Holiday let 4km from the Vendée coast - LV004385

Saint-Hilaire-la-Foret (7km from Jard-sur-Mer), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV004385 Advertiser since: 6 November 2015
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Fief Colin Self Catering Saturday 2 5 1 Truckle bed

About this property

Modern House In Rural Village 4km From The Sea. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

Located just few kms away the route of 2018 Tour de France, this modern, spacious villa is built in the Vendée style of white washed walls and terracotta tiles.

It situated in a quiet cul-de-sac and is surrounded by private enclosed gardens, ideal for relaxing or sun bathing. The house benefits from a south facing patio, has a large garage, and driveway, and offers ample off road parking in front of the property.

Inside this 2 bedroomed detached property, the house has been refurbished by the current vendors to meet modern family needs and be a home from home.

The villa is all on one level with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room area. Privacy from outside allows you to enjoy the open living space to the full.
The kitchen is fully-fitted with a built in fridge-freezer, hob and cooker, microwave, dishwasher and a breakfast bar. There is a good size shower room with a washbasin and a separate toilet.The main bedroom has a double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, and fitted wardrobes. The second bedroom has 2 bunk beds, reading lamps, a pull out truckle bed and fitted wardrobes.

Local Amenities
In Saint Hilaire, a morning stroll gets you to the local grocers which sells most daily items of food, and fresh daily baguette and croissant. There is a newly refurbished (2019) Bar which is a great place to relax, have an expresso, and pass the time, or pick-up a newspaper and croissant or baguette in the morning.
Once per week the pizza van parks in the square.

For the weekly shop, there are 2 supermarkets close by, a Casino supermarket in Longeville, (2.5 km away) and a SuperU supermarket in Jard sur Mer (5.8 Km away) with excellent sea food.

Both towns have a chemist, doctors, dentist, Post Office and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. They also have a local market once a week (Jard on Wednesday and Longeville on Monday).

For those who enjoy cycling, La Tour de France de 2018, started and passed through the Vendee. The roads are ideal for recreating your own mini tour and following those stages from the start in Noirmoutier down the Vendee coast via Les Sable d'Olonne, to Talmont and through Jard sur Mer, Saint Vincent sur Jard, and through to Longeville, passing Saint Hilaire La Foret by only a few km before finishing in Fontenay le Comte.
For those cyclists more inclined towards relaxation, the Vendee is the ideal place, with a large network of rural roads and specific cycling routes, beautiful rolling and colourful countryside and leading to the flat costal plains.



Kitchen and dining

A fully-fitted IKEA kitchen with built in fridge-freezer, induction hob and cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher and a breakfast bar with 2 stools.

There is a table and 6 chairs in the dining area.

Living rooms

There is a leather 3 seater settee with chaise longue and a separate armchair.

A coffee-table, tv table with reception for UK Free sat TV channels, and dvd player.

There are a range of DVD's available.


The main bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, fitted wardrobes and a full length mirror. The second bedroom has 2 bunk beds and a truckle bed, a bedside table, reading lamps and fitted wardrobes.

Duvets all fibre filled, with 2 pillows per person (English style) are provided. You will need to bring pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers, towels and tea towels but these can be provided for a small charge (prices on request). The double bed measures 200cm x 160cm and its duvet 240cm x 220cm.


The shower room has a wash basin and large single shower with towel rail and fitted cupboard. The toilet is separate.


Thermostatically controlled electric heaters in all rooms for optimum temperature management, and programmable electric towel rail in the shower room.
Water heating is via an Immersion heater (EDF version of economy 7).


Set in the historically fascinating, rural village of St Hilaire la Forêt, the house is only 4.5km from the nearest beach.
The village square, just a 6 minute walk away, boasts a church, the Mairie, a pétanque alley, a bar and grocery shop. Both the bar and grocery shop sell fresh baguettes and croissants every morning.
The excellent Stone Age Museum ‘Le Cairn – Centre de la Préhistoire’, is also situated in the village, and inspires a visit to the time of the Stone Age through a variety of children's hands-on activities, exhibits and information about the local monolithic sites of which there are a number.
There are numerous on and off-road cycle paths that start and end in the village and take in the local area including the towns of Jard sur Mer with its Port and Longeville, the wonderful expanses of beaches at Le Bouil, le Rocher and Les Conches as well as the local countryside of sunflower and maize fields with the odd vineyard thrown in for good measure.

Garden and outside

The garden surrounds the house on all sides. There is a patio area with a gas bbq and gas canister. Patio table and 6 chairs with parasol, 2 deck chairs and 2 sun loungers.

Outside the kitchen on the lawn is a permanent clothes line.

Parking and garages

The property has off-street parking enough for 2 cars in front of and adjacent to the house.

There is a washing machine and sink in the garage, and storage for the Patio furniture and bbq.

Visitor suitability

Great location for a family, or couple wanting a relaxed private holiday in the outdoors.

