The Charente river at Jarnac: a town of grandiose sandstone buildings, Cognac warehouses and pretty streets

It was late evening on day three of a cruising trip down the River Charente. The sun had finally come out as we passed through the last lock and en(...)

Barrels of Hennessy 250 maturing in the cellars in Cognac. Photograph: Matthew J Oliver
Roll out the cognac barrels
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  • April 18, 2015, 05:00

Very old cognac you might think should be served in one of those big balloon glasses – and swirled round and round for all it is worth before a dro(...)

Bettystown, Co Meath: €75,000, Des Lalor Auctioneers
Take 5 for around €75,000

Des Lalor Auctioneers is seeking €75,000 for this refurbished three-bedroom, 67.1sq m (722sq ft) holiday home at 22 The Village, Eastham Road, Bett(...)

Jane and Rodney O’Hara’s property in Luxé, Charente in France

‘When I first saw the house I said, ‘Aw Jesus, this is fantastic’, and my father said, ‘For god’s sake, have you nothing else to do?’ It needed a lot (...)

Loughrea, Co Galway: €550,000, O’Toole Town and Country Sales
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  • November 28, 2013, 00:00

Ireland: Co GalwayO’Toole Town and Country Sales is seeking €550,000 for this five-bedroom house on just under 17 acres with in Loughrea, Co Galway.Fr(...)

 Take a cruise on Danube in Budapest

Since retiring, I have taken over cooking duties at home and, as a sometime foodie, have been enjoying it very much. Meanwhile my (still working) w(...)

Ovens, Co Cork: €650,000, Lee Property
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  • October 17, 2013, 00:00

Ireland: Co CorkLee Property is seeking €650,000 for this four-bed period house in its own grounds with pond in Ovens, Co CorkFrance: Poitou CharenteO(...)