French castle Bed and breakfast
Set in the heart of historic Poitou and entirely surrounded by water, Chateau deTennessus is a stunning, fully restored, medieval castle B&B where time stands still, and only the plumbing is comfortingly modern!
"What a fantastic castle, so quiet and a wonderful place to unwind. A very warm welcome but privacy respected and very nice company. Looking forward to our next visit."
Pam and Allan 2012
Built over 600 years ago (supposedly to keep out the English!) and dominated by an imposing rectangular keep (housing three enormous B&B rooms), Tennessus castle is totally authentic, with original stone spiral staircases, arrow slits, hoardings, bare stone walls and a working drawbridge!
All five period B&B rooms are decorated in true medieval style, with heraldic motifs, tapestries, painted murals, hand-crafted furniture and real pieces of armour. Some have monumental stone fireplaces, while others have spectacular timbered ceilings or terracotta tiled floors.
(Please note. For the security of your children we have a minimum age requirement of 6 years).
A full continental breakfast is served at a huge refectory table in the massive vaulted entrance chamber ("La Salle de Gardes") with its 2 metre thick walls and 2 metre high wrought iron torches!
English breakfasts can be specially ordered (supplement 20 euros per couple).
- Row around the castle,
- Fish in the moat,
- Plunge into the pool,
- Stroll through the period potager... or simply
- Relax in one of our 5 extraordinary bedrooms, and forget you ever had a mobile phone!
- Sample homemade cakes,
- Enjoy an unmatchable array of homemade jams and fruit purees,
- order our made to measure Gourmet Picnic Basket.
- Now on stream ....... Tennessus eggs!
The Tennessus experience
"We really felt like Lords, Ladies and Knights. Your castle is truly magical as was our experience here." Rosemary, jeff, Meranda, Jacob and Thomas Venos
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Tennessus in photo
"Magnificent chateau, beautiful rooms and a delicious breakfast. What more could we want!" Audrey and Simon Bate
"Thank you for those amazing 2 nights. We loved the castle! Its the most amazing place we ever stayed in!" Jacqueline, Jim and Callie Keegan
Things to do
At the castle:
Boating, fishing,swimming, badminton ,croquet,ping pong,hikes
Medieval Parthenay,historic villages with churches(Saint Loup Airvault, Saint Jouin de Marnes),Golf, riding, windsurfing.
The Futuroscope - Futuristic theme park (1 hr), Puy du Fou - historic theme park (1 hr), ballooning (1hr). the seaside (1.5 hrs), the Loire Valley and its castles (1hr-2hrs). Treetop assault course (45mins).
For security reasons, we only accept families with children over the age of 6. This includes babies.