One of the four departments that make up the Poitou Charentes region of France, the Vienne was once home to Eleanor of Aquitaine (wife of Henry II) and was a key site during the 100 Years War.
Buy a property in this pretty farming area and discover a more leisurely and peaceful way of life amidst fields of corn and sunflowers. The Vienne river meanders through and there are many attractions that make this a great area whether you are looking for a holiday home or permanent residence.
The Vallée des Singes (a monkey park), Futuroscope (a science theme park), golf courses, boating, fishing and numerous pretty towns and villages to visit will guarantee something for everyone and every interest.
Be sure to try the local wines and the AOC goat cheese!
Vienne fact file
Land area: Just under 7000 square kilometres
Population: 425 000
Population density: 61/km²
Main town: Poitiers
Local property styles
Characterful stone-built farmhouses and village properties with roman-tiled roofs.