If you decide to venture out you can safely walk, jog or cycle on the quiet roads and lanes in the surrounding areas.  Ideal for dog walking too.

There are easy or harder routes for cycling depending on your preference.  We have a selection of bicycles for hire.

Discover the shade of small woodlands or admire the beautiful sunflower and rapeseed fields.  Look out for the different species of bird of prey and red deer.  The area is dotted with picturesque stone villages and chateaus.  There are picnic areas on route would you fancy a rest or something to eat.

Although we are in a rural area we are only 10 minutes drive from amenities: supermarkets, French food markets, restaurants, bars, clothes shops etc

We have  a ‘Welcome’ folder that you will be given on arrival with information on all the things going on in the area, plus places to visit, places to eat and other useful information.  For a taster on places to see please scroll down on this page.

Réjallant at Ruffec: Popular for swimming in the summer.  Beautiful part of the river with a picturesque weir and bridges connecting small islands. The clear water is suitable for all ages, the children’s beach is with a life guard during school holidays. Canoe, pedal boat and paddle board hire. Canoe down the river to chateau de Verteuil. Picnic & BBQ area, Restaurant in a restored old mill. about 15 minutes drive

Fishing, canoeing, river/lake swimming, tennis: 10-15 minutes drive

Atlantic beaches: 1 hour 20 minutes drive

Cognac : a pleasant old town with cognac or pineau charente (famous local spirit) tasting tours 1 hour drive

Nanteuil en Vallée:  Picturesque stone and timber village with a beautiful Abbey, Arboretum with pick-nick area, old wash house, restaurants and pizzeria 20 minutes drive

Verteuil sur Charente: Chateau opened to visitors in high season. You can canoe down the river to the chateau. Flour mill to visit, cafe and tea room by the river. Restaurant 20 minutes drive

Valley of the Apes  (La Vallee des Singes), Romagne 86700: 30 minutes drive

La Rochefoacould town: The chateau that is opened to visitors by the river Tardoire is considered one of the prettiest in the country. restaurants, pizzeria, chocolate shop, quad adventure 45 minutes drive

Angoulême with murals and historic ramparts, restaurants and cafes in narrow cobbled streets, boat trips down the river, night life, classic car race, Centre Nautilus ice rink & water slide, Happy Land children’s activity center, go-karting, Laser game center,  45 minutes drive

FuturoscopePoitiers:  Cinematic Theme Park with 3D and 4D cinematographic scientific and technological shows plus fun activities 1 hour drive.
Poitiers city center is also worth a visit with many impressive historical buildings, cafes and restaurants. 45 minutes drive

Marais Poitevin:  Maze of canals with small islands, historic villages and towns.  Ideal for walking or cycling, boat and canoe rides  1 hour drive

Chauvigny, Vienne department:  Picturesque medieval town. Bird of prey shows in the castle.  Rail bike  1 hour 15 minutes drive

La Rochelle with its historic port, fish restaurants, boat taxi rides and Arcade boutiques: 1 hour 20 minutes drive