Vélo-Rail Passing Fleur de Lys


Vallée des Singes


Chateau Rochechouart

St Germain de Confolens


Futuroscope


Le Circuit des Remparts

Parc du Reynou

 

Location

(Place names underlined and the pictures have links to relevant sites)

Ansac sur Vienne is a peaceful village, with a couple of Cafe Bars, an excellent Boulangerie/Patisserie, Boucherie/Epicerie and Pharmacy, situated on the banks of the picturesque Vienne river. The medieval market town of  Confolens, in the beautiful 'Pays Charente Limousine' is about 2.5kms downstream (north) of here. There are many other attractive towns and villages to visit nearby such as: Abzac, Alloue, Brillac, Brigueuil, Chabanais, Champagne Mouton, Civray, Esse, Etagnac, Lesterps, Manot, Montemboeuf, Rochechouart, and St-Junien.

We are almost centrally located in the triangle of the historic cities of Angouleme (40mins), Limoges (50mins) and Poitiers (1hr). They are all well worth a visit to see their architecture and shops!

It is approximately 2 hours from La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast , and just over an hour from the world famous distilleries at Cognac (Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin etc. who all offer guided tours & tastings!)

It is only half an hour from France's 'Lake District' - Les Lacs du Haute Charente, with beaches, watersports and a woodland adventure park (for the energetic and brave!).

This location makes us an excellent base for those wanting to explore this beautiful and historic region.

 

Activities

A Vélo-Rail system runs from Confolens to Manot, through Ansac (or from Roumazieres to Manot). This involves up to 5 people on a cart, with two pedalling, along the disused railway track - the 15km round trip takes about two and a half hours, so it helps if at least two of the party have fit legs!

Vallée des Singes - home to 30 species of primates, from the tiniest squirrel monkeys to a family of gorillas, which for most, you can enter their enclosures (don't worry - not the gorillas!) and watch them feed and interact - a stunning day out less than an hour away.

A large variety of charming Chateaux are within easy reach, such as Rochechouart (with nearby roman ruins), Rochebrune, La Rochefoucauld and the stunning hilltop ruins at St Germain de Confolens and Gencay. The area also boasts many fine examples of medieval churches.

The National Memorial Centre to the French Resistance in WW2 is at Chasseneuil (20mins), while the village of Oradour sur Glane (30mins) has been preserved untouched in memory of  the day in June 1944 when the German SS, on their way to Normandy, rounded up and killed all but a handful of the villagers and set fire to the town - a truly moving place.

Poitiers, as well as being an excellent eating and shopping area, is also the home of Futuroscope - a fantastic futuristic theme park which makes an exciting day out for all the family, culminating in a fabulous water, light, laser and firework show over the main lake.

The hilltop citadel of Angouleme hosts many festivals each year - the two most famous are the first (in January) which celebrates the art of the cartoonists - Bande Dessinee - (Angouleme is also home to the national museum of this art). Look out for the many murals which decorate the sides of buildings in the centre of the town.

The second is a motorsport weekend in mid-September - Le Circuit des Remparts - where the ramparts around the hilltop city centre are closed for races of historic and vintage racing and sports cars and has been called 'the closest thing to Monaco in its heyday'.

There is also a Bowling Alley and an indoor/outdoor waterpark here, open year round, as well as some excellent restaurants and shops.

Limoges is world famous for its porcelain and enamel. Several factories offer tours, museums (and shops!). The attractive city centre also has an Aquarium, while a short trip south of the city brings you to the country and zoological Parc du Reynou - over 500 animals in the 35 hectare grounds of the Chateau. Antelopes to zebras, with many others in between including lions, tigers and giraffes.

 

Cultural And Special Events

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Travel Details

Road -  about 4 hours from Paris (A6, A71, A20) via Limoges and then N141 via St Junien to the D948 to Confolens, where one turns left to cross the River Vienne, then left again on the D952 to Ansac.

About 7 hours from Calais via Rouen, Le Mans, Tours & Poitiers.

Rail - TGV trains run from Paris to Limoges, Poitiers and Angouleme, then by road.

Air - UK flights to Limoges & Poitiers (Ryanair, Flybe).

Collections from the above local airports and stations can be arranged with the owners at reasonable cost if you do not wish to drive on your holiday.

If you want to hire a car at Limoges, try Hertz, Avis or Europcar