Types of Activities
Whether you plan to pursue an interest you already have, while you are here, or wish to try something new, this area has so much to offer. Restorative fun and interest can be found on the doorstep or within a short drive from Les Gravats du Bost! The following list may help you to plan your time before you set off.
Walking - On the Doorstep
This is wonderful walking country - you can literally step outside the door and walk for hours without seeing traffic or even people! Information on local recommended routes are available from Tourist Information offices or village mairies.
Cycling - On the Doorstep
Excellent cycling (cross country) using local chemins/bridlepaths. Road cycling is also very popular and respect is shown to cyclists by motorists.
Canoeing - Within 10 Minutes' Drive
Excellent canoeing available in Aubeterre, Saint Aulaye, Nabinaud and other centres.
Golf - 15 Minutes' to an Hour's Drive
Golf 18 tee (9 hole) course at Longeveau, Pillac. 18-hole courses at Perigueux, Angouleme and Cognac.
Stunning course at Chateau des Vigiers (near Bergerac).(Longeveau is within 15 minutes’ drive. The other courses are approximately an hours’ drive away)
Horseriding - Within 10 Minutes' Drive
Riding schools in Bonnes (Le Massou) and Bors de Montmoreau (Ecuries des Chênes). Very safe treking and hacking.
Tennis - Within 10 Minutes' Drive
Good local municipal tennis courts and clubs at Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre. Tennis club at Longeveau, Pillac.
Tree Climbing - Within 10 Minutes' Drive
Excellent new tree climbing activity centres at Saint Aulaye, Aubeterre and Nabinaud.
Cooking - 5 Minutes Away
A cookery school is based at the Hostellerie du Perigord in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.
Go-Karting & Performance Car Driving - 20 Minutes Away
Circuit de Haute Saintonge at La Genetouse : A specially designed track for go-karting and performance car racing - with / without tuition.
Quad Biking / Jet Skiing - 30 Minutes and 1 Hour Away
Lac Sensation Frisson, Saint Vallier and Aquadjetland, Roullet St Estèphe.
Fishing - On the Doorstep
River fishing at Bonnes, Saint Aulaye, Aubeterre and Nabinaud. Permits available - info at the village mairies. Trout / specialist fishing further afield at private centres. (On the doorstep - neighbouring villages. Specialist centres 30-60 mins drive away)
Beauty - Within 10 Minutes' Drive
Salons in Bonnes, Chalais, Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.
Gardens - Within Easy Driving Distance
Gardens to visit include : Jardins du Logis de Forge; Jardins du Chaigne; Jardin de l'Abbaye de Fontine Vibe; Jardin de Montbron; Les Jardins de Puy-Vidal; Les Jardins Ephémères; Parc et Jardin de l'Abrègement; Jardin Monastique Medieval; Jardins de Sardy. (45 mins to 1.75 hour away)
There are so many, but these are the places we enjoy : Le Relais du Château (Chalais); Hostellerie du Perigord (Aubeterre); Chateau de le Mas de Montet (Petit Bersac); Le Maine Meunier (Chavenat); Bar / Restaurant de la Plage (Saint Aulaye). (10 minutes to 25 minutes away)