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Cellefrouin village

The little village of Cellefrouin is found in the picturesque Charente department of Poitou-Charentes. Cellefrouin is tiny, having only just over 500 inhabitants, but it has history and heritage. And it's set in a great location for enjoying many of the best bits of western France.

Sights and heritage in Cellefrouin

There may not be much in the village in terms of shopping or nightlife, but Cellefrouin does have a long history and a heritage of which it is rather proud. Among its sights are the old abbey church, which dates to the 11th century, and the romantically named Lanterns of the Dead. The latter are small illuminated towers placed at the entrance of a cemetery to mark the spot. The Cellefrouin tower is said to be perhaps the most perfect example in France. The cemetery is worth discovering too. Meanwhile, the village also has a couple of beautiful fountains and several original buildings.

Shops and amenities can be found close by

Shops and supermarkets can easily be accessed close to Cellefrouin in the nearby town of Champagne Mouton. This delightful market town has a good range of shops and services, in addition to the twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) markets. Larger towns such as Angouleme and Ruffec have supermarkets, builders' merchants and many more amenities.

Vegetarian dining in Cellefrouin!

It can be very hard for vegetarians to find suitable restaurants in meat loving rural France, but Cellefrouin has a really great one. Under The Lime Tree is a small hotel with a vegetarian restaurant which even offers meals for vegans, something many Brits will be very pleased to find.

Activities on offer near Cellefrouin

Walkers will find themselves spoilt for choice with the beautiful walking trails around the village. Cyclists and horse riders too can enjoy the unspoilt countryside and quiet country lanes. Within a short drive are the Lacs du Haute Charente, where fishing and water sports can be found. Golfers too can enjoy their sport with five courses in the Charente department and many more in the rest of the region.

Explore the chateaux of La Rochefoucauld and Rochechouart

Days out might take you to visit the martyr's village of Oradour sur Glane, across the border into the Limousin, or to the chateaux of La Rochefoucauld and Rochechouart.

How to get there

You can travel by air to Limoges or Poitiers. (There is an airport at Angoulême but this does not currently have direct flights to/from the UK.) Limoges is served by Flybe and Ryanair, and Poitiers by Ryanair. Both towns also have TGV stations for rail travel. And if you are travelling by rail, the nearest smaller station to Cellefrouin is in Chasseneuil. Meanwhile the nearest ferry port is that of St Malo, and if driving, the village can be found on the D739. The N10 and N141 are the nearest major roads.

Property prices and availability in and around Cellefrouin

Rural Poitou-Charentes can be a great place to find property bargains. This is especially true in 2012, when many sellers are setting more realistic prices on their properties. Currently (April 2012) in the area near Cellefrouin, we have a village house that needs renovating for sale at just 20,000 Euros.

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Cellefrouin AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Cellefrouin?

Cellefrouin is situated in the west of France. It lies in the centre of the Charente department.

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IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHARENTE

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Population: 532


Access: By air: Fly to Limoges or Poitiers. By boat: St Malo is the nearest of the ferry ports. By rail: There is a railway station at nearby Chasseneuil. By road: The town lies on the D739 road.


Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural.


Interesting fact: Cellefrouin is unusual in France in that it has a vegetarian restaurant!

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