Renovated barn for holiday rental Vendée - LV003031

Oulmes (18km from Fontenay-le-Comte), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV003031 Advertiser since: 23 October 2012
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The Barn in the Sunny Vendee Self Catering Flexible 6 12 3 Single fold up bed and 3 cots

About this property

Fully Renovated Stone Barn, Original Features. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.


Beautiful 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom Barn which sleeps 12. The Barn has been recently converted to a high standard retaining character and traditional features and is comfortably furnished with fully equipped kitchen, plenty of seating and relaxing beds. Private large in-ground heated swimming (12x5m) and facilities - no sharing! Animals accepted. 
For your entertainment The Barn is equipped with tv and English satellite channels and a dvd player. There is a selection of dvds books, games and toys. There is a rear enclosed garden with patio furniture, bbq and above ground splash pool. In the grounds is the large heated swimming pool, large lawn area and undercover open barn equipped with bar, seating, tables and chairs. Here we also offer table tennis, darts and a boules court.

Situated at the edge of the village, just a stroll away from a boulangerie with groceries, a restaurant with bar and take away pizzeria, Post Office, hairdresser and garage.

Close by are lovely walks, bike rides, the canals of the Marais Poitevin also known as the Venise Verte (Green Venice), Mervent Forest, riverside beaches and picturesque villages.
Around a 1 hour drive are La Rochelle, the Ile de Re, the South Vendeen beaches, the Charente Maritime coastline and islands. 
Between 1 to 1.5 hours’ drive are the Zoo at Les Sables D'Olonne, the North Vendeen beaches and islands, Puy du Fou Theme park, Futuroscope and La Palymre Zoo at Royan. 

We are easily reached by: Train station 20 mins, low cost airports at La Rochelle, Poitiers, Nantes approx. 1 hr, other airports approx. 2.5hrs away. Ferry ports at St Malo 3-3.5hrs, Caen 4-4.5hrs & Calais 7hrs.



Kitchen and dining

The Barn has a fitted kitchen with breakfast area plus a dining area with large table and chairs.

Outside there is a patio area with bbq and a large outside table with seating for 12 people, plus the above ground splash pool.

Living rooms

There is a large living area with built in fire, exposed beams and plenty of comfy seating.

There is a tv with satellite channels and a dvd player with a selection of dvd films. Free wi-fi is available in the property.


The Barn has 6 bedrooms

Bed 1: ground floor, double room equipped with cot and changing unit and an en suite bathroom. This room has a small mezzanine floor at one end of the room with a single bed.

Bed 2: ground floor, single bedroom at the rear of the property with separate entrance doors. This bedroom leads into the downstairs shower room, wc so is suitable to be used as an ensuite room.

Bed 3: ground floor, single bedroom.

Bed 4: ground floor, bedroom with bunk beds.

Bed 5: 1st floor, double bedroom.

Bed 6: 1st floor triple room with single and double bed.

All bedrooms have wardrobes with ample storage space, bedside tables and lamps. There is room in all the double rooms for a travel cot.


The Barn has:

1 full en suite bathroom off the large triple downstairs master bedroom.

There is 1 upstairs bathroom with toilet, basin, bath and shower over.

1 downstairs shower room with toilet.


The Barn has a pellet burner in the kitchen dining room and an enclosed wood fire in the lounge available for use in the winter months. A supplement will apply for this.


Tv with satellite channels, dvd player and dvd films. Games and books provided. Garden with furniture and a bbq.

Exclusive use of all facilities including a large inground heated pool, boules, table tennis, darts etc.

Garden and outside

Large inground swimming pool 12 x 5m with walk in steps and shallow to deep ends. Heated by solar panels.

Large open barn complete with tables and chairs, bbq, comfy seating, bar area, petanque court, table tennis table, darts board.

Children's play area in rear garden.

Large lawn for games.

Big tree behind sun terrace providing shade.

Parking and garages

There is parking for up to 4 cars in the driveway and an additional car can be parked outside The Barn.

