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A beauty by name... and nature!

The town of Celles sur Belle is not only a beauty by name, but also by its nature. Classified as little city of character, the town is indeed very attractive, with its ancient Abbey and listed church. Celles sur Belle stands on the River Belle, and is located in western France, in the rural Deux-Sèvres department of Poitou-Charentes.

Traditional central square

The town was originally built as an extension to the Abbey, for which Celles sur Belle is best known today. The town is full of character and appeal, yet has all amenities required for a comfortable modern lifestyle. The central square, which forms the hub of local life, has shops, a bar, a restaurant and an auberge. In summer, the town is filled with the bustle of tourists, and even in winter there is a great spirit and vitality to Celles sur Belle.

Places to see....

Celles sur Belle has its Abbey and church as prime places of interest, and not far from the town there are many more places to go. The cities of Niort and Poitiers have lots to recommend them, and if you are travelling with kids then Futuroscope at Poitiers is a great place to spend a day. The seaside is also close to hand, and the busy port of La Rochelle or the beautiful island Île de Ré are easily accessed. For something different, why not experience the Green Venice of the Deux-Sèvres, the Marais Poitevin, where little canals and inland waterways criss-cross the countryside and offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural bounty of this region.

Sports for all

The sporty minded among you will have no difficulty getting your activity fix in the area around Celles sur Belle. There is golf at Niort, go-karting at St Sauvent, canoeing and kayaking at Lusignan with tennis, horse-riding, cycling, swimming and walking just about everywhere!

How to get there

There are two airports within a very short distance of Celles sur Belle. These are found at La Rochelle and Poitiers. Ryanair flies to both of these, and flybe and easyJet also serve La Rochelle. If you are driving, you can follow the A120 motorway, and if driving from the Channel tunnel, allow around seven hours for travelling. If you are travelling by Eurostar to Paris, you can change to a TGV there and arrive at either Poitiers or Niort, both of which are less than three quarters of an hour's journey from Celles sur Belle.

Property prices and availability in and around Celles sur Belle

In general, the prices in the Deux-Sèvres are very reasonable, although they are beginning to rise as the region increases in popularity. Celles sur Belle is a very appealing town which offers a great quality of life, peaceful and rural without being too isolated, and has a varied and interesting property market.

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Celles sur Belle AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Celles sur Belle?

Celles sur Belle is located in the west of France. It lies in the south of the Deux-Sèvres department.

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IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEUX-SÈVRES

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Population: 3,480


Access: By air: Fly to La Rochelle or Poitiers. By boat: The nearest ferry ports are those of Caen and Cherbourg. By rail: Eurostar runs to Paris then you can take a TGV to Niort or Poitiers. By road: The town lies off the A10 motorway.


Economy: The economy is rural with tourism a recent feature.


Interesting fact: There are said to be some ancient "standing stones" just outside the town.

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