Chateau de la Couronne is made for holidays. A big, private swimming pool, bags of room and diverting facilities like a private cinema and a billiard room. In the garden there is space to play boules, table tennis, badminton - or just throw a frisbee around. There is even a private football pitch for you to use. And for those seeking a bit of quiet and solitude, just grab a book from the extensive guest library, find a deck chair under a tree in the garden, and relax.
Food is always a big deal on holiday so we offer completely flexible catering options. You are free to self-cater if you wish - just visit the markets, find what's fresh and tasty, then free your inner Jamie in the fabulous kitchen. Or if you prefer to lay back and let us take up the slack, we can cater for you.
Getting to the market early to shop for the day's meal is one of the pleasures of French life. Old boys in tatty jackets selling produce from their own gardens. Vegetables he pulled from the ground that morning. Eggs that his hens laid in his shed. The market is still hugely important, and there are a few real humdingers nearby. Angouleme's covered market in the city centre is a must visit, as is the Victor Hugo open air market. Piegut-Pluviers - a small town a short distance from the chateau - gets taken over by a huge market every wednesday. It is an unforgettable experience to join in the fun, banging elbows with stocky ladies in housecoats or their gauloise puffing husbands buying ingredients for their dinner.
If you want a day at the beach, but don't fancy the gridlock around seaside resorts in the summer, we've got a treat for you. Just 25mins from the chateau is a man-made lake,
complete with a large, clean, well maintained sandy beach. The sand slopes gently, so the water is warm and safe, and there are several cafes for snacks and ice creams.
You can use free kayaks, and there is a footpath which circles the lake so you can stroll or ride your bike around its circumference. It's a day at the seaside without the hassle.
If having your own chateau is not enough, there are loads more in the region for you to visit, from the simply enormous la Rochefoucauld, to the prisitine Hautefoy and the gem-like Bourdeilles.
We are fortunate to sit on the edge of both wine and cognac growing areas. It's great fun to visit a wine maker, from exalted regions like St. Emilion to local, authentic co-operatives. The people who run these places love what they do, so a visit is an enlightening and rewarding experience. Or you could join one of the regular tours a world famous cognac house like Hennessy or Remy Martin. It's a great way to get under the skin of the region.
Every September, motor racing comes to Angouleme. The Circuit des Remparts is a festival of classic and vintage car racing on a street circuit around the ramparts of the city centre. For a weekend we become just like a little Monaco - but more friendly. And without the boats. And the 25 euro coffees. Spectators can buy tickets to the pit lanes and wander about to their heart's content. It's really relaxed and welcoming. In addition to the racing, every square in the city is taken over by an owner's club displaying their cars. There is none of the roped-off exclusivity of some events either - this is run and attended by enthusiasts who are only too happy to chat carburettors and upholstery.