La Maison Pierre. Holiday rental in the Charente Maritime
 Surgères
Surgères is a well kept secret, a town of around 6000 inhabitants, over 99% French, slightly busier with summer tourists but big enough to keep the restaurants open all year round, and centrally located for all attractions. Not mobbed in the season nor empty out of season, it is a thriving town which hosts lots of events throughout the year. Centered around a chateau, with its remparts enveloping a park, the town centre is always buzzing with life.

Markets
We have a superb traditional market in Surgères which takes place on Saturday, with smaller food only markets on Tuesday and Thursday. In addition to the wide range of local specialities you will often find local artisans putting on demonstrations.

Local seafood is a speciality, freshly landed from the Atlantic, as well as the pineau, charcuterie and volaille.

On the third Tuesday each month the roads close for a large foire in the centre which lasts into the afternoon. Everything is for sale at this street market: food, clothes, wine, hardware, local crafts and services, birds, animals. You name it - you will find it here.

“There are at least four good restaurants we can recommend. All within 5 min walking distance"
Restaurants
There are several good restaurants you can walk to (and back from) without using the car that we can highly recommend, ranging from simple pizza through  bistros up to high end french cuisine.

Our favourite and nearest (by at least 20 paces) has a dessert featured in Stéphane Souchon's book "Trésors Gastronomiques en Charente Maritime". We are lucky to have it so close.

Beaches and Islands
History and Culture
The Chateau and Park
Surgères has a lovely park bordered by remparts containing a very well kept childrens playground which is very close to the house. In fact you walk through the park to reach the nearest supermarket. You can watch the world go by on a bench, stroll around the remparts and visit l'Eglise de Notre Dame. The chateau is now home to the Mairie. For a longer walk we have a woodland just round the corner and then on into open countryside.
  1. Our walk from the house into the town centre past the eglise,
    Our walk from the house into the town centre past the eglise,
  2. Romanesque Eglise de Notre Dame
    Romanesque Eglise de Notre Dame
  3. Classic car meet in front of the chateau
    Classic car meet in front of the chateau
  4. Pedestrian Area
    Pedestrian Area
  5. Entrance to chateau and park
    Entrance to chateau and park
  6. Grand Cafe and Cinema
    Grand Cafe and Cinema
  7. Weekday market
    Weekday market
  8. Fireworks on Bastille Day in front of the Remparts
    Fireworks on Bastille Day in front of the Remparts
  9. Riverside walk behind the chateau
    Riverside walk behind the chateau
  10. Entrance to chateau gardens
    Entrance to chateau gardens
  11. More views of chateau and park
    More views of chateau and park
  12. La Tour Helene in the park
    La Tour Helene in the park
  13. Walk behind the chateau to nearest supermarket (8 mins)
    Walk behind the chateau to nearest supermarket (8 mins)
  14. cross the road, and you're in the town
    cross the road, and you're in the town