La Gachère is situated on the borders of the departments of Maine et Loire and Deux Sevres in the newly formed region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, and its location provides a wide range of places to visit and activities including:
Wine tasting: Our French friend and neighbour owns the 33 hectares of vineyards surrounding our property and produces some extremely good, award- winning red, white and rosé wines and white and rosé crèmant (sparkling wine). Visit http://www.vinsdomainedelagachere.com/
Golf - several in the local area all less than 1 hour's drive away.
Go Karting (international track 15 mins) www.circuitvaldargenton.fr
Fishing (several rivers and lakes – river Layon 5 min drive and Pescalis fishing complex 1 hour's drive away) www.pescalis.com
Swimming/water activities: kayaking on the river Argenton and a fantastic chlorine-free outdoor fun pool at Argenton Les Vallées (20 mins). There is another outdoor pool in Vihiers (20 mins drive away) Also, large public indoor pools at Doue La Fontaine (with water shoot) and Thouars
Nearest beach - Sables d'Olonnes (1.5 hours)
The beautiful and historical port at La Rochelle on the Vendee coast with its many restaurants is only 2 hour’s drive away
Parc de la Vallée (family water park), Massais (15 mins) www.parcdelavallee.com
l'Etang Parc de Loisirs is another family fun park at Brissac Quince, (30 mins) www.parc-etang.com - well worth a visit
Terra Botanica (Angers) www.uk.terrabotanica.fr (45 mins)
Puy du Fou (south of Cholet) www.puydufou.com (1 hour)
Futuroscope (Poitiers) www.futuroscope.com (1.5 hours)
Zoo: Doue La Fontaine, one of the best in Europe (30 mins) www.zoodoue.fr
The pretty and historical town of Thouars is well worth a visit, including the large general and covered food market every Friday.
Antique markets take place every Sunday throughout the month in the local area.
There are plenty of supermarkets in the area and a little local one (5 mins drive away in Neuil sur Layon) where you can buy fresh meat and veg and general groceries. Open Sunday mornings.
Sightseeing: numerous châteaux, museums etc. For more information about the area visit