The nearest village is Mauze sur Mignon (1 mile) where there are good supermarkets as well as local shops (newsagent with English papers, 2 bakers, traiteur, bars, 2 restaurants, doctor's surgery etc). There is a street market twice a week (Wed & Sat). Tennis facilities are available for hire. The surrounding countryside known as La Venise Verte is renowned for its many canals with a variety of recreational facilities and there are many attractive villages such as Coulon. The town of Surgeres has a historic centre with 16th Century fortifications. Niort is the nearest large town to the Logis and has an attractive central area with many fine buildings and an excellent food market. La Rochelle is a 30 minute drive from the Logis. A popular destination for visiting yachtsmen and holiday makers. The attractive area around the old harbour has various interesting bars and restaurants. There are beaches close to the town. Ile de Re is reached by bridge from La Rochelle and is a popular holiday retreat for the French elite. The island has many fine beaches and picturesque villages with good bars and restaurants.