Romagne – (1.1 miles)
Small Co-op (open on Sunday mornings), bar, good English speaking Restaurant, excellent Boulangerie, Wood fired pizza van on Sunday evenings – order your pizza then wait for it to be cooked in the Bar opposite.
Sommieres du Clain (2.9 miles)
Doctors’ Surgery, Bar, Boulangerie, Tabac, Pharmacy, excellent restaurant (also very good value) with Bar and outside seating overlooking the Clain river. Lovely patron and good Engish spoken
Civray – (9.3 miles)
Co-op supermarket, Hardware store, various Patisseries, Boulangerie, Bars and Hotel du Commerce (good Food next to the river) – Market every Tuesday and Friday morning, mainly food but there is some clothing, bedspreads, baskets and the like
SAVIGNE – (9 miles)
Large shopping mall with good Intermarche supermarket (open Sunday mornings and Mondays all day), Pharmacy
Leiderpreis and Lidl are just opposite the main mall
Excellent boulangerie, Le Triporteur, on the right just before the Intermarche roundabout
Gencay (10 miles)
Large Intermarche Supermarket (open Sunday mornings and all day Monday), Petrol Station on the other side of the road, Restaurants, le Vieux Chateau Hotel, Pharmacy. Large, rural Market with some livestock on the second and the last Thursday of the month (worth a look), small market on on other Thursdays and Saturdays, Boulangerie, various other shops
Look out for Marche d’Ete which are one off evening markets in some of the surrounding local towns. Very rural but always charming
Also if you like a bit of vintage look out for Vide Grenier, which are the equivalent of Car Boot Sales or Brocante which are a little more up market.
Things To Do
Vallee des Singes – 2.2 miles
Vallee de Singes is an island inhabited entirely by apes, monkeys and lemurs, most of which are free-roaming.
There are great apes, from gorillas through chimpanzees to bonobos, as well as a wonderful collection of medium-sized (mandrills, macaques) and small (from capuchins to lion-maned tamarins) monkeys.
It is a magical day out for all ages and one seldom sees these beautiful beasts so close or in a near natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera and try to visit when feeding time is taking place, lots of fun.
River Kayaking – Vivonne 13 miles
Head to the ‘Parc De Vounant’ in Vivonne and you can choose from a variety of routes lasting from 2 – 8 hours.
A basic level of fitness is required for this activity that is more suited for adults and older children.
A superb way to enjoy the sunshine, burn a few calories and see some fantastic river scenery in this beautiful region.
Poitiers – 28 miles
Capital of the Poitou Charente’s region of France a great day out if you fancy spending some time in the City.
Experience a wide choice of Bars and Restaurants ( http://www.restaurant-antipodes.fr/ for a special occasion), Designer shops and a real architectural treat on the eye as 2000 year old architecture meets modern day design.
If you are interested in History then a day in Poitiers is a must …. tales of Jean d’Arc and the Plantaganets kings of England
The centre of Poitiers has just been completely redeveloped and is definitely worth seeing
Futuroscope – Poitiers 28 miles
A French theme park based on multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio visual techniques. 3D & 4D cinemas with other attractions and shows.
Typically French and great fun but educational too.
Chauvigny – 29.2 miles
This is a beautiful medieval City, although you will have to follow signs to the Old Town set at the top of the hill to really savour how it once was.
From visiting the wonderfully preserved Harcourt Castle to experiencing the delights of the free flying bird show in the ruined Bishop’s castle! (mid-March to mid-November).
The Velo Rail is a fantastic experience and ideal for energetic children probably over the age of 8. Located on an old railway line, this is reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin silent movies and you can be as crazy as you like. It is a good idea to book and it sometimes closes on a Monday so do check first http://www.tourisme-vienne.com/en/activite/83/velorail-de-chauvigny
La Rochelle – 90 miles
La Rochelle is one of France’s loveliest coastal towns. Its historic port is beautifully preserved with a quayside that bustles with boats small and large. The seafront is packed full of lively cafes, bars and restaurants where you can stop and watch the world go by.
Royan – 100 miles
Just a little further down the coast from La Rochelle, this is a typically French seaside town with wonderful sandy beaches. If you can tear yourself away from the pool at Chez Briant, this is a good day out. http://www.royan.co.uk/
Cognac area – 60 miles
If you feel like exploring your favourite tipple, the Cognac area is brilliant for degustations of large and small producers. Don’t forget Cognac’s baby brother, Pineau, which is a delicious aperitif, particularly the old, aged variety.
Le Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte)- 50 miles
About an hour’s drive away from Chez Briant is one of the area’s best kept secrets. Originally marshlands, canals were created throughout and sleepy little villages lie along their edges. Hire bikes from Coulon or just stroll along the canals, you will think you have gone back a hundred years.