My wife and I spent my birthday at le Manoir de Longeveau. We had a wonderful relax in the beautiful Charente countryside. The apartment we stayed in was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The kitchen was well kitted out - perfect for knocking up the occasional cassoulet. The outside space at the Manoir is verdant and very pleasant to be in. The facilities were perfect for our needs. We enjoyed playing a few games of tennis and ping pong and taking the occasional dip in the well maintained heated outdoor pool. There is also a 9 hole golf course. The on-site bar is well stocked with a great selection of local wines and the staff are very friendly and attentive. It is also possible to order bread and viennoiserie which is delivered fresh by the local baker each morning - a nice touch! The apartments are in a very peaceful location built from what was once a cognac estate. Although secluded, it is only about 5 minutes by car to the nearest small village of St Severin where there are a few shops, and about 10 minutes by car to the beautiful (and slightly larger village) of Aubeterre, which is a very picturesque spot to enjoy a cool drink and a bite to eat.