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Lap up the historic features and luxuriate by the heated swimming pool at L'Esprit du 8. Image © L'Espirit

Our choice of hotels and restaurants to enjoy during your trip along this beautiful river

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Hotels

4* Mercure Rochefort La Corderie Royale

Set in the naval dockyard close to the Charente, this hotel has recently been refitted with maritime and exotic décor. It has a restaurant and pool. accor.com

Hôtel Chais Monnet
What could be better than a hotel on a winery? Enjoy Hôtel Chais Monnet. Image © Chais Monnet

5* Hôtel Chais Monnet

A two-hectare site on an ancestral winery in Cognac with 92 deluxe rooms and suites, 14 apartments, gastronomic restaurant, swimming pool and spa. chaismonnethotel.com

4* Hôtel François Premier

This former private mansion in Cognac has been renovated in contemporary style. There’s a swish cocktail lounge, spa, four suites and 26 rooms. hotelfrancoispremier.fr/UK

3* Hôtel Ligaro

This stylishly decorated boutique hotel has two suites and eight rooms created in one of the oldest houses in Jarnac, which dates from the 17th century. It has a gourmet restaurant. hotel-ligaro.com

3* Hôtel des Messageries

In the heart of Saintes, you’ll find this elegant 17th-century coaching inn with 34 suites and rooms – and oodles of character. hotel-des-messageries.com

Château de Mirambeau
Once a Renaissance pad, now Mirambeau is a swish spa hotel – dive right in. Image © Château de Mirambeau

5* Château de Mirambeau

This Relais et Château hotel is set in a Renaissance castle in a peaceful park. Expect antique furniture, marble bathrooms and sumptuous fabrics, and luxuriate in the spa with its two pools and a beauty centre. There’s 1* Michelin dining too. chateauxmirambeau.com

4* Mercure Angoulême – Hôtel de France

Opposite the town’s covered market and entirely renovated, this hotel has three suites and 86 rooms. Enjoy contemporary cuisine in its Jardin des Arceaux restaurant. accor.com 

4* Hôtel Saint-Gelais

Once a priory on Saint-Gelais Square in Angoulême’s centre, this hotel now offers 12 guest rooms. Dine at its restaurant L’Algorithme.
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Chambre d’Hôtes

Domaine des Platanes

Situated on the banks of the Charente, between Cognac and Jarnac, this former chais of a renowned Cognac house welcomes you for a stay of relaxation and discovery. charentedomainedesplatanes.com

L’Esprit du 8

Mosaic floors, original parquet, and marble replaces add to the charm of this mid-19th-century town house in Rochefort’s centre. lespritdu8.com

There are two guest rooms in this renovated 19th-century property in the centre of Cognac. It has a secluded garden and is open all year round.
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Paus’Éthique Home

Interior designer Christelle and her husband Christophe have three guest rooms in their 17th-century Saintes home, plus a concept store for artefacts, ethical furniture and materials. pausethiquehome.fr/en

La Cascade de Saintonge

In Saint-Même les Carrières, between Cognac and Angoulême, you’ll find this historic family home dating from the 17th century and offering two beautiful guest rooms. Enjoy dinner on its own or as part of a bonus package. la-cascade-de-saintonge.com

Champ Fleuri

Stay in one of five elegant rooms in this town house five minutes from Angoulême’s centre. It has a garden and outdoor pool. Language courses are available on request. champ-fleuri.fr/en

Restaurants

La Ribaudière

Michelin-starred chef Thierry Verrat presides over this riverside restaurant in Bourg-Charente. There’s a contemporary dining room, terrace and garden to relax in. laribaudiere.com

Le Restaurant du Château

Discover this pretty restaurant in bistro-chic style on the main square opposite Château Courvoisier in Jarnac. Chef Ludovic Merle has a Michelin Guide entry to his name. restaurant-du-chateau.com

La Maison

La Maison chef Pierre Dumas has a Michelin Guide entry, too, for traditional and innovative cuisine at this gourmet address in the centre of Cognac.
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Le Parvis
Dine in style on the terrace at riverside Charentaise restaurant Le Parvais. Image © Le Parvis

Le Parvis

Chef Pascal Yenk uses fresh market produce in this riverside Charentaise house with terrace and garden – and has a Michelin Guide entry. restaurant-le-parvis.fr

Charente Essentials

By Car
Saint-Malo is a four-hour drive from Rochefort. Sail from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries.

By Plane
The area is well served by airports at La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Limoges.

Tourist Information

From France Today magazine

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