Visitor suitability

The Barn is suitable for multiple groups of people. Families with children, groups of friends with children, adult parties etc. We accept pets subject to certain restrictions please contact us for further details.

Information about any additional facilities

Free of charge wi-fi is available in the property.


  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Clinique Veterinaire Docteurs Michel, Fremaux, et Muller 6 av Mar Juin 85200 Fontenay le Comte Tel:- 02 51 69 21 17


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Emmaus
Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: The Marais Poitevin
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Niort
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Christine
Distance: 6 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Mervent Forest


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Mercier, Vix
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Hazel Nicholls

My family fell in love with our property in 2004 and we moved here in summer 2005. The place had huge potential and we have landscaped gardens, installed a heated swimming pool and renovated 3 barns into properties. We have updated the 2 existing properties. We have had 2 children born here in France which now brings our total to 5 and we have 2 dogs and 2 cats. We love our life here. This area is perfect with forests and canals close by and the coast, islands and beaches within an hours drive.

Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? Second sunniest area in France. Closest ferry port is 3 hours drive. Low cost airlines to nearby airports from 1 hour to 2.5 hours drive, Ryanair, Easyjet etc.
Close to forests, lakes, lakeside beaches, canals. 1 hours drive from South Vendeen and Charente Maritime coasts, islands and beaches.
Unique benefits of property The barn is totally private and has exclusive use of all facilities. Recently renovated and updated to a high standard. We offer free satellite tv and wi-fi internet. We have a large heated swimming pool and an undercover open barn area with games, seating, bar, tables and chairs in the large grounds. There is an above ground splash pool in the rear garden of the barn along with a built in bbq and tables and chairs. We are 5 minutes walk to the village which has a Bar/Restaurant/Tabac with take away pizzeria. A Boulangerie with groceries. Post Office. Church. Hairdresser. Garage and Park. 15 minute drive to Renaissance town of Fontenay le Comte. City centre of Niort 20 minute drive. Situated at the edge of the Marais Poitevin or Venise Verte.

The Owner Recommends

Animal, Adventure & Theme Parks

Zoo at Mervent
Zoo at Les Sables D'Olonne
Zoo at La Palmyre, Royan
Adventure Park at Mervent
Parc Pierre Brune at Mervent
Puy du Fou

lots more at

Beaches & Islands of the Vendee Coast

The Vendee located on the French Atlantic coast has some of the sunniest weather in France, its micro-climate gives over 280 days of sunshine a year (second only to the south coast). The Vendee also boasts some of the best blue flag beaches in France.

Some of the South Vendeen Beaches (within 1 hour drive) include:-
L'Aiguillon-sur Mer, La Tranche-sur-Mer, La Terriere Les Conches, Longville-sur-Mer, Saint Vincent-sur-Jard, Jard-sur-Mer, Plage du Veillon, Port Bourgenay, Les Sables d'Olonne.

The Island of Noirmoutier is situated off the Northern Vendeen coastline and can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours. The island boasts a wide variety of beaches and ports.

Charente Maritime

La Rochelle is a seaside town with a large boating marina, an Aquarium, a town beach, many many restaurants and bars, nice shopping centre and indoor fish market.

The Ile de Re is approximately a 1 hour drive and has many lovely villages and beaches, it is reached by a toll bridge.

Fouras is situated at the end of a lovely pennisular and has beaches on either side. At the point you can catch the ferry to Ile d'Aix, an enchanting pedestrianised island. Cycles allowed or you can hire them on the Island.

Mervent Forest

Boasting the largest area of woodland in the Vendee.
Over 200 kilometres of marked paths through oak woods.
Paths for walkers, horse-riders and mountain-bikers.
Mervent Lake has a watersports centre.
Rock climbing available at Roche Blanche de Pierre Brune.
Mervent has a Zoo, and two adventure parks.

The Marais Poitevin

Also known as the Venise Verte is a network of canals reclaimed by Monks from the sea. Outstanding area of natural beauty with abundant wildlife. Boating tours, canoe and boat hire. Cycle tracks. Lovely walks.