Why visit the Charente!

There are so many Reasons-the long sunny days with cloudless blue skies, the peaceful unspoilt countryside with it's fields of sunflowers, beautiful honey-colored stone houses with terracotta roofs nestling in tranquil hamlets, the rivers, the food, the wine. The list is endless.

 

The Charente is a department of the Poitou-Charentes Region, which also includes Deux Sevres, Charente Maritime, and the Vienna. The area benefits from a micro climate which gives us long hot summers with temperatures around 40 ° C. and makes us the second sunniest region of ​​France after the Riviera. These extend to long warm autumns when it is still possible to enjoy a lunch outside in the sun even in November. Winters are short and sharp, but again blue skies predominate and soon spring arrives and doors and windows are thrown open again.  

 

This warm, dry climate means that the area is ideal for arable farming, and throughout the Charente you will find fields of sunflowers stretching off to the horizon, whilst around Cognac there are large areas of vineyards, essential for the production of the Charentes most famous export. As well as farmland there are many woods and forests where horse-riding and walking are a pleasure, and the many rivers and lakes will suit boating, fishing, and sports enthusiasts.  

 

Although largely an unspoilt area, you are never very far from a busy (by French standards) cosmopolitan towns, with many shops, excellent restaurants and those pavement cafes where we all love to wile away an hour or two watching the world go by.

 

The historic city of Angouleme is the capital of the Charente department and as well as the above shops etc, here you will find architecture from all eras, from Roman through to 20th Century, and the city holds many festivals throughout the year. The most famous of these is probably the "Circuit des Remparts", a race through the old part of the city for classic cars of all types, held in September. For Those of you have you like the sea, the Atlantic coast is within 1 ½ hr drive . Here there are many small resorts as well as the city of La Rochelle, where you can sample the fabulous seafood for which this area is famous, stroll round the "old town" shop, visit the indoor market, or just sit on the beach!

 

Throughout Poitou-Charente there are many attractions Including "Vallee des Singes", a large park where monkeys of all types wander around freely amongst visitors, and La Palmyre Zoo at Royan, one of the large largest in Europe. Add to this the many inland leisure beaches, boating lakes, and outdoor activities, and there is enough to keep even the most energetic occupied.

 

As you can see the area has something for everyone, which is why we love it here. If you think you will love it too, please contact us. We can help you experience your dream holiday in this beautiful region of ​​France.

cool in the charente  *****

Written by Gwill on August 8th, 2013

Booked for a week and still here 2 weeks later... peaceful, relaxing, laid-back, excellent and clean facilities, no disco & no kids great for getting away from it all and seeing the real France. All hosted by the easy going Tracey & Peter. 

Written by Phoebe on January 1st, 2014

We stayed in August '13, had an unforgettable time.  A true escape.  Relaxing atmosphere after a warming welcome from Tracey and Pete.  Made us feel at ease enjoying a drink together in the evening.  Friendly fellow campers.  Felt comfortable on site.  Great facilities.  We used their canor along the river one day and it was so tranquil and secluded, unforgettable paddle with the damsel flies.  We are looking forward to a return in the future!!

fantastic   *****

Written by Johnandjane on August 11th, 2013

We stayed for two weeks in August.  The site is peaceful, calm and laid back.  Quiet, as it is adult only which we like but hard to find in France.  There are no 'set' pitches so you have the freedom to locate where you want and there is enough space no to be on top of  each other.  There is an above ground pool which is great when it gets hot.  Tracey and Peter are great hosts, they can't do enough for you but give you lots of space.  Exactly what you want on a campsite.  The location is great, in a stunning part of the Charente.  The stars at night are breathtaking as there is no light pollution.  We have really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this site.  

peace and quiet  *****

Written by Chris on September 7th 2013

We stayed in July/august.  This is a superb rural site within easy reach of Confolens and many small French villages.  Not too far away are some superb swimming lakes.  The site is very well kept by Pete and Tracey who make you feel very welcome and find nothing too much trouble.  The facilities are first class with plenty of hot water and space to get changed.  As this is an Adult only campsite you can enjoy the company of other like minded people with plenty of space around you.  The swimming pool is superb for a dip to cool down in the day or late in the evening.  You can find a nice relaxing spot down by the river to read a book or do a spot of fishing.  It is even possible to borrow the campsite canoe.  All in all I thoroughly recommend this campsite to anyone wishing to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful rural countryside.