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A wedding haven - Château de Pouyade

A wedding haven - Château de Pouyade

The magnificent Château de Pouyade at Saint-Yrieix, near Angoulême in the Charente, makes a superb location for the wedding or family party of your dreams...

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Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Our beautiful region counts 13 gardens boasting the coveted 'Jardin Remarquable' quality label, an award earned by gardens that have that something special to distinguish them from the wealth of other heavenly gardens open to the public. Stéphanie Bérusseau, garden correspondent for the Rendez-Vous Aux Jardins event within the Poitou-Charentes Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC), tells us what's special about each one...

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Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Like all great waterways, La Charente is a living being and makes an entertaining travelling companion as Roger Moss discovers...

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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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The road to freedom - Claude Bonnier's story

The road to freedom - Claude Bonnier's story

One of the region’s major routes is dedicated to an extraordinary man who gave his life to save France from the tyranny of Nazi Germany... 

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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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