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  Region and Activities

- Recreation - - Local Activities - - Culinary Tourism - - Nearby Regions - - Points of Interest -


 
- Recreation -

Horseback Riding :
Ferme Equestre des Boutiers
Open every day, year round. By reservation only.
86 400 Lizant
Phone: 05 49 87 65 39
20 min drive.
Relais équestre de Villenon (horseback riding as well as canoes and kayaking)
Open all year. By reservation only.
86 700 Anché
Phone: 05 49 42 56 69
www.gite-equestre-poitou.com
20 min drive.
Nature hikes and discovery tours.
Association Roulotte et Nature Romagne
86 700 Romagne
Phone: 05 49 87 77 13
www.roulottesetnature.org
10 min drive.
Walking Tours of Coué
Information available in the Coué tourist office. We recommend the local village tour which features a hike to the Abbey of Valence.
Center of Coué, 10 min drive.
Airplane and glider tours.
Baptème de l'air
Aérodrome de Couhé 86510 Brux Phone : 05 49 37 97 98 contact@nouvel-air.com
5 min drive.
Mountain Biking and tours.
Location de VTT au bar-tabac Le Penalty.
86700 Romagne
Phone: 05 49 87 70 94
10 min drive.
Swimming Pools:
  Pools open during summer in Civray et Couhé
  In Poitiers (40 min drive): Acquatic center open all year with jacuzis and spas. Wonderful for a relaxing afternoon.
Movie Theaters : In Civray and Gençay. Nice theaters with good films.
Fishing can be enjoyed in a number of nearby locations. License is required.
Tennis : Lessons available in Romagne (10 min drive)

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- Local Activities -

Château d'Epanvilliers :
Guided tours of this 17th century castle are available year round by reservation.
86510 Brux, Phone: 05 49 87 18 43
www.geocities.com/bfrordorf
A 5 min drive.
Ostrich Farm :
Open from April to June and in September (2pm to 6pm) and from July to August (10am-12 noon and 1:30pm to 6pm).
Les Pâturages 86 700 Vaux, Phone: 05 49 87 72 29
www.tourisme-vienne.com
A 10 min drive.
Valley of the Primates (La vallée des singes) :
More than 30 primate species live in this habitat, carefully designed for studying primates in their natural environment. It is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Open from March to November.
Le Gureau 86 700 Romagne, Phone: 05 49 87 20 20
www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr
A 10 min drive.
The Hedge Maze (Labyrinthe-Végétal) :
Les Pas Pérdus, Brehus 86700 Romagne, Phone: 05 49 87 45 27
www.labyrinthe-vegetal.com
A 10 min drive.
Les îles de Payré Recreational Area:
A large protected area with many outdoor activites: canoeing and boating, swim-golf, hang-gliding, motorbikes, space for outdoor games and picnics.
86 700 Payré, Phone: 05 49 59 10 55
www.tourisme-vienne.com
A 20 min drive.
Stain Glass Museum (Musée du vitrail):
Open all year except for December 24th and January 15th.
86 600 Curzay sur Vonne, Phone: 05 49 53 65 45
www.museeduvitrail.com
A 45 min drive.
Parc floral de la Belle (Flower Gardens) :
An extensive array of gardens featuring thousands of plants, trees, and flowers.
Open from March 15 to November 15th
86160 Magne, Phone: 05 49 36 05 45
www.parcfloraldelabelle.com
A 30 min drive.
Musée rural du Vieux Cormenier (Historical Farming Museum):
A museum devoted to preserving traditions of farming and agriculture. The museum staff demonstrates the use of ancient farm equipment, and the museum includes a working forge and an oil press.
'Chez Bernardeau' 86 400 Champniers, Phone: 05 49 87 32 33
A 15 min drive.
Abbaye de Valence :
This abbey was founded in the 13th century by Isabelle of Angoulême.
Guided visits are available year round by reservation.
Couhé 86 700, Phone :05 49 59 26 80 (office de tourisme)
A 10 min drive.
Abbaye de Saint Sauveur :
Originally a Roman temple.
86 250 Charroux, Phone: 05 49 87 62 43
A 25 min drive.
Huilerie (Oil Press) à Couhé
Open Monday through Saturday from 2pm to 6pm
Phone: 05 49 59 16 73, Mr. Paul Lacroix
A 10 min drive.
Orchids :
Discover the beautiful wild orchids in the Valley of Bouleure.
A 5 min drive.

