The Boutonne, which runs past the end of our garden, is a category 1 fishing river, stocked with brown and rainbow trout. It also contains other species of white fish such as roach, bleak and gudgeon. Holiday fishing permits, costing 30 euros for 1 week, can be obtained in Brioux-sur-Boutonne (4km).
There are 4 golf courses within an hour’s drive. The nearest is the municipal golf course at Niort (18 hole). Further north are Golf du Petit Chene in Mazieres en Gatine (18 hole, par 72) and the Golf Club Chateau des Forges, the only 27 hole golf course in the region. An equal distance to the south is Golf de Saintonge near Saintes (18 hole, par 68). For all these golf courses, expect to pay around 40 euros for a round of golf in high season.
There are 3 riding stables within 30 minutes drive.
You can canoe on the lake at Lambon near Celles-sur-Belle (35 minutes), which also has pedalos for hire.
There are go-karting tracks at Chauray (40 minutes by car) which is open 10:00 – 20:00 every day except Monday and Tuesday mornings; and at St Jean d’Angléy (30 mins by car), which is open every afternoon.