Romazières and the area

Romazières is a tiny village whose inhabitants are for the most part farmers,or those who have decided to give up the pressures of city living.
The soil is marvellous for gardeners – stick something in and it just seems to grow. Everyone has their own practically weedless patch of ground which they start tending early to avoid the heat of the day.
Although the people work hard, it’s all much slower and infinitely more flexible…and there’s always time for a chat- except during the two hour déjeunner…after which it sleepily wakes up and the hum of tractors begins again.
The nearest village for supplies is Néré, about 3kms away. Both the doctor and dentist are there as well as the supermarket, butcher, chemist, bank,post office and boulangérie, though if you don’t want to stir out of the garden, vans come round with different produce most days of the week: fresh ducks, cheeses, oysters and bakery vans with a selection of croissants, bread and patisseries. They announce their arrival with a piercing honk! Otherwise there are markets, a trip in themselves, at Aulnay, Chef Boutonne, Matha and St Jean d’Angély all within half an hours drive.
We are lucky to have our own very friendly village bistrot and there are two other restaurants within three kms.
The area is ideal for gentle cycling and picnics; the village is just on the edge of the forest of Aulnay which is in France’s conservation area, or take a short walk and explore what must be one of the smallest and certainly oldest Romanesque churches in the area. It’s cool and peaceful inside…a refuge form the heat. The village is surrounded by sunflowers and cornfields and is rich in bird and wild life .

Things to do

 There are markets mid-week and weekends in most of the villages, also brocantes (french antique markets) if you’re looking to pick up a bargain.

Swimming. We have a little lake with sand and a café within 20 mins drive, and others which have pedalos and childen’s play areas within about half an hour’s drive. Covered swimming pools at St Jean d’Angély and Ruffec and of course the sea and glorious sandy beaches at Royan with it’s world famous zoo,  La Rochelle with its aquarium…and the islands of Ré, Oléron and Aix. .

Horse riding is very close to home  at La Bride 0546263238 (about 15 mins) As is the famous Asinérie de Poitou where they breed donkeys and will do personal tours (in English) for you and your family.
Bike Hire is at Matha , Cycle les Claux 0546585114.
Golf is at Saintes, Niort and Cognac with a mini golf course at Thors.

Valléé des Singes (Monkey World) is a fantastic attraction with over 300 monkeys.

La Venise Verte is a stunning collection of canals and waterways which can be explored by riverboat, canoe, or hire a bike and navigate the canal paths. Lovely waterside restaurants and bars.

Cognac with its brandy houses is about half an hour’s drive as is Saintes with its roman amphitheatre and romanesque churches.

Many summer music and arts festivals in the area – among the best known, Cognac Jazz and Blues festival and the annual festival of classical music at Saintes.

A day’s outing to Futuroscope is well worth the effort.

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