Chris and Audrey Raggatt
4 Rue de l'Alma
Barbezieux Sainte Hilaire


The property is an elegant town house, built about the time of the French Revolution. It was added to in the 1930's by the Town Notaire who lived here with his family for most of the 20th century. The present owners have carefully restored and refreshed the house whilst installing modern comforts and facilities. As well as breakfast, dinner is also available on request, served with style in the 18th century Dining Room. The Salon is available for guests to enjoy as is a beautiful terraced garden.
The town of Barbezieux has many attractions and is an ideal centre from which to explore Charente and the nearby coast.

Description of Chambres D'Hotes:

The house is a beautiful Maison de Maitre in the centre of the lively market town of Barbezieux St Hilaire. It has been lovingly renovated to display the light and spacious rooms, whilst retaining all its period Charente features, including the main oak spiral staircase; many marble fire places; splendid oak and tiled flooring; panel doors; and highly decorative ceilings and lighting. As a practising Artist, the owner has a large collection of classical and contemporary art on show around the house The style of the house largely dates from the Napoleonic era, but parts of the cellars and foundations formed part of the defences of the Chateau in Medieval times, when the town was besieged by the Moors, and later by the English! All the guest rooms are ensuite.
You may also relax in the spacious salon and dine in the elegant dining room, which opens out onto the terraced garden. In the summer we enjoy dining out in the garden. The kitchen garden provides an excellent supply of fresh organic vegetables and herbs. All meals served are freshly prepared from local ingredients. There is also a games room in the attic with a pool table and bar.


Step outside the front door and you are on one of the main ways through the town, within easy walking distance of good shops, cafes and restaurants and the twice weekly street markets. There is plenty to see and do in the town – a cinema with two screens; outdoor swimming pool; tennis and other sports; exploring the ancient narrow streets, the Chateau and the church, plus various fetes and music festivals in season. Further afield, Charente is a beautiful area to explore. Barbezieux is surrounded by lush vineyards and fields of sunflowers, and the famous Charentaise melons. The name ‘Petite Champagne’ is used for the quality of the cognac produced in this area. Another very popular but less well known local drink is the Pineau de Charente, which makes an excellent summer aperitif well chilled. The coast at Royan and beyond is a pleasant day excursion; the historic towns of Cognac and Saintes, with Roman remains are a short drive away, plus the cities of Angouleme and Bordeaux, with its fabulous nineteenth century architectural exuberance..


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Where is Barbezieux Saint Hilaire? It is80 kms. north of Bordeaux and 30 kms. south of Angouleme and situated 3kms off the N10.

Where is Le Petit Champagne? 4 Rue de L'Alma, situated in the old town area of Barbezieux

By Air: Budget flights frequently fly to either Bordeaux, Angouleme, Bergerac, La Rochelle or Limoges.
By Ferry/Car: Well connected to the major routes.
By Rail: Take the Eurostar/TGV to Angouleme or Bordeaux.

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