A quick look around the area

The village of Gourge is situated between Le Grand Bois and Parthenay. The Roman Bridge spans the river Thouret which is well stocked and frequented by anglers. There is one bar/restaurant in the village but it is small and it is advisable to book for an evening meal.
Parthenay. 20 Mins from Le Grand Bois, Parthenay is our nearest reasonably sized town. Parkung is ample and free/ It has a medieval quarter which is well worth a visit. There are good bars and restaurants in town.
Le Drapeau a bar in the town centre has a friendly atmosphere and serves good food at lunchtime. Parthenay has a couple of large supermarkets and the usual banks and post office. Market day is Wednesday. The tourist office is situated in the Palace de Congress, Place du Drapeau.


Poitiers, an hour from Le Grand Bois is a large university city with fine architecture. The cathedral of Notre Dame is a splendid building and well worth a visit. Market day is Thursday.
La Rochelle is probably the most visited holiday town in the area. It is certainly the most picturesque. 1 hr 20 mins from Le Grand Bois it tends to get very busy in the holiday season, particularly on fete days. Famous for its seafood, the restaurants are good.
Thouars is about 40 mins from Le Grand Bois and has a large traditional French market each Friday. There is a “Resistance war Museum” in the old quarter of the town, The museum covers the activity of the resistance from its conception to the end of the second world war.
 Angers Chateau         ANGERS a town famous for the historic chateau although there are plenty of other things to see. There is busy tourist area and lots of very good restaurants.


Chateau St Loup          St Loup St Maire is a Charming ‘Petite Village of Character’ 15 minutes from Le Grand Bois, Stroll along between the ancient houses past the beautiful church with a great organ and used for concerts. Stroll by the river where canoes can be hired. Visit the Chateau and it’s garden, dine at Le Chapeau Rouge Hotel. phone  0549646808Restaurants we can recommend:

La Citadelle
9 Place George Picard

Les Templars
65 Rue Jean Jaures

Café des Artes
53 Rue Saint Medard

Un Jour de Marche
12 Place 11 Novembre

Le Bon Accueil
10 Avenue de Poitiers
La Ferriere