‘Le Moulin la Laigne’ is an attractive peaceful hamlet that used to have a walnut mill at its centre. Part of the commune of ‘Asnieres la Giraud’, which has a bakers, butchers, village shop and Sophie’s restaurant which is very popular with ex-pats on a Sunday, when one can enjoy a sumptuous buffet, five course meal with wine for under 15 euros!
There is also the mayors office, village school, post office, playing field and tennis courts.
St. Jean d’Angely
In the nearby town, ‘St. Jean d’Angely’; all your daily needs are catered for.
There are five supermarkets to chose from, DIY stores, furniture, shoe and clothes stores. In the town centre there are 30 different restaurants and food outlets, so no need to go hungry! You will also find lovely cafes where you can sit under the trees and while away the time, people watching.
The town also has a general hospital with A&E facilities.
By the river there is a lovely park, with great facilities for children that are very well-maintained, with pedalos for hire on the lake, and wonderful facilities for kayaking.
Nearby is an amazing swimming pool complex, which punches way above its weight, thanks to massive funding enjoyed because of the local water polo team, who are held in high regard. Also worth a mention is rugby. Again St Jean is in the league playing major tournaments against cities with professional teams.
If you travel south you find the city of Saintes with it’s many churches and cathedral, it even has its own roman amphitheatre. In the summer months there are river cruises and often day trips to beautiful villages, where you can enjoy lunch.
Cognac, another beautiful town is under 30 minutes away, famous for its alcoholic beverages, there are tours of the various ancient Cognac producers.
It also boasts a major music event in early July, ‘Cognac Blues and Passion’ and hosts other smaller music events at other times of the year.
La Rochelle, just over an hour away is another beautiful and upmarket city. The nearest airport is here. There are ever increasing flights to many different locations in the U.K. and other European destinations.
The beautiful and incredibly long coastline of stunning white, clean, sandy beaches stretch out for miles, if that isn’t enough there are several offshore islands including the very smart and fashionable Isle de Re.
Driving is very relaxed as there is so much space! The roads are good, people are much more chilled, so it can be an enjoyable experience and the longer distances are less daunting, road rage is almost unheard of.
The motorway network is close by, accessible at St. Jean d’ Angely, although far enough away not to be heard. There are also train and bus stations at St. Jean.
Paris is surprisingly accessible. A 15 minute drive to Surgeres, then hop on the TGV (a French high-speed electric passenger train). Two and a half hours later and you are in Paris.