French Summer part I: Domaine de la Partoucie

Like most French people, we spent our Summer holidays in France this year. Although we did succumb to the Parisians in Marseille cliché (more on that later) we also ventured out to other parts of France we would have never thought of visiting if it weren’t for our new strange reality.

One of our favourite destinations this summer was a beautiful Maison d’hôte, lost somewhere in the middle of Charente, by the town of Confolens. How do we find these spots you ask ? Among the many guides which exist, there is one I trust with my eyes closed when it comes to finding a beautiful and cosy place to sleep : Enjkey. We have found so many gems thanks to it, including the Domaine de la Partoucie.

We spent two days there mid-July, and truly fell in love with this bucolic gem of a family home. Albeit hot, these summer nights were lulled by the sound of sheep sleeping in the sheepfold next door, and finished with homemade breakfasts served on vintage plates by the water in the sun.

Our host Fabienne was very sweet, and gave us some tips of things to do in the area, including stopping by the Domaine de Boisbuchet, a park that’s been invested by architects and designers, with a mill by the water where you can drink apple juice from the domaine’s orchard.

As the days shorten and government restrictions ground us home, I long for more sunny days, sitting on a wooden bench in the garden, swimming in the pool at sunset, or exploring the vegetable garden with no sound other than grazing sheep.