Mysterra Labyrinth world

Step into a unique labyrinth park in the forest

This stunning park is set in 11 hectares of pine forest at the edge of the Baron-Desqueyroux Lake in Montendre. Mysterra adventure park is less than an hour’s drive from Bel-Air Gites and it’s a fantastic family fun day out.

There is a wide selection of activities, 7 different labyrinths for various ages and capabilities, games and competitions. Or you can just stroll, take in the peace and quiet of nature and admire the works of art.

There are scenarios to play where you will have to search for clues and work out the signs so you can find your way out. And you can use your smartphone or tablet (with the park’s free Wi-Fi) to help solve the puzzles.

The heart of the Mysterra leisure park

Because the park is in a forest and walking amongst nature. you must wear full and comfortable footwear. You’re advised to take bottles of water, a sunhat and plenty of sun-cream. Some of the unusual and unique labyrinth games can take up to 2 hours so be prepared for an exciting, entertaining day out.

For more details about seasonal opening times and prices, as well as buying tickets online go to – Mysterra Official Website. Or check out the TripAdvisor reviews

Or to see some of our other recommendations you can view our Top 10 List. There are so many places to visit near Bel-Air Gites that you will want to come back year after year. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our Commitment to you

Bel-Air Gites – Our Commitment

Dear Guests

We are continuously monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic (coronovirus) and can assure you that our commitment and responsibility to our guests and everyone involved with Bel-Air Gites has never been stronger.

Commitment to you and your family

As responsible gites owners, we are following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), and all relevant authorities, for country-specific requirements to ensure the actions we take are comprehensive and suitable.

Your safety as well as the safety of our Bel-Air Gites team members are our highest priority.  Please be assured that we are doing our utmost to provide a safe environment for you, your family and friends before, during and after your stay with us. Thank you for your continued loyalty and trust in Bel-Air Gites in these difficult times.

If you have any questions about bookings or travel, please do not hesitate to contact us

Family friendly fishing in the Charente-Maritime

Did you know…there are over 500,000 kilometres of rivers in France and over 1.5 million fishermen?

You did! But I bet you didn’t know that Bel-Air gites is less than 30 minutes from one of the best family friendly fishing lakes in the Charente-Maritime.

The ‘Etang du Clone Flanquet’ in Prèguillac is the closest. It’s approximately 20 kms or 20 minutes away and is ideal for learning or practising coarse fishing. The lake is heavily stocked with carp, roach, tench and black bass so you are guaranteed easy catches. It’s a beautiful calm wooded area, ideal for fishermen to relax with family and friends for the day. There’s a picnic area, parking, toilets and disabled access. Make a day of it with the family or take for a couple of hours by yourself. A fishing licence is compulsory and can be purchased online or at various outlets nearby, and this venue has a mandatory no-kill policy, so all caught fish have to be released back into the water.

Different techniques

Between Bel-Air Gites and Rochefort, which is just over an hour’s drive away, there are several fishing courses suitable for all levels of experience and techniques, including coarse and predator fishing.

For details on fishing in the Charente-Maritime and surrounding areas search on, the website for fishing information in France. This site provides all the information you need for each of the courses, for instance, types of fish, facilities and where to purchase licences.

Royan Harbour

If you fancy something a little different you an also fish in the channel and estuary around Royan, 40 minutes from Bel-Air Gites. Fishing in the harbour and estuary is allowed without a licence, but licences are required in the channels and can be purchased by the day, week or year on the website. For those that don’t fancy fishing there are plenty of other activities in and around Royan so you won’t get bored.

Men fishing in the sea

There are a couple of other great websites too, just to whet your appetite : Family Fishing Holidays in France and Fishing in France

Unfortunately we don’t provide fishing rods, nets or bait so you’ll have to bring your own. You should have plenty of room for the fishing gear though, because Bel-Air Gites provide everything else you and your family need to have a fantastic holiday. See you soon.

If you need us to get any more information about fishing licences just get in touch.


