Vendee farmhouse for holiday rental - LV000815

La Chapelle-aux-Lys (9km from La Chataigneraie), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV000815 Advertiser since: 12 June 2001
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Vendée Farmhouse Self Catering Saturday 3 7 2 + cot

About this property

Well Situated Farmhouse with Panoramic Views. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Puy Renou is a lovely old 18th century Vendée farmhouse, beautifully restored with beamed rooms and views overlooking the surrounding countryside. Situated in a large secluded grassed garden of approximately an acre.
Le Puy Renou is a small hamlet in the Vendée, half a mile from the village of La Chapelle aux Lys, a pretty village with church and bar.

The nearest town is La Chataigneraie which is a 10 minutes drive away and has a variety of  small shops, a monthly market and 3 supermarkets.
Local activities nearby include fishing, golf, adventure park, go-karting, swimming, walking, cycling and horse riding..
Location co-ordinates are Latitude; 46.6276394; Longtitude -0.6658741
Ground floor
Kitchen/dining room
Large room with beamed ceiling, fitted electric cooker, microwave,  gas hob unit, double sink, fridge-freezer, water
heated by electricity.
Dining table and chairs.
Large french door to the front garden and large folding glass panelled doors to sitting room.
Sitting Room
Large room with beamed ceiling, arched windows and a lovely old stone fireplace with inserted wood burning stove.
Three large comfortable settees and armchairs.
Satelite tv System with many English-speaking channels including BBC1, BBC2. ITV etc
WI-fi access, dvd player.
French door to the front garden.
Large bathroom, with twin washbasins, shower and bath. Electric radiator heating.
Separate toilet
Utility room with automatic washing machine. Ironing board and iron. Water is heated by electricity.
First floor
Three large separate bedrooms with exposed beams, electric radiators and pine furnishings.
Bedroom 1 has an en suite shower, washbasin, wc, double bed and a cot.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed and library.
Bedroom 3 is equipped with triple single beds and indoor games. Tv video player
All beds have duvets and pillows,  please bring your own bed linen, cot bedding and towels. 
Low allergen environment, owner not on-site.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen/dining room.

A large spacious kitchen/dining room.

Living rooms

With beamed ceiling, arched windows,and comfortable seating to relax and enjoy your holiday

Large old stone fireplace with inset wood burning stove.


Three bedrooms.

Two double bedrooms (1 is en suite plus cot)

One triple bedroom with 3 single beds.

All bedrooms have electric radiator heating


The main bathroom has twin washbasins, shower and bath, electric radiator heating

The en suite bedroom has a shower room, wc and wash basin


There are electric radiators in all the bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen.

In the living room there is a large wood burning stove.

Logs have to be pre ordered and paid for locally


Wi-fi internet access, satelite tv, dvd player, and small tv/video player in third bedroom.

Indoor football game, boxed games, books.

Various dvd's and videos are provided for you and your childrens entertainment.

Garden and outside

Large secluded grassed garden with patio furniture and barbecue.

Parking and garages

Large off road parking area.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for children.

Large private garden.

Pets welcomed.

Non smoking.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed

  • Child facilities



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, black bass, perch, trout, pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis Lakes
Distance: 12 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Niort, Chemin du Grand Ormeau, 7900 Niort
Distance: 43 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ripaud Equitation, 24 Rue Foret 85120 Saint Maurice des Noues
Distance: 6 km


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: pissotte, vendee wine
Distance: 25 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Bob Matthews

I am a 69 year old retired civil servant, who lives on the Isle of Wight.<br/>We purchased the property in 1993 and since then we have gradually restored the house to the what you see today.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1993
Why this location? A quiet rural location, but with good access to a variety of different attractions eg, Puy du Fou, La Rochelle, Marie Potieven, Loire valley chateau,s and Futurscope at Poiters.

