Chateau Mareuil is situated in the Vienne region of the Poitou Charentes, a beautiful part of France just south of the Loire Valley and north of the Dordogne. The climate is "Mediterranean", long hot Summers and very short sharp cold Winters. We have known the temperature in August to hover around 36 degrees. Set in beautiful gardens, each season brings forth something lovely to look at and eat!
Other things to see and do
The Chateau is set high and built upon a rock with lovely views over the surrounding countryside and our own private river.
We are surrounded by pretty villages and there are several lakes for swimming and water sports within a short distance. There are beautiful chateaux to see and visit at Bourg Archambault, Azay Le Ferron and Lignac (Chateau Guillaume). We can highly recommend the Michelin acclaimed restaurant "Les Orangeries" at Lussac les Chateaux and "Lucullus" at the Hotel de France in Montmorillon.
Places to visit
Angles sur Anglin – pretty village
Azay le Ferron – Chateau & Gardens
Just on the outskirts of the town is our favourite Brocante/Antique shop run by Herve Ritter and his wife, it's a wonderful place to wander around, browse and buy!
Bourg Archambaut – Magnificent Chateau!
A large lake with supervised swimming in season, country walks - 25 mins by car
Chatearoux – Shopping
Chauvigny – Lake, Saturday market, bird display
A very large lake with water sports, boat trips, swimming, restaurants and bars - about 50 mins by car
Fontgombault – Ancient Abbey
La Trimouille - post office, boulangerie
Lac du Mondon
A large lake adjacent to a popular camp site with swimming pool open to the public (3 Euros per person) and a lovely bar/restaurant, called “Le Relais”. Music events during the Summer season - 22 mins by car
Lathus St Remy - River swimming, canoeing & other water sports, picnics and a restaurant
Le Dorat - Summer night markets
Liglet - lovely British owned bar & retaurant - "Le Sapin Vert"
Lignac – Chateau Guillaume (open after 2pm)
Limoges (Airport) - famous for ceramics & shopping!
Lussac les Chateaux – Restaurants, particularly “Les Orangeries”
Lussac les Eglises - nearest shops and bars
This is a great town for sightseeing, shops, restaurants bars etc. There is a weekly town market on Wednesdays, plus a range of independent shops and boutiques in the town centre. If you have a sweet tooth, visit the Musee du Macarons, Montmorillon is famous for macaroons! The main line station operates between Poitiers & Limoges
Oradour sur Glane
The site of an infamous massacre by SS troops in June 1944. The village is a preserved martyr site unchanged since the 1944 atrocities. There is an excellent visitor’s centre, though familiarity with French is required to get the most from it. Visitors then can walk through the remains of the village and to the cemetery where many of the victims are buried and all the victims are remembered. The tributes by surviving family members to individual victims are particularly poignant
A historic city with cathedral, sightseeing & shopping and Futuroscope, the famous science theme park - about 1 hour away by car.
“Futuroscope, expect the unexpected...
Get away to one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe! Absorb the fantastic, fun and fairytale Futuroscope atmosphere with over 25 original experiences waiting for you in stunning attraction theatres, as heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys, the fairytale evening show and fascinating attractions deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages!”
St Benoit du Sault – pretty village
Saint Savin - Ancient Abbey, bars & restaurants