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St Hermine

Sud Vendee.. Haut Bocage.. Coastal Region.. Marais Poitevin.. Marais Breton.. Bas Bocage.. Plaine.. Marais Olonne..
Situated on the Plaine or 'Lucon to Fontenay Praire' as it is often called, this small town on the river Smagne has a fine 17th century chateau which stands on the site of a medieval castle and has an annual festival in August.
St Hermine is on the crossroads between the plaine to the east and south and the bacage to the north and west it is also on the crossroads of major transport links and on the actual crossroads, for years a notorious bottleneck, stands an enormous war memorial which at its head is a stature of the Politician Georges Clemenceau, Known as the "tiger" also as the "father of Victory". It was Clemenceau who signed the treaty of Versailles  for France and it was clemenceau who unveiled the memorial by the sculptor Secard on December2nd 1921 with the words " On this day when our Vendee celebrates the victorious motherland, I see no room for individual glory. Today belongs to France; what more do we need to fill our hearts?"

In the centre of town the early 20th century market hall built in the Victor Baltard style plays host on Fridays to the weekly market.

The Smagne valley offers both great cycle routes off the beaten track and also walks.

Festival de St Hermine.A festival of the history of France every year inthe streets around the Church and at the Chateau de St.Hermine
6-7-8-9th August 2010 for more details see

Chateau de St.Hermine.In the heart of village, stands the Castle of St Hermine. Formerly head of the second Baron of France, this medieval castle altered under Louis XIII , received famous visitors such as Phillip111 le hardy, Henri IV , Louis XIII ... Relive those medieval days during a guided walk through the gardens.
In August, the Château de Sainte Hermine is the setting for a unique festival dedicated to the history of France.
Open:first weekend of August during the festival, at other times by appointment.

Chateau de Fougeroux.  Chapple Themer.
The chateau reflects a rich history dating back to the fifteenth century. In 1793 the chateau Fougeroux was partly burnt down by the 10th Battalion of Orleans during the Wars of the Vendee. Rochebrune Octave who married Alix of Grelier Fougeroux lived in the castle and left the imprint of the artist's love of the Renaissance, a neo -Renaissance fountain and an antique bridge of inspiration. In 1967, Pierre Matton the current owner bought the Fougeroux and has undertaken numerous restorations and renovations which includes in 2008 with a dairy unique in to Vendee.

The Jardines de Batiment, Thire. The gardens of William Christie are rarely open but when they are it is a treasure to behold.  Read More...

Loges de la  Chevallerie -la Plaine St.Gemma it has origins in the 14th century but renovated in the 18th century to be a clasic logis of the Vendee.
Open; 1st to 31st July & 23rd August to 19th September, every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 9.30 -12h & 14h to 18.30  Entre 4€

Poterie de St.Martin-Lars-enSt.Hermine. Alain Chaigneau Ceramiiques, Demonstrations of pot making, sale of ceramiques.
22nd to 25th July 2010. Journes portes Ouvertes Sale of end of series and 2nd class.

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