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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

Municipality of Deux-Sèvres, in the region of New Aquitaine, Chef-Boutonne takes place about forty kilometers from Niort, on the edge of the Charentes. That which owes its name to the Boutonne river, which has its source on the spot, is located eighty kilometers from Poitiers and sixty kilometers from Angouleme.

Occupied in the Gallo-Roman era, the town of Chef-Boutonne remained known in history for two of its celebrities, Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, great defender of Louis XI, and Jean-François Cail, great industrialist of the nineteenth century. Theater of several seats over time, the city grew strongly in the eighteenth century with the establishment of a faience, and in the nineteenth century with several textile industries.

From its rich past, the small town has retained an important architectural and cultural heritage to discover the time of a stay in the region.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.1104080 (N 46° 6’ 37”)
Longitude-0.0734120 (W 0° 4’ 24”)
AltitudeFrom 71m to 159m
Surface area40.38 km²
Population2734 inhabitants
Density68 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (41 km, 46 min)
Insee code79083
IntercommunalityCC Mellois en Poitou

Nearest cities & towns

Loubigné4.5 km (8 min)
Saint-Martin-d'Entraigues4.5 km (5 min)
Fontenille-Saint-Martin-d'Entraigues5.1 km (5 min)
Alloinay5.8 km (10 min)
Melleran6.6 km (11 min)
Luché-sur-Brioux6.8 km (7 min)
Valdelaume7.1 km (10 min)
Loubillé7.7 km (8 min)
Aubigné8.7 km (11 min)
Chérigné9.5 km (11 min)
Lusseray9.6 km (12 min)
Paizay-le-Chapt9.8 km (12 min)
Lorigné11.6 km (16 min)
Theil-Rabier12.1 km (14 min)
Fontivillié12.3 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

The church Saint-Chartier is part of the first buildings listed as Historical Monuments in the mid-nineteenth century. Romanesque, it dates from the early twelfth century, and has a hundred sculptures and a funerary slab engraved from the early thirteenth century. Taking place on a secondary road of Saint Jacques de Compostela, it was enlarged in the 16th century to accommodate the many pilgrims.

Him also classified as an historical monument, the castle of Javarzay takes place on a site formerly occupied by a Gallo-Roman farm. Merovingian royal farm in the sixth century, it becomes one of the first castles of the Renaissance in Poitou. Built by François de Rochechouart around 1515, it presents twelve towers. This white stone building covered with slate reveals a turret staircase screw feudal type that serves the entire castle. A nineteenth-century orangery can also be visited, and the nineteenth-century wing houses exhibitions of artists. Inside, you can discover an exhibition retracing the life and work of Jean-François Cail, a bedroom of the Second Empire, a beautiful collection of headdresses and hats or reconstructions of scenes of the past.

Built in the first half of the 19th century, the Notre-Dame church is worth a visit with its neoclassical style making it look like La Madeleine in Paris.

While walking in the town, do not forget to admire the castle of which it remains two towers and a part of the wall of enclosure, the town hall of the XIXth century and its park with the bust of Jean-François Cail or laundries and mills that surround the surroundings.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities


Castle Javarzay
Castle Javarzay
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Saturday 13 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 37°C
Sunday 14 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 26°C
Monday 15 august
Min. 15°C - Max. 27°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit L'Isle Nature
Culture and education4 € Saint-Fraigne (18.2 km)
Discover nature in a Swincar
Entertainment75 € Parzac (43 km)
Hot air balloon flight over the Poitevin Marsh
Nature and the great outdoors150 € to 270 € Coulon (46 km)
Treetop rope course and giant ziplines
Sports sensations10 € to 20 € Saint-Bris-des-Bois (48 km)
English course with residential immersion
Culture and education1140 € Vausseroux (50 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Botanical trail
HikeEasy1h00Mons (27 km)
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 4
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h35Saint-Jean-d'Angély (39 km)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 2
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h10Saint-Jean-d'Angély (39 km)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 1
Motorbike itineraryEasy50 minSaint-Jean-d'Angély (39 km)
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 5
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h15Saint-Jean-d'Angély (39 km)


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