The Local Area2019-11-15T13:52:45+00:00


Deux-Sèvres and Vendée

Whilst you may just wish to relax at The Little Nest Gite, Nouvelle Aquitaine is a popular holiday destination because of the climate and the number of tourist attractions. This list of tourist attractions is by no means full,  but it gives you a taste of things to do in the area. 

For further information or recommendations, please ask your hosts, Joyce and Rob, who will be very happy to help.

gite near Puy de Fou


Puy du Fou
Voted the Best Theme Park in the World, offering spectacular performances that take you through the centuries.


Location from property: 30 mins via D27
Pescalis fishing complex

Europe’s first international nature and fishing centre with 100 hectares of fishing lakes. On the complex there is also an aquarium, shops, restaurant and on Sunday through the summer season, a Farmers’ Market.

Location from property: 15 mins via D744

Boca Speed go karting

Go karting at Circuit de Karting is a great day out for all ages. 

Location from property: 20 mins via D744

Chateau Saint Mesmin

Built around 1370 this historic chateau was used as a military hospital in the First World War. Restored in 1990, Chateau St. Mesmin is now a treasured tourist attraction in the Deux-Sèvres.   

Location from property: 10 mins via D744

gite near Puy de Fou


Golf Bressuire
Golf course, driving range, pitch and putt set in the historic town of Bressuire.
Location from property: 22 mins via D960BIS
Marais Poitevin Green Venice

The largest area of marshland on France’s Atlantic coastline is full of wildlife. Explore the canals and waterways (known as Green Venice) by traditional flat-bottomed boats. A romantic place to visit with quay-side restaurants.

Location from property: 60 mins via D744

Wine tasting around Saumur

The Deux-Sèvres and Vendée areas have wine producers where you can go, taste and buy direct. This link takes you to a directory of wine producers around Saumur.

Location from property: 50 mins via D159

Parc oriental Maulevrier

A 29 hectare listed park containing 12 hectares of stunning Japanese gardens, representing elements of the Japanese culture and the natural cycle of life.

Location from property: 35 mins via N249

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Restaurant Auberge du Cheval Blanc

If you are looking for somewhere in the local area  to eat this French Restaurant is a must.
The owners are very welcoming and friendly, the food is excellent with a good range of wine to choose from.

Location from property: 4 mins via D744

Cafe cour du miracle Vouvant

A charming café/restaurant run by an English couple, located in the heart of the historical and touristic town of Vouvant, dominated by the ancient tower of the legendary Mélusine.

Location from property: 30 mins via D938T

Restaurant La Petite Noisette Vernoux en Gatine
A very popular restaurant in Vernoux-en-Gatîne run by a friendly English couple, Hazel and Richard.  The food is of a very high standard.  Booking advised.
Chateau Colbert

In a luxurious and prestigious setting, offering gourmet cuisine using ingredients inspired by the seasons, this restaurant rivals some of the best in the region. A visit is essential to complete your perfect holiday.

Location from property: 30 mins via D744