Cognac. Passionate about Music

camera shot at nightime blues festival

Simple Minds to perform at the Cognac Blues Festival 2020

As part of their world tour Simple Minds are playing at the Cognac Blues Festival. This incredible music festival in July 2020 has a great following. This year it’s on from 1st July to 5th July. And Bel-Air Gites is only a 40 minute drive away from this beautiful medieval town.. The Cognac Blues Festival takes place right in the town centre of the town. It’s in the public gardens and at various locations in and around Cognac.

La Fête du Cognac

If that isn’t enough to tempt you to bring the family to Bel-Air Gites how about ‘La Fête du Cognac’? This takes place at the Cognac marina from July 23rd to 25th. Definitely more for the grown-ups. As well as the Cognacs, you will discover Charentais wines, and the famous Pineau des Charentes. The evenings will be a voyage of local culinary discovery in a magical musical setting.


For more information about these events, including timetables, disabled access, parking, tickets, etc., check out the links below.

COGNAC BLUES PASSION FESTIVAL – 1st July to 05th July 2020

LA FÊTE DU COGNAC – ‘a discovery of music and flavours’ – 23rd July to 25th July 2020

And here’s a little taster from the Cognac Blues Festival 2019!

We still have gite accommodation available in July. Get in touch if you plan to attend one or both of these events.

Book Now and Book Direct for the best prices

Travel Advice – Government Sites

Travel between the UK, Ireland and France

At Bel-Air Gites we care a great deal about all our family, friends and guests who come out to visit us every year and we understand that the ongoing press reports about the outbreak of coronavirus are a cause for concern.

family of frogs in a caravan

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation across various websites for advice on travelling in and around Europe. As of today there are still no travel restrictions imposed on travelling between the UK, Ireland and France.

Holiday Insurance

We would like to reassure everyone that’s already booked their summer holidays with Bel-Air Gites, and all those who have made enquiries, that we are still open for business and taking bookings for summer 2020. 

Obviously if the situation changes then we will contact all concerned parties to discuss any new or existing bookings. We encourage all our guests to purchase the necessary holiday insurance when they make any arrangements for travelling. This year it is vitally important that you’re holiday insurance covers you for cancellations in case, at a later date, the Foreign Office advice against travel.


Bel-Air Gites take great pride in always providing a clean, safe and secure environment for all our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to our beautiful child-friendly gites in the Charente-Maritime.

If you have any concerns about travelling this summer, please get in touch with us. Alternatively, you can go to the UK Government’s website or Ireland’s DFA site for up-to-date travel advice.

Violins on the beach

The 33rd Edition of ‘Un violin sur la Sable‘ – July 2020 on the beautiful Grande Conche Beach at Royan.

Man playing the violin (image credit - Quino Al on Unsplash)
This spectacular event has been wowing audiences of all ages for many years and this year will be no exception. The dates for July 2020 are the 25th, 28th and 31st with the festivities commencing at 10 p.m.

Grande Conche beach at Royan becomes the most beautiful concert hall in the world with over 50,000 people every evening. Even if you don’t like classical music this is an enchanting concept, attended by people of all ages and backgrounds.

Imagine sitting on the sand, the sea in front of you, a star-filled sky above you, listening to classical music. It’s an incredible experience and it is happening right on our doorstep.

For your perfect family holiday, come to Bel-Air Gîtes, child-friendly gites in the Charente-Maritime.

The historic seaside town of Royan, with it’s long, sandy beaches, is only a 40 minute drive from Bel-Air Gîtes.

Grande Conche Beach is ideal for children with a special section offering a wide range of fun activities. So while they are being entertained you can sit back and relax. If you are feeling energetic, there are areas for windsurfing and sailing, plus facilities to hire equipment and take lessons. Lifeguards patrol the beach here making sure that you and your family stay safe.

If you prefer something a little less energetic then the beach has a wonderful promenade with views over the sea, a paved footpath and a separate cycle path.

There is ample free parking on the side streets close to the beach. So you and your family can make a whole day of it, creating memories that will last forever.

For more information about the Violin on the Sand event 2020 you can visit their Facebook Page or website.

Book Bel-Air Gites and book direct for the best prices!

