Ruffec, SW France, Poitou-Charentes

…..the garden house which houses the indoor table tennis…

Location, Location, Location…

by the pool, things dont come much better..

Petit Chateau La Vigne is situated in the small village of Condac near the  bustling market town of Ruffec in the lovely Poitou-charentes region of South West France, the second warmest region in the country! Often referred to as a painters delight with the special light of this micro-climate area.

Ruffec micro-climate
Ruffec micro-climate

It also enjoys the benefits of being on the beautiful border of the Poitou region, which offers a wealth of cultural locations and idyllic hilly villages. The natural stone of the area is light sandstone, which gives the area a Tuscan/Cotswold feel with beautiful and tranquil villages full of rustic unspoilt charm.

The very quiet location gives you the opportunity for peace and quiet and relaxation but also is near to a wealth of facilities and culture.

On arrival you access the house through the inviting large white gates and the house lies straight ahead at the end of a gravel driveway.

 Pool from the deep end view
Pool from the deep end view

You can sit in the shade around the pool or in the old Aviary



The Poitou-Charentes region of SW France

The Poitou-Charentes region is almost completely unspoilt with virtually no industry and is one of the most tranquil in France. Its long Atlantic coastline, an hours drive,  is noted for its long sandy beaches, marinas, golf courses, and islands.


Poitou Charentes lies on the west coast of France between the rivers Loire and Gironde, spreading inland from the Atlantic at La Rochelle to just north of Poitiers.

The landscape of the Charente is generally speaking pretty flat and very suitable for cycling.  It is  wooded, agricultural land until you reach the hills of the Vendae . Angouleme is the principal town and a busy centre with good shopping. It has an interesting old quarter and 75 restaurants. Worth visiting nearby is La Rochefoucauld, the chateau is reminiscent of the chateaux of the Loire and the Italianate Grand Courtyard there is one of the finest in France. A few kilometres away, Lusignan has an ancient ruined castle said to have been built by the fairy Melusine.

Angouleme lies at the head of the navigable part the River Charente, which flows along a wide valley from there, through Cognac, to the old Roman town of Saintes. Situated on the left bank of the river, Saintes has many fine medieval and 18th and 19th century buildings and was the birthplace of Dr. J.I. Guillotin, inventor of the guillotine. La Rochecourbon, north west of Saintes is a 15th c. castle, which was restored by the novelist Pierre Loti in the 1920’s and has some stunning gardens.

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Ruffec in the lovely Poitou Charente region of South West France