RETREAT INFO - Location
Location of Renaissance Arts Retreat France
If you love the unspoiled outdoors and magnificent architecture, you will enjoy a trip through the region of Poitou-Charentes. Located just south of the Loire Valley and extending down as far as the Périgord region, it borders the Atlantic for 280 miles along France’s western seaboard. Its eastern frontier abuts the Limoges area. The region takes its name from the ancient province of Poitou and from the Charente River that crosses the areas of Aunis, Saintonge and Angoumois.
Renaissance lies in the hamlet of Chez Blanchet hidden in the rolling folds of hills that comprise the South Charante.
Places of Interest:
Aubeterre Sur Dronne
Voted the most beautiful village in France, Aubeterre Sur Dronne is a culturally rich home to a thriving community of local artists and the famous ancient Saint-Jean’s monolithic church. This enchanting village offers magnificent views from its Chateau upon the green cliff to the Dronne river. Aubeterre also has a large lake and sandy beach that is popular with bathers. 8 km from Renaissance.
The nearest market town of Chalais features all the amenities, including banks, supermarkets, post office, cafes as well as a new community centre offering holistic and creative day and evening classes ranging from yoga, mediation, massage and other health treatments to painting and library / book club, catering for English and French. 3 km from Renaissance.
Angouleme, Bergerac and Bordeaux
The nearest large cities in the area. All are historically and culturally rich and varied and popular with tourists. They are either a 30 mins or 1 hr 30 mins drive from Renaissance.
See our “How to get here” page in the menu above, for more detailed information about the region; including local airports, train stations, ferry, car hire and road maps.