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The walled courtyard

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

A converted ancient dwelling house in a historic rural hamlet lovingly restored to retain its character and history.

It is very spacious with lots of natural light and is furnished to the highest standard for 7 guests. A perfect base for exploring the Vendee and its history - or simply relax and enjoy rural France and its Atlantic coastline.

The house is located near the village of Sigournais and its medieval château. The nearest large shopping centre is 10 minutes away in Chantonnay, although there is a small supermarket in Sigournais where you can buy virtually everything that you might need and this is only 5 minutes away. The Vendee is renowned for its excellent climate - as much sunshine as the Cote d'Azur.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sable d'olonne or la Faute 65 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Nantes or la Rochelle 85 km, Nearest railway: Chantonnay 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The bedroom equipped with single beds is large so we can add another single bed if for example you have 3 children and don't want to use the sofa bed in the lounge.

There are a number of books, games for adults and children, CDs for every music taste, DVDs on a number of subjects/films for adults and children. The TV now has free sat.

There is a shower room, a bathroom and also a separate toilet with a wash basin

Pets are not allowed as this is farmland and the fields around Sigournais are home for many, many cows. The upside of this is that you can buy eggs and milk at the farms.

There is a wood burning fire in the living area and in the twin bedroom - wonderful in winter.

This house has a 90sq metre courtyard with BBQ, tables and chairs- there is no garden but we are in the countrysides within minutes of lots of walks/open spaces.

Baby items eg cots, sterilisers, changing mat, playpen, potty, cot etc are provided but only on request at time of booking.

Bicycles and boats can be hired locally.

Further details outdoors

This house has a really large (90sq metre) walled courtyard with BBQ, tables and chairs- there is no garden.

But we are in the countryside so within minutes lots of walks/open spaces.

Swimming - there is a beach at the Lac de Rochereau which is 5 mins away where you can swim. Also there is a swimming pool in Chantonnay but there are many sandy beaches within 40-60 minutes for your days out- Sable d'olonne, La Tranche to name a few

There are 4 golf courses all within an hours drive.

These are Les Fontenelles. Famous for its many hedgerows, water features, maritime pine and oaks and its driving range.iles.

La Domangère. The highest slope in France with a wealth of shots to be played, this is a delightful course that those in search of new challenges will want to experience. (This is supposed to be one of the more difficult golf courses in France).

Port Bougenay.On the edge of the sea and bordering an enclosed forest, this golf course overlooks the marina of Port Bourgenay. With hedgerows and pine forest, this course provides a two-in-one experience.

Mazieres en Gatine. Set amongst lakes and ancient trees, this course produces surprise after surprise behind each hedgerow.

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The property is located in the Vendee, a 5 minute drive from Sigournais or 10 minutes from Chantonnay which is the nearest large town, 45 - 60 minutes from Sable d'Olonne, la Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers.

This ancient house is in a hamlet nestling in the glorious countryside of the Vendee and parts of the hamlet date from the seventeenth century. Many of the hamlet's original occupants worked at the famous chateau de Sigournais. The location is the place to unwind completely, there is virtually no traffic but sometimes the occasional tractor! It is particularly peaceful.

There are working farms close by and it is not unusual to see cows grazing in the fields around Sigournais. Over the fields to the right of the house you can see the chateau and it's original driveway through an avenue of trees.

Sigournais is a 10 minute walk away. There is a general store, a hairdresser and a bar/restaurant


Chantonnay is about a 10-minute drive away where there are many shops including two large supermarkets. There is a general market on Thursday and a food market on Saturday. There is also a cinema and a swimming pool, plus numerous restaurants and bars.


Spend a day at the beaches of Sable d'Olonne, la Tranche or la Faute, take a boat out in the Marais Poitevin (green Venice of France). Go for lunch in the port of La Rochelle and antique hunt in the afternoon or see the sights.

The Lac du Rochereau, 5 minutes from the Barn, is probably one of the most beautiful spots you have ever seen. You can swim from its beach, take a boat out, have a picnic, admire and paint the views, or try fishing for carp.

Go for a day's sightseeing or shopping in Nantes or Poitiers. Nearby there's riding, horse racing, surfing, water sports, cycling, running, golfing and night clubs for the energetic!

Also there's ballooning, bird watching, walks, forests, canoeing, many places of historic interest, markets, a zoo, villages, lots of bars and restaurants for the not so energetic.

Sigournais is only 25km from the Puy du Fou, the second biggest tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel tower. This is a spectacular day out for all the family. Its celevrates the Vendee's wonderful heritage.

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14 Sep 2014



My husband, myself and my sister in law and her husband have just returned from a wonderful week in The House. We found that it was extremely well equipped and furnished, the location is very rural w… More

19 Feb 2013


"Home from Home"

I stayed here last August for a week and it was great. We usually stay in a different part of France but chose this for a change. Not only is the brand new house in great condition (and massive) but t… More

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Calendar last updated:31 Jul 2014

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