Also suitable for people of limited mobility as the property is all on one level with easy access to local (by car) supermarkets and amenities.

Information about any additional facilities

A linen package is offered at the time of booking, and includes duvet covers, sheet, and pillow case for all beds.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various coastal sea fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Fishing and Boat Trip in Talmont saint Hilaire
Distance: 4 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Port Bourgenay leisure complex
Distance: 15 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various well signed coastal, forest and countryside walks, generally low difficulty


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau de Rosnay, 85320 Rosnay
Distance: 22 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Andrea Bennison

Both myself and my husband are francophiles, and have been visiting France for many years. I work as a foreign language teacher in England. Having a property in France is both a dream, and an opportunity to introduce the French language and culture to our children.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? As a family, we have spent many years camping in and around the Vendee, enjoying the sunshine, warmth, beaches, wild life and relaxed nature of the area. Three years ago we stumbled across the understated Les Batardieres campsite in Saint Hilaire, expertly run by Madame Boussans. This proved the ideal location, being on the one hand close enough for a 6 year old to cycle to nearest beach of Le Bouil, having the amenities of Jard and Longeville close by, and set in a quiet rural French idyll.
As we explored opportunities to purchase a property, why look further!
Unique benefits of property The property is a true home from home.
It is located in a private residential cul-de-sac offering seclusion, safety and security for children to play.
The enclosed garden fully surrounds the property, giving privacy, and offering ample opportunity for the children to let off steam. The drive offers off road parking for two vehicles, while trailors, bicycles, etc … can be stowed securely in the generous garage.
Inside, the property has been newly refurbished throughout, with a built in 'Ikea' kitchen with a feature breakfast bar, and has a full complement of amenities including dishwasher, and washing machine in the garage.
The open plan layout brings together the whole family into a single living space, and opens out on to the private south facing patio.
Location: Within cycling reach of great beaches, great road and trail cycling and walking from the house. Local amenities include, bar, and grocery store, weekly pizza van, during the season use Les Metaires campsite restaurant.

The Owner Recommends

Local Amenities and places of interest.

There is a Casino supermarket in Longeville, (2.5 km away) and a SuperU supermarket in Jard sur Mer (5.8 Km away).
Both towns have a chemist, doctors, dentist, Post office and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. They also have a local market once a week (Jard on Wednesday and Longeville on Monday) which is excellent for buying local produce and French curiosities.

Other Activities and places of interest include:
The exciting Atlantic lends itself brilliantly to surfing, body-boarding and other water sports. All of which are available on most of the local beaches.

Bird and general nature watching - "The Marais Poitevin", Longeville (3 Km) is a network of inland salt water rivers and oyster beds which attract a great variety of birds and other interesting wildlife including otters.

The Zoo des Sables, just outside les Sables d'Olonne is a small, well managed Zoo offering a variety of different animals.
The nearby Indian Forest adventure park with go-ape style activities amongst other things and animal farm park at Avrillé offer a wealth of activities for children of all ages.

Golf - There is an 18 hole par 72 (6392 yd) and a 18 hole pitch and putt par 54 golf course nearby in the Port Bourgenay leisure complex. There are another four 18 hole golf courses within easy reach. These are at: L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie (near Coex/Challans), Nesmy (near La Roche-sur-Yon), Olonne-sur-Mer (near Les Sables-d'Olonne) and St Jean de Monts. For further information see

The historic cultural centres of Luçon with its cathedral and the walled port town of La Rochelle are both 30 minutes and 1 hour’s drive away respectively.

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 8.7
  • Setting: 8.8
  • Value for Money: 9.8
9.7 / 10 Browns 16 May, 2019

This lovely comfortable house provided us with a perfect base to revisit this beautiful part of France for an early spring break.
If beach life, French markets and coastal walking within easy reach are your thing, then definitely book this fantastic home. We found every as described, all home comforts and a nice welcome pack.
We hope to return again very soon and will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

Owner response

Thank you to Anne and Alex for being the perfect clients. Spring in the Vendee can be a lovely time, and I'm glad you enjoyed it from the comfort of Fief Colin. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

9.7 / 10 Gill & Dave 4 December, 2017

We enjoyed 4 weeks holiday here. The house is very comfortable and well equipped.
The area is great for walking and cycling, with excellent beaches nearby.
Would happily recommend this property.

Owner response

Thank you Gillian for your comments and recommendation. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your November vacation.

9.7 / 10 Susan and Alan D 23 September, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely holiday in this property and would hope to return.
The bungalow was clean and comfortable and ideally placed for local attractions and beaches.

10 / 10 Duncan Russel 17 September, 2017

We had a fantastic stay with our two primary aged children. The house is modern, clean and well-equipped, and the perfect place to relax after long days out. The location is perfect for cycling is in only short hop to many lovely beeches. We had a great stay and would recommend it to other families.