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Characterful corners in the hamlet of
Summer sunshine in the owners' courtyard next door to the Gite
A Hoopoe rests on the garden furniture photo Peter Hanrahan
After many generations here the Collared Doves are now almost tame
Colourful Cosmos abound in the potager
Ready to leave for the Circuits des Remparts classic car event at Angouleme, where every street and square has interesting cars on display.
Read more about the old hilltop town of Angouleme here.
A short video of our entry in the Angouleme Circuits des Remparts 2016 Club Rallye see our Special Offers for a 10-day bargain in September
Circuits des Remparts
Geraniums frame the Gite courtyard
A 'brocante' (part antique fair, part car boot) at nearby Matha
Characterful brocantes abound- these are from nearby Le Gicq and Varaize
St Jean d'Angély
Around St Jean d'Angély, the nearest town
The annual plant fair
Saintes, about 25 minutes away has an historic Abbey and town center and magnificent Roman remains and amphitheatre Click here for more details of this lovely town.
Cognac needs no introduction - about half-an-hour away it has beautiful achitecture and
fascinating tours of the distilleries photo Peter Pangbourne
Winter sunshine on the Charente
Traditional Charentaise working boat
Christmas gifts in the
window and blue
skies in the
Coffee in the square a few days before Christmas
Less well known is the 'Marais Poitevin', the VeniseVerte or Green Venice. Just outside the large town of Niort (read more about Niort here) the area of waterway-strewn marsh has attractive villages where you can hire the traditional punts. Coulon is pictured here.