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|Le Poulailler at Le Village du Bois||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
This is a spacious, stylish, refurbished and modernised 2 person gite featuring French oak beams, originasl stone walls and tiled throughout.
Le Village du Bois is a lovely place to relax and an excellent base from which to explore the local area which has superb beaches, cycling, golf, historic and visitor attractions and even a racecourse.
Integral kitchen and dining area. Kitchen has 2 hobs, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee machine and all the equipment you need to cook and enjoy the fresh food of the local area.
A spacious living area with table and chairs.
Integral double or twin bedroom enabling the gite to cater for couples or friends wishing to holiday together.
The sleeping area offers open plan clothes storage, hanger space, bedside cabinets and lamps.
The gite features a separate bathroom with handbasin, toilet and spacious shower.
Fan heaters are available on request.
TV and dvd player (not connected to British or French tv although wifi options may be available).
Le Poulailler has its own terrace with chairs and table.
Guests also have access to the shared pool, our 8 acre site which features ample parkland space. There are also two small 'lacs' onsite, one of which is stocked with fish.
Although the gites area is vehicle free there is ample on-site parking
Le Poulailler and Le Village du Bois is suitable for all forms of visitors.
The gite is within an 8 acre complex which includes a 'park' area, other more rural spaces and two small 'lacs'..
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.
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.
The gites were maintained in excellent condition an the swimming pool was fantastic, we swam nearly everyday. Our welcome could not have been better and we were provided with a range of local products, including wine, cheese, bread and tomatoes.
The Vendee is a beautiful region in France and we explored the area to the full with our hire car, although bikes were provided free of charge.
A local Cave was a terrific find and a much welcome amenity.
Cooking facilities, in our 2 bedroom gite, were slightly limited, but the provision of a BBQ was much appreciated.
The proprietor was very approachable and offered good advice on the local restaurants, bars and attractions. The beach was about a 45 minute walk away and was of the highest blue flag standard. It looked ideal for surfing.
All in all, this was probably one of the most relaxing holiday we have enjoyed for a long time. We would love to revisit these gites. The only change would be to fly into Nantes instead of Bordeaux, as the latter is quite a drive, especially late at night.
We would highly recommend these facilities.