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Departure: Quai de la Salle Verte in Cognac
Arrival: Rue de la Gare in Châteauneuf
Time : 2h31 - Distance: 37.83 km
On the way to the Roman and Romanesque Saintonge
From Cognac, follow first the Charente before you move a little further and reach the town of Merpins, where the remains of an abbey and a castle that controlled the passage to Cognac remain.
Without really realizing it (except with the signage maybe), because the Charente River remains your common thread, you will soon arrive in Charente-Maritime and will not be able to do otherwise than stop at the Port Du Lys in Salignac-sur-Charente to admire the breathtaking view of the Charente and the boats.
Continue the route and cross the countryside with villages and hamlets. A few kilometres after Saint-Sever-de-saintonge, you will find the Charente at your side, difficult to get closer!
Pay attention, before turning 90° to ride back to La Charente, it is possible to borrow a chain ferry (open in season) to cross the Charente and make a stop in the village of Chaniers. The opportunity to see the site of the «Moulin de la Baine» with its restaurant and river cruises.
A quick round trip and it’s back again, towards the finish this time! And here you are: Saintes, a city of human size, rocked by the Charente and where life is good. Proud of its past of more than 2000 years of history, it knows how to value the remains of the Gallo-Roman era: Germanicus arch, amphitheatre, archaeological museum... The Abbaye-aux-Dames promises an unusual moment of discovery around music with the carousel Basilik.
And if you have the chance to go there as soon as the sunny days arrive, you will see that we like to stroll along the banks of the Charente. Sunday walk around the public garden, lunch or dinner aboard the houseboat, the river Charente cradles the daily life of Saintais.
Bed and Breakfast, located in a family house, spacious and bright dating from 1830, in "quartier Saint Jacques".
We welcome you in our family home, a spacious and bright house dating from 1830, located at 2 steps from the quays and the heart of the city (restaurant at 2 min walk, cycling route at 200m). You can enjoy our beautiful walled garden (1400m²) with a large terrace of 45m², as well as our swimming pool area (heated and covered).
Possibility of parking (bike, car) inside the property.
The "Musée des savoir-faire du cognac" tells a story of the Cognac countryside through the ages to lead to the adventure of cognac hilighting a major part of the local history and manifacturing techniques related to this emblematic product.
Combining old stones and contemporary architecture, on the sites of several historical places, the "musée des savoir-faire du cognac" covers 2000m² of exhibition space that promotes Cognac countryside, its heritage and the great human, industrial and trading adventure of the cognac. Heritage world is a reminder of the historical wealth of the Pays du cognac thanks to many interactive displays (models, scenographic show, some dioramas). An excellent starting point for any journey in the region or the town of Cognac. Technological world of the cognac is all about the diffrent jobs, skills and trades that revolve around the cognac (vineyards, distillation, barrel-making, packaging, marketing). An excellent introduction to visit the cellars and distilleries. The visitor is invited to discover these different spaces evoking the "liqueur of the gods" and its secrets.
To extend or end this visit, to offer or treat yourself, a shop offers a wide range of regional products.
With family or friends, the Cognac canoe club team welcomes you, at the foot of the Château Royal de Cognac, to offer you the widest choice of walks and water rides in the department.
The passionate members of the Cognac Canoe Club welcome you, to offer you walks and hikes on the Charente and the little arms of the Charente. After an explanation of the route, you will embark with a map of the river and recent equipment that complies with safety standards (paddles, life jackets and waterproof canisters are provided).
You will choose your own boat:
Stand Up Paddle
Electric boats without a licence
Located in the heart of the cognac appellation, Luciole is a cocktail bar specializing in Cognac cocktails but also much more.
Opened since June 2017, Luciole is a unique cocktail bar on the banks of the Charente.
With more than 200 cognac references, the cognac temple will know how to recommend you for your favourite digestive!
There’s plenty for everyone and all seasons at the Luciole.
