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Pretty riverside town

La Rochefoucauld lies in the west of France, in the department of the Charente. It is a pretty riverside market town, situated on the banks of the Tardoire River. Not only does the town have excellent shops, restaurants, museums, and gardens, it can also boast to being home to one of the most impressive chateaux in France.

Saturday is market day

Like many small towns in rural France, La Rochefoucauld comes alive on market day, which in this instance is Saturday. Here, the produce from nearby farms is on display, the townspeople turning out in force to buy the very best from the stallholders. The market is a lively and colourful affair, and it is well worth getting out of bed on Saturday morning to enjoy the sights, sounds and delicious smells!

La Rochefoucauld's old quarter

La Rochefoucauld is a most attractive town, whose old quarter boasts some lovely stone houses known as 'Maison Bourgeoise', which were constructed with considerable elegance. These would have originally been home to the professional classes of La Rochefoucauld, the doctors and the lawyers.

History and culture

History and culture in La Rochefoucauld go hand in hand, and this little town offers plenty of both. There is a Carmelite cloister, a lovely thirteenth century church, a pottery museum, a prehistoric museum (always a favourite with the children), and delightfully pretty and well cared for municipal gardens. All this in addition to possibly the finest chateau in France!

The Chateau La Rochefoucauld

This exceptional chateau is open to the public for guided tours, and it is also a hotel offering superb accommodation in the most impressive of surroundings. There are around twenty furnished rooms open for viewing, and in these you can admire the period furniture and beautiful art collection amassed by the Rochefoucauld family over the centuries.

Shopping, fine dining and more!

For those of you who enjoy the more contemporary pleasures of shopping and fine dining, La Rochefoucauld will not disappoint. The town itself has many excellent restaurants of diverse ethnic origin as well as the traditional French cuisine, and there is some superb shopping available at the Gond-Pontouvre shopping centre. Townsfolk and visitors may also enjoy the town's bowling alley and cinema.

Out and about near La Rochefoucauld

If you venture just a short distance from the town you can partake in a multitude of activities. Horse-riding, golf, tennis, fishing, swimming and walking are all highly recommended and easily accessed from La Rochefoucauld. For those with children it may also be worth visiting the Nautilus Centre at nearby Angoulême, which is a water park extraordinaire!

How to get there

It is possible to fly to nearby airports Poitiers or Limoges from the UK with budget airline Ryanair. Rail travel is another practical option as there is a TGV line into the town of Angoulême, close to La Rochefoucauld.

Property prices and availability in and around La Rochefoucauld

Property around this town has increased in value in recent years, as it has gained popularity with both British buyers and Parisians seeking a second home, but still represents good value for money when compared with many regions of France, and also to the UK market. There are still many lovely traditional properties available here and whether you are looking for a holiday home or a permanent base the quality of life enjoyed around La Rochefoucauld provides an added incentive to buy your property here.

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La Rochefoucauld AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS La Rochefoucauld?

The town of La Rochefoucauld is located in west France, lying in the east of the Charente department.

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Population: 3,226

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Limoges.By rail: Take a TGV fast train from Paris to Angoulême.

Economy: Traditionally the economy is based on agriculture. The fields around the town are planted with sunflowers, grapes (for cognac and pineau) and melons. There is a certain amount of tourism generated largely by the chateau.

Interesting fact: The town is the ancient seat of the Dukes of Rochefoucauld. There are still around 200 people in France who bear this name.

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