Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

Horseriding

Beautiful Countryside

Château la Rochefoucauld

Monolithic church

Tree-top Zipwires

River Beach

Boat House

Mini Golf

THINGS TO DO

We are situated close to the Charente/Dordogne border and within easy reach of Périgueux, Bergerac, Cognac and Bordeaux.  As well as being famous for its wine, Cognac and Pineau (a blend of eau de vie and grape juice), the Charente region is also known for its sunny climate, sunflowers and Charentaise slippers.

BY LOCATION

In and around Saint Séverin:
Saint Séverin is a 15 minute walk from the property, and there is a local SPAR supermarket, bar, hotel & restaurant, bakery, pharmacy, bank with cash machine, Post Office, hairdressers, newsagent and public tennis courts.  There are numerous picnic areas just outside the village, including at the Halte Nautique and also a snack bar La Guingette and an 18-hole crazy golf course at Mini Golf
 

On the other side of the village, and only a short 10 minute drive, is Moulin de Poltrot, Nabinaud.  This is an old Mill which is being restored and a base of outdoor recreation.  It is open access and offers family walks beside the River Dronne, space for picnics and relaxation (tables, barbecues, bowling), fishing spots, tree-top zipwires and canoeing.

The countryside surrounding the property is covered with paths and quiet country lanes. Close by is a public footpath running alongside a river with an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna. The river is popular with the local fisherman, and can be fished with a licence. There are also numerous other footpaths and cycle routes around the village and the nearby villages.  We have several bikes available for guests to use free of charge.  The Charente has a website featuring walking and cycling routes from across the department which you can download: http://www.lacharente.fr/vos-besoins/pour-mes-loisirs/decouvrir-les-differents-types-de-randonnees/.

Near to Saint Séverin:
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne:  The hillside village of Aubeterre (15mins) is designated as one of the most beautiful villages of France.  It is well worth a visit for its famous monolithic church, which is the largest underground Church in Europe, and a beautiful tree-lined square with several cafés and restaurants.  The Hostellerie du Perigord, is a restaurant and spa where you can enjoy afternoon tea and book relaxing spa treatments.  There are also many craft shops including potteries, jewellery and art galleries.  It also has a riverside beach with childrens’ play area and snack bar, canoeing and bike hire. 

The market towns of Ribérac (20mins), Verteillac (20mins) and Chalais (30mins) are interesting places to visit, especially on market day when you can join the hustle and bustle, or enjoy a coffee and simply soak in the atmosphere.  The market in Ribérac is on a Friday morning, and is one of the biggest markets in the Perigord region.  The market in Verteillac is on a Saturday morning, and this is also a good place to buy the famous Charentaise slippers.  The Chalais market is on a Monday morning, and also worth a visit is its Château which is perched high on a hill and offers fantastic views of the region. 

Saint-Aulaye (25mins): is a pretty village with restaurants, a riverside beach and slide, Arbor Parc (tree top zip wires) and canoeing.  It is a great place to visit in the Summer to relax on the beach, enjoy an ice-cream and if you're lucky there may be a game of pétanque in progress.

Brantôme (50mins): nicknamed the ‘Venice of Perigord’ is well worth a visit.  There is the Benedictine Abbey, excellent restaurants and bars with a beautiful river running right through it.  Nearby there are marvellous "Grottes" (underground caves) and Brantôme Police Horses & Friends a home for the horses of the London Metropolitan & the Avon & Somerset Police Forces in the UK who have been retired through age, injury or ill health.   

The capital towns of Angoulême (45mins) and Périgueux (55mins) offer a wide range of shops in a typically French setting.  Angoulême, along with paper and printing, has long been associated with animation, illustration and the graphic arts. There are several museums including: La Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image (comic strip museum) and Le Musée du Papier "Le Nil” (paper museum). Just outside Angoulême is Nautilus, an indoor leisure centre with slides and swimming pools and a great Summer outdoor area with wave pools, slides and rapids run.  Périgueux with its medieval streets and half-timbered houses, makes for an interesting day out.

