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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LIGLET & LA TRIMOUILLE

The village of Liglet is close to the cottage and offers a post office/general store/bakery and a pub/restaurant serving delicious meals. The town of La Trimouille is only 7km away and offers a small supermarket, restaurants, cafés and a few shops as well as a cinema, medical services and a TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE.

L'Atelier des Collectionneurs in La Trimouille is a collectors' museum that showcases diverse private collections of the past and present covering a wide variety of themes.

 


L'ÎLE AUX SERPENTS

L'ÎLE AUX SERPENTS is situated on the edge of La Trimouille and is well worth a visit as you can find more than 60 species of animals including alligators, Cayman alligators, lizards, snakes, tortoises, crocodiles and chameleons, as well as the recent additions of otters, mongeese and desert cats.

There is also a shop with refreshments and a wide variety of souvenirs and quality craft items.



VILLESALEM

Only a couple of kilometres from the cottage you can find a real treasure - the Romanesque priory of VILLESALEM, which was occupied by Benedictine monks from 1109.

Only a couple of kilometers from the cottage you can find a real treasure - the romanesque priory of VILLESALEM, which was occupied by Benedictine monks from 1109.Although many buildings were destroyed during the Hundred Years War, the church remains and its sculptured facade of Notre Dame de la Paix is magnificent.

Although many buildings were destroyed during the Hundred Years War, the church remains and its sculptured facade of Notre Dame de la Paix is magnificent.



SAINT-SAVIN

The abbey of SAINT-SAVIN lies close to the cottage and was made a UNESCO World heritage site in 1983 thanks to its exceptional Romanesque wall paintings.

These are displayed amidst fibre-optic lighting, stained glass windows and wrought iron lamps. You will also find a scenographic tour in the monastic buildings, including films, dioramas and multimedia activities.


 


 ANGLES-SUR-L'ANGLIN 

ANGLES-SUR-L'ANGLIN (north of Saint-Savin) is officially recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is so near the cottage that there is no excuse not to visit. Its narrow winding streets interspersed with workshops and cafés are simply captivating.

The village is also home to the "ROC AUX SORCIERS", a sculpted frieze dating back 15,000 years and discovered in 1950. The visitors' centre offers a fascinating multimedia presentation.



 MONTMORILLON

MONTMORILLON, the City of Books and the Written Word, is a charming medieval town with winding streets to explore and pavement cafés.

There is a well-equipped tourist office here with a comprehensive selection of local guides. Montmorillon hosts a market on Wednesday morning. It has 2 large supermarkets and can also offer crazy golf, tennis and an equestrian centre.

 


 LE BLANC

LE BLANC is a nearby town situated on the river. You can hire boats and canoes and try a variety of water sports.

Or you can simply enjoy the good variety of shops and pavement cafes in the town. Le Blanc has a market on Sunday morning.

 


LES HEROLLES

If you happen to be staying at the cottage towards the end of the month, head to LA FOIRE DES HEROLLES on the 29th. You will find a plethora of goods on sale, including honey, truffles, fruits and nuts, cheese, wine, bread, sausages, bread, kitchen knives and utensils, cottons, linens, plants, shrubs, trees as well as garden and agricultural equipment.

Les Foire des Herolles is enormous and offers something for everyone. It is completely free and the village of Les Herolles is well signposted from the surrounding area with plenty of well organised parking. A visit to this traditional, country market, held every month of the year for over 400 years, is a unique event not to be missed. It provides lots of interest and is an outstanding photographic opportunity.



CHÂTEAU DE BOURG ARCHAMBAULT

The wonderful castle of BOURG ARCHAMBAULT is situated to the south of La Trimouille. This was constructed as a fortress at the end of the XV century on the site of an old Roman fortress. Some of the original Roman elements can still be found, including the fortified gateway. 

It is surrounded by a large moat and has an enclosure wall flanked by two towers, a small fortified castle entrance and living quarters. There is also a chapel which contains magnificent examples of stone flags.

 

This 15th century château was built on the site of a Roman fortress of which only a fortified gateway remains. Protected by a large moat, the château consists of an enclosure wall flanked by two towers, a small fortified castle entrance, a dwelling and a chapel with outstanding stone flags - See more at: http://www.tourisme-vienne.com/en/activite/34/chateau-de-bourg-archambault#.dpuf
This 15th century château was built on the site of a Roman fortress of which only a fortified gateway remains. Protected by a large moat, the château consists of an enclosure wall flanked by two towers, a small fortified castle entrance, a dwelling and a chapel with outstanding stone flags - See more at: http://www.tourisme-vienne.com/en/activite/34/chateau-de-bourg-archambault#.dpuf

This 15th century château was built on the site of a Roman fortress of which only a fortified gateway remains. Protected by a large moat, the château consists of an enclosure wall flanked by two towers, a small fortified castle entrance, a dwelling and a chapel with outstanding stone flags - See more at: http://www.tourisme-vienne.com/en/activite/34/chateau-de-bourg-archambault#.dpuf
Belle forteresse fin XVème construite sur une forteresse romane (dont il subsiste quelques éléments). Protégée par de larges douves, elle se compose d'une enceinte flanquée de tours, d'un châtelet d'entrée, d'un logis. - See more at: http://www.tourisme-vienne.com/fr/activite/34/chateau-de-bourg-archambault#sthash.IRcCk9WO.dpuf

LA BRENNE NATIONAL PARK

The cottage is situated right on the edge of LA BRENNE NATIONAL PARK. This is one of France's best kept secrets as it provides vast areas rich in flora and fauna, largely hidden from the casual tourist. The preservation of the natural and cultural heritage results in up to 2000 lakes. Since receiving National Park status in 1989, La Brenne is an exceptional location for ornithology with over 260 species recorded and 150 breeding species.

Butterflies and dragonflies are also in abundance here and plant life is diverse, including orchids, reed beds, heathland and oaks. Wild boar and red deer make La Brenne their home.

 


ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VIENNE TOURIST BOARD THE TOURIST OFFICE OF LE BLANC AND THE NATIONAL PARK OF LA BRENNE.

PLEASE VISIT THEIR SITES FOR DETAILS OF THESE ATTRACTIONS AND MUCH MORE

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