There’s so much to choose from! Wine tasting, walking, bikerides, air balloon flights, water-skiing… below, we have selected just a few of the options that you can find nearby. The local tourist offices can help you further if there are other activities that take your fancy.
At Chateau de Picol, you are surrounded by vineyards. Not only are the Loire Valley vineyards just a short hop by car, but on your doorstep are several local wine producers that will let you visit their domains and sample their produce.
Domaine Ampelidae at Marigny Brizay (15 minutes by car): www.ampelidae.com
Domaine de la Rôtisserie, at Marigny Brizay (15 minutes by car): www.domaine-rotisserie.com
Domaine de Villemont at Mirebeau (15 minutes by car): www.lecoinfermier.com/domaine-de-villemont
At Mirebeau, you can take an air-balloon flight and get a birds-eye view of the Vienne’s magnificent scenery. A basket carrying 4 to 16 people starts at 125€ per person.
Cable skiing is a means of water-skiing in maximum safety, as the skier’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable. Come and try out the sport, as well as wakeboarding or kneeboarding, at a 10 hectare lake not far from Chateau de Picol …or simply come and watch!
Golf – 30 minutes by car
Between Poitiers and Châtellerault is the Golf du Haut-Poitou, a course that plays host to the International Open series. The 18 holes here are deemed very technical and hence the course ranks as one of the best in France. There are magnificent views Saint Cyr Lake too.
Golf du Haut-Poitou also offers a nine-hole course and a pitch and putt.
Don’t forget to bring your walking boots! There’s a footpath (called ‘Le sentier des Bois du Dognon’) that borders the Chateau and takes you on an 11 km (2.5 hour) trail that passes Lencloître, a Romanesque church and the town hall. Maps are available at the Chateau.
The “Ligne Verte” (Green Line) is an old railway track between Chatellerault and Loudun that has been converted into a walking and cycling route. You can access it at Lencloître.
More information and footpath maps can be found at Lencloître’s Tourist Office.
Swimming – 30 minutes by car
Sandy beaches, fresh water… and no need to go as far as the seaside. At Saint-Cyr Lake, you can swim, rent canoes or pedalos, go windsurfing … its an ideal family day out when it warms up.
Futuroscope was France’s first ever amusement park and remains a unique and must-see experience! A great day out for all the family, discover more than 25 rides and attractions and some stunning futuristic architecture. Recent additions to the line-up include ‘Arthur, the 4D Adventure’, which was designed by cinematographer Luc Besson, and the world’s first skybar!
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More information and links
Tourisme en Vienne : www.tourisme-vienne.com
Office de Tourisme Poitiers : www.ot-poitiers.fr
Tourisme en Tourraine : www.touraineloirevalley.com
Office de Tourisme de Chatellerault : tourisme.chatellerault.fr
Office de Tourisme de Lencloître : www.ot-lencloitre.fr
Château du Riveau : www.chateaudurivau.com