Local Attractions

All the following are within 30 minutes of Chez Robineau

Picture of a scarecrow

Le Cormenier

Chez Bernardeau (10 minutes from Chez Robineau)

 

A museum of rural life with exhibits from the late 19th century through to the mid-20th century. There's lots of interactive displays to engage the curious, many items of everyday use and a helpful scarecrow to guide your way. Behind the main building is the museum's collection of period tractors and other agricultural equipment.


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Picture of a gorille

La Vallée des Singes

Le Gureau, near Romagne (20 minutes)

 

A 22-hectare wildlife park with 450 animals out in the open: no cages here. Some animals are behind moats, such as the gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos, but you can get up close to the lemurs and several other primates. Feeding times are signed and there is also a petting zoo, if you get fed up of monkeys. Very good cafeteria on site and lots of merchandise to browse.


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Family searching for the way out a maze

Labyrinthe Végétal

Bréhus, near Romagne (20 minutes)

 

Three permanent mazes and a corn (maize) maze in the summer, to test your skills at navigating labyrinths. The site also has a sensory trail and 2km pedal go-kart track, with equipment for kids and adults.


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Looking through the gates at the Château

Château de La Roche

Magné, near Gençay (30 minutes)

 

Château de La Roche dates back to the late 15th and early 16th century, with a façade that reflects the different tastes at the time: the windows to the left are in a Gothic style, those to the right a Renaissance style. The Château also hosts the Museum of the Order of the Knights of Malta. The Château and museum are open at weekends during the summer, with guided tours on the hour.


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Tuition before getting into a canoe

Canoeing & Paddle Boarding on the Charente

(15-20 minutes)

 

The Charente river provides a safe and leisurely way to explore the countryside around Chez Robineau. A couple of local companies offer hire of equipment (including life vests) and transport, so you can paddle down the river and get a lift back to your car afterwards.


Visit the Feel Nature web site >

Visit the Ruffec Canoë Kayak web site >

Horses and ponies being ridden

Horse Riding by the Charente

(10 minutes)

 

If you prefer your transport to be four-legged, we do also have a horse riding school and a pony club nearby, who offer tuition or rambles through the local countryside on horseback.

Caves at Chaffaud

Les Grottes du Chaffaud

Savigné (10 minutes)

 

A lovely area for picnics by the Charente, but also possessing a series of small caves that were inhabited 12-15,000 years ago. An engraving of two hinds and two fishes on a bone was discovered there in the 1830s, possibly the oldest known bone carving in Europe. There is also a Pétanque court, fishing & walks along the riverbank.

l'Abbaye de Charroux

Abbaye de Charroux

Charroux (15 minutes)

 

Free entry to see what remains of the abbey at Charroux, which includes the cloisters, some buildings and the impressive 37m tall tower. The abbey was founded in 785 by Roger, Count of Limoges, was burnt down and rebuilt several times, before being abandoned in 1762. There are cafés, bars and a salon du thé in the town, and a remarkable timber-framed market hall.


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View of Verteuil from the bridge

Verteuil-sur-Charente

(25 minutes)

 

Overlooked by a (private) fairytale château, this charming town sits on the banks of the Charente river. A popular end-point for canoe parties paddling down the river, the town has a number of restaurants, a bar and a wine bar. There is also a rather nice craft shop and a bric-à-brac store to explore. Alternatively, there are picnic benches, a Pétanque court and kiddies play area just to the south of the town centre. A small market is held on Sunday mornings.

The narrow streets of Nanteuil

Nanteuil-en-Vallée

(25 minutes)

 

An attractive, quiet town with half-timbered houses and a ruined abbey, founded in 780. The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Nanteuil is open for visits during the summer, and has hosted a medieval fair in July of previous years. There is also an arboretum with picnic benches beside the Argentor river, along with a walk alongside the mill race. The town has two restaurants with lovely outdoor dining spaces, a tea room and a few other shops.