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A unique setting facing the Royal Rope Works in Rochefort-sur-Mer

The Esprit du 8, guest house with swimming pool in Rochefort, near La Rochelle. Spellbound by the local architecture and history in Rochefort-sur-Mer, we came across this spacious 1830's mansion located in the historic heart of Rochefort that served for numerous years as « sous-préfecture » - local government offices - for the county of Charente Maritime. The setting is as exceptional as the building itself with its original building materials of the time including parquet flooring, ceiling mouldings, fireplaces and perfectly preserved stained glass windows. We found the place ideal for sharing our passion for old buildings, antique furniture and vintage cars. Located in a unique setting right in the town centre with private parking, you can relax by the pool in our large garden. Only a short walk away from the historic monuments of Rochefort : The Corderie Royale, known as the Versailles of the Sea, the Hermione - the tall ship, Colbert square (where ‘Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’ was filmed), the virtual guided tour of Pierre Loti’s home and the only transporter bridge in France.

We would be delighted to share our favourite addresses and personal soft spots in Rochefort with you - all within a short distance of the Esprit du 8 such as Fort Boyard and Aix island which can both be reached by boat from the house along the banks of the river Charente, Oléron island, Marennes and Royan to the South and the beaches In Fouras and Châtelaillon Plage, La Rochelle and Ré island to the North.