|Les Roches||Self Catering||Friday||5||12||4|
Les Roches, located in the sunny South Vendée, offers high quality, comfortable, holiday accommodation, equally suitable for family groups as for all-adult parties. Les Roches sleeps 12 plus 2 babies in 5 bedrooms with 4 bath/shower rooms and is situated in the village of Le Langon a short distance from Fontenay le Comte. The gîte has a private heated pool and features 3 downstairs bedrooms.
The gîte is set on a quiet lane a short way from the village centre. Les Roches is well equipped for the needs of families travelling with young children and babies. Cots, highchairs, stairgates and change stations are included as a matter of course as are sterilisers, children’s crockery, listeners and of course, toys. Wi-fi internet and English language tv are provided.
Included in our tariffs:
Quality, freshly laundered and pressed cotton bed linen plus cot bedding if needed; towels (including pool towels); all utilities (including heating of the pool April-October); welcome pack of basic provisions and consumables such as loo paper, washing powder, dishwasher detergent etc.; end of stay cleaning
We are resident locally and are on hand to provide any information or help you might need. Please note that Les Roches is a Friday changeover. Weekend and short stay lets are also possible from mid September through to mid-May. Two night (Friday / Saturday or Saturday / Sunday) lets are priced at 50% of the weekly rate, with additional nights a further 10% of the weekly price per night.
The village of Le Langon has a number of services including a well- stocked village shop that also seels bread and pastries from an excellent bakery. Nearby towns (Fontenay le Comte and Lucon) have a fine selection of shops and restaurants.
Les Roches has a spacious and well equipped kitchen for making the best use of superb local products. The kitchen includes an induction hob, electric oven, dish washer, washing machine, dryer and a full range of utensils.
The property has both outside and inside dining areas. A barbecue is provided for al fresco dinners and there is direct access from the kitchen via double doors to the patio dining table.
The large living room with open-plan dining room (table for 12) is equipped with plentiful sofa seating and is arranged to accommodate the whole party in comfort. It is is equipped with television (English and French), music system.
Les Roches has five bedrooms. Three of these are downstairs and two are upstairs. Downstairs there is one king size room with an en suite shower room; one super king (which can be made up as a twin room if desired and one triple room (three single beds) downstairs.
Upstairs there is a double room and a triple room that can be made up either as a super-king plus a single bed or as a three-single bed room. This room also has a separate nursery with cot and changing table. Both these upstairs rooms have en suite shower rooms.
Two cots are provided and more can made available if needed.
Les Roches has 4 bath/shower rooms, three of which are en suite. The fourth, family, bathroom is located on the ground floor and includes a big bath with an over-bath shower.
The property is centrally heated and is available for rental year round.
Les Roches has English language television. Cd, dvd and mp3 players / iPod docking stations are provided and free wi-fi is available.
The garden runs to 1500 meters square and has a trampoline and plenty of other play equipment. The pool measures 9 by 5 meters and is both heated and fenced for security. There is plenty of shade and seating in the garden.
Off road parking is available for up to four cars. The driveway is gated.
Equally suitable for all-adult groups as for multi-generational groups and families with babies and young children.
Les Roches may be suitable for people with limited mobility and has welcomed disabled guests in the past. Please contact us to discuss specific requirements.
We relocated to France from the UK with our young family in 2003 having spent the previous summer in the Vendée and finding it hard to leave. After 13 years here our enthusiasm for France and for the region is as strong as ever.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||The South Vendée provides an ideal balance for us. We enjoy all the tranquillity of a rural location with the advantages of the nearby coast. The cities of La Rochelle and Nantes are close enough to give us a dose of the bright lights occasionally while local market towns such as Fontenay le Comte and Lucon provide us with day-to-day shopping, entertainment and a fine choice of restaurants. The uncrowded countryside around is a delight and we have so many choices for recreation right on our doorstep.|
|Unique benefits of property||We are! We know the area very well and are on hand to give advice about what to do and where to go and to provide assistance as needed.|
Twice voted by the theme park industry as being the best park in the world, the Puy du Fou is quite unique. The park revolves around 6 live shows or spectaculars that are dramatisations of historical or mythical events relating to the Vendée. The stage craft is exceptional and can justifiably be described as both world class and – in some instances – ground breaking. Away from the big shows, the rest of the park has plenty to interest the visitor. This is a “must do” for any holiday in the Vendée. Located about 65km from our gite in Les Epesses.
The beaches of the South Vendée are a delight. For the most part they are sandy (though one honourable exception has a fine line in rock pools at low tide) and are very family friendly. Our favourites are:
La Faute sur Mer – the closest beach at about 40km. La Faute is a low-rise, relaxed, small, resort town. Access to the beach is via paths of a couple of hundred metres length over the dunes. The sandy beach here is particularly fine. During the summer period the bathing is supervised on some stretches. La Faute is a nice town and has some good restaurants. We can recommend La Grand’ Voile on Avenue de la Plage.
Les Conches – is, overall, our favourite beach. Also sandy, this is a very gently sloping beach that is enormous when the tide is out and where the sea stays shallow for quite some distance. There is not a lot in the way of commerce here; just a few stalls selling drinks, snacks and ice cream. This is a good surf beach and there are two surf schools here. We recommend Manu Surf. About 55km drive.
