About The Area
So much to do
Our property offers you an ideal base from which to visit all the delights of South West France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing stay but you will also be spoilt for choice for visits and days out. The stunning beaches of the Atlantic coast and its famous islands are within easy reach, or you may prefer to enjoy activities on the river Charente. The historic towns of Saintes, Jonzac and Angouleme are within a short drive and the renowned cities of Bordeaux or La Rochelle are just over an hour away.
Make sure that you explore the rich local heritage of the area with its many beautiful towns and villages, such as Cognac or Jonzac or the medieval town of Pons, with its imposing Donjon. Visit some of the listed historical sites, such as the arch of Germanicus and the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre in Saintes or take a trip to the beautiful Fontdouce Abbey, founded in 1111. Equally impressive are the Romanesque churches, five of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the breathtaking Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont. Of course a visit to the region would not be complete without a taking in one of France's fine chateaux, such as the nearby Chateau de la Rochefoucauld or Chateau de la Roche Courbon.
As well as taking time to enjoy the beautiful countryside with miles upon miles of vineyards and fields of glorious sunflowers, a visit to one of the many world famous Cognac houses is a must! We are situated on the edge of the golden triangle of the Grande Champagne, the heart of the wine growing area producing the best 'cru' or growth. Of the 6400 vineyards producing white wine for Cognac, the majority is sold to the major Cognac houses such as Hennessy, Martell and Remy Martin but there are also approximately 250 independent producers who offer visits and sell direct to clients. Remember to also take the opportunity to try the delicious local liqueur, Pineau, while you are here!
The stunning Atlantic coast with its popular seaside resorts such as Royan and Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and its miles upon miles of breathtaking sandy beaches, is an easy forty-five minute drive away. Popular with guests is the sheltered bay of Meschers-sur-Gironde, with its fine sandy beach, backed by pine forests. Whilst there, an exploration of the fascinating troglodyte caves is a must, as well as a delicious meal in one of the port's seafood restaurants. Visits to the islands of the Charente Maritime are also wonderful ways to spend days out, the largest being Ile d'Oléron and Ile de Ré, not forgetting their smaller neighbours Ile d'Aix and Ile Madame. Finally, be sure to visit la Rochelle and of course the vibrant city of Bordeaux, both a little over an hour away.
Fun Days Out
There are plenty of attractions nearby for fun days out for the whole family. The popular treasure hunt at the Chateau des Enigmes in nearby Pons, gives children an exciting insight into the history of the area, while adults appreciate this splendid example of Renaissance architecture. Near the coast you will find the popular zoo of La Palmyre with its monkey and ape park or why not enjoy the amazing aquarium in la Rochelle. The river Charente spans 361km and is navigable from Angouleme to Rochefort by canoe, paddle-board or gabarre for the energetic among you! Alternatively, there is a plethora of activities to enjoy at Huertebise leisure park in Jonzac or the Grande Prairie Lake in Angouleme, including water-based activities such as paddle-boarding, a children's play area, high ropes, zip wire and mini boats, to mention but a few.