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


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


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


  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner with wine, from €32.


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


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 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

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)

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


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!!


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.


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


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.


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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.


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.