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4 Rue de l'Alma, Barbezieux Sainte Hilaire, 16300

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 La Petite Champagne Bed & Breakfast:

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.
WIFI is available throughout the house

Local attractions
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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The house is a beautiful mansion located in the center, near the market Barbezieux St Hilaire. It has been lovingly restored to enhance the brightness and size of parts while maintaining the nice Charentaises, including a spiral staircase in oak, and several marble fireplaces and a beautiful oak floors and tile, the doors, ceilings and very decorative lights. As an artist in business, the owner has a large collection of classical and contemporary works on display in the house. The style of the house dates for the majority of the Napoleonic era, but part of the cellar and foundations have made use of the tusks of the medieval castle of the time when the city was besieged by the Arabs and later by the English! All rooms have ensuites.

You can also relax in the lounge and dining in the elegant dining room which gives access to the garden terrace. During the summer we enjoyed our meals in the garden. The garden provided the kitchen of excellent vegetables and herbs. All meals are prepared with fresh local produce. A game room with pool table and bar is located in the attic. The wireless internet is available throughout the house. Local activities

Once you leave the house, you are top of the street leading to the city by walking, you can access the superb shops, cafes, restaurants and the market is held twice per week. Many things are in town to see a cinema with two screens, an outdoor pool, tennis and other sports. You can also explore the old streets, the castle and the church as well as various festivals and music festivals in season. If you go a little further, the Charente is a beautiful area to visit. Barbezieux is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and sunflower fields and the famous melons of Charente. The name 'Petite Champagne' is used to describe the quality of the brandy produced in the region. Another regional drink, but less known are: the Pineau de Charente, to serve chilled as an aperitif. The coast of Royan and its surroundings can be an excellent opportunity to tour for the day. A short drive you can visit the historic towns of Cognac and Saintes, where you will see the Roman features. In addition, the cities of Angouleme and Bordeaux are close with all the exuberance of 19th century architecture that implies.

Visitor Reviews

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compliment de séjour
Review by: Jean-Louis IMBERT, Nov 28 2010 9:10PM
Venus pour une nuitée dans le cadre d'un déplacement professionnel, j'ai été ravi de participer à un repas très convivial et chaleureux dans un esprit fort sympathique avec des discussions de tablée très interressantes.
Le service est impéccable, pour un prix tout à fait abordable et le cadre vaut le détour.

Ravis de notre séjour,
Review by: croué hélène, Oct 9 2010 10:15AM
Arrivés par hasard dans cette agréable demeure, nous avons été accueillis par des personnes raffinées, toute l'élégance anglo-saxonne. Ce détour dans une agréable demeure ancienne devenue un joli musée par les propriétaires amateurs d'art nous a conquis. Le soir au diner un superbe coucher de soleil nous a accompagné, un ravissement pour les yeux accompagnant un délicieux repas. Nous avons quitté a regrets les maîtres des lieux en nous promettant d'y retourner. Un séjour dans cette demeure a créer un grand contraste avec l'accueil "plus que frais" des hôteliers de la Boule d'or.

Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire: "Lovely holiday"
Review by: Mr + Mrs. Eyre, Oct 8 2010 11:07AM

My husband and I stayed here for a week and had a lovely time. Even in mid-September the weather was still very Mediterrannean.
The house is very big and the rooms were all very impressive, with personal touches and luxurious furnishings nothing like your average b&b back home.
The couple who run it are a lovely English couple who were very friendly and welcoming. The breakfast was wonderful !
We ate in the beautiful dining room a couple of nights and the meals were excellent. There was also a pool table, darts and games in the attic!
It's a great region for cycling in the countryside and also cognac and pineau tasting!
A very relaxing holiday and proof that we don't need to travel halfway round the world to have a nice time!

une tres belle maison, un superbe accueil
Review by: Anne-Laure Chatelais, Nov 1 2009 12:07AM
Un grand espace agreable a vivre. Mon seul regret est de n'etre reste que quelques jours dans ce havre de paix. Nous avons apprecie la piece reservee au petit dejeuner, les repas a l'exterieur et dans la salle a manger Africaine. Nouss avons aussi pu admirer de nombreuses oeuvres d'arts dans les nombreuses pieces qui composent cette maison. Les pieces, les chambres sont tres vastes. Barbezieux est aussi une ville tres agreable. La maison se trouve en plein coeur du centre ville et non loin d'une voie verte de pres de 80km pour les velos et pietons. Quel agreable sejour, merci de votre accueil.

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Directions to La Petite Champagne

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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Prices in €
Daily Price Weekly Price
min. max. min. max.
extra bed.
(2 pers.)
3 60 380 yes
(3 pers.)
2 60 80 380 500 yes


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Dinner served
Animals accepted
Credit cards accepted

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