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Joanna Cottrell
2 Rue des Halles


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Situated in the heart of the Poitou Charentes countryside, 60 km south of the Loire is the large, picturesque, medieval village of Airvault. Here Jo Cottrell offesr a warm relaxed welcome at 'The Voltaire' Bed and Breakfast in their 19th Century mansion home.

The Voltaire, located near the centre of Airvault, has 4 large individually styled and furnished double and twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The emphasis of 'the Voltaire` is that you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us whether it is for 1 night, a couple of days, a week or more. The benefit from the 'soft' air and comfort of The Voltaire has resulted in guests sleeping for longer than they expected! As a result of this breakfast can be served as late as 12pm.

Each of our guest bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over it. Luxuriously thick bath sheets and hand towels are supplied, together with handmade soaps. The bedrooms all have either a kingsize bed or twin single beds and are provided with 100% cotton bed linen and high thread count soft Egyptian cotton duvet covers. The mattresses are deep sprung to provide the right level of support and comfort. We can put a temporary bed in your room to accommodate a child under 12. All rooms have ample space to store or hang your clothes, as well as easy chairs.

There is also a cosy library, with an open fire lit in winter, which has a selection of books and board games available, and a sitting room styled in a cooler manner which has a more tranquil atmosphere.

Of course when the weather is suitable the outside space is there to be enjoyed. The walled garden at the rear of the property enjoys the early morning sun which provides an ideal place to enjoy breakfast on the lawn. As the sun moves round the garden goes into shade during the hottest part of the day so that it remains cooler. The area in the front of the house, where there is a raised swimming pool (warmer months only), enjoys the sun throughout the day and is a real sun trap.

Breakfast is continental with freshly locally baked croissants and baguettes, Airvault honey and homemade marmalade and conserves, fruit juice, coffee, tea and chocolate.

Evening meals are available on request, and include 4 courses, wine and / or soft drinks and coffee for 22 euros per adult and 12 euros per child under the age of 12. We try to keep things seasonal and local, so your fare will vary from day to day and according to the time of year. Should you require, we can also provide picnics with prior notice.

In this idyllic and unspoilt part of France we benefit from very high annual sunshine levels, second only to the Côte d'Azur, and the added beauty of being in the heart of the largest sunflower growing region in France.

Being on the edge of a village, with its stunning architecture, most amenities are available within a short walk, including bakeries, butchers shops, restaurants and bars, banks (with cash machines), a chemist and a market every Saturday morning selling local produce.

Surrounded by historic towns and villages, beautiful countryside and swimming lakes as well as large attractions such as Futuroscope - the virtual reality theme park, Vallée des Singes - the monkey park where you can roam with the monkeys, Puy du Fou - the medieval theme park with their various spectaculars and La Venise Verte - Marais Poitevins intricate waterway system that can be explored by flat bottomed boats. Also being only 60 km south of the Loire valley, there are the many chateaux and vineyards to be explored. This is just a small taster of what the area has to offer and more details can be found on our website.

We have unlimited free WiFi access. Online real time bookings are available via our website


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GPS co-ordinates

46° 49’ 32” N
00° 08’ 21” W

We have given local directions below for when entering Airvault. For assistance from further out please let us know and we will be happy to e-mail more instructions.

From the Poitiers direction follow the D725 into the town. Follow the signs for Centre Ville - go past the Gendarmerie on the right, down the hill and past the Church and Market Hall, again on the right. At the end of the road is a roundabout, with Groupama on the right, we are opposite Groupama on the left, with the Hotel du Cygne opposite. Recycling bins are on the corner next to our garage. There is parking in front of the house/garage, however if that’s full the public car park is diagonally opposite on the other side of the roundabout.
From the directions of Parthenay, Bressuire or Thouars join the D725 towards Airvault. Ignore the first turning signposted Airvault centre ville with 4 flagpoles and the town's name in flowers at the junction. Continue straight on, still on D725. Pass the town name, over the river, and just after crossing the river there is a sharp right hand corner with a left turn off it. Take this turning, D27 Rue de la Gare, go over the level crossing, at the fork keep left and this brings you up to a roundabout. At the roundabout The Hotel du Cygne will be on your right, a car park on your left, on the third corner is Groupama and we are the house on the other corner.



Property type Quantity
Prices in €
Daily Prices Weekly Prices
min. max. min. max.
extra bed
Notes: You have the choic of a king sized bed (150 cm) or twin beds
(3 pers.)
1 80.00


Credit cards accepted
Animals Allowed
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