Le Bourg

Mareuil, Charente
Bed & Breakfast


Come to eat your way round the nearby foodie markets, find one for each day; drive down the coast, discover sandy beaches and bustling towns

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

This is just how you imagine rural France: ancient stone cottages, nodding hollyhocks, ducks in the lane and a house with a grand façade and an immaculate pool. Your host has travelled the world and loves to entertain guests.

A passionate cook, Vanessa creates four-course gastronomic feasts, served in the dining room, all made from scratch with local produce and paired with local wines. Start with an aperitif of Pineau des Charentes, finish with a coffee and a locally made cognac, then bed. Bedrooms are big, traditional and colourful.

Breakfast is a similarly convivial and delicious affair – homemade granola and yogurt, freshly baked pastries, homemade jams, fresh fruit salad. You are surrounded by sunflowers and vines and Cognac is close. Don’t miss a visit to the market in Jarnac, 10 minutes away.

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We think you'll love

  • Vanessa and her wonderful cooking
  • Exploring the fantastic surrounding countryside
  • Following the local foodie market trail
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You should know

  • It’s a quiet, grown-up sort of place
  • You'll need a car to get around

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

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
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
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

Accommodation

Reviews

We spent 4 blissful days at Le Bourg in June. The warmth of Vanessa's welcome, the comfort of the house and the excellent cuisine will draw us back. Particular highlights include picking cherries for breakfast, plunging into the pool, Vanessa taking us to her wine merchant, and discovering hidden villages and ancient sights which we would have missed without her excellent advice.It takes great interpersonal skills to make your guests feel like friends; we were welcomed so warmly, just writing this evokes Le Bourg's delights.

Maureen, Cheltenham

What a wonderful welcome from Vanessa. Room was a delight, everything so carefully thought through. Food superb at dinner and the most wonderful breakfast. Set off clutching gift of figs, local wine she had helped us buy and a warm glow of comfort.

Tricia, Isleworth

We stayed with Vanessa twice in August, once on our way to a family gathering near Bergerac and once on the way back. Vanessa could not have been more welcoming or kind. The house is lovely and full of interest. On each visit Vanessa provided us with most delicious and inventive dinner using local produce accompanied by wonderful local wines and also Cognac. In the morning the breakfast was equally as good. She was also kind enough to take us to her local farm shop and to give us guidance on a very picturesque route we should take driving south. We certainly intend to return one day.

Marjorie and ian, Edinburgh

Vanessa was a great host and fantastic cook! On arrival tea and homemade cakes were offered. The garden is delightful and relaxing, especially after a long day driving. There is plenty of wine on offer and dinner was made from fresh vegetable and fish purchased form the local market that day! We would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended.

Georgina, Jersey

Vanessa was very welcoming, home made cake & tea on arrival. A perfect stop over with lovely spacious accommodation and we enjoyed a very tasty dinner with great local wines and Cognac. Fabulous hospitality and first class host.

Jan, Jersey

We have stayed with Vanessa twice now both in July/August 2018 and 2019. Vanessa is a fantastic host making you feel immediately at home. The bedrooms are well decorated and spacious and the garden with pool is a great place to unwind and relax after a day of travelling. Vanessa not only cooks a fabulous meal for you but also eats with you enjoying a very generous cheese board at the end of the meal along with some fine wines from the region. Needless to say that we hope to visit again next year when we will use le Bourg as a base for visiting Royan.

Helen, New barnet

What a wonderdul place; the house, the village, the meals, the personal advices and conversations with Vanessa. All way above expactations. Thank you for a lovely week. The Sveberg family.

Guro, Hamar

I thoroughly recommend this fabulous place! Vanessa gave us such a warm welcome with tea and home made cake. We then sat by the pool with a glass of wine. This was followed in the evening by a delicious meal cooked by Vanessa - one of the best meals we had in France! The room was light and comfortable with a fan to keep cool and everything was spotless and of good quality. We enjoyed the wine so much we went to the vineyard to buy some. Breakfast was delicious and so much of Vanessa’s food uses local (or garden) ingredients. The icing on the cake though is Vanessa herself. Go!

