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All about Charente

The Charente département has been popular with expats for many years, with it's rolling countryside, rural living and close proximity to the Dordogne. Much of the area's economy is driven by Cognac and Tourism while the capital of Angoulême is synonymous with Bande dessinée (comic strip art) hosting an annual international festival.

To find out more about the Charente, read our visitor's guide here.

 

'Green' grapes at Brard Blanchard

'Green' grapes at Brard Blanchard

Brard Blanchard has been a family-run pineau and cognac producer since the early 1900s. It's also one of the rare vineyards that is still harvested by hand...

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In fine company at the Château de Nieuil

In fine company at the Château de Nieuil

The ancient Château de Nieuil, with its modern restaurant - La Grange aux Oies - boasts a pleasing mix of the historical with the contemporary...

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Pineau - The Passion of Charentes

Pineau - The Passion of Charentes

You can hardly visit friends in this region without someone pouring a glass or serving a melon-half full of the soft, subtle liqueur that is Pineau. Here, Johnny Keggler, author of the bilingual book ‘Le Pineau, the Passion of the Charente/la Passion Charentaise’ lets us into some of its secrets...

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Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

The Charente has a long tradition of artisan work and today many a village has communities of potters, painters and sculptors making beautiful and unusual pieces. And then there are the remnants of the industries that once brought great wealth to the area but now have declined. To visit them is to get a glimpse of Charente's past...

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Le Logis de Puygaty

Le Logis de Puygaty

Stunning scenery, grazing donkeys, a medieval bath and a 15th century fortified castle - welcome to Le Logis de Puygaty, a stylish and luxurious Chambre d'hôte in the heart of South Charente.

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