Things To Do

This area of France benefits from a warm "micro-climate", thanks to the Atlantic gulf stream. It is also the second sunniest region of France, after the Côte D'Azur.

The pretty town of Chateauneuf, just three miles away, offers shops, bars, restaurants and a supermarket, while the larger towns of Jarnac and Cognac are a must for wine and Cognac enthusiasts. All the famous Cognac makers have distilleries here - Corvoisier, Hine, Hennessy, Martel - most having museums or visitor centres. There are also many interesting wine makers in the area, who have caves for wine-tasting and buying.

Fishing

The fishing is excellent along this beautiful river. Well maintained paths flank the riverbank; endless stretches of quiet waterways with a wide range of fish.

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Kayaking

There is a kayak hire shop and training school in the village, just around the corner from the house. It is possible to kayak all the way to Jarnac and the school will collect you if it's too much effort to paddle back upstream!

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Walking

Miles of walks following the river or through the vineyards and fields of sunflowers in the summer.

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Cycling

The French love their cycling! We have a friendly cycle hire company in a nearby village who will deliver and collect cycles, helmets etc.

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Swimming

Apart from the pool at the house there is a lovely natural pool in a bend in the river near the house, plus many other spots along the river bank popular for swimming with the locals.

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The Coast

The nearest coast is Royan - 45 minutes drive - but there are other lovely resorts at La Rochelle and the sophisticated Ile De Ré.

Websites:  www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk
                 www.holidays-iledere.co.uk

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Cognac

Twenty minutes drive away.  The Henessy distillery has a museum and guided tour, plus many other cognac houses in the area.  Courvoisier has a large chateau at Jarnac nearby which also does guided tours. Every summer Cognac plays host to the internationally acclaimed Cognac Blues Festival, which in the past has seen acts such as ZZ Top, Jamie Cullum, Seal, Hugh Laurie and many others. The whole town comes alive with the sound of music - a real must for Blues fans.
 www.bluespassions.com/index.php/fr/le-festival

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Angoulême

Beautiful medieval city perched on a hilltop surrounded by ramparts.  Here you will find Good restaurants and shops and a lovely vibrant atmosphere in the evenings plus various activities throughout the year. 
The International Comic Strip Exhibition is in January and the Circuit des Ramparts (Race of the Ramparts) a vintage sports car rally and race in September.  Watch the Bugattis race round the town! 
www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

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Bordeaux

This beautiful World Heritage Site city can be accessed by train or road in just over an hour. 
www.bordeaux-tourisme.com 

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Futuroscope

Amazing futuristic theme park near Poitier, certainly worth a visit for children or the young at heart!
www.futuroscope.com  

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Golf

There are excellent golf courses in the area; The nearest in Cognac with another in Angoulême.
www.golfducognac.asso.fr

Brocantes

Throughout the year every village and town seems to have a Brocante selling bric a brac.  A fun places to find a bargain. www.brocabrac.fr 

Markets

At the entrance to every town there is a sign telling the market days.  Markets are a way of life for the French; this is where you buy your fresh produce. 
Our nearest is in Chateauneuf sur Charante.  Jarnac has one under cover every day except Monday.  There are bigger ones in Angoulême. Details of all the local markets are given in book at the house.
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Horse Racing

Harness racing is hugely popular in France and meets can be found regularly in the area - great fun if you fancy a "flutter".

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This is just a few of the things to do. The list is endless but there is something for every taste, be it history (This area was occupied during WWII and is therefore rich in wartime history), food, wine, sport or just being lazy and soaking up the sun.  Remember, this is the second sunniest area in France!