If you can tear yourself away from the grounds at Plaisance, there is plenty to see and do. Whether a wander through the vibrant streets of La Rochelle or Niort, a calming boat trip through the Marais Poitevin or a visit to the coast. We've listed some of the lovely places to visit below. If you need any help with your trip please just let us know. 

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La Rochelle


The stunning Maritime city of La Rochelle is just a 30 minute drive from Plaisance. There is a beautiful old port and a city centre of narrow streets lined with medieval and Renaissance houses. The city has an abundant supply of restaurants and is also ideal for shopping. Beach lovers should head to the Plage des Minimes.


Ile de Ré

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From La Rochelle a 3km long bridge takes you to the îlé de Ré - a beautiful island surrounded by sandy beaches. Head to St Martin de Rè for picture postcard narrow streets adorned with hollyhocks as well as a busy harbour lined with cafés and restaurants - we highly recommend the Bistro du Marin. 




A 30 minute drive east of Plaisance will take you to to the pretty historic town of Niort. The Donjon is  a must-visit, on the river bank it is part of a medieval castle with parts dating back to the 12th Century. The castle was started by Henry II and finished by Richard the Lionheart. Breathtaking panoramic views over Niort can be enjoyed from the top of the towers. 

Amongst the many stunning buildings in Niort Le Pilori is particularly interesting. Built between 1530 - 1535 once the town hall and now used as a visual arts space exhibiting contemporary works. 


Marais Poitevin

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The Marais Poitevin - known as ‘Green Venice’ - is a wonderful place to explore, where the countryside is intertwined with canals. Take to the waters yourself by renting a boat. We highly recommend visiting the Abbaye de Maillezais and the nearby village of Coulon. 



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Just a 10 minute drive from Plaisance is Surgères - a small town dominated by an impressive Romanesque church. There is a good selection of restaurants as well as regular markets.


Rochefort, Fouras & The Ile d’Aix

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 Further south on the coast the seaside town of Fouras has large sandy beaches. Along the beach you will find the medieval Fort Vaudan de Fouras which commands some beautiful views out to sea.

Take a boat to the Ile d’Aix, a small island just 2km long which is virtually car free and wonderful for ambling around.

For something a bit more cosmopolitain pop over to the nearby town of Rochefort.


Getting to us


More often than not you will approach us via the N11 - take the D116 exit with signs for Benon. After taking the exit turn Right and continue to follow signs for Benon. The road will take you straight into Benon - continue to drive through past the ‘Proxi' store. After leaving Benon take the first exit on your left onto Route de Plaisance (D208). In 1.5km Manoir de Plaisance is on your left. 

Please let us know if you need advice on getting to us from your specific location.


La Rochelle airport (LRH) is 30 mins drive. Nantes airport (NTE) is 1 hour 30 mins drive. Bordeaux airport (BOD) is 2 hours drive. Car rental is available at all airports. 


The closest train station to us is at Surgères (10 minute drive). There is a Europcar car rental in Surgères. 

Alternatively there are train stations at Niort and La Rochelle - both of which are a 30 minutes drive from us. Avis and Europcar car rental is available at both these stations.