Welcome to the rolling countryside of the South Charente, an area rich with vines and fields of sunflowers. Le Jardin du Berger offers a dog friendly, peaceful holiday retreat yet is ideally placed for discovering the pretty towns, historical sites and unspoilt beaches of this beautiful part of France. We are surrounded by colourful fields and open views; just relax and unwind, away from the stresses of "real" life... Bring a book... sit and doze under a tree or by the pool... Find a quiet corner for writing... Take yourself into the woodland to sketch and to paint, then return to your holiday home for an afternoon nap... Visit the popular Monday morning market in Chalais, then come home to prepare and eat a leisurely lunch in the garden... Take a trip to Cognac, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Angouleme, Saintes or Bordeaux or, if you prefer the Atlantic coast drive out to places such as Royan, Talmont-sur-Gironde or St-Georges-de-Didonne... Cycle along undulating country roads, through quaint villages and vineyards (we have 4 casual bikes available for you to use)... Bring your project and work in our Textiles studio...
Your holiday home - "Le Pommier" (sleeps 6) and "La maison d'été" (sleeps 4) were both refurbished for the 2016 season, and offer dog-friendly (see “details” for further information), characterful, comfortable rooms and lovely views over gardens and countryside. The gites are self-contained, well appointed and fully equipped; each has a private furnished terrace, and they share the swimming pool (4m x 11m) and surrounding garden. (See “details” for further information). There is a DVD library and each cottage has a TV, DVD player and free internet access.
We have a Textiles studio for those of you who have booked the Pomiier and who like to combine creativity with relaxation, where you can focus on the project you've wanted to tackle (Bernina sewing machines provided) ... If you prefer solitude, bring your thoughts and laptop and write that novel, inspired by the beauty of the Charente countryside... (We offer Cycling holidays and Textiles holidays and courses - see “Cycling” or "Textiles" for further information)
Sports near Le Jardin du Berger - You will find many opportunities for cycling, running, riding and much more in this area, particularly around Brossac (15 minutes away) and its lake. For example, there are the "Charente Velo" road cycling Circuits of varying difficulties, plus mountain biking routes winding through the countryside. For golf enthusiasts there is the 34 hectare Golf de l'hirondelle in Angouleme. The golf course in Cognac is located in St Brice and is on the banks of the Charente river, between Cognac and Jarnac. There is also a smaller golf course in Pillac, near Aubeterre. There are several possibilities for canoeing and kayaking in the area.
Location - Le Jardin du Berger is in a secluded spot, approached through woodland and 1.5km from the village of Challignac with its boulangerie and Romanesque church (XI-XII Century). It is within easy travelling distance of many interesting places, including famous Cognac (perhaps tour a Cognac house?) and historic Angouleme with its medieval ramparts and cobbled town centre, with places to eat and interesting side streets. (See “Local Area” for many more ideas for places to visit).
Climate – The Charente is in the South West of France and is renowned for a climate second only to the French Riviera. Winters are short and mild, spring and autumn are warm and sunny, and summers are hot but not humid. The long hours of sunshine combined with just enough rain mean the landscape is rich and verdant – an ideal climate for agriculture and viniculture, and a perfect location for a relaxing holiday at any time of the year.