Only a half day drive from the channel ports,and 90 minutes from 3 local airports all served by low cost airlines
Unique benefits of property A large spacious house with plenty of character features set in a large secluded garden overlooking beautiful countryside.

Peace and tranquility that allows our guests to have a totally relaxing holiday.

The Owner Recommends


The house is situated near the Vendee cycle way.
These cycleways can take you all around the Vendee region and are clearly marked.

The Tour de France starts just outside La Chataigneraie on 8th July 2018, 15 minutes drive from the house

Eating Out

Good quality restaurants are located close to Puy Renou they are at La Chataigneriae, Vouvant, Moncoutant and l'Absie all within 20 minutes drive. Please see the house information book for precise details of local restaurants and prices.

Fontenay le Comte

Fontenay le Comte has the largest traditional market in the area. It is held every Saturday morning. Here you can you purchase fresh local produce direct from the producers

La Chataigneraie

La Chataigneraie is ten minutes drive from the house,there are 3 supermarkets in La Chataigneraie, 2 of which open Sunday mornings. There is also a variety of small traditional shops in the centre of town. Some of which close on Mondays.


Situated just outside Poitiers, the park of moving images is a 90 minute drive from the house.
There can be large queues for attractions on summer weekends.

La Rochelle

About 50 miles drive away, this historical city is well worth a visit.
With the old harbour, ancient forts which served as a Napoleonic prison and the new aquarium there is plenty to see and do.

Location and activities

Picturesque fortified walled Vouvant, said to be one of the prettiest villages in France, is nearby. The forest and lake at Mervent has excellent walks, a zoo and a fun park. There are swimming pools at La Chataigneraie, Moncoutant and Fontenay le Comte. There are freshwater fishing lakes at Montcoutant and Vouvant, the cost per day is approximately 15 Euros. Le Puy de Fou, near Pouzauges has regular historical re-enactments during the summer months, with illuminated evening performances (45 mins drive). Fontenay le Comte, an historical town with an ancient chateau is 17 miles away. Market day is Saturday (25 mins drive) Parthenay is an interesting old town with a medieval quarter and interesting shops (30 mins drive). La Rochelle and the coast are approximately 1 hours drive. The Loire Valley is about 50 miles north (75 mins drive). Niort, 40 mins drive away, has good shops and a market on Thursday. The Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) where you may hire a boat and travel the peaceful waterways (45 mins drive). Poitiers, the ancient regional capital is 50 miles distance.

Loire Valley

The vineyards and historical castles of the Loire region are 90 minutes drive north from the house.

Marais Poitevin

A large area of reclaimed marsh land known as Green Venice, criss crossed by small water ways and accessed only by boat or canoe. Situated in the middle of this reclaimed land are numerous old abbeys, some of which are open to the public.

Mervent Forest

Situated 20 minutes away is the Forest of Mervent with plenty of forest walks and cycle ways that criss cross the forest. In the middle of the Forest is a lake where you can swim, hire small boats and grab a bite to eat from the various restaurants on the lake side.


45 Minutes drive away Niort has a very large out of town commercial zone. This incorporates a large number of retail shops and hypermarkets. On a Thursday Morning a traditional French market is held in the town centre next to the old dungeon.

Puy du Fou

Only 45 minutes drive away is the Vendee greatest living history theme park, PUY DU FOU.

Here the History of the Vendee region is brought back to life by a cast of hundreds who re-enact the stories of time gone by.
Children big and small will never forget their visit to Puy Du Fou.
A visit is strongly recommended.

Vendee Coast

The Vendee coast is about 90 minutes drive away. The principle resorts are Les Sables d'Olonnes and Le Faut sur Mer. Good bathing but very busy on Summer weekends

13 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.2
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.7
9.2 / 10 Raby Family 12 September, 2018

Our family of 5 (plus 2 grandparents for the second week) had a fantastic holiday at Le Puy Renou. We've visited the Vendeé a few times before and love the peace and quiet, the picturesque villages and the rivers and lakes. Le Puy Renou was very well equipped inside and out and was tidy and clean when we arrived. We loved the huge garden and the views over the countryside. The nearest town with supermarkets and a swimming pool is only 15mins drive away with a boulangerie and restaurants even closer. Highly recommended!

