Charming house for holiday rental in Vendée

7km from Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV002822 Advertiser since: 4 January 2011
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Le Presbytere Self Catering Saturday 3 8 1 sofabeds

About this property

Old Maison in Peaceful Village nr Forest and Lakes. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

This charming 250 year old "vicarage" in the quiet village of St Michel le Cloucq, 85200, Vendée, is available for holidays all year round. The premises have recently been renovated and have full central heating. A stunning stone staircase greets you on arrival and the property is spacious with tall ceilings and walled gardens, plus recently added parking space in front courtyard. The village sits on a peak in the Bocage region of the Mervent Forest close to the River Vendee, and is characterised by the ancient church next door. There is a village bar and a restaurant. Local walking, cycling, wildlife (we have seen otters and deer), lake swimming, boating and fishing facilities are within 3km. Stunning beaches of the Vendee and Charente Maritime are approx 50km



Kitchen and dining

Six seat kitchen table, 2 fridges, small freezer, 4 ring electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, iron, kettle, toaster, cutlery, utensils, pans, wine rack. Eight seater dining room table combined in 26 x 16ft lounge. Drinks glasses in cabinet and crockery.

Living rooms

Lounge as above 26 x 16ft with raised dining area 16 x 11ft. Lounge seats 8 comfortably on 2 sofa bed-settees, recliner and easy chair. Two large windows and access to kitchen and hall. Ceiling fan, UK tv, radio, vcr, dvd/cd player, wi-fi and electric fire.


Three bedrooms comprise spacious master bedroom - sleeps 3. Large king size bed and single futon, chests of drawers, dressing table chair and wardrobe. Bedroom 2 - sleeps 2, double bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe, bedside table, chair . Bedroom 3 - sleeps 3, bunk beds and pull out-bed. Two double sofabeds in lounge for additional capacity.


One ground floor bathroom with bath, sink, toilet and hydro massage shower.
There is also a sink in bedroom 3 and an additional outside toilet in the rear courtyard. A utility sink is also located at the end of the ground floor hallway outside the cellar. An outside tap and hose is located at rear garden for visitors own paddling pool.


The house has full oil fired central heating and hot water. There is also an electric fire in the lounge.


UK tv with dvd and vcr player and some films (including children's). Cd player, a selection of books and games and some children's toys. Boules for use in courtyard. Additional radio in main bedroom. Six string accoustic guitar. Wi-fi for full internet access.

Garden and outside

Front gravel courtyard and parking space to entrance door. Lovely rear secure walled garden and patios. Utility barn with rubbish and recycling bins. Eight seater garden dining table with chairs, cushions and parasol. Sun lounger. Barbecue with utensils.

Parking and garages

Parking is available for one vehicle in the front courtyard and further parking also available in the village square outside the church 20 metres from the house, which is rarely crowded and is safe.

Visitor suitability

Ideal house for family holidays and groups. Highchair and travelcot available for babies.

Information about any additional facilities

Mobile bakers van calls outside daily, and local bakery, patisserie and "salon de the" is 2 minute drive or a pleasant rural walk past ponds, woods and wildlife. The Saturday morning market at Fontenay has excellent local produce and seafood for self catering. Fontenay-le-Comte is 5km away with bars and restaurants. Mervent is also 5km in the other direction with lakes, restaurants, hotels, bars and watersports.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Mervent
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Mervent Forrest


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Pissotte and Vix
Distance: 8 km

The Owner Recommends

Local Restaurants

The Ille de Tortue Bar & Restaurant in the village serves food and drinks every day except Monday and is 300 metres walk. Mervent (5km) has a number of restaurants, bars and hotels some overlooking the lakes (Le Mangoustan is excellent). Vouvant (10km) has excellent restaurants. Fontenay-le-Comte (3km) has a variety of restaurants including Logis "Le Rabelais", bars, cafe and town shops/supermarkets for self catering.

Nearest market

Fontenay-le-Comte 3km

Nearest restaurant

Ille de Tortue 300metres (walking distance)

Theme Parks etc

Fontenay is surrounded by various theme park options. Puy du Fou is located north at Cholet. Futuroscope is located near Poitier towards the east. Parc Pierre Brune and a zoo are in Mervent Forest nearby. Chateau de Terre Neuve is in Fontenay. Corderie, naval town and Lafayette's frigate at Rochefort. Mallezais Abbey and Marais Poitevin nearby.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.7
9.5 / 10 Ty Haf 11 November, 2016

This is a beautiful, old property with loads of character. Home from home facilities, comfortable beds, warm and cosy, and fully equipped kitchen, all in classic French style. Set in a quiet village, in easy driving distance of many lovely towns and villages of the Vendée.

10 / 10 Clem Thomas 2 August, 2016

Superb accommodation in a fabulous setting. Superb customer service from the owners and great advice about surrounding attractions and restaurants. The place was even better than what the owners described it. Absolutely fabulous place!

9.2 / 10 Darren Y. 18 August, 2014

The property is very old and has lots of character. It has been well maintained and is kept spotlessly clean. The owners replied promptly to any questions we had prior to our holiday and sent us clear directions to the property. They provided information regarding house keeping and local attractions in the house.
The house is in a small, quiet village but is only a few kilometres from a bustling town and a choice of supermarkets. There is an excellent restaurant in the village. The owner is very pleasant and speaks good English. He will explain the menu to you. It is open every afternoon and evening except for a Tuesday. We also found a lovely restaurant by the lake at Mervent, only a few kms away. The food was excellent and carry outs were available. We had take away pizza one night.
The town of Coulon is a short 20 minute drive away and is in a region called green Venice. It is a lovely town and we enjoyed a lovely walk along the canal. We also visited La Rochelle which is only an hours drive away.
We travelled as a couple with a dog but the house is large enough to accommodate a big family easily.