Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 11, Ratings 1 9.7/10
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|La Salle Des Fêtes at Le Village du Bois||Self Catering||Saturday||5||15||2||Sofabeds|
La Salle des Fetes
This five-bedroom gîte occupies half of a traditional 19th century grange farmhouse. It is exceptionally spacious and has been extensively and stylishly modernised and renovated throughout. It has its own huge, private west facing terrace which offers views of the Vendéen countryside and in the evenings, spectacular sunsets; a perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of wine, read a book or sit and enjoy eating in the ‘plein air’!
La Salle des Fétes shares the large (10m x 5m) swimming-pool (which is security fenced) and associated play and park areas but has its own private access to the pool directly from the terrace.
Next to the living/dining area is the very large fully fitted kitchen. This has its own entrance making it easy to bring in the shopping and wet facing views from the large windows. It has all the space and equipment for modern day living; including a large double sink and drainer, 4 burner hob, fan oven, microwave, large fridge, dishwasher, extensive work surfaces, ample storage and all the pots, pans and utensils needed for your self-catering holiday plus a large dining table and chairs - seating 10.
The huge open plan dining/living area has exposed Charentaise stone walls, French oak beams and tiled floors throughout. In one half there is a large dining table - seating 10. Adjacent to this is a second, equally large but more relaxed space with comfortable settees and a large screen tv with dvd player. (This is not hooked up to UK/French TV but enables wifi based options). It has a supply of books and games for when you just need to unwind; there is ample comfortable seating for all.
It has large, glazed, west-facing double french doors leading to the terrace and offering views of the countryside and evening sunsets.
From the two lounge areas you have access to ground and first floor bedrooms – all 5 of which feature exposed beams, pillars and stonework, storage and hanger space, bedside cabinets, reading lamps and a fan. The slightly more privately located large triple bedroom 1 (ground floor) has plenty of space and provides 3 single beds. Bedroom 2 (ground floor) is an attractive twin room designed around a central pillar. All 3 upstairs generously sized (double/twin) bedrooms have their own separate individually designed open tread pine staircase and access. Bedroom 3 faces west overlooking the terrace and offers lovely views of the local countryside. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are individually shaped with their own features and velux windows.
The bedrooms sleep 11 and the two large sofabeds in the main living area mean that up to 15 people can be accommodated at any one time.
To the rear of the kitchen is the generous, completely modernised, bathroom with double hand-basins, standard and a super-sized wet-rooms both with powerful jet and rain water effect showers plus two private toilets.
As yet, no guests have felt the need to use the heating but, if required, extra warmth for the cooler months is provided by electric wall heaters throughout the main ground floor living areas. In line with our eco-friendly approach, hot water is supplied by solar powered and electric boilers and is, thus, plentiful at all times.
The area is fantastic for things to do. A highlight is the blue flag Plage Veillon beach which is just 5 minutes away. It is ideal for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing and also has an excellent restaurant and coffee shop. There is also a lovely 30 minute cliff-top or pine woods based walk across to the marina.
Also within 5 minutes drive, there is Richard the Lionheart's chateau at Talmont St Hilaire, an excellent 'Blue/Green' golf course (with an 18-hole and par 3 course plus large driving range), the marina at Port Bourgenay with its range of restaurants, the Seven Ocean Aquarium and the Malbrande Hippodrome. The great new O'Gliss water and adventure parks and Indian Forest at Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits are just 15-20 minutes drive as is, down the 'Corniche' coast road,Les Sables d'Olonne while La Rochelle, the Ile de Rey and Puy de Fou are all just an hour away.
La Salle des Fetes has a very large, private, west facing terrace with outdoor tables, chairs and sunshades. Its own private entrance to the pool area is from the north of the terrace.
There is ample park and play space on our 8 acre site. It should be noted that, within the grounds there are two small 'lacs' one of which is stocked with fish.
The gite and associated pool, park and recreational areas are all kept traffic free but there is ample secure, on site guest parking plus barn space to store bikes or water sports equipment.
This gite and Le Village du Bois per se is suitable for combinations of families and for people of all ages.
The beautiful, heated (28 degrees), 10m x 5m pool has a large surround and a large number of pool loungers. Adjacent to it is a seating area with tables and sunshades so that, if they prefer not to swim, adults can relax with a drink while keeping an eye on their children.
A range of some 15 (mainly adult and older child sized) bikes of different styles and sizes is kept for free guest use.
Barbecues are available (without charge) and a very large stock of films, books and games is also available for guest use.
