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Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou

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Address: Route de la Tillauderie, 17470 Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 46 24 68 94
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Over the past 40 years, the Charente-Maritime local council has contributed...

Over the past 40 years, the Charente-Maritime local council has contributed to improved public awareness of the exceptional natural heritage of the area. 2000 hectares of land were acquired and landmarked as Sensitive Natural Areas, protected, enhanced and open to visitors. As part of these territories, a network of Nature Centres offers optimum conditions for our visitors to improve their awareness of nature and the environment.

Between the edge of the forst and the village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, the 'Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou' (Poitou Donkey Nature Centre) is a typical farm of the Saintonge area, featuring Poitou donkeys, draught horses and mules. The Asinerie is an authentic conservation centre of the Poitou donkey and mule breeds. Discover their story from a fun and pedagogical viewpoint.

Many activites for all ages are possible : guided or non guided tours, and by reservation : carriage rides, hikes with the donkeys, and much more!

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Bizarre animals!

Worth stopping in here, intriguing donkeys unlike any you'll have seen elsewhere wit their long shaggy matted coats.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Showing 19: English reviews
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64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth stopping in here, intriguing donkeys unlike any you'll have seen elsewhere wit their long shaggy matted coats.

Thank R0bertLindsay
AsinerieduBaude... d, Executive assistant at Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou, responded to this review

Hello, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Don't hesitate to come back and see us again one day. Kind regards More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place is great for kids of all ages,fron 2 to 92,great value entrance fee of 3euros, guided tour, and chance to pet these very gentle animals

Thank graham c
AsinerieduBaude... d, Assistante de direction at Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your tour of the Poitou Donkey Nature Centre. Please don't hesistate to come and visit us again. Kind regards More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Very informative (ask for the English translation for the tour). Who knew mules could be so interesting?

Thank cepphuscate
Angouleme, France
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77 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Have wanted to visit this place for ages and was not disappointed. The donkeys have lots of space and are well looked after. Lots of picnic benches if you choose to do this, there is nowhere to buy food and drink at the farm. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the girl at reception explained all in very good... More 

Thank Mary q
County Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is not a donkey sanctuary! This farm looks after a rare and very interesting donkey breed. They also have heavy horses and muels. The tour is good with physical interaction with the young donkeys. Very enjoyable!

Thank martin w
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

I was dreading going to see these donkeys. Thought it was going to be a smelly, hot farm! How wrong was I?? We absolutely loved this visit. The guide was very knowledgable and made the tour great fun! The highlight of the visit was obviously the baby donkeys, they were so friendly and cute. The history and science part of... More 

Thank Elliedarcy2
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221 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I wish there had been more to do. I imagine in summer they will have far more activities organized but on the first day of the season it was ‘merely’ the donkeys to look at. Set in a lovely rural location there is a very pleasant walk around the farm that takes you past all the enclosures taking in the... More 

Thank Woodabell
AsinerieduBaude... d, Responsable réception at Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou, responded to this review

Hello Woodabell, Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour! In addition to the guided and non-guided tours, we propose other activities from the 1st April (carriage rides, hikes with the donkeys). In summer, we also propose donkey rides for children (4 years and older). For all of these activities, you need to... More 

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94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

We were recommend this by others staying in the local village. So we thought we'd give it a go. This a donkey sanctuary with a huge difference. They are succeeding in saving the local Baudet donkey. They are quite a size for a donkey and also have long hair, verging on dreadlocks There is a walk around the farm with... More 

Thank Daveykbrown
Haverhill, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Found this venue via trip advisor. A worthwhile visit for all ages, we were greeted by the cashier in fluent French, but soon turned to fluent English. The site is well laid out with a route to follow, A translation sheet in English also helps to describe and explain the tour, hence a well laid out route. Bookings can be... More 

Thank bloodrunner
Redwood City, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

My wife and I visited the donkey farm in September 2015 driving from Paris to the southwest. The donkeys are excellent and well taken care of. This is a very special place that raises a very special type of donkey called the Poitou donkey (look them up). We tremendously enjoyed our visit walking around the farm. Mostly in French, but... More 

Thank Ayurukog

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