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WHY WE CHOSE THE MARAIS POITEVIN

I never imagined that one day we would be living in France….
Our love for the” Hexagon”, as the natives now affectionately call it, began when, as a young couple we drove under the tree lined quiet roads and zigzagged our way through poppy fields, stopping at every village market.

Upon our early retirement we searched for the “soleil” and discovered the south west region of the Deux Sèvres which boasts a similar number of days of sunshine as the overcrowded and distant South. We were particularly drawn by the warm welcome of the locals, whose roots go back to the middle ages when England controlled the Aquitaine and built many castles to defend this beautiful region and ship its highly prized wines to the crown…

Close to the dynamic and historic city of Niort nestles a cluster of enchanting limestone farming villages, Magné, La Garette, Arcais all bordering the Sèvre River at the far edge of the vast mosaic of waterways of the Poitou marshland. The Marais Poitevin is a lush and quiet spot often basking under crystal blue skies, enjoying a microclimate kind to banana and kiwi trees, set between the hills of Poitiers and the medieval port of La Rochelle.

We fell in love with Coulon, the capital of the Green Venice and settled here five years ago to start two Gites and share the pleasure with others. There are many touristic attractions, such as the Futuroscope and the Puy du Fou to keep a whole family happy, and you can also go cycling and boating or take a trip to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic.

When the bells of “Midi” ring, the gastronomic identity of France rallies all… the pride and satisfaction with which everyone carefully holds a “ baguette” and ceremoniously steps out of the “boulangerie” is an everlasting joy to see.

ANTHONY and MARYLYN KUSMIREK

Gites and B&B owners in Coulon

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