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LE THOU as chosen by BBC - Escape to the continent

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Le Thou - welcomes you, friends and family - sleeps 8/10 plus cots - Ideal for couples or families

Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

South of Nantes and East of La Rochelle, Le Thou is located just outside the town of St Hilaire Des Loges. The Market towns of Fontenay-Le-Comte and Coulonges Sur L'Autize are within easy reach. Many beautiful beaches of La Vendee and Charentes Maritime are less than an hour away, as is the charming seaside town and harbour of La Rochelle, and Island of Ile De Re. Within a five minutes drive is Xanton-Chassenon, a sandy beach with supervised bathing, waterslides and a childrens play area, picnic area, pedaloes and canoes, alongside the freshwater lake.

Puy Du Fou and Futuroscope are apx 1 hours drive. Marais Poitevin, with its Venise Vert Waterway, Mervent Forest, pretty wateride town on Coulon and Vouvant are nearby. Le Thou is new to the rental market and can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. Open plan well equipped farmhouse style kitchen dining area.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: La Rochelle
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Layout of upstairs, is ideal for two families sharing Wifi new for 2014

Entrance into the hallway, with a fireplace and woodburner, with staircase to first floor. The principle living room boasts a traditional feature fireplace, Sofas, 50" TV/DVD player and DVDs. A perfect place to relax.


The rear lounge/games room has a table tennis table (indoor/outdoor) football table. Bicycles. We provide a good selection of children's toys, dolls house, books, beach Inflatables and more.

Beautiful open plan French farmhouse kitchen/ breakfast bar dining area. Range style cooker/double oven, hob, grill. American fridge freezer with water/ice, 9kg washing m/c microwave, toaster, fully equipped. D/washer. Highchair. Ipod docking station. Toys

The upstairs has one king-size and one twin room each end, to enable two families sharing a degree of privacy. The king size bedrooms each boast en-suite facilities. Large sofa bed. Cot and bedding available.

There is a main bathroom with a bath and separate shower, hand basin and toilet. 'Bedknobs' en-suite has a shower, hand basin and toilet, 'Armoire' en-suite has a bath, hand basin and toilet. All of which are fitted to the highest standard.

Pool 12ftx18ft. Covered outside kitchen and 'new' charcoal fire pit. Downstairs with flagstone floors throughout, upstairs with oak floors throughout. Heating downstairs is underfloor (winter rentals) with wood burning stoves in some downstairs rooms. No smoking, pets allowed. Large sofa bed situated downstairs.


Further details outdoors

Charcoal Fire Pit, for those cooler evenings. Set in large grounds. The rear of the house has large french doors opening onto patio area with Covered Outside kitchen, charcoal BBQ and new fire pit for 'alfresco' dining, whilst overlooking rolling fields. Wooden outside furniture, Deckchairs. Pool with alarm.

Further details

Our prices include linen and house towels

Local agent, Julie, is English, and french speaking lives locally, offering that extra reassurance during your stay.

Changeover days flexible - although Saturday to Saturday preferred peak season

Optional services available:

Dining in

Breakfast can be provided if prebooked in advance 9.50 euros 4-6 guests, 8.50 euros 8-10 guests,

Breakfast menu is available upon request, price includes provisions, serving and tidying up.


Babysitting service.

Airport transfers.

Additional bike hire includes delivery to Le Thou

Airport Transfers.

Extra beds.

Three, Five, seven, ten, fourteen or more nights stay.

The Pays de la Loire region

La Vendée enjoys a micro-climate comparable to that on the Côte D'Azur with warm, sunny Summers and mild, clear Winters. Le Thou is ideally located just minutes from the beautiful ancient town of Fontenay-le-Comte, and just 10 minutes from the Mervent Forest National Park, over 12000 acres of forest and lakes, with many excellent walks, canoeing, sailing and even archery offered at the excellent activity centre.

The many beautiful sandy beaches of La Vendee and Charentes Maritimes are less than an hours drive, as is the charming seaside town and harbour of La Rochelle.

Closer to home, within a 5 minutes drive is Xanton-Chassenon, a sandy beach with supervised bathing, waterslides, a childrens play area, picnic area, pedaloes and canoes, alongside the freshwater lake.

Foussais Payre

Also for the children, Futuroscope theme park at Poitiers is 1 hours drive, and just minutes away is the Pierre-Brune park with mini karting, slides and rides. We highly recommend Puy Du Fou. A theme park with gladiator arena and medieval re-inactments.

For a change of pace, the Marais Poitevin, with its Venise Vert waterways, are just 20 minutes away.

For the adults, the local vineyards offer tastings, and the famous Cognac houses are within easy reach.

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Review 1-4 of 4

11 Nov 2014


"Beautiful Le Thou"

This is a lovely house, well restored with stone walls and oak floors. It has a big, well equipped kitchen, perfect for family gatherings and 3 great bathrooms. There is a huge enclosed garden which is ideal for children and dogs, and also a small swimming pool which we could not enjoy in October as it was too cold but must be great in the summer. We had a fantastic week with lots to do, especially mountain biking in the Mervent Forest. La Rochelle and the Marais Poitivin were both fairly near and interesting places to visit. We would definitely recommend this gite and hope to visit again before long. The owners were very friendly and always willing to help. Thank you Jerry and Karen's!

21 Aug 2014


"Fantastic house, great facilities"

Le Thou is a beautiful French farmhouse with great facilities for all the family. It is set in extensive grounds which are very safe for dogs, we had 3 with us and they enjoyed it as much as we did. It is within s short drive of a small town with local shops and bakery and 20 minutes to a larger town with two supermarkets and good bars and restaurants.
The house is quiet and relaxing, don't expect party central ;) would suit large families or two families with children. The hosts are very helpful and accomadating and we had good support whilst there. All in all I would recommend it for a family holiday.

10 Aug 2014


"Beautiful farmhouse everything you need for a great holiday"

What a picture postcode place. Beautiful decor and grounds. Everything had been thought of. A great base to explore or to just chill out by the pool. Going back again for sure. We went with two friends but it is perfect for families with children as there is everything to keep them amused. Pool, bouncy castle, trampoline, bikes, games & toys, table tennis (which we had great fun playing after a few bottles of the local wine) and table football. An outdoor kitchen is perfect for eating alfresco. All in all i perfect place to rent out.

10 Aug 2014


"A Home from Home!"

A beautifully renovated french farmhouse with all the essentials plus lots of nice extra touches. Plenty to do and see in the area and a lovely part of France to visit.

Review 1-4 of 4

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  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:31 Oct 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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