The Poitou-Charentes, along the French West coast counts numerous blessings, of which the weather is one. The four 'départements' (Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne) are the most sunny of the entire Atlantic coast. The number of hours of sunshine is the highest in France, equivalent to that in the Mediteranean.
The département Charente was named for the Charente river, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean once it reaches Rochefort (Charente-Maritime). The area boasts countless small meandering rivers and large lakes with sandy beaches. Hiking and bike trails lead you through a varied landscape of forests, farm lands and vineyards. The picturesque villages in this 'département' mostly date back to the Roman era.
>Aubeterre-sur-Dronne for example, close to Montmoreau, is one of 'les plus beaux Villages de France'. It is a historic and artistic village, world-famous for its 6th century church which has been sculpted from a rock.
Angoulême is not only the capital of the Charente 'département', it is also the 'capital of the comic strips'. Every year, the prestigious comic strip festival ('Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême') attracts more than 200.000 visitors. Situated on a rocky plateau and surrouned by an imposing city wall, Angoulême offers a beautiful variety of historic buildings, cozy shops and picturesque restaurants.
Food lovers will adore the Charente. Foie gras, truffel, magret de canard, oysters and an impressive selection of cheeses are just a few examples of what you will find here. The area is also reknown for its many good wines, as well as its legendary Cognac and Pineau des Charentes. The 'départements' of the Dordogne and the Gironde are very close. Merely one hour from our manoir, you will find the world's most famous wine villages like Médoc, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol and St.-Emilion.
Whether you come for the vineyards of the Charente, the exclusive gastronomy, the charming villages and their markets, the antique and brocante shops, the nice 'terraces' in the sun, the rich culture and historic buildings or just for the peace and quiet, nature and the nice weather, the Poitou-Charentes is an exceptional area to spend your vacation...
Specials (as of 2015)
We offer the following arrangements:
The culinary experience
Olivier takes you on a culinary exploration of the local farmers and producers and the authentic markets, where you will purchase the daily ingredients for dinner. Olivier will share his cooking passion and knowledge with you, as you prepare dinner under his enthusiastic but watchful eye. Not only will you learn a lot from the enjoyable experience of cooking together; this culinary adventure will familiarize you with the local produce and with the area.
The French experience
Discover the real France and get overwhelmed by the authenticiy, the culture, the history, the culinary gems and the vast and varied landscapes. During your week-long stay at "Les Mirandes" you will enjoy daily excursion with your personal guide, who will enlighten you about the area while safely driving you around. A historic walk through Bordeaux, a visit of the old cellars and distilleries in Cognac, an oyster tasting along the Atlantic coast ... These are just a few of the possibilities. This arrangement will lead you 'off the beaten path' in an unstressful and safe way. An experience you are bound to remember for a long time...
Workshop textiele kunst
Would you like to unplug from daily life and plunge into art and creativity? Agnes Derkinderen will teach you everything there is to know about textile art. Batik, modern lace and coloring and painting techniques will be broached. You will stay at Les Mirandes for one week (Saturday to Saturday) and enjoy full-board service. That way, you will have plenty of time to discover your creativity. This workshop is offered to beginning creative souls as well as to seasoned artists.
All arrangements can be customized and can be booked in the following periods : From April 1 to June 15 and from September 15 to October 31.
Looking to buy a nice property in France, a charming house, a building plot or a barn to renovate? Let us help you to realise your dream in the Charente or the Dordogne area and to guide you through the famous French Administration and different building regulations.
Belgian cuisine and grilled meats served with a big smile and good Belgian beers! Fancy a pancake or waffle with whipped cream in the afternoon with a cup of coffee?
Bistro Des Halles
Family restaurant, Le Bistro des Halles offers traditional cuisine based on fresh local produce.
La Bodega offers a wide selection of delicious tapas with French inspiration!
Do not miss ''Les moules à la plancha''!
Bistro restaurant, cuisine prepared with only fresh products. Smoked fish, ham and pâté, salad of pigs ears, pig's foot "en croute" ... everything is homemade!
Chateau de Lerse
Owners Roel and Mic welcome guests to their elegant 15th century home, with a choice of four comfortably appointed rooms. You will be welcomed by Geoffrey & Dima, responsable for the guests.