Manoir de Ponsay

Chantonnay, Vendée
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)2 51 46 96 71

Come here in the summer (it’s closed Nov-April except by arrangement) for candlelit dining, chintzy bedrooms, long views over the park...


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The family manor, a listed building, goes back to 1492: note the coat of arms over the door. Now both castle and hotel are run generously, and singlehandedly, by charming young Laurent, who was born here, and his Romanian wife Orelia. Outside is one of the oldest dovecotes in France, a peaceful pool and a hot tub, a tiny sauna, table tennis and bikes; the grounds are open and safe, the meadows stretch to the horizon. Inside, a dignified room for candlelit feasts, a sitting room with billiards and a tapestry or two, a priest’s hole for hiding revolutionaries, should any lurk, and a massive stone stair. This sweeps you up to five characterful suites, historic, traditional, their long windows overlooking the park, their armoires polished to perfection, their chintz bright, their fireplaces lit (when required); the ‘Chambre à Baldequin’ has an exquisite four-poster and there’s fine new Italian-style shower in the largest room. Dinner is prepared, served and hosted by Laurent and Orelia; special wines can be ordered from the cellar. Beyond, the summer extravaganzas at Puy du Fou draw a million spectators a year.


  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast €9.50. Dinner €34.


Nightly price
from €68
3 Suites for 2
From €68
1 Suite for 3
From €68
1 Suite for 4
From €68



An excellent place to stay, but Sawday's website is seriously misleading in describing it as a Hotel, which it is not and does not pretend to be. It is a most welcoming Chambre d'Hotes with very good facilities and the owners are prepared to provide dinner from time to time. There are pleasant walks nearby and many sights to see in the vicinity. The nearest town is Chantonnay, which like much of France outside the high season seems prone to a lot of "fermeture exceptionelle". Nevertheless we greatly enjoyed our stay and appreciated the hospitality we received at the Manoir.

Peter, York

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Laurent de Ponsay

  • The Manoir de Ponsay is ideally located less than 30 mn from Voted the world's best park, Puy du Fou offers a multitude of great shows and adventures for the whole family.
  • Now i brew my beer with local malt. Cheers
  • The castle is in my family since 1644. Come to visit us and meet clara the 12th generation.