Pete and Rose King are pleased to welcome you to La Grange de La Gautellerie, a large barn recently restored and converted into two luxury gites. The barn is situated in a peaceful idyllic spot, just outside the village of St Revérénd in the Vendée.The barn sits on a large plot of approximately 3 acres. The neighbouring farmhouse La Gautellerie is just across the track/cycle path and is owned by our friends. There is a patio area and a large garden which is laid to lawn and has extensive views over the valley.There are two gites for hire: 'Gîte à la ferme ' and the slightly larger 'Gîte de la Vallée'. People who have visited us feel the photographs do not show the size or extent of the property. St Revérénd is 10 minutes drive from the picturesque harbour town of St Gilles Croix-de-Vie which has a beautiful long wide stretch of sandy beach. It's a haven for water sports and has some great surf too. In high season it is very lively; having plenty of bars, restaurants and pavement cafes; and in the evening there are craft stalls in the narrow streets and along the quay. In the low season many of the shops and restaurants stay open making it an ideal resort any time of year.If you like cycling the terrain in the area is generally flat. The barn is situated on one of the many cycle paths which weave their way through countryside, or to the coast for the more energetic! The Vendée region boasts the highest number of sunshine hours in the whole of France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||St Gilles Croix de Vie 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nantes or La Rochelle 65 km, Nearest railway: St Gilles Croix de Vie 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Gite a la FermeThe Lounge/ Kitchen/ Diner: has an impressive large open plan living, kitchen and dining room with a lofty ceiling and exposed oak beams. The room has full height French doors leading to the front of the property. In the lounge area there is an oak staircase leading to a mezzanine with a further sitting area and bed settee.The lounge has an attractive stone fireplace with a wood burning stove. The room is traditionally furnished with Ercol furniture having a 3 seater sofa , 2 seater sofa, chair and footstool and coffee table. There is a TV (English) and Hi-fi system.The fully fitted kitchen is very well equipped with integrated appliances comprising oven, 4 ring ceramic hob, large fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee percolator, kettle, toaster and food processor. It is very well equipped with cooking utensils, at least 8 place settings of crockery, cutlery, and glasses, perfect for entertaining! The dining table will seat 6 people comfortably.Master Bedroom with en-suite: a large room with exposed beams and adjoining en-suite shower room. It has a double bed, double wardrobe, bedside cabinets, two chests of drawers and chair. French doors open directly onto the garden patio with open views of the countryside. The en-suite shower room has a WC, vanity unit with double sinks, and a corner glass shower unit.Bedroom 2: A room with a double bed, double wardrobe, set of drawers and bedside cabinet. French doors opening to the front of the property.Bedroom 3: A room with exposed beams, 2 single beds, double wardrobe, two chests of drawers, chair and a bedside cabinet. It has a window with open views over the garden.Shower Room: The shower room has a WC, vanity unit with sink, and a corner glass shower unit.Boiler Room: This room is shared with the other gite and has a connecting (lockable) door. It houses the central heating boiler. Utility Room houses the washing machine and ironing board.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden: The barn sits on a large plot of approximately 3 acres. There is a patio and large garden which is laid to lawn.Outdoor Furniture: Includes a hardwood table and chairs, parasol, barbecue, sun loungers, deck chairs and a hammock. We have a number of bicycles which you are welcome to use (at your own risk).
Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday but alternative times and lengths of stay can be arranged, subject to availability.Prices include electricity and water. Please note you are expected to leave the property clean and tidy at the end of your stay otherwise a cleaning charge will be made.Duvets and pillows are provided but please bring along your own bed linen and towels. These can be provided if necessary but an extra charge will be made.A travel cot and high chair are available free of charge (if required).
The Vendée region boasts the highest number of sunshine hours in the whole of France.
Activities in the Vendee
Cycling – Vendée now offers a vast network of excellent quality cycle tracks in quiet country lanes and farm tracks for riding in complete safety, ideal for exploring the region, whether heading inland or out to the coast. There are also 285 kms of coastal paths with enchanting scenery between marshes, dunes, rocky coastline and seaside resorts. Maps are available from the local tourist office and all routes are well signposted.
Surfing - Many beaches in the area are ideal for surfing. La Grande Plage at St Gilles is particularly good so body boards are a must!
