Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 8 9.7/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Gite Camelia||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Cot provided if needed.|
Gîte Camélia, one of 3 gîtes of GITES DU PARC is open all year round, - but please book early for July and August.
Please note that in high season, summer stays are as follows:
July: from Saturday 5 pm to Saturday 10 am - 1 week minimum.
August: 2 weeks minimum, usually the first 2 or last 2 weeks in the month - please ask or refer to the booking calendar on HFD or our website.
What is a gite? For people new to the concept, a French "gîte" is not a hotel but truly your holiday home without all the fuss of having to buying one. As such, you are expected to look after it while living in it, as you would with your own house. We the owners’ live on the property and look after the premises regarding everything to do with maintenance. On the Saturday changeover, the previous holidaymakers have a duty to leave the gîte clean, but we check to make sure everything is fine before you arrive. We also make the beds for you... The original concept, which still exists with some gîtes, was to bring your own bed linen!
Each one of our gîtes is registered with our Mairie, the town hall in St Julien-des-Landes, and has a 3 star rating (for sleeping 4 peole comfortably) from the Préfecture de Vendée /Atout France, renewed in Nov. 2016.
Gîte Camélia is one of 3 charming newly-built gîtes with exposed beams, located in the quiet rural hamlet of La Richard. All the gites have their own double french windows as the main entrance. We have a very pleasant, spacious undulating gardens with numerous trees, 5500 m2, and next to the gîtes is a large, secured swimming pool (10m x 5m ) with a Jacuzzi step.
The swimming pool is shared by the "3 gites". They are never overcrowded as it is meant for our holidaymakers, and open from beginning of June to end of September. Gîte Camélia is the nearest to the pool and enjoys the most privacy.
-- Free of charge:
All taxes, water and electricity, for a normal family usage.
Beds are made for your arrival!
Internet Access from your terrace but signal strength better in courtyard with free wi-fi. 3G accessible.
Baby equipment, for example a foldable cot and Ikea highchair is available on request.
Towel rental / beach towels service on request.
We the owners live on-site and can assist and advise you on outings.
- Sorry but no smoking in the accommodation.
- For many reasons, pets not allowed (as the French law permits from spring 2012).
For further information you can visit our web page.
A bientôt !
Christine (French, English speaker) and Graham (English, French speaker)
One corner kitchen in the main room, including washing machine and dishwasher. A standing fridge/freezer.
At your disposal in your gîte, as a minimum: salt, pepper, dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid, fabric liquid, all-purpose cleaner, all-purpose disinfectant, white vinegar (the ideal nature-friendly, colours friendly fabric conditioner), and toilet cleaner. All of these environmental-friendly.
Two sponges, oven cloths along with liquid soap dispenser in kitchen and bathroom.
A comfortable leather sofa ( does not convert into a bed) and a wicker chair, large table and 6 chairs with their flat cushions.
A flat tv screen with UK and French channels and radios.
A compact cd / USB key player with radio.
Two bedrooms: 1 with large, comfortable double bed and 1 with bunk beds.
One shower, basin and separate wc.
From October to end of April.
Large swimming pool with a Jacuzzi step and inflatable toys provided!
Play areas for children or teenagers in the park: which includes boules, swings, football goal net with ball, badminton sets, including net, wooden picnic table, Frisbees, table tennis and accessories provided.
One bbq stand and accessories per gite.
All 3 gites have the use of an umbrella type airing system for laundry outside which is out of sight.
The foldable maiden (1 per gîte) is for inside use only.
Ping-pong courtyard with Wendy House and wooden garden lounge with cushions ( kept in the ottoman next to it)
Parking on site, in the shade, away from the play area.
Families welcome along with touring professionals welcome, minimum 2 nights, out of July and August.
Shower room and wc are not suitable for wheelchairs.
We, the owners, Christine, Graham and daughter Céline (usually studying/working in Aberdeen !) are fully bilingual and live on site and so we do welcome you in person!
We are always available for assistance.
Gîtes are non-smoking: fresher, allergen-free atmosphere in gîtes!
Christine: French - speaks French (!), English, some Spanish and French Sign Language (LSF);<br/>Graham: English - speaks English (!), French, some Double-Dutch;<br/>Céline, our daughter: French/English bilingual, speaks some Spanish, masters Double-Dutch and teenage talk.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||Located in a quiet hamlet, 5 mins from all the shops you need, and ideal for easy walks and cycling. The gîtes are new builds from 2011, not a renovation and yet they have character with the apparent beams in the main room and bedrooms. Ideally located between Les Sables d'Olonne, Talmont-St Hilaire, La Roche-Sur-Yon and St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.
Nantes airport: 1hr 15 away and La Rochelle airport: 1 hr 30
Nearest beach in Brem-sur-Mer: 10 min away
Puy du Fou Park (highly recommended - no rides, just fantastic atmospheric shows and villages): about 1 hr away
|Unique benefits of property||GITES DU PARC: all 3 gîtes are well equipped for a family holiday, and the vast green gardens, the beautiful shared swimming-pool, the fact that they are set in a charming hamlet means that all you need for a nice, relaxing holiday is... here! :)
Bedding provided and beds made for your arrival (not always the case in France).
