About us

In a few words...

Who are we?

Since 2003, Le Vieux Monastère has been welcoming holidaymakers from the hands of Graham and Christine Dove, who have been able to offer them a memorable experience.

But since 2021, it’s our turn to offer you a dream vacation in the middle of the French countryside.

Where are we ?

LVM is located between La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and Cognac, and close to the historic cities of Saintes and St Jean d'Angély.

Our customers love us

"Very good stay in an exceptional domain, with a lot of charm and cachet"

Alexandra France

Excellent hosts, superb accommodation, beautiful countryside and places to visit. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

John Surrey UK

We look forward to returning in the summer to enjoy the beautiful pool and grounds.

Sandra Switzerland

    Have unforgettable holidays

    Surrounded by vineyards and fields, Le Vieux Monastere is a group of seven independent and intimate gîtes, ideal for family vacations.

    Have unforgettable holidays

    A piece of history Saint-Martin-de-Cerzay

    Excerpt from the book Châteaux Manoirs et Logis by Mr. Frédéric Chasseboeuf

    “Saint-Martin-de-Cerzay was the seat of a micro-parish and a fiefdom that belonged to Pierre Brun and his wife, née Jacquette de Cumont, around 1540. A little later, their eldest daughter, Marguerite, Dame des Salles, married first Charles Horric and then Louis Moreau, Lord of Panloy, who bought the neighboring fiefdom of Lesbaupinière in 1565.

    The latter's daughter, Catherine,

    widow of Jean Boisseau, lord of Pouzou and Vervant*, succeeded in getting the land of Laléard around 1630, which she transmitted with the house of Saint-Martin-de-Cerzay to her daughter Jeanne, widow of Gabriel de Goulard. From this time on, and during a long period, the house is progressively reduced to the state of a farm, in favor of the castle of Laléard.

    Isolated in the middle of the fields,

    Like the parish church it accompanies, the house is built inside a vast courtyard delimited on three sides by outbuildings and on the north by a large wall. Oriented east-west, it is a small rectangular building with a first floor dating from the 16th century.

    According to a proven principle,

    It was originally served by a staircase contained in a cylindrical tower that leans on the eastern facade. It has long since lost the slate-covered pepperpot that was to crown it and mark the nobility of the place.”

    Now it's time to discover our cottages