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|La Lumiere Est at Le Village du Bois||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||2||Sofabed|
Renovated to a very high standard, this stylish gîte has 3 double/twin bedrooms, a double bathroom, large open plan living/dining area and a separate kitchen. 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 open plan living area
It has an open plan dining area with 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 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 of which, while completely modernised, has its own shape and features French oak beams plus vellux windows. They can be set up either as double or twin rooms.
Bedroom one overlooks the gîte patio and, along with bedroom 3 offers completely private space while bedroom 2 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 bedroom has open and hanger based storage plus bedside cabinets, reading lamps and a fan.
The two modern bathrooms are at the rear of the gîte. Each has ‘power-showers’, hand-basins and a toilet.
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.
There is wi-fi throughout.
Outdoors, La Lumière Est it has its own extended east facing patio enabling guests to, as they choose, enjoy breakfast in the sun or relax in the shade at any time.
It shares the swimming-pool (which is security fenced) and associated play and park areas with the other gîtes at le Village.
There is ample space for guest parking,
This gite is suitable for families and/or larger groups of up to 8 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 de 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||2014|
|Why this location?||This is a superb part of France; great weather, beautiful countryside, beaches and towns and loads of things to do. It is also great for cyclists, golfers, walkers and watersports enthusiasts.|
|Unique benefits of property||Le Village du Bois, which opened for the first time in 2016, is just four hours from the main channel ports of Caen, Roscoff and St Malo, it is just a lovely location. It is rural and tranquil while just five minutes from beaches, towns, restaurants, supermarkets/shops and a range of visitor attractions.|
Excellent on and off road cycling on le Vélodyssée and a range of inland and coastal cycle routes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.