Things to do in the region

The Gatine region has lots of excellent tourist attractions for all age groups. These include the world famous Futroscope, the theme park dedicated to technology. Our magnificent medieval town of Parthenay which holds numerous musical & entertainment events in the summer months. Savour the atmosphere of local markets, tucked away tiny villages, French cuisine and lanes to cycle off the beaten track. La Rochelle with its spectacular sandy beaches is not far away and there are lots of French chateaux to explore.

For the younger members of the family they will enjoy feeding our three character goats. There are children's zoos, parks and much, much more.

There is a Welcome Folder at your disposal in your holiday home showing some of the places to visit, local information etc.

Lac du Pèlerin is in the Deux-Sevres department (79) and Poitou-Charentes area. Our village is easily accessible from the Route Nationale and Poitiers is on a main auto route.

Distances from major towns


  • Only 1.15 from Stansted to Poitiers Airport
  • 30 mins from Poitiers and the Airport
  • 10 mins from Parthenay - with a mainline railway station and excellent shopping in this interesting medieval town
  • 30 mins from Niort
  • 1hr30 from La Rochelle - a spectacular coastline with lots of beaches
  • 6 hrs from Calais - approximately. The main ports of Roscoff, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dieppe and Caen are in fact nearer still



To make your travel arrangements easier we have given you some useful links. We hope these prove of some assistance in planning your break to Lac du Pèlerin.


We are fortunate to live in a bit of a micro climate here in the Deux-Sevres - summers are long, with pleasant warm temperatures. However the area is lush with lots of rivers & underground springs. Being only 1hr 30 from La Rochelle on the coast seems to bring us the best of all weather.

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