Le Prieure

Pressigny, Deux Sèvres
+33(0) 674045315
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€143 - €900
per night
€1000 - €6300
per week

A very special old priory from the late Middle Ages and a separate tower with lush, rambling gardens, sitting in a charming, sleepy village


2 places


Sleeping from 6 – 16

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

€143 - €900 per night

€1000 - €6300 per week

The Experience

Come for complete peace in this green, undulating countryside with forests lining the stream which winds along the valley floor – walks will be sublime in the surrounding château parkland and there is an abundance of wildlife, especially birds. Choose to stay in the Priory or the Tower and larger parties can take both for happy gatherings of friends and family. Lazy summer days can be spent in the gardens or by the pool.

Neither kitchen is huge but they are both packed with much equipment (Paula is a chef and sometimes offers meals) and you are left a delicious homemade lemon meringue cake and a bottle of fizz along with all the basics for cooking. Both gardens have braziers, lots of chairs and tables and you’re surrounded by high stone walls, fruit trees and colourful herbaceous borders. Bedrooms are filled with good fabrics and antiques; all have lovely views.

Visit châteaux, wineries and wonderful food markets.

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We think you'll love

  • Lazing about in the lovely gardens, eating outdoors, dozing by the pool
  • Tasting Paula's lovely cooking if she is offering meals during your stay
  • Walking in such glorious countryside, listening to birds, spotting deer
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You should know

  • All the bedrooms are up steep stairs – not ideal for toddlers or less mobile adults
  • It's 7km to the bakery for your morning croissants and baguettes
  • The ancient church chimes the hour, each hour


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €143
Weekly price
from €1000
Damage deposit
1 Annexe for 6
From €1432 bedrooms
1 House for 16
From €5006 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. B&B option also available in low season, please enquire with the owner. The Priory and the Tower can be taken together from €4400 per week.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


A really lovely and peaceful bolthole deep in rural France between the Loire valley and the beaches of the Vendee and Charente for relaxing with family and friends. The bedrooms are incredibly comfortable and the garden luxuriant.

Nicky, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Deux-Sèvres is a lesser-known area, sandwiched between the Loire valley and the coast. The Priory sits in a large hamlet with its lovely old church. The nearest town is Thénezay, 7km for a supermarket, bakery, chemist and bank. One of the most stunning châteaux in the area, Saint-Loup-sur-Thouet, is 12 minutes in the car. The old town of Parthenay is 20 minutes with a Wednesday morning market.

Local points of interest from Paula Dormer

  • Pressigny, a tiny village, sits on the edge of a 10,000 year old riverbed, which today has Charolais cows meandering through grass meadows. Surrounded by forests and meadows teeming with rare birds, it is a nature lover's dream.
  • Puy du Fou, possibly the best day out you will ever have, is France's best kept secret. Incredible shows depict the history of France, from Viking raids, the Three Muskateers and Joan of Arc to a full size Roman arena with chariot racing.
  • St. Loup, twelve minutes from the Priory, is a beautiful medieval village with a stunning chateau. The owners give private guided tours. Boats are avalable to hire on the river in the summer. Lovely for a pre dinner stroll in any season.
  • Parthenay old town, on the western section of the Santaigo de Compostella pilgramage route, with its weavers and dyers road, medieval town gate, walls, towers and ruined castle, paid for by King John, Eleanor of Aquitaine's son, is a must see.
  • Garden lovers will adore the Jardins de Gué, ten minutes from Le Prieuré. On the riverbank at Gourgé are a number of gardens to wander through. The owner loves talking plants to visitors. It's delightful to picnic on the edge of the river
  • Saumur, on the bank of the Loire, has a stunning castle to visit and lots of choice for wine tasting. Explore the caves where the wine is stored and see the troglodite houses built into the cliffs. Visit Fontevraud Abbey en route.


Paula Dormer

Charming Paula is English and has travelled extensively all her life, including living on a yacht for some years. She bought the Priory many years ago and has decorated it in an Anglo-French style with lots of rich fabrics and gleaming furniture. She makes everything very welcoming and homely for your arrival then will let you enjoy your holiday but is near enough if you need anything.