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The Romans had an encampment here,
as Chantonnay was on what was called the "Tin Road" between Aquitaine
and Brittany. It was inhabited well before the Romans as is evident by
the existence of megaliths and caves from the earlier Celtic period.
The town was invaded by the English in 1369 and suffered badly during the wars of religion when "Dragonnades
" were used to intimidate the protestants. Again during the Wars
of the Vendée the town became the centre of fierce conflict. The first
battle was at St.Vincent Sterlanger but the bloodiest was at
Pont-Charrault, a bridge over the Grand Lay river where the Republicans
under Marceau were defeated by Royand and D'Elbee in a battle that saw
over 5,000 dead. Chantonnay became prosperous due to its coal and
limestone deposits, but also due to its position on the crossroads of
two major routes,from Les Sables d'Olonne to Saumur and Nantes to
Bordeau. Today the town relies on agriculture and tourism for the
majority of its income.
The town has a park that is worthy of a visit, the Parc Clemenceau which
is opposite the college on the Rue Clemenceau in it there are many
century old trees. It is open daily and is free to enter.
Lac du Touchegray. Created by the barrage at l'Angle de
Guigard on the river Lay this large lake in a wooded valley is ideal for
swimming, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing as well as providing great
walks and picnic areas. There is are two excellent restaurant by the
side of the lake.
Lake Rochereau. Situated 7 kilometres east of Chantonnay just off
the D 949b road to la Chataigneraie, is this large reservoir, which is
ideal for sailing, fishing and walking. The restaurant of la Morliere at the top end of the lake has both superb views over the lake and great food.
The village of Sigournais is (just) 5 kilometres east of Chantonnay
near the lake at Rochereau and has one of the finest feudal castles in
The small village of Puybelliard just a kilometre to the North West has both an interesting small château and village square.
Restaurants; La Rocade. Parc d'Activities Polaris. Tel. 02 51 31 00 51.
Le Bristrot. 13, Place Tileuis Puybelliard. Tel. 02 51 94 33 64.
Le Canotier. 5, Place Georges Clemenceau. Mouchamps. Tel.02 51 66 28 49.
Le Grilladin. 29, Ave de Lattre de Tassigny. Tel.02 51 48 57 33.
Le Moulin Neuf. Le Lac Touchegray. Tel. 02 51 94 30 27.
Palais Phimket. Ave Henri Rochereau. Tel., 02 28 15 96 31
Le Clemenceau. 44, ave Georges Clemenceau. Tel. 02 5146 83 81.
Le Touchegray. Le Lac Touchegray. Tel. 02 51 46 95 20.
Camping; Camping Commune de Chantonnay. 5 rue du Moulin. Tel. 02 51 94 87 01.
Taxis; Godreau Villain. 55 Ave de Lattre de Tassigny, Tel. 02 51 469319
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