Welcome to the Hôpital Saint François, a historic building located in the centre of the picturesque village Aubeterre sur Dronne, known as one of the prettiest villages of France, on the border of the Dordogne and the Charente. The three apartments sleep 2, 4 and 6 people (possible to put up extra beds), and can also be rented together to suit a small group or three families, up to 12 people.
Each apartment has a television with satellite reception and free internet.
In the garden there is a lovely shared pool with a wooden terrace all around. There are tables, chairs and parasols for all guests and sunloungers to relax and enjoy the sun. There is a barbecue for each apartment.
The oval pool measures 8 x 4 and is about 1.20 deep all over.
The Hôpital Saint François is located in one of the narrow streets of the small and pretty village Aubeterre sur Dronne, close to the much discussed square with its cosy terraces, shops and restaurants. The authentic building has been restored with the utmost care to keep the original features. The wooden stairs, the floors with old tiles, stone walls and fireplaces give this house its special character.
You can reach the Hôpital following the broad stone stairs that lead to the house. At the bottom of this stairs you can stop your car to unload luggage or groceries, after which you can park your car a bit further up the road on a small parking place on a square (free parking). Through the old wooden doors you enter the house, in which each apartement has its own entrance.
Next to the Hôpital you will find the atmospheric restaurant La Tapazzeria with its nice terrace, which is well seperated with a wooden palisade to ensure your privacy. Here you can enjoy lovely tapas and delicious pizza's from the original stone oven, without having to go far!
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||River beach 500 m|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac or Bordeaux, Nearest railway: Chalais or Angouleme|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
Aubeterre sur Dronne is located in the Charente, on the border of the Charente and the Dordogne. This is the most southern department of the region Poitou-Charente and has not yet been discovered by masstourism. Also, the Charente has, next to the Meditarenée, the most hours of sun in France! The pleasent climate en the distance from the UK (possible to drive in one day) make it an attractive holiday destination.
There is a lot to do, see and experience for all ages in this region. On this page you will find a summary of some of them.
In the apartment you will also find a map with all sorts of touristic information of the area. And, the local tourist office in Aubeterre, just a short walk from the Hôpital, has all sorts of brochures and information.
St Emillion (60 km.) needs no explanation. This lovely villige with its impressive square where it all happens, and where you can enjoy wonderful meals and great wines; some of the best in France!
Brantome (50 km.) is known as the Venice of the Perigord, and is a pretty village. The river Dronne meanders all around its center. You can rent a canoe or visit the museum and monastery build in the rocks.
Cognac (50 km.), situated on the river Charente. A historic city that owes its name to the world famous eau-de-vie and where a visit to one of the distilleries and vineyards is a real must.
Perigueux (50 km.) is the capital city of the Dordogne. Originally a city build by the Romans about 100 before Christ, where you will find many museums showing the remains of Roman buildings and artefacts as well as an old historical museum.
Bordeaux (80 km), world famous as the center of wine, but also because of its interesting architecture.
The westcoast (200 km.) has enormous sandy beaches and elegant touristic beach resorts. The islands Ile de Ré and Oléron are worth paying a visit to discover its proces of growing oysters in the Marais Salants.
And last, but not least, you can visit one of the 800 religieus Roman churches that can be found in this area (all on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella).
Food and Wines
Walnutoil from les Vergers du Marquis in Pillac.
Goatcheese from la Ferme de Rose.
Chocolat from Letuffe in Trois Palis.
Pineau de Charente, the aparitif of this region.
To get to know the beste wines in France, you can visit Bordeaux, Bergerac and St. Emilion. To taste the best Cognac, off course you will go to Cognac.
Action and adventure
Canoe trips from Aubeterre (Dronne) and Brantome (Vezere).
Golf on one of the challenging 9 and 18-holes golfcourses in the area.
Running and cycling on country roads.
Horseriding through the woods and fields.
Tennis: on the edge of the village there is a public tenniscourt.
For the children
Aquapark: in Angouleme.
Adventure Parc in Lacs de Haute
Velorail: from Roumazieres to Confolens on a bike with 4 weels for 4 persons.
Castles like Chateau la Rochefoucauld.
Palmyre Zoo: one of the biggest in France.
Aquarium du Perigord Noir: more then 6000 sorts of fish.
Vallee de Singes: more then 350 apes in a park of 15 hectares.
Futurescope: enorm futuristic funpark for young and old.
Caves: like Grotte de Villars.
City's and villages
Aubeterre sur Dronne belongs to one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. It is build on the edges of excavations in the form of a Amphitheater and has a giant monolithic church and charming narrow winding streets with old houses and pavements. There are many restaurants, Hotel de France, a puppet theatre and a butterfly museum. Down at the bottom of the hill you will find a "beach" where you can swim and rent a canoe & kayak.
Chalais (12 km.) is a quiet village, except on Monday; then there is a lively weekly market with all sorts of fresh produce and curiosa.
Riberac (15 km.) is a bustling market-city where everybody goes each Friday morning to visit the enormous open-air market. Also, you will find here all the facilities you need; ATM, 4 supermarkets, 24 hours petrol, butchers & bakers.
Angouleme (30 km.), city of comics, with a pretty old citycentre and narrow streets with lots of terraces to enjoy!
Bergerac (60 km.) mostly famous for its delicious wines, but also, as the French say, for its tabac. Very interesting old city center.