The surroundings of the Charente:

Activities include bird-watching, canoeing, fishing, walking, riding and cycling. There are beautiful castles, villages and ancient churches to visit and the medieval town of Poitiers is a 45 minute drive away- where Futuroscope can also be found. The sandy beaches of the Isle de Re and the ancient port of La Rochelle are also well worth a visit.

For dining out there is an excellent restaurant within walking distance, where tables are set out under the trees alongside the river Charente.

Here is the windwill Minot, 10 mn walk:
Charroux, 10 km far from Civray:

Charroux was a Benedictine abbey, founded in 785 by Roger, Count of Limoges. It had up to 213 affiliated abbeys and priories. The Council of Charroux was held at the abbey in 989. Under the patronage of William IV, Duke of Aquitaine, the assembly of clergy founded the Pax Dei, or Peace of God.
Cibioux castle at Surin, 10km east of Civray:

The defensive aspect of this 15th - 17th century château, with its machicolations and feudal towers, begins to fade when entering this Chateau. You will find a cozy dwelling with a chapel beneath a loggia, gothic doorway and windows decorated with Renaissance sculptures overlooking a lovely 18th century balustered terrace.