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Nearby, for your leisure, there is a swimming-pool and tennis court, country paths for walking, biking or horse-riding. In Montbron, there is the small Sabot Museum and the Castle. If you are fond of fishing, you can practise your hobby on the river Tardoire at the foot of the village. If you like water-mills, you can visit the Moulin de Trotte Renard in Bunzac on the Bandiat river, the mills of Menat and Chabrot on the Tardoire, the Moulin de la Forge in Rancogne or the Moulin de la Chaume in Saint Germain de Montbron. Also the Moulin de la Pierre in Vilhonneur which it is unique in France: the water power enables it to saw a limestone block that weighs several tons. Environmentalist and bio lovers must go to Souffrignac to visit the Bandiat Gardens, on the Périgord border: a  museum garden with European vegetable gardens, a rural museum, events and bio products for sale, everything is organized for your pleasure.

If you are attracted by the charm of traditional villages then you can take a stroll in the nearby Vilhonneur market town, built on the Tardoire river; the village houses are grouped around the tiny Romanesque church. Or for natural curiosities, walk into the Queroy Caves ("Grottes du Quéroy"). Don’t forget to take a jumper or coat with you the temperature can go down to  9°c.

If nautical activities are your favourite sports you can choose between the Tardoire and Bandiat rivers, the Haute Charente lakes and the nautical centre in Lavaud to swim, fish, go canoeing or rowing. If you have a passion for horse-riding, you must visit the Ecurie de Bois Long in Pranzac. Or for golfers, the Golf de la Prèze  is located in Rouzede.

Nearest AIRPORT - Limoges: 78 Kilometres
Nearest FERRY - Caen/Le Havre/Dieppe: 500 Kilometres
Nearest TRAIN - Angouleme TGV: 36 Kilometres
Nearest MOTORWAY - A10 : 35 Kilometres
Nearest BAR/PUB - Montbron: 4 Kilometres
Nearest GOLF - Rouzede: 12 Kilometres
Nearest RESTAURANT - Montbron: 4 Kilometres

Markets, Farmers markets, fairs, bric a bracs
We are on the edge of the Perigord area. The markets here are magnificent: in the Springtime, all the little villages around organise their bric a bracs, every Summer they hold village fairs with giant omelettes, food and wine tasting etc…

Town by Town
Angoulême, the Valois city and capital city of comics : Préfecture, Cathedral, NCBDI (International Comics Centre). Museums : Paper, Arts, Archaeology, 2nd World War resistance.

Cognac : cruises in traditional boats ("gabarres"), Cognac distilleries and Cognac Circuits

Confolens : vélorail (biking on the ancient railway)

Dignac : at the foot of the Norman church, lays a small medieval garden.

Fleurac : Paper Mill

La Rochelle : the Aquarium, the marine museum

La Rochefoucauld : the town still shows many beautiful ancient houses. You can visit the castle which has been the stronghold of the La Rochefoucauld family for over 1000 years. Also to be seen : the former hospital pharmacy, the Abbey church and the church. Swimming-pool, tennis, karting.

Limoges : capital city of chinaware

Niort : the Marais Poitevin

Nontron : unique site with a castle and a dolls museum.

Poitiers : the Futuroscope, the Monkeys Valley

Rochechouart : castle, religious relics museum.

Roumazières : Medieval show in the Castle

Royan : La Palmyre zoo

St Georges de Didonne - http://www.saintgeorgesdedidonne.com/ 
Saint-Georges-de-Didonne is a seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast. This town of Charente-Maritime, situated near Royan at the mouth of the estuary of the Gironde. Saint-Georges-de-Didonne more than 5000 inhabitants, but this figure is multiplied by ten during the summer. Great for kids, couples and everyone.

The Braconne Forest : on the paths of this big forest, you can discover a large range of wild animals and flora.

Villebois-Lavalette : A XVIIth century castle with ramparts dating back to the XIIIth century. At the heart of the medieval city, stands a beautiful XVIIth century roofed market-place.

Month by Month
January : International Comics Festival, Angouleme.
March : Artgila, International Art Clay Festival, in Roumazières-Loubert.
May : Faites de l’Art, in Aubeterre (art festival).
June : "Musiques Métisses" (world music) - Sarabandes des Bouchauds (theatre, music and regional food and drinks).
July : Cognac Blues Passion.
August : Hot Air Balloon European Cup - "Musiques du Monde" in Confolens (folklore around the world).
September : Coup de Chauffe à Cognac (circus and theatre) - Circuit des Remparts, in Angoulême (a classic car race, on a street circuit).
October : "Piano en Valois" Festival, a music festival, St Sornin Fete du Vin.
November : Gastronomades, a festival of regional gastronomy!
December : Les bonnes chauffes des bouilleurs de cru (visit the cognac distilleries and learn how Cognac is made).

Shabby Chic Holiday Barn/Gite. Marsac, 16220 Eymouthiers, France. Tel: +44 (0)844 802 6131

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