St Vincent sur Jard – This is the most distant of our favoured beaches at around 60km. The beach here is notable for two features: firstly, there are lots of interesting rock pools to muck about in; secondly, the beach is over looked by the last home of the French statesman, Georges Clemenceau. It is a surprisingly modest house for a man widely held to be the “father of victory” in the First World War. The house is as Clemenceau left it at the time of his death in 1929. The gardens here were designed by his friend, the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.
Located adjacent to one another near the village of Moutiers les Mauxfaits (about 45km distant), Indian Forest and O’Gliss provide activity packed days. The Indian Forest adventure park centres around a series of high rope pathways (assault courses, really) slung through the tree tops. There is a range of difficulties available ranging from ‘child’s play’ to ‘downright reckless.’ Also in the park can be found bungie jumps, go karts and water slides.
Water slides (and flumes and rapids a lots of other aquatic lunacy) attain another level in the neighbouring O’Gliss water park. This is the third largest of its kind in France and is open June, July & August.
The city of La Rochelle is amongst the most visited in France. It is an elegant sort of place with lots of high end shops and many good restaurants. The aquarium – one of Europe’s largest – is excellent, and is most certainly worth a trip to La Rochelle (about 45 km distant) all by itself, but the real charm of the place can be found in just strolling around soaking up the ambiance. The area around the old port is particularly pleasant. La Rochelle has hundreds of restaurants and competition generally keeps quality quite high. Our favoured eateries are Bar André (a La Rochelle institution) at 5 rue St Jean du Perot and Le Boute en Train (classic French) at 7 rue des Bonnes Femmes.
The Vendée has long made wines and some local producers have considerable reputations. Wine of the AOC Fiefs Vendéens are made in five locations, two of which (the villages of Vix and Pissotte) are just a few km away from our gites. Producers are happy to receive visitors to taste and buy wine direct. Our favourite producers are Christian Chabirand and his wife Estelle at the Prieuré La Chaume in Vix; Domaine Coirier at Pissotte and Domaine de la Bobinière at Chantonnay.
Located about 15km away, the forest of Mervent extends over 12000 acres. At its heart is a huge lake that acts as a reservoir for the area. Aside from providing innumerable routes for shady walks, the forest is home to a number of other attractions, including the activity park at Pierre Brune (very good for children of all ages), a rather good small zoo and a water sports centre (from which canoes & kayaks can be hired). The forest also has marked tracks for mountain bikes. There are a couple of restaurants in the forest – we would recommend L’Auberge de la Forêt. In the heart of the forest for higher end dining or the Mangoustan in Mervent village for a meal with children.
Venise Verte (Green Venice) refers to a network of canals and dykes dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Poitou marshes. These days, the Venise Verte provides a haven for wildlife and is an area of gentle beauty. The best way to experience the area is by boat and these can be hired at a number of locations (for example Maillezais – where can be seen the remains of a magnificent abbey – and Damvix). For lunch, La Recré (a pizzeria / creperie in a converted school) in Damvix provides a perfect family dining option.
Once the capital of Bas Poitou, Fontenay le Comte is an historic Renaissance town and the nearest sizable town to us (about 15 km distant). The prettiest streets lie behind the Church of Notre Dame where can be seen some really rather beautiful buildings. Beyond these streets lies the adventure playground called Parcabout which consists of large cargo nets slung through the trees and is very popular with children. Fontenay has a full range of shops and services as well as a selection of good restaurants. Our favourites – Hôtel de Vendée (at the top of Rue de la République, No. 126) for the stunning cooking; Pinky (at 3 rue de Minage) for the lovely courtyard dining; Cantina Mia (13 rue Georges Clemenceau) for the gourmet pizzas.
We were a family of 3 generations, 0-65, 7 adults and 3 children. The availability of properties with the flexibility to accommodate this formation was pretty limited.
We are regular visitors to France in gites and similar for 40 years now with property sizes varying according to the size of family as it grew and now who can come.
Overall this house met expectations and suited us well. The key difference to other properties was the attention of the owners who live nearby and because this is their livelihood set high standards in customer service. Once the booking was made we dealt with them directly on a range of things, all small in their way but nothing seemed to be too much trouble so we would recommend anyone to book with confidence that whatever is agreed will be done (which we have found over the years is not always the case).
Some of the photos were taken a few years ago so some things have changed such as the outdoor table canopy are no longer there although there is a sail cover which does the job. However the house was clean and well appointed with new equipment and for example plenty of plenty of cutlery and crockery to accommodate more than the promised numbers. A gas barbecue was available which was a real plus given the numbers we are cooking for and is unique in our experience-we could never be bothered to light up the charcoal!
So overall a very comfortable stay for us all and a property which suited our needs. The owners make the difference
Firstly, my apologies for not resonding to your review earlier - I must have missed the notification that it had been posted. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write this review. We are delighted that you found Les Roches so suitable for your group. I hope very much that you might recommend us to family & friends and that we might have the pleasure of seeing you here again in the future.