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Quality accommodation in the heart of the Charente countryside

THE LOCALITY | LA REGION

FURTHER AFIELD

The medieval town of Pons is just 15 minutes away. There is a super, quick restaurant with two play grounds, mini golf and canoe/pedalo hire on the river (summer only). Also in Pons, there is the excellent Chateau des Enigmes 'puzzle castle' with games in English and French. As well as a supermarket and lovely winding streets, the 12th century castle and Romanesque church are both well worth visiting. Saintes is a wonderful old Roman town, with triumphal arch and amphitheatre still intact, some 30 minutes from Larceau. Nearby is the excellent prehistoric centre Paleosite, and if you fancy beauty treatment or fun in an indoor water park, try Les Antilles de Jonzac, 20 minutes away. Angoulême is famous for its cartoon festival as well as a beautiful old quarter, and is a 40 minute drive. A little further afield, 1 ½ hours by car, are Bordeaux and La Rochelle .

Both cities offer many opportunities for shopping, wine tasting, boat trips, fine dining and culture. Poitiers is slightly further away, but well within reach for a visit to the famous Futuroscope centre.

If a day on the beach is what you fancy, then there are many options to choose from. Although not quite the nearest, Chataillion-Plage has miles of sandy beaches and sea-front restaurants. For family days out, Meschers Plage des Vernes (45 minutes) is a great, safe beach, with snack bars, toilets at each end and summer Lifeguarding. The islands of Ile-de-Ré and Ile d'Oléron are also fantastic family venues, as well as the more popular seaside town of Royan - 45 minutes away.