Malcolm & Alison Williams
16 Route d'Angouleme
Ansac sur Vienne
16 Route d'Angouleme
Ansac sur Vienne
A traditional 'Maison Bourgeoise' in Ansac sur Vienne - a peaceful village on the banks of the River Vienne about 2.5km from the medieval town of Confolens near the centre of the triangle of Angouleme (40mins), Limoges(50mins) and Poitiers (1hr). Built in 1835 with gardens overlooking the 10 x 5m pool and childrens' play area. A delightful B&B with a Grand Double and 3 family suites, all with TV/DVD and en suite bathrooms.
Description of Chambres D'Hotes:The house has been recently renovated and equipped by the current owners to a high standard to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The four guest rooms are:-
Grand Double - a large room with Queen sized four-poster double bed, decorated in the ‘Toile’ style with room for a child’s bed or cot if required; an en-suite shower room with hydro-massage shower, WC and illuminated vanity basin unit.
Upper Family room – a double room with adjoining twin room, both overlooking attractive rear gardens with en-suite shower room comprising hydro-massage shower, WC and illuminated vanity basin.
Lower Family room – a double room with adjoining twin room, both overlooking rear gardens with en-suite bathroom comprising bath with shower over, WC and illuminated vanity basin.
Family Studio - a large room with vaulted ceilings and exposed oak beams containing a double bed and pair of bunk beds with en-suite shower room. In summer this room has its own air-conditioning.
The large Guest Dining room has been equipped with a kitchen for the unlimited use of guests, with fridge, cooker, dishwasher and free tea and coffee making facilities. It also includes a small lounge area with UK satellite TV (Bedrooms have french TV and DVD players). We have a good selection of mainstream and children’s DVDs (and books) which guests are welcome to borrow and watch (read) in their room.
There is a large attractive ’hanger’ (open sided barn) where meals can be taken ‘al fresco’ when the sun is too strong (quite frequent in this, the second sunniest region of France!) or a game of table tennis can be enjoyed
Confolens is famous for its annual festival of Folk music and dance held in the middle of august, with troupes from as far a field as Peru and Indonesia.
Attractions:It is only half an hour from France's 'Lake District' - Les Lacs du Haute Charente, with beaches, watersports and a woodland adventure park. A Velo-Rail system runs from Confolens to Manot, through Ansac. This involves up to 5 people on a cart, with two pedalling along the disused railway track - the 15km trip takes about two and a half hours, so it helps if at least two of the party have fit legs! Vallee des Singes - home to 30 species of primates, from the tiniest squirrel monkeys to a family of Gorillas, most of which you can enter their enclosures (don't worry - not the gorillas!) and watch them feed and interact - a fantastic day out less than an hour away. A whole variety of charming Chateaux are within easy reach, such as Rochechouart (with nearby roman ruins), Rochebrune, La Rochefoucauld and the stunning hilltop ruins at St Germain de Confolens and Gencay. The area also boasts many fine examples of medieval churches. At Chasseneuil (20mins) is the National memorial centre to the French Resistance in WW2, while the village of Oradour sur Glane (30mins) has been preserved untouched since the day in June 1944 when the German SS, on their way to Normandy, rounded up and killed all but a handful of the villagers and set fire to the town - a truly moving place. The Circuit du Vallee de la Vienne (30 mins) holds some excellent motor racing weekends, whilst Angouleme becomes an inland Monaco for the middle of September, when the centre within the ramparts is closed to traffic for a festival of races of classic and vintage sports and racing cars. Futuroscope is a fantastic scientific and futuristic theme park at Poitiers (1hr) which makes an excellent day out for all the family. We are sure that the Fleur de Lys can provide you and your family an ideal base to explore this beautiful and interesting area.
DirectionsBy Road - about 4 hours from Paris (A6, A71, A20) via Limoges and then N141 via St Junien to the D948 to Confolens, where one turns left to cross the River Vienne, then left again on the D952 to Ansac
By Rail - TGV trains run from Paris to Limoges, Poitiers and Angouleme, then by road.
By Air - UK flights to Limoges & Poitiers (Ryanair, Flybe).