This depends on what sort of holiday you wish for, how many in your party, your active state and of course the weather.
We all hope for good weather but a good plan is to look at the weather a few days before you arrive and plan your clothing accordingly. It also means you can pack more efficiently. Nights can be hot or cool so top clothing is always recommended. This also applies when you arrive to trips out, you may wish to visit places like shops or historic caves when the weather is not hot and sunny, perhaps you would if it’s too hot?
Care must be taken in the sunny and hot seasons and because each region in France differs, so can the weather, you can be hot and sunny in Brantome and 10 km it could be a different story. So when you travel put alternate clothing in your car.
Brantome is well suited for:
Historic trips, walks, cycling, horse riding, paddle boarding, canoeing (short, medium or longer distances), boat trips (if you see Jean Luke in the main market square you can also hire him and his boat for a private trip too) , tennis, boules, swimming (in the river or at nearby village in an out door pool), fishing, microlite (ULM), climbing, adventure climbs, golf (25 – 30 mins) the are planned walks, children’s play area, children’s boating area, fetes, shops, supermarkets, hairdressers, doctors, dentist, laundrette, pharmacy, garages, in fact most things you would need. The choice is yours. You could of course just chill out and eat at one of the many restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
If you do canoe you will pass by our garden so you can collect anything you may need on your trip. We always advise our guests to ask for double canoe paddles and a large barrel. This is used to not only keep your clothes dry, a towel, food, drink, mobiles, camera’s etc but also make very good back rests. Canoes are single, double or triple person. The canoe company provides life jackets for all using the canoes or paddleboards.
Places to visit
Places to visit are in our house book – including travel times, distances and websites local + touring destinations nearby, some are shown here. In addition to the many places in Brantome do visit Bourdeilles, St Jean De Cole and Perigueux. There are many Roman buildings arenas and great avenues to walk along stopping of course for the odd glass of wine or meal.
Local places to visit
Brantome 3 mins
Bourdeilles 11km aprox 10 mins An old village, lots of character well worth visiting. A must for walking around and down to the river.
Perigueux 27 km approx. 25 – 30 mins Capital, old and new city, lots of Roman architecture, old part of town with coliseum’s, cobbled streets, lots of charm, restaurants, new area with shops. Local golf course. Theatres.
St Jean de Cole 19 km 18 mins Charming Roman buildings, very quaint, make sure you head for the Chateau.
Brantome Police horses (retired very large UK horses) well worth a visit for all ages with plenty to do and see. http://www.brantomepolicehorses.com/
Angouleme 58km 53 mins bus service subject to local timetable, lots to view in the centre
Royan (coast) nice for a day trip approx. 152km + depending on your route and the season, approx. 2 hours +
Train – Perigueux 27K 16 miles approx. 20 mins
Motorway – Nearest 27Km high speed links to coast
There are many other local places within 30 – 45 mins so the choice is yours.
Our house book contains many other places to visit. Our clients private web page has a host of information and either direct links to the event website or their contact details.
Water & fun park www.jacquouparc.com
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Public swimming pools
See also Dordogne guide to public pools. Bourdeilles has a large outdoor pool from July 2nd (10 mins), St Martial De Vallette (20 mins) has two pools and is covered during cooler weather (automatic roof). I believe it also has steam and sauna (TBC).
Something for the active
Horse riding, Micro lite (ULM) (from 30e), Canoeing ( from 18e), Paddle boarding, cycling (Long term cycle rental may be cheaper to buy one from the local super market), walking, boules, bowls, climbing, adventure days. Water & fun parks for the children. See also the children’s section which has other links to some of the things to do for both children and / or adults.
Local canoe companies: you will find other along most French rivers
Brantome Canoe – Paddleboard, single, triple canoes – Season April – mid September
Allo Canoe – big free car park, 5 mins drive along to towards Bourdeilles – season until All Saints day – November 1st subject to weather and water levels.