About the Poitou-Charentes Area

Chérigné is in the southernmost area (the ‘Pays Mellois’) of the department of Deux-Sèvres, well placed for exploring the whole of Poitou-Charentes. The department is 65km from the Atlantic coast, and boasts 2600 hours of sunshine a year, comparable to Mediterranean France but greener.What is most striking for visitors arriving here is the tranquillity and unhurried pace of country life. The gently rolling countryside is ideal for cyclists who prefer their bike rides not too strenuous, and there are pleasant local walks along quiet lanes. This is the best way to observe the varied local wildlife such as kingfishers, buzzards, red squirrels or deer.Poitou-Charentes offers a wealth of history and culture. Successive civilisations have left their traces from the Neanderthal through Roman, Mediaeval and Renaissance, and these can be explored in the many museums, churches, chateaux and historical sites in the region.

Food and Drink

The region also prides itself on its gastronomy. During your stay we will invite you to taste some of its specialities such as Pineau, the local ‘aperitif’.

As well as being near the Cognac region, Poitou-Charentes is an important area for the production of goat´s cheese. You can buy this in the many local markets, or direct from local producers on the ‘Route du Chabichou’ (www.routeduchabichou.fr).