|Chez Mervent||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
This newly built 4* rated villa with private pool is in the stunning area of the Mervent-Vouvant Forest.
The house has it own heated swimming pool with a great terrace and shaded decked area for alfresco dining. Its design means that it stays cool in the Summer and with under floor heating and a wood burning stove, it offers a warm inviting place for the Winter months.
The Vendée has a very sunny micro-climate and is the second sunniest region in France.
The facilities include: four double/twin bedrooms, a family bathroom, cloakroom, an en suite to the master bedroom and a large modern fully fitted kitchen with open plan to the large dining/living room.
It is just over an hour to the sea, but only 2 mins to Mervent Forest and lake and 10 minutes to Fontenay le Comte, which has all the shopping facilities you may want.
The house is quietly situated within a private garden in a new commune and enjoys views over the stunning countryside and the nearby forest.
Fitted units with an island.
Electric hob with extractor fan,
Patio doors to the terrace and pool.
Open plan to living and dining room
Separate utility room: with automatic washing machines, tumble dryers, sink,ironing board and iron.
Large sitting room with wood burning stove.
Three leather sofas,
Oak coffee table,
46inch plasma tv,
Lamp tables with lamps.
Hifi system with ipod station, can play mp3, radio and cds.
English freesat for all major english tv stations.
Oak dining table with eight leather chairs .
Patio doors to the terrace and pool.
Master double bedroom, with 2 oak wardrobes, dressing table and bedside tables, radio alarm, mirror and bedside lamps.
1 double bedroom, with oak wardrobe and bedside tables, radio alarm, mirror and bedside lamps.
1 twin bedroom, with oak wardrobe and bedside table, radio alarm, mirror and bedside lamp.
1 Twin bedroom, with oak wardrobe, dressing table, bedside table, radio alarm, mirror and bedside lamps.
Family bathroom: large bath with over the bath shower, basin with mirror and under cupboard, wc and heated towel rail, hairdryer.
En suite: Shower, basin with under cupboard, wc and heated towel rail, Hairdryer.
Under floor central heating and heated towel rails in the bathrooms.
Wood burning stove in the living/dining room.
Dvds, cds and games available.
Private heated swimming pool: 8x4 metre pool with roman end (steps). One level- 1.44m (no shallow end). Solar powered safety cover. We have a heat pump permanently connected to the filtration system of the pool, guaranteeing a minimum temperature of 22 degrees C (74 degs F) from June to September.
Terrace: 100sq metre tiled terrace, hardwood outside dining table and chairs, 4 sun loungers,4 Deck Chairs. Outside Solar Powered Shower
Barbecue area with large brick built barbecue
Decked area: Large decked area with pergola (for the much needed shade), dining table and chairs
Large lawned front garden.
Parking area at the front of the villa for 3 vehicles.
Not suitable for the disabled
Things to do at our property:
There seems to be an almost boundless choice of sporting and leisure activities to take part in in the surrounding area. You can explore the region on foot, by bike and on horseback along the hundreds of kilometres of clearly marked paths and bridle ways. Fishing, swimming, sailing and other water sports are offered on the rivers and lakes and at the coast. For those with a little more adrenalin there are opportunities for paintball, go-karting and bungee jumping.
Sports include walking, tennis, cycling, swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, wind surfing, sand yachting, horse riding, kite surfing, karting and many golf courses.
We love visiting France so after selling our business in the UK we now spend our summers in the beautiful region of the Vendée
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||The Villa is within walking distance of the lovely Forest of Mervent and the Lake surrounded by lovely countryside but close to all the attractions the Vendée has to offer.|
|Unique benefits of property||A newly build modern spacious property with a great terrace with private heated swimming pool|
An hour’s drive to the North and you encounter the unique medieval theme park of Puy-Du-Fou.
By day, 2000 years of French history are brought to life in le Grand Parc. You can see gladiators fighting in the coliseum, Vikings attacking a peaceful Village, an extraordinary falconry spectacle, a ferocious battle between the French and the English and recreated Villages and towns from former times.
