Around & About
There is a wealth of interesting and entertaining things to see and do, both close by Le Plantier and Beaulieu Cottages and further afield. The local countryside is picturesque and tranquil, with plenty of opportunities to walk and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Below is just a tiny selection of places to go around and about. Almost every town and village in this part of France is interesting and attractive, often having a picnic spot with table and chairs for the traveller to stop and take refreshment and a look around. Driving is pleasant and unhurried, making the journey as enjoyable as the destination.
Angouleme, Limoges and Poitiers are the nearest cities, with the usual array of shops and historical attractions.
Le Rejellant - leisure base, 15 minutes Le Plantier. Safe bathing area, beach and waterfalls. Canoes for hire. Young children's play area, picnic and barbeque area, bar and restaurant.
La Rochefoucauld- pretty riverside town with impressive chateau and museum of prehistoric exhibits. Saturday market.
Confolens - attractive town on the Vienne river, novel excursions by Velo-rail, set up by a group of railway enthusiasts to keep an old line open. You pedal on specially adapted 5-seater four wheeled carriages.
Cognac- famous for its distilled products, most of the famous cognac houses offer guided tours. Boat rides along the Charente river.
La Rochelle - aquarium and Arche de Noé (Noah's Ark) animal farm are perfect for children. Historic harbour.
Le Puy du Fou - theme park with performance of falconry, jousting, magic and music. Reconstructions of a Norman fort, medieval town and an 18th century village. Evening Son et Lumiére show.
Futurescope - over 50 hectares of audio-visual high tech. Giant screens, 3D cinemas, circular cinemas and other state of the art exhibits create a unique experience.
Royan - gently sloping sandy beaches, perfect for children. Large harbour for pleasure craft and an active fishing fleet. Boat trips along the coast.
Vallée des Singes - park covering 15 hectares with around 350 primates living in near total freedom.
Oradour-sur-Glane- memorial to a village, massacred by German Waffen SS troops in June 1944. Village has been left as it was from that time.
Chauvigny - large birds representing many parts of the world, flying free over the castle ruins.
Bois de Saint-Pierre - Smarves (86), 7km south of Poitiers. 248 hectare park with woodland walks, mini zoo, activity centre for school children, outdoor swimming pools, pony club, play area and lots more.