The village of St Auvent, on the northern extremes of the parc, is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in the area with its medieval chateau, narrow streets and traditional stone buildings.
The heart of the village is dominated by the 13th century church, while nearby is the Maison de Pais, a museum that reflects the agricultural heritage of St Auvent.
St Auvent is a hive of activity, particularly in the summer, with concerts in the church and the chateau; two popular farmers’ night markets (marché fermiers semi-nocturn) plus an annual art exhibition in the chateau.
The village, which sits elevated above the rivers Gorre and Gorret, is popular with tourists, cyclists and randoneers, who come to take in the beautiful scenery and also enjoy its serenity.
St Auvent is also home to the Lac de la Pouge, popular for fishing, and the tranquil and charming Sanctuaire Notre Dame de la Paix, a revered religious site. Its splendour can be enjoyed with a stroll along a path next to the Gorre.
St Auvent is just eight kilometres from Rochechouart and 12km from St Junien.