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Visit the Haut Val de Sèvre

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We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we visit the Deux-Sevres out of season.

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Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Visit Coulon at the heart of the Marais Poitevin - a unique day out for all the family...

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A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

This is the time to turn apples into a delicious drink to keep you going through the cold winter months. Mike Davis, a cider man from way back, explains just how to go about it – and to cook with it too... 

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Make mine a lobster!

Make mine a lobster!

The Thouarsais are proud of an apéritif inspired by a blague eighty years ago... 

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Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Tossing the caber and throwing a stone in the heart of the Deux-Sèvres? You’d better believe it! For the town of Bressuire has become the focal point of the Highland Games and Scottish culture in France ...

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A Grand Day Out in Thouars

A Grand Day Out in Thouars

Nestled in the plains of the Deux-Sèvres lies Thouars, the northernmost town of the department, only 15km from neighbouring Maine and Loire. Its geographical position means that it is little known further south, yet this town of 10 000 inhabitants holds an abundance of interesting surprises...

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Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

The rural plains and valleys of central Deux-Sèvres are full of historical secrets, and one of the best is the ancient heart of Parthenay...

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Garden Party at Domaine de Péré

Garden Party at Domaine de Péré

If there is one garden fair that should be on everyone’s calendar then make sure it is the “Fête des Plantes et du Jardin” in the Deux-Sèvres. Teresa Hardy meets the man who makes it happen.

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City Chic at Hotel Particulier La Chamoiserie

City Chic at Hotel Particulier La Chamoiserie

Hotel Particulier La  Chamoiserie, in the centre of  Niort, is an ideal spot for couples searching for a stylish hotel with a life and soul of its own...

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