than you might if you didn't have your own transport. When you rent a cosy holiday cottage in Saint-Simon you open the door to quiet nights and fascinating days.

-Saintes markets are a good excuse to visit the pretty town with its Roman architecture. There are Romanesque churches to discover and explore while you day trip from your Saint-Simon holiday villa. If you are particularly interested in Roman ruins, the L’Arc of Germanicus as well as Les Arenas are both popular attractions that are well worth a visit.

-Shopping in Royan or spending a day at the beach there is a great way to wile away a summer's day. Just a 30 minute drive or so will have you taking in the sandy white beaches and cooling off in the ocean. There are a large variety of stores and cafes to ensure that your day is spent relaxing from start to finish.

-Visit the Musée des Arts du cognac (Maco) in Cognac to find out the history of this famous drink. The tourist offices in the area can provide you with a booklet titled 'Les Bonness Adresses du Cognac'. This booklet contains information on all the local producers of Cognac who offer tours. There are many great Cognac houses that will allow you to taste and purchase this drink that has made the town so famous throughout the world. Cognac is just a short drive inland from Saint-Simon

-Swimming pools are located in the local area if you don't feel like driving to the beach. Within about 15 minutes of the Saint-Simon area you will find local swimming pools where you can cool off and work on your tan. Kids especially love the pool and it can be a fun family outing where you know everyone is safe and enjoying themselves.

-The forest and fields of the local area are unspoilt and a charm to explore. Some holiday villas in Saint-Simon come complete with bicycles to allow you to explore the local area. You will come across pretty villages, windmills and wildlife while you cycle. This is a beautiful area of the country to see while the wind whistles through your hair.

The weather in Saint-Simon

Like the rest of France, Saint-Simon enjoys a fairly temperate climate for most of the year. The warmest months for visiting are from May to September, with temperatures reaching as high as 28°C. If you are planning a holiday with a lot of beach time, it would be best to visit in these warmer months. During this time water temperature will be at its warmest. Should you be looking for a cosy break in Saint-Simon in the colder times of the year, November to February are your best choices.

Getting to Saint-Simon

Most visitors to Saint-Simon will likely take the Eurostar to Paris or even catch a short flight with popular carriers such as EasyJet or British Airways. The closest train stations to your Saint-Simon holiday accommodation are Royan or Saintes. From there it is just a 30 minute drive or so to reach your destination. Car hire outlets are plentiful at all airports though these should be booked ahead of time.

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                                                                                                    An impressive town house with privacy and space

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    It was exactly what it says on the tin: a spacious well sorted house, and a great private garden. If you want night life in Jarnac town then forget it, if you want to stroll out (2-3 minutes) to good places to drink at lunch or before tea, a great little market for excellent food shopping, pretty walks along the river, bigger towns in an easy short drive away then this is for you. The house worked brilliantly for two couples - with plenty of space for a third couple if needed.The only potential gripe - there was no tin opener - however there's no need to buy any tinned food with so much quality fresh produce available in the market hall! (including great fresh fish) Would happily go again
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful gite

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                                                                                                    We had a great holiday made even better by the lovely and comfortable gite. The gite was very clean and had everything we needed. It was lovely to be able to have a dip in the hot tub after a hard days playing golf and sightseeing. The owners Paul and Shani were very welcoming and helpful with advice about the local area. We highly recommend the canoeing in Jarnac. We will definitely be returning and recommending.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 18-May-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely La Grange...

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                                                                                                    We pulled up and parked, without making a wrong turn due to the spot on directions given, on the La Grange's very private drive. Following a friendly greeting from our hosts, we walked into our temporary 'home'. We say home, because that's what it felt like! The light, airy and spacious living space was comfortable and well thought out. A jug of roses greeted us as we walked in, which was a lovely touch, along with our welcome pack. Every bedroom was well presented with more than ample storage. We always enjoy splitting our time on holiday between venturing out visiting interesting places and relaxing by the pool. We did manage to visit the citadel at Blaye, a late afternoon walk along the beautiful beach, Saint-Georges-de Didonne, canoed along the La Charente in Jarnac, visited a Chateau and took a tour of Hine Cognac, dinner in Aubettere, Chateauneuf and Barbezieux. The pool was so difficult to tear ourselves away from and was always lovely to return to following a day out! Jan and Janine keep it so beautifully clean, it always looked so inviting. Surrounded but sunflower fields and vineyards, La Grange has an idyllic setting. Jan and Janine have perfected the balance of being really helpful and yet not at all intrusive. We very much enjoyed our stay, the only let down being we hadn't booked for longer! The Hines
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2015
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2015