Bassac is a charming village in the heart of the Charentais vineyards, along the river Charente, halfway between Angoulême and Cognac.

Its jewel : the Saint-Etienne abbey

The abbey and church of Saint Etienne de Bassac were founded over a thousand years ago by Benedictine monks. It is surrounded by monastic buildings from the 17th century by the Guirlande, a tributary of the Charente. As it’s really worth a visit, don’t forget to book with the Amis de l’Abbaye de Bassac !

Walking along the Guirlande

Take the little path along rue de La Trache with its row of Charentais houses and beside the tributary of the Charente – for the pleasure of canoeists but also walkers.

Destination Cognac – P. Chaillot

It’s rather a lovely name, Guirlande, this tributary of the Charente at Bassac. In English, a garland !

The watermill

The 18th century watermill had a second coming in 2017. Artisanal flour is now ground there and a range of dry pasta made from it.

The remains of Saint-Nicolas church

The remains of the 18th century Saint-Nicolas parish church and the former cemetery of Bassac, were sold as a national asset and later destroyed. Only the north wall of the church remains today.

The Orangery and the town hall

Bassac’s town hall is 18th century. Our walk ends in the park where the recently restored Orangery can be admired.

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