Chez Berthonet is a perfect centre for exploring one of the most beautiful parts of France, or simply relaxing in the tranquility of the unspoilt countryside. The area is ideal for walking and we also have two bicycles that are available for use.
The local village of Varaignes (only a 5 minute drive away and also accessible via a footpath through the fields) lies in the pretty valley of the river Bandiat. The village has a chateau (now a museum of weaving), church, grocery, bakery and auberge (bar/restaurant).
The nearby town of Montbron has a large supermarche, a variety of butchers, pattiseries, bars and restaurants. There is also a very pleasant open air swimming pool and canoeing on the river Tardoir is also possible from there.
The Etang de Sainte-Estephe is a wonderful swimming lake with a man made beach and is only a 15 minute drive from the house. It is a lovely place to visit should you wish to swim, fish or just relax on the beach. There are several bars and restaurants situated around the lake. There is a golf course near by too.
Brantome, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Dordogne is only a 30km drive away and its market, held on Friday mornings is one of the largest in the local area. There is also a smaller scale market held there on Tuesday mornings.
The city of Angouleme is 30km away, and with its high speed rail link to London, offers an alternative way of travelling to the area. Car hire offices are situated opposite the station.
Limoges airport is only an hours drive away. Car hire is available at the airport.
Should you wish to ask any questions about the house or area please feel free to contact us.