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We absolutely loved staying at the little Chabrou gite. It was fully fitted with everything you could possibly need for a holiday. The gite was so clean and well decorated, it had so much extra there were plenty of utensils, towels very well stocked. The hosts Corinne and Xavier were exceptional they made our stay so perfect. The grounds were superb with a stunning pool and sunbathing area. The garden surrounding the property were so pretty and well looked after. There was so much to do in the area we visited the chateau at La Rochefoucauld, and went souvenir shopping. We had a drinks in the local pub/restaurant in the the hamlet of Marrilac Le Franc and the staff were lovely too. We will definitely be returning. One of the best gites we have stayed in. When we left we felt that we had made friends and we absolutely adored their beautiful well behaved dogs! Linda and Dave Sutton.
At Easter, my partner and I decided to take pot luck and explore an area of France south of Angouleme that we didn’t know, without breaking the bank. We weren’t quite sure what to expect from La Petite Orangerie, but it turned out to be an ideal base from which to tootle about the region. As it was holiday time, there were 20 or so staying in the chateau’s various properties, and while you could easily avoid them if you didn’t want to socialise, we were invited by Mark and Lorraine, the Irish couple who look after the chateau’s grounds, to join in a communal barbecue and associated jollities. I enjoyed the egg-throwing contest, but thought my knees were a bit too creaky for touch rugby…
The accommodation was very clean and comfortable, with all the mod cons you’d expect, though we didn’t do much cooking, preferring to pig out at some of the excellent restaurants within striking distance (owner Milly has a selection of suggestions pinned to her corkboard). Angouleme itself is a historic town well worth a visit, and other places we enjoyed were Aubterre sur Dronne, with its stunning underground church carved into the limestone, the bustling market at Villebois-Lavalette, and the picture-postcard prettiness of Brantome over the border into Dordogneshire, though you’ll hear more English than French spoken there.
Outside the holiday season I guess it’s pretty quiet, and none the worse for that if this is what you’re looking for, while during the summer holidays I imagine the pool and tennis court come into their own; and if Easter’s anything to go by, children won’t be short of playmates. We’ll definitely be back, unless they make touch rugby compulsory.