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Le Bourg - Bed & Breakfast in Charente

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9 rue des Ecoles, 16170 Mareuil, Charente
Poitou - Charentes, France

Vanessa Bennett-Dixon

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+33 (0)5 45 66 29 75(landline)

Many readers have written to tell us how much they love Le Bourg and the warm hospitality they have received. Interesting and great fun

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Stone cottages, nodding hollyhocks, ducks in the lane: Mareuil epitomises rural France, and the house sits in its heart. Arrive to a sweeping drive, an immaculate pool, a grand façade and Vanessa, who has travelled the world. After a final posting in Paris she landed in sunny Charente, and is very happy. Bedrooms are bright, airy and comfortable, with cosy bathrooms; dinners, in the ample dining room, are gastronomic, cosmopolitan, entertaining and preceded by pineau de Charente. You are surrounded by sunflowers and vines and Cognac is close. Friendly, interesting, great fun.


Features
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
WiFi
Wireless internet access available.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Vanessa Bennett-Dixon:

Local points of interest from
Vanessa Bennett-Dixon:

  • Cognac Blues Passion Festival, 3 - 7 July 2018. Artists from all over the world converge on Cognac for the 25th anniversary of this famous event. James Blunt will be the headline act. See website for more details.
  • Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme, 14 - 16 September 2018. Annual event for classic & vintage cars & enthusiasts. Saturday is a rally around Charente; Sunday is racing around the streets of Angouleme, including a class for vintage Bugattis.
  • Tours of famous Cognac houses eg Courvoisier, Remy Martin & Hennessey & not so famous cognac producers in local villages.
  • Nearby activities include golf at Cognac, canoeing, walking through the vineyards, cycling, beaches on the Atlantic coast.
  • Salon de Gout at Segonzac, 2 - 4 February 2018. Top quality producers from all over France converge on Segonzac for a truly gastromic weekend. A must for all you foodies out there.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"We have managed to stay at Le Bourg at least annually for the last decade. Whether as part of a French escape, or en route to/from a Spanish holiday, a few days here is an absolute must. It ticks all the boxes for superbly comfortable, peaceful and characterful accommodation, combined with the finest dining outside a rosetted restaurant, with wine to match, all at very realistic pricing, - topped off with Vanessa's inimitable hospitality! "

Pat - Compton Dundon, United Kingdom

November 2017
"Like most recommendations we've had from Sawdays, Le Bourg earned 10 out of 10. A comfortable home with a welcoming hostess and fellow guests who shared travel tales but respected privacy allowed us to maximize the ecperience. Vanessa's meals were worth particular note and should not be missed. Impecable surroundings that earn repeat visits from travellers. In addition, the value was outstanding."

Norman - North Vancouver, Canada

May 2017
"Vanessa is a superb host - very welcoming and rooms are very comfortable with large beds and spacious en suites - her cooking is great and always fresh ingredients with local wines and cognacs - I doubt if anyone could fail to enjoy their stay."

Robert - Bath (and vicinity), United Kingdom

May 2017
"A wonderful hidden gem which we stayed at on our way down to the Dordogne this year. The hospitality from Vanessa, the accommodation and the truly wonderful food is a real treat, we shall be back next year if at all possible!"

Martin - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

September 2016
"Beautiful house, wonderful host, comfortable spacious rooms and home cooked meals using fresh local produce and wines would love to stay again!"

Chrissie - Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

June 2016
"We stayed 2 nights last week at Le Bourg and felt we must write to you to say it was absolutely outstanding! The welcome from Vanessa was second to none - we were offered tea and homemade cake on arrival and felt immediately at home. We had pre-ordered dinner for our first night and the food was so delicious, we booked a meal for our second. Great bedroom and shower-room and the whole property is a mix of fascinating memorabilia from Vanessa 's worldwide travels. All in all, the perfect b & b in - really special."

Jill

April 2016
"Fabulous & faultless in every respect! Arrived in an old car in the pouring rain and Vanessa opened her large barn in which to put our car. Welcome tea and carrot cake, a beautiful yellow bedroom with lots of hot water, and then a truly scrumptious dinner of rack of lamb and local strawberries on a delicious homemade sorbet. Lots of wine and so to bed in a deeply comfy bed. Awoken to the smell of croissants baking. It was the finest and most welcoming place we have stayed in years, so we booked a return visit 5 days later and enjoyed this special place all over again! Thanks so much Vanessa."

