Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
|La Tourelle Enchantee Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1||Double sofabed and single childs bed on mezzanine|
We are only a small family run business, so La Tourelle Enchantee is a perfect place to relax and get away from it all. Set in a picturesque retreat of natural habitat. Ideal for couples and families, La Tourelle Enchantee Gîte offers something a little different as you get your very own 'turret' to stay in. The gîte will accommodate up to 4 people or provide a generous base for 2 people. Private entry is gained through either the south facing double doors or side door leading into the kitchen area.
La Tourelle Enchantée Gîte guests are free to share the use of the indoor swimming pool facilities (summer only) and can enjoy their own patio dining area. Wi-fi is available to guests free of charge and there is a tv and dvd player (English channels) in the lounge.
There is ample parking on site. Upon your arrival you'll be provided with a welcome basket, providing a few essentials to help you along until you get out and about.
The kitchen is brand new and fully equipped. It has dishwasher, combi-microwave/oven/grill, electric 4 pan hob, toaster, kettle, coffee-machine, fridge and a sink and drainer. It also has ample work surfaces, plenty of storage and all the pots, pans and utensils needed for your self catering holiday.
The circular open plan living/dining area is accessed via south facing double doors and also overlooks the terrace. It has a dining table and a comfortable and easy to use large double sofabed. There is a tv and dvd player (English channels) and free wi-fi is available throughout the gite.
There is a large storage cupboard off of the lounge under the stairs where clothes and bags can be stored for those sleeping downstairs. It also contains an airer, hoover and a fan.
For your convenience there are a number of English extension leads in the gite so you don't need to worry about bringing travel adapters with you so one less thing for you to have to pack!
On the first floor is a large circular bedroom with a king size bed, wardrobe, drawers, a bedside cabinet and a reading light. The view from the bedroom overlooks the terrace and the garden. Leading off the bedroom there is a staircase to a child's single bed (the bed is 160cm long) on the mezzanine.
There is a very easy to use and comfortable large double sofabed in the living area which sleeps 2 people.
Finally, upon request we can also provide a travelcot for the younger members of your party.
You will find newly installed bathroom on the ground floor which incorporates a toilet, hand basin and large shower.
There is central heating in both the upstairs and downstairs of the gite.
In the summer months you can relax beside the lovely solar heated indoor swimming pool (summer months only) or if you fancy something a little more active we are situated on a cycle/walking track. It is even possible to hire canoes locally as the river runs directly behind the property.
Inside the gite there is a tv and dvd player (English channels) in the lounge, free wi-fi throughout the gite and a small selection of books and both indoor and outdoor games.
La Tourelle Enchantée is a charming, picturesque retreat set in an acre of natural French habitat. You have your own private dining area which has an outdoor table, chairs and parasol.
There is also a large communal patio which has further seating areas and sunloungers.
There is spacious free and secure parking area on-site.
The gite can accommodate groups of up to 4 people or provide a generous base for 2 people.
Please note that the gîte is strictly non-smoking and unfortunately we are unable to accommodate pets on the premises.
We are animal lovers and have a number of our own pets, all of which are friendly. Our animals are all kept separate and will not have access to your accommodation, but if you have any allergies or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Check in time: from 16:00 (latest check in 22:00) and check out: by 10:00.
There is a potential for noise as we are conveniently situated just off of a main road.
There is one flight of stairs to access the upstairs bedroom and a further flight up to the mezzanine.
To secure your booking we require a £150 booking deposit, this must be paid within 5 working days of making the initial £34 HFD quick book reservation. The remaining balance including the £200 damages deposit is required at least 3 months prior to your check in date. Payment is accepted by direct bank transfer.
As stated in the T&C's the gite must be left in a clean and tidy condition. A standard charge of £50 is made for all bookings to cover the post-departure costs for cleaning and laundry. This is automatically deducted from your damages deposit
Prior to departure we are obliged to collect a tourist tax, payable to adults only from 1st April to 30th Sep. This is calculated at 3% of the cost per night, per occupant + 10% county tax. An example calculation for a family of 4 (comprising of 2 adults and 2 children) is as follows - €100 per night ÷ 4 people = €25 per night x 3% = €0.75 + 10% = €0.83 per night per adult.
