The latest edition of French Property News is running a double page spread entitled "Spotlight on Jarnac, Charente" written by yours truly.
You can see the full online version of the article here.
If you are interested in buying a house in the Charente then I'd suggest that Jarnac should play a central role in your search. The town itself (home to Courvoisier and birthplace of Francois Mitterand) is exceptionally pretty with a lovely market and plenty of riverside walks.
It is also at the centre of some of the prettiest towns and villages of the Charente. Segonzac, Bassac, Bourg Charente, Chateauneuf & Cognac are all within a few minutes. There is championship golf close by as well as theatres, cinemas, tennis clubs, swimming pools, ice rinks, cycle routes and a huge amount of terrific bars and restaurants.
Take a minute to read the article and meanwhile here's a couple of photographs I have taken locally.