One of 3 new gites for holiday rental Vendee

9.8/10
Saint-Julien-des-Landes (3km from Les Sables-d'Olonne), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV002900_A Advertiser since: 29 September 2011

This location has multiple holiday properties

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Gite Camelia Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 Sofa bed in living room. Cot provided if needed.

About this property

Gîte Camelia, Pool, Brem-sur-Mer beach 10 min dr. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Gites du Parc is open all year round, but please book early for July and August.
 
Please note in high season, summer stays are as follows:
July: from Saturday 4 pm to Saturday10 am -1 week minimum.
August: 2 weeks minimum, first 2 or last 2 weeks in the month.
 
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 and we 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 from the Préfecture de Vendée /Atout France.

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 all the gites and 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 possible with wi-fi.
Baby equipment, for example a foldable cot and Ikea highchair is available on request.
Towel rental service on request, but not beach towels.

We the owners live on-site and can assist and advise you on outings plus there is an optional dining "al fresco" night which is organised every week during high season and has proven to be very popular for the past 2 years.
- 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 or copy and paste into the address bar the following: www. rentagite.blogspot.com.
  
A bientôt !
Christine (French, English speaker) and Graham (English, French speaker)

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

One corner kitchen in the main room, including washing machine and dishwasher.
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.

Living rooms

A sofabed, which converts into a double bed, armchair or comfy wicker chair, large table and 4 chairs, plus another 2 chairs or 2 stools.
A flat tv screen with UK and French channels and radios.

Bedrooms

Two bedrooms: 1 with large double bed and 1 with bunk beds, plus a sofabed in the living room.

Bathrooms

One shower, basin and separate wc.

Heating

Out of summer only.

Entertainment

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.

Garden and outside

One bbq stand and accessories per gîte.
All 3 gites have the use of an umbrella type airing system for laundry outside which is out of sight.

Parking and garages

Parking on site, away from the play area.

Visitor suitability

Families welcome along with touring professionals welcome, minimum 2 nights, out of July and August.
Shower room and wc are not suitable for wheelchairs.

Information about any additional facilities

We, the owners, Christine, Graham and teenage daughter Céline 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!

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Gilles Croix de Vie
Distance: 25 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, bream...
Name of nearest fishing location: Famous Lake Jaunay
Distance: 7 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf des Fontenelles, Golf des Olonnes
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Brissonière, Le Ranch, etc...
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vins de Vendée, Troussepinette & Trousseminette apéritif wines : Brem-sur-Mer, d'Olonne-sur-Mer, d'Aizenay...

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: From our hamlet !

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Nicolas, La Rose St Martin (Denis Roux), etc...
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner, Mrs Christine Borrow

Christine (46) : French - speaks French (!), English, some Spanish and French Sign Language (LSF);<br/>Graham (62) : English - speaks English (!), French, some Double-Dutch;<br/>Céline (18) : French / English bilingual, speaks some Spanish, masters Double-Dutch and teenage talk.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? Ideally located between Les Sables d'Olonne, Talmont-St Hilaire, La Roche-Sur-Yon and St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. <br/>Nantes airport : 1hr 15 away and La Rochelle airport : 1 hr 30<br/>Nearest beach in Brem-sur-Mer : 10 min away<br/>Puy du Fou Park ( highly recommended - no rides, just fantastic atmospheric shows and villages) : about 1 hr away
Unique benefits of property Comfortable gîtes well equipped for a family holiday, the vast green gardens, the beautiful shared swimming-pool, the fact that it's in a charming hamlet!<br/>Bedding provided and beds made for your arrival (not always the case in France).<br/>Also, we live on site so it makes things much easier : keys, advice on outings, help with the French...

The Owner Recommends

Activities in the Parc

We offer boules, badminton, football, ping-pong and a pet rabbit to play with.

Bretigolles-sur-Mer Market

Open Sunday and Thurday morning, this is a well-known, huge market: Go there as early as 9 am in July and August

Jaunay Lake

The Jaunay lake is 9km and you will find plenty to do, fishing, pedalos, picnics, and walks.

Le Grand Défi

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

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.

Nearest Beaches

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.

Nearest Market

La Mothe-Achard 3km

Puy du Fou

Recommended for a great family day out the famous theme park Puy du Fou is a short one-hour drive away.

Shops

Shops are 3km away and you will find supermarket, cafés, and bars.

Sight seeing / Vendée Globe Boat Race Departure November 2016

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

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.

Vendee

The world famous boat race "Vendee Globe". Starts in Les Sables d'Olonne, from October through November, with the festivities around the event.

Water Parks

Amusement Park in Bretignolles sur Mer approx 20 min in the summer, "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!

8 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Evans family 15 August, 2016

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.

10 / 10 jamiejane 25 July, 2016

This is the fourth time we have stayed with Graham and Christine and we have become firm friends. They will do their very best to make your stay perfect. Their local knowledge means they can advise you on absolutely anything in the area, from restaurants to flea markets.
This year we enjoyed after dark swimming lit by the fantastic underwater pool lights, night walks in La Richard where we were dive-bombed by bats, collecting glow worms in a jar and sitting outside the Gite being visited by hedgehogs.
The Gite itself has everything you need and is immaculately presented.
We have already planned our return trip, need we say anymore!

9.9 / 10 The Evans family 15 August, 2015

Great setting for a relaxing holiday, with easy access to beaches and a wide variety of leisure activities.
Christine and Graham are excellent hosts and are always on hand to help. The Gites are well equipped and comfortable.

10 / 10 jamiejane 26 July, 2015

This is our third visit to the Gites Du Parc, Graham and Christine are excellent hosts and their knowledge of the area is invaluable. The Grand Defi and Puy de Fou are fantastic. Our daughter considers this to be her second home. We would recommend the Gite du Parc to anyone, but very quietly. Cant wait for next years trip!

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