The local area is quiet contryside dotted with villages and town where one can enjoy life at a slower pace, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do and see…    

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Argenton Les Vallees is the nearest town (5 mins drive) and has all basic neccessities including bakery, bank, small supermarket and small market every Thursday. There is also a large open air swimming pool, tennis courts and a lake where you can walk or hire pedalos.  The meandering streets of the town make for a very pleasant afternoon stroll and there is an excellent and affordable lakeside restaurant open all year round for lunches and dinner.

Bressuire is a 15 minute drive and offers a more than adequate selection of supermarkets, restaurants, a town centre market every Tuesday and some wonderful patisseries! There is a ruined chateau here and there is no charge to walk around the ruins. Nearby, a childrens play park and picnic area make this a good spot for a family outing.

Local vineyards offer wine tasting all year round – we are happy to recommend the best places for a ‘degustation’. Try one or two different wines and buy bottles direct from the producer.

Horse Riding – Available locally for very reasonable day rates. The local equestrian centre will take beginners for lessons as well as offering riding days for the more competent.

Go-Karting at the International karting circuit (10 min drive away) is very popular and available all year round.

Canoeing  – With 3 rivers converging at Argenton Les Vallees this is a great spot for an afternoon on the water. Canoe/Kayaks and jackets are all provided and you are given basic safety information before you set out.

Golf – There is an excellent golf course at Cholet (30 mins drive)


Places to eat:

The local villages hide a wealth of fantastic places to eat and we would be delighted to recommend some of our favourites – just ask! Ranging from the traditional French bar/restaurants of St Aubin du Plain and St Clementin with simple lunch menus, to the ‘gastronomique’ delights of the Logis de Pompois at nearby Thours, or the Chateau Colbert at Maulevrier.

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Places to visit:

Montreil-Bellay
Charming town 1/2 hrs drive away set by the river.  Excellent chateau to visit offering tours in English, picnic by the river and view the ancient Medieval town walls.

Rochmenier
1/2 hrs drive to visit the old Trogolodyte village which is well worth a visit. The cave homes are preserved as a museum – fascinating for all ages.

Doue La Fontaine
1/2 hr drive to this pretty town boasting a fantastic and family friendly zoo, great creperies in the square and beautiful rose garden on the outskirts of the town.

Villandry
Beautiful chateau with breath-taking gardens that are famous throughout the world. (1.5 hrs drive)

Fontevraud
Amazing architecture to be found at the Abbey at Fontevraud, famed for being the burial place of Richard the Lion Heart and full of French and English History.

Puy de Fou
Medieval style theme park with jousting displays, falconry and a spectacular sound and light show – the biggest in Europe. (Advance bookings required)

Futuroscope
Well worth just over an hours drive to Poitiers, Futuroscope is the thinking man/woman/childs answer to Dinseyland. Lots to see and try and discover.

Saumur, Angers, Chinon
These famous French chateaux towns all all just over an hours drive. Each is brimming with history and a variety things to see and do; museums, mushroom farms and art gallerys to name but a few!

For full details of the Deux-Sevres area visit: http://www.tourisme-deux-sevres.com/
Further afield:

Take a drive for a pleasant day trip. Visit the beaches along the Western coast in the La Rochelle area, or discover the more famous chateaux of the Loire to the East.

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