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Alloue - set in a rural, idyllic location

Alloue is a small, tranquil village of the Charente department. It's historic, and has several interesting sights. But, as the village is well off the beaten tourist trail it retains a genuinely rural atmosphere. The area is known as the Charente Limousin, as the village was once officially part of the Limousin region before the boundaries were changed. Alloue is an idyllic location for anyone wanting to enjoy an authentic little piece of France. Quiet, but with all amenities, it's nevertheless within easy reach of the popular attractions of the region. The popular town of Confolens is nearby.

Heritage of Alloue

For its small size and unassuming nature, Alloue has a surprising number of heritage sites worth seeing. The 12th century Church of Notre Dame is a listed historical monument. Next to the church is a mediaeval priory, while facing the church is a house with an interior that displays wallpaper by Jean Zuber in 1834. In the west of the village there's an old bridge, dating from the 17th century, although it is known as the New Bridge! Alloue also boasts a number of chateaux and an old lead mine.

Shops and amenities in the village

Alloue may have given up 70% of its population to the cities during the last couple of centuries, but it offers useful amenities for those who have stayed or settled there in recent times. There's a boulangerie for fresh bread and pastries, a post office and a bar tabac. Nearby, in Confolens you can find a great street market, shops, bars and restaurants.

Activities available in the area

The area around the village is wonderful for enjoying simple country activities like walking, horse-riding, fishing or cycling. The Charente also has several golf courses and leisure lakes for swimming and sailing.

Discover Poitiers and Futuroscope

Alloue's location in the Charente means that there are lots of interesting places that you can visit without having to spend all day in your car. Poitiers is a great city, with super shopping, a lovely historic quarter and the brilliant theme park of Futuroscope. Then there's the Monkey Park at Romagne in the Vienne, which is a delightful place to spend a day for all the family. You can cross over to the Limousin too, quite easily, to visit places like the tragic war memorial village of Oradour sur Glanes.

How to get to Alloue

You can arrive by air or TGV in Poitiers or Limoges. The ferry port that gives you the shortest drive is St Malo. If you're driving, you'll find Alloue on the D312. The nearest major roads are the N10 and N141.

Property prices and availability in and around Alloue

Property in the Charente is always popular, as the British in particular love the department. But, prices are surprisingly reasonable in and around Alloue, especially in 2012.

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WHERE IS Alloue?

Alloue is situated in the west of France. It lies in the north-east of the Charente department.

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Population: 520

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Limoges direct from the UK. By rail: The TGV runs to both the above cities. By road: The village is found on the D312.

Economy: The economy is agricultural. Lead mining was once important.

Interesting fact: Alloue used to have a 70% greater population than it does today, due to the migration of the younger generation to the cities.


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