By night, watch la Cinéscénie, an extravagant sound and light (son et lumière) spectacle on the biggest open-air stage in the world.
This outstanding theme park has performances throughout the day of falconry, jousting, magic and music, and boasts atmospheric reconstructions of a Norman fort, a medieval town and an 18th-century Village.
On some evenings you can enjoy a splendid Son and Luimère show, regarded as the best sound-and-light show in Europe in which literally 1,000 local actors take part dramatising the history of the Vendée province.
Our recommendation is to book well in advance for the Son et Lumière show either on the web or at local tourist office.
See website: http://www.puydufou.com/en/
La Rochelle is one of the most beautiful places in France. There is an old port which still has the towers which used to protect it. The centre is particularly beautiful, with pale stone used for the majority of the buildings and many of the walkways. There are 2 basins in the old port which now have a large number of pleasure boats moored there. The fireworks for the 14th of July Bastille day celebrations are very impressive. There are many restaurants, many of them overlooking the harbour and the centre offers a very chic shopping experience. You can book a ferry trip over the estuary or to many other attractions further out to sea La Rochelle is just a 50 min drive away
Marais Poitevin - stretches across the south of the Vendée. The Marais Poitevin is a strange, lazy landscape of fens and meadows, shielded by poplar trees and crisscrossed by an elaborate system of canals, dykes and slow-flowing rivers. Recently declared a regional park, it is known as "La Venise Verte" – the Green Venice – and indeed, farmers in this area frequently travel through the marshes in flat-bottomed punts as their fields lack dry-land access.
Beautiful sandy beaches of the Atlantic are just over an hours drive away. The resorts of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, La Tranche sur Mer, Jard-sur-Mer & Les Sables-d'Olonne are all worth a visit.
Chateau de Terre in Fontenay Le Compte '(20 minutes away) The Chateau de Terre Neuve is an impressive castle dating from the 16th century that deserves a visit - lovingly furnished, and known for its fireplaces and ceilings. 'Nets in the trees park in Fontenay-le-Compte ' 'Pierre Brune (14 mins away)' An adventure park in the heart of the forest. 'Vouvant ' (10 mins away) Vouvant is classified as one of the ‘most beautiful Villages in France', on a small hill in a pretty setting overlooking a river. In part still surrounded by ramparts, Vouvant is entered by original gates in the walls. Within the Village, narrow streets, lined with well-preserved medieval houses, lead to the central square and the Notre-Dame Church. 'Mervent Zoo (2 mins away)'
Very well equipped villa, from welcome pack to cleaning materials etc. Owners very welcoming and on hand for advice - a real home from home. Pool good and a nice size with outdoor furniture of a good standard too. Lots of bats, balls, and inflatables at your disposal too. Weather very changeable when we were there, so didn't make the Vendee beaches, but plenty do in the broader area eg Go Ape type experience at Chantemerle which our teenagers loved, Bikes and Boating in Marais Poitevin area at Maillezais Abbey and Coulon, Lake swimming and beach at Chassenon, plus local lake for other boat hire etc. Local zoo also worth a visit for an alternative afternoon. Further afield, La Rochelle and Puy du Fou also good days out at c. 1 hr away. Staff at local bakery (La Lutine) very friendly with good baguettes, not to mention the excellent Vendee chippy in a scenic location! A little quiet on the restaurant front and of an evening in local village and town but would recommend Chez Mervent!
We had a lovely time at Chez Mervent which is close to the picturesque Mervant and Fontenay-le-Comte. The kids really enjoyed the pool and there's lots of things to do; visit La Rochelle, go sailing on the lake at Mervent, visit local attractions and the seaside or just stay by the pool, it's a great place for a vacation. The proprietors Debbie and Dave really care that you have a great time and it did feel like a home away from home. Definitely recommend.