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Availles Limouzine - a mediaeval riverside village

Looking for an ideal location for a lovely mediaeval village in France? Put it on the banks of the River Vienne in sunny Poitou-Charentes, and you couldn't really do better. This is where you'll find Availles Limouzine. It's a very pretty old village, replete with history and rural charm in addition to offering good shops and services. Perfect.

Good amenities on offer

While France has many charming old villages, it can come up short on ones with good shops and services. All too often you get one without the other. But, a look at Availles Limouzine confirms that here you have the lot. Picturesque and mediaeval in origin, Availles Limouzine sits on the banks of the River Vienne (great fishing) and has an attractive and interesting heritage. The village is surrounded by glorious countryside that's just perfect for horse-riding (there's a good stables on the edge of the village) and walking. The municipal park provides a public swimming pool plus boat hire for use on the river. Flower lovers will enjoy wandering through the English Garden, set in the north of Availles. What's more, there's a small supermarket, a post office, a pharmacy, a couple of enticing boulangeries, a butcher's and even bars and restaurants!

Enjoy motor racing at Le Vigeant and visit Ile de Ré

Poitou-Charentes and the area close to Availles Limouzine provide a thousand and one possibilities when it comes to choosing things to do. If you want to add a little excitement to life, and have exhausted the offerings of the village and the river, why not go along to the motor racing circuit at nearby Le Vigeant? If you love the beach, the coast is well within reach for days out, or you could spend time on the stunning Ile de Ré.

Explore castles, ancient villages and modern cities

The region is packed with historical villages and castles (try Chauvigny or Gençay) while the countryside offers endless possibilities for walking, cycling, nature trailing and simply enjoying the peace. For those who crave a little city life, Limoges and Poitiers are both fascinating and have activities to enjoy for all ages and tastes.

How to get there

Flying will get you to Poitiers or Limoges. Both cities have TGV stations too, as does Angoulême, for those who prefer the train. Drivers can find the village on the D8/D34, not far from the N147 or N10 non toll motorways.

Property prices and availability in and around Availles Limouzine

You'll find the property prices around Availles Limouzine pleasantly low, especially in 2013. The French property market seems to be steadily picking up, at the time of writing, but there are still a good number of bargains to be found.

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Availles Limouzine AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Availles Limouzine?

Availles Limouzine lies in the very south of the Vienne department, close to the border with Charente.

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Poitou-Charentes Guide

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Vienne Guide

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Population: 1,342

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Limoges. By rail: The TGV runs into these cities (as well as Angoulême), so train travel is another option. By road: The village lies on the D8/D34, in between the N147 and N10 non toll motorways.

Economy: The village has a number of commercial enterprises. Agriculture is also a factor.

Interesting fact: The stretch of Vienne River that runs through the village is internationally known as a fisherman's paradise.


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