16310 Massignac, France

Latitude : 45° 46′ 49.008′
Longitude: 0° 39′ 18′ 

Access to the Domaine des Etangs

  • From Limoges: N141, D162 then D163 (exit at Chabanais).
  • From Angoulême: N141, D6 then D13 (exit at La Rochefoucauld).
  • From Bordeaux: N10, N141 then D13
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude 45° 46′ 49.008′ / Longitude 0° 39′ 18′

The Domaine des Etangs is served by:

  • Angoulême-Cognac: 47 km
  • Limoges-Bénédictins: 62 km
  • Poitiers-Futuroscope: 83 km
  • Bergerac-Dordogne-Périgord: 135 km
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac: 174 km

The Domaine des Etangs is served by:

  • Angoulême-Cognac: 47 km
  • Limoges-Bellegarde: 62 km
  • Périgueux-Bassillac: 83 km
  • Bergerac-Dordogne-Périgord: 135 km
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac: 174 km

GPS coordinates of the landing site:
Longitude: 0.643018
Latitude: 45.777073

Upon request

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La Charente

Staying at the Domaine des Etangs provides you with the opportunity to go out and explore the amazing natural heritage of the Charente and Limousin areas.

The Château de La Rochefoucauld, Château de Rochebrune and Château de Rochechouart all stand within the span of just a few kilometres, with the latter housing a modern art museum.

The Cassinomagus archaeological site takes you a little further back in history to reveal remnants of Gallo-Roman times, offering some of the most remarkable remains of the Western Roman Empire, all wonderfully preserved.

And to explore the land before humankind, discover the site of the Rochechouart-Chassenon astrobleme, a meteorite that fell to earth some 200 million years ago and whose traces can undoubtedly be found in the stones of the Domaine…

Those who are interested in heritage and craftsmanship will love sites such as the Nontron cutlery works, founded in 1653, the Nontron centre for arts & crafts and the Moulin du Verger paper mill in Puymoyen.

Nature lovers will want to visit the Foucherie bird observatory, the Chabanais arboretum, the Nontron art garden, along with the Etouars and Soudat orchards and conservation centres.

ipate in the meticulous process of grooming—washing and brushing—the handsome animals chosen for competition.

Walk through the fields with Laurent, bucket of grain in hand, to find out more about these quiet animals, feel their warm coat and listen to him tell you how, in the summer, when the weather is warm, the young calves leave their enclosures to lie in the cool ferns. But beware. The slightest noise or hint of danger will trigger the mother’s protective instincts, sending her running across the field, young in tow.


Massignac is a charming French village that sits astride the Moulde river. It has a circular layout, shady streets and a bright square that is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a terrace. An ideal spot to simply savour life.
The area shows signs of early settlements: the Thauzac (Tauzat) dolmen was erected between 5,000 and 3,000 BC.

The name Massignac, like that of many other towns and villages ending in “ac”, means “estate of…” or “property of…”.

In the Middle Ages, the land was part of the powerful principality of Chabanais, and the fief des Etangs was owned by these “princeps”.

In 1275, Eschivat, Prince of Chabanais, signed an agreement with the local priest under which the lord was granted authority over the justice system while the priest was charged with overseeing markets and fairs.

The Wars of Religion plunged the parish of Massignac into a time of huge upheavals. Pierre Chasteignier—then Lord of The Ponds and a convert of Calvinism—was assassinated on the Château drawbridge (he had killed four neighbour lords). It was during this period of great religious instability that the Saint-Jean church was burned down.

The modern-day building dates back to the 18th century and adjoins a holy well devoted to Saint Paul, whose virtuous water was said to have the power to rid children of their nightmares.

Under the Empire, markets and fairs were held on the 20th day of each month in the covered marketplace that used to lie in front of the church, as well as in the town streets and on the local fairground.

The marketplace interfered with traffic on the road to Chabanais and was torn down in 1881, which led to a significant drop in the number of people patronizing the markets and fairs—a problem compounded by the development of the railway in 1889.


No more than 50 km from Domaine des Etangs, this town of art and history has become known around the world through its International Comic Book Festival, while continuing to support its 500-year papermaking tradition. Visit the comics museum, stroll in search of murals that bear some well-known signatures, discover Angoulême’s historical heritage… You cannot fail to fall for the charms of a place so aptly nicknamed the Balcony of the Southwest.


Lying in the foothills of the Massif Central, some 60 km from Massignac, this city of art and history dating back to Roman times majestically overlooks the Vienne river. The place is also known for its “arts of fire”, which include enamel, porcelain and stained glass, most of which were first manufactured there in the Middle Ages. Some of the world’s leading porcelain makers still have factories there, the most well-known of which is Bernardaud, a partner of the Domaine des Etangs. We highly recommend a visit of their manufacture.


A little over an hour’s drive from the Domaine des Etangs and downstream from Angoulême on the Charente river, Cognac is inevitably suggestive of its eponymous spirit. However, it is also the birthplace of Francis I and is filled with wonderfully preserved historical remains dating back to the Palaeolithic era and the Middle Ages.

You cannot explore Cognac without visiting one of its prestigious wine cellars to find out more about how they make this fine spirit, whose distinction lies in its complexity. We can arrange special tours of the leading producers.


Dubbed “Sleeping Beauty”, Bordeaux is a city of art and history.

Outside Paris, it has more listed monuments than any other city in France, covering one of the largest areas of national heritage in the country (370 acres).

Of the many must-sees in Bordeaux, don’t miss the city’s contemporary art museum (CAPC) or the Wine Cultures and Civilisation Museum.