|Gite des Oiseaux||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
This newly refurbished gite on one level is situated down a quiet country lane. It's a modern 2 bedroomed attached property which benefits from its own entrance, private south facing garden and terrace.
There is an open plan kitchen/diner and lounge with 2 bedrooms and a spacious shower room.
Plenty of parking available in the driveway.
You can expect a peaceful location with all the comforts of home. Close to the beautiful Vendee coastline, forest walks and cycle paths.
The popular seaside resorts of La Tranche-sur-Mer and Jard-sur-Mer are just 10 minutes away.
Please be aware that the owners live on-site but we have our own entrance and garden at the back of the house.
The kitchen includes a good sized fridge-freezer, a cooker and hob, a microwave oven and dishwasher. It's well equipped with everything that you will need for your stay.
The round dining table seats 4 and looks out onto the terrace and garden.
The living room has 2 extremely comfortable sofas (one 3 seater and one 2 seater). There are 2 coffee-tables, a large flat screen tv (English or French), a dvd player and plenty of storage space in the Ttv cabinet. A cosy space to relax with the family!
There is also a woodburner with wood provided for colder months of the year.
The main bedroom is a good size with double frenchdoors looking out onto the garden. There is a king size bed with a table either side and bedside reading lamps. Under bed storage with easy access.
The smaller bedroom has bunk beds which are big enough for adults if necessary. There is a wardrobe with a shelf and drawer, so plenty of space for clothes.
A large shower room, a mirror above the sink and a toilet. Towel Rail
Just outside the bathroom, there's another chest of drawers and a hanging rail for clothes.
There is a woodburner in the lounge.
English or French tv, dvds, books & games. A small selection of children's toys can be made available on request.
Garden table and chairs on the terrace with a large shaded area. A gas bbq is available.
A good sized, south facing garden which benefits from the sun all day and late into the evening. Plenty of parking space.
A large trampoline is available for the children to enjoy and a full size table tennis table under the car port.
Plenty of parking available (car port in the shade if you prefer it) and a shed where you can safely keep your bicycles locked away.
The property is on one level so would be suitable for wheelchairs. Please let us know beforehand so that we can organise a ramp for the main door.
Babysitting/Taxi services available on request.
I am a qualified reflexologist so can offer treatments at reasonable rates.
My name is Jo and I moved from Bristol to the Vendee in 2012. I live with my husband Dave and our son, Jenson who is 11 years old. Dave renovated the house as it had been empty for 12 years before our arrival and needed a lot of work! I teach English in a language centre and University in La Roche sur Yon, which I love. It has been a great adventure!
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Our house is tucked away down a quiet country lane between Angles and Longeville sur Mer. The location of the house appealed to us immediately as it's so quiet, we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and the only noises you hear are the birds and the odd tractor! Children can ride their bikes safely up and down the lane and just around the corner there are waterways (Marais) where you can spend an afternoon on a canoe or rowing boat picking sloe berries from the hedgerows! The coast is just over a 5 minute drive away but there are also plenty of local amenities nearby. The nearest supermarket, bakery, chemist, Post Office, bank and newsagents are just minutes away in Longeville sur Mer and there is a bustling market twice weekly in July and August which offers an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat and other goodies!|
|Unique benefits of property||A newly refurbished property in a peaceful location, we have a large vegetable garden and chickens so fresh veg and eggs on request are available (providing the chickens are behaving!)|
Just ten minutes away there is the beautiful coastal town and port of Jard sur Mer with lots of character, great restaurants and gorgeous beaches. La Tranche sur Mer is extremely popular with tourists and offers an array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Its seafront is superb. There is a market in the town square every Saturday morning and a free bus that the children will love to hop on and see the sites! There are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a slide.
Fantastic fun for both adults and children alike. O'Gliss water park opened last Summer and proved to be extremely popular! Just ten minutes away.
A beautiful place with a small selection of restaurants overlooking the boats. Just moments away on the road to yet another fantastic beach there is a great 'old fashioned' childrens park and mini golf course (La Beliere Loisirs) which although you have to pay a few euros to get in is well worth it! Great for a very sunny day as it's beautifully shaded by the trees. Super place to take a picnic!
