frontBarbara & Trevor invite you to relax in the tranquil setting of “Les Gîtes de Fontenioux”. Two charming holiday cottages Violette and Marguerite. The two gîtes have a connecting door on the ground floor, making one large gîte for up to twelve people. Situated in the beautiful Gâtine countryside, portal to Vendée and Deux Sèvres.

The Citadel at Parthenay

The Citadel at Parthenay

The unspoiled rural landscape of the area is perfect for fishing, cycling, walking, painting and more, and yet we are located just 1 hour from either Puy du Fou or Futuroscope theme parks, making it the ideal spot for a family getaway.

There is a bar/restaurant, La Petite Noisette and an excellent boulangerie in the village.  L’Absie and Secondigny, with their shops, bars, and restaurants, are just 10 minutes away, and we are 30 mins away from the historic town of Parthenay and 45 mins away from Niort and Fontenay le Comte, all with traditional outdoor markets.









Sketch of the old Chateau by Barbara

Sketch of the old château by Barbara




The grounds themselves are on the estate of the old Château de Fontenioux, which was taken down in 1952.  Our fully renovated gîtes, Violette & Marguerite, are converted from the old worker’s cottages, while still retaining the charm of a bygone era.  When renting as one large gîte you will have six bedrooms, four shower-rooms and two kitchens, plus exclusive use of the pool and grounds.

Nature abounds on the property, which looks out over rolling fields, and encompasses part of the nearby forest.  When we watch rabbits playing tag up and down our lane, deer trotting away when they see us, spot a wild orchid on the grass verge, or listen to the birds singing, we know this is a wonderful place to be, and we love to share this with our visitors.



We hope to see you soon, Barbara & Trevor.20140616_152542-1