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A modern, friendly gourmet restaurant on the outskirts of Angoulême, l'Aumì was born of the love between two enthusiasts in 2022. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2023! A unique experience on the terrace or in the dining room opening onto the kitchen.
A former diocesan house dominated by the Obezine church, this 16-room hotel is close to all Angoulême has to offer. The verdant setting is complemented by a bistronomic restaurant offering charm, tranquillity and gourmet delights.
In the heart of Angoulême, this 3-star hotel, housed in the former 1778 Tiercellettes convent, offers charm and warm welcomes. The cathedral, museums, market, restaurants and pedestrian zone are all less than 10 minutes away.
In the heart of Angoulême's old town, facing the market, only 2 steps away from the lively streets, the museums and the monuments of the comic strip capital, the Mercure Hôtel de France offers 89 rooms with an on-site restaurant, a bar, terraces and private lounges.
ANGOULEME - CHATEAUNEUF-SUR-CHARENTE
Start: in Angoulême
Time: 1h41 - Distance: 25.37 km
Along the Charente valley
This stage is marked by the alternation between Angoulême and Châteauneuf, the route of the Flow Vélo® alternates between the right bank and the left bank of the Charente river and invites you to discover the river by taking a little height but also by brushing it with wheels…
From Angoulême, you will soon meet the loop of the Charente in Fléac before reaching the village of Trois-Palis, where you will not be able to resist the visit of the chocolate factory Letuffe. This artisan chocolate factory is the most famous in Charente! You will find the famous Marguerite d'Angoulême (chocolate flavored with orange) and other specialties such as Charentaise truffandines or guinettes (cherries with cognac)
The route continues until Saint-Simeux, whose village rises to 80 meters of altitude. The Flow Vélo®, on the other hand, runs at the foot of the village, where water mills and river transport used to be the main economy of the municipality.
From the bridge that you quickly reach at the exit of Saint Simeux, admire the view of the church that dominates the valley, the old eel fisheries and the water mill. The opportunity to take a picture worthy of a postcard!
Continue towards the village of Mosnac which has a dozen 19th century farms and several 16th century houses. At 2 km from your arrival and from the center of Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, the Ladies' bath is a pleasant sandy beach calling for a stroll. It is located opposite Mattard Island and very close to the Véloroute.
In the town centre of Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, the church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens presents a beautiful Romanesque facade inspired by the cathedral of Angoulême. Between the church and the town hall with neoclassical architecture, the old streets feature mansions (15th century Berdeville house) and old fronts.
By the fireside or on the terrace in the heart of 10 hectares of woodland, the Domaine du Chatelard offers a harmonious setting. The chef's inventive cuisine, with a slight Italian influence, is rich in local produce, including his AB-labeled vegetable garden.
Poultry, rabbits, geese to roast for Christmas.
Near Angoulême, the Roussille estate was founded in 1863, where the know-how for their award-winning Pineau and Cognac has been handed down from generation to generation. A complete tour of the vineyard, distillery and cellar await you.
The Distillerie des Moisans, "Distillerie Haute Couture" cultivates a remarkable family spirit along the Charente, between Angoulême and Cognac. The fruit of a 60-hectare estate, its eaux de vie offer unique tasting experiences.
Near Angoulême, the mixed farming / dairy cow farm offers local products for direct sale. The Dallignac farm also produces honey and offers products derived from honey (candies, soft caramels, etc.)
Producer of beef, milk-fed veal, honey and derived products, grape juice, fruit jam, poppy or elderberry confit and syrup, milk jam, nuts, canned meats (veal pâtés, burgundy, tripe. ..). The sale of meat is done by reservation, every month. Delivery possible, withdrawal from the farm or farmers' markets. The farm can be visited only by reservation. Educational visits can be made for classes, leisure centers ...
This charming gîte was set up a renovated barn, in a vast 1500m² private enclosed garden. Decorated with care, big terrace well oriented and shady.
Ground floor: vast living room with a kitchen area and a lounge (fireplace, firewood provided), 2 bedrooms (each one with a double bed), shower room, toilet. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms (each one with 2 single beds), shower room, toilet. Flat screen TV, DVD reader, internet access (3G key). Terrace, swing, badminton, pétanque, 4 bikes, trampoline. Firewood available for the fireplace. Heating included. Paragliding is possible 5 km away from the gîte.
In this pretty, romantic château near Angoulême, Minka and Xavier have left nothing to chance: from the crockery to the household linen, to the family furniture and the contemporary art, all without forgetting the bamboo grove for a stroll or the heated swimming pool.
Direct selling of beef, Charolais and Limousine breed.
In charge of a 180 cows farm, Christophe Gendronneau opened in 2009 a laboratory in his farm to develop his business and increase the value of his beef. Although he is in a responsible agriculture, he also uses inputs from organic agriculture to cultivate 200ha of lands and cereal fields. The animals are exclusively fed with farm products. Christophe hopes to open soon a producers' shop with a butcher's and a bakery.
Direct selling at the farm from wednesday to saturday, from 8:00am to noon.
Present in the following markets:
La Pinotière in La Couronne, on Thursday afternoon
Domaine du Tambourinour in Gondeville, on Friday afternoon
At the producers' market: Coccinelle et Coquelicot in Angoulême - Ma Campagne
Antoine and Baptiste will welcome you at the farm: the shop is open every Friday, and during opening hours, farm tours, nature walks.
Certified organic production, 100% from here!
Cereals, field vegetables (potatoes, beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc.), ready-to-cook poultry (chickens, cans), organic eggs.
Gascon-type pork, flour, sunflower oil and other local organic specialties.
On your way to Villebois-Lavalette? Looking for a place to eat? Stop off at the Chadurie picnic area, just a few meters from the village hall. The area is shaded and has green areas to lie down.
There are four wooden tables around the village hall. There is a small garden where you can take a walk and enjoy a digestive stroll. If you still have time, visit the old village wash house on the other side of the D438. Be careful when crossing the road!
Rediscover the world's most coveted eau-de-vie in a fun format with a cocktail workshop!
This tour will take you on a multi-sensory experience, starting with a complete discovery of the Domaine de Chez Maillard, followed by a tasting session of 3 Cognacs from the property.
At that moment, you will be savoring one of the most refined and coveted Cognacs in the world. Relax and enjoy the moment!
The highlight of the visit will end with the creation of two cocktails from the estate's spirits (cognacs, pineaux, gins, vodkas, liqueurs).
Enter the heart of the Domaine de Chez Maillard, property of Domaines Francis Abécassis, and discover the secrets of making the most coveted eau-de-vie in the world!
During a complete visit, you will discover the processes of vinification and double distillation in Charente as well as the secrets of aging and blending in the cellars of the Domaine.
This complete visit will end with a tasting of one or three Cognacs of your choice. Lovers of this spirit will be won over!
Enter the heart of the Domaine de Chez Maillard, property of Domaines Francis Abecassis, and live an unusual experience by creating your own XO cognac. This blending will be done in the company of a member of our Cellar Master's team.
During a complete visit, you will discover the processes of vinification and double distillation in Charente as well as the secrets of aging and blending in the winery.
This visit will end with a unique experience with a blending workshop to create your own XO Cognac.
The Cognac and making of the house will no longer have any secrets for you!