If you’re house hunting and looking for somewhere to stay, here is a selection of some of the best places in the area:


Les Bruyeres


Tel: 00 33 545 89 03 65.

Situated in one of the most picturesque villages in the Poitou-Charentes region.  On the banks of the river Charente just around the corner from the stunning village chateau.  Les Bruyeres offers superior bed and breakfast accommodation in a lovingly restored barn retaining many original features.  Prices start from €55 per double room including breakfast.


La Belle Lavande

16460, Chenommet

Tel: 0033(0) 545 22 77 67

Picturesque and idyllic setting for this stylish Charentais Barn Conversion offering Chambre d'Hotes and Gite accommodation. A warm and friendly welcome will greet you into this combination of contemporary and Old Traditional French style, with en-suite master bedroom and open plan living. Continental breakfast and delicious home cooked dinner on request. Beautiful areas by the Charente river to paddle and rest or simply stroll through the fields, all set in 5 acres within a pretty village next to the ancient Church. Suitable for long and short term stays, just 3km N10, and closeby to Ruffec, Verteuil and Nanteuil for Restaurants and amenities. Please call or email for a booking. Prices from 65 euros per night.


La Sonnette Bed & Breakfast

16460 Ventouse

Tel: 00 33 974761439,

La Sonnette Bed and Breakfast is a family run home with two tastefully decorated and furnished double bedrooms both with en-suite. Guests also have the use of a relaxing lobby area and south facing breakfast room which leads out to the garden. Included in the price is a generous breakfast of croissants and pastries, fresh fruit salad and yoghurts along with fresh fruit juices, teas and coffee. Homecooked evening meals sourced from good quality ingredients can be provided upon request and  packed lunches can be provided if required. Although however there are excellent restaurants within a ten minute drive. Whether you are house hunting, looking for a quiet break or need a one night stop over La Sonnette is ideally situated being only 10/15 minutes from the main N10 auto route. You can also step out from the front door and be faced with many kilometres of crisscrossing country lanes and farm tracks, ideal for cycling and walking and also outstanding bird watching opportunities.


Mercure Angoulême Hotel de France

1 Place des Halles Centrales, 16000 Angoulême .

Tel :  00 33 545 95 47 95.

This 3 star hotel is conveniently located right in the heart of Angoulême city centre in close proximity to some great restaurants and the excellent shopping district.  It would be perfect for those who may have travelled by TGV from Paris.  The hotel offers 89 rooms and prices start from €97 per double room per night.  Other features include a brasserie and bar, indoor parking and private gardens overlooking the mediaeval city walls and the Charente valley.


Beau Rivage

Place du Gardoire, Mansle

Tel : 00 33 545 20 31 26.

This 2 star hotel is situated in a stunning location overlooking the river Charente in the heart of Mansle.  It has 29 rooms, many of which have superb views of the river and the hotel’s landscaped gardens below.  The hotel also has a very popular restaurant (book ahead especially in the summer months) available for lunch and dinner.


Chateau de Nieuil

Route de Fontafie, Nieuil.

Tel: 00 33 545 71 36 38.

This is a magnificent 4 star hotel in over 100 acres of parkland.  The hotel was once a royal hunting palace and now boasts 11 rooms and 3 suites, which have all been individually designed and decorated by the owners.  Other facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, cycling, fishing and a well known restaurant serving evening meals.  A standard double room starts from €140 per room per night and suites start from €280 per night.Breakfast is €15 per person.


  Tel: 00 33 (0)5 45 30 35 31


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Compagnie Immobiliere Charentaise (CIC) was established in 1988, and has helped over 1000 clients buy property in France. CIC is a French and British co-owned company dealing with clients from all over the world. We offer properties across the Charente, into the Deux Sevres and the Vienne.....more