Le Vieux Cormenier

le vieux cormenier, vienne, poitou-charentes

Go back in time at Le Vieux Cormenier

The French countryside and its way of life has changed radically over the past century
– at Le Vieux Cormenier you can see what life in rustic France was like just before the First World War.Le Vieux Cormenier, in the Vienne, features 16 life-sized that depict how a rural family lived between 1900 and 1914.

The highly detailed tableaux incorporate multi-sensorial effects such as sounds and smells in settings which include many of the actual tools, pieces of furniture and daily artefacts of the period. Scenes include the birth of a son, the classroom, cooking the daily bread, the blacksmith’s forge and the harvest. Those of you with a machinery fixation can drool over the xtensive museum of agricultural machines and tools of the same period.


Opening times:
Throughout the year: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm.
During school holidays of all zones in France: every day from 11am-6pm. Last visits are at 5pm.
July and August: every day from 10am-7pm, with last visits at 6pm.

Adult: €9 for adults
Children 5-12 years old: €7.
Under fives are free.
The visit takes a couple of hours or so.

Check website for latest prices.

It is accessible to persons of reduced mobility.

Where is it?
Chez Bernardeau
86400 Champniers
Tel : 05 49 87 32 33

Le Vieux Cormenier is signposted just off the D1 running between Gencay and Civray.