The hamlet of Longeveau is located on the Charente/Dordogne border, in a very beautiful valley. The picturesque old Roman town of Aubeterre, recently voted one of the prettiest villages in France, is a 5km bike ride away, as is St Severin. Just a little further are the market towns of Ribérac and Chalais. It’s a ten hour drive here from London, on a good day!
Airports: Angouleme (37 miles, about 50 mins); Bergerac (47 miles, about 1.5 hrs); Bordeaux (70 miles, 1.5 hrs)
Station: Angouleme (45 mins - TGV direct from Lille/Paris).
This region is known for its sun-drenched summers, rolling green hills and valleys, and all the history you could need. Both food and drink in this region are superb, with numerous chateaux and wine caves on the Bordeaux wine trail. The historic centres of Cognac, Bergerac, St Emilion and Bordeaux are an easy drive from Longeveau, famous for their wines, spirits and beauty.
Wander up the winding streets of Aubeterre to the 12th century subterranean church carved out of the rock, or enjoy a drink on the village square with its shops, eateries and museums, all overlooked by a 1000 year old chateau. Alternatively, walk down to the river beach for a swim, relax or bite to eat.
Riberac has one of the biggest markets in France. Further still, about a 45 minute drive, are the capital towns of Angouleme and Perigeux which offer more sophisticated shops. Brantome, nicknamed the “Venice of Perigord”, is well worth a visit too. Beyond Bordeaux are the unspoilt beaches of the Atlantic coast with various appealing resorts.
Local activities include walking, fishing, cycling, canoeing, jet-skiing and quad biking. Family activities range from crazy golf, horse riding and tree top adventures to daytrips to Aqualand Water Park, La Palmyre Zoo and Futurescope.