Holiday Cottage Vendee
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our self catering holiday cottage has 3 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep 6 people. Outside there is a courtyard and also a spacious garden for relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of the local wildlife.
The area around our cottage has so much to offer to adults and children alike. Fantastic beaches are just over an hour away , the wonderful Puy du Foy Medieval Theme Park less than half an hours drive and wonderful countryside for walking and cycling or just relaxing all around.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Tranche sur Mer 75 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nantes 70 km, Nearest railway: Nantes 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Vendee has a ‘micro-climate’, said to be similar to that of the Côte d'Azur, that ensures that well over 2,000 hours of sunshine (locals will say over 2,500 hours!) beam down on the Vendée's 140km of sandy beaches.
La Rochelle in the Charente Maritime (less than 60 miles from the Cottage) enjoys 2331 hours of sunshine a year on average.
It is blessed in being just far enough away from the Pyrenees and yet far enough south with low lying geography that combines to give it an area with the highest number of average annual sunshine hours in France except the Mediterranean. Google it and see!
The cottage is ideally located to enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful Vendee countryside whilst being only about an hours drive from La Rochelle, the lovely Vendee beaches and many other visitor attractions.
La Rochelle in Charente Maritime is without doubt the most fascinating place on the French Atlantic coast. Steeped in history the city features the Old Port with its 3 very different ancient towers guarding the exit to the sea. One of the country’s foremost yachting centres the city is a bustle of activity with numerous shops, museums and its famous Aquarium.
Opposite La Rochelle lies the fashionable Island of Re which is linked by a bridge to the mainland. The island, famous for its salt marshes, has vineyards, farms and whitewashed villages, which all add to its undoubted charm. Numerous blazed cycle-ways allow visitors to criss-cross the island discovering the peace and quiet offered by its fantastic beaches, and picnic spots.
The sun shines down on the Vendee for an amazing 2,500 hours a year almost as much as the South of France. There are 140 Kilometres of gorgeous sandy beaches down the coastline of the Vendee many of which are European Blue Flag accredited for their cleanliness and water quality.
Within half an hours drive of the Cottage is Le Puy-du-Fou and Cinescenie. Justifiably regarded as the greatest sound-and-light show in Europe. On summer evenings, the terrace below the rear façade of the château, together with the ornamental lake below it, makes a stunning background for this dazzling show, in which the history of the Vendée region comes to life with the help of 800 actors and 50 horsemen, including an impressive array of special effects, fountains, fireworks, laser and other lighting displays.
Performances throughout the day include falconry, jousting, magic and music, demonstrations of rural crafts and atmospheric reconstructions of a Norman fort, a medieval town and an 18th-century village.
Another must visit during your stay is ‘La Venise Verte’ (The Green Venice). Now a French regional park, Marais Poitevin, is a system of canals, dykes and slow flowing rivers amongst meadows and poplar trees through which farmers are often seen traveling in flat bottomed punts. Visitors can explore the canals by punt on the peaceful waterways, or via the many miles of well marked cycling tracks.
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9 Sep 2014
"Ideally situated for Puy Du Fou"
We choose the cottage so that we were close to Puy du Fou and it was perfect. The cottage was located in rural France and therefore for August was incredibly quiet. There are no little boulangeries close by which we missed – I love the fresh French bread first thing in the morning – and we sometimes struggled to find restaurants open in the evening. However there are lots of places to visit including a number of chateaus, as well as the beach and Marais Poitevin (The Green Venice) all within about an hour's drive. The kids loved the pool and darts room with the cottage. The cottage is not luxurious, but has two good sized bedrooms and a third bedroom perfect for a teenager. It's basic but more than served its purpose. There was more than enough room for 6 of us. I'd recommend this cottage for a central location in the Vendee for those willing to get out and about in the car but don't expect the buzz of a tourist destination on your doorstep.
4 Sep 2014
"Great for older children as games room is fantastic"
Well equipped house with a nice games room with a pool table at rear of property. It has quite a lot of steps and steep slopes and the garden is across the (quiet) road so less good younger children. Kitchen is very well equipped and it was very easy to prepare family meals unlike some other more basic gites
27 Mar 2014
"What a delightful cottage"
Just booked our third visit to this lovely cottage. Last stayed in 2012 with our teenage son and his friend. They found the games room which had tv, dart board and pool table a haven for them to re… More
5 Nov 2012
"A lovely rural setting to get away from it all, with comfortable accomodation"
We enjoyed our stay and it suited our family well. Our children are 5 years, 10 years and 13 years old, the darts and pool table were a hit with the older kids, and the garden with it's different levels was quite a bit of fun as an adventure playground, my 5 year old boy and his 10 year old sister enjoyed some good play time running up and down and hiding and playing imaginary games in the garden. It was lovely and restful to sit in the garden and sun oneself, and we enjoyed a few barbecues too.
