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Quality accommodation in the heart of the Charente countryside



There are a wealth of interests and attractions in the immediate vicinity of Cognac Retreat, from fine French cuisine and shopping to simple walks and bike rides through glorious French countryside. There are endless circular walks, ranging from 10 minutes to several hours, ensuring plenty of fresh air. A maze of farm tracks also offer plenty of routes for mountain bikers, with signed routes crossing the edge of Larceau (you may like to hire bikes from Bike Hire Direct). The impressive silhouette of Lonzac church to the east stands out from the gently rolling hills and valleys that are a patchwork of vines, sunflowers, crops and occasional fields of wild flowers or beef cattle.
The local villages of Echebrune, Gimeux, Ars and Lonzac have lovely, winding streets and Romanesque churches, and the internationally acclaimed Cognac producer, Famille Estève , is among many artisans in the area, and a mile away in Les Corbinauds. (Tastings and purchase available by appointment - thoroughly recommended).

Ars (2 miles) has its own bar and restaurant, pharmacy, boulangerie and corner shop, selling a good variety of fresh produce. There is also an outstanding butcher with local meat.