Deux Sevres, meaning "two Sèvres": the Sèvre Nantaise and the Sèvre Niortaise are two rivers which have
their sources in the départment; to the North West of the Poitou Charentes. This is a peaceful rural department of woodland & small fields enclosed by hedges and trees, famous for the “Marais
Poitevin’, a stretch of fens, swampy marshes, canals, dykes & rivers. Known as La Venise Verte (Green Venice) as it mirrors the Norfolk Broads in character but without the inclement weather
This is the perfect place to unwind and relax; a land that has moved at a sedate pace for centuries and a highly strategic past and steeped in history; the unspoilt landscapes shelter an outstanding heritage: some of Europe’s most imposing Tumuli, Romanesque churches, châteaux, museums. From the greens of the marsh to the walls of Parthenay, the Deux-Sèvres has many stories to tell, from the pyramids built in the Neolithic period to the tagging trends of the Middle Ages, not to mention the powerful cities that blossomed well before the Renaissance. Along these paths, astonishment is at every turn!
Quiet roads will lead you to unexpected places; rivers, lakes, forests, historic towns, small villages with colourful markets and, during the summer moths, a range of festivals and events. There is also a biodiversity of flora and fauna here which is carefully preserved to keep the area unique
This is one of France’s ‘Best Kept Secrets’ the Deux-Sèvres is the tranquil, laid-back, unspoilt department of the Poitou-Charentes, the second sunniest region in France. It is filled with lazy winding rivers, and is a region truly dedicated to relaxing, restful holidays in superb accommodation.
This area and England have had a relationship that stretches back to the 12th-century when Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Europe, married Henry II. Born in 1122; the eldest daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, and at the age of 15 became the most eligible heiress after the death of her father. William had stated in his will that King Louis VI be guardian to the young Duchess of Aquitaine. Louis decided that he would marry young Eleanor off to his son Louis and they wed on 11th July in the Cathedral of Saint-Andre in Bordeaux. However the marriage to Louis was an unhappy one and she asked for an annulment of the marriage. The annulment was granted in 1153 and on May 18th of that year she married Henry (Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy). Henry was the first Plantagenet king and became King Henry II of England in 1154.
Their marriage lasted until Henry’s death in 1189. Eleanor and Henry had eight children, their first child, William, died in infancy. Apparently Henry was father to many illegitimate children as well, some of whom created problems later on for the royal households