The Château de Verteuil is a historical building in Charente, France. It dates back to 1080 and has since been extensively rebuilt, although some of the 12th century walls remain. The château has always been in the property of the La Rochefoucauld family.
More information on the village of Verteuil-sur-Charente and the history of it's imposing Château can be found on the following links:
Café Portebleue: http://www.cafeportebleue.com/
Moulin de Verteuil, riverside café and restaurant: http://moulindeverteuil.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1
For those of you who want to explore the region the market town of Ruffec is only a couple of minutes drive. With its twice weekly markets, seasonal fairs and fates, it also boasts large supermarkets, a hospital and big out of town stores, balanced against its quaint 'one off' shops in the heart of the old town.
Further afield, approximately 30 minutes by car, is the historic town of Angoulême famed for its collectors car race 'Rally of the Rampants' held in September & its comic style artistry adorning many of its buildings. Steeped in history, this stunning town is the capital city of the Charente, so has the large scale amenities that you would expect in such a city. There are numerous restaurants, shops, bars, cafés, exhibitions, a cathedral and much more to explore.
To the North of Verteuil is the historic university town of Poitiers. It's the capital city of the Vienne, approximately 50 minute drive and, as well as a large selection of shops, restaurants etc its home to Futuroscope, a large science based theme park.
Closer to home is the picturesque riverside village of Nanteuil-en-vallée, a 10 min drive, with its 11th century Abbey & selection of exceptional restaurants.
Widely regarded as the best restaurant in the region is the Château Nieuil, 'Restaurant La Grange aux Lies - Nieuil', approximately 30 minutes away. It's magnificent views and amazing cuisine are surprisingly exceptional value and a real treat. Reservations are advised.
Link to above: http://www.grange-aux-oies.com/accueil.php
For the animal lovers 'Monkey Valley' or 'Vallée des Singes' is a must & only 30-40 minutes drive. It's an extremely well designed 'safari' of over 30 different breads of monkeys roaming in a sympathetic and natural environment.
Link to above: http://www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr/
For the WW2 historians among you, the museum & memorial at Oradour-sur-Glane is barely an hour away.
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in then Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.
For general information regarding Verteuil and surrounding areas, I recommend the tourist offices in either Ruffec or Mansle.
Local tourist office website in Ruffec: http://www.ruffecois-tourisme.com/