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Holiday gite accomodation in France, Tillou, between Poitiers and Niort, providing gites, bed and breakfast (Chambre d'hote) and holiday home with outdoor swimming pool. Only 1 hour from La Rochelle.

 Places to Visit

Our Gites are placed in the beautiful Deux-Sevres region of France between Poitiers and Niort. There are many places to visit and something to suit everyone.

CHEF-BOUTONNE: Our nearest town (7kms away). Here you will find supermarkets (with 24 hour fuel available), boucheries, boulangeries, cafes and restaurants. There is an open air market on Saturday mornings. Should the need arise, (though hopefully not!) there are also Doctors and Dentists.

Fishing in the lake by the chateau is also available with permits purchased from the boulangery opposite the tourist information centre.

MELLE: Is a Romanesque market town 10 kms away from Tillou. The market is every Friday. Look out for the colourful fish and seafood stalls. Buy some mussels to cook or some oysters from the Ile de Re, they're very good.

Plan d'eau de LAMBON: Here you can take the kids for a day out at a lake where they can swim, play in the park and enjoy a picnic.

CONFOLENS: A very picturesque town straddling the river Vienne, with it's medieval bridge and winding streets. Why not take a picnic and sit on the river banks or eat in one of the restaurants overlooking the river. Further along their is the small medieval village of St.Germain de Confolens. Visit the castle ruins high on the hill with fantastic views of the surrounding area.

COGNAC: Famous for it's distilleries, which you can tour and see how the amber coloured spirit is made. Try a sample and maybe buy some from the shop to take home. We can recommend the Remy Martin distillery as being well worth a visit, but there are many others we have not yet tried and tested - but we're working on it! Visit Cognac World for more details.

LA ROCHELLE: Yachting port where many famous yacht races start or finish. It has historic twin castle towers at the entrance to the harbour and marina. There are many restaurants and pavement cafes where you can enjoy a meal or a drink and watch the world go by. A trip to the aquarium is sure to be of interest at any age. It is one of the best we have seen. Further down the coast is the seaside town of ROYAN with it's sweep of golden sands. The coast around the area is very rugged and there are many rocky coves to explore.

La Rochelle

NIORT: A very large town and the administrative capital of the department Deux-Sèvres. The town lies on the banks of the Sèvres Niortaise river. Many and varied restaurants where you can enjoy a 3 course lunch for only 10 euros. Pedestrianised, winding streets with lots of interesting shops.

MARAIS POITEVIN: Also known as Venise Verte (green venice) with 600kms of canals and rivers. Here you can take a slow punt down the river.

Marais Poitevin

FUTUROSCOPE: A futuristic theme park based on 3D technology will keep you interested for hours. At night the finale is a fantastic laser light show and fireworks. A full and exhausting, but happy day out.


LIMOGES: Famous for the fine porcelain pottery of the same name. Quaint streets and shops.

GO KARTING: In Niort (just 30 Km from Tillou) is an 850 m Karting track. This superb facility for kids (10 and over) and adults provides exhausting 10 minute races at about 12 euros per race (priced February 2009). And if the kids really need it, Niort has a McDonalds!!

Also 20Km from Tillou is Rouille (between Melle and Poiters) off the D150 is the Promo Sports karting, quad biking (requires booking), mini motos, cross-cars and paint balling (requires booking). Some activities are age restricted, so check before visiting. Karting prices start at 13euro for 10 minutes (priced February 2009). Visit for more details.

Celles-sur-Belle: This beautiful and famous village hides the ancient monastery and beautiful grounds which are open to the public for viewing. A tranquil setting in the heart of France is a must to visit for anyone who loves to view superb architecture and wonderful gardens.

Plan d'eau du Lambon: A short drive from Tillou and near Celles-sur-Belle is the large lake complex suitable for fishing, canoeing, boating and swimming (in a seperate part of the lake), with a man made sandy beach by the swimming area. Also a pathway around the lake incorporating a fitness trail for the energetic and active. The kids may also like the tree runway and climbing. Crazy golf and a cafeteria are also available.


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