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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy


This website is owned and managed by Joanna Cottrell as the proprietor of “The Voltaire Bed & Breakfast” also known a Le Voltaire Chambres d’Hotes situated in Airvault, France. I am responsible for the collection and processing of any personal information you provide in connection with making a reservation at the above named in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679.

By using our websites you are acknowledging that we are potentially processing your personal information and where applicable consenting to such practices as described below.

Personal information we collect

We collect personal information from you when you use one of the following methods to contact us: social media, telephone or e-mail us directly.

The information we collect from you is:

i.                     Your Name

ii.                   A contact telephone number

iii.                  Any preferences you may have regarding room type, this includes bed arrangement, floor level and any dietary requirements you may have.

iv.                 A contact e-mail address

Please note If you send us an unsolicited cv, we will not open any attachments and your e-mail will be deleted immediately without response from us.

Personal information provided by third parties

The 3rd party sources we use are OTAs e.g. The Expedia Group, etc. and via our own direct reservation system (provided by Free To Book). We only disseminate the information detailed above, with the sole exception being your address should you fail to arrive or in the event of  a cancellation, without sufficient notice to avoid a cancellation charge, the remainder of the information you provide to remains under their control and is protected by their individual privacy policies.

How we use your personal information

i.                     We store your information in a physical diary, so we are able to register your reservation.

ii.                   We may contact you to confirm a reservation or any details in connection with your reservation.

iii.                  To comply with our legal obligations regarding taxation and any other local jurisdiction regulations that may apply including security issues and the prevention of fraudulent activity.

iv.                  To issue invoices by post, in cases of non-arrival as detailed above.

How long we will keep your personal information

For compliance issues we will maintain your information for no longer than 6 months after our legal obligations expire.

Security of information.

We undertake to implement all measures practicable to ensure the safety and security of your personal information and to make it available only to those directly involved with the running of The Voltaire namely Joanna Cottrell and her family.

Your rights

You have the right at any point to contact us to request details concerning the personal information we hold about you, why we hold such information and who has access to this information. We undertake to respond to any such request within 30 days.

If the information we hold about you is out of date, upon request we will either update or delete the information as appropriate.

You have the right to request that your information held by us is erased. Upon such request we will either delete it or inform you as to why we are unable to comply with such a request, for example a legal obligation on our part.

Sharing your information

We undertake NOT to share your information with any third party other than a regulatory authority, the security forces or when ordered to do so by the courts.


We do not use cookies to gather any information from users of this site


We reserve the right to update these conditions at any time.

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Local Area

Local Area


Airvault - The town was formed in the 10th century and grew around one of the largest Abbeys for Augustinian monks in the Poitou region. Many of the medieval buildings still remain as well as some fine examples of Poitou architecture.

The Abbey - Church of St Pierre was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. You can still see part of the original Church. The  spire was reconstructed in 2016 after the old one began to display serious signs of wear.

With a supermarket, boulangeries, 2 chateaux and restaurants, all you need from a rural French village is here, including a small market on Saturday mornings, situated in the Market hall adjacent to the Church. 

There is an underground well, next to the church, that can be visited by borrowing the key from the tourist office, and a museum that is housed in part of the old Abbey - church complex.

On the outskirts of the town is the Pont de Vernay, a 12th century Romanesque bridge that crosses the River Thouet . The Thouet valley, easily accessable from the village, is recognised internationally as having a wide variety of birdlife.


Parthenay - In the Middle Ages Parthenay was a major fortress of the region. Set on a granite promontory, and with around a hundred old half timbered houses it maintains the appeal of a small medieval town. Parthenay has many bars & cafés where you can sit & watch the world go by, together with all the conveniences you'd expect in a modern small town.


Thouars Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Thouet and valley. Town centre churches go back to the 11th century with Poitou Romanesque architecture. An impressive castle and a medieval town centre. Thouars has all the businesses and shops you'd expect in a  21st century town, including cafés, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Friday mornings see one of the largest markets in the area, where you can buy anything from local produce, clothing to chicks and geese.









Bressuire - Dominated by a castle build between the 11th and 15th century and the Dolo river valley.

Bressuire is a fairly compact town where you can while away an hour or two, taking in the tranquil atmosphere, however if you time your visit right you could witness vintage car rallies or even some Highland Games action.

