Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 15
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Lumiere Est at Le Village du Bois||Self Catering||Saturday||4||11||3||Sofabed|
Renovated to a very high standard, this stylish gîte has 3 double/twin bedrooms plus 1 adjacent twin/double/triple ground floor en suite bedroom, two further bathrooms, a large open plan living/dining area and a separate kitchen plus in-room catering facilities in bedroom four.
The large glazed front doors are set within a larger glazed frontage which sits across the full breadth of the original entrance and retains the original French oak barn doors. These lead to the attractive, modern, main open plan living area. This features warm real wood floors exposed beams and the original stone walls with two comfortable settees.
A feature of this space is the open tread staircases which lead directly from the living and dining areas to the upstairs bedrooms and the outlook onto the attractive terrace.
The gite has an open plan dining area with table and seating for eight immediately adjacent to a separate, brand new, fully fitted kitchen. This has all the equipment needed for modern day living; sink and drainer, four burner hob, microwave, large fridge, dishwasher, work surfaces, and the pots, pans and utensils needed for your self-catering holiday.
The ground floor bedroom also has a small fridge and hob plus its own kettle, crockery, cutlery and basic cooking equipment.
The open plan living area, in addition to the great aspect, features warm real wood floors exposed beams and the original stone walls. There are comfortable settees (one of which is a sofabed).
The open tread staircases lead directly from the living and dining areas to the upstairs bedrooms.
The individually designed open tread staircases take you up to the first floor bedrooms each completely modernised, has its own shape and features French oak beams plus velux windows.
Bedroom one (twin/double) overlooks the gîte patio and, along with bedroom 3 (also twin/double) offers completely private space. Bedroom 2 (twin) located above the dining room/lounge has a more open plan staircase and is perfect for accommodating younger children while adults carry on relaxing below. Each has open and hanger based storage plus bedside cabinets, reading lamps and a fan.
Bedroom four, which has its own immediately adjacent entrance, is a large twin/double/triple perfect for a couple who require just a little independence or perhaps three older children to share. It features French oak beams and original stone walls, and has an integral kitchen/dining area with fridge, kettle, table and chairs.
There are two modern bathrooms at the rear of the Lumiere gîte. Each has ‘power-showers’, hand-basins and a toilet. Bedroom four has a generous en-suite bathroom with toilet, handbasin and a large power shower.
Extra warmth for the cooler months is provided by electric wall heaters in the main 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.
There is a TV and DVD player; this is not connected to mainstream French/UK channels - but may offer options for this via the wi-fi.
Bedroom four has its own TV/DVD player.
There is wi-fi throughout.
Outdoors, La Lumière Est has its own east facing patio enabling guests to, as they choose, enjoy breakfast in the sun or relax in the shade at any time plus an immediately adjacent small patio. This year (2019) we have added a lovely garden area which gets the sun all day/evening with a large outdoor dining table and parasol.
The beautiful, heated (28 degrees), 10m x 5m pool has a large (unobtrusively security fenced) 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. (Guests borrow bikes at their own risk and we do not stock or hire out helmets, gloves or other cycling clothing).
Barbecues are available (without charge) and a very large stock of films, books and games is also available for guest use.
There is ample space for guest parking,
This gite is suitable for families and/or larger groups of up to 10-11 people.
A range of bikes of different styles and sizes is kept for free guest use.
A stock of films and books is also available for guest use.
The area is fantastic for things to to. In addition to the blue flag beach which is ideal for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing, there is an excellent golf course, Port Bourgenay, the Seven Ocean Aquarium, a racecourse, and the chateaux at Talmont St Hilaire. 20 minutes down the road is Les Sables d'Olonne and Puy du Fou is just an hour away.
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.
We had a great time at le village de Bois, location is stunning, really quiet and peaceful. Great bike rides, the port is lovely- just 5 mins drive and the local beach is ideal...great for families and big groups. Very relaxing and enjoyable.
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