As you will have gathered by now Ebeon is something of a rural retreat for me and others who have discovered the beauty of the Charente Maratime. What a great excuse to get out and see a bit more of the countryside, Jane and David have some friends a few miles away so off we went. The last time we saw this house it had been empty for quite a while...more
Lunch time and it's mussels with lashings of cider, top meal. Ebeon is quite an out of the way place so no fancy restaurants here, when we did eat out, it was in a very rustic setting and featured such highlights as home made aperitifs and a wonderful spinach mousse. Alas that restaurant has now gone so the nearest night out will be in St Jean D'Angelay.
Here's my Yamaha relaxing in the barn after another tour of the area surrounding Ebeon. I have flown here and rented a car, I have ridden around on a bicycle and I have travelled here by train but the best and most fun option was to take the motorcycle.There is a lot of space in the Charente and you will need wheels to see anything or to get to the...more
I've flown to the Charente Maratime, driven & ridden my motorcycle so I thought it was time I travelled by train. The Eurostar from London to northern France, then on to Bordeaux where I got a local network train to take me closer to my goal, the smaller trains were very old but very clean and punctual, everything the trains here should...more
The closest airport to Ebeon is La Rochelle and the abundance of cheap flights from the UK make it affordable and easy to get to. I have use BMI, the tiny airport has a bar and restaurant but not much else so delays can be a real drag. Car hire is easy and reasonable too, there are plenty to choose from, I tried Hertz.more
All over the Charente Maratime you will see signs for Pineau and Cognac, in Courcerac near Matha is the home/farm/distillery of the Garraud family, their wines were recommended by those in the know, it was a trip worth taking. Cognac you will already be familiar with but what is Pineau? Its a fortified wine, around 17%, and usually comes in white...more
Happy again after visiting the market in St Jean d'Angely. Take advantage of the local markets when in rural France, there is an amazing amount of quality produce, local meat and wine all reasonably priced.It amazes me that people still want to go on fully catered holidays, get out there and take a look at all the fresh food you can buy, smell it,...more
The local custom seems to be to get your builder to put up some great big gate posts, bigger the better. Everyone has them,some are so large you expect to be met by St Peter, what they are for i don`t know as the gates are never closed.
Luggage and bags:
Unless you have a local map of the area most maps, including the Michelin 721, aren't detailed enough to help you find places as small as Ebeon, use sat nav if possible.
Photo Equipment: Oh yes.
Most of the region has thankfully not yet been ravaged by the need to develop and renew, looking around you will find plenty of old buildings and original features like these magnificent windows spotted while out driving in a neaby village. Look closely at the masonry, the woodwork and the fittings, there are old and well made objects still in use...more
The pool is finished, hooray! The topless pool house next to the guest house (the building has no roof ) is finished at last and despite the cool weather when I visited it looked very tempting. There is a barbeque and shower too, This project has really been thought through, mixing the old and the new to great effect.more
The health conscious traveler may find the rural parts of France a problem, the full fat foods and wines may have to be offset by exercise at some time but what to do?We tried the tennis courts in Authon a few miles down the road and a little cycling but apart from that there isnt a lot to do, ask a local for direction to the nearest gym and he...more
What are the French most famous for? thats right, blowing up coral atolls with nuclear bombs but after that there is the wine.There are plenty of local producers around the Ebeon area, the whole region is full of them, the best way i found to keep track of our modest intake was to photograph the labels.more