Bergerac (1hr):  the ‘old town’ of Bergerac is a charming place to visit, there are narrow cobbled streets and half-timbered houses and a small square with many ‘touristy’ shops and cafes.  Perhaps take an hour long boat trip on an old ‘gabarres’ (flat bottomed boat), this includes a tour on the river where you’ll also go through a natural bird sanctuary.

Also within easy reach are towns such as: Saint-Émilion (1hr10), Cognac (1hr15) and Bordeaux (1hr30), all famous for their wines and spirits and equally beautiful places to visit.

The nearest coast is at Royan and Lacanau (great for surfing) which are about 2 hours drive away or Arcachon, just over 2 hours drive away. 

Futuroscope at Poitiers (2hrs) is well worth a visit for older children – with its brilliant exposition of 3D Imax cinematography and many rides and scary simulators.

La Vallée des Singes at Romagne (1hr45) makes for a good day out with over 350 primates, 30 species, in a natural setting.  There is a shop, café, children’s farm and a play area with zip wire.
 

BY ACTIVITY

River Beaches: Southern Charente is famous for its river beaches and lakes. The nearest sandy beaches can be found at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (15mins), Saint-Aulaye (25mins) and La Jemaye (30mins).  La Jemaye is a huge lake with play areas, beaches and walks.  In the Summer the local authority make available free canoes and pedaloes.    

Restaurants: Fine dining nearby in Aubeterre and at magnificent châteaux restaurants in Petit-Bersac and Chalais. Other good reasonably priced restaurants locally at: Palluaud, Allemans, Bourg du Bost, Saint-Paul-Lizonne, Verteillac, Aubeterre, Chalais, Bonnes, Saint-Romain and Ribérac. 

Golf: Le Manoir de Longeveau Golf and Country Club (15mins) is set within the grounds of the Longeveau estate, the 9 hole FFG golf course offers a challenge to players of all abilities. The club is welcome to all and has tennis courts and a restaurant.

Châteaux & Churches: Numerous châteaux and Romanesque churches in the area are open for the public to visit.  Particularly noteworthy are: Château de Bourdeilles (45mins), Château de Puyguilhem (1hr), Château La Rochefoucauld (1hr), Château de Monbazillac (1hr15), Château de Hautefort (1hr35) and Château de Puymartin (1hr45) which is near the beautiful city of Sarlat whose wonderful architecture and medieval style buildings and stone roofs have made a backdrop for a score of many movies, such as Chocolat.          

Caves “Grottes”: Stalagmites and stalactites can be found in the Villars caves near Brantôme (50mins) and in the Vézère valley (1hr30) the cave of Lascaux contains one of the most outstanding displays of prehistoric art ever found. The original cave is now closed to the public, but an exact copy can be found in an adjacent cave which is open to visitors. 

Horseriding: Equestrian centres at Aubeterre (15mins), Bors de Montmoreau (15mins), Verteillac (20mins), Bonnes (20mins) and Villetoureix (20mins).

Canoeing: Available locally on the River Dronne at Aubeterre, Saint- Aulaye and Ribérac, and further afield at various towns and villages along the Dordogne and Charente rivers.

Tennis: Village tennis courts available to book within walking distance of the house.

Fishing: At Saint Séverin, Aubeterre and La Jémaye.

Wine & Cognac: The Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cognac vineyards are all within a 90 minute drive of the property. Many vineyards offer tastings and the opportunity to buy first rate wines at the cellar door. In Cognac, Martell, Hennessy (includes a boat ride on the Charente River) and Remy Martin (includes a train ride tour around the estate) offer tours of their cellars/estates. Also well worth visiting is the picturesque hilltop town of Saint-Emilion and Montbazillac.

Coast/Beach: The nearest coast is at Royan and Lacanau (great for surfing) which are about 2 hours drive away or Arcachon, just over 2 hours drive away.