30 minute regulated parking
In the heart of Cognac, near the quays of Charente and the city center, charming apartment of 50 m2 located in a building dating from 1850, historic seat of the former trading house of Cognac Jules Robin.
You enter a closed interior paved courtyard that gives access to the staircase leading to the apartment by entering through the old veranda.
Apartment composed of a large bedroom with double bed 160 on parquet, a living room with a double sofa bed 140 and office area, a kitchen, a bathroom, a dressing room.
An old veranda and a terrace complete the exterior. Wifi, washing machine and free parking.
107 spaces + 2 spaces for person with restricted mobility
Guest rooms located in a house with character not far from the Charente, near cognac houses and foot paths.
Located by the canal not far from the Charente river, this character house offers three guest rooms, less than 800 meters from the historic center of Cognac.
Tranquility assured. Sylvie and Thierry will welcome you all year round.
An architectural masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance inspiration, the Château de Cognac historical monument and birthplace of François I, opens its doors and let you discover its history and some secret of the Cognacs production.
- Visit the cellars, including renaissance rooms
- Discover our humid and dry cellar
- Explanation of how BARON OTARD & D'USSÉ Cognacs are made
- Choice tasting : BARON OTARD VSOP & COKTAIL VSOP D'USSÉ or BARON OTARD VSOP & XO
Witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac.
We offer different Experiences, all at the heart of two stories: the History of France and the history of Baron Otard Cognac up to the present day.
IN THE HEART OF THE CASTLE
1H15 - Discovery tour of the Castle: Guided tour & tasting*
2 tasting formulas
VSOP BARON OTARD + VSOP d'Ussé
VSOP BARON OTARD sec + XO BARON OTARD
AT THE HEART OF D'USSE
1h15 - Discovery tour of the Castle: Guided tour & tasting* VSOP d'Ussé + XO d'Ussé
1h30 - Prestige Tour: Guided tour & tasting* VSOP, XO, Extra Baron Otard piped directly into the cellars)
30 minutes - Private and unique experience around the Cognac Princes de Cognac which is bottled by yourself
Find out more about the experiences online.
*Tasting reserved for adults only.
Alcohol is dangerous for your health. Drink in moderation.
Witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac
The Château de Cognac overlooking the river Charente was first a 10th century fortress intended to stop the Norman invasions, then in the 15th century a seigneurial residence where one of the most illustrious kings of France, François I, was born.
Baron Otard, who had founded his House of Cognac in 1795, quickly understood how the thickness of the walls provided exceptional and unique conditions for the ageing of his eaux-de-vie. He then acquired the Château, thus saving it from total destruction.
The Château de Cognac, which has become a historical monument, is thus a witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac.
Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell, a native of Jersey, Martell is the oldest of the great Cognac houses.
For three centuries, Martell has been producing, exporting and marketing cognacs whose quality is recognised worldwide. The identity of the House of Martell is based on three key notions: elegance, complexity and balance.
Located in the historic district of the city of Cognac, the Logis des Tourelles is a guest house in a 19th century private mansion hidden behind its large wooded and shaded park.
The guest house will be the starting point for visiting the Maisons de Cognac on foot or strolling along the Charente... In the immediate vicinity, you will find the Royal Castle of Cognac, the public garden, as well as the park François 1er (classified site, 48 hectares of unspoiled and protected nature)… but also the restaurants and bars! You can also enjoy the swimming pool in the heart of this beautiful environment (in season).
As soon as you enter the Logis, you will discover the historical elements, in particular the period floor, the columns and the old staircase. Le Logis des Tourelles offers 5 large and very comfortable guest rooms to accommodate a total of 11 people. Breakfast is offered depending on the season in the garden outside (several possibilities of tables in the sun or in the shade) or in the large dining room on the ground floor.
