Le Bourg

Mareuil, Charente
Bed & Breakfast


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

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Please get in touch to arrange
Check out
Please get in touch to arrange
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Dinner with wine, from €32.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €95
3 Twin/doubles
From €95

Reviews

Le Bourg is like an oasis in a wonderful part of France. From Vanessa's friendly welcome, to her delicious cuisine and the beautiful and comfortable rooms, we couldn't recommend a stay here highly enough! We really enjoyed meeting and chatting with the other guests around the dinner table and only wish we could have stayed for longer. We hope to return ...

Jane, Langport

Visited again recently and, with rooms/beds as comfortable as this combined with the location, solitude, and superb fresh cuisine/wines - what more could you ask for?! Oh yes, musn't forget Vanessa's charm, and the excellent overall value.

Pat & andrew, Compton dundon

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

We have stayed with Vanessa on at least five occasions over the years- home from home. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, walks in the surrounding vineyards are beautiful and V’s cooking and hosting excellent and very welcoming

Barbara, Addlestone

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Bettina

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!!

David

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.

Gillian

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

Haigh-reeve

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.

Alexandra

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.

Alexandra

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!!

Alison

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.

Rod

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.

Snake

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.

Judyhirst

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Vanessa Bennett-Dixon

  • 25th anniversary of the Cognac Blues Passion Festival, 3 - 7 July 2018. As well as artists from all over the world, James Blunt and Carlos Santana will be visitng this year. See website for more details.
  • Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme, 14 - 16 September 2018. Annual event for classic & vintage cars. Sunday see racing around the streets of Angouleme, which includes a class for vintage Bugattis. A must for all petrolheads out there.
  • For food & cognac lovers tours of well known Cognac houses & not so famous producers in local villages. Lunches at restaurants in Jarnac & Cognac, including Le Chateau, Le Verre y Table, L'Essille, La Ribaudiere (one Michelin star) & Le Bistrot de Claude.
  • Nearby activities include golf at the 18 hole course at Cognac, canoeing in Jarnac, walking through the vineyards, cycling (bike hire can be arranged), numerous beaches (some for surfing) on the Atlantic coast, brocantes, boat trips on the river Charente.
  • 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.
  • Easy days trips include: Saintes, St Jean d'Angely, Aulnay (UNESCO World Heritage site), Cognac, Aubterre-sur-Drome (underground church), Angouleme, Royan, La Rochelle & Pons. Further afield is Bordeaux & St Emillion.