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Jarnac Base Information

Situated on the gentle banks of the Charente, Jarnac remembers the time when its port welcomed salt and wine in abundance. The town quickly became a large trade center because of its position in the middle for the production area for the well known" life water" of Cognac.

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Upon Arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels and Restaurants


Hotel Le Ligaro – Jarnac – Tel: +33 (0) 545 327 138
Les Ombrages – Vibrac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 973 233
L’echassier – Cognac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 350 109
Mercure – Cognac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 354 200
L‘Essille – Bassac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 819 413
Du Chateau – Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 810 717
La Ribaudiere – Bourg Charente - Tel: +33 (0) 545 813 054


Restaurant Le Coin Charentais - Jarnac - +33 (0) 516 751 723
Restaurant L'Alambic - Jarnac - +33 (0) 545 811 958
Restaurant Le verre y table - Jarnac - +33 (0) 545 370 528
Restaurant du Château - Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 810 717
Restaurant La Chaumière - Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 816 466

Boating in Charente

Extra Information


Enclosed secured parking offsite & Garage (pre-bookable extra – fee applies).


In Jarnac you will find shops, banks and a post office.

Market Day

Everyday except Monday and Wednesday.


Fishing licenses can be purchased locally at the GammeVert shop or ordered prior to arrival at

Tourist Info

7 Quai de l’Orangerie
16 200 Jarnac
Tel: +33 (0) 545 810 930

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit

Coming from Angoulême or Cognac, follow the Crown Blue Line signs after the bridge over the Charente river.

By Air

Closest airports:
Angoulême: 30km
La Rochelle: 118km
Bordeaux: 122 km (E606)

By Train

Closest train stations:
Jarnac: 4km


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries