Marais-Poitevin, Niort, Deux-Sevres & Vendee, France

370 square miles of picturesque wetlands known as France’s Green Venice; a maze of islets criss-crossed by scenic canals that extend across the three departments of the Vendee, Deux-Sevres and Charente-Maritime. The Marais-Poitevin gets its name from the green duckweed that covers the canals; there are discovery centres and the whole area is renowned for wildlife and for activities – canoeing and cycling, with one of the most popular activities in the Marais-Poitevin being punting on traditional flat bottomed barques.

29.4 miles from Chateau La Chutelière