La Belle Échappée is situated 5 minutes walk from the picturesque village of Faye L’Abbesse which has a friendly bar-restaurant, small Supermarket, Post Office, Pharmacy, Boulangerie and hairdresser. The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes drive and has numerous restaurants, shops and supermarkets. The medieval town of Parthenay with its beautiful ramparts and stunning hill-top views is 20 minutes drive away.
Information specific to the town / village
There is plenty to see and do in and around Bressuire. The 56m renaissance tower of the church of Notre Dame rises high over the town and surrounding countryside. Originating from the 11th Century, the Chateau dominates the town and is an ideal venue for the many events throughout the year. As well as being in an area of historical interest, Bressuire is within easy reach of the Loire Valley, the Marais Poitevin, Futuroscope, Le Puy du Fou and the renowned fishing centre of Pescalis.
Leisure activities less than 12 miles
Tennis, squash, riding school, pony club, golf driving range, a new 18 hole golf course has recently opened in Bressuire with a British professional, ten-pin bowling, archery, go-karting, petanque field. An abundance of country walks and cycling routes are situated around the property.
Fishing at the renowned Aquatic and fishing complex Pescalis at Moncoutant being approximately 20 minutes drive. Three 18 hole golf courses at Bressuire, Vasles and Cholet are 10, 25 and 35 minutes drive respectively. Canoeing in the Loire approximately 45 minutes drive.
Other activities available
The old railway between Bressuire and Parthenay has been converted into a walking/cycling or horse riding path giving 30km+ of safe riding. Most local villages have public lakes for fishing.
Theatre, cinema, library, museum, antiques & bric-a-brac, cellar and wine tasting, fitness centre, park and garden, discotheque, exhibition center, historical site, markets all close by.
The Deux-Sevres region has countless places of interest and visitor attractions to suit everyone. The area is steeped in history offers unspoiled landscapes and some of Europe’s most imposing Tumuli, Romanesque churches, chateaux and museums. The quiet roads will lead you to unexpected places, rivers, lakes, forests, historic towns, small villages with colourful markets and during the summer months, a range of festivals and events. The wonderful nearby coastline and beautiful islands of the Atlantic are all under 2 hours away.
There are numerous leaflets available in the gite, there are simply too many to mention here and too many choices!
Being just below the Loire Valley we are south of many vineyards, Samaur or Montreuil-Bellay being under an hour away and slightly east of the beautiful Atlantic coastline with an easy drive out to the beautiful towns like La Rochelle, or the stunning beaches of Châtelaillon-Plage, Ile de Ré or Les Sable d'Olonne. Being as this is France you are never far from several Chateau.
The picturesque town of Coulon in the Marais Poitevin (France's "Green Venice") is 45 minutes away by car, where you can sit by the river and watch the world go by or hire a boat and punt around the canals yourself or hire a guide who will do all the hard work for you and tell you the history. ( www.marais-poitevin.fr )
If that's not enough there are the major towns and cities like Cholet, Niort, Nantes and Poitiers all within 1 hour 10 minute drive and for big days out with the kids there are Theme Park style attractions like Puy du Fou ( www.puydufou.com )and Futuroscope. ( www.futuroscope.com )
(Full details of the larger attractions are available at the gite).
Not only is La Rochelle a beautiful port city but it has a superb Aquarium and some fantastic restaurants to dine outside and people watch.
Samaur boasts a beautiful Chateau, a Tank museum and several vineyards where you can sample the produce and buy direct.
Puy Du Fou is simply amazing, The shows are fantastic entertainment and you need not be fluent in French to understand the storylines.