Le Bourg is in the village of Mareuil in the Charente region of France. The village is surrounded by sunflowers & vineyards, whose grapes are used to make the world famous cognac such as Courvoisier, Martell & Rémy Martin & also less well known (but equally delicious) brands such as Croizet, Tiffon, Braastad, Balluet & so on.  The grapes are also used to make Pineau des Charentes (an aperitif) & some excellent wines (red, white & rosé).

The popular market town of Jarnac (home of Courvoisier) is only a few minutes away. Here there are a variety of small shops, cafés & restaurants & a daily market. Other nearby towns are Cognac, Angoulême, Saintes & Royan, all of which are full of history & things to do and see.

Cognac Golf course (18 holes) is 15 minutes away. The clubhouse, restaurant & bar are relaxing & informal - membership is not required to enjoy the facilities - you just pay a daily fee. There are also tennis courts nearby. Other things to do include canoeing, fishing, walking, cycling & river trips. Many wine, pineau & cognac producers offer tastings.

From Mareuil it's an hour’s drive to the Atlantic coast where there are uncrowded (even in August) sandy beaches, especially around Royan. Further afield are Futuroscope (the famous visual-image theme park), the port of La Rochelle, Bordeaux & the potteries of Limoges.



        Sunflowers everywhere in July                 Le Bourg in the autumn

Le Bourg in the snow - a rare sight