Around the farm

Around the farm

Come and discover our region and our monuments

In the vicinity

  • Download routes for ramblers in the Ancenis region
  • 200 m: ‘Annie Creations’, wooden objects
  • 400 m: Stroll along the ‘Green Road’ (ancient railway line)
  • 2 kms: The ‘Erdre’, named by Francois 1st as the ‘most beautiful river in France’
  • 3 kms: ‘St Mars la Jaille’ forest ( ‘The Oak Tree of Nails’ – ‘Chêne aux Clous’)
  • 4 kms: The 'Garenne’ windmill (restored and functioning)
  • 6 kms: Tuseau Museum (the fifties era)
  • 9 kms: Lake of the ‘Provostière’, remarkable natural site (bird observatory)
  • 12 kms: Park of monumental sculptures (sculptor Jean-Claude Lambert)
  • 15 kms: Lake ‘Vioreau’ (Marina, Beach with lifeguard)
  • 15 kms: ‘Melleray’ Abbey (Cisterian dating from XII Century)
  • 16 kms: Site of the ‘Forge neuve’ (Ancient site of the forges dating back to XII Century)
  • 20 kms: The Loire Valley and its abundance
  • 24 kms: ‘Joachim du Bellay’ Museum
  • 25 kms: Tower of Oudon (panoramic viewpoint)


The town of Bonneoeuvre

Bonneoeuvre is a small French village, situated in the county of Loire Atlantic and in the Loire region. It’s inhabitants are called the Bonneoeuvriens and the Bonneoeuvriennes (for the ladies) Surrounded by the communes of Saint-Mars-la-Jaille, Saint-Sulpice-des Landes and Riallé, Bonneoeuvre is situated 33 kms to the North-East of Carquefou the biggest town in the area.

Of particular note is the old bridge on the Erdre (to the left) and also The church and the Priory (overlooking the town).


“The Oak with the nails”


Only a few of the trees possessing healing powers are left. However, the commune of Bonneoeuvre still has an exceptional tree in the Forest of Saint-Mars-la-Jaille, known as ‘oak with the nails’, which has the power to cure boils. The only survivor of a group of sissile oaks felled before 1742, today it stands alone amongst younger trees.

The tradition was that local people came and drove nails into its bark, having firstly gone round the tree seven times. Each nail was supposed to make a boil disappear. The presence of recent nails betrays the permanence of this practice.