La Charente River

La Charente Swimming 1

You will find many safe swimming places on the river Charente, there is a quiet ‘pool’ just around the corner from La Maison du Bonheur, which is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

It is unsupervised but the water flow is not swift or strong and there is both shade and open areas and the riverside is low, allowing easy entry. There are shallow areas ideal for paddling and a deeper end perfect for the more competent swimmers.

There is even a picnic bench in the River for you enjoy a spot of lunch in between!

La Charente Swimming

Ocean Beaches

There are lots of wonderful beaches that are well within reach of La Maison du Bonheur. Some of the best rated French coastal beaches are within 1 hours of the house.

Ile d’Oléron


La Palmyre


Public Swimming Pools

The Municipal Pool Cognac

Parc François 1er , Allée Guy Gauthier , Cognac 16100
(+33 (0)5 45 35 29 70)

There is swimming available here year round, as there is a covered pool from September to mid-June and the open pools available during the summer.

There’s also a snack bar located on premises, with reasonably priced sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and the like.

Cognac Pool

The Municipal Pool Jarnac

(+33 (0)5 45 81 72 58)

This pool is supervised and divided into different areas for children (a splash pool) and adults. Men should be warned, swimming in shorts is not permitted. Get out your speedos and bathe like the French do! Hours and prices vary by season, but generally the pool is open in the morning and afternoon with a few hours lunch break.

Jarnac Pool