What's Local?

Cycling, Walking, Sightseeing, Swimming, Canoeing, Horse riding, Tennis and Kayaking are all available locally. 

Adverts for village fairs and exhibitions are often seen throughout the countryside and we also check with the local tourist office, the local paper & website (Charente Libre) and the Courcome Maire. Throughout the year and especially in the summer there are many special activities including  vintage car rallies, art fairs, romantic dinner dances and holiday festivities. We have a variety of brochures for the local attractions, and the flyers for the local events.

The closest town is Ruffec which is an old market town with a medieval quarter. Its ancient church, whose façade is decorated with pillars and statues, dates back to the twelfth century. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings when the outside stalls and indoor market are brimming with farm produce - fruit, vegetables, cheeses, organic meat, and a dazzling array of fish fresh from the nearby Atlantic. Fairs are organised on 13th and 28th of each month. 

Also close by is the town of Cognac, iconic for its production of Cognac.  Don't just visit the warehouses for those tasting tours, do take the time to investigate the old town, the art & history museum, the Château des Valois and there are also trips along the river Charente.

Interesting Villages

Chateau at Verteuil-Sur Charente


Verteuil-sur-Charente is one of those "fairytale" villages of France. This is a village with small medieval alleys, a water mill, the 16th century Entombment of Christ in the  Saint-Médard church. There are multiple fascinating buildings and businesses  stretched along the river and is a lovely place to wander around. The village is dominated by the silhouette of the towers of its magnificent castle which is possible to visit by appointment only.   

Tusson Medieval Garden


Tusson is just down the road from Courcome. This village originally developed in early medieval times around the abbey that once stood here. It was a favourite holiday destination of Marguerite d'Angouleme who had a house here which is next door to the famous  Monastic Garden of Tusson. It is possible to visit the gardens (not Jan) and there is a festival during the summertime that the whole village participates in.

The Chateau at La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld chateau

The village takes its name from the large chateau above the village. The chateau is open to the public but privately owned by a family whose ancestral tree includes Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and several other British monarchs. There are guided tours available giving access to around twenty furnished rooms, including the library and the Treasure Room. 
In the village is a classic car dealership which is open to the public 365 days of the year and is decorated with motoring memorabilia, functioning essentially as a free-to-enter motor museum.


Angoulême city hall and the market


Angoulême is the capital of the Charente region and is worth exploring for the scenery, the architecture, the shopping and the cartoons.   This is the cartoon capital of France with a museum and festival in January dedicated to this art form as well as murals throughout the city.  
The Circuit des Remparts is held every September and is a weekend celebration of vintage cars racing around the old city ramparts.

Bordeaux Bridge


The capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and a region renowned for it's wine and gastronomy. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century. There are so many things to see and do and experience in this city that it's impossible to list them here. It is, however, possible to get a train direct from Ruffec for a day trip which means that taste testing of local vintages can be done without having to drive.  There is a large international airport here as well as major train station.  

Charles-de-Gaulle place, Poitiers


Poitiers, the capital of the Poitou area of western France, and county-town of the Vienne department and has roots  back to the celtic tribes that settled before the Romans arrived.  City life, architecture, museums and all things of the past mix with modern day shopping and commerce and the nearest international airport.  Poitiers is also home to the renowned Futuroscope park.