|Les Chardonnerets||Self Catering||Saturday||12||24||7|
Providing high quality self catering accommodation that is particularly suitable for extended families, multi-generational parties and groups of friends. Les Chardonnerets accommodates up to 24 adults / children plus up to 5 infants in spacious comfort.
Located in the South Vendée between the towns of Luçon and Fontenay-le-Comte, the gite is convenient for the excellent beaches of the Vendée and the many other attractions of the region.
The property comprises of a converted barn and an adjacent farmhouse that have been co-joined to provide a total of 12 bedrooms (2 of which are on the ground floor), 7 bathrooms (3 en suite), and huge, open plan living and kitchen areas. Outside there is a covered veranda with gas bbq.
Les Chardonnerets is a stand-alone property and is not part of a gite complex. The pool and grounds are for the exclusive use of guests staying at the property.
Les Chardonnerets is carefully arranged to cater for large groups. The large kitchen / diner and the veranda easily accommodate parties of 24 or more dining together, and the large, heated, private swimming pool (12m by 6m, plus a shallow pool for younger children) is well supplied with loungers. The kitchen equipment includes 2 ovens, 2 hobs, 2 dishwashers and 3 fridges to ease the catering for large groups.
For groups travelling with babies and toddlers, cots and highchairs are provided as is children's tableware; bottle warmers, sterilisers and buggies are available upon request at no charge. For security, the pool is fenced and has a locking gate. Both staircases are gated top and bottom.
Les Chardonnerets has 2 sitting rooms, both of which have tv (English and French language). Books and toys are available in the property and internet access (both wi-fi and Ethernet) is provided at no charge.
To the rear, and bordering the kitchen, Les Chardonnerets has a large covered veranda (18m by 6m) behind the barn that is equipped with outdoor seating and dining furniture, and a gas bbq. A second covered area is available behind the farmhouse that provides a more secluded, quiet, space.
In total, there are 12 bedrooms. These comprise: one super-king size, 3 king size rooms, 2 doubles, one triple, 4 twins and a single room. One of the twin rooms can be made up as a king sized room if desired. Five cots are provided. Two bedrooms are on the ground floor and are arranged as a family suite with associated bathroom.
There are seven bath / shower rooms in total, 3 of which are en suite.
Outside, in addition to the pool, there is a play area with climbing frame, swings and slide. A large trampoline is provided as are outdoor games, such as ping-pong.
The rear garden can be secured by a gate to the driveway, and at the front of the Les Chardonnerets there are enclosed gardens which can also be secured by gates.
Les Chardonnerets is available for rental year round. Letting is by the week mid-June to mid-September with a Saturday changeover. At other times changeover day and length of stay are flexible and the property can be taken for weekend or midweek stays.
The gite is roughly equidistant between the market towns of Fontenay le Comte and Luçon, both of which have a full range of shops and services as well as a fine selection of restaurants. The sights of the area are within easy reach: the beaches of the South Vendée (which are rather excellent) are an easy drive (La Faute sur Mer is about 40 km away); La Rochelle with its lively city centre, shopping and restaurants is 45 km. There are adventure parks (Indian Forrest and the O’Gliss water park) 45 minutes drive away and the world-class theme park at the Puy du Fou is less than an hour. Closer to home, the natural beauty of the Mervent forest with its shady trails and cycle paths, lake (with watersports centre) and zoo is a 15 minute trip.
As well as bed linen (freshly pressed), towels (including pool / beach towels), all utilities and cleaning are included in the price. Equipment such as sterilisers, bottle warmers and baby listeners are available at no extra charge. We – Jon & Julia – have been resident in France for many years (our home is about 4km away) and we are on hand to provide any assistance or information you might need. Babysitting and a meals service are available upon request.
The kitchen is designed to be practical when catering for large groups. Equipment includes 2 hobs, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, plenty of cookware and crockery. There is a very large fridge-freezer and plenty of storage and working space.
Dining table seating runs to 24 people - everyone can eat together!
A utility room adjacent to the kitchen has a further fridge, washing machine and tumbledryer, a microwave, a cupboard containing baby requisites (bottle steriliser, warmer) and an ice maker.
