Overlooking the River
Sevre Nantaise from its hilltop position this town was famous for its
weavers and Uranium which is mined nearby.The 14th -15th century castle, most of
which was destroyed on the orders of Cardinal Richelieu in 1626, though the
treasure tower still dominates the surrounding area was built,or so it is said,
by the brother of William the Conqueror. The church built in Romanesque style
in the 12th century had the vaultings and side aisles restored in the 15th
century with the bell tower being added in the 19th century.
at Mortagne is home to the Vendee's only steam railway. The Chemin de
Fer takes you on a journey through the beautiful countryside of the Haut
The River Sevre Nantaise offers some of the most picturesque
scenery of the Vendee, it is also home to many watermills that powered the
weaving, paper-making, tanning and foulon(woolen) trades that flourished here in
the past. It is an area suited to those who like to see the countryside by
walking or cycling.
Auberge de L'ile. L'ile de Rochard. Tel. 02 51 65 08