Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 1 7.8/10
|Chez Olive||Self Catering||Sunday||2||4||1|
This newly renovated cottage is an ideal base from which you can explore the Vendée region of France, from the beautiful villages of the countryside to the beach resorts of the Atlantic coast.
The Vendée region of France benefits from its own microclimate enjoying around 2,600 hours of sunshine per year, almost as many hours as the South of France.
The cottage itself is a restored traditional village house.
The house benefits from a large, beamed lounge/dining room and a well-equipped modern kitchen.
There are 2 good sized bedrooms with quality oak furniture and a separate utility room
The decoration and equipment of the cottage is to a very high standard and offers maximum comfort and convenience for families and is also ideal for couples.
There is a generous sized private garden and of course there is the solar heated swimming pool. The pool has a small decked area and there are sun beds & deck chairs for soaking up the sun in the all-day sun trap.
There is an outdoor dining table & bbq for alfresco dining.
Nearby is the beautiful Mervent-Vouvant Forest with its 200km well signed walks, cycling and bridle ways and its large lake offers many water-sports and activities.
The beautiful beaches of the Vendée are only just over an hour away
Local amenities are only a couple of minutes drive away, with the nearest town of Fontenay-le-Compte, offering 2 large supermarkets, is only 20 minutes away.
Fully fitted kitchen.
Equipped with: Fridge freezer, microwave, gas hob, electric oven,
dishwasher, kettle, toaster.
Dining table and chairs in living room.
Utility Room: Sink, washing machine, iron, ironing board.
Large sitting room.
Oak dining table with four leather chairs,
Two Leather sofas with cushions, oak coffee table, 42inch flat screen tv, dvd player, English Free-Sat satellite, mobile 4G wi-fi dongle, 2 lamps, wine rack, cabinet with Bluetooth MP3 speaker.
There is also a collection of dvds, books, games and inflatables.
Folders with instructions, travel brochures & maps.
Oak wardrobe, oak drawers, mirror, oak bedside tables, radio alarm and bedside lamps.
Oak wardrobe, oak bedside table, radio alarm and bedside lamp.
Ground Floor: -
Cloakroom: Toilet and wash basin.
Shower Room: Shower, wash basin & heated towel rail
First Floor: -
Cloakroom: Toilet and wash basin
Dvds, games and books available.
Private Swimming Pool:
7.30 x 3.75 metre oval swimming pool.
One level - 1.2m (no shallow end). Summer cover.
We have solar heating to heat the pool and an automatic filtration system.
Outside solar powered shower.
Patio & Decked area: hardwood outside dining table and chairs, parasol,
Sunloungers, parasol & deck chairs, bbq.
Garden: Lawned private garden.
Allocated parking spaces outside the property.
Not suitable for the disabled.
Things to do in the area:
There seems to be an almost boundless choice of sporting and leisure activities to take part in in the surrounding area. You can explore the region on foot, by bike and on horseback along the hundreds of kilometres of clearly marked paths and bridle ways. Fishing, swimming, sailing and other water sports are offered on the rivers and lakes and at the coast. For those with a little more adrenalin there are opportunities for paintball, go-karting and bungee jumping.
Sports include walking, tennis, cycling, swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, wind surfing, sand yachting, horse riding, kite surfing, karting and many golf courses.
We have been visiting France for many years and just love the French way of life, so after the sale of our business in the UK we now spend our summers in the Vendée
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||The Cottage is situated in a lovely Hamlet in the Vendée countryside with great access to the many attractions on offer in the regions of the Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Poitou-Charentes.|
|Unique benefits of property||Recently renovated with a private heated pool and kitted out with everything you should need for a relaxing holiday|
The resorts of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, La Tranche sur Mer, Jard-sur-Mer & Les Sables-d'Olonne are all worth a visit.
The Chateau de Terre Neuve is an impressive castle dating from the 16th century that deserves a visit - lovingly furnished, and known for its fireplaces and ceilings.
La Rochelle is one of the most beautiful places in France. There is an old port which still has the towers which used to protect it. The centre is particularly beautiful, with pale stone used for the majority of the buildings and many of the walkways. There are 2 basins in the old port which now have a large number of pleasure boats moored there. The fireworks for the 14th of July Bastille day celebrations are very impressive. There are many restaurants, many of them overlooking the harbour and the centre offers a very chic shopping experience.