Di

September 2015
"We loved the lovely warm welcome, the beautiful room, an evening swim and wonderful food. We would highly recommend Le Bourg. Bettina and Roger Kirkham "
August 2013
"Le Bourg is a wonderful place to stay and eat. The accommodation is spacious and well-equipped, the garden and pool are a delight. Even better, Vanessa and Ron are hosts 'par excellence' - they are so welcoming and friendly, and they serve up delicious food. Very highly recommended!! "
August 2013
"We stay with Vanessa and Ron every year on our way to join the family in a villa near Saintes. We cannot imagine going to France and not staying at le Bourg. The welcome is warm, the accommodation is splendid and the food delicious. Make sure you stay here with the perfect hosts."
July 2013
"Arriving at Le Bourg into the flower filled courtyard we felt all the miles of the day disappear. The house is divine; huge comfy beds, great bathrooms and lots of interesting books and treasures to enjoy. It is the warmth and charm of the hosts that really makes Le Bourg special though. Ron is an affable and larger than life character who has the wine cracked open before your engine is turned off, Lovely Vanessa is charming, energetic and gracious. Nothing is too much trouble, they are both great cooks, dinner was delicious and we went away with homemade goodies. Perfect, can't wait to return"
September 2012
"We wanted a short break and Le Bourg was just perfect. We went sight seeing to the towns along the Charente in the mornings and lazed by the lovely pool in the afternoons. Then it was time for an apero and a wonderful dinner cooked effortlessly by our delightful hosts, Vanessa and Ron. Most things are home made, including some wonderful smoked mackeral, and that applies to breakfast too. He house is lovely. Spacious, elegant but also comfortable. Just perfect."
August 2012
"We wanted a short break and Le Bourg was just perfect. We went sight seeing to the towns along the Charente in the mornings and lazed by the lovely pool in the afternoons. Then it was time for an apero and a wonderful dinner cooked effortlessly by our delightful hosts, Vanessa and Ron. Most things are home made, including some wonderful smoked mackeral, and that applies to breakfast too. He house is lovely. Spacious, elegant but also comfortable. Just perfect."
August 2012
"One of the most fantastically relaxing places we have stayed, wonderfully warm welcome, great bedroom and bathroom and the most WONDERFUL food!! We had planned to stay just a couple of days but we stayed longer - the dinner menu was just too hard to resist. Beautifully cooked and presented food, we have rarely eaten such lovely dishes cooked with such passion. Ron and Vanessa are naturally good hosts and not only enable you to feel welcome but let you have your own space too. We hope to return before too long - waist bands allowing!! "
July 2012
"A warm welcome from Ron & Vanessa whose hospitality was first class from the moment we arrived. The rooms were all very nicely appointed and the food was truly first class. We would recommend this place to anyone."
June 2012
"On a trip down through France in convoy of open top cars we stayed at 7 places in 10 days - the welcome from Ron and Vanessa for a 4night stay was a welcome oasis of the "Craic" and food and drink - not always in that order!! Ron even cleared the barn to store the cars during an impending storm - We feel relaxed and at ease using "Le Bourg" and would rather it was kept secret from everyone else!!(Selfish I know)We will be returning again next year (if we are allowed ) and stay longer."
June 2012
"On a trip down through France in convoy of open top cars we stayed at 7 places in 10 days - the welcome from Ron and Vanessa for a 4night stay was a welcome oasis of the "Craic" and food and drink - not always in that order!! Ron even cleared the barn to store the cars during an impending storm - We feel relaxed and at ease using "Le Bourg" and would rather it was kept secret from everyone else!!(Selfish I know)We will be returning again next year (if we are allowed ) and stay longer Value for money, considering the calibre and quantity of the repast and the excellence of the rooms, is very good and worth every penny How to put a price on the welcome,the friendship and the laughter is somewhat more difficult We have visited several times now and it is a pleasure to arrive and a pain to depart"
June 2012
"Our stay at Le Bourg was a delight - what a wonderful find! Ron and Vanessa are superb hosts, and this, together with their delicious home-made meals, make Le Bourg an idyllic place to stay. A repeat visit is a must."
June 2012
"Our stay at Le Bourg was a delight - what a wonderful find! Ron and Vanessa are superb hosts, and this, together with their delicious home-made meals, make Le Bourg an idyllic place to stay. A repeat visit is a must."
June 2012
"Vanessa and Ron are superb hosts. We had a short stopover on the drive south to Portugal, but on the return journey we enjoyed Le Bourg so much we stayed longer. The area is delightful, the house is a blend of warmth, charm and excellent catering (both cooked and bottled!), and we WILL be returning."
October 2011
"A friend who knew that we were looking for a few places to stay in France (to break our journey to/from the Med) recommended Le Bourg to us. I am pleased that we chose to stay there for two nights on our return journey as it may have spoiled the rest of our holiday if we had stayed there on the outward leg as we may compared everywhere else with Le Bourg. Le Bourg would have won every time. Ron and Vanessa have a wonderful knack of treating you as part of the family (and asking you to treat Le Bourg as if it were your home) whilst at the same time being excellent hosts and attending to your every need. The rooms were bright and airy, the building and garden full of character and the food was superb. Where possible, Ron and Vanessa were even able to tailor the evening meal to suit any particular likes/dislikes. I would recommend that anyone travelling in the vicinity should adjust their itinerary to include a few days here if at all possible - we certainly hope to return before too long. Mike"
