Throughout the year every village and town seems to have a Brocante selling bric a brac.  A fun places to find a bargain.


The sandy beaches along the west coast are about an hour’s drive away; including Royan or Saint Georges de Didonne and Meschers – Tina’s café is great (


Cognac Houses

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.


Cycle through prestigious Cognac vineyards with opportunities to taste the finest brands, the gentle rolling hills provide scenic views of the beautiful countryside and sunflower fields.



There is no doubt that Poitou-Charentes is a veritable haven for fishermen and that is because it offers the complete angling experience. Poitou-Charentes waterways are extremely well-stocked with a large variety of fish and the beautiful countryside of the area makes spending time outdoors an absolute pleasure.


There are excellent golf courses in the area; The nearest in Cognac, which is only 5 minutes away from La Petite Maison, with another in Angouleme.


At the entrance to every town there is a sign telling the market days. Markets are a way of life for the French; this is where you can buy your fresh produce. The nearest undercover markets are in Cognac or Jarnac which are open every day except Monday. Details of all the local markets are given in book at the house.


If you are vising La Maison du Bonheur in the summer, you may find yourself wishing for a swim. Most choices for swimming will either be in the Charente River or public swimming pools, but the French Atlantic coast is also well within reach for a day out.


La Maison du Bonheur offers the most spectacular walking holidays for all capabilities in one of the most beautiful regions in France.  You can walk along the River Charente as it meanders from Bourg-Charente to Cognac through a peaceful landscape of vineyards- there are plenty of opportunities to sample some of the great names of Cognac along the way too.


Wine Tasting
There are five distinct wine-making areas: Vins du Haut-Poitou (just north of Poitiers), Vins de Thouarsais (slightly further north and west, based around Thouars), Vins de Saumur, nord Vienne (an area in the Vienne department just south of Saumur), Vins d’Anjou, Deux-Sèvres (just south of Angers or the Anjou wine area).