Lynne & simon, Malvern

Vanessa B-D is both a consummate and enthusiastic hostess. We were given a warm welcome on arrival, and after a long hot drive - tea, home made cake and a swim in the pool were enormously welcome. We had a large and very comfortable room in this beautifully restored and charming old house. A delicious dinner was produced using local and home grown ingredients, cooked by and shared with our hostess. We would like to go back and explore the Cognac area in more detail and this would be a perfect place from which to do so.

Louis and anna, Norfolk

WOW! what a great experience. This is a stunning B&B, beautifully decorated and immaculately presented. The gorgeous grounds (inclusive of stunning pool) where we enjoyed an afternoon local wine, before a superb 4 course dinner prepared by host Vanessa, was a perfect way to wind down after a days exploring. Vanessa is a wonderful and knowledgable host, superb cook and brilliant advocate for the region, it's produce and tourist offerings. We will be back!!

Helen, Hong kong

We have a very enjoyable stay with Vanessa in May 2019. Excellent meals with fresh local produce, plenty of delicious local wine and great company. We really felt at home and relaxed in a beautiful property in a very quiet village. Lovely area to walk around and explore. Vanessa is a superb host and very helpful. If we are passing again will definitely stay.

John & una, Dublin

We have enjoyed all of our visits; Vanessa is such a good host, cook and company that we look forward to the next. Her large house is full of charm and comfort, and the setting within a large walled courtyard garden is a joy to behold, share and relax in whatever the season. It is also useful to provide secure overnight parking for well laden cars.

Michael and karin, Oxford

Vanessa welcomed us, on our second visit, with a friendly enthusiasm that underlined why we had come to Le Bourg again. So comfortable and with delicious cuisine. Vanessa has a genuine interest in her guests. The perfect way to break a journey.

Patrick, Midhurst

We have been regular visitors to Le Bourg for several years, so much so that we can count ourselves friends of Vanessa (and formerly Vanessa and the inimitable Ron). Le Bourg has never failed to provide a delightful experience for us - spotless and comfortable accommodation, superb cuisine, and the main ingredient, a warm happy welcome and atmosphere. Can it get better than that?

Hedley, Hythe

We had a fantastic stay and the food and hospitality was excellent. I would recommend staying hear to any of my friends.

Peter, Reading

We have been staying at Le Bourg for the last eleven years and cannot recommend it too highly. The rooms are charming and superbly comfortable, the food is absolutely delicious and the welcome from Vanessa is warm and cheerful. There is a lovely pool for a refreshing swim before dinner and a beautiful garden to admire with a pre-dinner drink. It is a wonderful place to stay and we cannot imagine starting our holiday without a stay at Le Bourg.

Gillian and peter, Bury st edmunds

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

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Location

The neighbourhood

Le Bourg is in the village of Mareuil in the Charente region. You’re surrounded by sunflowers and endless vineyards. The grapes are used to make the cognac created by Courvoisier, Martell, Rémy Martin as well as many local, small producers. If you fancy eating out ask Vanessa for recommendations - there are plenty of good restaurants in the area. Angoulême, the capital of Charente, is a 30-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Vanessa Bennett-Dixon

  • Cognac Blues Passion Festival, 4 - 8 July 2019. Artists from all over the world converge on Cognac for this international event.
  • Circuit des Remparts in Angoulême, 13 - 15 September 2019. Annual event for classic & vintage cars. Sunday, watch the cars racing around the streets of Angoulême, including 1920s and 1930s Bugattis. This is a must for fans of vintage cars.
  • Tours of well known Cognac houses & not so famous local producers. And my personal recommendations for lunches include Le Château, Le Verre y Table, L'Essille, La Ribaudiere (one Michelin star), Graines et Garenne & 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 Goût at Segonzac, 1 - 3 February 2019. Top quality producers from all over France come to Segonzac for a truly gastromic weekend. A must for all you foodies out there.
  • Easy day 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.

Introducing

Vanessa Bennett-Dixon

Vanessa has travelled the world and has lived in France for years - she's friendly, interesting and great fun. She genuinely loves hosting guests and cooking wonderful meals that showcase all the local flavours. She gets endless glowing reviews from guests who visit time and time again.