Things to do


Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope, is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world. It is an amazing experience that is only 1 hour away…

Puy de Fou

Puy du Fou the second most popular theme park in France, after Disneyland Paris. With a unique artistic concept and innovative, original creations, Puy du Fou is a one-of-a-kind theme park, well worth a visit. Fast-paced action and spectacular special effects, the shows are designed to be like live movies. Emotional impact is always central…

Cognac town


A lovely town with amazing architecture built on the wealth from the years of Cognac production, once again straddling the River Charente. The town offers a Cognac Experience that people travel the world to experience. With the main cognac houses such as Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin, Courvoisier and Camus all having visitor centres, tasting houses…

Jarnac town


Situated around 30 miles down the Charente river from Le Palais is the town of Jarnac, not quite as famous as its big brother Cognac, however just as important in the cognac trade. Home to Courvoisier, Delamain and Thomas Hine & Co Cognac houses. The beautiful town straddles the river and offers a slightly more…

Angouleme town


One of those typical French cities, industrial on the outside but beautiful on the inside. Most roads lead around Angouleme. However, if you take one leading to the centre, and explore the hill top fortified old town you are in for a treat. Just a 25 minutes drive from Le Palais, Angouleme old town boasts…

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Auberge De L’Argentor

Taking its name from the history of the Abbaye and the river, this is one of Jasmine and Will’s diamond places to eat! Run by the loveliest couple who completely know their trade, they have all angles covered. Coffee on the terrace in the morning, drinks in the afternoon in the shade but the area…

Outside of Auberge-Le-Saint-Jean restaurant

Auberge Le Saint Jean

Located at the top of the village near to the Abbaye, and is situated within a historic building. Great french classics are served, either in side or on the cobbled out door seating area by the church. Lunch and dinner booking is advisable in the summer months.

Map of Ruffec


Ruffec is a fantastic little town just 7 minutes, from Le Palais by car. You should find all the services that you may require, including a brand new Le Clerc, Intermarche, Lidl, Aldi along side  numerous, bakeries, garages, fuel stations, banks, and DIY stores.

Roofs of house in Nanteuil-en-Vallee


Just 5km from Verteuil is the equally beautiful village of Nanteuil-en-Vallee, again one of France’s recognised pretty villages. Steeped in history it’s peaceful historic streets are a great place to soak up some french culture, with its unique water system and ancient Abbaye it is well worth a vist, just 10 minutes by car, a…