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The Lavender House

The Lavender House is a guest house ideally placed to explore the French departments of the Charente, Haute Vienne and the Dordogne.

Situated just 15 minutes along the D13 from the pretty chateau town of La Rochefoucauld (Route Claude Bonnier – N141). Montemboeuf is also within easy reach of Limoges, Bordeaux, Cognac, the French coast at La Rochelle and the through routes to the Spanish border.

Built in 1857, the house has been sympathetically restored by Terry & Kathy Bowen to provide four bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. The design influence of Laura Ashley is much in evidence throughout!

Directly off the large reception hallway is a comfortable, well appointed guest lounge, and a separate traditional dinning room where both breakfast and evening meals are served. Outside the gardens are open for exploration, quiet relaxation, or perhaps afternoon tea served with home made cake!

Stay for a day, a week or maybe just the weekend, but however long your stay, you will be certain of a warm and friendly welcome in a house that might just be your ideal home from home.

Angoulême: In place of its ancient fortifications, Angoulême is encircled by boulevards above the old city walls, known as the Ramparts, from which fine views may be obtained in all directions. The 'old town' has been preserved, maintained and largely reserved for pedestrians. It has a cobbled restaurant quarter, with some interesting galleries and boutiques.

Bordeaux: Towns are talkative; not in the sense of the sounds of our modern society, but the stories that are set in the stone facades of buildings or the bronze of statues. The result is that the city that represents the wine of the region bears witness to that very activity on every corner. Visits to the numerous Quarters, Quays and Public Gardens are a must.

Cognac: Many Cognac producers, for example Hennessy, have guided tours and tasting events throughout the summer. The town's medieval quarter Vieux Cognac runs from the Tours Saint-Jacques, alongside the river, up to the Saint-Léger church. The area contains many unusual buildings, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, situated on narrow cobbled streets.

La Rochefoucauld: The village takes its name from the large château above the village, which is partially open to the public, whilst also still inhabited by the Duke and Duchess. In the village is a classic car dealership which is open to the public 365 days of the year and is decorated with motoring memorabilia, functioning essentially as a free-to-enter motor museum.

La Rochelle: The city has beautifully maintained its past architecture, making it one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast.
Limoges: The city and castle were united in 1792 to form the single city of Limoges. Some years later the porcelain industry started to develop, favoured by the presence of kaolinite, which was discovered near Limoges in 1768.
Poitiers: Famous for the Futuroscope theme park and research park project, (European Park of the Moving Image). The theme is visual communication technology and is housed in ultra modern buildings.

Contact Details

Address: 41 Grande Rue
Telephone 05 45 21 43 49

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This page was last updated: 18 January 2011

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