La Vienne Chambre d'Hote Idyllic Hideaway at La Vieille Gorce
La Vienne chambre at La Vieille Gorce is one of three en-suite rooms combining the traditional charms of an 18th century french farmhouse such as stone walls, exposed beams, original oak staircase, with all the modern comforts of a boutique hotel. Comfortable beds, quality linen, modern bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities and a separate salon to enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Nestled in the beautiful countryside on the Vienne/Charente border in south-west France, La Vieille Gorce Chambres d’Hotes is ideally placed for a one-night stopover, a mini-break, or a longer vacation. Here you will discover an idyllic paradise surrounded by organically farmed fields, rivers and woodland with miles of walking and cycling tracks (chemins) straight from the door, yet only five kilometres from the historic town of Charroux with all amenities and only an hour from the larger cities of Poitiers, Angouleme and Limoges respectively.
The stunning heated pool sits invitingly in the beautifully landscaped gardens offering a haven of peace and tranquility with views over the countryside and neighbouring Chateauneuf. Bring a picnic or explore the local restaurants in nearby Charroux, Civray, Verteuil and Nanteuil.
At a Glance
~ La Vienne can either be a super-king bed or two single beds, please let us know in advance which you prefer
~ Maximum two persons per room
~ All our rooms have ensuites and all linen is provided
~Tea and coffee making facilities in each room
~ Fridge and microwave available for guests to use in the salon
~ Heated and chlorinated in-ground pool 10m x 5m with roman steps, max depth 1.80m
~ Free off-road parking
~ WiFi is provided free
~ Nearest town is Charroux 5 kms away with bars, restaurants, café, boulangeries, newsagent, Coop supermarket, tourist office, bank, post office, pharmacy and the artisanal farm shop Gargouil.
~ Nearest big supermarkets, Intermarche at Savigne (10 minutes), SuperU and Lidl in Civray (15 minutes)
~ Nearest TGV at Ruffec, 30 minutes from La Vieille Gorce, 2.5 hours from Paris.
~ Nearest international airports at Limoges (1 hour), Bordeaux (2.5 hours).
Fun Stuff To Do
La Vieille Gorce is ideally located to explore much of Poitou-Charentes and all it has to offer in the region. From history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, arts, crafts, a multitude of sporting activities and leisure facilities including a motor racing circuit! Poitou Charentes has something for everyone.
Charroux is our nearest town and only 5kms away. Discover the fascinating history of this important little town with its famous Charlamagne’s Tower and Benedictine abbey. More information here http://www.abbaye-charroux.fr/en/# The restaurant Hostellerie Charlemagne in the main square is a gastronomic delight.
Bike hire is available from Bike Hire Direct http://www.dispovelo.com (book in advance and the bikes are delivered direct to the door).
Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope, formerly known as Planète Futuroscope, is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world. A full day is recommended, located in Poitiers, approximately 1 hour from here.
La Vallee des Singes (Valley of the monkeys) is a wildlife park dedicated to respecting primates and their natural environment. Offering visitors a unique experience through a full immersion into the fascinating world of primates. This wildlife park is 100% different; there are no cages, no fences but 450 monkeys freely living on a wide area of 22 hectares. Here, visitors are the ones who have the privilege to enter the monkeys’ territory. Observe the little monkeys close up as well as the great apes on their island. Only 30 minutes from here.
Kayaking on the majestic Vienne river in Confolens, only 20 minutes away.
Bungee Jump from a viaduct at L’Isle Jourdain! Bungee jumping is no longer a dangerous sport for crazy thrill seekers. Strict rules and regulations have been implemented by the Interior Ministry and Sports Ministry since 1989. The team, Alexandra, Tony and Franck all come from university backgrounds in Physical Education and they offer you this thrilling experience in a safe and secure environment. So, let yourself be tempted by the call of adventure! The viaduct stands 50metres above the Vienne River, and is a rare jumping site where you can experience a beautiful scenic view and other on-site sports activities like water skiing. Only 30 minutes from here.
Festival du Confolens, annual international music and culture festival in August.
Val de Vienne motor racing circuit at Le Vigeant is only 30 minutes from here. Get close up and smell the fumes at this very popular track for both amateurs and professionals http://www.circuitvaldevienne.com/
Feel Nature is a multi-activity outdoor leisure centre 30 minutes away in Taizé-Aizie offering adventure on land, on water and in the trees. Recommended for everyone. https://feelnature.fr/fr
Géants du Ciel, (Giants of the Sky) at Le Château des Evêques, 86300 Chauvigny (1 hr). You’ll be amazed at this wonderful show – birds from all round the world fly over the ruins of the Bishops’ Castle. Discover kookaburras from Australia, snowy owls, great horned owls, white storks, condors, American parrots, eagles and vultures. More info here: https://www.geantsduciel.com/
Lake Lavaud. Discover the swimming lakes near Confolens. Guerlie beach in Pressignac is one of the best lakes in Charente for nature lovers! Located on the shores of Lake Lavaud, this sandy beach is nestled in a green oasis and offers many leisure activities. There’s swimming, of course (with a lifeguard in summer), but also a water sports centre where you can take to a sailboat, canoe or a catamaran. A picnic area and snack bar are also available at this very popular site. Just under 1 hour from here.
La Rochelle. Visit the stunning and historic port of La Rochelle and explore the islands of Isle de Re and Oleron, just over 2 hours away.
Markets. There is a market somewhere nearby every day of the week!
Charente Ales is a very popular local brewery in the area and offers tours and tasting events, located at Paizay-Naudouin-Embourie, 16240 approximately 45 minutes from here.
Wine. Discover the local wines at Cave De Saint-Sornin, just outside the town of Montbron, within an hour from here.
Cognac and Pineau tasting tours can be found in the famous city of Cognac, including the houses of Hennessy and Martell.
Local Goats Cheese – visit David and Nathalie at their farm La C’lait des Champs, Chez Chauveau 86400 SAVIGNE to see the goats and buy some delicious local cheese.
See you soon, Sarah and Paul x x
La Vieille Gorce Gites and Chambres d’Hotes
86250 Asnois, Vienne