The Region & Local Activities
The local town, La Roche Posay, has narrow, winding streets. The ancient donjon there has recently been restored and may soon become a museum. La Roche Posay also possesses a famous casino, a golf course, an equestrian centre and a racetrack, in addition to all regular shops and facilities.
Bike rentals are available at the tourist office in La Grand Pressigny (10Km).
Walkers, cyclists, horse-back riders and naturalists enjoy the network of ancient trails and footpaths that weave through the surrounding woods and fields. Local rivers provide delight to swimmers, kyakers and canoists. Near Lathus-St-Remy on the Gartempe is the Porte dEnfer olympic-class
white-water canoe course.
Rock climbing is popular on the limestone cliffs bordering the Gartempe near Mérigny. For naturalists, and especially bird-watchers, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is a special attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitevin or Green Venice.
Located near the attractive Atlantic seaport of La Rochelle, one can rent a boat to explore this network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes.
Villages, hamlets and farms that dot the landscape are filled with unexpected architectural delights. Throughout the summer months there are concerts, recitals, and art exhibitions, together with village fêtes and firework displays. The fireworks at Angles-sur-l'Anglin on the first
Sunday in August are exceptionally impressive.
Among the many historic and architectural gems of the region are the great châteaux of the Loire Valley, about an hours drive to the north. These include Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. Also at Amboise is the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo
de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings. The area is ideal for writers and artists.
Caves that permeate the limestone cliffs along our river valleys show evidence of human occupation dating back more than 30,000 years. Most striking are the bas-relief figures discovered in the Abri du Roc-aux-Sorciers near Angles-sur-lAnglin. Dating from the end of the last Ice Age
these are comparable in importance to the cave paintings at Lascaux. They are not accessible to the public, but as at Lascaux, a facsimile museum has been constructed nearby in the village.
Alogny has its our own prehistoric monument. Standing on the lawn in front of the château, a giant prehistoric megalith or menhir. The menhirs significance remains shrouded in mystery, and we can only guess at what scenes and ceremonies it may have witnessed over the course
of its long history.
The nearby château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine museum of prehistory. The abbey of St. Savin, and nearby village church at Antigny, possess some of the finest mediaeval frescos in Europe.
In the great Merovingian necropolis at Civaux, hundreds of giant stone coffins litter the ground. These date from the famous battle in which Clovis, King of the Franks, defeated the Visigoth warriors of Alaric in 508 AD.
The new, well-designed museum at Civaux provides an excellent introduction to the pre- and early history of the region. Included are unusual children's toys and exceptional early representations of the human figure, together with bears, mammoths, bison and other animals.
In the cliffs above St. Remy, a short distance downstream from Alogny near Descartes, the extensive troglodyte village includes many dwellings that are still occupied.
Angles-sur-lAnglin, with its striking ruined cliff-top château, is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and attracts many artists. Monks at the ancient Benedictine abbey of Fontgombault are renowned for their daily services, which are accompanied
by powerful Gregorian chant.
Less than an hour away from Alogny, near the historic city of Poitiers, is Futuroscope, the extremely popular theme park devoted to the moving image, in which the latest film and computer-graphics technologies may be experienced. Futuroscope is part of the engineering department of the
university of Poitiers.
Château dAlogny provides a focus of gastronomic excellence. There are restaurants of exceptional quality (and modest price) within easy distance. Unquestionably the best restaurant in the area is Restaurant Christophe Cadieu just off the square at Saint Savin. Chez Gautier in
Chatellerault (great for artisan's lunch) and Leigné-les-Bois (only open on weekends), regularly attracts visitors who come to dine from Paris, as does La Promenade (Jacky Dallais). Not far behind is La Promenade in Yzeures, owned by Geneviève Bussereau, one of Frances
foremost women chefs. There are outstanding village inns in the neighborhood that serve excellent 'family style' meals. Local wines abound. The nearby Château de Ris in Bossay-sur-Claise, for example, produces wines of outstanding quality and value.
Weekly markets in nearby towns offer an endless profusion of tempting delicacies, including local wines, cheeses and pâtés, together with a wealth of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. The region is particularly renowned for its profusion of goat cheeses.
The most important local markets are in La Roche Posay (Tuesday), Chatellerault (Thursday), Saint Savin (Friday), Chauvigny (Saturday) and Le Blanc (Saturday)
Information about spa treatments and local events in the region can be found at the the Tourist Office in the town square at La Roche Posay.
Alogny is located near the attractive spa town of La Roche Posay, which has been famous since Roman times for the healing properties of its medicinal waters. These waters are still valued today and our visitors can enjoy luxurious bathing, massages, facials, and other indulgent therapeutic
treatments. La Roche Posay is the home of world-famous skin care products.
Rich in history and filled with great natural beauty, this unspoiled region holds many attractions extending from the Brenne wildlife sanctuary, to the Atlantic seashore and the great châteaux of the Loire Valley.
A special treat exists for those interested in food and wine. Across the river from Alogny a new cookery school has recently opened. Run by internationally acclaimed chefs Sidney and Alison Bond, the Petit Concervatoire de la Cuisine offers a variety of meal-long, day-long and week-long
classes at La Calabash in Fromenteau.
For many of our guests the wines of France are a major attraction. Our management team includes a professional sommelier who is available to guide you on day tours through the maze of local wine makers and vintages, and assist with wine purchases.
Other nearby attractions include:
- Fêtes, concerts and weekly village markets
- Biking and hiking
- Boating, canoeing and fishing
- Horse riding on forest trails
- Hippodrome equestrian center and race track
- 18-hole Golf course
- Tennis courts
- La Roche Posay Casino - "Jackpotez vous!"
- Gourmet dining
- Fontgombault Abbey with daily services and Gregorian chant
- Angles-sur-l'Anglin - "the most beautiful village in France"
- A wealth of châteaux, churches and other architectural gems
- St. Savin Abbey: UNESCO World Heritage site with world-famous mediæval frescoes
- Merovingian necropolis at Civaux
- Futuroscope - park of the moving image
- Concerts and recitals
- Brocantes (flea marlets)