Situated between the open countries of the Poitou and the beaches in Vendée, the Gâtine is an area of granite, hills and fields, criss-crossed by hedges. The river Thouet, a tributary of the Loire, irrigates the area. Local heritage is made up of Romanesque churches, castles and typical traditional granite houses. The large granite boulders attract as natural curiosities which have given rise to myths and legends.
Magnificent landscapes, lakes, river Vonne, charming paths....
A bocage landscape where cattle breeding is the main farming resource.
Historic heritage :In the Ménigoute district or "canton," created in 1790, about 4500 inhabitants are living now in 11 rural municipalities whose Ménigoute is the main town (less than 900 inhabitants). The Greenwich meridian cuts right across the village, situated at the southern limit of the Armorican system.
• Jean Boucard Chapel.
XVIth century : Jean Boucard Chapel, one of the last jewels of the Flamboyant style in Deux-Sèvres area.
• The cross "hosannière"
In the middle of the "place des cloîtres" it is a stone cross, center of an ancient churchyard.
A small sundial is visible on one of this cross sides.
• Castle Boucard
XVth century castle, today shelters a rural traditions Museum.
• Close to the parish church, is an ancient roman church (XIth century) the first religious construction in Ménigoute. Recently restored by the Ménigoute's municipality, it welcomes conferences and artists exhibitions
THE SURRONDINGS OF MENIGOUTE
Ménigoute is also part of the larger territory of Parthenay country of a famous cattle breed : the "Parthenaise" known for its excellent flesh.