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Le Poire-sur-Velluire

Le Poire-sur-Velluire as small village on the very edge of the Marais Poitevin has one of the "commons" of the marais (marais Communaux), a 250 hectare reserve where the locals are allowed to graze their cattle, horses and geese.
The opening of the common in the spring takes place amongst a colourful festival. The animals enter the commons for the summer and there is a Farmers Markets as well as entertainment and restaurant.
For 2013, the Commons festival is; Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th
The reserve which is visited by many species of birds throughout the year has an observatory from which you get a good view of the whole reserve.

Le Poire-sur-Velluire and its close neighbour Velluire are not only on the edge of the Marais poitevin but in one of the few areas of the Vendee where wine is produced. On the chalky escarpments that stretch around the village of Vix, wine of a very good quality is grown and its rumoured that the Queen buy one of the vineyards, it is also home to one of the largest producers of young vine plants in western France.

The Chateau of le Poire-sur-Velluire has its foundations in feudal times being rebuilt in 1593 by Antoine Barlot, Lords of Tremblaye. His descendant Leon was to become one of the most distinguished men of the area, serving Henry IV and Louis XIII.  His son Rene borrowed to restore the church, help with the drainage of the marshes and also supported the Knights Templars to such and extent that the estate become bankrupt.
During the Revolution the estate was sold off. In 1888 it was turned into a dairy which served the area untill 1930. Today it is privately owned and being lovingly restored.

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