|Intercommunality||Bandiat Tardoire Avenir|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Annie Brandie|
|• Land1||31.89 km2 (12.31 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||15/km2 (38/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||87091 / 87440|
|Elevation||165–306 m (541–1,004 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is a pretty little village with a sixteenth-century church that has a square steeple. It also has a village shop, a school, a town hall, a small post office and of course the obligatory cemetery. There is a self-guided walk detailed on the notice board just beyond the church enabling you to enjoy the flora and fauna of the village and see the field where the local honey is produced. Maisonnais has a small lake where you can enjoy a picnic after your walk.
It is 6 kilometres from the nearest small town, Saint-Mathieu which has a variety of shops and bars and a tennis court, as well as a swimming lake where you can hire pedalos in the summer and enjoy a meal overlooking the lake.
It is central to three capital cities, Angoulème the capital of the Charente, with its famous cartoon museum; Limoges the capital of the Limousin, famous for its history of porcelain manufacture and Périgueux the capital of the Périgord with its charming narrow streets and sunny squares.
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