Local area Clérac
Today sees us visit the village in which Château Fengari is situated; Clérac. Home to around 1000 inhabitants, Clérac village is within walking distance of the château and has a small supermarket, a party shop, post office and small restaurant / bar...
The village Mairie is centrally located, next to the village primary school. The school itself hosts children from 3 to 10 years, split amongst 4 mixed age classes.
Although Clérac is situated in the south of Charente-Maritime, its enviable position means it is close to Charente, Gironde and the Dordogne, and easily accessed from all. Almost 75% of the territory of Clérac is covered by trees, making it a beautiful area for walking, bike and horse riding.
The centre of Clérac is also renowned for its blue lakes - an intense blue colour, these lakes get their colour from their white clay banks which then allow the water to reflect the brilliant blue skies and lend their name to the local restaurant! There are several wonderful walks around the lakes that are listed here: https://www.ville-clerac.fr/en/the-hikes/
The village also houses a small museum, dedicated to recording rural life as it was. The museum off jobs and popular traditions was started by a local tool collector, and is open during the summer months. A visit can be prepared by visiting the museum’s website: http://www.musee-clerac.fr
Visitors with a car might like to visit other local towns, including Montguyon. The maison de la forêt at the Montendre / N10 junction is also well worth a visit (http://www.maisondelaforet.org/accueil-mdlf)