Domaine de Chantageasse is located in the Val de Saintonge in the town of Asnières-la-Giraud, this is a typical French village with a bakery, a grocer and a post office.

For more groceries and shopping you can go to St-Jean-d' Angely (at 5 km away (over 8,300 inhabitants). Every Wednesday and Saturday morning there’s a market with local delicacies at the indoor marketplace and every 3rd Saturday of the month an extensive market in the large square in the centre and the surrounding streets

l'Abbaye Royale, from these towers, you have a magnificent view of St-Jean-d'Angély and the environment. Symbolic for the history of Saint-Jean-d 'Angely is the "Horloge” (clockwork) a historic monument with a permanent exhibition.

At small distance a visit to La Roche Courbonis possible. A beautiful castle from the 17-century, situated in a wooded area thousands of years old, where you can walk around and even can explore some caves. In the castle you can take a look at a part which is still inhabited and fully furnished. You can also walk through the beautiful French gardens and in part of the garden it is allowed to have a picnic.

Near our domain you find one of the major routes "Les Chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle", which brings pilgrims through France and to Pamplona in Spain, where the last part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella begins.

The little ones can have fun in St-Savinien Port Miniature, where they may sail in boats themselves.

Large cities in the neighborhood

La Rochelle
La Rochelle La Rochelle was founded in the tenth century and became a major port in the twelfth century, it is one of the most picturesque cities on the Atlantic coast. The city is currently very busy hosting cultural events and every summer she receives international artists during the Rencontres internationales d'art contemporain at the cultural centre.
Sightseeing:
Old port
The entrance to the port is flanked by two mighty towers. The Tour Saint-Nicolasis a small fortress in its own: the five corners are reinforced with small towers and above the platform elevates a square donjon. The building is a fine example of 14th-century military architecture. It contains three octagonal halls on top of each other and numerous other areas.
The opposite Tour de Chaîneis from the same period in time. This tower has its name from the thick chain that linked the two towers at night to prevent ships from entering the port.
The city also offers several museums, churches and cathedrals and not to forget the aquarium which is opened 365 days a year.
Cruises at Sea
Whole or half-day trips to the islands, Île de Ré, Île d'Aix en Île d'Oléron, trips not far from Fort Boyard and one day excursions.

Saintes
Saintes is the capital of the Saintonge and lies on the left bank of the Charente river and is interesting for its buildings and relics from the Roman period. The quays of the Charente river and in the parks are great for walking. The city also has a southern charm with its white walls, palms and cypresses.
Sightseeing:
Several churches from different periods.
The amphitheatre is, since the first century, located in a naturally sunk area just outside the city. Even now there are still performances in the summer. For example during the festival Sites en Scène.
Of course there are various museums available and also a lot of shops. From the quayside in Saintes trips on the Charente river are organized. The Charente river is navigable from Rochefort to Angoulème, almost 170 km.
At Crazanne are a number of famous quarries where you can make an adventurous walk.

Cognac
Through the Cognac region there are 4 beautiful car tours, ranging from 68 km to 173 km.
You can take a look at the various cognac domaines and enjoy the soothing quiet of the vineyards.
The city of Cognac has old streets with beautiful mansions therefore a walk through the city is certainly recommended.
This city is famous thanks to its eau-de-vie (spirit water), coming from the vineyards, distilled and matured in the chais (overhead storage) on the banks of the Charente river.
The big cognac domains organize tours to learn about the history, manufacturing and the maturing of the cognac.
Sightseeing:
The Ecomuseum of the cognac in Migron with audio-visual presentation of the cognac, 2000 years of art and history.
The museum Gaston-Grégor in Salies- d'Angles, Conservatory of folk art and folk traditions. The Logis de Boussac (17th century) and Château-Chesnel in Cherves-Richemont.
The museum La Pouponnière in Bourg-Charente.
The abby off Châtres in Saint-Brice: sound and light show in the summer.
The Romanesque churches of Saint-Brice, Bourg-Charente, Gensac-fa-Pallue, Segonzac and Bouteville

Rochefort
Rochefort once arose around the impressive rope factories and the arsenal.
It became an important royal city but in 1927 the arsenal is closed and the city sleeps. Since 1970, much has been renovated and rebuilt and Rochefort is back on the map.
Sightseengs:
De Cordurie Royale
the former ropery which now locates the International Center of the Sea and a permanent exhibition for cables and ropes.
De Jardin des Retours
planted with flora that witnesses of the major botanical expeditions from the 17th century. The garden surrounds the Royal ropery.
The house of the writer Pierre Loti is without doubt the most original of the city.
The rebuilding of the impressive frigate the "Hermione" was launched in 1992 by the Association Hermione La Fayette and is open to the public. It employs an average of 25 workers for the reconstruction.

Beaches

At approximately 15 minutes of Chantageasse along the Charente river, you can find the beach Port d' Envaux. Other beaches are between 30 and 60 minutes by car.

Royan
In the 19th century this large seaside city launched the new trend of swimming in the sea.
The famous Grande Conche draws an arc of more than two kilometres of sandy beach.
The modern architecture of this seaside city takes its place alongside villas that witness of the Belle Epoque of Royan.

Chatelaillon-plage
This renovated seaside village has a beautiful sandy beach three kilometers long. Beach Club for children, aquatic center, slides, sailing school and club, centre for thalassotherapy, tennis, hippodrome, casinos; tour of the oyster beds.

Fouras
Four sandy beaches, where the medieval donjon of the Fort Vauban towers above, are opposite the Fort Boyard and Ile d'Aix. Beach Club for children, sailing school, tennis, horseback riding, tours at sea; tour of the city and its surroundings, tour of the oyster beds, casino, museum.

The Islands

Île d'Aix
The island is accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists. By boat accessible from Fouras (a crossing of 20 min) or by excursion from La Rochelle, Ré and Oleron. A piece of paradise that must be approached with respect.

Île de Ré
This island off the coast of La Rochelle can be reached through a toll bridge. All year round it’s a paradise for cycling enthusiasts with sixty kilometers of cycle paths through pine forests, vineyards, nature reserves and salt marshes. Small white houses with green shutters look out onto streets filled with rose malloes.

Île d'Oléron
The island is linked to the mainland since 1966 by a bridge, over the 3 km wide Pertuis the Maumusson (not a toll bridge).
Oléron is the second largest island of France and very suitable for water sports. For example, you can go diving, kite surfing, windsurfing, beach sailing, jet skiing and kayaking at sea.
In the oyster beds the famous oysters from Marennes-Oléron are grown.

Also in the area

Futuroscope
The architecture of the park, barely seven kilometres north of Poitiers, is characterized by glass, light and steel.
The visitor must not miss this world of the future, devoted to new technologies and to the worship of the image. A whole day is not enough to become acquainted with all the atractions.
The pavilions have the latest projection systems of which some are unique in the world. For more information see: www.futuroscope.com.

Le Parc Zoologique de la Palmyre
One of the finest and largest zoos in Europe with more than 1600 animals. For more information see: www.zoo-palmyre.com.