Swimming Pool - The heated pool is fully enclosed, with a lockable gate for child safety. It is 1.5m deep, with a small paddling section for the use of small children. Floodlighting is provided for those warm summer evenings. (There are toilet and showering facilities beside the pool.)
Boules - a small boule court is located next to the pool area.
Childrens Play area - A grassy area with swings, sandpit and football goals. Impromptu footie matches are on offer for any man, woman or child who likes a kick around (though the dads sometimes get a little over-enthusiastic!)
Undercover play area - A shaded area with ping-pong table, hand-football table and smallscale
play area (train sets, dolls house, floor puzzles etc)
Indoor pursuits - A large library of DVD films, board games and books can be borrowed by guests.
Tennis – a free tennis court (with adjacent childrens play area) is within 10 minutes drive (free loan of our rackets and balls if required)
Horse-riding – there are 5 riding stables within 30 minutes drive, catering for all abilities.
Canoeing – canoes on hire at Parcoul (20 mins), Brossac (20 mins) and Aubeterre (15 mins)
- hire by the hour or for longer one-way trips.
Cycling – the surrounding country lanes have little traffic. Offroaders can enjoy the woodland
bridleways and footpaths. A selection of bikes are freely available for your use.
Archery & Shooting - a 5 minute drive up the road takes you to a woodland setting where you can try your hand at both archery and shooting in an air rifle range, under the qualified guidance and supervision of owner Ralph.
Walking – there are miles of footpaths in the local area. Guided walks can also be arranged.
Golf – there are 2 golf courses within 20 minutes drive.
Paragliding – both adults and children can experience a tandem flight on the outskirts of Villebois (10 mins).
Go-karting – there is a ‘man-size’ karting track on the outskirts of Angouleme (20 mins).
Ten-pin bowling - there is a large bowling alley in Angouleme (20mins).
Watersports – there is a base for sailing beside the large lake in Angouleme (20 mins). Motor boats, fishing boats, canoes and pedalos can be hired in nearby Fleac. There is a centre for jet-skiing (and quad-biking) within 15 minutes drive.
Fishing – Day permits can be bought for fishing in a variety of local lakes and rivers.
Painting - For budding artists we can provide a large easel for your use. Several guests have enjoyed sketching the buildings and grounds here and in the surrounding area.
Wine-tasting - take the wine trails around Bordeaux or St Emilion. Sample the local speciality ‘Pineau de Charente’ and a variety of cognacs at regional vineyards.
Fetes and markets – All local villages host fetes throughout the summer, with various stalls and usually a set meal on offer. As well as the numerous daytime markets, there are several evening markets for the sale of local produce.