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Ruffec - a busy and bustling rural centre

Despite being set in the beautiful countryside of the Charente, close to the Foret de Tesse and all its abundant nature, Ruffec is a bustling centre of local life. The vibrant little town, which hosts twice weekly markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, is equipped with everything you could wish for. And it's close to all the best tourist attractions of this fabulous region.

An attractive town with heritage to discover

There can be few places with as much right to call themselves a perfect destination as Ruffec. It may not be classified as one of France's most beautiful towns, yet it is very attractive in an unassuming way. It is typical of a rural French town, managing at once to be a vibrant centre for rural life yet remain unspoiled and to retain a sense of calm. There's plenty of history and heritage to be found, with an old lavoir, an interesting 11th church, elegant town hall and many original houses.

Amenities on offer

Everything you need is close at hand, with doctors, dentists, schools and trade services all available in and near to the town. Ruffec also has traditional markets, shops and supermarkets as well as hotels, restaurants and bars. And besides its shopping and dining facilities, it offers a highly attractive lifestyle. Fetes and festivals are held in town and bring a real party atmosphere to the streets and square. If you do happen to want to further facilities, the railway station in town gets you to the capital city of Poitiers in no time. And if you prefer to drive, the N10 motorway is close by, and doesn't charge any tolls.

Outdoor activities available

The town boasts a wonderful location. It lies on the River Charente and so offers riverside walks as well as lovely, gentle countryside to explore. And you may be in the heart of a very rural area of western France, but a base in Ruffec is the ideal place to get out and about to enjoy a huge variety of attractions and activities. Close to home there are so many things to do that no one can claim to be left out. Fishing, walking, horse-riding and cycling are all very popular. And that's not surprising considering the beauty that nature has bestowed on this little corner of the Charente. The Foret de Tesse is glorious and offers the opportunity to enjoy nature walks to discover a fascinating flora and fauna. The rivers and lakes are great for fishing, swimming and boating. Golfers too can find good courses within a short drive, and there are plenty of them as the region boasts no less than 21!

Enjoy Futuroscope, the Valley of the Monkeys and tree-climbing at Escalabre

Fun days out with the family are also easy to find near Ruffec. Poitiers, where there is a wonderful historic centre and lots of heritage, has the acclaimed theme park Futuroscope. Here the kids won't just have a great time, they'll pick up lots of information too. Then there's the Valley of the Monkeys, where hundreds of different apes and other animals roam in natural surroundings. If you feel you need to tire the kids out to give you some well-earned peace, try taking them to the nearby Escalabre for a spot of (safely monitored) tree-climbing!

Visit Verteuil sur Charente's chateau and the gardens at Tusson

Towns to add to the itinerary should include Cognac, home of the famous brandy, Verteuil sur Charente with its stunning chateau, and Tusson with its gorgeous mediaeval gardens.

How to get there

Fly to Poitiers or Limoges. Poitiers also has a TGV station. From here Ruffec is easily accessed by rail or road. Ruffec has its own railway station which links to the TGV stop at Poitiers. Meanwhile the N10 motorway is the closest major road to the town.

Property prices and availability in and around Ruffec

Ruffec and the department in which it lies, Charente, are deeply popular with property seekers and second home buyers both from France and abroad. However, prices are surprisingly reasonable, even low, especially in early 2014 when the economic recovery is just beginning. You can currently find yourself a nice little building plot for the appealing price of just 14,000 Euros, or a super townhouse to renovate for only 33,500 Euros. If you prefer not to do any work, Ruffec also offers a large choice of ready to move into properties to suit all budgets.

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WHERE IS Ruffec?

Ruffec lies in western France, in the north of the Charente department.

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Population: 3,500

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Limoges. By rail: Ruffec has its own railway station linking to the TGV stop at Poitiers. By road: The town lies near the N10 non toll motorway, and can be accessed by several roads.

Economy: Ruffec's thriving small town economy involves commerce, tourism and agriculture.

Interesting fact: Ruffec is the principal town of north Charente.


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