The Poitou-Charentes region of western France is one of the sunniest regions in the country and very popular with visitors.
Among the highlights on the coast are the island of Ile-de-Ré and the fascinating historical town of La Rochelle, while inland you can discover the fields of sunflowers and quiet villages for which the region is known.
How to get to La Maison du Bonheur
We are well served by airports: Limoges, La Rochelle, Poitiers and Bordeaux, all about one and a half hours’ drive. Angouleme Station (TGV) is about 30 minutes’ drive. All the airports have car hire facilities, as does Angouleme Station. Calais is about eight hours’ drive, the other Channel ports are about six hours’ drive.
A car is essential.
The hypermarkets can be found on the outskirts of Cognac & Jarnac, about 10 minutes away. There is a wealth of information available for guests to peruse in the cottage giving information on the many nearby places of interest and we are happy to help with any advice.
The surrounding area is undulating and ideal for walks through the vines. Cognac Houses abound throughout the area and visits can be arranged should you wish to sample, and possibly purchase, some of the excellent cognac produced in the area. Cognac old town is delightful. There are narrow, winding, cobbled streets to stroll around, perhaps finishing the tour with a picnic on the riverside. The river Charente passes through the village, and you can hire canoes in Jarnac or Cognac and you can also take a leisurely trip down the river.
There are many festivals which take place in the area, throughout the year. During the summer months there is a host of musical events, together with local markets. Cognac is home to the famous ‘Blues Passion’ in July and musical events take place throughout the town during that period.
Why this location?
The Charente area has beautiful countryside, undulating hills covered in cognac grape vines. The pace of life is relaxing. The region is said to have its own micro-climate and has long hot summers. You can relax in the garden and hear nothing except the bees buzzing or birds singing. However if you visit in late September you will find a hub of activity while the vines are harvested and the grapes taken off to the ‘cuves’ to start the fermentation process.
What are the unique benefits of the property?
Guests staying at La Maison du Bonheur will have everything they need for a romantic and relaxing holiday. You can chill in the private garden with a glass of wine to hand and a good book or you can enjoy the sun or swim in the river and there is plenty of shade for that afternoon snooze too.