My partner Caroline and I made the leap from the UK and moved to France in the Spring of 2016 as we felt that the time was right for us to have an adventure and do something different! We have both left successful and demanding careers in the UK to get out of the rat race and have a better quality of life and time to enjoy the things that really matter! We looking forward to welcoming our our guests.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||This is a fantastic part of France, great weather, stunning beaches, beautiful countryside and towns and loads of things to do and see. It is also great for cyclists, golfers, walkers and watersports enthusiasts.|
|Unique benefits of property||Opened in 2016, La Tourelle Enchantée is a charming, picturesque retreat set in an acre of natural French habitat where you will be greeted with a warm welcome. The gite offers something a little different as you get your very own 'turret' to stay in. It will accommodate up to 4 people. We are situated within walking distance to local amenities and just off the main road which leads you to the nearby coast with stunning sandy beaches. In the summer months you can relax beside the lovely indoor swimming pool or if you fancy something a little more active there are plenty of places to walk or cycle. It is even possible to hire canoes locally as the river runs directly behind the property. The beautiful beach of Bretignolles-sur-Mer and and the magnificent Lac Du Jaunay are just 10 minutes drive away.|
If you fancy something a little more active there are plenty of places to walk or cycle, especially as our house is located on a marked cycling and walking route. Bikes can be hired (in advance or during your stay) and delivered to La Tourelle Enchantée using 'Bike Hire Direct'
It is possible to hire canoes locally as the river runs directly behind the property or there is there is plenty to keep you entertained at the nearby Lac du Jaunay (5 minute drive away) including a variety of water based activities (such as pedalo's, canoeing and aquakarts) walking/hiking, cycling and picnics.
There are plenty of fishing options locally, Golf de Fontenelles in Coëx, tennis courts in Brétignolles-sur-Mer and a Go ape forest activity, Le Grand Défi, in St-Julien des Landes, all of which are a 10 minute drive.
Bretignolles sur Mer
This is a charming coastal town with beaches stretching to about 13 km. It is famous for surfing and its golden sandy beaches.
From north to south these include the beaches of: la Sauzaie, La Paree, Marais Girard, La Normandeliere and Les Dunes..
Saint Hilaire de Riez
Here you will find twelve kilometers of fine sand and three kilometres of rocky coastline, one of the longest shorelines on the Atlantic coast.
From north to south these include the beaches of: Les Demoiselles, the 60 Bornes, the Salins (naturist beach for thse wanting an all over tan), the Becs, the Mouettes, La Pege, La Paree Preneau, Riez, Sion, Pineaux, Brussoleries and la Pelle à Porteau.
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie
There is a much smaller but just as pleasing sandy coast (about three kilometers), From north to south include the beaches of: Boisivinet, la Petite Plage and la Grande Plage.
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie just 10 minutes away is a lively place, with plenty of bars and restaurants and several annual festivities, including the Jazz Festival (the Pentecost weekend) and excellent celebrations on the 14th July which finish on the beach with fireworks. In the low season Saint Gilles Croix de Vie remains lively with most of the shops and restaurants staying open (a rarity in much of France). If you want to just have a wander around, stop for a coffee or a bite to eat then one of the nicest walks you can do is from the beach, where you are bound to come across surfers no matter what time of year, around the dunes to the port then into the town centre.
Whilst you are over this side of the river you should pop down to where the fishing boats are and visit the Comptoir de la Mer, excellent for fish/sea themed souvenirs and fishing equipment.
The forest of the Pays de Monts on the Vendée coast stretches between Barre de Monts and Saint Hilaire de Riez. It was planted in the late nineteenth century under the Second Empire. The aim was to stabilize the dunes and marshes in order to drain them and render them arable.
The 600 hectares that cover Saint Hilaire consist mainly of pine, oak and hardwood. There are lots of ways to discover the forest - on foot, by bike or on horseback. Take the marked trails or fitness trail and make a stop at one of the many picnic areas.
