Things to do and places to visit
During your stay with us you're welcome to relax on the farm, explore the surrounding lanes and woodland or borrow a bike to cycle to the local villages. If you want to travel a little further afield, there are lots of places to visit and things to do. Below are a few of the highlights, but we can recommend many more!
The picturesque university city of Poitiers is just a short drive from the farm. With beautiful churches, medieval streets and a great variety of shops, restaurants and bars, this is a fantastic city to explore by foot. Just outside Poitiers is the futuristic theme park, Futuroscope.
Many of the surrounding towns and villages hold weekly food markets. These offer the opportunity to sample and buy a wide variety of local produce, including cheeses, cakes, honey, wine, seafood and charcuterie. We’ve put together a list of local markets to help you plan your stay.
La Rochelle and Ile de Ré
A little further afield (but still only an hour and a bit by car), the coastal town of La Rochelle, and its neighbouring island Il de Ré, are well worth a day trip. Both are jam-packed full of gorgeous scenery, beaches, and seaside restaurants. Il de Ré has a fantastic network of cycle paths and is totally flat!
Another great day trip option is the historic town of Chinon, in the Loire Valley. Home for a time to King Henry II, this beautiful town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its impressive castle perched above the river. Surrounded by chateaux and vineyards, it is famous for its wine and there are plenty of opportunities to sample! There are also some fantastic places to wild swim nearby.
The vast maze of waterways that make up France’s ‘Green Venice’ are perfect for exploring by foot, bike or boat. Rowing boats are available to hire at several of the Marais’ quaint villages. Pack a picnic and enjoy getting lost in nature for the day.
Just down the road from the farm, Sanxay is one of the best conserved Gallo-Roman sites in France. From the first to the fourth century, Sanxay was a well known pilgrimage site. Every summer the Roman amphitheatre is home to a world renowned open-air opera festival. The nearby village has a great outdoor swimming pool and some lovely riverside walks.
We’re keen swimmers and kayakers and can recommend a range of wild swimming places, supervised lake beaches and outdoor pools to help you cool down when its hot (or whenever you’re feeling adventurous!).