Why not visit the Sculpture Orchard, a public garden displaying sculpture between the apple trees which leads to a pleasant park in the river valley.


St. Loup Lamairé - A pretty village on the edge of the River Thouet, with 15th and 16th century half timbered houses, a chateau of traditional french architecture including a dungeon where the Black Prince was held captive following the Battle of Poitiers.

The church was rebuilt in the 19th century in the center of the village but if you take the road towards Gourgé you will find the remains of an earlier version, which is unusual in that pretty much only the alter remains with a glass facade.  

The village holds an annual Art Fair in June, with exhibitors from all over the region as well as the opportunity to try yourself. Also there is a Christmas night market with many producers trying to tempt you with their seasonal items.

Chateau de St Loup


St. Generoux - A small village boasting 2 restaurants offering good value lunches, just a few km from Airvault.  A 13th century medieval bridge crosses the River Thouet. The church built in the 9th and 10th centuries is a good example of primitive Romanesque architecture.

There are many chateaux, churches, abbeys, museums, monuments, gardens, walks, cycle rides etc in the local area. Good places to find information are the local tourist offices or the departments tourism website.

For more information on churches and abbeys try

We hold details of many of the local attractions and are more than happy to try and help with any further information you may require.   

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How to Book

How to book and availability


We are delighted to offer a quick and easy real time booking service, which guarantees you the best room rate available as well as confirming your reservation immediately. Simply click on the secure link "Book Now" to check availability or to make a booking.

 Alternatively we are more than happy to receive enquiries or reservations by telephone or email, so you can discuss your requirements.

Tel: 00 33 (0)5 49 64 83 25

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Leisure and Family Days Out

We are ideally located for a number of attractions and theme parks as well as the chateaux of the Loire Valley.

Two of France’s most popular theme parks are within an easy drive. Futuroscope  is a virtual reality theme park. A fun day out for all, although some attractions do have height restrictions (details on their website), and a night time spectacular. We have brochures which have a coupon offering an entrance fee discount. 

The Grand Parc du Fou is in a medieval set with Vikings, Gladiators, Musketeers and jousting amongst the attractions. They also have a night time spectacular.  

Terra Botanica  is a plant themed amusement park near Angers. Suitable for all ages there are gentle boat rides, dinosaur excavating and 4D adventures among many other exhibits, all set in beautiful gardens.

Parc Oriental de Maulévrier   Beautiful Oriental based gardens featuring many specimen Rhododendrons, Maples and Camelias set around a large lake.  

The underground village at Rochemenier, inhabited by troglodytes until as recently as the 1970s here you can see a history of troglodyte life throuout the years There is also a restaurant nearby providing typical Piotou food and wood fired oven bread that is "to die for "  

Montreuil - Bellay  A Privately owned chateau where you can learn the origins of the BBQ as well as the idea  of wine boxes.

Chateau d’Oiron  A beautiful chateau, once owned by  the Marquise de Montespan, long term mistress to Louis XIV and mother of several of his illegitimate children. Situated about 15km away, the chateau is filled with Art together with a collection of ‘curiosities and marvels’.  There are also 2 vineyards in Oiron where you can arrange to taste their wines.

There are a number of animal based attractions.

Zoo de Doue where 1200 animals live in a troglodyte setting.

Vallée des Singes   Monkey valley with a variety of roaming primates

L’ile aux Serpents   a reptile park.

Les Géants du Ciel  Bird displays and spectaculars in the heart of the medieval city of Chauvigny

Mouton Village    Everything to do with sheep

Aquarium La Rochelle

There are many chateaux in the Loire Valley , but the closest is at Saumur about a 45mins drive away where you can also partake in a number of wine tastings at the various wineries.  or use the following link for a full list of vineyards in the Saumur region

La Venise Verte, Marais Poitevin is an area of meadows and marshes reclaimed from the ocean, crisscrossed by canals and rivers (around 4000km of waterways).  You can explore the wooded area waterways and flora and fauna in barques (flat bottomed boats) with or without a guide which are available to hire all around the area. or

Although we are about 90 mins from the coast you can still have a picnic on a beach. Lac du Cebron is about 7km away and is a large lake with a small beach and picnic area as well as bird watching hides, a windsurfing school and child friendly swimming pool.

There are also a number of swimming lakes in the area the closest of which is at Moncontour.

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