Cognac, a beautiful town surrounded by Vine Yards and Melon Fields, where you can visit numerous distilleries and sample Brandy and Pinot at its best. - 1 hr

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company. - 30 mins

Visit the historic coastal resort of La Rochelle, sample the seafood or visit one of France's most famous Zoos and the well-publicised Monkey Valley. - 2 hrs

La Rochefoucauld, a typical picturesque French town with a Grand Château, which is open every day. Near the entrance to the Château is a small chocolate factory, worth a visit. - 30 mins

Enjoy the large thriving town of Poitiers, check out Futuroscope (a moving image theme park). - 1 hr

Limoges is world famous for its pottery, it hosts wonderful French street cafes and is great for shopping. Our local airport is here. - 40 mins