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Pedalos & canoes in Sanxay [click to enlarge]Bourdeverre is located between the lovely towns of Poitiers and Niort in the heart of the Vienne countryside in western France. The pretty riverside town of Sanxay - famous for its Roman remains - is just minutes away from the farmhouse. The Atlantic coast and the port of La Rochelle are an hour away.
Sanxay’s impressive Gallo-Roman settlement is within walking distance of Bourdeverre. The ancient remains of the temples, thermal baths and amphitheatre are some of the best preserved in the world. And each summer, the amazing acoustics of the amphitheatre are put to good use when Sanxay hosts open-air concerts and operas for audiences of up to 2,000 people!View of Roman site & Bourdeverre [click to enlarge]
The picturesque village of Sanxay [click to enlarge]Sanxay itself is a bustling medieval town with an 11th-century church and several 16th-century houses. The River Vonne flows through the town and is a delightful picnic spot. For everyday shopping, Sanxay has a bakery, a grocery shop, a tabac and a bar with a restaurant. For a greater choice of shops, the larger town of Menigoute has several bars and restaurants, a bank and a garage with a petrol station.
On the banks of the river, Sanxay has a leisure park where you can hire canoes & kayaks to explore the Sanxay by water. The leisure park also has an open-air swimming pool, a children’s paddling pool, a play area, pedalos and a bar. In addition, boating, go-karting, fishing, horse riding and an excellent golf course are all within easy reach.Large public pool in Sanxay [click to enlarge]
Owls nesting in the barn [click to enlarge]The beautiful countryside around Bourdeverre is perfect for both walkers and cyclists (the Tour-de-France came through the area in 2005). The fields of sunflowers and hedgerows with colourful wild flowers attract a multitude of butterflies and bird life, such as buzzards, herons, hen harriers, kestrels, hoopoe and woodpeckers. If you bring your binoculars, you may even be able to spot our resident owls nesting in the barn.
Other interesting places to visit in the immediate vicinity are the medieval Château-de-Marconnay and the "Mouton Village" at Vasles. Château-de-Marconnay has a private fishing lake (Le-Grand-Etang) and a very popular local taverna with an interesting menu. At "Mouton Village", you can stroke and feed the lambs - a delight for young and old alike.Château-de-Marçonnay [click to enlarge]
Bourdeverre’s picturesque fishing lake [click to enlarge]In addition to Le-Grand-Etang, anglers of all abilities are very welcome to use Bourdeverre’s private lake which has been stocked with carp. It is also possible to fish along a stretch of river which flows through Bourdeverre’s land.
Ile-de-Ré beach [click to enlarge]If you fancy exploring further afield, "La-Vallée-des-Singes" (Monkey Valley), "Futuroscope" and the glamorous towns of Poitiers and La Rochelle are all well worth visiting.Seafood platter in a La Rochelle restaurant [click to enlarge]
Poitiers is just 20 minutes away from Bourdeverre and has dozens of narrow, winding shopping streets which lead up to a central square and the town’s superb church of Notre-Dame. La Rochelle and the Atlantic beach resorts are about an hour away. La Rochelle has a sandy beach, a fabulous Aquarium, pedestrianised shopping streets and a gorgeous harbour with a huge choice of mouth-watering seafood restaurants.La Rochelle beach [click to enlarge]
Ile-de-Ré harbour [click to enlarge]If you’re feeling really adventurous, drive across to Ile-de-Ré, close to La Rochelle. The island has something for everyone - beaches, interesting architecture, picturesque villages, water sports and fabulous views. And we heartily recommend a lazy lunch in one of the seafood restaurants overlooking the harbour...
A little history...
Sanxay was originally a Celtic place of worship which was subsequently adopted by the Gallo-Romans. What remains of the Gallo-Roman settlement can still be visited and includes the foundations of an octagonal temple, thermal baths, an amphitheatre & houses. Through the ages, Sanxay has also been an important meeting-place for pilgrims.

Church of St-Pierre; Château-de-Forzon; Château-de-Marconnay (17th century); Château-de-la-Coindardière (15th century); Château-de-la-Boujatière (17th century); 15th-century house (Grande Rue); house with gothic windows (route de Vasles); medieval bridge; mill; "Logis d'Etrepieds".

Things to see
Guided visits of Gallo-Roman site; Vonne river valley; Marconnay lakes; annual "Fête Patronale" (8 May); summer concerts in the amphitheatre.

Things to do
Fishing; walking & hiking (GR36 & GR364 nearby); water sports leisure park on the River Vonne: swimming pool, fishing, canoes & kayaks.
Area2413 ha (9,3 sq miles)
Altitude117 m (384 ft)
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