Les Chardons de Barbenègre


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Sara & Colin say:

"We had a fantastic holiday in your gorgeous house. Two weeks of relaxing and enjoying the beautiful countryside, lovely food and some great, and some rather interesting, wines! The kids (aged 4 to 7) loved the pool, and they played so wonderfully together we even all had the chance to read our books! We did a few trips out - Riberac, Brantome, Bordeilles and the Etang de Jemaye, and some markets too, and we did quite a few runs around the local roads up to St Aulaye etc and hardly a car in sight. Les Chardons is a beautiful house in a stunning setting, we felt really at home and ate out under the grapevine most nights, so peaceful. It all just worked so well!"


Les Chardons is situated on the border between Charente and Dordogne in an area known as 'Happy Valley' by the locals. And it's easy to see why. The restored farmhouse with 17th Century origins is on the edge of a tiny hamlet called Barbenègre (Blackbeard!). It is very private with wonderful uninterrupted views accross the Dronne valley from the rear of the houses.

The nearest large town is Chalais, some 10km away and has a supermarket. large Monday market, various restaurants, pharmacy, banks and a range of shops for most needs. Chalais also boasts a swimming pool with diving boards and tennis courts. St. Aulaye is 6km away and has a market on Saturday, a couple of restaurants, doctor, boulangerie and various other shops. St. Aulaye also has a beach on the river Dronne with water chutes and other recreational facilities. The beautiful and historically significant town of Aubeterre is some 12km away with its world famous rock hewn cathedral, bars, cafés, and a beach with canoes and rafts. Various types of musical evenings are held in the town square throughout summer. There is also a new golf course approximately 2km from Barbenègre

Within a few kilometres of Barbenègre there is canoeing (4km) and you can arrange pony riding at a local riding centre. Parcoul which is 7km away has a restaurant and large beached lake with water chutes, crazy golf, pedaloes, little train and other children's amusements. There are numerous local farms where you can sample such delights as; Pineau-Cognac, Duck Confit, Wood Oven baked Breads and of course Foie-Gras.

Slightly further afield - but easily accessed within half an hour is the huge lake of La Jemaye set in acres of pine forest and large enough for serious swimming, boating and picnics. Ribérac, also within easy reach, has one of the largest farmers' markets in France held on a Friday morning in the town's square.

Within an hour you can visit the great towns of St. Émilion (wine) and Cognac (brandy) and take advantage of some of the tours available.

Further afield still is the grand city of Bordeaux (1 hour) with all facilities and Poitiers (2 hours) with the extraordinary theme park of Futuroscope. You can venture further into the Dordogne and visit ancient towns like Sarlat le Canéda, the bastide town of Domme, the coastal hot-spot of Arcachon with its dunes and Atlantic beaches, surfing and night life.


The property consists of two adjoining houses. The larger house has four bedrooms and three shower or bathrooms. The smaller, two bedrooms and two shower rooms. There is wheelchair access to the larger house. Free Broadband Internet access is also available. The houses are surrounded by private grounds of about two and a half acres, mostly set to grass with trees, shrubs and vines. The houses are perfect for larger parties, offering the opportunity for privacy and togetherness.


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