Walkers, cyclists, horse-back riders and naturalists enjoy the
network of ancient trails and footpaths that weave through the surrounding
woods and fields. Local rivers provide delight to swimmers, kyakers
and canoists. Not far away is an olympic-class white-water canoe
Rock climbing is popular on the limestone cliffs For naturalists,
and especially bird-watchers, the Brenne Regional Park, with its
profusion of wildlife, is a special attraction, as is the famous
Marais Poitevin or Green Venice. Located near the attractive
Atlantic seaport of La Rochelle, one can rent a boat to explore
a network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes.
Villages, hamlets and farms that dot the landscape are filled with
architectural delights. Throughout the summer months there are local
concerts, recitals, and art exhibitions, together with village fêtes
and firework displays.
Among the many historic and architectural gems of the region are
the great châteaux of the Loire Valley, about an hours
drive to the north.
Caves in the limestone cliffs along the river valleys show evidence
of human occupation dating back more than 30,000 years. Most striking
are the bas-relief figures discovered in the Abri du Roc-aux-Sorciers
near Angles-sur-lAnglin. Dating from the end of the last Ice
The nearby château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine museum
of prehistory. The abbey of St. Savin, and the village church at
Antigny, possess some of the finest mediaeval frescos in Europe.
In the great Merovingian necropolis at Civaux, hundreds of giant
stone coffins litter the ground. These date from the famous battle
in which Clovis, King of the Franks, defeated the Visigoth warriors
of Alaric in 508 AD.
A new museum at Civaux provides an introduction to the pre- and
early history of the region.
In the cliffs above St. Remy, a short distance away near Descartes,
an extensive troglodyte village includes many dwellings that are
Angles-sur-lAnglin, with its striking ruined cliff-top château,
is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in
France, and attracts many artists. Monks at the ancient Benedictine
abbey of Fontgombault are renowned for their daily services, accompanied
by l Gregorian chant.
Less than an hour away, near the historic city of Poitiers, is
Futuroscope, a popular theme park devoted to the moving image, in
which the latest film and computer-graphics technologies may be
The area is a focus of gastronomic excellence. There are restaurants
of exceptional quality (and modest price) within easy distance.
There are outstanding village inns in the neighborhood that serve
excellent 'family style' meals. Local wines abound at high quality
and low prices.
Weekly markets in nearby towns offer a profusion of delicacies,
including local wines, cheeses and pâtés, together
with fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. The region is particularly
renowned for its goat cheeses.
The château is located near the attractive spa town of La Roche
Posay, which has been famous since Roman times for the healing properties
of its medicinal waters. These waters are still valued today and
our visitors can enjoy luxurious bathing, massages, facials, and
other indulgent therapeutic treatments. La Roche Posay is the home
of world-famous skin care products.
This unspoiled region holds many wildlife attractions extending
from the Brenne wildlife sanctuary, to the Atlantic seashore and
the great châteaux of the Loire Valley.
Other nearby attractions include:
- Fêtes, concerts and weekly village markets
- Biking and hiking
- Boating, canoeing and fishing
- Horse riding on forest trails
- Hippodrome equestrian center and race track
- 18-hole Golf course
- Tennis courts
- Angles-sur-l'Anglin - "the most beautiful village in France"
- A wealth of châteaux, churches and other architectural
- St. Savin Abbey: UNESCO World Heritage site with world-famous
- Concerts and recitals
- Brocantes (flea markets)