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A wonderful natural space offering unique comfort, combined with typical Charentaise stone architecture, La Fontaine des Arts witnesses to the magnificence of its past. At the heart of the village of mansle between the countryside and the sea, with a temperate climate, this ancient building occupies an exceptional site on the banks of the Charente river. Restored tastefully by Marie-France and Gérard, the decoration and fittings have been conceived for today's tourism, for quality, in the calm of this old post house. Top
THE ROOMSRoom Manon : A large bedroom of 35 square metres, distinguished by the very high quality of its comfort and decor, equipped with a double bed, bedside tables, a large wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a desk with high-speed Internet access via wifi network, a relaxing armchair and sofa in a little reading area with a coffee table. A television set with many French and foreign tv and radio channels, a fridge and all you need to make yourself a cup of coffee, tea or other hot drink, a mini-safe and an iron and ironing board. A comfortable bathroom with jacuzzi and equipped with twin basins set in a range of fitted bathroom cabinets with an integral mirror illuminated by spotlights. A hairdrier is provided. A private wc.
Room Fanny : A very attractive bedroom, of 20 square metres, equipped with twin beds, bedside tables, a large wardrobe, a desk with high-speed internet access via wifi network. An adjoining en-suite bathroom equipped with twin basins set in a range of fitted bathroom cabinets above and below, with an illuminated, integral mirror and a walk-in shower. A separate and private wc. A television set with many French and foreign tv and radio channels is available in the communal living room on the ground floor.
Room Cottage : A very comfortable bedroom, of 28 square metres, beautifully decorated and equipped with a double bed, two bedside tables, a large wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a desk with high-speed Internet access via wifi network, a mini-safe and an iron and ironing board. A second bed/settee, suitable for one person, can also be used as a corner in which to relax or read, with a coffee table, an easy chair and all you need to make yourself a cup of coffee, tea or other warm drink. Adjoining the bedroom there is a bathroom with jacuzzi, plus twin basins set in a range of fitted bathroom cabinets with an integral mirror illuminated by spotlights. A hairdrier is provided. A separate, private wc. A television set with many French and foreign tv and radio channels is available in the communal living room on the ground floor.
Gite : Accommodation designed for 4 or 6 people comprising a sitting room with tv corner, a dining area, a kitchenette, two bedrooms and bathrooms, each with wc. Full access to the swimming pool and an open-air dining area in a landscaped courtyard. This is very comfortable accommodation suitable for a medium or long stay, with washing machine and drier, cooking hob, fridge, mini-oven and microwave oven, electric coffee maker, iron and ironing board and a television set with many French and foreign tv and radio channels. All this is complimented by two lovely bedrooms, one of which has twin single beds, the other a double bed and an extra single bed ; each room furnished with bedside tables, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk with high-speed Internet access via wifi network and a mini-safe. Adjoining each bedroom there is a separate wc and bathroom, one with jacuzzi bath, the other with a walk-in shower. Each bathroom has twin basins set in a range of bathroom cabinets with an integral mirror illuminated by spotlights. A hair drier is provided. A corner of the living area also has an occasional bed for one person. Top
COMFORT & SERVICESWhether your stay in the Charente is for relaxation, culture, gastronomy, sport or business, the facilities will make you rediscover moments of relaxation. Jacuzzi in the bedrooms, an 8 x 12 metre landscaped swimming pool, green spaces to put you at your ease, mountain bikes at your disposal, a rowing boat for short trips, fishing on the Charente, resting on the banks of the property, whatever fills your days with activities and fun. Top
THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENTIf you are tempted to try your hand at fishing for roach, perch, carp, trout or pike, there will be opportunity to walk across the property to reach the banks of the river, take a little rowing boat and make the most of the peaceful waters of the Charente Top
CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIESThere are countless activities : Canoeing-kayaking, archery, climbing, potholing, rambling, going on an assault course, tennis, golf, autogyro, hang-gliding and karting etc..
Canoe/Kayak : Mansle canoe base.
Travel across the Ruffecois countryside for 90Km from Taize-Aizie to Vars. The Charente branches into numerous streams and backwaters around hundreds of islands. Keeps, castles, country homes, mills, fish-farms, lime furnaces, leisure areas, holiday homes are all dotted along the river.
Fishing : the waters of the Charente conceal carp, tench, gudgeon, as well as pike, perch and eel. Information from the Mansle fishing box tel. 05 4520 71 17
On foot, by bike or on horseback : The Manche-Pyrenees long, hiking track crosses the Ruffecois countryside from east to west. Le tour de l’Angoumois runs through the south of Ruffecois. The short walking paths described in the form of topo-guides, are available at the Tourist Office. The variety of suggested paths go through forests and valleys, discovering local traditions, villages and the inhabitants of the countryside, fulfilling all your wishes.
For strolling : an evening market, Fuchsia exhibition. Visit the botanical park.
Guided visits from June to September of the city of angouleme: themed trips around the angouleme countryside : Medieval Charente, in the steps of the Compostelle pilgrims, Charentaise heritage, abbeys, castles.. Information: Heritage service, Town Hall, tel. 05 45 38 70 79
Make the most of nearby : restaurants and discover a regional gastronomy strong in local tradition.
From farm to farm, visit farms, discover what happens there and try their produce.
Guided visits to the great cognac houses in the course of which how cognac is produced is explained : the wine growing, the distilling, the ageing, the mixing of the crus. Information from the Cognac Tourist Office, tel. 05 45 82 10 71
The ecomuseum of cognac at Migron, guided visit by the wine-grower of the area, a museum which recreates the life of a wine-grower in the 19th century, the distillery and the wine caves.
For your entertaimment : close by, jazz or classical concerts, numerous festivals including cartoons, vintage car races around the ramparts of angouleme, whatever leisure activities you want to enjoy during your stay, you will find them here.
For specialist interests : training courses and a festival of dance, a racecourse where every season amateurs gather for horse and greyhound races.
For the more adventurous : walks in the Charente to discover there: old remains, churches, castles etc.. Discover our museums rich in history and wonders of the past.
For river lovers : cruises on the Charente river.
‘Gabarre’ Trips on the river Charente from Saint-Simon, gabarre port, then visit the house of the gabarriers. ( ‘Gabarre’ is an old wooden vessel which used to sail along the river carrying cognac)
Trips on the river Charente on board the boat « L’Angoumois », full-day or half-day cruises around a theme : paper-making cruise, gourmet cruise, Bacchus cruise, cruises with meals and visits, evening cruises. Information at the angouleme Tourist Office tel. 05 45 95 16 84 Top
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