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Verteuil-sur-Charente is a village situated on the banks of the river Charente, in the quiet countryside to the north of Angouleme in the Poitou-Charentes region. It is on the pilgrimage route that leads from Tours to Santiago de Compostelle.

Dominated by the castle that stands above the picturesque river banks, Verteuil is a pretty place to explore with several interesting highlights to discover.

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France this Way comment: Verteuil-sur-Charente is a lovely little village and one of our favourites in the Poitou-Charentes region.

You can park in the centre of the village, and start with a look along the river banks: in one direction the beautiful castle, which is a similar style to those of the Loire valley, dominates the view.

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On the river edge there is an ancient moulin which has been converted into a restaurant and looks like an idyllic spot to sit and have lunch! The riverbanks in both directions are very picturesque with gardens, trees and shady willows along the water side, and a small dam and waterfall next to the castle.

In the centre of Verteuil the river splits and forms an island which is big enough for several houses to be built on it and the 15th century Convent of the Cordeliers which is now a luxury chambre d'hotes. Walk on to the next bridge and you get more lovely riverside views, this time onto a ford in the river and what looks like another mill or possibly a tannery.

Walking through Verteuil, the Rue du Temple leads to the 12th century roman style Church of Saint-Médard, which contains an impressive 16th century decorated pottery scene representing Christ being placed in the tomb (a 'mise au tombeau), and a carved wooden tabernacle. If the church is locked the lady in the house opposite will be happy to open it for you.

Apparently Rue du Temple used to be very muddy as animals were constantly being herded along it and so a steep flight of steps called the "Chemin des Dames" or "ladies way" was built to allow ladies to walk to church without getting muddy. It's worth climbing the steps for the lovely views you get at the top.

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Chateau de Verteuil

Verteuil castle is a very impressive sight, with several imposing towers capped by conical slate roofs and dominating both Verteuil-sur-Charente and the river below. It is generally considered to be one of the finest castles in the Charente region.

Built by the locally important Rochefoucauld family the castle dates from the 15th century, having largely replaced an earlier 12th century castle in the same location. The square castle keep is the main part of the original medieval castle still to be seen, while the round towers with their conical roofs are the 15th century additions.

One of the rooms in the castle used to contain a tapestry called the "hunt of the unicorn" but this tapestry is now in the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Set in attractive parkland, the castle was further substantially modified in the 19th century at the time the parkland was created.

Castle and river at Verteuil sur Charente

Places to Visit Nearby

The nearby town of Ruffec has an attractive church and a section of river overlooked by a private chateau.

The pretty little village of Nanteuil-en-Vallée is a "small village of character" and also has an attractive arboretum.

You can find more travel ideas in the Charente guide and the Poitou-Charentes guide.

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Map of Verteuil-sur-Charente and places nearby

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Ruffec

Ruffec

The highlight in the quiet town of Ruffec is the facade of the 12th century church

Ruffec guide
Bayers

Bayers

The Chateau de Bayers is the principal monument here, and thers are several other smaller sites of interest

Bayers guide
Nanteuil-en-Vallee

Nanteuil-en-Vallee

Here at Nanteuil-en-Vallee it is the Nanteuil Abbey and Treasury that is of most interest to visitors

Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide
Tusson

Tusson

Tusson is a very typical town of the Charente and has several impressive Renaissance townhouses to admire

Tusson guide
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

The Chateau de La Rochefoucauld is the most important castle in Charente, with both medieval and renaissance parts to the castle

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld guide
La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

After exploring the Chateau de Rochefoucauld be sure to stroll around the rest of the historic town centre

La Rochefoucauld guide

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Address: Verteuil-sur-Charente, Ruffec, Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, 16510, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.9831, longitude 0.2306

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec): religious monument (5 km)
  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement: remarkable garden (6 km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval: remarkable garden (14 km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille): religious monument (16 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain): religious monument (18 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil): religious monument (19 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray): religious monument (19 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens): religious monument (19 km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux): religious monument (22 km)
  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux: national monument (22 km)
  • Vallée des singes (monkeys): zoo or wildlife park (29 km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: village d'etape (29 km)

The French version of this page is at Verteuil-sur-Charente (Francais)

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