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LOCAL SCENES

 

Located in SW France in an area renowned for its beautiful scenery, excellent food and wines.

Near beautiful Aubeterre, one of Frances top 10 pretty villages,

on the Charente  Dordogne border, about an hours drive from Bordeaux 

or Bergerac airports or 30 minutes from Angouleme station.

A bit further away but  very usable are Limoges and Poitiers airports.

 

Just minutes away is Le Manoir de Longeveau a welcoming golf and tennis club with a multi lingual creche.

 

There are several horse riding stables (the nearest at Bors 5 mins away)

and lovely well marked walking trails in the area.

With its quiet roads and lanes it is ideal for cycling.

 There are more challenging biking trails nearby with maps at the house.

BIKE HIRE PRICES

It is recommended you reserve the fully insured well maintained

bikes for ALL ages in advance, they will be delivered direct to your door at your convenience,

10% discount for our guests.

 

If you enjoy good food there is a wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from,

 the nearest is less than 5 minutes away.

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Nearby are the famous Vinyards of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cognac and the wine capital of St Emilion.

Very close to the river Dronne which has much to offer along its banks, great restaurants, 

pretty villages, a "sandy beach", small water park, fishing, canoeing etc.

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The sights of the Dordogne can easily be explored including mediaeval towns like Perigueux,

 Brantome  or Sarlat, the world famous painted caves at Lascaux and the weekly market at Riberac.

 

Bordeaux can be reached by car, use the park and drive and take the tram,

buy an all day travel ticket for a few euros, or take the train at 7.30 am from Chalais station.

 

On the coast about one and half hours away are the unspoilt sandy beaches of Royan and Arcachon.

 Famed for the Dune of Pyla the largest dune in Europe.

Enjoy stunning views of the bay and coastline. 

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A good source of local information is the monthly free magazine Sortir which can be found in tabacs,

supermarkets and tourist offices. The latest edition (in French) can be seen here 

SORTIR

 

If there is any information you require we will happy to help if we can

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LESS THAN 5 MINUTES DRIVE

  MONTMOREAU

Tennis courts - please contact us well before your stay to arrange temporary membership

Swimming pools - large pool plus 2 toddlers pools, deck chairs and umbrellas,

Restaurants - 2 very good quality and well priced lunch or evening venues

La Gourmandise excellent price and quality good for all ages  WIFI +33 9 67 76 38 52

Le Bistroquet - Good menu of the day at lunchtime-garden +33 5 45 67 83 34

Cafe/Bar - burgers and bar food ,

Supermarket - good choice, petrol and prices

Chemist - Bakers

 

 

HBORS

Horseriding-for all ages, special themed childrens days.

Long or short term livery

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English speaking

For information and prices see website

www.ecuriesdeschenes.fr

 

PUB La Cloche - open 4 evenings 6-11pm

BBQ burgers Thursdays, comes recommended by locals - +33 5 45 23 94 69

large beer selection

 

LESS THAN IO MINUTES DRIVE.

 

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Golf and Tennis

Le Manoir de Longeveau  

This friendly Anglo - French club welcomes visitors.  It is set in a stunning valley

designated in Michelin maps as a place of special beauty.

There is a nine hole golf course with lessons available by arrangement, 

swimming pools, indoor sports facilities and a delightful bar with wi-fi and restaurant,

all open to the public. 

TUESDAY nights in high season has a fabulous English owned vintage fish and chip van from 17.30 hrs

There are 3 floodlit tennis courts, which if very busy in the high season

you may not be able to make use of however the courts in Montmoreau,

contact us for arrangement details before leaving the UK.

A creche with fully trained multi lingual staff comes well recommended.

GOLF PRICES

Tel: + 33 545 98 55 13

I5 MINUTES DRIVE.

 

Aubeterre sur Dronne 

In the southern Charente, close to the Perigord, Aubeterre sits high up above a bend in the river Dronne. Its charming narrow streets wind 

through white stone houses and ancient buildings. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre this former stronghold is now officially classified as one of France's prettiest villages.

There is a good variety of cafes and restaurants in and around the square.

Aubeterre Restaurants

The Monolithic Church hosts contemporary and classical concerts and events during the 

summer months.

Diary of events

River Dronne

The river marks the boundery between the Charente and the Dordogne.

At Aubeterre there is a safe sandy  'beach'  with cafe,.

Canoes and kayaks for hire

You can be dropped off  along the river and paddle back.

 

Chalais

Pretty small town, Monday is market day when all the roads are closed to traffic. 

Built strategically on a hill dominating the town, is the Chateau du Talleyrand, originally a medieval fortress, the draw bridge is still in working order.

It now hosts exhibitions and is one of the best places to eat in the area. The Chateau restaurant, Relais de Chateau, offers a gourmet menu and excellent service.£££ Book in advance.

To book Tel: + 33 545 98 23 58

 Nabinaud

Not far from Aubeterre

Nature centre Poltrot on the river has a range of outdoor activities including canoe/kayak hire. A very reasonable cafe offers snacks and meals, in summer best to book.

20 MINUTES DRIVE

 

Parcoul

 

between Chalais and La Roche Chalais is friendly out door adventure centre and has kayaks for hire  and picnic tables.

Best book kayaks using link

Riberac

This sleepy town comes to life every Friday when it hosts the biggest market in the Dordogne. There is a large area selling regional  produce and wine, plus lots of arts, crafts and clothing. There are a couple of nice restaurants for lunch

  30 MINUTES DRIVE

Angouleme  

This is the pretty Capital of the Charente.Picturesque old town with a mix of shops and restaurants.

 

Geant and Auchan hypermarkets are on the outskirts and 100’s of shops and restaurants in the historic centre.

 

In the Autumn look out for the “ Circuit de Ramparts”, vintage motor cars from the 1920s and 30s racing around the old streets. 

NAUTILIS AQUATIC CENTRE

Just north of Angouleme by the lake at

St Yrieix sur Charente.

Sports pool , indoor & outdoor leisure pools, spa, slides, jets, wave pool and more

(their website does not do it justice)

Be aware males must wear speedos!! in the pools

FOR PRICES & INFORMATION

45 MINUTES DRIVE

St. Emelion

This beautiful medieval hilltop village is now a world heritage listed site, full of shops showcasing a number of local producers wine.

 

There is a dotto train operating in the summer to take you around the town. 

 

There are numerous restaurants with something for everyone.

Brontome

Known as the Venice of the Charente this lovely riverside  town is well worth a visit, take a picnic to enjoy on the river bank. There are plenty of play areas adjoining the river.

Close by  is the Grotte de Villars a network of underground  caves with impressive calcite formations together with prehistoric paintings made some 17000 years ago.

Guided 45 minute tours are available April  thru  September, from  10am - 7pm. The grounds have a children's play ground, a picnic area and rambling paths.

Cognac

Lots of choice of producers to visit. These are the showcase for the top Brandy houses who offer interesting and well organised tours of their premises usually by small trains.

Lac Jemaye Dordogne

Lovely large lake and protected park with parking,sandy beaches,woodland walks, bird watching/wildlife hide, cafes, sunbeds for hire, picnic areas and more

OVER I HOURS DRIVE AWAY

Perigeaux

Sarlat

Bordeaux

Arcachon

   
 

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