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Montbron is the nearest pretty little market town (5 minutes away) and is situated overlooking the River Tardoire. It has been said that the surrounding countryside is reminiscent of parts of Switzerland and even Tuscany because of its history, its castle, ramparts and historic streets and houses. There is plenty of interest in Montbron for lovers of old France. There are several small markets on Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday market in August attracts more than 15,000 visitors. The town itself offers all amenities, with a good few bars and restaurants and a small variety of shops. It has an intermarche (supermarket) that you can purchase all your provisions. The airports are La Rochelle, Limoges and Poitiers are all within easy reach of the town. Montbron is located just 1 hour away from Limoges airport with low cost flights to and from the UK. The nearest TGV train station is just 30 minutes away in Angouleme. The high speed TGV train takes 2 hours 10 minutes from Angouleme to Paris. Marsac where the barn is located is just 5 minutes drive from Montbron.


The Charente
The Charente is a beautiful, unspoilt, lush area with fields full of sunflowers and lots of vineyards. It is brought to life by a network of meandering rivers. Village life is fantastic! There are markets in the Spring, bric a brac and in the summer village fetes with moules frite. (mussels and chips) A must! We can talk from experience having attended one in the fabulous village of Montemboeuf which is 15 minutes drive away.

Activities
Les Gorges du Chambon is about 5 minutes from the barn and offers lots of outdoor activities. EG. Walking, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding.
Lakes nearby with a lifeguarded beach, sailing boats, horse riding, kayaks and two restaurants that serve excellent food at very reasonable prices. There are open air swimming pools in Montbron, Montemboeuf and La Rochefoucauld.
Golf de la Prez is a splendid 18 hole golf course in a tranquil, beautiful setting and is 15 minutes drive away. Golf de la Prez is affiliated to the Federation Francaise de Golf (FFG). It offers a driving range and two pitch and putting greens. There is also a restaurant at the golf club too.
Tourist Office:- Montbron office, Place de l’Hotel de Ville – 16220 Montbron. Tel/Fax: 05 45 23 60 09.
Email: info@ot-montbron.com
Places of interest:- A must is Brantome in the Dordogne. This is the most picturesque place that you could every wish to visit. Also Cognac known for its spirit. The nearest towns are Limoges and Perigueux and are well worth a visit. Angouleme is a small city one hour drive away. Also a must is La Rochefoucauld Castle set high above the streets and is said to be one of the most remarkable castles in France. We are very close to the Richard the Lionheart route for a great day out!

Places to eat
Italian Toscane (pictured right) in Montbron centre is very good. Maurice provides moules and frittes on a Friday night so you can eat and drink in the bar or the bars terrace.

Golf de la Prez Restaurant.

Les Gorges du Chambon has a fabulous restaurant and in the summer months offer a barbeque.

Chez Stephs in La Rochefoucauld nestling beneath the castle.

There are also several restaurants in Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure, http://www.chasseneuil-sur-bonnieure.fr/

 

 

 

Royan
A fantastic day out at the beach only 1 hour 30 mins drive from Elsa of Kora.

It has a long history as a seaside resort and benefits from a micro-climate on a par with the Mediterranean coast. It was one of the very first resorts in France to arise from the newly discovered fashion for sea-bathing.Today it remains very much a place that the French choose when they go on holiday.

The beaches
Fantastic Atlantic coast beaches stretch for several kilometres either side of the town and are arguably the finest in France. They offer a choice ranging from child-friendly beaches near the town to the wild unspoilt beauty of the Cote Sauvage where you can find tranquility even in the height of the season. The Guide describes all the best local beaches with locations, nearby facilities, where to find parking and which are good for surfing and which are good for just lazing in the sun.

Plus ...
Splendid as they are, there is a lot more to Royan than just the beaches and you should certainly take the time to visit some of the nearby towns and villages, explore the countryside, take in some of the tourist attractions and of course try some local cognacs.....

La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, Bordeaux, Cognac and Saintes are all close by as are vineyards, oyster beds, the Gironde and small fishing ports. Great restaurants, markets and friendly people.

 

Nautilus - Angouleme

Nautilis center combines an ice rink and aquatic center. With two pools (50m and 25m), playful indoor pools (water slide, jets, spa, whirlpool bench), whirlpool and cardio rooms and a restaurant throughout the year.

Outdoor aquatic facilities (river, wave pool, racer) and a play area for children 2-6 years old, a zip line of 90m and a snack bar available during the summer.

Nautilis center and its location near the lake of the Grande Prairie, make it a leisure sport for the whole family. Ideal for a great day out.

As with all public pools in France, men and boys must wear either speedo's or tight fitting swim shorts. Beach shorts are not allowed and you are likely to be turned away if this is your only swimwear. This is for hygene reasons, you much change into your swimwear at the pool and not swim with the shorts worn outside.

See http://www.nautilis.fr
 

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