La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is furnished beautifully. From the moment you walk through the door you know you are going to have a wonderful holiday."
Longère Louise:

“Lovely house, lovely stay! 
The location was perfect and the large garden was super for the children. The house is clearly well taken care of."

La Poste des Gardes:

“Beautiful house, perfectly presented, in a wonderful location. Much more than a holiday house - it is an entree into French village life."
Longère Louise:

"The cottage is stunningly beautiful and renovated to a very high standard. 
The gardens are private and totally relaxing."

La Poste des Gardes:

"A relaxing fun holiday in a home away from home. 
Our accommodation this year was the most comfortable and spacious we have experienced."

Longère Louise:

"If you are looking for an oasis of rustic French charm in the depth of the peaceful and rural countryside then this is the destination for you."
La Poste des Gardes:
"It was so comfortable that it was difficult to leave. The balcony is a real haven as the breeze from the river flows in and cools the hottest days."

Longère Louise:

"For us the real retreat was the haven just outside the front door, to sit there with all day sun or gain shade from the many plants."

La Poste des Gardes:

"A beautiful and well equipped house. It was superbly clean and had everything we needed at hand to keep a family of five very happy."

Longère Louise:

"Upstairs was a dream, two large romantic bedrooms, extremely comfortable beds/bedding along with the large downstairs bathroom."
La Poste des Gardes:

"From the beginning when you decide to concrete the quality of your holiday with staying at La Poste you will find the whole process seamless." 

Longère Louise:

"The garden is huge with lots to explore. We enjoyed lunch on the south-facing terrace and our evening meal on the west-facing terrace."

La Poste des Gardes:

"We adored the river terrace. It was a delightful start to the day and a relaxing end to the evening as well, after the children went to bed."

Longère Louise:

"An ideal retreat. It is beautifully presented with a super family size kitchen and a delightful garden for the children to play and explore in."

La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is absolutely gorgeous, well equipped and very clean; it catered easily for six adults and a baby.
We will definitely return."

Longère Louise:

"The house itself is in a quiet hamlet with only a few neighbours. You are surrounded by fields of corn and sunflowers. Idyllic!"

La Poste des Gardes:

"Perfect! Right from arriving it was relaxing. The house is comfortable, well equipped and the river terrace was definitely our favourite spot."

Longère Louise:

"Spectacular! A wonderful holiday meeting all my expectations and more. We achieved relaxtion - very rare for a mother of three!"

La Poste des Gardes:

"Availles is wonderful to walk around - all sorts of loops and little tracks present themselves. The village is much larger than it first appears."
Longère Louise:

"Tranquil hamlet, beautiful cottage, spacious garden, perfect stay! A wonderful holiday in a charming cottage. We'd love to do it again"
La Poste des Gardes:

"The house is beautifully located in the town and furnished to the very highest of standards, having everything you would need for a holiday."

Longère Louise:

"Super retreat in the Vienne! Home comforts abound, comfortable beds supplied, kitchen fully equipped. All you need is your food and drink."

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Poitou-Charentes Gîtes ... Your Way


Our two charming family gîtes are an ideal base for your holiday. Check out the slideshow below to whet your appetite for family activities.  


Rambling, hiking, walking - the Vienne area of Poitou-Charentes is ideal. Walkers are well catered for with thousands of kilometres of well-signposted routes catering for all the family. What's more - most guides are free form the local tourist offices, as are the truly excellent guided tours organised throughout the season. See our Walking page for much more information and useful links.


France is, of course, the home of cycling. There are countless cycle hire companies throughout the Vienne and all Tourist Information Offices can provide cycling itineraries suitable for adults and children. See our Cycling page for much more information and useful links. Visit Bike Hire Direct for a great bike hire service - they deliver direct to our holiday homes.


Fishing is hugely popular in France. Availles-Limouzine is perfect for anglers who can buy licences and equipment in the village and walk to the river. Jemelle is also well placed for fishing as it is on the edge of La Brenne National Park which offers river fishing and classic lake fishing. See our Fishing page for much more information and useful links.


Canoeing, kayaking, yachting, rowing, boat rides, rafting, water skiing and diving are all possible in several locations within in the Vienne.


Take your pick from go karting, 4x4 off-roading, quad biking and cross-car driving. For the adventurous there is the Val de Vienne Race Track where you can experience real fast car thrills.



There are numerous adventure circuits, treetop circuits and forest circuits. You can also find climbing centres, paintballing activities, caving, cable sliding and bungee jumping!



