Cottage for holiday let Vendee - LV003407

La Meilleraie-Tillay (6km from Pouzauges), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV003407 Advertiser since: 15 October 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Holiday Cottage Vendee Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2

About this property

Charming Cottage in the Bocage Countryside. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Close to Puy Du Fou!
'Holiday Cottage Vendee' is a spacious and fully equipped Vendee gite or self catering Vendee holiday cottage, with its own garden and courtyard situated in the delightful ‘Bocage’ area of the Vendee in the rural, tranquil hamlet of L’Ardeloute and close to the town of Pouzauges.
Our self catering holiday cottage has 3 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep 6 people. Outside is a courtyard and a spacious garden for relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of the local wildlife.
The area around our cottage has so much to offer both adults and children alike. Fantastic beaches are just over an hour away, the wonderful Puy Du Fou Medieval Theme Park less than half an hours drive and wonderful countryside for walking and cycling or just relaxing all around.
Property swaps considered.



Kitchen and dining

Delightful spacious kitchen. The dining table can seat 6 persons comfortably.

The beamed ceiling and wooden staircase adding to the cosy rustic feel of the cottage.

Washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, oven and hob, microwave and coffee-machine.

Living rooms

The cosy living room features a wood burning stove and beamed ceiling.

There is a 3 seater settee, a 2 seater settee and a single chair.

There is a tv with UK FreeSat channels (BBC1, Sky News etc) and dvd player with a selection of dvd’s.


The large master bedroom has a double bed and a single with pull-out bed underneath so it can comfortably sleep a family of 4 with young children.

There is also a further double room and a single room.


Bathroom has washbasin, wc shower and bath.
There is a separate WC downstairs with wash basin and washing machine.


Only a 20 to 25 minute drive to the fantastic PUY DU FOU Medieval Theme Park

Puy du Fou is a bizarre phenomenon: a rural theme park without any rides. Its trademark is spectacular history extravaganza shows – where thousands of actors and animals recreate high drama, from Roman gladiators to King Arthur, with mind-blowing special effects. Prizes have also been won for the world’s best amusement park, including two US “World’s Best Park” awards. If you live in Britain, the chances are you’ve never heard of it, but in France it’s the second most-visited theme-park after Disneyland Paris. In short, it’s France’s antidote to Mickey Mouse.

Garden and outside

Just across the lane from the cottage is the garden gate. At the top of the garden is a terraced area ideal to relax with an early morning cup of tea or an early evening glass of wine.

Stone steps lead down to the various flower borders, shrubs, fruit trees and lawn. At the bottom of the garden is a pond befriended by frogs and other wildlife.

Parking and garages

Ample parking is available straight in front of the cottage.

Visitor suitability

Car essential



Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ripaud-Equitation
Distance: 20 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: En route

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Harrison

John and and Christine are both still working but are looking forward to retirement. We have owned our holiday home in the Vendee, France since 2007 and in 2015 bought our lovely townhouse in Frigiliana, Andalucía.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? The location provides a mix of being able to enjoy French country life whilst being accessible to many interesting places. The fabulous Puy du Fou is only around a 20 minute drive away. There are some fantastic beaches and seaside resorts just over an hour away. France's third most visited city and one of its most beautiful can be reached in an hour and fifteen minutes, we visit regularly.
Unique benefits of property The accessibility as mentioned. You can enjoy spending the time visiting nearby attractions or just chill out in the peace and quite of our countryside garden.

The Owner Recommends

La Rochelle

La Rochelle in Charente Maritime is without doubt the most fascinating place on the French Atlantic coast. Steeped in history the city features the Old Port with its 3 very different ancient towers guarding the exit to the sea. One of the country’s foremost yachting centres the city is a bustle of activity with numerous shops, museums and its famous aquarium. With more than three million visitors each year, La Rochelle is the third most visited city in France.

Le Puy du Fou

Featuring sword fights, battles, fireworks, beautiful clothes and open air spectacle the Puy Du Fou celebrates history and the great outdoors in the beautiful setting of the French countryside. There are also regular shows timetabled throughout the day and night. A huge medieval fort and a 6,000-seat Roman amphitheatre are some of the recreated settings where you can witness impressive special effects. At Puy du Fou you can watch viking invaders, swashbuckling musketeers, live chariot races, siege warfare, gladiator fights and wild animals displays, including falconry. The Grand Parc also features a Water Theatre, a Renaissance Garden and a recreation of an 18th century village. Puy du Fou is only a half hour drive from the cottage and is a ‘must see’.

Mervent Forest and Vouvant

Being only a half four drive from the cottage at least one visit to the Mervent Forest and the beautiful village of Vouvant is a must. Vouvant is a classified 'most beautiful village in France', on a small hill in a pretty setting overlooking a river. In part still surrounded by ramparts, Vouvant is entered by original gates in the walls. Within the village, narrow streets, lined with well-preserved medieval houses, lead to the central square and the Notre-Dame Church. On the edges of town, don't miss the 14th century stone bridge across the river, or the Tower of Melusine (the remaining part of a chateau that once stood here). Opposite the Tower are two delightful Bar/Cafes which are perfect for relaxing after a walk. The village is associated with the fairy Melusine, an important legendary character in Europe, who was said to be from this region. Perfect harmony between forest and water, the sleepy-contoured Mervent Forest (the largest area of woodland in the Vendee) attracts walkers, ramblers, horse-riders and mountain-bikers. The 200 kilometres of marked paths lead you from rocks to rivers, copses to forest clearing, through oak woods, chestnuts, beeches and pines. Other activities have been developed such as canoeing and sailing which give everybody a chance to discover the rich natural heritage of the forest. The Vendee River, which is dammed, so it provides a lake in which you can swim. You can swing through the tree tops on suspended walkways at the "Aventure Parc" and the "Parc de Pierre-Brune" amusement park offers attractions for children of all ages Visit the "Parc Zoologique Paysager de Mervent" The delightful village of Mervent offers restaurants, bars, hairdressers, a small shop, tourist information and the "Vendee Chippy" on a Thursday.

Venis Verte

Venise Vert (Green Venice) is the canal system the Vendée is famous for. There are numerous places where small rowing boats can be hired (with or without guides). Maps are provided and you can navigate round canal systems to set routes. The canals range from 20m wide to narrow stretches barely wide enough for the boat. All the canals are completely covered with a very distinctive weed giving them the appearance of flat green land, hence the 'Venise Vert' name. At Maillezais there is also a restaurant, souvenir shop and crazy golf course. The area is dedicated to market-gardening or used as pastures for cattle breeding and is the perfect frame for enchanting boat rides.