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Villebois Lavalette - a fortified town in a commanding location

Villebois Lavalette may only be a small town, but its enviable location on a hilltop marks it out as special. With its natural defensive position and fortifications that made it almost impregnable and much desired throughout its history, it is also quite charming. With lovely views, a covered market hall and its heritage features, Villebois Lavalette is a gem waiting to be discovered.

Life in Villebois Lavalette

Known as a market town, thanks to its vibrant little Saturday morning market, Villebois is in all other terms more of a village. Its rural setting and gentle pace of life embody the essence of French country living. For all its diminutive size, though, the little town has good amenities, with banks, bakeries, a pharmacy, a builder's merchants, a good sized supermarket and a tourist office where you can pick up information about local events and places to visit. There's also a hotel, a restaurant, doctors, and a dentist. That pretty much covers all everyday needs. However, larger towns such as Angoulême are only a short drive away.

Heritage to discover

The town has a long and interesting history, having its roots in Roman times. The most important heritage features include the town walls, the 16th century covered market hall and a 17th century sundial. The market hall is a registered historical monument.

Explore historic Angoulême and beautiful Aubeterre sur Dronne

The Charente department occupies as enviable a location in France as does Villebois Lavalette in its own locality. Lying close to the border with the Dordogne, this ever popular region has an immense number of places to visit and activities to enjoy. Among the best places to visit locally are the main city of Angoulême, bursting with history and also modern amenities; the brandy town of Cognac; the city of Poitiers with its Futuroscope theme park; and the stunningly beautiful town of Aubeterre sur Dronne. And, although the town is not located on the coast, it is certainly within reach at a mere 90 kilometres. So day trips to the beach are far from out of the question.

How to get there

You can travel by air or rail (TGV) to Bergerac, Limoges or Poitiers. Angoulême also has a TGV station, and it is the nearest. The town is quite close to the N10 non toll motorway, the nearest major roads being the D939 and D674. Finally, for ferry fans, the nearest ferry port is that of Saint Malo.

Property prices and availability in and around Villebois Lavalette

Property prices in Poitou-Charentes are often surprisingly low, and there are some great bargains to be found. Though you'd imagine that property in such a sought after location as this fortified town of Villebois Lavalette would still be prohibitively expensive, wouldn't you? Take a look - you'll be amazed.

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Villebois Lavalette AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Villebois Lavalette?

Villebois Lavalette lies in western France, in the south-east of the Charente department, close to the border with the Dordogne.

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Population: 747

Access: By air: Fly to Bergerac, Limoges, La Rochelle or Poitiers direct from the UK. By rail: You can take a TGV to Angoulême, Limoges or Poitiers. By road: The town can be accessed from the D939 and D674.

Economy: The economy is a blend of agriculture and small commerce.

Interesting fact: The town was occupied by the English in the Hundred Years War.

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