Detached house made from two restored 17th century stone barns. The half-metre thick walls help to keep you cool in summer, while modern electric heating makes this complex comfortable for the winter. Large, well equipped modern kitchen, separate dining room and huge (50 m2) terrace overlooking an entirely rural setting, with no other property overlooking the back garden or terrace. The surrounding landscape is covered in sunflowers, wheat and corn during the summer months. Chestnut trees are the other predominant crop, used mainly for locally manufactured parquet flooring.
4 double bedrooms (one with large sofa bed and one with two single beds). 3.5 bathrooms, one en suite with full wheel chair access.
UK Satellite TV. Basic Wifi internet connection can be arranged.
Lots of off street parking.
Gentle hills and minimal traffic make this an excellent venue for walking and biking. There is lots of wildlife (deer, the occasional wild boar etc.) and an exciting bird population, both resident (including herons, all sorts of hawks and the odd hoopoe) and transitory. In the autumn, you can enjoy watching vast formations of whooping geese travel south, and in spring, cranes travel north. We are on a major migration route, and 100 km from one of Europe’s most famous bird sanctuaries, the Marais Poitevin. The national bird society regularly tag birds in our valley.
The closest train station is 20 mins away (Ruffec) and offers several daily local train connections to Angoulême/Poitiers, where further connections by TGV are available to Paris/Bordeaux. You need a car in Les Augers, but friends and family can easily join the party by train or plane (Poitiers and Limoges airports each approx. 1 hr away).
Angouleme: (40 km) Attractive Roman city with its two major events: The Circuit des Remparts - Classic racing cars thrashing round the ancient streets, in September.
The annual Festival de la Bande Dessinée takes place around January and focuses on the comic strips for which France is justly famous.
Cognac (1 hr) is the centre of the industry of the same name, where you can enjoy cognac-tasting or just walk around this calm little town (with further sights).
Boating on the Charente river. Nearest base is Jarnac (1 hr), English-style houseboats for hire. The annual Cognac blues festival takes place in July.
Charente Maritime coast. La Rochelle, Royan, (each 2 Hrs) and the islands of Oleron & Re. Excellent beaches; wonderful sea food. A terrific day out. Lots of history.
Numerous wildlife reserves along the coast. Charente Maritime is the centre of bird watching in France.
Food and drink.
Poitou-Charente is one of the culinary regions of France, with specialties such as duck confit and Pineau des Charentes.
Local wines are good and very reasonably priced. Proximity to the coast means an excellent choice of seafood is always available, particularly in the colourful local markets.
Biweekly markets in Ruffec (20 mins), La Rochefoucauld (25 mins) and several others within easy reach.
At the last count there were 12 quite good restaurants within 30 minutes of the house.
Significant Roman remains abound in the Charente area. Numerous 12th Century churches, including some splendid examples very close by.
During WWII Les Augers was in the occupied coastal zone, but very close to the north south dividing line with Vichy.
Ruffec was a key point on the evasion route for downed allied airmen, and the escape route for the survivors of the famous 1941 “Cockleshell Heroes” Commando raid on Bordeaux docks.
Oradour Sur Glanne, site of the dreadful SS massacre of civilians in 1944 is approx. 1 hr away.