|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.
Great gite nice host,the gite is as described ,unfortunately the weather was not good,but still enjoyed the peace
Beautiful cottage, very well maintained and equipped.Everything you need is provided right down to hand wash and toilet rolls! We even had a comprehensive "welcome pack" waiting for us
Debbie and David are very friendly and have loads of information they are happy to impart.
The swimming pool is equally beautifully clean and well kept with plenty of chairs and loungers. If, like us, you are "mature" and rather large, the sun loungers are a challenge being very low to the ground!
The house and grounds are not wheelchair friendly as explained but if you can do stairs it's fine, so don't be put off for that reason. We are in our 70's with some mobility problems and had no difficulty.
Location is close to the village road which is probably extremely quiet normally. We stayed during the harvesting and there was noise from the tractors hauling bales of straw but in between those the road was generally quiet.
Local shops just a couple of kilometers down the road with a larger variety in the local town about 10 minutes away.
There are plenty of restaurants in the area all included in the folders and books of information provided.
This cottage is real value for money and stands head and shoulders above those we have stayed in previously. Highly recommended
Chez Olive was the perfect accommodation for our young family to enjoy a wonderful holiday. It had everything we could have wished for and more. Beautifully presented, very clean and equipped with everything you need. The enormous garden and lovely swimming pool were fabulous to entertain our children and we enjoyed many bbq's in the sunny evenings. The owners Debbie & Dave left us an amazing welcome gift of all the food and drinks we needed for our first night which was extremely generous and indicative of the wonderful hosts they were. There were lots of lovely activities for families very locally. Within 15 minutes drive we enjoyed a visit to the zoo, Pierre brune amusement park and hiring a boat on the canals of green Venice. La Rochelle is an hour away which is a wonderful bustling seaside town to visit. All in all Chez Olive was a great base for a fantastic holiday with our young family.
We had a gorgeous two weeks at Chez Olive. The cottage is equipped with everything you need for a perfect holiday. There was board games, books, dvds, inflatables for the pool and pool towels. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is a bbq also. The seperate utility room has a washing machine, ironing board and iron.
Chez Olive has a lovely pool and a huge garden where we enjoyed playing boules, there is a badminton set also. The location is ideal for exploring the many pretty villages in the area. We enjoyed getting our bread from the boulangerie in Foussais Payre every day, we went into Fontenay le Comte for our big grocery shopping although it is worth pointing out that the newsagents in Foussais is very well stocked also. There is a good market on Saturdays in Fontenay which is worth checking out.
Our favourite places to visit were La Rochelle, Marans (great market in the evening), Vouvannt and we really liked to jump in the car and visit the many pretty villages in the surrounding area. Our favourite restaurants in the area were Le Mangoustan in Mervant, Auberge du Cloitre and Creperie du Moulin both in Niel-sur-l'Autise and Cafe Cour du Miracle in Vouvvant with its pretty courtyard.
We also visited Nantes on our last day before flying back to the UK. We had a lovely walk around the Cathedral and a great meal at Au Chien Rouge. We wished we'd had a full day in Nantes.
Thanks again to David and Debbie, for providing a home from home holiday rental.