Just two minutes drive from our house. Take a boat or canoe around the waterways of Longeville sur Mer (between 1-2 hours depending on how fit your feeling!) Amazing birds and wildlife to be seen. You'll need to duck down as you pass under some of the bridges which is fun but honestly this is such a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. Don't forget to take a hat and sunscreen though! Refreshments are available.
About 40 minutes away. Similar to 'Go Ape' in the UK. Here it's called "accrobranche" and Le Grand Defi is great for all ages. Not too expensive, the staff can speak English and are very professional. Indian Forest offers similar activities and is only 15 minutes away but we prefer Le Grand Defi!
Around 50 minutes away.... La Rochelle is a beautiful city and is connected by a bridge to the Ile de Re. A wonderful day out!
A medieval castle, a great place for children, lots to do and extremely interesting from a historical point of view.
Located between La Roche sur Yon and Cholet, about an hour away is this spectacular theme park which has won numerous awards. Based on historical events, there are shows throughout the day and a special evening show with fireworks. A fantastic day out that you won't regret!
Playbox 85 is an indoor play centre which is just great if you fancy a day out of the sun or if there's bad weather! There is a climbing centre, soft play, badminton, squash, indoor beach volleyball and lots more. It's just minutes from The Flaneries shopping centre in La Roche sur Yon, so if some members of your family prefer to shop, everyone can have the perfect day out!
The Gite was very clean, homely and well laid out. Everything you needed was on hand and although the owners lived on site this did not detract from the privacy of the Gite. In fact having Jo and Dave and their son Jensen nearby was actually a bonus and the interactions we had with them were excellent and they were attentive and helpful when we needed any information. The welcome pack was excellent and with the owners having a small hen coop we were never short of fresh eggs!
Although the weather this year was not as good as on previous occasions the accommodation, facilities and warm welcome more than compensated.
Thank you Jo, Dave and Jensen and not forgetting Mercury the cat
We will be back and would highly recommend the Gite to friends and family.
Wow! What a fab review!! Thank you so much Alex and Ruth, it was a pleasure having you stay and you are, of course welcome back at any time.
Very best wishes
Jo, Dave and Jens
Le Gite Des Oiseaux is a charming modern cottage, attached to the owners' house and on the outskirts of a very nice town with many amenities. The property has 2 bedrooms and is single storey, with 2 sets of patio doors leading on to the garden. The owners have recently refurbished it and everything is modern and nicely finished, with pretty much everything you need for your holiday.
We were only there a week and so didn't get too much of a chance to go further afield but our teenage boys were happy body boarding at the nearby long sandy beaches, biking to various locations including the canals (marais) and countryside around us, as well as a daily visit to a nearby forest with running routes and parcours. We all enjoyed the "plunge" pool (a large inflatable pool the owners kindly organised for us) after a hot day at the beach and before lighting the BBQ. Sky TV made sure we didn't miss any news or films on terrestrial UK TV.
The drive is shared, but whilst not wholly private the owners are very discreet and do their utmost to be welcoming and helpful in all respects. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the nearby villages and the hamlet in which the Gite is located is quiet and peaceful, with surrounding farms supplying lots of cows, sheep, and chickens!
A lovely holiday. Thank you.
Thanks Ginny! We're pleased that you enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure having you.
A fabulous holiday in a stunning part of the world.
The Gite was perfect and had everything you could need and more, set in a fab location, lovely and peaceful but with so much to do close by, beautiful beaches, great walks, great attractions for the kids, we loved the waterpark, the canoeing and Chateau Talmont. Also got to do climbing and Go-Karting. Loads still to visit, so we will definitely be back!
Thanks Nicola for your fab review! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Very best wishes, Jo
Lovely Gite, with great living area with plenty of space, and everything you could need for the kitchen, I packed a bag of basics Cling film, kitchen towel etc, and did need to unpack it at all. Jo and Dave were so helpful they really went out of their way.
Beaches are great and there is always some where near by to get refreshments. La Conches was our favourite mainly as it was sand all the way, a couple of other were very rocky once you got in to the water.
If you need some time out of the Sun the Automobile Museum was only about 20 mins away, not to big and good if you have children as you only need an hour, hour and a half to go round.
Chateau De Talmont is good too, with a falconry display and guided tours in English, Which again is not too long if you have children.
Basically we had a great week and would go back
Thanks Amanda, it was a pleasure having you both here and we're pleased you had a good holiday. Hope to see you again!