|Lake: Lac Etang
main attractions just by Brossac village are the two neighbouring
lakes- one for leisurely sunbathers and swimmers, while the other sates
the thirst of those who want more excitement and want to jetski.
The first lake is located in Etang Vallier, or fondly known as the
Village de Vacances, ('Vacation Village'). Indeed, on a sunny day, you
will find that you hear more English than French by the beach.
Normally, lakes do not have beaches, but this beach has been
artificially created. So not only is the sand soft, it remains
impeccably clean as smoking and littering is not allowed on this beach.
With lake waters and a gradual shoreline, you can choose to soak up the
sun on their towel or enjoy a soak right by the edge without getting
water in your ears.
For those who want more activity, you can rent small boats and other
bouyant crafts for excursions onto the lake. There is also a rope swing
for those who want even more excitement. This is no ordinary rope swing
though. If you walk up the side of the lake, or swim to it, you will
find a sturdy metal chain with a leather strap at the end to assist in
making the smoothest slip or the biggest splash. Someone even added a
sock to help in the acrobatics. Just a word of warning to those who are
no longer of child height: lift your legs up high or you may find
yourself body slamming into the lake! The sand is soft though, so no
matter what, you'll have fun.
If water sports do not excite you, or lake water causes you hesitation,
there is a recreational and sports facility right by the lake. There,
you can do laps at the pool, escape to the sauna, or hit a few rounds
of squash with your buddies.
Last but not least, do not worry about having to lug heavy bags of food
and drink to this lake. There is a clubhouse with a full bar right by
the shore, and walking a little bit more will bring you to restaurant
bar Quai Sud.
Whether you come in the afternoon or night and whether you want to lay
in the sun or take a swim, there is definitely something for you to do
here. What are you waiting for?
PHONE: 05 45 98 07 83
Facing the Lac Etang is the Clubhouse. Please note that there are two
sides to the Clubhouse and that they are run by different owners. There
is the snack bar/restaurant side. This side which houses entertainment
facilities as well as a kitchen that is open all day until 22:00, so
whether you fancy a meal or just a snack the
at the Clubhouse snack bar will be happy to oblige! In the side of the
Bar and Restaurant there is a room containing a pool
table, football table and a ping pong table. This is also where you can
join some friends in a game of crazy golf.
Get your putter ready and send those balls careering through tunnels
and over bridges and into the hole before your friends do, or you'll
have a lot of boasting to listen to. Either way though, you'll have a
crazy time! For Americans, this is called miniature golf.
If this isn't enough to send you racing down there right now, you can
also play in the bouncy castle, swings, and trampolines with admission
into the minigolf course! Of course, if you are a little kid only at
heart, it is worth bearing in mind that the bouncy castle and
trampoline can only hold one at a time.
In addition to these, the clubhouse now has further activities to keep
you entertained. If you like to work on your patience fishing is
available both day (until 20.00) and night (from 20.00).
There are passes available for regular fishermen. Please note that the
use of bait is forbidden.
If you are more into active sports the clubhouse offers you squash
courts where you can challenge your
friends to a match. Do not worry if you did not bring your rackets! You
can rent them onsite.
Lake: Lac Sensation
Avenue Chez Baribas
16480 Saint Vallier (16 kms from Chalais)
The Lac Sensation Frisson is only open in July and August, but during
this period it is open from 11am til 11pm, six days a week (closed on
Mondays). It promises to be an exciting day, with quad bikes, toboggans
and jet skis which are sure to get the adrenaline rushing!
For adrenaline junkies, at Lac Frisson you will have the pleasure of
finding our tobogan Aquatique
A water slide of 36 metres - to slide down through the loops if you are
seeking a thrilling experience.
The slide falls into the lake water, which is free of chemicals and
respectful of nature and the environment.
Sensation Frisson is suitable for beginners and amateurs as well as
couples, families and businesses. After all the thrills of the day, you
can relax at the restaurant, which offers a range of hot meals, salads
Lake: Lac de
Rue du Lac
Lot Patio 1 20
MAY: THURSDAY TO SUNDAY (from 11:00)
JUNE: TUESDAY TO SUNDAY (from 11:00)
JULY/AUGUST EVERYDAY (from 11:00)
PHONE: 05 46 04 22 99
Nestled in the heart of a pine tree forest you will discover “the
Double Saington”, this leisure park comprises a
lake with an artificially created beach available or swimming and free
time activities. There are plenty of activities for the family such as:
pedal boats, a small harbour, games for children, water bikes, etc.
After a swim you can enjoy some refreshments in the restaurant’s
terrace or a good meal at lunch or dinner times.
Close by you will find the walking trails right in the heart of the
forest and the home to the Maison de
la Forêt. Dedicated to the trees and to human activity, the Maison de
la Foret is a historic heritage site
for Montguyon and its surroundings dotted with castles and Roman
churches alongside the night markets and various summer events. In the
vicinity, you can discover the Dordogne region, the truffle capital;
the river Blaye and the Gironde estuary, the village of Aubeterre, one
of the most beautiful towns in France.
Chalais Market and
attraction near Brossac village, though not within walking
distance, is the weekly Monday market at Chalais, the city with the
nearest train station! Not quite a Farmer's Market, nor a Flea market,
you can find all sorts of knick knacks early Monday morning from 08:00
until about mid-day. Perhaps you want some fresh produce, fruit, or
meats or perhaps
you're more interested in some traditional French hot food. Vendors
(churros), crêpes, paella, moules (mussels), and other assortments of
delicacies. Or if you want a pet, you can buy chickens, roosters,
parrots, and even guinea pigs. Or course there are clothes,
accessories, and other goodies for the house, like collapsible food
nets to keep the flies away from that fragant French cheese you just
bought. The vast array of scented soaps and jewellery make excellent
At one end of the market, a steep incline leads you up to Chateau de
Chalais, or Chalais Castle. Though no longer functioning as a castle,
you can still cross the drawbridge and wander the courtyard and get a
glimpse of the rolling hills that make up the Charente region.
Owned by a well known French comedian the castle is in living condition
and guided tours of between 1 and 2 hours, sometimes in English, are
carried out by very enthusiastic volunteer guides representing the
"Association for the Safeguarding of Chalais Country Heritage".
The price of the tour is 8 Euros and it is a very comprehensive tour,
which will take you to all the rooms that are in a safe condition to be
visited. For example, access to the third floor is restricted as the
stairs have not been restored to allow access. Having said that, if you
do decide to visit you will find that most of the other rooms
contain something of interest, including much beautiful period
furniture. Please note that photography is not permitted in much of the
MAY TO JUNE
Every weekend and Bank Holiday
Tuesdays to Sundays
15.00 – 18.00
addition, there is a restaurant cafe right up in the courtyard. So if
you want do as the French do and sip some coffee or tea, order up a
drink from the friendly owner and sit in the shade and watch as the
sun's rays warm up the day. They also have a set menu for lunch.