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Chassenon - an ancient Roman village

Chassenon is a small, rural village that is built on the site of an ancient Roman settlement. A buried village has been discovered, and it is still possible to see the Roman baths in the village. Apart from its hugely important heritage, Chassenon is a sleepy, small community, typical of its region. It's charming and traditional in style, and makes a pleasant place to settle or holiday as it is within easy reach of the many attractions of Poitou-Charentes and neighbouring Limousin.

Daily life in the village of Chassenon

You can tell from the population figure of 895 inhabitants, that Chassenon is only a tiny village. However, it has some handy local amenities such as a small grocery store, a boulangerie and a hairdresser's. Of course, you do have to pop into a nearby town to find a greater choice of shops and to visit a supermarket for that big weekly shop, but as the lively market town of Chabanais is only up the road, this is really no hardship.

Heritage to discover

Chassenon is well known to archaeology buffs for its Roman village and baths. The discoveries, on the site of the ancient Roman settlement, include the baths, with their underground rooms, three temples, a theatre and an aqueduct. The baths were actually constructed from the stones collected after a meteorite crash.

Learn about meteorites at Rochechouart and visit Oradour sur Glane

Chassenon is close to the meteorite village of Rochechouart. Oradour sur Glane, the Limousin memorial village where a terrible massacre took place during the Second World War, is also nearby and definitely worth a visit despite its tragic story. But you can't call any visit to the region complete without a trip to the capital city of Poitiers. It's rich in history and heritage as well as a vibrant centre for shopping, dining and culture. And, if you've got kids with you, the Futuroscope theme park makes a fabulous day out for families.

Enjoy water sports or play some golf

Chassenon is close to the Lakes of the High Charente which offer opportunities for trying your hand at several water sports. Then, should you prefer, you can fish, swim, walk, go horse-riding or hop onto a pushbike and discover the quiet lanes and bridle paths that criss-cross this unspoiled region. Golfers too will find three good courses within easy reach of their base in Chassenon.

How to get there

The Charente and Chassenon are easy to get to from the UK and Ireland. Airports and TGV stations at Poitiers and Limoges offer direct flights from the UK, while Angoulême also has a railway station. Drivers will find the village close to the N141 motorway, just off the D29/D160.

Property prices and availability in and around Chassenon

The Charente enjoys an enduring popularity with overseas buyers of all nationalities, thanks to its sunny climate, fascinating history and attractive countryside. If you're thinking of buying property in the area, don't miss out on the bargains currently up for grabs in and around Chassenon. There's a barn with a possibility for conversion at just 11,000 Euros, for example. It doesn't get much cheaper than that!

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Chassenon AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Chassenon?

Chassenon lies in the west of France, in the north-east of the department of Charente.

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IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHARENTE

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Population: 895


Access: By air: Fly to Limoges or Poitiers airports. By rail: Travel by TGV to Poitiers, Angoulême or Limoges. By road: The town lies near the D29/D160 roads, not far from the N141 non toll motorway.


Economy: The economy is mainly reliant on agriculture.


Interesting fact: The village's Roman heritage consists not only of the baths, but also a buried town.

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