About Us

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La Maison Bleue is situated in the village square of Champagnolles, in the Charente Maritime, some 90km north of Bordeaux. Champagnolles is a village of just over 500 inhabitants (including outlying farms). It has all the essential services – a good general store which also serves as a tabac and Pointe de Poste and garage, but the nearest petrol station is at Gemozac.

The village is proud of having produced several Tour de France champions and, opposite the old post office, it has the only grass cycle racetrack in France.

The principal local activity is farming and associated occupations.

The main crops are sunflower, maize, wheat, barley, oats and vines, these being used to produce the local specialities of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes (an aperitif of Cognac and unfermented grape juice).

The nearest airports with scheduled international flights are at Bordeaux and La Rochelle (both are about 1 hour's drive away).

Nearest railway stations (in increasing order of importance) are Pons, Saintes, Angoulême and Bordeaux. Angoulême is some 2½ hours from Paris by TGV. However, getting to Champagnolles and making the most of the locality is very difficult without a car.

Assuming that Autoroutes are used whenever possible distances from the Channel ports are approximately 500 miles from Calais and 380 miles from Le Havre or Cherbourg (the latter is a slower journey). Leave the Autoroute A10 at exit 36 (Pons).