The Riez marsh forms the southern part of North Vendéen wetlands. It includes an area of freshwater marshes on both sides of the cordon des Mattes and an area of salt marsh below the dam of les Vallées.
Ile de Ré: Reached by bridge from La Rochelle, or by boat from some of the Vendee coastal resorts. Charming port of St Martin-sur-Re is not to be missed, some nice beaches, a lighthouse to visit, great cycling in the salt-marshes (bike hire).
Ile de Yeu: 1 hour by boat from St Gilles Croix de Vie or Fromentine. Really beautiful and highly recommended for a day out. You can go right round by bicycle in a day (bike hire available), passing sandy beaches, wild moorland and rocky coves.
Noirmoutier: A charming island, linked to the mainland by bridge and by the famous causeway (Le Gois), exposed at low tide. Extensive beaches, château to visit.
Moutiers les Mauxfaits and Jard sur Mer (Pointe du Payre) both have parks nearby, as well as St Hilaire de Riez, Mervent Forest and St Julien des Landes.
Indian Forest at Moutiers les Mauxfaits is one of the best tree top adventure courses in France, offering not only 17 different tree top trails of differing difficulty, but also paint ball, climbing walls, bungy jumping, pony rides, zip line, nature trails and much more. Parents needn't feel left out here, although you shouldn't underestimate the challenge of dragging yourself up a 30ft climbing net!
New in 2016 O'Gliss Park near to the town of Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (situated directly next to Indian Adventure is the third largest water park in France. Costing over 12 million euros to build, the water park has an impressive twelve giant water slides, including the kamikaze, freefall, turbo lance and the looping rocket which at sixteen metres high is the only water slide in France to have a 360° loop. There are four river rapids with four hundred metres of rapids (unique in France), a wave pool, a beach/sunbathing area with a big swimming pool (heated to 29°) and exotic gardens with over 9000 shrubs and palm trees. For people spending the day at the water park there will be five different restaurants, including traditional French, tapas and fast food as well as plenty of spaces to have a picnic. Wrist bands which can be preloaded with euros are available so you don’t have to carry money around the park.
The one thing you MUST see during your stay in the Vendee which is approx a 1 hour 30 mins drive away. This famous history theme park is unique in Europe, offering a full day out, packed with fun for all ages, including a full-size Roman amphitheatre with chariot races and gladiators, a Viking invasion, stunning falconry displays, recreated villages from several different periods of history, and much more...
The 'Grand Park' with its day-time attractions is open to visitors throughout the season (get there on-time for the opening to have a chance of getting round the major attractions in a day) and there is night-time 'son-et-lumiere' open air theatre, but you need to book this months in advance (but well worth it!).
Located just outside Niort, lies this beautiful and tranquil spot (approx 1 hour 20 mins away). An area of marshland stretching for miles, which is made up of man-made waterways. There are many small villages along the canals, one of the better-known ones being Coulon, where you can hire barges that are tied up along the riverbanks. For a small additional charge a guide will ‘punt’ you along the canals and explain the history and bio-diversity of this fascinating area. A truly remarkable visit and ideal for relaxing on a hot summers day.
The capital of Charente-Maritime, the area has as you would expect, a rich seafaring history. The bustling Vieux Port (old harbour) is dominated by the imposing two towers. The port itself is lined with seafood restaurants and lively cafés and bars. The old town has been very well preserved, and you can meander the many streets and browse the variety of goods and products on offer in the wide range of shops. You can reach La Rochelle in approx 1 hour and 45 minutes by car.
Nantes, just an hour and 15 minutes away in Western Loire, is a beautiful city that was once the long-held historical capital of Brittany and is today a vibrant hub for the creative arts. Located on the Loire, as the river flows into its estuary, Nantes is filled with a stunning range of architecture from the past and a wealth of surprising, fascinating and unusual works of modern art from the present. the city is well-known as a space where culture and the arts flourish. From the marvellous Machines de l'île, an incredible arts project where the imagination of Jules Verne meets the invention of Leonardo da Vinci, to the contemporary artworks along the Loire Estuary, Nantes is undoubtedly the place to be inspired. The majestic Elephant, built by the artists of the Machines de l'Ile, is a sight not to be missed as this 12m high mechanical ride walks up and down the quayside with its passengers. A real favourite with the kids!
