The castle in Vendee

History and autenticity

You will enter the estate trough 2 magnificent porches in a row, in 1793 the Manor was partly damaged with fire during the vendée revolutionary wars and it was renovated after the revolution ended.
Elle possède toujours sa fuie (pigeonnier) The estate still has its dove-cot with the original beams and Spiral ladder.
the Castle is a listed building.

Following "The Story ."

The Story

To those who like a change of life and vie de château.

In 1492 a Castle came to life at the place known as Saint Mars des Prés. Following a weding in 1644, the new couple's families exchangedtheir residences.Since then, a son has always succeded to his father and today, it is with great pleasure that the 12th generation will welcome you to Ponsay castle.

Through the centuries, some alterations have been made to turn the stronghold into a XVIIth century dweelling. During the Vendée revolutionary wars in 1793, some of the buildings disappeared.

At present, the bedrooms are all spaciousand comfortable with bathrooms en suite Abilliard table is awaiting you in the sitting room and to recall past time, you will enjoy candlelit dinners under the portraits of ancestors with traditional and family cooking accompanied by local wines unless you prefer our selection of great french "grand crus".

A swimming pool surrounded with old stoned walls and a sauna (infrared cabin) will enable you to relax and unwind through and through.

Set inthe middle of farmland and in a peacful environment, the Casle overlooks vast meadows all around and you will be awoken by the only birds. Along the shaded paths, you will feel like Walking and our dogs will be only too pleased to come with you.

Table tennis, bikes and various indoor and outdoor games are at our guests and at their children disposal.

The Ponsay Manor House is situated half way between Saint Mars des Pres and Pyubelliard.
The old track know as "Charlemagne" goes preciseley past the very place as you compe from Chantonnayand on the way to Sigournais.

The circular dove cot is undoubtedly one of the few ones in the region to stand all in one piece.Outside, you will notice the stone plain-moulding jutting out wich encircles the whole building. Far from being plain decoration, in fact it is part meant to preventthe animals from getting through the openings at roof level.

Inside, there are 1997 holes used by pigeons for nesting.The beam and the revolving mastat the center still exist. A ladder was leant against it in order to check the cells up and to catch young pigeon if need to be.There is a stone dated backto 1492 above the entrence doorof the dove cot. The stone is adorned with an escucheon with a baron's coroneton top. The same coat of armsis found as well on both porches.