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Hortensia Cottage – Home 46721 Gite

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Hortensia Cottage – Home 46721

Excellent Excellent – based on 3 reviews

  • Gite
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay

Gite / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

A delightful single-storey cottage, full of character, with a large open plan living area and dining space and well-equipped kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms with a double sofabed in living area, but the ideal party size is 4. The gîte benefits from its own quiet garden and parking area, and guests have joint access to the gardens, games and swimming pool of the property. Furnished and equipped with comfort in mind, linen and towels are included in the price.

The rural village of Les Mottes is quiet and peaceful and ideals for walks, cycling and fishing in the River Smagne which runs through the village. Only 10 minutes drive from the cathedral town of Luçon and within 35 minutes of beaches, forests and lakes which offer a huge range of holiday activities and entertainment.

Further details

A welcome pack with local specialities is offered on arrival.

Towels are provided for use in the house and gite, separate towels provided for the pool but

A delightful single-storey cottage, full of character, with a large open plan living area and dining space and well-equipped kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms with a double sofabed in living area, but the ideal party size is 4. The gîte benefits from its own quiet garden and parking area, and guests have joint access to the gardens, games and swimming pool of the property. Furnished and equipped with comfort in mind, linen and towels are included in the price.

The rural village of Les Mottes is quiet and peaceful and ideals for walks, cycling and fishing in the River Smagne which runs through the village. Only 10 minutes drive from the cathedral town of Luçon and within 35 minutes of beaches, forests and lakes which offer a huge range of holiday activities and entertainment.

Further details

A welcome pack with local specialities is offered on arrival.

Towels are provided for use in the house and gite, separate towels provided for the pool but we would expect guests to bring their own beach towels.

If the owner is not living on site during your stay the local representative who is also bilingual will be pleased to help you.

Further details indoors

The renovation has been carried out to show the original stonework and beams and the gîte is full of character. The thick walls and shutters give good insulation making it cool in summer and snug in the cooler periods. The open plan living area has comfortable seating including a sofa bed and dining table and includes TV (English channels) and DVD player. There is a fully equipped corner kitchen. A short corridor leads to the double bedroom, twin bedroom with large bunkbeds and the shower room with WC.

Further details outdoors

The gîte has its own parking area and front garden with garden furniture and barbecue. Guests have full use of the rest of the 7,000 square metre gardens, short tennis and badminton games and outdoor pool facilities with the guests of Wisteria House. There is also a 16' trampoline. The gardens are mainly lawned with fruit trees for natural shade. A covered lean-to corner of a large barn near the pool provides a shaded area for sitting and barbecue meals and to play table tennis.

The heated pool measures some 9 x 5 metres with a single depth of 1.5 metres. Elegant wide steps lead into it on two sides, which also serve as seats, so the full depth area can be used for swimming and ball games. The pool is in a secured, paved area with plenty of seating. A solar shower is provided using our own well water. Outbuildings have been converted to house the pump and filter and a shaded area. Recently we have added a changing room with hand washbasin and WC. The pool heating is set to a maximum of 28 degrees C. It is regularly maintained and uses bromide salt rather than chlorine which doesn't smell and is generally less irritating to sensitive skins.

Location description from owner

The Pays de la Loire region

The Vendee is a large département (or county) about the size of Devon located on the French Atlantic coast, just south of Brittany and Nantes, and north of La Rochelle and Bordeaux. Its position, within 2 to 6 hours of the various ferry ports, makes the area an easy day's journey from Britain and Ireland. It has some 150 kilometres of mainly sandy beaches which give good conditions for water sports as well as just enjoying the sunshine. The population, according to the 1999 census, is 540,000.

The name "Vendée" is taken from that of a river which runs through the south-east of the département. After crossing the forest of Mervent it flows through the town of Fontenay-le-Comte, which used to be the capital of Bas-Poitou - the county's name was changed to Vendée after the French Revolution of 1789 until Napoleon decided his soldiers could keep the Vendeans in order more easily from La Roche-sur-Yon. The river meanders on through the marshes to meet the Sevre Niortaise, and turns west to meet the sea in the bay known as the Anse de l'Aiguillon, famous for its scallops, mussel and oyster beds.

The property is situated in the heart of the wonderful micro-climate that is enjoyed in this part of the Vendée. It is said to be second only to the Côte d'Azur and regularly records 2,500 hours of sunshine a year. As a result many sub-tropical plants grow, we have a 5 metre banana tree in the garden which regularly bears fruit. The local farms grow maize, sunflowers, tobacco and delicious melons which are on sale between April and October. However winters can be quite cold but we're prepared for off-peak guests and the gîte has electric wall radiaters.

We may have to make a nominal charge for the heating costs in exceptionally cold periods. You'll find the thick walls and shutters give excellent insulation, keeping the house cool in summer and retaining the warmth in winter.

Lucon

Situated in a quiet village close to interesting walks, cycling routes and for fishing the river Smagne, Hortensia Cottage is ideally placed for easy and quick access to a large range of holiday activities and entertainment.

Beaches at La Tranche and La Faute within 30 minutes drive offer sailing, surfing, jet skiing, microlight, tennis, golf and horse riding. Les Sables d'Olonne a little further with its zoo, spa, shopping, casino and night life. La Rochelle just 45 minutes to the south with its chic shopping, street cafes, restaurants, aquarium and historic buildings with the nearby Ile de Ré, famous for its hollyhocks and long-haired donkeys.

The fantastic theme park of Le Puy de Fou (second attraction in France after Disneyland) is an hour to the north and Futuroscope is at Poitiers. To the south is the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) with punts and electric boats to hire to explore this amazing network of waterways and wildlife. The cathedral town of Luçon with its markets and good choice of supermarkets is our nearest town just 10 minutes away. They organise many cultural events throughout the year.

Nearby is a large watersports venue and close to the village are beautiful forest and riverside walks, adventure playgrounds and cycle routes. Wine tasting is very popular too, with wine trails starting only a few kilometres away where you can discover the Vendéen wines. There's also a good selection of restaurants to cater for most people's tastes and budgets.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Bunk Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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Payment
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
Smoking
No smoking at this property

About the owner

Chris B
Response rate:
85%
Calendar updated::
28 Feb 2017
Years listed:
9
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Gite has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 15 Jan 2008. Located in Lucon, it has 3 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £600 to £900.

The Owner has a response rate of 85% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 28 Feb 2017.

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“Wonderful place, good facilities, friendly and welcoming host.”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2012

We have just returned from a lovely week in Hortensia Cottage. It is a beautiful, peaceful place, the gite is tastefully rennovated and very well equiped, the pool is gorgeous (and heated!) and the gardens are delightful. Chris is a very welcoming host, who went out of his way to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. I would recommend Hortensia cottage to those who are looking for a peaceful break in a lovely, unspoilt part of the Vendee.

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