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   The Clos Vangueil lies in beautiful, tranquil countryside only an hour’s drive from the magnificent châteaux of the Loire Valley. Many attractions are to be found within easy distance

Writers in this peaceful, undiscovered heart of France are touched by its timeless magic, while artists discover at first hand the inspiration of the French impressionist painters, through the subtle interplay of ever-changing light and shadow as the seasons progress.

 

  The healing waters of La Roche Posay, at 14 km from Archigny, have drawn visitors since Roman times. In addition to specific therapies, guests can indulge themselves with a variety of massage and other spa treatments.

The old town has narrow, winding streets. The ancient donjon has recently been restored. La Roche Posay also possesses a famous casino, a golf course, an equestrian centre and a racetrack, in addition to all regular shops and facilities, including bike rentals.

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    Walkers, cyclists, horse-back riders and naturalists enjoy the network of ancient trails and footpaths that weave through the surrounding woods and fields, while the local rivers provide delight to swimmers, kyakers and canoists. Near Lathus-St-Remy on the Gartempe is the Porte d’Enfer olympic-class white-water canoe course.Rock climbing is popular on the limestone cliffs along the Gartempe near Mérigny.

 

 

  The famous Marais Poitevin or “Green Venice”. Located near the attractive Atlantic seaport of La Rochelle, where you can rent a boat to explore this network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes.

  For naturalists, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is a special attraction.

  Historic sites abound throughout the region, some dating back to palaeolithic times. The caves that permeate the limestone cliffs along our river valleys show evidence of human occupation dating back more than 30,000 years. Most striking are the bas-relief figures discovered in the Abri du Roc-aux-Sorciers near Angles-sur-l’Anglin. Dating from the end of the last Ice Age about 17,000 years ago, these are comparable in importance to the cave paintings at Lascaux. Unfortunately they are not accessible to the public, but as at Lascaux, a facsimile museum is opened.
  The nearby château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine museum of prehistory. At Civaux, hundreds of giant Merovingian stone coffins litter the churchyard. These date from the great battle in which Clovis, King of the Franks, defeated the Visigoth warriors of Alaric in 508 AD. 

 

  The poitevine abbey of Saint Savin, one of the most remarkable example of romanesque art in Poitou-Charentes, is known for its mural paintings of the XIth century. In the XIXth century, the french author Prosper Mérimée, saved these paintings.

 

  Angles-sur-l’Anglin, with its striking ruined cliff-top château, is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and attracts many artists.

  In Archigny, the Etoile Abbey get its name from its founder, Pierre de l’Etoile,and owes its origin to a colony of recluses established about 1117. In 1145, the abbey was reattached to the Cîtaux Order, and from the 12th to 15th centuries, it enjoyed a place of importance among the six cistercians abbeys of Poitou. The abbey is currently under restoration, recitals are given during summer.  

  Archigny is located on the acadian line. The Acadian line consists of 57 houses built in 1773 for the Acadian families who were expelled from Canada. You can still visit 38 houses built of cob, one of which is furnished and houses the "Acadian Museum" that retraces the history of the exiles from "New-France". 

 

  Monks at the ancient Benedictine abbey of Fontgombault are renowned for their daily services, which are accompanied by powerful Gregorian chant.

Among the many historic and architectural gems of the region are the château de touffou, the great châteaux of the Loire Valley, about an hour’s drive to the north. These include Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. Also at Amboise is the Manoir du Clos-Lucé , the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings.
 

30 mn away from Archigny, near the historic city of Poitiers, is Futuroscope, the extremely popular theme park devoted to the moving image, in which the latest film and computer-graphics technologies may be experienced. Futuroscope is part of the engineering department of the university of Poitiers.

 

 

And for the youngest

 

  crocodiles Civaux,
  Giants in the sky Chauvigny,
  Monkeys valley Romagne
  Outdoor recreation center  St Cyr
  Outdoor recreation center Archigny
  Rail bike Chauvigny