Golf -There are five 18 hole golf courses in the Vendee, the nearest being Golf Des Fontenelles on the D6 near St Revérénd. The course, a par 72, can be played as two 9 hole rounds. It is well maintained and includes a covered driving range and putting practice green. Professional lessons are available on request. A Formule Golf pass offers deals to 21 courses in the region.
Fishing – Nearby lakes and reservoirs offer peaceful walks and fishing. L’Etang Communal is within walking distance of the barn. Lac Gué Gorand a 37 hectare lake is 3 kms away. There are cycle and walking paths around the lake. Open all year for fishing.
Wildlife – There are many reasons to bring your binoculars along. Otters can be seen playing on the banks of Gué Gorand and in the fields surrounding the barn. We have our own resident owl and many birds of prey can be seen hovering above the fields. In the early morning you can watch the hares playing in the field. There are some interesting florescent green lizards and in the spring you can hear the toads croaking by the waterhole in the field.
Other activities - Go Karting, quad biking, equestrian centre, sailing and windsurfing, water sports and walking.
Has a 19th century working windmill; Moulin des Gourmands which does guided tours. It produces excellent types of flour that are used in its own bakery. The bakery sells excellent bread and pastries, highly recommended! There is a pizzeria which serves delicious meals and a large selection of delicious crepes. The visitor centre has an outside children’s play area, donkeys and plots growing various types of crops local to the region. Well worth a visit! There is a fine church - Eglise de St Revérénd. The church holds an exhibition of “treasure” comprising an ecclesiastical plate, a reliquary, and two bronze bells which belonged to the former church.
Enjoy a cycle ride with a difference on the velo rail through the countryside along 10 km of former railway line. Each track-car can take two to five people. The line crosses the River Vie and passes through the old station at Saint Maixent sur Vie. Departing from and arriving at Commequiers station, the duration of the ride is 2, 3 or 4 hours. Booking is essential in high season. Commequiers also has a castle to visit.
The tiny village of Apremont is built on the rocky sides of the Vie valley. It has a chateau that is open to visitors. A dam has been built on the river Vie forming a 5 mile lake with a man made sandy beach, part of which is sectioned off for swimming and supervised by a lifeguard. The beach also has a play area and an excellent water slide with its own pool making it an ideal place for children. You can rent canoes, water bikes and pedalos or take a trip downstream of the dam towards the chateau. This is a very popular place with British families.
St Gilles Croix-de-Vie
The town of St Gilles Croix-de-Vie is a lively seaside resort with a large fishing and yachting harbour, a long beach-front Promenade lined with restaurants, and an interesting historic quarter, originally the living-place of merchants and sailors. It is a perfect place to spend a holiday, with something for everyone to enjoy. The promenade is traffic free so it’s safe for children. The port is famous for its sardine fishing.
It has a huge choice of bars and restaurants for a small town. On 14th July each year there are celebrations ending with a magnificent display of fireworks. The main street is pedestrianised with lots of tourist shops, bars and pavement cafes.
St Gilles has many sandy beaches:
La Grande Plage is on the south side of the Vie estuary. It is a wide flat sandy beach and suitable for surfing and kite surfing.
Plage des Dunes which is accessible by a 5 minute walk through the dunes. The beach tends to be much quieter than the main beaches in St Gilles.
Corniche Vendéan has lots of rock pools and sandy inlets. At high tide visit the Devils Hole- when the wind blows off the sea you can see some spectacular effects as the water rushes up through the rocks.
Bretignolles Sur Mer
A pretty tourist spot with a supermarket, shops, bars and restaurants. It has 4 beaches:
Plage des Dunes has a big beach of fine sand which extends over 3km. One area of the beach has been allocated for surfing with ideal waves for beginners.
Plage de Normandeliere is an ideal beach for young children. A large salt water pool is situated near the beach making it a safe place to bathe at anytime of the day. The beach is popular for nautical activities such as sailing, windsurfing and boat fishing can be arranged at the port located behind the sailing school.
Plage La Paree has a family beach; ideal for bathing at low tide.
Plage La Sauzai has a wild beach bordered by a rocky coast, a good spot for experienced surfers.
Other visitor attractions include:
Chateaux, salt marshes, scented gardens at St Revérénd and Coex, vineyards, butterfly farms, zoo, children's parks at Brem sur Mer and St Hilaire, and a water park -Atlantic Toboggan at St Hilaire. There is a tourist information office at Le Moulin des Gormands in St Reverend.