Things to see and do

signs, posters, wall art
Ah, a holiday in France ..
Relax, feel the sun on your face in your own private garden, enjoy a beer or a glass of wine and then .. well, what takes your fancy?
There's an awful lot of stuff going on around La Galerie!
Walking, cycling, bird-watching, swimming, eating, wine-tasting, sight-seeing,
camera lessons, music festivals, kayaking, horse-riding, farmers' markets, 
chateaux, punt-rides, star-gazing, fun-days, shopping ..
You can do it all from your base in Loubillé.
Dining out
Let's start with a couple of our favourite restaurants ..
The first - basic but brilliant - is Entre-Potes, right here in Loubillé.
There's also the lovely 'Auberge du Noyer' Bar & Restaurant,
a great 'pub' with live music about 25 minutes away near Ruffec.
Check it out here ..
This area is fantastic for cyclists,
and you don't even need to bring a bike!
We can arrange hire for as long as you require.
shadow of man on bike
The seaside
You're only an hour and a half from the coastal delight that is
La Rochelle.
La Rochelle, harbour, boats

Our very own 'beach'

You can splash out at 'Plan D'eau', a lovely free swimming and picnic area

just a 10 minute drive from the gîte.

beach and picnic area with signposts
We get some of the best dark-sky nights here in Deux-Sèvres,
ideal for an evening of travel through the cosmos.
You can also pop along to our friend Sue at AstroFarm
for a night with their incredible telescopes.
This shot was taken from La Galerie!
Monkey Business
Get up close and personal with hundreds of monkeys, chimps and apes.
La Vallée de Singes is less than an hour away.
monkey, gorilla, apes, chimp
Adventure and excitement
The wonderful Futuroscope Theme Park is only an hour from La Galerie,
and the amazing Puy du Fou Historical show is just 2 hours drive.
Cave Paintings
The magical prehistoric cave-paintings of Lascaux and others
are only a couple of hours drive away. 
prehistoric painting
There are subjects for your camera everywhere you look.
Landscapes, sunsets, market scenes, flowers.
Or why not take a day's workshop with a professional photographer?
Camping and Nature
Hey, we're surrounded by the stuff but, if that's not enough, we're only an hour away from the Nature Park that is the
Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin
You could also visit the delightful Venise-Verte at Coulon, near Niort,
for some kayaking and punting down delightful canals ..
 .. and we can personally highly recommend the beautiful Aire de Rejallent, just 30 minutes away in Condac with picnic areas and trails along the Charente river.
A row of punts at Coulon, France
boats on river at Coulon
canoe, canoiest, river
Hitting the town!
We're close to the gorgeous cities of
Angoulême, Bordeaux, Ruffec, Melle, Poitiers, Cognac, Niort and La Rochelle,
with shopping, farmers' markets, culture, history, beaches, sights,
museums, bars, art-galleries, wine-tasting, chateaux .. the list is endless.
Angouleme, mairie, hotel
tourist map, dining table
Castle, Niort, blue sky
Cathedral, church, baptism font


In this village, just an hour from La Galerie, 642 men, women and children were massacred by the Nazis in 1944. As a mark of respect, the streets have been left exactly as they were on that awful day.

A poignant, reflective visit is highly recommended.

derelict car, burned out buildings
restaurant, pharmacy, supermarket, chateau
And so to Chef-Boutonne ..
At the gîte you're only 8km away from our little neighbour,
the cute little town of Chef-Boutonne
- the perfect place to get your shopping done -
with a choice of supermarkets, newsagents, petrol stations,
pharmacies, banks, cafés, restaurants, bars and a Saturday market.
It even has its very own Château, outdoor swimming pool, cinema
and trout fishery.
In fact, there's so much to do .. you'll need another holiday!
dogs, walker, country lane
Ps: La Galerie is dog-friendly.
You could always just take it easy and walk your pets
down all our delightful little lanes!
La Galerie