In order to make your time with us as enjoyable as possible we have put together the following information for you.
Getting to us
If you are arriving by air or train Poitiers is the closes airport and train station. It is 40 minutes from Purnon. You can either hire a car at Poitiers or we can come and collect you. There are car hire pick ups within a short walk from the train station.
Booking your train
Your train can be booked via SNCF. We suggest downloading their app so you can easily manage your train tickets.
The most helpful thing you can do during your stay is take over kitchen duties for a day! There is a local market most days in villages surrounding the château which are fun and lively to shop at for fresh produce.
Here are a list of market days and addresses:
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY
8am – 1pm
Marché de Mirebeau
Place de l’Hotel de Ville
Mirebeau is a full service town with a supermarket, pharmacy, boulangerie etc.
TUESDAY & SATURDAY
8am – 1pm
Marché de Loudun
Loudun is a full service town with a supermarket, pharmacy, boulangerie etc.
9am – 1pm
Marché des Halles
Richelieu is a lovely historic town with restaurants and a chateau park. If you head off to the market leave some time to have lunch or a wonder through the chateau grounds. Note the château is no longer there however the grounds are lovely for a stroll.
8am – 1pm
Marché de Saint-Jean-de-Sauves
Place Marcel Chauvineau
Saint-Jean-de-Sauves is a small village.
1st MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
8am – 1pm
La Foire de Lencloître
This is is the largest monthly market with food, livestock, clothes, food stands … it’s a not to be missed if you’re here on the first Monday of a month!
Purnon is quite remote with limited dining out options. A workers lunch at the Cheval Blanc in Monts sur Guennes where you will get to meet ‘Fredo the Frog’ is our closest and easiest option for a casual lunch. Dinner options are limited so we have most meals at Purnon.
Here are some other options:
Fontevraud Le Restaurant
An exceptional Michelin star restaurant. If you would like a really special meal out this is the spot. Bookings needed quite a way in advance.
43.2kms from Purnon
Exception food. Book on the terrace in summer for a lovely lunch!
46kms from Purnon
La Tour de Pizz
Dinner only. Cheap and cheerful pizza and pasta.
22kms from Purnon
Brocantes are vintage markets and fun to explore and find treasures. These are our favorites:
3nd Sunday of each month
8am – 5pm
Along the banks of the Vienne. Chinon is a lovely historical town which is great for a stroll with lots of restaurants. The fortress is worth a visit really just if you are with kids.
Things to do
Here are some of our favorite places to visit and things to do:
Royal Abbey Fontevraud
35kms from Purnon
One of the largest surviving monastic cities from the Middle Ages. Resting place of Eleanor of Aquitaine and other royals. Beautifully restored Royal Abbey.
Château de Monts-sur-Guennes
2.8kms from Purnon
Monts-sur-Guennes is a charming village with a general store, gift shop and pharmacy. The château tells the story of Elenior d’Acquitane and the 100 years’ war.
Centre Thermal La Roche-Posay
61.7kms from Purnon
Thermal spa at La Roche-Posay’s source! Facials, massages, indoor thermal pool, sauna & hamam. 2 hour access to the spa facilities with a treatment. Must have bathers and plastic slippers (or you can purchase them there).
Before you leave us
In order to help us out could you kindly strip your beds and pop your sheets and towels through a washing cycle in the laundry. In the bottom draws in your bedroom you will find a change of sheets and towels. We would be very grateful if you could remake your bed with the clean sheets. It’s a little task that makes our lives a lot easier.
The washing machine should be put onto the cycle: Rapide40 and there are clothes washing tablets in the cupboard to the right of the machine. One table in to left draw of the machine.
If you are in a room with a bathroom there are cleaning products in the bathroom. The vacuum cleaner is in the ‘boot room’ on the ground floor.