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The Vendée department borders the Atlantic ocean on one side and the Loire Valley on the other, and is named for the lovely Vendée river which runs though the region. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place, but possibly best known for its numerous historic revolts and uprisings, so there’s a historic edge to the department’s serenity. The best places to stay in the Vendée tend to be charming châteaux or guesthouses in smaller towns, rather than the larger centres.

One of the main attractions of the Vendée are the department’s beaches, all 200kms worth of them, most of them sandy. A number of beaches have blue flags, and there are a number of seaside resorts, including Les Sables-d’Olonne and Saint-Jean-de-Monts. Many beaches are fringed by sand dunes or pine woods, and there’s a gentle roll in from the Atlantic to the land, rather than dramatic cliffs or rock formations. There’s a great bicycle route along one section of coastline, passing beside the marshes and mudflats, which are home to a number of interesting bird species, and there are cycling and walking routes running all over the region.

Just inland you’ll find the Marais Poitevin, which is a marshland and forest national park near the village of Mervent. This is a very popular spot with wildlife lovers.

The Vendée also has a number of significant churches, abbeys and museums. And is home to Puy du Fou a historic theme park which has several spectacular special effects shows including a Viking show in which a reconstructed 1000 year old fortress is attacked by a Viking Longship, and the Cinéscénie, which tells the story of 700 years worth of the region’s history, using a cast of thousands of actors, hundreds of horses and around 400 fireworks per performance.

Our pick of the best places to stay in the Vendee range from a family friendly chateau hotel to a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms.

Best Places to Stay in the Vendée

For families

  • The Château du Boisniard is a 26 room chateau turned hotel with a wonderful round turret and its own parklands. Inside you’ll find antique furniture but contemporary finishes, while outside as well as the gardens there’s a pool, tennis court and spa. You’ll also find a slick Michelin starred French restaurant and bar. The larger suites are ideal for families.

For a rural escape

  • Le Manoir du Moulin is a five bedroom B&B in a 17th Century manor house. This is the perfect spot for those who daydream about rural France, with blue shutters and tiles, yellowstone walls, roll-top baths and plenty of country chic. They’re also big on organic produce, especially if it’s sourced from the local Friday morning market.
  • Château de la Marronniere is a lovely 18th Century Château surrounded by its own 15 hectare park. There are just four B&B style rooms, with pretty wallpaper, fireplaces and large bathrooms. There are also several beautiful public rooms, an outdoor pool, library, playground and gardens.

For romance

  • The Château de la Flocelliere is a glorious castle set within magnificent parklands. There are just three rooms and two suites, so you’ll feel you have the whole castle to yourself, along with a large saltwater swimming pool and the beautifully landscaped gardens. Inside you’ll find traditional elegance with toile de jouy wallpapers and pretty fabrics.

For foodies

  • Hotel Thierry Drapeau is a seriously smart option close to Saint Sulpice Le Verdon. Rooms are contemporary, the restaurant holds two michelin stars and you can even book cookery classes to impress your friends when you get home!

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Vendée for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Vendée, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Chateau du Boisniard

    Chambretaud, Vendée

    A unique Five Star hotel set within parklands. Rooms are charming, with antique furniture but contemporary finishes. Outdoor pool, gardens, tennis court and spa to relax in. Superb French cuisine and slick bar area. Luxurious, different and a great family choice.

    26 rooms from $116
    Families  -  Larger suites are ideal for families, spa treatments for the adults, pool and tennis court for all the family
    Foodies  -  Cookery classes at the hotel can specialise in molecular cooking, poultry, fish and sushi
    Cooking classes  -  With Sébastien from the La Table du Boisniard gourmet restaurant
    Great walks  -  Set within a 12 acre park
  • Hotel Thierry Drapeau


    Contemporary hotel in the countryside by Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon. Chic rooms, some with psychedelic colours, all with garden views and big bathrooms. Spa, hot tub, vegetable garden and outside terrace are at your disposal. Gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-starred restaurant. An absolute delight.

    14 rooms from $120
    Foodies  -  Two Michelin-starred restaurant, special bread making classes and focus on floral cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Four-minute drive from the centre of Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon
    Cooking classes  -  Spend a day alongside the Grand Chef Thierry Drapeau
    Great walks  -  In Ponds Nature Park
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Chateau de la Marronniere


    Lovely 18th century chateau in 15-hectare park. Unique rooms are elegant with pretty wallpapers, large bathrooms and fireplaces, with garden views. Beautiful sitting and dining rooms. Outdoor pool, library, children's playground and gardens. A romantic country stay.

    4 rooms from $131
    Country Escape  -  Set within a large park, but close to town, enjoy cycling, walks and swimming after tea on the terrace
    Great walks  -  Hiking trails for walks or morning jogging to the park gate
    Sights nearby  -  Abbeys of Mazeilles and Neuil-sur-l’Autise
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Le Manoir du Moulin

    Vendee, Vendée

    This 17th century manor house is a French dream: yellowstone walls, pastel blue shutters and hung tiles. Rooms are decorated in a French country style with feature roll top baths. Perfect for foodies and families with organic produce (and several vineyards closeby) plus a list of activities.

    from $158
    Local markets  -  The village square of Ste. Hermine has a Friday morning market
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Chateau de la Flocelliere

    La Flocellière, Vendée

    A glorious castle in magnificent surroundings of landscaped parklands. Large stunning rooms and suites, all in traditional elegance with toile de jouy wallpapers and pretty fabrics. Large salt water swimming pool, occasional tables d'hotes, and plenty to do in the surroundings.

    3 rooms from $213
    Groups  -  Accommodation of outbuildings are located 8 km is ideal for a big group of people, though they are dormitories.
    Views  -  The castle is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of Upper Bocage Vendeen (hills, woods and meadows).
    Romantic Break  -  Stunning interiors and a magnificent setting.
    Garden  -  Beautifully landscaped gardens.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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