Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 15
This location has multiple holiday properties
|L'Annexe at Le Village du Bois||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||2||Sofabed|
As the name suggests, this lovely and generous gîte can accommodate up to 8 people and is part of the main farmhouse. Originating in the 18th century, like the rest of the building it was originally a barn and features exposed beams, tiled and/or wood floors throughout. It has recently been completely renovated modernised and redecorated.
An open plan, light, brand new and well equipped dining kitchen with all the necessary appliances plus a dining table which seats up to six people.
The very attractive, wood-floored living room at the back (south) of the gîte has a library, wood burner, settee/sofa-bed, TV with Googlecast (but not connected to mainstream UK/French channels) and dvd player. Leading directly from it, steps take you down to the lovely private south-facing terrace which gets the sun all day and in the evening..
Downstairs there is one double and one twin bedroom. The double has open shelf and hanger based storage plus bedside cabinets, reading lamps and a fan. The twin bedroom has ample storage space and each bed has its own reading lamp. These bedrooms share the downstairs bathroom which is adjacent.
The second double/twin room is on the first floor and is accessed via the external stone steps. It is light and airy with a view over the garden; it has its own separate en suite bathroom plus open and hanger based storage, bedside cabinets, reading lamps and a fan.
As noted above, there is a double sofa-bed in the living room enabling a further two people to be comfortably accommodated.
The ground floor bathroom is at the centre of the gîte immediately adjacent to the main bedroom. It has a ‘power-shower’ and hand-basin. There is a separate toilet.
The first floor en suite bathroom has a large brand new shower, handbasin and toilet.
There are electric radiators in all areas of the gite plus a small log burner in the sitting room.
TV/dvd (not connected to mainstream UK/French tv). Wi-fi related options are available via Googlecast.
Wifi is available.
The attractive, large, private south facing stone terrace features comfortable outdoor furniture and a sunshade; it looks out over the farmhouse garden.
The gite areas are car free and there is ample, secure, onsite parking.
This gite is on two floors with the upstairs bedroom accessed via external stone steps. It is suitable for family groups and people of all ages although the external stone steps are 200 years old and thus slightly uneven thus making this bedroom unsuitable for allocation for young children or the elderly and infirm.
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. (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.
Guests have access to the heated swimming pool, complex parkland and footpaths and recreational areas.
It should be noted that on our 8 acre site there are two small 'lacs' one of which is stocked with fish.
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.
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