montlieu la garde maison de la forêt de Haute SaintongeThe Charente-Maritime region is rich with maritime pines favourite soil, and La Maison de la Forêt is a vast park dedicated to the discovery of this beautiful Haute-Saintonge forest, called "Double Saintongeaise", its fauna and flora.

The European mink and European pond turtle, amongst others, dwell in this forest, and coming across Hoopoes or colourful bee-eaters is not uncommon. The site is set up on 10ha (25acres) of nature, and many exhibits, hikes, nature outings and conferences are organized there.montlieu maison de la fort 952 CDCHS V.Sabadel min


Several cabins dedicated to professions related to the forest, a chicken run, a palombière (pigeon hunting lodge) will entertain families on their ballad, along with a fun yet instructive quiz given to them before they start. A wooden playground will conclude the ballad.


As you enter La Maison de la Forêt, you will see the watchtower looking over the forest to prevent wildfires: open to the public, it is equipped with viewpoint indicators describing the landscape all around.


Admission is free

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Maison de la Forêt in Haute-Saintonge
Tout vent - 17210 MONTLIEU LA GARDE
Phone: +33(0)5 46 04 43 67 - Fax : +33(0)5 46 04 48 39
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Summer opening hours (July/August)
- Weekdays from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6:30pm
- Weekends and public holidays from 3pm to 6:30pm


Low season:
- Weekdays from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6:30pm
- Weekends and public holidays from 3pm to 6pm


Open on public holidays EXCEPT 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, closed on the 1st weekend of December and the 25 December. Closed in January and every weekend from the 1 January to the 31 March.

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