Bed & breakfast La Villa Ayrault in Châtillon-sur-Thouet, 2 miles from Parthenay
In Châtillon sur Thouet, between town and country, we warmly welcome you to the Villa Ayrault bed and breakfast near Parthenay, capital of the Gâtine region in the Deux-Sèvres department.
You are welcome to book a guest room (Gîtes de France 3 épis and Clévacances 3 clés) all year round here in the Poitou-Charentes, not far from Poitiers and Futuroscope®, and at the crossroads of the Vendée, Anjou and Charente-Maritime. La Villa Ayrault, spacious and comfortable, is a guest house particularly suited to longer stays. In a radius of 60 km, you will have access to numerous great-to-visit tourist sites, the Marais Poitevin towards Niort, the Puy du Fou®, Pescalis, several golf courses, one with 27 holes, and leisure parks with various themes. Less than 5 km away, trails for hiking, horseriding and mountain biking provide pleasure for walkers and sports enthusiasts.
On your return to the Villa Ayrault, enjoy our regional guest dinners or a delicious barbecue on the terrace, lounge beside the heated swimming pool or enjoy a game of pool, table football or table tennis, make use of the piano, listen to music or borrow a book from our library and laze in front of the open fire ! While on holiday, take advantage of cultural, tourist, sporting or leisure excursions – all is permitted !
This atypical, out-of-the-ordinary house will take you straight back to the Sixties : spare, geometric lines, a harmony of marble and brass, the warmth of wood, the comfort of indirect lighting, luxurious plants and several technological specifics that we will surprise you with…
You’ll go back a bit in time, just for the length of your stay, the moment you go through the door of this avant-garde house, jewel of the « Glorious Thirty » years (1945-75). A touch retro, deliciously vintage, the guest rooms of the Villa Ayrault combine modernity and authenticity.
Advice to nostalgics and the curious : head to Châtillon sur Thouet !
The history of the Ayrault Villa and Brickworks…
René and Thérèse Ayrault, our parents, built this house at the start of the Sixties. At the time they ran a family firm which employed around 550 workers (making partition bricks, prestressed concrete, prefabricated parts).
The bricks were transported to the parisian region by rail (a branch line into the Châtillon factory yard allowed the weekly delivery of 1000 tonnes of bricks to the depot in Bonneuil sur Marne), and to Brittany and the Loire country with a fleet of red lorries, kept in impeccable repair, a model of which is made by Brekina.
The house also had a professional role : after a tour of the factory (which had, at the time, the largest furnace in Europe), the coachloads of clients were entertained at the big house where a lunch was served. The firm paid salaries well above the local average, and as a reward for good service, René Ayrault offered deserving employees a car (Citroën 2 CVs, Renault 4 CVs and several Chevrolets)… But the competition of large, modern brickyards, energy costs and shrinking of the market forced the closure of this successful venture in 1981.
So there’s a whole history that we can talk to you about during our various conversations.
La Villa Ayrault bed and breakfast is located in Châtillon-sur-Thouet near Parthenay, capital of the Gâtine region in the Deux-Sèvres, on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle route. During your long stay at the Villa Ayrault you can explore Poitiers, Futuroscope®, the Puy du Fou® (Les Epesses), Pescalis, the Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle. The route « La Vallée du Thouet », 120 km from Parthenay to Saumur and « La Voie Verte », 30 km from Parthenay to Bressuire pass close by. After a night in the bed & breakfast, the heated swimming pool, guest dinners with regional products and a pool table are waiting for you. Hot-air balloon rides are possible, with reservation , depending on weather conditions. The unusual decor of the guest rooms in the Villa Ayrault take you straight back to the Sixties. In Châtillon-sur-Thouet, the look is vintage retro ! Book now !