Enjoy warm summer days exploring the rolling hills

The Poitou-Charentes region located in the South West of France is the second warmest after the Cote d'Azure, making it a wonderful place to enjoy warm summer days exploring the rolling hills and stunning countryside. The beautiful area surrounding La Maison Charentaise is rich in history with plenty of Romanesque architecture and gorgeous chateaux to admire.

Many other nearby French regions can also be discovered when staying at La Maison Charentaise with the vineyards of Bordeaux and St Emilon within easy reach. Alternatively, a little nearer to home, are the Cognac and Jamac brandy houses.

La Maison Charentaise is situated only a short bike ride, or drive from the village of Mansle, where there are a number of festivals run throughout the year based around the Charente river. Many of the festivals have a programme of events with a range of activities suitable for both adults and children, in which visitors to the village are more than welcome to participate.

Whilst in the village of Mansle enjoy a spot of shopping at one of the wonderful markets; buy fresh fish, including mussels and scallops, from the fish market, savour a variety of cheeses from the cheese stall or admire the abundance of fresh vegetables and flowers that are on offer.

The Charente river is a beautiful place to enjoy time when staying at La Maison Charentaise; not only is it an excellent location for a picnic, but canoes and kayaks are on offer for those looking to enjoy time on the water. Sitting alongside the river is a children's playground, a small beach, a bar and a restaurant. Evening concerts are also held throughout the summer months.

For a larger bathing and fishing lake, Les Trois Fontaines is only a short car ride away. Set in stunning natural surroundings it features a lovely mix of parkland and flowers making it the perfect setting for a day out. Natural bathing spots can also be found at Cognac, Les Gours, Marsa and Villefagan, as well as several other local spots. For a day at the beach, Royan is 90KM away and features La Grande Conche, a wide sandy cove which is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months.

The classic rolling hills and open countryside surrounding La Maison Charentaise are ideal for walking and cycling. Make a day of it by getting the local boulangerie to provide you with some of its freshly baked baguettes, croissants and sweet treats, perfect for daily picnics at the house or out and about. Golf, fishing and horse riding can also be enjoyed nearby.

If you are interested in vintage car racing, the Race du Ramparts is held every September at Angouleme, just 48KM away. The race, featuring some classic car models, follows the original Grand Prix circuit that was used from 1947 to 1951.

Visiting La Maison Charentaise in August? Then pop along to the Confolens World Music and Dance festival. This international festival lasts 10 days and attracts musicians and dancers from around the world. Spend the evening in the town and you will see the artists playing on some of the terraces and bars until the small hours of the morning.

Many restaurants and bars can be discovered nearby and often serve a variety of local products, as well as freshly caught fish and homemade desserts. A selection of those that are recommended by La Maison Charentaise can be found on our Things To Do page, along with a variety of activities and attractions.

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