About Jarnac

Due to the effects of Coronavirus, we have delayed the opening of this base. For more information please visit our Go Boating with Confidence page.

Jarnac is our only base in the Charente region. Cruising 9hrs eastward lies the bustling, fortified city of Angoulême. To the west you’ll pass the historic city of Saintes (7.5 hrs from Jarnac) until you reach St-Savinien (10.5 hrs from Jarnac). Here we recommend you stop and travel by train if you wish to visit the smart, coastal town of Rochefort for its amazing seafood. You can just about see the whole region in a week’s cruise, although we would advise heading in just one direction if you wish to cruise at a comfortable pace.

What you get on the base


  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs
  • Wifi packs

Fun extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Angling dinghy and outboard
  • Stand-up paddleboards

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am - 5pm. Tue, Thu and Sun: 10am - 4pm


Le Boat Jarnac
Quai François Mitterrand
F – 16200 Jarnac


+33 (0) 5 45 36 59 98

Travel to Jarnac

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Karen Taxi - Tel: +33 (0) 6 60 03 29 49 - Email: [email protected]

Taxi Jarnac - Tel - +33 (0) 6 71 60 08 92 - Email: [email protected]


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Angoulême Airport (ANG) 60€
  • La Rochelle Airport (LRH) 225€
  • Bordeaux Airport (BOD) 225€
  • Jarnac Train Station 7.50€

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 driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe



Coming from Angoulême or Cognac, follow the Le Boat signs after the bridge over the Charente river



Secure & Garage parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies).

By Train

Closest train station:

  • Jarnac: 4km

By Air

Closest airports:

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

Arrival at Jarnac

When to arrive

Please arrive any time from 14:00 - our teams will get you checked in and carry out your briefing once early boarding customers have set off. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base after 16:00, please inform the base directly or our sales team so we can make sure everything is prepared for your arrival. If you arrive later than 17:00, 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. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

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

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. 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. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • 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.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out). If you want to check out before 09:00 please let our base team know when you check in so they can arrange this.

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that your security deposit, engine hours deposit (see compulsory costs) & any extras added at the base and are required to be paid in local currency by card. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 



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



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


Local market

Every day except Monday and Wednesday



Fishing licenses can be purchased locally at the nearby Coop market or ordered prior to arrival at http://en.cartedepeche.fr/.


Tourist Info

7 Quai de l’Orangerie

16 200 Jarnac

Tel: +33 (0) 545 81 09 30