Chateau de Brissac, a half hour north, in the same family since 1504, home of the current Duke of Brissac Tours in English and French of the tallest castle in France and its magnificent park and gardens.
Saint Clementin is located at the north end of the Department of Deux-Sevres, 40 minutes south of the Loire River (the north-south dividing line of France), and one hour east of the Atlantic coast beaches. The great chateaux of the Loire River, vineyards, abbeys, gardens and parks, lakes and rivers, horseback riding, karting, theme parks, kids parks, historical cities and villages and so much more can all be day-trips, returning to the quiet and tranquility of the village and the luxury of La Chouette. Paris can even be a day trip using the TGV high speed train from Angers. Although located deep in the French countryside La Chouette is not far from an infinity of wonderful sites to visit.
Guided visits of an exact replica of L'Hermione, the Frigate that the Marquis de LaFayette had constructed to help America win independence from England. L'Hermione is being built at the Royal Shipyard (18th century) at Rochefort and will be launched in 2014 to sail to Boston.
Cloisters and gardens in interior court at the Royal Abbey at Fontevraud, 12th century, the largest monastic complex in Europe, an hour north. King Richard the Lionheart and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine are entombed here.
Chateau Villandry and gardens, the most perfect example of medieval gardens in Europe, and the largest.
Plantings are changed each season.
There is an outdoor market every day except Mondays in France in one village or another offering a huge range of local vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat and breads.
Le Puy du Fou, an incredible history-themed park 45 minutes west, is not to be missed. Over 120 acres of park with recreations of 17th, 18th and 19th century villages, gladiators and chariot races in the third largest Roman coliseum in the world, jousting knights, trained horses and birds, a Viking ship that rises from underwater with the Vikings aboard and so much more. There is nothing like Le Puy du Fou anywhere else in the world.
Chariot race at Le Puy du Fou between 4 chariots of 4 horses each. The red team lost a wheel and crashed, the white team won in a very closely contested race.