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Voulême - a peaceful, rural village

The little village of Voulême lies on the River Charente in the bucolic countryside of the Vienne department of Poitou-Charentes, in western France. The village is peaceful and gives a sense of living in times gone by, yet lies just minutes away from towns with supermarkets and all mod cons and within easy reach of major tourist attractions.

Visit the mediaeval watermill

It won't take you long to explore the village of Voulême, as with only 359 inhabitants, there isn't a lot to it! However, there is a bar/restaurant, very pleasant for those times you feel like eating out but don't want to drive far. The village does, however, have a couple of very interesting historical features. One is the Church of Saint Hilaire, of unusual design, and the other is worth a little of anybody's time to visit. It is a mediaeval watermill, set on the Charente River.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside

The surrounding countryside is like something out of an Impressionist painting, full of colour, light and shade and completely unspoilt. It is perfect for walking (there are some beautiful walking trails around the village), cycling and horse-riding, while the river provides opportunities for fishing and boating.

Lots to see and do in the vicinity

The Vienne is a wonderful place to be in terms of having a huge variety of leisure activities and places to go to offer its residents and visitors. The city of Poitiers is not far from Voulême, and is great for shopping and dining as well as having a lovely historical quarter and heritage. Then there is Futuroscope, the superb educational theme park, full of interest and excitement for all ages. Nearby too is the lovely Vallée des Singes, a vast park full of hundreds of varieties of monkeys, all living in natural conditions and fascinating to see. If monkeys are not your thing, try the Crocodile Park or even Snake Island!

Explore Green Venice

The Charente-Maritime department nearby, offers access to beaches and seaside resorts with lots of sporting activities such as sailing, swimming, kite surfing and more. Staying inland, try taking a trip on a traditional flat bottomed boat around the Marais Poitevin (or Green Venice), which is a fascinating network of canals that really transports you into a watery wonderland. The above are really just a few ideas, the area is so rich in possibilities you will never be bored.

How to get there

Poitiers has both an airport and a TGV station, so it is easy to travel from the UK to the department. Poitiers airport is served by Ryanair. Ruffec, not far from Voulême, has a station with linking trains from Poitiers. Drivers can find the village on the D106, just off the N10 major road.

Property prices and availability in and around Voulême

The Vienne has some fantastic property bargains. Close to Voulême, these include a fisherman's cabin with an acre of land for just 20,000 Euros, a detached three bedroom home for only 156,600 Euros, and a beautiful riverside house for 266,000 Euros, and this is just a sample of the properties available at the time of writing (February 2012).

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WHERE IS Voulême?

Voulême is situated in the west of France. It lies in the very south-west of the Vienne department, close to the borders with Charente and Deux-Sèvres.

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Poitou-Charentes Guide

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Vienne Guide

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Population: 359

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers direct from the UK with Ryanair. By rail: You can take the TGV to Poitiers and change to local services to Ruffec. By road: The town lies near to the N10 non toll motorway on the D106.

Economy: The economy is largely agricultural.

Interesting fact: Although the village is utterly rural, it is only a short drive from shops, supermarkets and all the top attractions of the region.

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