Château de la Roche Courbon, Saint Porchaire
Less than 45 minutes drive from Bel-Air Gites is the very picturesque Château de la Roche Courbon. Built in the 15th century, the chateau stands on top of the original 11th century fort, and prehistoric ruins. The stunning formal gardens, created before the ones at Versailles, make a wonderful setting for the weddings that are held here. For a long time the chateau has been known as the ‘Castle of Sleeping Beauty’. Some even dare to say that the Disney castle is based on designs and pictures of this chateau. Come and see for yourself when it re-opens to the public later this year, with some exciting new activities for all ages. With guided tours, indoor and outdoor games, prehistoric caves, and the occasional re-enactment, it’s sure to be a favourite with our guests.
The Castle Games, opening in April 2021, take place in 3 different Escape Rooms. These are ‘life-size, action puzzle games’ where you have 60 minutes to escape from a locked room. (Don’t worry, the rooms are monitored by CCTV in case anyone panics or gets upset and needs to leave). The games have been exclusively designed for La Roche-Courbon, and all the themes are based around the castle’s history. Your team’s mission is to solve the different puzzles, find codes, and look for hiding places. So there’s no physical effort involved – just brain power! Outside, the younger children (6+ years) can take part in the new Ladybug Adventure. Solving puzzles to find a hidden chest, and rescuing a colony of trapped ladybirds.
Access to the chateau, and some of the games, is limited so check the availability and age groups before you go. Tickets allow access to the gardens, ancient games, exhibitions and the ‘PrehistoZen trail’. Guided tours of the chateau (in English & French) are an additional charge.
Back to Bel-Air Gites
Get back to your ‘home-from-home’ holiday gite after an exciting day out, and our large outdoor pool will be tempting you to take a cool dip. Chill out by the pool, or relax with a cold drink on your private patio before lighting up the BBQ. It’s your holiday, so it’s your choice. No strict hotel meal-times. No stressing out trying to find a table. Just total relaxation, and lots of wonderful family holiday memories made at Bel-Air Gites, in the Charente-Maritime. See you soon.