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Ann Evans Clowes
Abbaye de Fontaine Vive, 16380 Charras, France.
The abbey is about 25 kms to the south east of Angouleme on the D25, just west of Charras. It is marked on the Michelin map with the three little black dots for a ruin and Abb.
FROM ANGOULEME take the D939 direction Perigueux. 8 kms from Angouleme at Ste Catherine take left turn, D4, sign for Nontron and Sers. After 3.5 kms, at les Grands Moulins, take right turn, D25, sign for Sers. We are about 13 kms further down this road. Follow the D25 through Sers, signs for Charras. After crossroads with D16 where you have to give way, we are the second (tarmaced) turning on the right, marked L'Abbaye, opposite a stone cross. Don't take first turning marked 'Grosbot'.
After you turn off the road, turn right again almost immediately into our drive. Follow the drive and you will see the carpark to the left of the church. Signs will lead you to the front entrance hall where the visit begins.
If you arrive in the village of Charras, you have gone too far. Turn round and try again!
FROM PERIGUEUX take the D939, direction Angouleme. Stay on D939 bypassing Brantome and Mareuil. 6 k after Mareuil take sharp right turn to Combiers. Bear left after church and then take next right D25 to Charras. Continue on D25 through Charras. After village you will see a stone cross on right, sign to Grassac – ignore. Continue down hill and after about half a mile you will see another stone cross on right. Our chemin is opposite on left, marked L’Abbaye. Take this turning and then immediately on right you will see our gates also marked L’Abbaye. Follow the drive and you will see the carpark to the left of the church. Signs will lead you to the front entrance hall.
Google GPS:- 45.551908 - 0.397856