St Bonnet sur Gironde has a small supermarket, boulangerie, tiny bar, old-fashioned hairdressers, pharmacy, children's playground and tennis court. Every now and then a couple of market stalls appear selling meat, fish or cheese.
The nearest supermarket and bank are in the market town of Mirambeau, 8km away.
St Bonnet is only 3km away from Vitrezay, a nature reserve on the Gironde estuary, where there is a small (and very good) restaurant, an excellent children's playground and miles of paths through the reserve for those wanting to birdwatch, walk or cycle.
There are endless tiny roads running through the marshes along the estuary, leading to places such as Port Maubert and Mortagne sur Gironde, fishing villages with pretty harbours - Port Maubert has a creperie and small restaurant, Mortagne is bigger with several restaurants and pizza places. You can use this route to drive along the estuary towards the beaches to the north - you may get lost, but you'll have lots of fun doing so!
The department of Charente Maritime stretches from La Rochelle in the north down to Bordeaux in the south, and the little village of St Bonnet sur Gironde sits pretty much half way down, almost on the north bank of the Gironde estuary. The landscape is rural and tranquil - tiny fishing villages, boats, big skies, vineyards and fields of sunflowers stretch endlessly into the horizon. There are many places to explore, towns to investigate, ancient Roman buildings to admire, markets to buy amazingly fresh produce, beaches to walk on or swim at, restaurants to discover...
Chez Jerome is the perfect base for discovering many differing areas of France. There's obviously the estuary, coastline and beaches to the north. Head inland and the gorgeous town of Saintes is 40 minutes away, with its Roman amphitheatre and remains, lovely churches, winding streets, good shopping, excellent markets and restaurants galore.
If it's wine you're after, head south - Blaye is half an hour away, and from here you can take your car on a ferry to the south bank of the estuary, and visit some of the great vineyards of the Bordeaux region, obviously to sample the wine, but they're beautiful places to visit, and some are children-friendly.
Bordeaux is an hour to the south, and is a mecca for wine, food and shops. It is a wonderfully thriving city - the centre of the wine trade for centuries, the city is soaked in French - and English - history, however it is constantly updating itself and is now both a modern and traditional city. It is a great place to explore.
There are so many places to discover - the best thing to do is to pick up a map, jump into your car and set off!