Available on the ground floor: courtesy lounge, large dining room with magnificent moldings (kettle with tea and coffee available, microwave grill, fridge), library with books and documentation, large wooded park with view on the turrets, terrace, several tables and chairs, garden furniture, swimming pool 5m x 10m (from 01/06 to 30/09), parking (free), 3 garages (on reservation, with supplement).
Free secure wifi throughout the guest house.
It is possible to privatize reception rooms or park for different family or corporate events (contact us for any request). In addition, it is also possible to book an apartment for 4 people with living room/kitchen, 2 large bedrooms and a bathroom (with wc).
Tourist tax extra.
Arrival from 4 p.m.
Located in the historic district of the city, the Logis des Tourelles is a guest house in a 19th century private mansion hidden behind its large wooded and shaded park.
The Bouteville flat, with an area of 126 m2, is on the 2nd floor of the mansion. It is made up of 2 large double bedrooms that can accommodate 4 people and have comfortable king size 180x200 bedding (can be converted into 2 90x200 beds), as well as a shower room (wc). A living room combines kitchen and living room. The whole apartment has been carefully renovated, highlighting the charm of old beams and floors in a chic and cozy atmosphere.
It will be the starting point for visiting the Cognac Houses on foot or for a walk along the Charente... In the immediate vicinity, you will find the Royal Castle of Cognac, the public garden, as well as the Francois 1er park (classified site, 48 hectares of preserved and protected nature)… but also the restaurants or bars! You can also enjoy the swimming pool in the heart of this beautiful environment (in season).
Available on the ground floor: courtesy lounge, large dining room with magnificent moldings (microwave, tea and coffee available), books, large wooded and shaded park with view of the turrets, terrace, several tables and chairs, garden lounge, swimming pool 5m x 10m (from 01/06 to 30/09), parking (free), 3 garages (on reservation, with supplement).
It is possible to privatize reception rooms or park for different family or corporate events (contact us for any request).
WIFI connection throughout the guest house. At Logis des Tourelles, we offer 5 guest rooms that allow us to accommodate 11 people, in addition to the apartment for 4 people.
Tourist tax extra.
Arrival from 4 p.m.
Enter into a unique story. Maison Martell offers you 3 different experiences.
The oldest of France's great cognac houses opens the doors of its historic site and invites you to embark on a journey through its history, terroir and savoir-faire. In a contemporary scenography, the Maison Martell offers a choice of three tours depending on how far you want to explore.
Martell Discovery is a fascinating guided tour spanning 300 years from Jean Martell to the present day.
Martell Savoir-Faire takes you further into the world of the Maison Martell with a workshop allowing you to fill your own cognac sampling bottle in a cellar that is generally closed to the public.
Become a cognac expert with the Martell Héritage tour, during which you help to blend a cognac in our Cellar Master's Atelier. A unique experience in an exceptional location.
A valid health pass will be required on arrival before the guided tours or tastings begin. It will also be required to access the Indigo by Martell rooftop bar.
For more information, please send us an email.
Please drink responsibly.
It is in the heart of the stunning “chai cathedral” and under its hundred-year-old barrels, classified as a French Industrial Heritage site, that the gastronomic restaurant Les Foudres welcomes you.
In this historical place, starred Chef invites you to share his love of gastronomy through a local, creative, gourmet, fresh and refined cuisine. Like locks through the Charente river, each of his dishes is a journey to new horizons, for a unique and memorable tasting experience…
Located in the former cooperage of the Maison Monnet, with a selection of more than 220 different cognacs, Jazz Bar 1838 is a fabulous place dedicated to cocktails, with a very beautiful collection of cognacs.
Located in the former cooperage of the Maison Monnet, with a selection of more than 220 different cognacs, Jazz Bar 1838 is a fabulous place dedicated to cocktails, with a very beautiful collection of cognacs. Creativity is celebrated through a selection of cocktails that change with the seasons, but also through a willingness to create tailor-made and subtle cocktails, “à la minute”. The promise of a unique and unforgettable experience. Musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.