Visits, activites and prices

Visits

All tours around the farm are available in English (guided tours, unguided visits and Safaris).

The Baudets du Poitou will share all their secrets with you!

Guided tours

Here, you are welcomed into the world of the Baudets, where you can approach and stroke the donkeys (and foals, depending on the season) and where our guide will enlighten you about the protective measures put into place to ensure the conservation of this breed.

Length of tour: 1 hour

Cost: full price 6 €, concessions 3 €, free for children under 6

Times of guided tours: 11.00 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Start times may vary according to bookings, so please contact us in advance to confirm the time and day of your intended visit.

Unguided tours

Take your time discovering the different équine breeds that originate in the Poitou area as well as what goes on behind the scenes at the Nature Centre. Visit the museum and stroll around the outdoor pathways.  There is a fun learning quiz available at the reception for children.

Length of tour: about 45 minutes

Cost: full price 3 €, concessions 2 €, free for children under 6.

Open every day from April to September: from10 a.m. – 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
By reservation only during off season.

Nature Safaris

An alternative way to explore the Nature Centre : by carriage ! Available by reservation only.

Length of tour: about 45 minutes

Cost: adults 10 €, 8 € for children aged 4-18, free for children under 4.

Please be aware that our canine friends are not allowed on the tours or other activities (except guide-dogs).

Activities

All activities are available in English if required.

Booking is required in advance.

Carriage ride

An unusual ride at the leisurely pace of a Poitou draught horse or mule.  You are given the opportunity to explore the farm and its surroundings from a different perspective and at a different tempo, in tune with nature and in time with the horse.

Length of ride: 30 minutes

Cost: 5 € per person, 10 € for carriage ride and guided visit

Pick-nick with a donkey

An original way to travel in harmony with nature and an uncommon companion: a Baudet du Poitou donkey!  He will carry your packed lunch (not provided) whilst you peruse the footpaths on an easily accessible round trip of 3 kilometres, accompanied by a guide.

Length of tour: 2 hours 30 minutes (from 11.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.)

Cost: 30 € per family

Donkey rides

By reservation, only during July and August.  Suitable for children aged 4 and upwards.  Two fun tracks to choose from to really get the feel of being on the back of a Baudet donkey lead by parents.

No open footwear for children or adults.

Cost: 3.50 € for 15 minutes, 6 € for 30 minutes

Please be aware that our canine friends are not allowed on the tours or leisure activities (with the exception of guide-dogs).

 

Gourmet Carriage Ride

Spend an unforgettable day in Dampierre-sur-Boutonne !

Spend the morning getting to know the oldest breed of donkeys in France on a guided tour of the Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou Nature Centre.

Then enjoy a gourmet lunch composed of local products and served aboard a carriage which takes you to the enchanting village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne.

The afternoon is spent exploring a jewel of the Renaissance era with a guided tour of the Château de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne and an unguided stroll around the grounds.  Complete the trip with a ride back to the Nature Centre by carriage!

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only available on reservation at least one week before the activity . Please note that places are limited.

Cost per adult: 50 €
Cost for children aged 4 – 12: 25 €. This activity is not recommended for very young children.

The guided tours of the Nature Centre and the Château can be provided with an English-speaking guide.

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