Bienvenue to Chat Noir Gite and Chambre D'hotes located on the border of the Vienne and the Charente, perfectly positioned for access to many of the most popular locations and sites in France. It is ideal therefore for a couple to spend a relaxing vacation in our restored fully equipped Gite, with full use of the gardens, pool and hot tub.
As we are centrally located with easy access to the N10 the two chambre d'hotes rooms are perfect for an overnight stop or longer for those heading to the south of France or Spain. Both rooms are tastefully decorated in a shabby chic French style with private shower and toilet facilities and if time allows on your journey you will of course have full use of the pool and hot tub. We offer the option of an evening meal for an additional charge, breakfast is of course already included in the price.
As you will see from the who are we section we are cat lovers and share our home with our family of 4 cats, so if you love cats then you will be very welcome. If however you do not like cats or have an allergy to cat fur then it is probably not the place for you.
We have two bikes for your use but if you need slightly more sophisticated bikes and accessories then you can hire them from one of our partners sites below and they will be delivered directly to you here. They also have excellent cycle route and attractions information on their site.
The nearest town is Civray which is about an ten minute drive away. The town has a beautiful recently restored 12th century church and there is a traditional market twice a week in the main square. The town has 4 supermarkets, a super little cinema that shows the latest english films. It also has a tourist info office and a tiny museum next door. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool along with sauna.
There is a lovely river side park with numerous picnic tables, fitness trail and several small bars and cafes in the town
The town of Charroux is 15 minutes drive and has several bars and an excellent restaurant. It also has the remains of an old Charlemagne Abbey with a tower similar to Pisa and a tourist office.
Lizant is also close by and has a bar and there is an English fish and chip shop where you can dine in or take out.
Ruffec is aproximately 20 minutes away by car with a good selection of shops and another very good traditional market
The beautiful town of Monmorillon is an old writers town with lovely old bookshops and galleries and stunning river views
Also in Poitou-Charentes.......
The larger towns like Poitiers, Angouleme and Limoges are all about an hours drive.
Angouleme is situated quite high up and has spectacular far reaching views, it also holds the annual Circuit Des Ramparts, which is a vintage car race in September.
There are numerous attractions in the area including Monkey Valley, Canoeing and Kayaking, Velo Rail, Futuroscope and the annual Puy du Fou
The coastal towns such as La Rochelle, Ile d'Oléron and Ile-de-Ré are about 2 hours drive away. Bordeaux is like a mini Paris with the best shopping in the region and is only about 2 and half hours away with great restaurants
The Roman town of Saintes has a beautiful ampitheatre and Arch is about an hour away. Closer by are the beautiful towns of Verteuil and Nanteuil which are about 15 minutes drive
12th century church in Civray
Ruffec The old washhouse