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La Grange aux Dîmes  is the last house on the right


The Back Office

Ground Floor Bedroom

If traveling by train from Paris, take the TGV (high speed train) from Gare Montparnasse to Chatellerault. The journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes and St. Pierre de Maillé is a 30-minute drive.

Medical & Dental: There is a doctor and dentist in St. Pierre, both half way up the hill towards Angles-sur-l’Anglin. They are excellent and the doctor and nurse make (inexpensive) house calls.  The nearest hospital is in Chatellerault (on the ring road).

Shopping: Many shops remain closed on Mondays and daily between 12:00 and 2:30.  Supermarkets & bakeries are open on Sunday mornings. There is a bakery and small supermarket in St. Pierre..  Note that banks are closed on Monday. There is a big Intermarche & hardware store in Yzeures. The best shopping centers are Chatellerault, Chauvigny, Le Blanc, Montmorillon & Poitiers.  Market Days:  Tuesday: La Roche Posay Thursday: Chatellerault,  Saturday: Chauvigny, Le Blanc

Activities & Destinations:
View from our terrace
  • La Roche Posay, a spa town since Roman times, is renowned for its healing waters. Visitors may indulge themselves in a profusion of massage & hydro-therapy treatments. The town also boasts a casino, horse racing, and a wide range of sporting activities, including golf, tennis and horseback riding.  Swimming and kayaking are popular along local rivers. Rock climbing is popular on the small cliffs along the Gartempe near Mérigny.
  • Music and other cultural events are common throughout the year, including well-publicized village summer fêtes and firework displays. Check the La Roche Posay Tourist Office for details. About an hours drive to the north, are  chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. In Amboise is also the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings.
  • A few miles from St. Pierre, along the river Creuse, lies the 11th Century Benedictine Monastery of Fontgombault, where daily vesper services are accompanied by beautiful Gregorian chant.
  • The Abbey at Saint Savin is famed for its remarkable medieval frescoes, as is the tiny village church at Antigny, a couple of kilometers further south.
  • The château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine Museum of Prehistory. 
  • The exquisite village of Angles-sur-l’Anglin (adjacent to St. Pierre), dominated by a ruined cliff-top castle belonging to the Bishops of Poitiers, is famed as one of the most beautiful in France.  There is also a new prehistory museum featuring the Roc aux Sorciers relief carvings.
  • For naturalists, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is an attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitvin or “Venis Vert” near La Rochelle, where one can rent a boat to explore the network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes. The attractive Atlantic town of La Rochelle, famed for its seafood, is well worth a visit.
  • Those interested in experiencing the latest in film technology and computer imaging should consider a visit to Futuroscope, located near Poitier, the theme park is devoted to the moving image. Arrive early, as it can get very crowded in summer. Admission is cheaper after 6:00pm (good for the evening light show). Futuroscope is closed in winter.
There are many small village inns that provide good, inexpensive food.  The closest being  the Auberge de l'Etoile on the square.  There are also restaurants of international quality within easy reach.