Thank you for showing an interest in our cottage. We really hope to welcome you to the Saintonge region. We are about one hour (traffic permitting) from La Rochelle (look out for cheap flights and rent a car), the beautiful island and some superb beaches. Our nearest lovely beach is at Royan only 40 minutes away. Colourful markets selling country produce and of course sea food, are never far away. Your cottage is only 15 minutes from the old Roman towns of Cognac to the east, Saintes to the south and St. Jean d’Angeley to northwest. The cottage is only 8-10mins walk from the village shops
The wide Charente river runs through this part and there are many fine places on the banks of the Charente, Seugne or Boutonne, where you can have a romantic dinner, go boating, walking, cycling or just drive and admire the fascinating scenery. There are some lovely old chateaux, historical monuments and pedestrian precincts. Enter into the friendly spirit of the surrounding villages, where at the slightest excuse parties are held, for example, by the local football team or the local fire brigade, in the village Salle de Fete which go on the small hours sometimes. Experience the Fete and Festivals which add interest and beauty to the towns and villages around you. If you are around on 14 July (Bastille Day) there are dozens of celebrations and fireworks in the villages close to you.
One September my friend and I helped to pick the grapes. Do try the local wines and especially the Pinaud, which has become a favourite aperitif. In Cognac you can be shown round the various distilleries and be given a taste of the brandy at the end of the tour, usually lasting an hour. Take a picnic and sit on the banks of the Charente on your way out before going to your car. One could go on and on extolling the virtues of the region. But I have to say that staying here not only recharges the batteries but puts one mind of Nat King Cole’s song “What a Wonderful World”.
We have lots of games: table tennis and bats, bicycles, etc. and masses of brochures of things to do and visit in the area.
There is a tennis court in Brizambourg and a swimming pool at the village of St Bris des Bois close by; also in the area golf, riding, boating. Those interested in antiques will look out for the many very interesting brocantes in the area.