Two living rooms are provided, both with English and French tv channels. The larger can accommodate an entire party of 24; the smaller about a dozen. Books and toys/games are provided.
1 super king room, 3 king size, 2 double rooms, 1 swing (either super or twin), 3 twin rooms, 1 triple room,
1 single room
Three bedrooms have en suite facilities.
3 En suite shower rooms, 3 family bathrooms (1 downstairs), 1 shower room (downstairs).
Separate downstairs wc.
Central heating throughout makes Chardonnerets available for lets year round.
English and French tv channels, docking stations for mobile devices and dvd players are provided. Wi-fi internet is available at no charge. Toys and games are provided.
Les Chardonnerets has 2 covered outside areas. The larger (adjacent to the kitchen) has dining space for up to 30 people and is equipped with a gas bbq, fridge, work surfaces and a refrigerated beer pump.
The smaller covered area is home to a ping-pong table - there is a sun terrace adjacent with table and chairs.
A play area with climbing frame, swings, slide and outside games is in the garden, which is also equipped with a large trampoline. There is plenty of open space for games.
The pool is heated (boiler heating) and fenced for security. It measures 12m by 6m with a 30cm deep paddling pool to one side. The pool terrace is furnished with loungers.
Parking is available off-road both front and back. In total there is space for about 12 cars.
Les Chardonnerets is suitable for groups that include babies and young children. The property has some downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms and may be suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us with your requirements.
We have been resident in France for many years. We were drawn to the Vendée by its lovely coast, countryside and towns, the tranquillity and the relaxed pace of life. We came for a holiday in 2002 and never really left. We have 3 daughters, the youngest of whom was born in 2006. Our business - Vendée Vacances - was established in 2003 and has over the years welcomed hundreds of families to. We are on hand to give our guests any information or assistance they might require.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We chose this location in the South Vendée - initially to have a holiday home in France - because of its easy accessibility from the UK via the Western Channel ports and for its proximity to the coast, countryside, attractions like the Puy du Fou and beautiful towns such as La Rochelle.
The pretty local towns of Luçon and Fontenay le Comte provide us with a full range shops and a fine selection of restaurants. The village itself has a good bakery, a café and a general grocery and is surrounded by countryside. Although quiet and peaceful, this is not a dead village and there is plenty of local life and events, particularly during the summer months.
|Unique benefits of property||Les Chardonnerets is a property specifically designed and equipped to receive large groups, be it extended family or groups of friends. Everyone can eat and socialise together in the same space.|
Twice voted by the theme park industry as being the best park in the world, the Puy du Fou is quite unique. The park revolves around six live shows or spectaculars that are dramatisations of historical or mythical events relating to the Vendée. The stage craft is exceptional and can justifiably be described as both world class and – in some instances – ground breaking. Away from the big shows, the rest of the park has plenty to interest the visitor. This is a “must do” for any holiday in the Vendée. Located about 65km from our gite in Les Epesses.
The beaches of the South Vendée are a delight. For the most part they are sandy (though one honourable exception has a fine line in rock pools at low tide) and are very family friendly. Our favourites are:
La Faute sur Mer – the closest beach at about 40km. La Faute is a low-rise, relaxed, small, resort town. Access to the beach is via paths of a couple of hundred metres length over the dunes. The sandy beach here is particularly fine. During the summer period the bathing is supervised on some stretches. La Faute is a nice town and has some good restaurants. We can recommend La Grand’ Voile on Avenue de la Plage.
Les Conches – is, overall, our favourite beach. Also sandy, this is a very gently sloping beach that is enormous when the tide is out and where the sea stays shallow for quite some distance. There is not a lot in the way of commerce here; just a few stalls selling drinks, snacks and ice cream. This is a good surf beach and there are two surf schools here. We recommend Manu Surf. About 55km drive.
St Vincent sur Jard – This is the most distant of our favoured beaches at around 60km. The beach here is notable for two features: firstly, there are lots of interesting rock pools to muck about in; secondly, the beach is over looked by the last home of the French statesman, Georges Clemenceau. It is a surprisingly modest house for a man widely held to be the “father of victory” in the First World War. The house is as Clemenceau left it at the time of his death in 1929. The gardens here were designed by his friend, the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.