John Eady, the owner, combines family and business interests in Manchester with running his gite complex.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||This is a superb part of France; it has great weather, beautiful countryside, the Vendee's finest beaches (La Plage du Veillon and Les Sables d'Olonne) and towns and loads of things to do. It is also an excellent location for serious and leisure cyclists, golfers, walkers and water-sports enthusiasts.
It is something of a cliche but, as all our guests have discovered and confirmed, while we are right in the middle of the countryside we are just 5 minutes from wonderful beaches, Port Bourgenay, Richard the Lionheart's chateau at Talmont and superb local restaurants - to cater for every taste and dining expectation. The cosmoplitan Quayside at Les Sables d'Olonne with its marvellous array of bars and restaurants, O'Gliss Park and Indian Forest are all just 20 minutes away and even Puy de Fou is just an hour.
We are biased but this is one of the best locations in the Vendee - its got it all.
|Unique benefits of property||Le Village du Bois opened in 2016 and is just a lovely place to live and stay. Our gites all have their own style, shape and character and the layout of the site means that each offers a high degree of privacy.
The location is rural and tranquil. Each gite has been fully modernised and is of high quality while retaining the features and character of the historic buildings in which it is contained. They are complemented by our superb heated pool.
It is 5 minutes from one of the Vendee's finest beaches, Port Bourgenay, an excellent golf course, the beautiful town of Talmont St Hilaire, superb places to eat (from the upmarket Cayola to some wonderful local restaurants). Supermarkets/shops and a surprisingly broad range of first class visitor attractions are all close by.
It is also very accessible; an easy 3-5 hour drive from the main channel ports of Caen, Le Havre, Roscoff and St Malo and just over an hour from Nantes and La Rochelle airports.
Described by many as one of the finest beaches on the Vendee, and less than 5 minutes drive from us (15 minutes off-road cycling) is La Plage du Veillon. In addition to just enjoying the sunshine and the golden sandy beach you can take part in water-sports including kite-surfing, surfing and paddle-boarding, rock pools or take the gorgeous 30 minute coastal walk across to Port Bourgenay. Its recently refurbished 'arrival' has a lovely coffee/cake shop and restaurant and outlets from which you can hire wet-suits and water-sports equipment. It backs onto beautiful sand-dunes and pine forests and is an outstanding environment in which to walk, cycle, jog or simply enjoy with your family.
Beach based wter-sports are available at Plage du Veillon, just 5 minutes away, which has in-season lifeguarding and is excellent for surfing, kitesurfing and body-boarding.
The beach at Les Sables d'Olonne is also a great location for surfing and body boarding.
Windsurfing and canoeing is available on the lake in the centre of Talmont St Hilaire.
In visitor number terms Puy du Fou is the second most popular (after Disneyland Paris) theme park in France, Just one hour's drive from Le Village du Bois it is described by the Guardian as France's 'best kept theme park secret' offering 'a range of spectacular history extravaganza shows – where thousands of actors and animals recreate high drama, from Roman gladiators to King Arthur, with mind-blowing special effects'.
The Chateau at Talmont (again just 5 minutes from Le Village) is set up to enable visitors to experience life in the middle ages in the Fortress of Richard the Lion Heart. It includes an entertaining and instructive trail exploring the castle and in the summer a variety of events encompass the ordeals of young knights, crossbow shooting and the spectacle of knights on horseback. These include the Spectacle Nocturne summer evening pageant plus various medieval festivities (including falconry) throughout the week.
There are several excellent attractions geared to young people within 20-30 minutes drive. These include the 'back to back' O'Gliss Waterpark and Indian Forest Park at Le Bernard and Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits respectively plus the Le Cairn - Centre de la Préhistoire at Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt.
Even closer to home, just a short drive or cycle from Le Village, is the Aquarium Le 7ème Continent (a form of sea-life centre) located in Port Bourgenay.
Excellent on and off road cycling on le Vélodyssée and a range of inland and coastal cycle routes.
Le Village du Bois is ideally situated for golf breaks with Port Bourgenay on the doorstep and five courses located within a one hour drive. The quality and variety is excellent while the approach taken at the various courses is, within reason, pretty relaxed in respect of clothing and footwear. All venues hire clubs and buggies and it is also possible to combine your golf with some very good food.
There is a superb choice of restaurants of all types within close proximity. Seafood is a speciality and much of what is on offer is caught locally.
The Hippodrome de la Malbrande which features a range of flat racing and trotting events throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn is located just 5 minutes drive from Le Village du Bois.
From Le Village du Bois, you can walk for miles through rolling countryside. There are off-road routes to the beach, the port, Talmont St Hilaire or you can stroll down to the local 'commerces' to get your fresh bread and local fish, meat and cheese.
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 11, Ratings 1 9.7/10
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Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 10, Ratings 1 8.2/10
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Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
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