The Region

In the opposite direction lies the medieval village of St Loup Sur Thouet, a ‘Petit Cite de Character’, with bars, restaurant, auberge, baker, newsagent / bar tabac and village store. Also in the village is a small chateau and church, with beautiful stained glass windows and interesting history – being linked to two local saints. We are blessed in this region with a wonderful climate and diverse geography, making it a fabulous place to come and enjoy your holidays, whatever your interests – gastronomy to kayaking, walking, cycling, or simply sitting by the pool and relaxing – it can all be found here!


The tiny farming hamlet of Bois Mort is located in the Deux-Sèvres department, one of four that make up the Poitou Charente region – the other three being Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime.

The Deux-Sevres, sits in the north of the Poitou Charente region, just below the Loire Valley, which makes it an ideal staging post to sample the wines of the Haut-Poitou and the Loire, with the picturesque fairy-tale city of Saumur only a 55 minute drive away.

The Deux-Sevres is an unspoilt, farming area, so in the summer expect sunflower fields, swaying golden wheat and tall lush fields of maize. We are close to two beautiful villages, Gourgé with its Romanesque church, beautiful ancient roman bridge and old water mill, where you can fish and picnic – it’s also possible to hire horse drawn gypsy caravans at certain times during the summer! Within the village is a small store and the local auberge – Le Petit Marmite.

On your doorstep and up to two hours away

Local Markets

Thouars Market
Saumur Market

The general consensus of opinion is that Thouars has the best market in the department, with Niort coming a close second, but then again many prefer the Saturday market at Saumur!

Indoor market buildings tend to be attractive structures, where one can purchase anything fresh in the way of fish, meat, cheese, bread, but get there early, as they will be open at 8am and tend to close down at midday.

Outdoor stalls line the streets and tend to be there all day – unless it is raining or snowing

Visitors will find anything from fruit and vegetables, flowers, shoes and clothes to hardware stalls, craft stalls and even sewing machines.

Bressuire: fresh fish, produce and general goods
Coulonges sur l’Autize: general goods
Lezay: large market, produce & general
Niort: general goods
Thouars: indoor fresh produce

Parthenay: fresh produce and general goods

Argenton Chateau: general goods
La Mothe St Heray: general goods
Sauze Vaussais: large market, produce and general goods

Melle: local produce
Thouars (morning only): large fresh produce and general goods

Saturday (tend to be mornings only)
Airvault: local produce and general goods
Chef Boutonne: large general market
Parthenay: local produce
Saint Maixent l’Ecole (morning): indoor and general market
Saumur: large market around the centre with local produce


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