Ruffec is on the TGV line to Paris and Bordeaux
Paris is only 2 hours and 10 minutes away on a non stop train.
Bordeaux and the Dordogne are also within easy reach.
The Loire is to our North and a great day out to explore a chateau or two.
The coast at La Rochelle and the beautiful Ile de Re are within easy reach for a day trip.
Valley des Singes, near Poitiers 40 mins
Oradour sur Glane (near Limoges)
The scene of a dreadful massacre on June 10th 1944
The entire village has been left as a monument to this atrocity and a new village built alongside. The village can be visited free of charge but the exhibition at extra cost is well worth it.
More attractions can be found at http://www.lacharente.com/