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Civray (Charente) in France worth visiting?

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This is my first post, but I've been avidly reading the forum, I love it!

We're going to Europe in October/November and have been offered free use of a cottage in Civray (Charente) in France.

This is how the area has been described to us:
"It is pretty much off the beaten track but some very attractive villages nearby to explore. The closest city is Poitiers which is an interesting old University city. Here is information about the area: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civray,_Vienne"

We are two women aged 50s - 60s who quickly grabbed cheap Europe tickets during a short airfare promotion without thinking much about the consequences ..... we're now trying to decide where we'll go for 7 weeks, and realising that we could be up for lots of expense. Hence this cottage offer is very attractive.

We've decided we're going to UK, France and Italy for roughly the same period in each country. UK itinerary is quickly being sorted by commitments with friends. Assuming that cold weather will affect the north before the south, we're thinking:

2nd - 16th Oct UK 15 days
18th - 30th Oct France 13 days
1st - 16th Nov Italy 16 days (possibly following indiancouple's 2013 itinerary)
overnight train
17th - 20th Nov Paris 4 days
flying out of Paris

I got terribly enthusiastic about Stu Dudley's Provence/French Riviera itinerary before the Civray cottage offer.

We have no idea what this area is like, hoping to get some feedback from you to help us decide. We want to see "rural France" which we imagine means medieval villages, châteaux, winding country roads, beautiful countryside, basically to see how the people live and to experience wonderful food, during the 13 available days (above). I've dreamed of visiting country France since reading Daphne Du Maurier's "The Scapegoat". We speak French, Spanish and English in case that matters.

Whichever part of France we end up in, we've got vague ideas of getting there by (overnight?) train from Scotland. We expect to rent a car whenever we're not staying in big cities.

Thank you so much in advance.

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