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La Rochelle - Royan - Rochefort - Fort Boyard - Ile de Ré  
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In fine spirits

In fine spirits

The big-name cognac houses may grab all the headlines but the region is full of small producers making excellent and unusual cognacs. Teresa Hardy reports on the three-month festival that celebrates them... 

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Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Why not give yourself a pleasurable treat with a visit to Ambre? You’ll love savouring the original delights of this enchanting concept store situated in the centre of Cognac’s pedestrian zone. We visited in the run up to Christmas...

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Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

For beauty and a wonderful sense of calm and tranquility wander the paths of the award-winning Les Jardins du Chaigne...

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Farm to Fork in Charente

With the current food trend focusing on the idea of ‘Farm to Fork’, and with some supermarkets even putting pictures of individual farmers alongside their products, today the emphasis is definitely on good, locally grown food.

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Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Thanks to the foresight and dedication of retired French businessman and artist Roger André, the charming village of Bassac in Charente is well on the way to regaining the vitality it enjoyed in the 1950s...

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Château de La Rochefoucauld

Château de La Rochefoucauld

To the northeast of Angoulême in the Charente lies the village of La Rochefoucauld, dominated by the ancient château of the same name. It is here that the La Rochefoucauld family – one of the five oldest noble families of France – has its seat, and where Sonia Matossian, the mother of the current Duke of La Rochefoucauld, lives...

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Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

For an original surprise party, without having to rush around with all the preparations, why not call on Nicolas Berthomet's talents? Based in Angoulême, 'Events by Nicolas' takes care of all the fine details and leaves you to thoroughly enjoy a relaxing moment with your loved ones...

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Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

If you’re looking for a special place to source decorations, the extraordinary Côté Art boutique in Angoulême is bound to fill you with inspiration... 

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The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

Grape harvest time seems to be the perfect moment to discover the smallest vineyard in France – and the top quality wines that Gontran Beaudoin produces by hand in the accompanying winery... 

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Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Every year foodies visit the capital town of the Charente to tickle their taste buds at the ‘Gastronomades’ festival

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