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La Rochelle - Royan - Rochefort - Fort Boyard - Ile de Ré  
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Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

The name of Cognac has long been synonymous with stylish living and a sense of occasion – qualities which are alive and well…

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Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

If you’re a chocaholic (or happen to be attached to someone who is) then here’s something unashamedly indulgent to chase away even the bluest of winter blues...

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Being Reza

Being Reza

International celebrity chef Reza Mahammad recently wowed Indian food-lovers in southern Charente with a dazzling Indian cookery workshop – and, in May 2013, he opened a brand new cookery school right here. We caught up with him just before the launch, and fell under the spell, too... 

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Romantic Hideaways - Le Couvent des Cordeliers

Romantic Hideaways - Le Couvent des Cordeliers

We discover stylish accommodation & fine dining, in the most unforgettable of settings...

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To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

Roger Moss continues his relaxed journey beside the Charente, against the flow, all the way to the river’s source...

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Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Drive through the sleepy village of Lessac on your way to Confolens and you may think you are one of only a handful of visitors each year to this pretty Charente village set back off the main roads. But follow the small blue signs to the Domaine de Boisbuchet and within minutes you enter one of the region’s best kept secrets, a world of cutting-edge design accompanied by the persistent murmur of teams of international students creating, building, designing and experimenting…

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L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

Meubles Graham Barry, located on the Charente and Charente Maritime border, are celebrating 10 years of supplying furniture, making this a perfect opportunity to visit them in their astonishing showroom and discover the secrets behind their success

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Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Without doubt, one of the delights of the region are the Romanesque churches that decorate even the smallest village. The thrill of turning a street corner and seeing artistry that dates back hundreds of years can stop you in your tracks and make you wonder at the history behind these gems. Martin Cole explains how for him and his wife Maggie, this wonder turned into a journey of discovery ...

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Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Even if you are familiar with Angoulême you may be forgiven for not having passed Les Caves Charlemagne – tucked at the end of a quiet impasse, the cellars are hewn into the overhanging limestone cliff and hidden from view. But enter the white gates and you will find a bustling business where little has changed since it was created in 1921...

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Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

What was once a rather drab post office has been transformed into a must-visit boutique filled with beautiful things. And as Sandie George discovers, it’s all down to the vision of one woman…  

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