discover the nouvelle aquitaine

discover cognac 

We are only a short drive from the riverside town of Cognac,  known across the globe for its fine spirits.  Here you can choose a tasting tour with one of the many Cognac houses such as; Remy Martin, Chateau de Cognac or Hennessey.  The new  roof top bar at Martell is definitely worth a visit where you can sit down to relax and appreciate the spectacular view of Cognac, with a cocktail of your choice.

Enjoy a lazy lunch along the riverside in one of the many bustling restaurants & cafes, amble around one of the lovely eclectic array of original shops or discover the history of the old town.

A little further away you will find the city of Bordeaux, famous for its wine of course or there is the beautiful port of La Rochelle and the beaches at Royan, all within an hours drive.   A little further still lies the pretty island of the Ile de Re where all of its rustic french charm can be explored by bicycle, look out for the the salt marshes, delicious oysters and designer boutiques.

There is so much more to love about this area …


places to visit in the nouvelle aquitaine


Here are just a few of the wonderful places to visit during your stay;

  • Angouleme 

    capital of the Charente and overlooking the river, Angouleme is know for its International Comic Book Festival and Classic Car Race – ‘the Circuit de Ramparts’.  Don’t forget to explore Angoulême’s cartoon murals dotted on walls all over the city, even the street signs are in speech bubbles!

  • Bordeaux 

    without doubt the most famous wine region in the world. Visit one of the best wine museums ‘Cité du Vin’, for a truly interactive experience.  Known also for its gastronomical excellence from their speciality Cepes de Bordeaux to  the delicious Canelés.  Walk along the grand Place de la Bourse, centred on the Three Graces fountain, which overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.

  • Fouras 

    off the regular tourist trail you will uncover this small French town with its beautiful  beaches and neighbouring island of Ile d’Aix.  There is a great view of Fort Boyard, made famous by the french TV show. 

  • Ile de Re
    the main town of St-Martin-de-Ré has the 17th-century fortifications of Vauban, there are many cafes overlooking the marina and boutique shops to explore.  Bicycle paths crisscross the island so there is no need to drive, stop off and see the the ‘Phare des Baleines’ which is a lighthouse offering expansive views.  Don’t forget to pick up some toffees and salt to take home.

  • La Rochelle

    a centre for fishing and trade since the 12th century, today it has a large pleasure-boat marina.  Known as La Ville Blanche (the White City) because of its brilliant white limestone cliffs, it is perhaps one of the most attractive, unspoilt seaside resorts in France.  

  • Rocheforte 

    Rochefort derives its name from a castle built on the banks of the Charente to resist Norman invaders.  Step aboard L’Hermione, an amazing ship built exactly as it was.  You can visit the Corderie Royale, a rope manufacturer that is located in an amazing 374m long building made in 1666. The landscaped gardens are perfect for a relaxing walk along the Charente river.

  • Royan 

    here lies some of the best beaches, perfect for a relaxing day by the sea or maybe take the ferry from Royan across the Gironde to the vineyards and chateaux of the Medoc.

  • St Emilion 

    is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. It is a UNESCO heritage site where you will find world-famous wineries, fine wine, beautiful architecture and great monuments.  Discover the many beautiful Chateau’s by bicycle or take a Tuk Tuk tour.

  • Saintes 

    a city of Art & history where the remains of a prestigious Roman city can be seen, visit the Gallo Roman Amphitheatre,  the Germanicus Arc or the Aqueduct.   The offer is rich and varied here.

  • Talmont-sur-Gironde 

    perched on a peninsula, a former citadel, Talmont offers an exceptional panorama over the estuary.  Wander around the pretty little streets where you will discover plenty of unusual shops & crafts dotted in-between all the white cottages flowering with Hollyhocks.


It’s always a pleasure to stay at Le Mas.