Sights within easy reach of the Chateau:
Abbey of Nouaille Maupertuis – 13 Km., 15 min.
Beautiful moated medieval abbey adjacent to 1356 “Battle of Poitiers” battlefield where Jean II (le Bon), King of France, was captured by the English Black Prince.
Angles sur l’Anglin – 34 km., 35 min.
Ultra picturesque village complete with mill, water wheel and ruined 13th century castle on cliffs above the river. The village is filled with small shops and restaurants and hosts a number of summer festivals.
Bonnes – 8 Km., 10 min.
Charming village on River Vienne.
Main Attractions – Chateau de Touffou (Large 11th to 16th century chateau with beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens overlooking the river), Early Romanesque church, Swimming in river and adjacent riverside pool
Chateau de Dissay – 17 km., 25 min.
Small moated 15th Century castle. Behind the scenes tour affords unusual look at building design and structure.
Chauvigny – 9 Km., 10 min.
Attractive market town on River Vienne dominated by medieval fortress on citadel above the town.
Main Attractions – Huge food/clothing/flower/everything market (Saturday mornings in main square), Medieval Citadel (Remains of four castles, ancient church, falconry show and restaurants)
Futuroscope – 23 km., 25 min.
France’s high tech exposition center is a combination World’s Fair and Twentieth Century Fox extravaganza with a French gloss.
Poitiers – 12 Km. , 15 min.
Medieval city, capital of the ancient Poitou kingdom and home of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the troubadours.
Main Attractions – Old Medieval Core (Large pedestrian shopping precinct with numerous restaurants), Notre Dame La Grande (Very beautiful and most famous Romanesque church in France), Flea Market (Friday mornings in the Place Notre Dame), St. Jean Baptistery (Oldest Christian building in France (4thc))
St. Savin – 28 km., 30 min.
The early Romanesque abbey church in St. Savin is decorated with the finest period mural paintings in France. It is a designated World Heritage Site.
Recreational opportunities close to the chateau:
Bicycling – Miles of beautiful winding paved back roads extend outward from the chateau through low rolling farm lands, forests and villages. Bicycles are available at the chateau for a nominal rental fee.
Golfing – 11 Km., 15 min.
Pleasant 18 hole course on chateau grounds in Mignaloux Beauvoir. Relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff.
Horseback Riding – 5 km., 5 min.
Stables in Lavoux – small stables with good horses and friendly management
Kayaking – 9 km., 10 min.
Kayak Center in Chauvigny – reserve ahead for low key boating on the Vienne
Swimming – 16km., 20 min.
Classic French community recreation area in Bonneuil-Matours. Swimming on lovely bend in the River Vienne below a weir.
Adventures further afield:
Loire Valley – 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Main Attractions – Chateaux – Chenonceaux, Chinon, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and many more, Fontevraud Abbey, Wineries
Atlantic Coast – 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Main Attractions – Atlantic Beaches, Ile de Re, La Rochelle
Create the destination wedding of your dreams at Chateau St Julien. This romantic Chateau in the French countryside features a storybook setting ideal for wedding parties of up to 50 guests, or wedding receptions of up to 200 guests when used in conjunction with our banquet hall.
Chateau St. Julien is the ideal setting for reunions, gala birthdays, costume balls, anniversaries and other celebrations, or simply as a base to explore this culturally rich but largely undiscovered region. Unwind and reconnect in this sanctuary of calm and beauty.