The pretty town of La Mothe Saint-Héray, set within valleys and crossed by the "Sèvre Niortaise" river,
was born historically from the fusion of two boroughs, one built around the church of Saint-Héray,
and the other around the castle of La Mothe,
which belonged since the XIIth Century to the barons of Lusignan.
The beautiful "Orangerie" and its French gardens which was part of the castle of La Mothe demolished in 1842.
The "Maison de la Haute-Sèvre" and the "Pont l'Abbé", an attractive watermill, dating from 1041, totally renovated and in perfect working order.
There you will find the Tourist Office, the municipal library and the "Rosière" museum.
Just like the "Orangerie", these buildings often host temporary exhibitions.