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West Charente, Cognac country


On the tranquil waters of the Charente, the small barges have replaced the famous gabares (the cognac transporting boats).

In this land, almost as sunny as the Côte d'Azur, the marvelous blue sky warms the colours of the stones of the norman churches.

Prehistoric man appreciated the mild climate and countryside ; closer to us, the Romans stamped their mark : bringing the vine, naming the villages and the remarkable architecture of the farms of Saintonge with their enclosed courtyards and richly sculpted entrance gates.

Whilst touring this region, the heart of the cognac industry, you will discover distilleries and cognac storehouses.

The West of the Charente offers sporting and cultural activities such as golfing, swimming, horseriding, minicruises and concerts.

The owner warmly welcomes you to taste pineau and the celebrated cognac eau de vie.

To see : - Bassac (11th, 12th and 14th century abbey) - Bourg Charente (church with 13th century frescoes) - Bouteville (base of a 12th century fortress with the ruins of a 17th century castle) - Châteauneuf (St Peter's Church) - Cherves Richemont (Chesnel castle 17th century, St Vivien church) - Cognac (old town, bridge gate, castle, St Leger's church, Récollets Convent, museum, tours of distilleries and cognac stores). - Jarnac (Distillery and cognac warehouses visits, and the museum "François Mitterand's legacy") - Marcillac Lanville (Ancient Notre Dame Priory) - Rouillac (distillery and cognac visits) - Saint Fort sur le Né (largest dolmen in the Charente) - Saint Simeux (watermills). Salles d'Angles (museum of 19th century rural life)