Travelling Light

Piles of suitcases - everything you needWe provide everything you need

Do you feel that booking a family holiday is like planning a military operation? Finding the right location, booking the tickets, making sure passports are uptodate, ordering currency. It seems like there are a million and one things to do. Then, a couple of weeks before you go, it’s time to think about what you need to take with you for all the family. Pushchairs, highchairs, changing mats, bottle-warmers, baby monitor, potties – times that by two for the twins!

Toys, DVDs and games to keep the children entertained. Bath towels, pool towels, clothes! Will it all fit in?

Well stop, take a deep breath and relax.


We have years of experience in providing child-friendly, fun-filled family holidays and we are confident we can provide everything you need. That means you can travel light. We want it to be your best family holiday ever and we start by providing all the basic kiddie essentials. Whether you have babies, toddlers or bigger kids, twins, triplets or even quads, at Bel-Air gites you will find everything you need to make this your family’s home-from-home. 

Child-friendly means more than just providing a cot and high chair.

In the gites we provide everything you need including:

  • Cots and linen, high-chairs, pushchairs, baby baths, stair gates, changing mats, baby monitors, booster seats, potties and toilet trainer seats.
  • Steriliser bags, child steps, bath/shower non-slip mats, child proof cupboard and window locks, bath toys and children’s cutlery
  • A hand blender, night lights, blackout blinds
  • Bath towels, hand towels and pool towels, even for the babies

And if you can think of something that we haven’t listed let us know, and we will do our very best to provide it for you.


Little girl with a toy camera

As for keeping the kids entertained, the Playbarn at Bel-Air Gîtes is a huge hit with children of all ages. Toys, books, games, a DVD library, including a pool table, footballs, and other outdoor games.

There’s a large playground full of swings, a slide, a climbing frame,  trampoline and tunnels. And a large, heated outdoor pool that is fenced in and securely gated so your little ones can’t get in or out unsupervised. And if that’s not enough, check out the local attractions.

making a splash in the pool

You’re going to love Bel-Air Gîtes, so what are you waiting for? Start dreaming about relaxing by the pool, dining out on your own private patio area and the kids being happy and content.

Book Now – Book Direct for the best prices. 

Le Tour de France 2020

Cyclists in the Tour de france

Le Tour 2020

Stages 10, 11 and 12 just over an hour’s drive from Bel-Air Gites in the Charente-Maritime

If you are avid followers of the Tour de France then you probably already know the route. If not, then check out the full Le Tour 2020 route information here. Several of the stages are less than 90 minutes from Bel-Air gites!

yellow bicycle with a red and white rubber ring

Why not take the family and make a day of it at Ile de Re or Châtelaillon-Plage?

If you want to go a little further then combine the stage to Poitiers with a trip to Futuroscope. Make sure you check their website as they frequently have offers for free child places.

In June and July when the Tour takes place the weather here is usually in the mid to high 20’s. So when you’re not chasing Le Tour why not relax by the pool? Or check out some of the other great family attractions close by.

So what are you waiting for? Book direct with us for the best prices and the perfect family friendly holiday experience at Bel-Air Gites.

Sunny Charente-Maritime

Sunny Charente-Maritime

Along with the French Riviera, our region in the south west of France is renowned for having one of the most pleasant climates in France. Thanks to it’s unique micro-climate, the winters are really mild and summers are hot, but not muggy. We get an average of 2500 hours of sunshine a year and it’s the hottest and sunniest place on the whole Atlantic coast!

Today has been no exception. Glorious sunshine and 17 degrees this afternoon – perfect for a leisurely stroll around the port at Mortagne sur Gironde!


Welcome To Our New Site

Welcome To Our New Site

We are delighted to finally launch our brand new website.

Because the old website did not display well on mobiles or tablets we decided it was time for an upgrade.

The new site was created by Trish with help from the ever patient Alan Egan at ‘Rent more weeks’.

This site will feature lots of information on things to do and places to visit in the Charente-Maritime during your stay at Bel-Air Gites.

Please feel free to have a browse around the site and let us know what you think of it. All comments and suggestions will be appreciated!

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