The historical village of Verteuil is dominated by its famous fairy-tale castle whose foundations date from 1080 and where many French Kings stayed. The ancient site of Le Couvent was founded in 1471 by Jean de la Rochefoucald, Lord of Verteuil. Within the grounds of Le Couvent is the vaulted Church of St François and Chapel of St Gilles once the burial site for the Noble family of Jean de la Rochefoucald, Lord of Verteuil. In the dining area of Le Couvent there is an authentic fresque dating back to the 15th century.
Le Couvent is perfectly placed for visiting the historic port of La Rochelle; The picture perfect Ile de Ré, best known for white sandy beaches; The unique canal system of Le Marais Poitevin (Green Venice); the famous cinematic theme park of Futuroscope; the valleys of the Vienne and Charente rivers.
For wine lovers the region is ideally situated mid way between the Loire valley and the vineyards of Bordeaux and the famous Cognac Houses are only a short drive away.
For those keen on more sporting activities there are exceptionally beautiful, and reasonable golf courses at Les Forges, Mazière, Cognac, Angouleme and Poitiers. There are facilities for fishing, canoeing and horse riding close by, and the gently undulating countryside makes it ideal for cycling. (cycle hire at Le Couvent are free of charge).
If you enjoy your food there are some outstanding regional specialities in the village shops and restaurants; foie gras, duck, the wonderful array of fresh sea food and the excellent local cheeses.