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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.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08.30 to 12.30 and 14:00 to 18:00.
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly.

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 with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. 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 ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

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 or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants


Hotel Le Ligaro – Jarnac – +33 (0) 545 32 71 38
Les Ombrages – Vibrac - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 97 32 33
L’echassier – Cognac - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 35 01 09
Mercure – Cognac - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 35 42 00
L‘Essille – Bassac - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 81 94 13
Du Chateau – Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 81 07 17
La Ribaudiere – Bourg Charente - Tel: +33 (0) 5 45 81 30 54


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


Outside unsecure parking: Free of Charge
Outside enclosed secure parking: £35 per week
Garage Parking: £45.50 per week


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 nearby Coop market or ordered prior to arrival at

Tourist Info

7 Quai de l’Orangerie
16 200 Jarnac
Tel: +33 (0) 545 81 09 30

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: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries