French castle Bed and breakfast

Tennessus medieval castle B&B seen from the air
Tennessus medieval castle B&B seen from the air

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



Tennessus medieval castle B&B, West view
Tennessus medieval castle B&B, West view

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!

Magical castle stay
medieval Knight's Chamber, historic castle B&B

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).

Medieval stone vaulted entrance chamber castle B&B
Medieval stone vaulted entrance chamber castle B&B


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).


Stone walled swimming pool, Chateau de Tennessus castle
Stone walled swimming pool, Chateau de Tennessus castle

- 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!

Gourmet picnic hamper castle B&B
Gourmet picnic hamper castle B&B

- 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

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.

Further afield:

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).

Your stay


For security reasons, we do not accept children or babies under the age of 6.