When the weather wasn't quite as pleasant we were comfortable inside and the television in English was a hit at times, especially as we wanted to watch the opening ceremony of the paralympics which we were able to do.
Puy du Fou was close by and that was excellent as we have wanted to go there for years, but it has always been too far. The close proximity enabled us to go over 2 different days with a few days break in between, that was a huge highlight for us as a family. And we even made it to the beach on one of the days. Very lovely countryside and lovely to discover a more interesting hilly area of the Vendee.
18 Sep 2012
"Pleased in the Vendee"
Pleased to supply a testimonial:-
Many thanks for making your lovely cottage available - it has formed the basis of one of our most enjoyable stays in the region with it's location providing an ideal hub from which to visit the towns and attractions in all directions.- the Puy de Fou was breath-takingly spectacular.
Your welcoming bottle of wine was most appreciated. On the odd day of inclement weather we made good use of your games room - our 13 year old grand-daughter has found out she likes pool! The cottage itself is super, well kitted out, light and airy, comfortable, and with sufficient DVDs and reading material if required. Your garden is a 'petit paradis' and quickly became my wife's second home; love the pond at the bottom and the frogs! Our grand-daughter also quickly made friends with Elliot the dog next door.
Friendly neighbours and your attentive manager Huw added to the overall experience.
I have no hesitation in recommending your cottage to any prospective holidaymaker as the family all agree we would stay again if the occasion arose.
From the Brown family, Guernsey.
Regards, and thanks once again,
p.s. forgot to mention the 'Casse-Croute' a great restaurant
oh. and the lack of wi-fi or internet was no bother to us - a welcome break and all the more enjoyable holiday for it!
18 Sep 2012
"A nice house and a good base for visiting various places of interest"
The house is on 3 levels: enter via the kitchen with a couple of steps up into the sitting room and staircase up to bedrooms and main bathroom. A solid child gate has been installed at the top of the stairs, which is great; however there is no way to stop a small child from climbing up from the kitchen. The house is very well equipped: not just washing machine, microwave, coffee maker, TV/DVD and music player, but plenty of books, maps, and films to watch. There are also quite a lot of ornaments, lamps etc which we had to move for safety reasons (no problem really). One of the outbuildings houses a pool table and dartboard. The garden has various seating areas and fruiting trees but is separated from the house by a laneway, and it also falls downhill towards a pond - not ideal when you have small children but is OK as long as they are constantly supervised.
The house is situated in the centre of a small hamlet and the neighbours are all French (no English spoken). There are no shops in the immediate vicinity but a bread van calls daily. However it is only a 10 minute drive to Pouzages, which is a pleasant hillside town with various shops and restaurants and a big supermarket.
We limited our excursions to places within about an hour's drive but there are many more places of interest a little further away. One of the closest places is the Chateau de St Mesmin, which has been restored. One room has been furnished as an armoury and you can try on various helmets, gauntlets and pieces of chainmail as well as viewing a wide variety of weapons.
The areas's big draw is the Puy de Fou theme park - thousands of people are employed to re-enact mini-plays about the Vikings, Roman gladiators, mediaeval jousts and there are many smaller entertainments. Tickets seem quite expensive but a visit will easily take all day. Food is expensive, limited in variety, and portions are small. Visitors aren't allowed to picnic in the park but can leave to do so and re-enter. As well as the various daytime programmes, there are evening events too. Performance times change daily so you have to pick up a programme on arrival. It is cheaper to buy tickets online ahead of your visit than it is to pay at the gate.
Venice Vert is a labyrinth of green waterways on which you can hire a boat and guide for an hour or longer. There are also bicycles for hire. There is a decent restaurant/bar with outdoor and indoor seating which makes a pleasant place to linger for those waiting on boaters to return (food is pretty good too).
We also visited the Oceanarium in Le Croisc, which is OK but much like any other aquarium you've ever seen. Historial de la Vendee museum at Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne is worth a visit.
The French submarine at Nantes is well worth a visit. There is an interesting museum showing the historical origins of the city and its role as part of the German empire during WW2. We were unable to avail of the opportunity to visit the Airbus factory but would have liked to have done so.
A little further afield there are plenty of chateaux, vineyards and other places of interest.
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