Welcome to Ginny's Gite

Ginny's Gite is an old farmhouse in the southern Charente, updated with all the modern conveniences you’d look for in a holiday home, including en-suite facilities for each of its three double bedrooms, a good-sized lounge and a fully fitted dining kitchen, satellite TV and Wi-Fi

Local Attractions


There is a superb market in the centre of Riberac every Friday morning, with local produce, wine, seafood, ceramics, clothes, bric-a-brac, you name it. It claims to be the biggest market in Perigord. Well worth the 20 minute drive. Call in to the café “Des Colonnes” in the market square, opened in 1832 and still having the charm of a bygone era. The market is big. Be prepared to have to park a few hundred metres away and walk for 5 minutes to get there. The area is also famous for its many Romanesque churches. For more information about the area go to Sud Charente Tourisme

Aubeterre is a quaint village, on the banks of the river Dronne, with a river beach popular with visitors and locals alike. It takes less than 10 minutes to drive there from the gite. The name means white earth and comes from the white limestone cliffs on which it’s built. There’s a small market there every Sunday morning. The most popular place to sip your coffee or wine is the Hotel De France, with a sunny terrace on the corner of the marketplace. The Eglise Monolithic (church of St Jean), dating back to the fifth century, is carved out of the limestone cliffs and is well worth a visit. It is the highest church carved out of rock in the world – at 20 metres. It became an important pilgrim stop on the way to the “Camino de Compostella”.

Hotel de France

The Eglise Monolithic

Other places to visit include: a Dordogne river trip on a traditional old barge; France’s oldest knife making factory in Nontron; a walk round or a swim in Lake la Jemaye; and a tour round Hennessy – who claim to be the greatest cognac producer in the world - in Cognac.

The old barges, known as Gabarres, were the main form of transport in the Dordogne before lorries. They carried wine from the region to Bordeaux for export and came back laden with imported goods. You can take a trip on one of these old barges from La Roque Gageac and see the beautiful scenery along the banks of the Dordogne, lasting about an hour. Look at www.gabarrecaminade.com for more information.

France’s oldest knife maker is in Nontron, in the heart of the Perigord region - just over an hour from the gite. It has a small museum of knives dating back to 1653 and you can see knives being made in the small factory. Of course, it has a shop where you can buy a memento.

Etang de la Jemaye is a 33 hectare freshwater lake, where you can swim from a sandy beach (life guards on duty) or simply walk through the surrounding woodland. Picture boards illustrate the wildlife at regular intervals and, for the energetic, there are exercise stations en route. Or, you can sip a beer or a coffee at the lakeside bar/restaurant and watch the world go by. It’s around 40 minutes drive from the gite.

We strongly recommend a visit to Cognac – a beautiful town in itself, on the banks of the Charente – with an amazing old town adjacent to the newer parts with lots of shops and restaurants. There are several cognac houses you can visit, but the one that comes out on top of most ratings sites is Hennessy. Founded by an Irishman in 1765, it offers tours including tastings, seven days a week in the summer months. You see where the oak barrels are made and take a short river trip to go round the enormous ageing warehouse. There’s a tasting at the end of the tour – strictly for adults only. Take a look at www.hennessy.com for more information.

Built and developed in the 12th and 15th Centuries, the manor of Le Maine Giraud produces white, red and rose wines, Pineau and Cognac. You can take a tour of the distillery and see paintings and the original works of Alfred de Vigny – a French romantic poet who owned the estate from 1827 to 1863. Vin de Pays is on sale from 3.10 euros a bottle. The estate is around a 30 minute drive from the gite. Check it out on www.mainegiraud.com 

We recommend bikehiredirect for those guests who want to hire bikes whilst here on holiday.  They have all types and sizes, each delivered to the Gite and collected afterwards, with helmets too.  Early bookings get a price discount

For more information on what's going on locally, follow these two links

Manoir de Longeveau

The Charente

Race Rally 4x4 Southern Charente


Aubeterre - Sunday Market

Riberac Market

Cafe Des Colonnes

Lisa will welcome you to Upcycling, a local cafe selling great burgers and unique, up cycled gifts

Le Maine Giraud

Brantone "The Venice of the Dordogne"