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