The Marais Poitevin is a strange, lazy landscape of fens and meadows, shielded by poplar trees and crisscrossed by an elaborate system of canals, dykes and slow-flowing rivers. Recently declared a regional park, it is known as "La Venise Verte" – the Green Venice – and indeed, farmers in this area frequently travel through the marshes in flat-bottomed punts as their fields lack dry-land access.
An adventure park in the heart of the forest.
An hour’s drive to the North and you encounter the unique medieval theme park of Puy-Du-Fou. By day, 2000 years of French history are brought to life in le Grand Parc. You can see gladiators fighting in the coliseum, vikings attacking a peaceful village, an extraordinary falconry spectacle, a ferocious battle between the French and the English and recreated villages and towns from former times. By night, watch la Cinéscénie, an extravagant sound and light (son et lumière) spectacle on the biggest open-air stage in the world. This outstanding theme park has performances throughout the day of falconry, jousting, magic and music, and boasts atmospheric reconstructions of a Norman fort, a medieval town and an 18th-century Village. On some evenings you can enjoy a splendid Son and Luimère show, regarded as the best sound-and-light show in Europe in which literally 1,000 local actors take part dramatising the history of the Vendée province. Our recommendation is to book well in advance for the Son et Lumière show either on the web or at local tourist office.
See website: http://www.puydufou.com/en/
Vouvant is classified as one of the ‘most beautiful villages 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.
We've just come back from two wonderful weeks at Chez Olive in the Vendee. If you rent this gite you will be thoroughly spoilt. Dave and Debbie have thought of everything that you could possibly need to have a great time. When we first got there they had provided a very generous welcome pack. Ham, pizza's, cheese, wine, beer, milk. There was also an abundance of tea, coffee, sugar, tea towels, bin liners. We were very hot and frazzled after our long drive but we were able to have a shower ( towels, soap provided) and a cup of tea without having to unpack.
There is plenty of information in the form of a folder that tells you everything that you need to know about the surrounding area. Restaurants, supermarkets, activities etc, it's all there.
There is a cupboard full of books, dvd's, board games, a set of bowles. There were even some great inflatables for us in the pool. Talking of which, the pool is a perfect size and really made our holiday.
Another highlight was The Mervent Forest, ten minutes away. We had a wonderful day kyacking there and we're hooked!!!!
Thank you Debbie and Dave, you know how it should be done.
This Gite is very well kept and the facilities provided are excellent in some ways it was even better than the photos showed and it was spotless. There is a private pool and barbecue for the sole use of the Gite occupants. If you are looking for a typical village house with secure garden and one that is not part of a complex or within the grounds of a larger house, then this would in my opinion be an ideal option it is so private. The English owners live in the next village and so are on hand if needed.
The position of the house is within easy access of Vouvant which is a must visit and the Mervent forest and lake. It only takes an hour to reach La Rochelle or Ile de Re and an hour and a quarter to La Tranche sur Mer.
There are so many restaurants within a fifteen minute drive that you will be spoilt for choice.
I looked at length for a Gite where we could spend a month on holiday and think I found an absolute gem. The owners have put so much thought into providing this holiday home and the furnishings are excellent.
If the house is slightly small for your family look for the one next door "chez lavender" which has 3 bedrooms and is also very well appointed with its own private pool or for a big group both could be booked. The choice is so flexible.
We can't fault the facilities and the weather was great.
Chez Olive is a pretty and very well appointed little house. There is a small swimming pool and a good sized garden with a barbecue and parasol for the garden table. Inside was spotlessly clean and the cooker, shower, fridge and so on worked perfectly. The house faces a small country lane which was nevertheless quite busy when we stayed (maize harvest). Foussais Payre, the little town nearby, is charming and exists in a time warp in which the auberge serves three-course meals for e12.50 and the bakery opens almost every day. There are wonderful walks in the nearby forest where we found signal crayfish making menacing gestures as we passed. Debbie and Dave could not have been more helpful and friendly. and were quick to deal with any (small) problems.
What a lovely find it was to have absolutely everything needed ready for us after a very long overnight journey from an evening performance in Leeds Cathedral. The teabags and milk all in readiness to be used were a hidden gem along with rest of the quickly devoured food welcome pack. Of course, kids loved the thrice daily usage of the very clean pool as well as the super fast internet. Super clean gite was much appreciated too. Thank you D+D for being so welcoming - we'll be back!
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 1 7.8/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 9, Ratings 5 9.8/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.8/10
Bedrooms 6, Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 6 9.6/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 8