Le Bois de la Chaise - Noirmoutier

BOIS DE LA CHAISE

THE NATIONAL FOREST THAT TIME FORGOT

Located on the sandstone northeast of Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, sheltered from the westerly winds, this wood represents the gentleness of the ocean in its purest form. It stands out for the variety of its Mediterranean species: evergreen oaks, strawberry trees, maritime pines and mimosas bloom in a very carefully arranged disarray. The painter Auguste Renoir was won over by this inspired, inspiring place. Will you love it just as much?

A UNIQUE PLACE

Guarded by Eurasian scops owls and flying beetles, this forest of maritime pines, evergreen oaks and strawberry trees provides shelter to the luxurious houses that blend harmoniously with the rocky nature of the coast. A listed site since 1936, the famous Bois de la Chaise is a destination for holidays and rambles. It spans 110 hectares of land and lines the beaches over more than 2 km. It is bordered by a cliff carved into a series of rocky headlands and sandy coves.

Bois de la Chaise - Alexandre Lamoureux

Bois de la Chaise 

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON

“This evergreen oak wood was recorded as early as 1407 but was undoubtedly there much earlier”, recounts former architect Philbert Dupont. “It was chopped down and razed on several occasions: by the Spanish in 1524, by the Dutch in 1674 and by the Vendée and republican armies in 1793 to meet their need for firewood during a very harsh winter.

 

The Jacobsens, who owned most of the wood, went on to plant pine trees before dividing the wood into plots.”

 

A listed site, the Bois de la Chaise witnessed the beginning of its tourist age with the island’s notables, who built more than 100 villas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

The beach huts on the Plage des Dames, Plage des Sableaux and Anse Rouge cove marked the start of seaside tourism. Ladies would use them to slip into their swimming costumes at a time when sea bathing was fashionable and modesty still very much alive.

GUIDED TOUR

“Bois de la Chaise: Birth of a Seaside Resort”:

Local guides share 90 minutes of history and discovery with you.

Contacts :
Guide Brigitte Grillard

Brigitte 

06 87 39 11 48
Guide Anne-Marie Mary

Anne-Marie

06 88 46 32 75
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Le bois de la chaise

Bois de la Chaise

  THE MUST EVENTS

Mimosa

MIMOSAS IN BLOOM

In the winter, you won’t want to miss when the mimosas begin to bloom. The Bois de la Chaise is livened up by these bright yellow balls, offering you unique scenery filled with poetry...

 

Discover the island in winter

Les régates du Bois de la Chaise

BOIS DE LA CHAISE REGATTAS

For three days in the summer, the Bois de la Chaise Regattas showcase Noirmoutier Island’s boating on the magical, preserved waters of Bourgneuf Bay.

 

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Paddle au large du Bois de la Chaise - Alexandre Lamoureux

Paddle au large du Bois de la Chaise - Alexandre Lamoureux

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