10 / 10 Peteandterri 1 July, 2017

This was our second visit to this beautiful farmhouse because we loved it so much the first time. The house is situated in a quiet rural spot with lovely views of the surrounding country side. There are extensive grounds with outbuildings. The garden had fruit trees and bushes dotted around and we were able to pick cherries and currants. My favourite spot was at the top of the sloping rear garden where there were two wooden chairs and table where I would sit to read.
The interior of the property had large rooms. The kitchen was well kitted out with everything you would need and a lovely large table, that would seat 8, in the middle, with French doors opening out to the front garden. The sitting room had lots of comfortable seating with three sofas and two arm chairs. The TV had satellite with English channels. The bedrooms were large with comfortable beds.
Although we were three adults, myself, husband and adult son, the property caters well for children. There is a children's bedroom with three beds and a cot, toys, TV with children's videos and in the barn next to the house lots of outdoor toys. I think had my son been young he would have loved the facilities provided.
Although the property is set in a peaceful rural setting it is within fairly easy distance of lots of attractions, Le Puy Du Fou theme park, zoos, chateaux, the coast, aquariums etc.
The owners were very friendly and provided good customer service.
I would recommend this property without hesitation.

10 / 10 FMHG 3 October, 2016

This farmhouse was absolutely wonderful! We stayed for one week in August 2014 with our 3 children who were then 20, 16 and 11. It’s a fairly remote location so it’s peaceful and enchanting. The first thing that struck us was that the property, both outside and in, looked exactly as it did in the photos and that is quite rare! In fact, when we first arrived we didn't think we were at the right place as it just looked too good to be true. There are large, spacious rooms throughout the property; large, comfortable sofas in the living room for the whole family to relax; lovely big kitchen table where we enjoyed homemade family meals each day - and a rare family game of monopoly one evening! With 5 of us there it was great to have an en suite bathroom off our bedroom, even if we did have to share it with the kids once or twice! The garden is pretty large, with a barn. On arrival the wifi wasn't working, much to the annoyance of our two eldest, but this was actually really helpful as the kids ended up exploring the barn where they found a badminton net, rackets, etc, which they immediately set up in the front garden and we played every day - even when the wifi was back on! The views were wonderful. The farmhouse is situated in quiet countryside and we enjoyed early morning runs and walks with no traffic around most days. This is a perfect holiday home and we would love to stay here again. The owner was very helpful, as was the French neighbour who helped whenever needed.

10 / 10 14 September, 2015

We've just returned from Le Puy Renou and a fabulous holiday. The farm house is beautiful, well equipped, clean and ideally located for touring this area of France. The accommodation is very spacious with a huge kitchen, living room and bedrooms that would easily accommodate 8 people.
We went to Le Tranche Sur Mer one day, La Rochelle another and spent lovely days in Mervent forest and rivers and also Vouvant.
We were lucky enough to be allowed to take our dogs who loved the extensive grounds at the farm house and enjoyed the walks in such a beautiful area.
The ferry times were a little testing as we opted for the 08.15 out returning n the 08.30 from Caen to Portsmouth which meant leaving to return at 03.00, as we had the dogs to check in which was really easy. The vet we found in L'Absie was very helpful for the return tapeworm treatment and passport stamp for the dogs.
As we opted for the early ferries and on Saturday we did take some supplies for our first evening although we could have stopped en route.
Our return journey was interesting as the sat nav took us the scenic route through rural France but we still had plenty of time to make the ferry.
We will hopefully be booking this beautiful house again next year, many thanks to Bob the owner for his excellent service and allowing us to take the dogs, this made such a difference to our holiday.