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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

August Bonus Feature - Airfields across the region

August Bonus Feature - Airfields across the region

To accompany our feature Sky High....

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Full cycle - exploring the Thouet valley by bicycle

Full cycle - exploring the Thouet valley by bicycle

While trunk road improvements and a new high-speed rail line make their marks on the local landscapes a quieter, greener revolution in transport is also taking place, as Roger Moss discovered... 

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Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

If you feel like heading over to the coast, you don’t have to stop there – there’s nothing quite like a little island escapism for getting away from it all and lifting the spirits...

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Once upon a Château - visit the beautiful town of Richelieu

Once upon a Château - visit the beautiful town of Richelieu

A fortified town created during the 17th century once possessed the crowning glory of French châteaux. The Revolution claimed the château, but much of the landscaped parkland remains, along with the remarkable town of Richelieu...

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Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Rochefort was purpose built to become France’s greatest military port – today it’s an outward looking town just waiting to be rediscovered... 

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Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

The name of Cognac has long been synonymous with stylish living and a sense of occasion – qualities which are alive and well…

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Château style - enjoy golf at Petit Chêne

Château style - enjoy golf at Petit Chêne

The Golf du Petit Chêne enjoys an enviable, secluded setting among lakes and woods – the beautifully-landscaped parkland of a gracious château which can trace its history back to the 13th Century. Just 3km from the village of Mazières-en-Gatine, between Parthenay and Niort, it’s conveniently located for golfers in Deux-Sèvres... 

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Riding high at Domaine des Forges Golf Club

Riding high at Domaine des Forges Golf Club

The Domaine des Forges Golf Resort is among the best-known courses in western France, and its readily accessible location between Poitiers, Niort and Parthenay puts it squarely in the sights of golfing aficionados from Belgium, Holland and across the Channel. But for the most part it’s the region’s own golfers who get to benefit from the Domaine’s comprehensive range of facilities... 

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Atlantic effect - La Palmyre Golf Club

Atlantic effect - La Palmyre Golf Club

Even a non-golfer would consider this something of a dream location – and if you happen to be a golfer, then it’s obviously a very nice place indeed to be able to refer to as your club. Which makes it all the more surprising that it first opened its doors as recently as 2009... 

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On (and in) the green at St Junien Golf Club

On (and in) the green at St Junien Golf Club

You might be forgiven for regarding today’s golfing world as something of an industry, but for a classic example of a more purist, down-to-earth approach look no further than the Golf de Saint Junien, a delightful 18-hole course between Chabanais and Limoges, beside the verdant vastness of the Parc Naturel Régional Limousin-Périgord...

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