August 2011
"We enjoyed a fabulous overnight stay with Vanessa and Ron. The food was incredibly good and I was very appreciative of their efforts to provide a healthy menu (for which I had requested before arrival). Seafood salad followed by roast duck (on the barbecue) with homemade own plum sauce, leek, carrot and potato mash, roasted vegetables and ratatouille - amazing. But particular acclaim must be for the breakfast - homemade muesli, homemade yoghurt, fresh fruit salad (too much of it in fact) and scrambled egg on homemade toast instead of croissant! The warmth of the welcome and the company all evening before, during and after dinner set Le Bourg apart for us from the other Sawdays' accommodation we chose for this holiday. Definitely recommended. Alex and Hilary."
August 2011
"This was a really enjoyable visit for us. The welcome we had from both Vanessa and Ron was so warm and hospitable. We were made to feel comfortable in their beautiful house: their style is 'laid back' and very relaxed while at the same time being attentive to your every need. We most certainly will return to Le Bourg and will pass on their details to our friends."
August 2011
"After discovering Le Bourg last year, we were delighted that our plans for this summer meant a return visit to this wonderful place. We knew we could look forward to wonderful hosts, lovely bedrooms and delicious food. Le Bourg did not fail us!! Even the weather improved this year so we could eat outside and enjoy Ron's cherry brandy. We have complete confidence in recommending Le Bourg."
July 2011
"A wonderful place to stay - Ron and Vannessa are extremely warm and welcoming, and the house is beautifully kept. They treat guests more as friends of the family, with communal dinners allowing guests to mingle with one another. They were very accomodating when we changed our plans a couple of times - it left them completely unphazed, and didn't cause any fuss. The food is locally sourced (often as local as the front garden) and as good as it sounds/looks; the pool is quite small but provides refreshment in the summer heat. They are also a great source of information for things to do in the local environs, with the Cep Enchante coming highly recommended! Well worth a visit."
July 2011
"Had a wonderful stay at Le Bourg. Vanessa & Ron are great hosts, the accomodation is very comfortable and the food is delicious. All in all a very relaxed and entertaining place to stay. Would recommend it!"
June 2011
"We arrived exhausted by life to find ourselves instantly wrapped in kindness and comfort, we were right royally fed for two weeks, and the only criticism I can muster is that Ron would poach the strawberries in his home made cherry brandy. J and S Dolman"
May 2011
"Our third year staying at Le Bourg and it just gets better and better. This time we stayed with Ron and Vanessa for three nights and we enjoyed wonderful food, superb comfort and great company. Even the weather was glorious. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Charente, this is it."
May 2011
"A truly wonderful place in an idyllic location. Ron & Vanessa are the epitome of great hospitality. Our time spent at Le Bourg, was for us the most memorable of all our stops & exceeded all our expectations. We will most certainly make the time to return to visit this charming B&B, to take a second helping of everything, including the Chocolate dipped cherries - pure indulgence! Vicky, Amsterdam."
August 2010
"Le Bourg is a fantastic place to stay the the gentle rolling hills of the Charente/Cognac region with endless vineyards and sunflower fields. However, Le Bourg is much more than that because of Vanessa and Ron Dixon - they are what makes Le Bourg a very special place. We stayed at Le Bourg on the outward leg of our journey south and decided we must stop there again on our return journey to the UK. The evening meals are exceptional as they like to share with us their culinary skills from their working life around the world. We are already planning our next trip to France and making sure that that Le Bourg is on the itinerary. Vive Le Bourg! PJ & Elaine Jones, Sutton Coldfield."
August 2010
"For us it was a stopover enroute to the sea. But it was so much more than that! We wanted so much to stay longer. To linger and absorb all that was on offer. First, the big friendly dose of hospitality that swept us along with itself from the minute we drove through the gates. Secondly the utter sense of relaxation that arrived instantly when Ron invited us in for tea and cake. We then chilled out by the pool and at precisely the right moment Ron appeared with a glass of chilled wine! I was cocooned in happiness and all that without the sun shining! Thirdly I cant praise the food highly enough. All home made, all local ingredients and eaten with enjoyable company. I don't yet have a reason to revisit, but I am working on it - perhaps I need no better excuse than that Le Bourg is a great tonic for the soul."
July 2010
"We have just returned from Le Bourg where we stayed for 2 nights. Vanessa and Ron are great hosts and we received a warm, friendly welcome accompanied by great food in a charming setting. The house is beautiful with bedrooms and bathrooms that will not disappoint. Highly recommend! We are looking forward to our next trip to France and Le Bourg. Clive and Andrea Bush"
July 2010

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Details

Accommodation:
  • 3 Twin/doubles
Price:(i) 95 per night

Booking info:

Meals:(i)

Dinner with wine, from €32.

Closed:

Rarely.

Address:

9 rue des Ecoles, 16170 Mareuil, Charente


Accommodation:(i)
B&B 3 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) 95 to 95 per night

Vanessa Bennett-Dixon

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+33 (0)5 45 66 29 75(landline)