Also, we live on site so it makes things much easier: keys ( and Key box if necessary), advice on outings, help with the French...
We offer boules, badminton, football, ping-pong and a pet rabbit to play with.
Open Sunday and Thurday morning, this is a well-known, huge market: Go there as early as 9 am in July and August
The Jaunay lake is 9km and you will find plenty to do, fishing, pedalos, picnics, and walks.
Only 5 minutes away by car, in St Julien-des-Landes, you will find Le Grand Defi which we highly recommended. Beautiful place with lakes, Accrobranches, tree trail, pony rides and paintballing. All the family will enjoy it, from little children to sportive teenagers and quiet grandparents.
Les Sables d'Olonne where you will find the beach, watersports, shops, restaurants, 2 casinos, zoo, Vendee Globe in November 2012 all approx 20 min.
The nearest beaches are 15km away: Brem-sur-Mer, Bretignolles-sur-Mer, famous for watersports, with children friendly sea water lake with its beach and creperies.
La Mothe-Achard 3km
Recommended for a great family day out the famous theme park Puy du Fou is a short one-hour drive away.
Shops are 3km away and you will find supermarket, cafés, and bars.
The world-famous Vendée Globe boat race is back next November after 4 years, in Les Sables d'Olonne! + All along the Vendean coast is beautiful :), my favourite being la Plage du Veillon; Noirmoutier Island; Ile d'Olonne salt marshes for long walks or jogging / cycling. West of the Vendée : le Mont Alouettes and its windmills. La Venise Verte in Southern Vendée. La Roche sur Yon for museums, shopping (great in St Gilles Croix de Vie too) and concerts (the Vendespace arena, the Face et Si Music Festival, beg. of September http://www.festival-faceetsi.fr/, etc.). Around Avrillé, standing stones are a beautiful feature here and there. Just 20 min away is Nantes where you will find Les "Machines de l'Ile" where the World famous Royal de Luxe street shows are prepared. The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is approx 1hr 15.
St Gilles Croix de Vie has beach, shops, restaurants, and casino approx. 20 min. New is the bowling and lasergame complex at '201 Foret Avenue' in St Hilaire de Riez, just outside of St Gilles Croix de Vie only 35-40 min by car.
The world famous boat race "Vendee Globe". Starts in Les Sables d'Olonne, from October through November, with the festivities around the event.
Amusement Park in Bretignolles sur Mer approx 20 min in the summer " Les Dunes"+ Big new Water Park "O'Gliss Park" about 30-40 min away ( booking recommended), "Atlantic Toboggan" is in St Hilaire de Riez, 40 min in the summer and "Oceanile", 1 hr in the summer - All are well worth it and good fun!
Our seventh year staying here, the gite was immaculate as ever and Graham and Christine go out of their way to provide a personal touch ensuring that all members of the party feel welcomed.
We thoroughly recommend a stay here.
This was our 6th stay at this Gite. The Gite is very comfortable and has everything you need. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. The pool is fantastic with lots of inflatables for the kids (and adults) to play with.
The Vendée is a lovely area of France. Great beaches and lots of family activities. There is also so much history in this region as well. Plenty to do to keep you coming back for years.
It has been a pleasure to see you and your family again last summer.
We're glad you love the Vendée as much as we do.
Thank you for the high scores on the gîte ! :)
Christine & Graham
This was our 5th year and we're going back again!
Graham and Christine are lovely and have become good friends. The gites have everything you could need and the pool is fantastic.
All in all a fabulous holiday.
This was our third visit to Gite du Parc & again we had a fantastic holiday.
The Gites provide an ideal base to explore the beautiful Vendee, which still after 3 visits we have only touched on part of what it can offer. There are many towns to explore such as the pretty Apremont inland or the large resort of sable O'llonne or smaller but lovely St Hilaire-de-Reiz on the coast to name but a few.
If you want activities the Lac Jaunay is just 10 min away which we would recommend the circular walk around the lake or hire canoes or pedaloes which are great fun. Or if you just want lunch the fantastic restaurant at le Pre on the banks of the lake offers the best Moule frites we have had in France.
If you want to be even more daring the Grand Defi with its multiple Zip wires across the lake & high wire obstacles courses can't be missed.
The beaches are fantastic & stretch from Bretignolles-sur- mer to O'llonne-sur- mer. We like the Grange plage which offers miles of beach, rock pools , sand dunes, cafe and toilets . As it never gets over crowded & only 15 minutes from the Gite.
The Gites are clean, comfortable & very well equipped , the new addition of a much larger fridge was a god send this year. Everything you need is provided make your stay comfortable. The pool is clean and maintained to a high standard. There are many inflatables to keep the children happy but also is a lovely place to relax due to its sheltered position.
Christine & Graham are perfect hosts.