|La Guimbaudiere||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||2||One bedroom en suite|
If you yearn for privacy and the peace, tranquility and friendliness of rural France, this is the property for you. Located on the outskirts of the small and picturesque country town of Pouzauges,Vendee. This detached house is set in its own grounds adjacent to fields.
The accommodation available in this house, all of which is on the ground level, comprises 4 bedrooms, 1 of which is en suite, a separate bathroom and wc, lounge area, fitted kitchen/diner and shower and utility room. The property has recently been redecorated and fitted out and features traditional Vendeean mosaic floor tiles in several of the rooms.
Outside there is a large garden (formerly an orchard) with plenty of space for the children to let off steam and a patio suntrap, where you can relax and enjoy your drinks and barbecue. There is a raised swimming pool in the garden and a covered outside area suitable for family meals.
Pouzauges town centre has a good range of small shops and on the edge of town a Super U supermarket will provide all the food, drink and household goods you will need.
You'll love the tranquility, but that is not to say that there is nothing to do in the area. There is an aquatic centre and a theatre/cinema in town, plenty of marked walks and cycle routes, fishing and a nearby equestrian centre. The town also boasts a 12th century château and a Roman church complete with frescoes. The 14th century Château de Saint Mesmin is also nearby. The Vendée itself is famous for its wars and there are numerous historical sites to visit.
Once on to the free flowing network of roads, where congestion is practically unknown, you are within easy distance of a number of attractions:
Puy du Fou (15km) - to call this highly praised and extraordinary attraction a theme park would be a huge understatement. It is a collection of spectacular historical re-enactments, mostly in the open air, such as musketeers, gladiators and Vikings, together with a breathtaking ballet of birds of prey. You can immerse yourself in a medieval village or sit and enjoy a drink or meal in a reconstructed 1900 French town. You will struggle to see it all in a day, and recognising this, the organisers provide good value packages that will enable you to return another day at no additional cost. In the evenings from June to September you can extend your visit into the evening with the Cinéscénie - 'the biggest stage in the world', extravagant technical effects, 1100 actors and star participation...' Steam train Futuroscope (2 hours).
La Maison de la Vie Rurale Vineyard route - like most of France, the Vendee is proud of its wine, and its vineyard owners will welcome you with open arms. The well mapped route will introduce you to the large professional vineyards and the smaller family-run operations, where you will be able to taste their wines and buy some to take home (or to drink during your stay!). And if wine is not your tipple ........Cider country is within an hours drive east.
The lovely coastal town of Les Sables d'Olonne is just over an hours drive away, and every 3 years is the proud host of the Vendee Globe single-handed round the world yacht race - you can walk round the marina and see all the yachts before they hit the high seas. There are many other beautiful coastal towns to enjoy as well, including La Rochelle. Bird-watchers will be fascinated by the large numbers of buzzards, falcons and other birds of prey often seen at close range.
Shopping for clothes and those gifts to take home is always a pleasure - as well as the various local markets, there are small uncrowded retail outlets dotted around the countryside - there are never any parking problems and no pressure to buy as you take your pick of the chic and more casual French fashions and other items, with many bargains to be had.
And last but not least, there is a wealth of places to eat out. These range from the cheap and cheerful to haute cuisine, and at all levels you will find quality is guaranteed.
La Guimbaudiere has a large kitchen diner, with a fully fitted kitchen including a dishwasher.
The property has a large living room with frenchdoors to the front of the house.
Four bedrooms: 2 double and 2 further doubles with single beds. One double has a en suite shower room.
One bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, 1 bedroom en suite and one additional shower cubicle
The house is set in the middle of its own large grounds. There is a sunny patio area, a raised swimming pool and an outside covered area.
There is ample parking space available in front of the house.
St Malo 285km