Where We Are

Easy to get to, fantastic weather, everything you need

We are located in south-west France between the cities of Limoges to the east and Angoulême and Cognac to the south, inland of La Rochelle. Poitiers is our regional capital.

Charente is predominately a farming region with little heavy industry – grape vines, wheat and food crops decorate the gentle hills and landscapes.

Great for cycling and stress-free touring. (Let us know if you’d like us to arrange bike hire for you.) Nearest main road routes are via the N141, N10, A10, A20. Local traffic tends to be quiet with the cities providing the only busy hotspots.

Open roads… Easy touring

Our microclimate makes the Charente the second warmest region in France!

The Charente and Charente Maritime areas benefit from mild winters and warm to hot summers usually. Fluctuations to average temperatures are quite common and can be quite different from coastal areas to inland.

We have seen winter temperature drop to -18% and in summer up to a sweltering 40%. Snow can occur but is usually short lived. Spring arrives relatively early with flowers coming alive. Strong winds can arise during this period.  Summer and autumn, unsurprisingly, are the most pleasant.

The Charente region is said to be blessed with a micro climate second only to the south of France. Summer tends to be dry over long periods but occasional storms can bring some patches of heavy rain. Our weather tends to be dictated by the Atlantic, which borders our west coast region but, overall, we have a long spring, summer and autumn and a short winter.

Our local town: Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure

Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure town has a number of restaurants serving meals from fine dining to hearty inexpensive lunches to takeaway meals. There is a church, tourist office, cinema, banks and all the shops and services modern-day living demands. Many activities for adults and children are available in, or close to the town.

A market is held every Wednesday and Saturday, plus, on the 22nd of each month (except Sundays) a major market or foire is held, which takes over much of the town.

A small town with a big past

The name of Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure may not have been foremost in your mind when considering holidaying in France but the area has a strong prehistoric history. Had you been around 2000 years ago, during the time of the Roman Empire, then it would have had a very important significance indeed.

The ingenious Romans, just as good at building roads as fighting wars -traces of some of the roads still exist locally today – made Chassenueil, then named Cassanoialos, one of the most important crossroads across France and for routes across Europe.

Today, this small but bustling town in the Charente region, continues its links with ancient times. As a visitor, you’ll find, just as the Romans did, that bordering on the Vendée, Aquitaine, Dordogne, Limousin regions makes the area particularly suitable for touring the south-west France, its beautiful villages, historical sights and attractions and superb coastlines and countryside.

The town also has a more recent history as a Resistance area during WWII. The demarcation line between Free France and Vichy France bordered the town and many locals gave strong resistance to the invading troops.

In their memory, overlooking the town and the forests in which the Marquis used to hide, is a grand monument to those many brave souls and a multi-national cemetery. Look out for the small museum dedicated to that wartime era next to the tourist office.

Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure National Cemetery and Memorial, commemorating the soldiers killed in action and the 1,465 martyrs of the Resistance

Getting here

Moulin du Fontcourt, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure

Moulin du Fontcourt, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure

Travel information

Airports

You can hire cars at these airports or, if required, we can arrange transport to/from the airports for you. Contact us for details/costs.

40 miles / 50 mins

  • Flybe from Southampton
  • Ryanair from Bristol, East-Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, London Stansted, Southampton

65 miles / 75 mins

  • Ryanair from Edinburgh, London Stansted

99 miles / 100 mins

  • British Airways from London Gatwick
  • EasyJet from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, London Luton
  • Flybe from Birmingham
  • Ryanair from London Stansted

90 miles / 120 mins

  • Flybe from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Southampton
  • Jet2 from Leeds-Bradford
  • Ryanair from Bristol, East-Midlands, Liverpool, London-Stansted

90 miles / 115 mins

  • Ryanair from London-Stansted

106 miles / 120 mins

  • EasyJet from Bristol, London Gatwick
  • Flybe from Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton
  • Ryanair from East Midlands, London Stansted

Car

Our location has good links with the major autoroutes to the main Channel ferry ports. Onward routes to Spain are also very accessible.

If travelling by car from Calais, Boulougne, Caen, Dunkirk, Dieppe, Le Havre or St Malo, the road networks are very good and easy to follow.

Toll road routes are the fastest with, generally, very little traffic on them, but can be expensive. If you prefer to meander down in more leisurely fashion try the non-toll routes and stopover at some of the many interesting places on the journey. Feel free to ask us for advice on routes and suggestions for your trip.

Rail

The town has its own railway station with direct lines to Angoulême, Limoges, Cognac – with connections to Paris and the UK (Eurostar) – la Rochelle, Bordeaux and the south of France.