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La Châtaigneraie - an historic town

La Châtaigneraie is an historic little town that lies near the border with the Deux-Sèvres department, combining the best of the two departments and their respective regions. Basing yourself in this town gives access to the lively seaside resorts of the Vendée coast, the peaceful rolling countryside of the Bocage, the unique Green Venice waterways and marshes of the Deux-Sèvres, and a multitude of lovely old market towns and heritage sights.

History to discover and facilities on offer

The main sight in La Châtaigneraie is the town's church, which has some stunning stained glass windows and is well worth a look. Many of the town's buildings are historic, and the atmosphere is that of a tranquil, traditional Vendéen town. La Châtaigneraie, however, has a good complement of shops and services to make life easy and pleasant. Shops, supermarkets, café's and restaurants can all be found within the town limits, so there is no need to travel long distances for those everyday necessities, or even to treat yourself to a lunch or evening out.

Activities available in the area

The town also caters for those who like to get active with a swimming pool and other sports facilities. Indeed sportsmen and women can find access to many different activities in the area, with golf, horse-riding, swimming, tennis and cycling to name just a few of the most popular.

Explore the Vendée coast and enjoy riverside walks

The beautiful market town of Fontenay le Compte is on the doorstep, and a market day visit (Saturday) is highly recommended. The River Vendée has its source close to la Châtaigneraie, and riverside walks are always a delightful activity for sunny days. Travelling slightly further afield might take you to the popular seaside towns of the Vendée coast, where you can find everything from fun fairs for the children to discos and nightclubs for the grown ups, as well as some of France's favourite golden beaches.

Visit Green Venice and the Loire Valley

Travelling further inland, the Deux-Sèvres department offers the chance to take a boat trip along the unique waterways and canals of the Green Venice area. Then you may like to pay a visit to Poitiers and its fabulous theme park Futuroscope, or even to take a drive through the Loire Valley to marvel at the magnificent chateaux.

How to get there

Both TGV trains and budget air services will get you from the UK to La Rochelle, Nantes or Poitiers, so getting to La Châtaigneraie is quite easy. (La Rochelle is served by Flybe, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2; Nantes by Flybe, Ryanair and CityJet; and Poitiers by Ryanair.) If you are driving, and it really is a good idea to have a car so that you can enjoy everything the area has to offer, La Châtaigneraie is found on the D2949B, with the nearest major roads being the A83 and A87 auto routes.

Property prices and availability in and around La Châtaigneraie

While property prices along the Vendée coast can be high, inland there are many bargains to be found. La Châtaigneraie and its environs is a great place to find a home in France, with prices currently starting at just 53,000 Euros for a house to renovate.

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La Châtaigneraie AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS La Châtaigneraie?

The town is found in the west of France, in the east of the Vendée department.

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Population: 2,687

Access: By air: Fly to La Rochelle, Nantes or Poitiers direct from the UK. By rail: The TGV also runs to the above cities. By road: La Châtaigneraie is found on the D2949B, with the nearest major roads being the A83 and A87 auto routes.

Economy: The town was once a centre for weaving and trade and held some importance. Today it combines tourism with commerce.

Interesting fact: La Châtaigneraie has a reputation based in legend for maintaining happiness in the midst of adversity.

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