Located adjacent to one another near the village of Moutiers les Mauxfaits (about 45km distant), Indian Forest and O’Gliss provide activity packed days. The Indian Forest adventure park centres around a series of high rope pathways (assault courses, really) slung through the tree tops. There is a range of difficulties available ranging from ‘child’s play’ to ‘downright reckless.’ Also in the park can be found bungie jumps, go karts and water slides.
Water slides (and flumes and rapids a lots of other aquatic lunacy) attain another level in the neighbouring O’Gliss water park. This is the third largest of its kind in France and is open June, July & August.
The city of La Rochelle is amongst the most visited in France. It is an elegant sort of place with lots of high end shops and many good restaurants. The aquarium – one of Europe’s largest – is excellent, and is most certainly worth a trip to La Rochelle (about 45 km distant) all by itself, but the real charm of the place can be found in just strolling around soaking up the ambiance. The area around the old port is particularly pleasant. La Rochelle has hundreds of restaurants and competition generally keeps quality quite high. Our favoured eateries are Bar André (a La Rochelle institution) at 5 rue St Jean du Perot and Le Boute en Train (classic French) at 7 rue des Bonnes Femmes.
Located about 15km away, the forest of Mervent extends over 12000 acres. At its heart is a huge lake that acts as a reservoir for the area. Aside from providing innumerable routes for shady walks, the forest is home to a number of other attractions, including the activity park at Pierre Brune (very good for children of all ages), a rather good small zoo and a water sports centre (from which canoes & kayaks can be hired). The forest also has marked tracks for mountain bikes. There are a couple of restaurants in the forest – we would recommend L’Auberge de la Forêt. In the heart of the forest for higher end dining or the Mangoustan in Mervent village for a meal with children.
Venise Verte (Green Venice) refers to a network of canals and dykes dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Poitou marshes. These days, the Venise Verte provides a haven for wildlife and is an area of gentle beauty. The best way to experience the area is by boat and these can be hired at a number of locations (for example Maillezais – where can be seen the remains of a magnificent abbey – and Damvix). For lunch, La Recré (a pizzeria / creperie in a converted school) in Damvix provides a perfect family dining option.
Once the capital of Bas Poitou, Fontenay le Comte is an historic Renaissance town and the nearest sizable town to us (about 15 km distant). The prettiest streets lie behind the Church of Notre Dame where can be seen some really rather beautiful buildings. Beyond these streets lies the adventure playground called Parcabout which consists of large cargo nets slung through the trees and is very popular with children. Fontenay has a full range of shops and services as well as a selection of good restaurants. Our favourites – Hôtel de Vendée (at the top of Rue de la République, No. 126) for the stunning cooking; Pinky (at 3 rue de Minage) for the lovely courtyard dining; Cantina Mia (13 rue Georges Clemenceau) for the gourmet pizzas.
The Vendée has long made wines and some local producers have considerable reputations. Wine of the AOC Fiefs Vendéens are made in five locations, two of which (the villages of Vix and Pissotte) are just a few km away from our gites. Producers are happy to receive visitors to taste and buy wine direct. Our favourite producers are Christian Chabirand and his wife Estelle at the Prieuré La Chaume in Vix; Domaine Coirier at Pissotte and Domaine de la Bobinière at Chantonnay.
The kitchen was a great size and equipped with everything you could wish for in copious quantities - the two dishwashers were a particular bonus as were the 2 extra fridges for keeping the beer and wine cool and also the ice machine!
The living areas were spacious, very comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated. There were lots of games toys and videos for the kids.
The bedrooms went on and on and were very clean and and amply supplied with bathrooms, showers and toilets.
The swimming pool was fantastic and a great hit with the kids who were in it at any given opportunity.They also enjoyed table tennis, table football and the trampoline.
Jon could not have been more welcoming and helpful to us during our stay.
I would definitely recommend this as a perfect venue for large groups who want to get together and who want space in their togetherness!
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We're delighted that you had such a good stay.
With best regards,