A stay in the Charente offers you a wide choice of activities and interesting places to visit.

On our door step are the local paths through the nearby fields and woods. The shops and weekly traditional market in Champagne Mouton are only a few minutes down the lane. Typical friendly country town, with a cafè, post office, bank, newsagent, baker and supermarket and petrol station.  As you can see, our central location in the Charente is handy for the many different things to do and historic places  to visit.

Some of the following text is in red.  These are website links, that you can click onto to visit, in order to gain more information

A good starting point to discover what’s happening is the Sortir Magazine (what’s on in the Charente)

Feeling hungry

There are some excellent restaurants nearby.  It is always best to book ahead, as they are very popular.

Here are 3 links for some nearby restaurants showing the car-drive times:

5 minutes to Champagne Mouton   Café de la Paix

15 minutes to Nanteuil-en-Vallée     Auberge de l’Argentor

20 minutes to Verteuil-sur-Charente Café Porte Bleue

Cycling in the Charente

Our favourite local cycling route is La Boucle 48

Cycling in the Charente is one of France’s best kept secrets. The department has an extensive selection of well marked cycling routes, a number of which are situated within easy reach of La Vie en Rose:

  1. La Voie Verte that runs from Ruffec to Confolens  (where you can pick up the Euro Velo)
  2. Tour de Charente route; a 390km circuit that takes you around the department linking many of the area’s key tourist attractions.
  3. La Vie en Rose would also be a good place to stay for the Flandres Charentaises Classic, an annual club ride that takes place in September and makes use of the local hills to offer four circuits of 26km, 58km, 81km and 114km.

Here is an independant cycling and B&B review about our chambres d’hôte that was published by Jacqui Brown, who cycles regularly in the Charente.

IMG_3049” La Vie en Rose is a B&B in a traditional stone cottage situated in the north of the Charente department, that offers a warm welcome to cyclists and has easy access to a number of well-signed cycle routes.

La Vie en Rose is a beautiful family house that would be an ideal stop for those touring by bike, as well as a perfect fixed base for exploring the north Charente area. We felt we arrived as strangers and left as friends, even after only one night. It would have been lovely to have been able to stay a little longer. “

Festival de Confolens

For 60 years, the streets and open spaces of the picturesque town of Confolens have been filled with world music and dance each August.  The town will be bursting with dance troupes, song and music from across the globe.  The 2022 Festival will run from 9 August to 15 August. 

Motor Concours

Classic cars and motorbikes can be seen gracing our roadways  in the Charente.  There are two concours events in the region that offer a very special and memorable day-out.

  1. The Circuit Val de Vienne track is an exciting experience, acclaimed by the Féderération Fraçaise Sportive Automobile.  This 3757 metres long race track is one of the best in France.
  2. A highlight in any car enthusiast’s diary is the annual ‘Circuit des Remparts’, held in September in Angouleme. Join us September in Angoulême

Here are a few of the favourite activities of our guests, who spend their holiday with us to improve their English Language skills:

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A journey of challenge and adventure with Ruffec Canoe Kayak


Archery is one of my own hobbies.  You are welcome to borrow one of my bows and use the target in the field at the back of our home.


Adrenhaline highs at Accrobranche


Meet your ancestors at  The Monkees and Apes Zoo at Romagne


The thrill of go-kart racing with Passion Karting Rochefoucauld


Marvel at the sights, smells and sounds of the Medieval Festivals

Water fun on the diving boards and slides at The Tulette Swimming Pool Complex at Confolens

Or if you prefer relaxing on the beach at a lake, enjoy a day at the Lac de Lavaud in Verneuil  Lacs de Haute Charente

See what is on offer in the local Tourist Board at Ruffec  regarding other activities and places of interest available to you.

Those choices of things to do and places to visit are just a small taste of the many activities on offer to you. Please let us know in advance of your stay if you would like help; whether it be you wish us to make an enquiry for you, or you may want us to book an activity on your behalf.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Susan and Gordon

Siret no 811764059 00010       Gordon Cashin EI 

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