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- Culinary Tourism -

Cheese Makers
A list of nearby cheese makers is available at Cherry Cottage.
Restaurants
Couhé : La promenade, Le chêne vert, Bistro 52 , L'étoile du sud ( routier )
Payré : Le relais routier
Blanzay : L'auberge du village
Vivonne : L'héliante
Civray : Hotel du commerce and a number of cafés
Romagne : Le Penalty (open for lunch and dinner, by reservation)
    La ferme auberge de panièvre
Village Markets
Civray : Tuesday and Friday mornings
Vivonne : Saturday morning
Poitiers : Antique fair Thursday mornings; Markets Saturday morning near Notre Dame and Sundays at Couronneries
Lezay : Tuesday morning

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- Nearby Regions -
(less than a 2hr drive)

Poitiers : capital of the Poitu-Charentes Provence
Poitiers is the largest city in the region and is known for its splendid architecture. We recommend visiting Notre Dame la Grande, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, the Baptistère Saint-Jean, and the palais de Justice. Or just relax and enjoy the Parc de Blossac, le Jardin des Plantes, and la promenade du pré-l'Abbesse. You can also stroll down the picturesque streets of the medieval town center and take advantage of some excellent shops and restaurants.
www.ot-poitiers.fr
A 45 min drive.
Le Marais Poitevin :
This unusual and beautiful region is known as the "Green Venice" because of its extensive series of small canals which criss-cross the almost marsh-like countrside. One can rent a small boat (barque) and spend a full day paddling through this breathtaking landscape. Highly recommended.
www.maraispoitevininfo.com
A 1.5 hour drive.
Tours :
A beautiful city in the heart of the Loire Valley.
www.ligeris.com A 2 hour drive.
Vallée de Loire :
For a short one or two-day trip, we recommend in particular the chàteaux of Villandry, Azay-le-rideau, Chinon.
A 2 hour drive.
La Rochelle
Once known as a pirate city, La Rochelle has a beautiful medieval port with great shopping and a fantastic new aquarium.
Phone: 05 46 50 50 31 (office de tourisme)
www.larochelle-tourisme.com
A 2 hour drive.
La Région de Cognac :
Famous as the region which produces the world's cognac. There are many distilleries both large and small that one can visit to see how cognac is made and enjoy a free tasting.
www.tourism-cognac.com
A 1.5 hour drive

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- Points of Interest -
(less than a 2hr drive)

The Gallo-Roman site at Sanxay :
The sanctuary at Sanxay is one of the oldest and most important Gallo-Roman sites. One can visit the ruins of the ampitheater, hot baths, and the temple.
Open from May 16 to Sept. 15 (9:30am to 12:30am and 2:30pm to 6:30pm) and from Sept. 16 to May 15 (10am to 12:30 and 2pm to 5:30pm)
86 600 Lusignan, Phone: 05 49 53 61 48
www.monum.fr
A 40 min drive.
Abbaye de Fontevraud :
Visit this abbey and the nearby necropolis of Plantagenêt. There are also special exhibits, art collections and an emphasis on sacred music.
Open all year except for January 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th
49 590 Fontevraud, Phone: 02 41 51 71 41
abbaye-fontevraud.com
Driving time is 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Cave Vivante du Champignon (Living Cave of Mushrooms) :
Guided visits available of this unique cave which has been used for growing and cultivating mushrooms for centuries. Tastings are available.
Champignonnière St Maur
Monsieur ROULLEAU Jacky
1 Rue du Château Sanziers
49260 LE PUY NOTRE DAME
TEL: 02 41 52 26 84 - 06 81 17 35 74
troglo.champi.free.fr
Driving time is 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Village Médiéval de Usson
usson-du-poitou.com
A 35 min drive.
Puy du Fou
www.puydufou.com
A 2 hour drive.
The Silver Mines of Melle :
Founded by Charlemagne, these are the oldest silver mines in Europe and were productive until the 10th century. You can discover the ancient techniques used to mine silver and explore the Carolingien gardens adorned with ancient plants.
Open all year Ouvert tous les jour du 1er mars au 15 novembre
79 500 Melle Phone : 05 49 29 19 54
mines-argent.com
A 35 min drive.
Lussac les château :
A number of prehistoric sites featuring prehistoric art.
Phone: 05 49 84 57 73 (office de tourisme)
www.otsi-lussac.com
A 1 hour drive.
Château de Dissay
86130 Dissay Phone : 05 49 84 50 62
A 50 min drive.
Ile aux Serpents (Snake Island) :
More than 60 species of snakes in this natural environment.
Open year round from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 6pm. In July and August, open from 10am to 6pm. Route de Montmorillon 86 290 La trimouille, Phone: 05 49 91 23 45
ileauxserpents.com
A 1.5 hour drive.
Château des aigles :
Visit the giant stone ruins of this castle and learn about how eagles were trained in medieval times to aid in hunting and communication.
Le château des évêques 86 300 Chauvigny, Phone: 05 49 46 47 48
geantsduciel.com
A 1 hour drive.
Angles sur Anglin :
Officially designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit the medieval ruins of the city and castle.
Phone: 05 49 48 86 87 (office de tourisme)
anglessuranglin.com
A 1.5 hour drive.
Futuroscope (Future Theme Park)
www.futuroscope.com
A 50 min drive.
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These are just some of the many activities in this region. For more information, please go to the site below.
www.tourisme-vienne.com
www.cg86.org
We also recommend stopping at the Couhé tourist office. Phone: 05 49 59 26 80

Additional brochures and information are available in the cottage.

 

Updated July 2nd, 2006

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