There are dozens of chateaux to visit in the Vendee. Here's just a few:
Chateau de Beaumarchais - located in Bretignolles sur Mer
'Blue Beard's Chateau' at Tiffauges - Medeival warefare displays. In the village there is also a model village and nice picnic spots on the river bank.
Chateau de Noirmoutier - One of the finest medieval castles in France.
Situated in the Vendée countryside, Commequiers has one of the most significant megalithic collections in the region . It has a 10km velo ride through the countryside on a pedal-driven rail cart along the former railway lines. There is also a medieval chateau to visit at Commequiers.
A nature lovers dream, with a meeting of marshes, farmland and sea. If you are looking for somewhere close to the coast whilst enjoying the quiet of the countryside, this is the place for you.
There is a superb choice of restaurants of all types within close proximity to the accommodation. Seafood is a speciality and much of what is on offer is caught locally. Our nearest restaurants are La Chaize Gourmande in La Chaize Giraud and Le Val D'Aure in nearby Landevielle. There are also plenty of places to eat in Bretignolles-sur-Mer and Saint Gilles Croix de Vie.
Just 30 minutes away you will find one of the most popular of the coastal towns in the region, the main attraction is of course the beach: three kilometres long, and with numerous activities available. If you are looking for the most lively resort in Vendee -you will find it here!
Much of the long beach is backed by modern hotels and apartments, restaurants and bars. The area between the lighthouse and the casino being the most lively both during the day time and into the evening, as the cafes and restaurants fill with people and buskers play along the seafront.
As well as the beach, it is perhaps the promenade along the coast which explains a great deal of its appeal. Somewhat reminiscent of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the promenade in Sables d'Olonne is always busy with cyclists, walkers and joggers and will provide one of the highlights of your visit.
Behind these is the town of Sables d'Olonne itself, the most important town along this section of coast and an active fishing port as well as popular holiday destination. The town has all the activities and facilities you would expect of a busy seaside town.
To the west of the beach and promenade you will also enjoy a walk around the large pleasure harbour. The eastern part of the harbour, called the Quai George Cinq, is less visited but also pleasant to explore. (There are three separate ports here - a fishing port, a port for industry, and the pleasure port of Port Olona).
Karen and Caroline made us feel so welcome in this lovely, quirky gite. It is in a lovely setting with a little adjacent road noise. The gite is ideally situated to reach so many places in the area and the beaches are beautiful. Everything we needed was there and it was all spotlessly clean.
We would love to return to this lovely place.
What a beautiful place, stunning locality and close to the coast. The property was just as described and prettier than we imagined. Karen and Caroline could not be more helpful and really went out of their way to provide information and hospitality. There are so many things to do we simply ran out of time.
I would recommend to anyone and will be returning in 2020.
A really lovely place to stay, cosy and extremely comfortable and loved having animals around. Very close to fantastic beaches and some great little restaurants (10min drive). Very relaxing although some traffic noise from road next to gite. However we all slept like logs!! We came without really planning any trips, there is a lot to do all within an hour or so. We opted for relaxing, canoeing on the river was fun and pedalo around the lake was great. Karen and Caroline are fantastic hosts, had a lovely evening chatting with a few drinks. Would certainly recommend to people.
This is the best give we have ever stayed in.The hosts are warm welcoming and helpful. On arrival there was a welcome pack including everything we needed until we could get to the shops. There is enough soap, washing liquid and tablets to get started.
The swimming pool was a real bonus.
The accommodation is well thought out, clean and has the most amazing shower.
There are plenty of English plugs to use and plenty of coat hangers and storage.
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.8/10
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4, Ratings 4 9.8/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 8 9.7/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 9, Ratings 5 9.8/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 6, Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 17 10/10