Activities and Local Info
What to do ...what to do....happy kids mean happy parents. Here are some ideas of what to do in the immediate area....I am happy to book activities in advance of your arrival.
Whether a New or Returning Guest Family......here are some practicalities to think about this year
We know some of you have your tried and tested ways of getting to us but for first timers remember we have plenty of "gear" here so you don't need to pack the kitchen sink.......
tell us what BABY / TODDLER KIT you need and we hill have it waiting.
If you need something in particular drop Steph a line.
BIKE HIRE: If you would like bikes delivered for your stay contact Bike Hire Direct. http://www.bikehiredirect.com
ARRIVAL CASE OF WINE: If you would like an arrival case of wine, 60 euros, (6 bottles of wine) from our local Chais then we can have this waiting in your cottage
FREE ARRIVAL SHOPPING PICK UP: Use this link in chrome (translates to English) to book and pay for your shopping online - book a midday pick up - send me your confirmation e-mail and it will be waiting in your cottage
Check-in can be taken from 16.00.
Your cottage will be ready for you with;
beds made, tea, coffee, starter loo rolls, bin bag, washing up products etc.
All towels and pool towels are include in your pricing
Let me know your ETA any problems give me a call. Here his our google maps link.
Come to the white gates and press the buzzer.
Come into the courtyard to unload and then park your car in your designated space in the parking area.
SUPERMARKET SUPER-U Rouillac 4 minutes by car
Best boulangerie - Belle Helene - Rouillac
Pharmacy / Bank / Post Office / Gendarmerie - Rouillac
Bars - Rouillac Le PMU and Bar Zinc
Restaurant Rouillac - Auberge de Fins Bois
Cave - CHAIS 27 Rouillac
ACTIVITIES ON SITE
Each cottage has its own private garden with picnic table, sun shades and BBQ
At the entrance there is a foot ball goal and balls to kick about.
In the play area there is a climbing frame, swings, sand pit, swing ball and trampoline.
Under the hangar there is baby foot, dart board and ping pong.
There is a cabana loft for children over 7 to be used only with parental consent and under supervision.
There is also a quiet zone in the pressoir with arty crafty, play doh, lego, dvds, wii, bean bags.
The heated pool is 10 x 5 x 1.4 deep and fully gated.
There are allocated loungers + cushions + bean bags and a pool pergola for each family.
Please use your own allocated pergola.
Pool towels are provided.
ACTIVITIES OFF SITE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE
20 Euros pp for 90 minutes
20 minutes away
Min 4 participants.
Min Age 3 but under 6 require an adult walking with them.
Advance booking required.
Chocolate Making Atelier.
Great fun and you get to take your chocolates away.
Bookable in advance 12 euros euros per person
With only 3 families on site you will never feel that the place is thronged with children……
……but it is good to have a least one suggestion per day of “things to doooooo”.
Other Pools - Indoor / Outdoor Pool
with dive pool, river, wave machine, slides, jacuzzi
http://www.nautilis.fr 20 minutes away
great for all ages but be aware speedos are required for men and boys.
(they have a vending machine)
and the brand new http://xeau.fr at Cognac again with indoor / outdoor pool
Aquajump - WIBETT -
This is a massive hit with families, some going multiple times on a week, a bargain at 9 euros for an hour, best for kids of over 5. Huge inflatables on the Lake at St Yrieux – got to be experienced – we had some very competitive Dads last year……There is also a cafe and play area and beach for littler ones if you need to divide and conquer.
Water Ski-ing and Wake Boarding –
Always wanted to try ? Now is the time – Planet Ski – http://www.planet-ski.com
There are 4 good places for Canoeing – Jarnac https://www.jsck.fr/tarifs.html
Messing about on the River -
boat hire…pedaloes..more canoes..boat trips –
http://www.randonneefluviale.fr Fleac and Jarnac
Pretty Special Experience....https://www.bethanie-peniche.fr
River Beaches -
This one is the best around and I hear reports that the toilets are excellent!
What is it with kids and sand?
There are a few around but our favourite and guest favourite;
20 minutes away – in July and August it is supervised and the snack bar, paddle boarding etc are open, outside this time the beach is still there and open but it is not supervised.
Also there is the Lake at St Yrieux (same place as aqua jump)
– 20 mins away – http://www.angouleme-tourisme.com/1291-plan-d-eau-de-la-grande-prairie 3k path all around where you can cycle / scoot / walk in peace. Beach area, snack bar, carousel, play areas.
BIG DAYS OUT ....
A Day out to the coast? Nearest beach 1 hour 20 mins
Look at St Georges de Didonne, Meschers sur Gironde, Chattelion Plage,
Ilse D'oleron, La Rochelle.
The Zoo at La Palmyre
Vallee Des Singes - Monkey Valley
– think Go Ape – but a lot cheaper – there are two near us great value and great fun – http://www.accroparc-de-soyaux.com and https://www.parc-aventure-fontdouce.com/fr/ both have Accrobranche and Laser Game.
We think the best one is Fontdouce, comfy chairs for grown ups, great picnic space and again good toilets!
(do I have a thing about loos?)
Chateau Des Enigmes
– this is a lovely day out – Chateau Treasure Hunt – take a picnic – https://www.chateau-enigmes.com/fr/charente-maritime
Base Plein Aire
– park by the river in COGNAC– outside July and August lovely play area with tons of space to run around – in July and August there are inflatables and outdoor pool open in the afternoons https://www.basepleinair-cognac.fr
Round of Golf?
- easy afternoon wile away a couple of hours just 10 minutes away with the fun golf activity. https://lecepenchante.fr/swin-golf-2/
or the real deal https://www.golfducognac.com
Trampoline and Laser Game –
Vertigo Angouleme –
Bowling – Angouleme and Cognac –
https://paleosite.fr Delve into prehistoric times! Really educational day out for all the family – not just looking at fossils – there are experiences to be had too
CULTURE AND CITY DAYS
Need a Chateau Fix for history hungry youngsters? - check out these beauties -
ANGOULEME 25 mins away
- Les Halles the covered market is a great place for Sunday morning browsing. Park at Champs De Mar - Walk through the old town visit the Musee de la Bande Dessinee and discover the history of print and cartoon making. Walk by the river, rent a boat on the river. Discover the many Wall Murals. EAT - in the market or at Chez Paul in the old town.
park by the Place Francois Premier and walk the town.
The art museum, the Jardin Publique, snack on the place Francois Premier, eat at La Scala restaurant on the river, or the little restaurant St Jacques in the quarter St Jacques with a view back over the river to the Chateau.
Discover the covered market, walk along the river front.
Do a guided tour of Hennessy or visit the Martel foundation.
Eat on the Place Francois Premiere, L'Olympiade crêperie, Le Garage Bar
or at La Scala on the river.
Jardin Publique – take a push chair, little bike, scooter and a picnic …a really lovely space
Don't forget the Little Train – From the Place Francois Premier you can take the little tourist train which runs Saturdays and Sundays in low season and from the 1st of June most days – times are in the link
A little further but with tons of shopping, cathedral, amphitheatre, restaurants. A personal favourite of mine.
Take a Picnic to our very own Roman Amphitheatre - DES BOUCHAUD - just 5 mins away, walk up through the forest to discover the hidden gem. Enjoy the nature.
Or to sleepy JARNAC bimble about see the beautiful Courvoisier Chai and picnic by the river.
OR YOU CAN DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL BUT SLEEP AND READ A BOOK UNDER THE TREE WHILST THE KIDS PLAY WITH STUFF FROM THE TOY CUPBOARD AND FORM THEIR LITTLE TRIBE.....