The market town of Chalais is about a five minute drive from the property. One of it's main attractions is it's weekly market which is held every Monday morning between 8.00am and 12.30pm throughout the year although, in fairness, it is much busier during the summer months. All in all, a visit to the Monday market is a must do when in the area.
Chalais is also the main shopping area for the locality. Here you will find a good sized Intermarche supermarket as well as a Lidl outlet. There is an excellent specialty shop, Marche des Producteurs, which sells excellent duck products as well as artisinal cheeses and wines. If you are a fan of margaret de canard or fois gras this shop is definitely for you. You will also find all the other shops that one would expect in a small market town - pharmacy, butcher shops, a chacuterie, doctors, dentists and a whole host of hairdressers!
No matter what your taste you will be well catered for by the many and varied restaurants in the locality. These range from gourmet style restaurants offering food of the highest quality down to small family run bars/restaurants offering more traditional local fare.
Our firm favourite for a quick bite to eat is Le Bistro des Halles in Montboyer. First class food at very reasonable prices. A small but carefully chosen wine list is an added bonus.
For that special evening eat at either the Hostelerie du Perigord in Aubeterre or the Relais du Chateau in Chalais.
The Hostelerie du Perigord in Aubeterre run by Fabrice and Rachel Morel, is an excellent fine dining restaurant and well worth a visit. Meanwhile, we are pleased to say that the Chateau in Chalais appears to have turned itself around and is once more serving food of the highest quality.
Le Bistroquet on the main street in Montmoreau is another very good family restaurant. The is a lovely tree shaded terrace at the back of the restaurant which is perfect for outdoor dining.
There are many other good family style restaurants in the area such as La Taverne in Aubterre, which serves great food in a lovely setting.For a quick, tasty, no frills style meal, try Le Flore or Le Bon Humeur in Chalais both of which have limited but tasty grill style menus
Alternatively, if you would prefer to try real French country fare you must try Chez Poirier in Bardenac. Lunch costs less than 15 euros a head for a really hearty four course meal including wine. Country cooking and local character at its very best!
For the record, specialties of the region include fois gras, magret de canard and veau de Chalais
While many of our guests are more than happy to do nothing more strenuous than have a glass of wine while relaxing by the pool there is much to do for those more actively inclined. Walking, jogging and cycling along the many wooded country roads in the locality has proved very popular with many of our guests (there are two bicycles and one kiddy's bicycle available for the use of guests In addition, there are some other games such as table tennis and darts which may be of interest in the unlikely event that the weather is poor)
Golfers are well catered for in the area with over a dozen courses within an hour and and half of the property and Golf d'Aubeterre (9 holes) less than 15 minutes away.
Tennis players are also well looked after with most villages having their own clubs which are more than willing to allow visitors access for a nominal fee. The local club in Chalais has four courts (one indoor) and is no more than a five minute drive from the property.
Canoeing, horse riding and fishing are all also available nearby.