Come Discover the Charente Department
Located in the southwest of
From a small and picturesque Charentais village,
Marie-Anne and Bertrand are eager to help you discover.
The history, heritage and gastronomy of their region,
A special moment.
Watercolors by Marie-Anne Chaygneaud Dupuy
For its heritage
The Romanesque style flourished in the
The Logis (a Charentais word for Manor, or a nobleman’s home), the gentlemen’s farms, and the villages filled with beautiful homes have been here for centuries and are a permanent part of the landscape.
are over 60 chateaux to visit in the
For its customs and ancient crafts
Whether for crushing oats, or making oil, or cutting stone or making paper, some of the mills’ wheels still sing along the rivers
There are about 20 mills to visit and several are still producing
The pigeon coops and wells
There is a variety of pigeon houses and wells in the area, the former often near a château. The wells are close to farms and churches.
After the old stones;
Nature and history…
Whether on foot, by horse, or on a bicycle, follow the rolling countryside and come discover a multitude of small roads leading to charming sites and villages lost in time.
A sail alongside the river, why not !
Aboard a gabare or peniche (names given to river boats used long ago by merchants to
transport freight), glide along the river.
Let us propose several itineraries for you to consider which will lead
you up to the
For the more athletic,
perhaps a canoe ride on the
The Passion of our Ancestors
To discover the history of our region, you can
visit a variety of museums ; there are the
traditional ones in
Come discover the craftsmanship, and artists as well, and visit different workshops : a porcelain workshop, a knife maker , a barrel maker, a potter, a beer brewery.
Another favorite is the very comfortable slipper so typical to the region, called the charentaises !
Possible Day Trips for your enjoyment
A fter a good breakfast
depart for a picturesque route along the
Stop at several small villages. Walk along tiny streets.
Before lunch, visit the
In the afternoon start off with a visit to the
As an end-of-afternoon activity a tour to the magnificent Abbey of Bassac
A nother Day,
We leave to discover Romanesque churches.
all the churches are open daily and they are always set in beautiful
settings. Then visit a local winery and
Have lunch at a local inn
In the afternoon visit a Château and its closest village. And why not have dinner at the Chateau ?
A s you see fit, we will be there to suggest a variety of customized tours. Tours are designed specifically for you. Away from the crowds and traditional tourism. In the end if you wish only to rest and enjoy the quiet Charentais moment, indulge !
Foie gras : a local delicacy, there are several producers in the region who have caught our attention and we will guide you to one of them. And for those who cook, a class could be suggested to learn the secrets of excellent fois gras making !
Breeding Farms : In the region cows and goats are bred for cheese making ; deer, ostriches and calves are bred for meat production. Come visit one of these eleveurs and see how the process is done
Chocolats, Visit a factory and sample the richness of homemade chocolates. Then of course buy a box to take home !
We can suggest several types of dining options :
Gastronomic restaurant, a local inn, a dinner at a host’s table, or a picnic
Your sleeping accomodations
We have selected for you a selection of lodging options
Individual rooms or entire houses where all meals are served in period settings:
Individual homes in a village, or in the countryside, And, if you prefer, a more urban hotel just let us know !
Living is good and calm, it’s easy !
Marie-Anne and Bertrand look forward to helping you plan your holiday getaway and show you these marvels
The Charente is an hour’s drive from the
And a two hour 30 minutes TGV ride from
For more information contact :
+33 (0)5 45 62 29 85