The historic village of Villefagnan is situated only 5 minutes drive away, offering a couple of small pavement cafe bars, a boulangerie, a butcher, a small supermarket, hairdresser, a doctors' surgery, a bank and post office, and a covered market on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The town of Ruffec is five miles away. This is an interesting market town with pavement cafe bars, delicatessens, boutiques and other shops, together with banks, restaurants and two large supermarkets. There is an indoor market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, with fresh produce including fish and shellfish straight from the Atlantic coast, cheese, fruit, vegetables etc. In the other direction, and equidistant, Sauze Vaussais is another interesting little town, with an internet cafe, bars, shops and an excellent SuperU supermarket on the outskirts.
There are several good restaurants in the area near to Villiers le Roux. The closest is the Auberge du Noyer, just over five minutes' drive away at Londigny, with an excellent menu and a good outside eating area. Other good choices are Vertueil sur Charente, and Nanteuil en Vallee. Both of these are beautiful villages with a choice of quality restaurants.Local activities
There is a large lake and manmade beach, with water sports available, approximately 30 minutes drive down the N10. Nearer to the house, there is a lake, beach and childrens' play area at Villefagnan and also at Sauze Vaussais.
There are fishing facilities at Villefagnan and tennis courts on the outskirts of the village.
There is a horse riding school in nearby Bernac.
The Charente river is accessible near Villiers le Roux at many places, with good restaurants on the riverside.
Boating, kayaking, and picnicking facilities on the river can be found at Condac, just the other side of Ruffec.