Relax in the tranquil setting of our 16th century manor house in the heart of the Vendée. Immerse yourself in history, visiting impressive donjons and abbeys in the immediate area; taking a daytrip to one of many stunning chateaux in the Loire Valley; hiking or mountain biking on superb nearby trails; discovering a few of France’s ‘petites cites de caractère’; strolling around popular themeparks like Puy de Fou and Futuroscope; or taking in the Vendéen coastline with its lovely islands.
The historic Vendée region has a unique micro-climate with long sunny summers, which you can take full advantage of with the many local attractions such as the Puy du Fou – France’s most popular medieval theme park, walking and cycling paths, fishing spots, fine restaurants, and some of the best sandy beaches in Europe.
Relax and enjoy the tranquil manor grounds in their quiet rural settings, with their spacious gardens, 15m x 7m swimming pool, and indoor games room. Our facilities are available to all of our b&b, self catering or camping guests. . 15m x 7m fully-fenced-in swimming pool, 1 to 1.8 metres deep. . Large indoor games-room with board games, chess, darts, and ping-pong available. . Enclosed play area next to swimming pool with trampoline, climbing frame, swings, slide and trapeze-style play-ropes. . Sets of the traditional French boules and palet games available. . Free WiFi . Cycle hire. The mature gardens are an ideal place to sit in the sun and relax or perhaps enjoy a picnic or a barbecue. All garden furniture supplied on request.Wherever you feel most comfortable, you will be able to relax and watch the glorious sunsets while you drink your glass of wine and chill!
Interaction with guests
Reception is available at all times. Here at La Baudonniere we pride ourselves on offering a secure, family focused environment, giving you peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy the holidays.
Other things to note
The idyllic landscape with its many picturesque towns and attractions is the ideal location for a rural family getaway. You can borrow our bicycles and explore the many cycling and walking routes, visit the nearby lakes offering swimming, wind surfing, canoeing and fishing, or take a trip out to the long, sandy beaches of the Vendée coast, just 1 hour away. Puy du Fou, voted the World’s best theme park in 2012, is only 20 minutes away. Located just outside the charming village of Monsireigne, with its pharmacy, post office, bar and hairdressers. We are 12 km from the local towns of Pouzauges and Chantonnay and 17km from Les Herbiers, with their supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and traditional markets.
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We’re Eleanor and Tom Bannigan! We are expats from Ireland and we’ve been living in France since 2005. Before we decided to take the plunge, we travelled to different regions on family holidays, but fell in love with the Vendée countryside, its culture and its people. Eventually finding our little piece of paradise, La Baudonnière has become our home and that of our six children! Ben and Laura have since returned to the Emerald Isle; Paddy lives in Spain; and living with us are our boys Thomas (12), Mikey (11), and Joe (7), who have a cuddly Bernese mountain dog named Jay, currently in his terrible twos!