Hôtel Restaurant le Clos Paillé: an enchanted interlude in La Roche Posay

Today I'm taking you on a trip to La Roche Posay. Nestling in the heart of the Vienne, this medieval town is renowned for its thermal waters with their many benefits. In the heart of this charming town is an exceptional establishment that invites travellers into a bubble of relaxation: the Hôtel Restaurant Le Clos Paillé. Dive in with me...

Marie BOUTET

Top culinary specialities from Poitou

Welcome to the heart of Poitou (Poetou in Poitevin), an ancient French province renowned for its historic heritage, its gentle way of life and, above all, its delicious cuisine! Nestling between the Loire and Gironde rivers, Poitou offers a palette of authentic flavours that will delight the taste buds of even the most demanding gourmets! So let's get started!

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Lencloître mustard

This winter, curiosity and a taste for local produce led me to Sérigny. This village in the Lencloîtrais region, where the melon is king, is home to the 16th-century Château de Saint-Bonnet, which Alain Jomier bought in 2019 when he discovered manuscripts dating from the late 19th century in a trunk he had left in the attic. Among them: the history and...

Héloise Dallez

My 5 favourite markets in Grand Châtellerault

With a wicker basket under my arm, I love to feast my eyes on the juicy Haut-Poitou melon, smell the roast chicken, salivate over the famous Chabichou, compose a bouquet of fresh flowers... After mingling with the curious, I indulge in my little ritual: a drink on the terrace in the village square. Then I take...

Héloise Dallez

Cycling & Cheese in Poitou

My darling and Hugo, our 16-year-old son, still talk to me regularly about their long country outing during Vélo, Swing et Petits Pois at the end of September. This gave me the idea of looking for other unusual itineraries for cycling enthusiasts. That's how I came across the "Vélo & Fromages, la France sur un plateau" initiative, launched in...

Héloise Dallez

My 5 favourite picnic spots

From the first rays of spring sunshine to the Indian summer, unrestricted country meals are one of the pleasures of my little family. Arthur in particular, our youngest son, loves picnics. Choosing the perfect spot to unfold the chequered tablecloth, take the food out of the wicker basket, play with the dinette, eat with the...

Héloise Dallez

Slow tourism at Ingrandes-sur-Vienne

I've been to Ingrandes-sur-Vienne several times, north of Châtellerault, half an hour from Touraine and Berry. And it occurred to me: this commune ticks all the boxes for a 'Slow' destination! There are plenty of gentle footpaths, including along the banks of the Vienne, the...

Héloise Dallez

My locavore party menu

Need some inspiration for your festive cooking? To live up to my nickname, "Sissi l'Ambassadrice de Grand Châtellerault", I've devised a New Year's Eve menu based on nuggets unearthed from local producers. And to complete my suggestions and recipes, I've called on two specialists:- Isabelle Bureau, winemaker at Domaine des Renardières in Ouzilly, and former oenologist,-...

Héloise Dallez

Hats off to the Haut-Poitou melon

One of my top 5 favourite regional specialities is the king of summer, the Haut-Poitou melon. Proud of its recognition by the IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) label, I was keen to find out more, especially as I learned that a third of the farms are located in Grand Châtellerault. What could be better than a visit...

Héloise Dallez

Lencloître holds its fair

On 6 July, to celebrate the school holidays, I asked my eldest son to come with me to the Lencloître Fair. I'd been planning to go for a long time, because I had fond memories of my childhood with my grandparents. As it falls on the first Monday of every month, I promised myself I'd make the most of it...

Héloise Dallez

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