About Us

Welcome travellers!

We’re Eleanor and Tom Bannigan! We are expats from Ireland and we’ve been living in France since 2005. Before we decided to take the plunge, we travelled to different regions on family holidays, but fell in love with the Vendée countryside, its culture and its people. Eventually finding our little piece of paradise, La Baudonnière has become our home and that of our six children! Ben and Laura have since returned to the Emerald Isle; Paddy lives in Spain; and living with us are our boys Thomas (12), Mikey (11), and Joe (7), who have a cuddly Bernese mountain dog named Jay, currently in his terrible twos!

We integrated well, though we still have a language barrier. That is, until our neighbour, a wonderful pensioner who tends his large vegetable garden in blue overalls and slippers, shares the local tipple/homemade brew and voila… suddenly we find ourselves speaking a language which the kids assure us is not your typical French…

Running the B&B, gîte and campground takes a lot of energy and hard work, but what makes it all worthwhile are the people we encounter along the way. We’d love to meet you too, so why not join us for a piece of our journey? Book your next holiday rental and accommodation in the Vendée, with us!

Sincerely,
The Bannigans

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Directions

We are located next to the village of Monsireigne, 4kms from St. Prouant, which is on the D960B between Chantonnay and Pouzauges. Find a Google map on our Home Page.

  • Coming into St. Prouant from the Chantonnay direction, go straight through the roundabout, and at the next junction turn right onto the D23 signposted Monsireigne.
  • Follow the road down the hill, and as you approach Monsireigne, turn left onto the D113 signposted Réaumur. In about 200 meters at the top of the hill, turn left onto Route des Salinières. La Baudonnière is situated 700m on the left.

GPS coordinates: 46.7517639,-0.9480288
Contact: telephone # 33 (0) 2 51 66 43 79; email address tombann1962@gmail.com