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THE AREA

Nearest Barpub: Reaux at 1 Miles

Nearest Restaurant: Jonzac, Reaux (lunchtimes) or Meux at 1 Miles

Car: necessary

 

The pretty and popular spa town of Jonzac is 5km away. It contains all the services you would expect of a small town as well as a spectacular castle with cafe and tree lined square, fantastic covered French market full of local seasonal produce and wonderful seafood from the coast. Also in Jonzac is Les Antilles, a brilliant tropical indoor water oasis complete with swimming pools and a water slide.

 

Plenty of historic towns to visit within about an hour: Saintes, Cognac, Angouleme, Royan, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, St Emilion and Blaye. Lots of beautiful scenery to enjoy including fields of sunflowers and plenty of cognac vineyards. Outdoor activities include kayaking (at Jarnac in particular), cycling (the cycle tracks in the pine forests at the beach are particularly brilliant for this), and some lovely walking. Pretty coastal villages at Talmont and Mortagne, dune backed beaches, oysters, seafood, wine, cognac and pineau are all waiting to be enjoyed. Cognac Blues Passion is a brilliant open air music event held annually around the first week of July. Acts have included Tom Jones, Sting, Hugh Laurie and Lenny Kravitz. There are always plenty of local brocantes and antique shops to visit too.

Coast/Beach:

La Cannonerie is located about an hour from the coast and 40mins from some very pretty fishing villages. It is a great location to explore the Gironde estuary, the beaches of the Cote Sauvage, La Palmyre and Royan. The Ile de Re and the Ile d'Oleron are close enough to day trip. The long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are all of fantastic quality and great for surfers too.

 

Travel:

Nearest airports - La Rochelle (1hr 15mins) Bordeaux (1hr 10mins). The nearest TGV station is Angouleme (45mins) Car hire are available at all of these locations. Alternatively, you can drive and use the Channel Tunnel or any of the ferry crossings.

 

Distances:

The small village of Reaux is 1km away and an easy walk or cycle along a country lane to pick up a baguette or a coffee and a croissant at the local cafe/bar/shop and post office. Next door is the hairdressers and upstairs the excellent beauty salon which offers a range of massages and facials. Appointments can be made on your behalf by request. In the village there is also a large municipal swimming pool open in July and August along with tennis courts and petanque.