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This small village in the south east corner of the Vendée is three kilometres from la Chataigneraie
and does not normally appear in most guide books to the Vendée, yet it
has three amazing treasures. The first of these treasures is actually a
commercial enterprise, it is Ripaud a nursery which runs along either
side of the road between La Chataigneraie and Cheffois and beyond. The
nursery specialises in topiary trees and conifers and sports a vast
quantity of sculptured trees in various stages of cultivation. The
nursery rivals the very best of botanical gardens and one can drive
through it. Rarely does a commercial site have such a large welcomed
visual impact, and this has inspired the local population so much that
every roundabout, garage forecourt and other numerous sites for many
miles around use the same trees and landscaping techniques to amazing
The second and perhaps best known attraction of Cheffois is however the
XIII century fortified church of St.Peter. During the feudal medieval
times churches were often the only place of refuge from attack and so
many were fortified, and here at Cheffois is one of the best examples in
the Vendée. The architecture is in Gothic style and has Angevin vaulted
ceilings and a fortified portcullis.
Carriere du Rocher. Cheffois's other treasure is the old
Quartzite quarry which closed in 1953. The Conseil General of the Vendée
in 1993 turned this site into a nature reserve and the site is now a paradise for nature lovers with great walks around its perimeter.
Two excellent restaurants are to found in and around Cheffois.
Ferme Auberge de Moulin Migne. Tel 02 51 69 68 76Cuisine traditional to the farm.
Taz Bar. 30 rue des Hetres, Restaurant with Mexican/American theme
Cheffois host a music festival in August.
Photo Gallery of Cheffois
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