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The 'Departement' of Deux-Sevres,is so called after the two rivers which run through it- the Sevre Nantaise and the Sevre Niortaise. There are many lakes and waterways throughout our area which make delightful walks, and create dramatic settings for a number of the local towns and cities.

Only 25 minutes away is the lovely medieval town of Parthenay  with numerous half-timbered houses, museums and  historic Churches. A ramble through its streets is a must.

Niort , a similar distance, with its trendy and traditional shops and lively market, filled with a huge variety of fresh produce including seafood and patisserie. Poitiers also has a medieval centre and a number of architecturally interesting churches,including the ancient Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, which was completed in 1049.

 

The picturesque seaside resort and port of La Rochelle with its beautiful beach, many shops and variety of restaurants is readily accessible.

 

In the forest of Mervant, Vouvant claims to be one of the prettiest villages in France, and it certainly makes for an interesting walk. The Melusine Tower provides a panoramic view over the village and surrounding countryside - it also has a fascinating story attached - look out for the Fairy Melusine with her serpent tail. 

 

If even more ancient history is your thing, then the important megalithic site of the  Tumulus de Bougon  with its combination of 5 tumuli,museum and reconstructions will be a must to visit.

 

Very near to Les Glycines ,are the medieval ruins of the Abbey of L'Absie,which is associated with Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of Henry ll .

At Secondigny, less than15 minutes away, not only is there a superb lake with fishing, restaurant and activities, but a beautifully restored Church of some note.

At St Maixent-L'Ecole there is a reconstructed Gothic abbey church worthy of a trip.

 

With more 'ornate' architecture in mind our nearest Chateau is at Coulonges sur L'Autize, conveniently situated in the centre of the town ,with the Chateau et Jardin Medieval de la Guyonniere just to the east of us ( south of Parthenay).

To the North is the renaissance Chateau d'Oiron  and the magnificent Chateau at Saumur, with its stupendous views over the Loire, can make a magnificent day out.

 


Parthenay

Vouvant
Vouvant

Chateau Guyonniere

Chateau et Jardin de la Guyonniere

Chateau Saumur

Saumur

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