Learn more about the owners of Benèze

 

Who are we......


We are Anne and Martin, the owners of Benèze and residents of Cravans. Anne is French and Martin is English. When we lived in England Anne, who has studied in both France and England was a qualified language teacher and Martin traveled many areas of the world whilst working for various major chemical companies. Apart from England and France we have lived in Belgium and Switzerland.

 

 

 

How come we own Benèze.........

 

In 1986 following a holiday spent in a rented a cottage in Cravans we bought a tumble-down farm building that was destined to become Benèze and our family, holiday home for more than twenty years. Over that time both the cottage which we renovated and the Charente Maritime region gave us the peace and tranquility that makes for restful, fun and reinvigorating time away from the pressures of work.

 

 

 

 

 

Then what......

 

 

In 2006 we decided to move to France on a permanent basis and set about searching for a suitable house whilst living in Benèze. Without going into a lot of details suffice it to say that we ended up embarking on our own "Grand Design" project on a plot of land which lies between Benèze and the centre of Cravans. This is where we now live, just half a mile (800 metres) down the road from Benèze. Close enough to be on hand if you need us but far enough away to leave you in peace to enjoy your holiday.

 

In 2009 once we had moved into our newly built house and no longer needing Benèze for our own holidays we were more than happy to let guests experience the charms of the cottage and its surroundings. We hope that our visitors will enjoy their holidays as much as we have over the years. Certainly we will do our very best to make your stay as rewarding as possible.

 

 

Why "Benèze" ......

 

 

The Charente region has a strong identity and the Charentais people have their own dialect. Benèze is a charentais word that means "feeling good and at ease" hence "je suis benèze" translates as "I am well", or in modern parlance maybe "I am chilled". Since that is how we felt whenever we were on holiday here it seemed like a good name, with local character for our cottage.

 

 

 

The dialect word for snails is cagouilles and the Charentais people are know as les cagouillards.