Ligaro Hotel

The Ligaro proposes different services to its guests :

The Owners

Ludovic Merle was born to a family of restaurant owners. He studied four years at the School of Catering and Hotel Management in La Rochelle before leaving France for New York in 1998. The next two years were spent working as a chef at the Four Seasons, Le Pierre hotel in Manhattan. At the end of 1999, Ludovic moved back to France to the capital city of French gastronomy, Lyon. For three years, he worked under the internationally renowned chef, Georges Blanc, at the Splendid restaurant in the heart of Lyon. In 2003, he headed down south to the Côte d’Azur where, together with Philippe Jourdin, he did the opening of the Four Seasons, Domaine des Terres Blanches in the town of Tourette. In December 2004, he seized the opportunity to buy the Restaurant du Château in his hometown of Jarnac and so at the age of 24, Ludovic became head chef and owner of his own restaurant. Today, the Restaurant du Château is listed in several guides – Gault Millau, Michelin and the Bottin Gourmand.

Caroline Rooney was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied French and German at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. In 1997, at the age of 24, she left Dublin for the Charente, cognac country. Her first years in France were spent working as a tri-lingual tour guide for several international cognac companies - Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Rémy Martin. In 1997, she joined the Marketing and Communication department of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, where she was in charge of public relations for France as well as press relations with the international media. In 2012, after the birth of twin girls and a little boy, Caroline decided to leave the B.N.I.C and join her husband Ludovic in his boutique hotel project in Jarnac. Today, as a mother of five, Caroline shares her time between the Ligaro and her home.

The hotel got its name from the owners’ youngest three children : Liam (LI), Gabrielle (GA), Rose Anna (RO) LIGARO.

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Discover the region

The proximity of the Charente river offers numerous activities – fishing, boat trips, canoeing – and cognac companies such as Courvoisier and Louis Royer are only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. For day trips, take the car and discover the small island of Ré, the Poitevin marchland, Jonzac and its thermal spa, Oléron Island, renowned for its oysters, the town of La Rochelle, the village of St Emilion and its vineyards …

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Restaurant du Château

Our gastronomic restaurant is a short walk from the hotel (300 meters). Ludovic Merle and his team will make you feel at home in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the unique products of this region or ‘terroir’, enhanced with exotic notes from faraway places.

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