Surrounding Area

The area has many interesting places to visit both nearby and for longer excursions.

Poitiers, the capital of the region has a cathedral, roman ruins and the famous theme park Futuroscope. To the north of the city is the site of the Battle of Poitiers where the Moors were pushed back and out of France. The area was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine, who along with Henry II and Richard I is buried in the Abbey at Fontevraud.

North of Berthegon is the Loire area with many beautiful Châteaux, museums and vineyards. Chinon has a spectactular Château where Joan of Arc visited the uncrowned Charles VII to convince him to let her lead the French army against the English. The towns of Tours and Saumur are within an hour's drive.

For garden lovers the inspirational Villandry makes a wonderful day out and the annual garden festival at Château de Chaumont is a must. Just in the neighbouring department of Deux-Sèvres is the National Monument Château D’Oiron, not only an interesting Château but also home to an impressive collection of contemporary art.

Nearer to Berthegon is the fascinating walled town of Richelieu, where the Cardinal made his base. Richelieu has restaurants, supermarkets and a street market on Fridays and Mondays.

In the village itself is La Ligne Verte, 37km of railway line that has now been transformed into a nature trail for walking and cycling. The forest of Scevolles at Guesnes has different walking trails to enjoy with markers along the way.

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FuturoscopeThe Abbey at FontevraudChinon