To the south of Poitiers you can find an 18-hole golf course measuring 6039m x 71m. It also has 3 beginners’ greens, an approach green, training bunkers and practice zones on all-weather putting greens. On-site facilities are the club house, the restaurant, the bar, the pro shop, equipment hire and tuition.


The Vienne is a particularly good location for equestrian activities and you will find riding clubs throughout the area. Many clubs offer beginners and advanced classes in obstacle jumping, dressage and trail riding. All offer riding treks through the most beautiful landscapes.



Most large towns have public swimming pools. You can find one in L’Ile Jourdain and Montmorillon, while Availles has a smaller public pool and allows swimming in the river. If you are looking for the seaside, you can’t beat La Rochelle for a fantastic day out.


France is full of the most wonderful furniture and other items for your house and these can be found at great prices in brocantes, vide-greniers, marchés aux puces, foires a tout and salons de collectionneurs. Browsing  or buying - you are bound to find lots of treasures. Check out Vide-Greniers for current information on the latest sales in all areas of France.


Activities such as ten-pin bowling, laser-tag games, football and ice skating are all available in the area.



The Vienne has a rich and varied programme of events throughout the year. Visit Vienne-Tourism for a current list of what is happening and where. Our news feeds at the bottom of this page also provide current information on the latest events and activities.



Tourisme en Poitou - Agence Touristique de la Vienne

  • Heures Vagabondes : Radio Elvis.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Concert gratuit de Radio Elvis.

    A 21h sur le site des Tours Mirandes (en plein air).

  • Balades patrimoine en calèche.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Balades patrimoine en calèche.

    Du 14 juillet au 1er septembre, tous les vendredis à 14h30 et 16h30.

    Prenez le temps d'une balade au rythme de la calèche enchantée de Raymond Perez. Accompgané d'un guide, découvrez la richesse du patrimoine et des paysages du Grand Châtellerault.

    Chaque semaine, un village différent, programme détaillé à l'office de tourisme, 5€ tarif plein, 2,50€ réduit.


  • Chasse au trésor : "les 6 veaux d'or".
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Partez à la découverte du patrimoine de Civaux, de 15h à 16h30 au Musée archéologique.

  • Atelier Initiation à l’enluminure médiévale.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Vêtue du costume d’Aliénor d’Aquitaine, Catherine Carlier, enlumineur de la Cité du livre de Montmorillon, vous invite à découvrir l'enluminure dans le cadre enchanteur de l'Abbaye de La Réau. De 15h à 17h, admirez ses créations enluminées et cartes artistiques, découvrez la vie de ses artistes minutieux... Et initiez-vous à l’enluminure médiévale si vous le souhaitez pour réaliser votre « Lettrine initiale » en or !

    Inscriptions par téléphone au 06 24 34 17 17 ou par mail à carlier-catherine [AT] hotmail [DOT] fr

    Tarif adulte: 15€ (entrée abbaye + animation)
    Tarif enfant (jusqu'à 16ans): 11€ (entrée abbaye + animation)

  • Visites musicales.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Déambulation musicale au Théâtre Blossac

    Les vendredis 11, 18, 25 août et 1er septembre à 18h30, 5 euros / 2.50 euros demi-tarif / Gratuit moins de 25 ans

    En compagnie de Sandra Florence, harpiste professionnelle et d'un guide-conférencier, laissez-vous conter l'histoire du théâtre, ponctuée d'intermèdes musicaux qui réveillent la magie des lieux...
    Réservation obligatoire à l'office de tourisme".

  • A la Découverte du Terroir.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    A 15h : visite de l'Huilerie Lépine et dégustation.

    Adulte 3€, gratuit - 12 ans.
    Sur réservation.

  • Les vendredis des parents.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Tressages buissonniers.

    L 'écomusée vous propose des après-midi rien que pour les parents, grands-parents.

    Apprenez de nouvelles techniques et retrouvez votre âme d'enfant!
    Au site de Juillé, de 14h30 à 17h30.

  • Un soir d'été : folklore russe.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Chasseneuil, un soir d'été : Ensemble folklorique d'Ossétie du Nord "Les Goretz".

    21h au théâtre de verdure.


  • Concert de Mado Et Les Frères Pinard.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Concert gratuit de Mado Et Les Frères Pinard au Green Man Inn à partir de 20h.

  • Descente en Paddle sur la Gartempe.
    le 18/08/2017 -

    Venez tenter une activité originale : la descente en Paddle sur la Gartempe !

    Nous vous donnons rendez-vous à Montmorillon (Aire des Ilettes) pour une descente Prunier - les Ilettes. de 18h à 21h. 

    Tarif : 10€ par personne (à partir de 10 ans).

    Chaussures obligatoires. Savoir nager.

    Réservation au

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