• Hotel Epi d'Or, Angoulême, Cognac Country

    Stay in the heart of the comic strip capital

    Right in the heart of Angoulême, the family Hotel Epi d’Or guarantees a warm welcome to families staying in the ‘Comic Strip Capital’ of France.

    Refurbished in 2010, the bright, spacious bedrooms all have Wifi access and a balcony. And for those with young children in tow, there’s a choice of both triple and family bedrooms.

    The breakfast buffet offers both sweet and savoury choices to suit every member of the family. The delicious array of breads and pastries, fruit and dairy produce will provide all the energy you need to explore this historic town.

    For a quiet family walk, leave your vehicle in the hotel’s private car park and set off to explore the atmospheric streets. Just a short walk from the hotel, you’ll find Victor Hugo Market where you can taste all kinds of regional specialities

    Your children will love searching for the colourful painted walls adorned with popular cartoon heroes. Then head for the Musée de la Bande Dessinée – the comic strip museum – to get the background story to your favourite comic books and browse the well-stocked shop.

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  • Château de l'Yeuse

    Cognac and the surrounding area offer style, chic and traditional charm. Experience them all in one weekend by booking a room at the Château de l’Yeuse, a chateau-hotel close to the centre of Cognac, which combines modern comforts with a cosy, classy atmosphere.  

    Drop into the Tourist Office to reserve a guided tour of the Old Town – you’ll find out about Cognac’s Renaissance heritage, its beautiful buildings and fascinating churches. Then experience more stylish living on board La Dame Jeanne, a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat, for a relaxing cruise on the Charente. King Henri IV once described the river as ‘the most beautiful stream in France’ and 400 years later, it’is still enchantingly pretty.   

    Put the finishing touches to your stay with a visit to a Cognac vineyard in a classic Roadster dating back at least 20 years. An atmospheric and unforgettable trip which just oozes style!

    Cognac Hennessy

    And while you’re in Cognac, don’t miss the headquarters of Hennessy, founded in 1765.  Learn all about this 100-year brandy and enjoy a tasting before leaving with a bottle of your favourite label.

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  • hotel Le Parasol, Ile de Ré

    Peace and quiet on the Ile de Ré

    Enjoy a relaxing family holiday at Hôtel le Parasol in Ars-en-Ré, classified amongst France’s Most Beautiful Villages and dominated by a black and white church spire. Located on the south-west shore of the idyllic Ile de Ré, Hôtel le Parasol is perfectly placed for exploring the coast and countryside of this beautiful holiday island – a jewel of the French Atlantic coast.

    With all the hotel bedrooms at ground level, the accommodation couldn’t be more accessible for families with young children. Families who like to prepare their own light meals can rent one of 20 studios with kitchenette on the ground or first floor, with terrace or balcony; three have communicating doors to sleep 4-5, the rest accommodate 2-4.

    A member of the Logis de France network, Hôtel le Parasol guarantees a warm welcome and good regional food at an affordable price. The restaurant offers local produce and fine wines with a choice of tables both inside and out.

    When you’re ready to explore, there are cycles for hire in Ars-en-Ré. Visit the bird reserve, relax on Trousse Chemise beach, climb the Phare des Baleines lighthouse, or take a cruise excursion towards Fort Boyard and La Rochelle.

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  • Hotel l'Argentière, Melle

    Countryside classic at Hôtel l’Argentière in Melle

    Soak up the atmosphere of historic Melle in the heart of the lush Poitou-Charentes countryside with a holiday at the Hôtel l’Argentière.

    A member of the Logis de France network, Hôtel l’Argentière stands in a wooded park just outside the town centre. It’s also an easy drive from the protected landscape of the Marais Poitevin – France’s ‘Green Venice' – as well as the stunning harbour at La Rochelle, the imaging theme park of Futuroscope, and the heritage attractions of Poitiers.

    Hôtel l’Argentière offers 25 ground-floor rooms, including family rooms, communicating rooms and two rooms adapted for guests with reduced mobility. Individually decorated in fresh, summer colours, each one opens onto a terrace overlooking the garden and includes television, free WiFi and shady parking. You can even bring the family dog.

    Melle is renowned for its beautiful Romanesque churches, especially St Hilaire, one of six buildings in Poitou-Charentes that lie on the pilgrims routes to Santiago de Compostela and have been included by UNESCO on its World Heritage Site list. Melle is also home to the silver mines of the Carolingian kings. The oldest European mines open to the public, they served as Royal Mint in the 8th and 9th centuries.

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