Rural Gite in Vendee, heated pool for rental - LV005671

La Chapelle-Themer (24km from Fontenay-le-Comte), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV005671 Advertiser since: 15 June 2016
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Gite le Tournesol Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 A travel Cot is available for young children

About this property

Hamlet Location with Country Views & Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Gite le Tournesol was built as an old wine press and barn, dating back to the 19th century and it still retains many of its original features such as exposed stone walls and oak beams.

It has been restored over the years by Paul & Esme and is now offered as a comfortable holiday home, set in a peaceful hamlet in the Vendée countryside.

This two bedroom gite is a great base for families to explore the Vendée - with miles of country lanes and canals, plus the beaches of the Southern Vendée are only an hour away.

Gite le Tournesol is open from May until mid-October each year and the pool is heated from May until the end of September. Dogs are welcome and the area is great for walking, cycling and wildlife holidays.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, kettle, toaster & coffee -maker.
There is a dining table with 6 chairs - plus extra dining area outside near to the pool.

Living rooms

The ground floor of Gite le Tournesol is open plan, with a lounge area to the front of the house. There is a sofa, tv with UK free-to-air tv channels, a dvd player, stereo player and woodburner for the cooler evenings off-season.
Wi-fi internet access is available.


Both bedrooms are located on the first floor of the gite. One has a double bed, dressing table, wardrobe and views to the front over fields. The second bedroom has two single beds, a wardrobe, set of drawers and a velux window.
All bed linens are provided for your holiday.
There is a travel cot available for younger children.


A shower room is located on the first floor - with a shower cubicle, sink and wc.
All towels (hand, bath & tea) are provided, but please bring your own pool/beach towels.


There is a woodburner on the ground floor for the cooler evenings out of the high season.


The heated swimming pool is open from May until the end of September each year and there are lots of inflatables to use whilst splashing around.
There are also 4 bikes for your use, plus lots of games and toys for your children.
The tv has UK free-to-air tv channels.

Garden and outside

To the rear of the gite is a heated pool (8m x 5m) that is open from May until the end of September each year. There are sunloungers and a patio table & chairs, plus parasol around the pool as well.
A bbq area is next to the pool and there is a covered veranda for al fresco dining.
There is a gravel courtyard in front of the gite with gates to stop your children roaming.
The pool is shared with the owners who live next door.

Parking and garages

There is off-road parking in front of the Gite for up to 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

This holiday home is suitable for families and couples.
It is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility as both bedrooms and the shower room are on the first floor.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

Information about any additional facilities

Paul & Esme, the property owners live on-site, next door, so are there to meet and greet you, plus to offer lots of tips on where to visit - which restaurants, beaches and towns.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: There is a local vet in Sainte Hermine and we can arrange an appointment for your pet once you arrive.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Lots of Brocantes & antique shops in the nearby towns
Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, trout, breem, pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Many lakes and rivers for fishing
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: The Domangère Golf Range at Nesmy
Distance: 45 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Several local stables in the nearby villages
Distance: 10 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: The Fief Vendeen Wine Route - Mareuil, Vix, Pissotte, Brem



Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are over 1100km of signposted trails for walking & cycling in the Vendee


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Lots of small wine growers locally where you can visit the vineyards and taste the wine
Distance: 15 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Annette Khan

Hello, we're Paul & Esme and we live in the UK for part of the year and have had our holiday home in the Vendée since 2000. The holiday rentals are managed by Annette, who lives nearby.

Year property purchased 2000
Why this location? The owners of this property - Paul & Esme - live in the renovated cottage next door to Gite le Tournesol and they live in France for half of the year. They enjoy the peace and quiet of this pretty hamlet surrounded by fields and teeming with wildlife. The family love to come and visit and the pool makes this a great place to unwind and relax.
The rentals for this gite are managed by Annette who lives locally.
Unique benefits of property For those who like to get away from it all, this holiday home is in the ideal location - a pretty hamlet of similar old stone farmhouses - with lots of quiet lanes to explore on foot or cycle. The hamlet is only a 5-10 minute drive from a bustling town with a supermarket, weekly market, restaurants and summer entertainment. After a long day of site seeing it is great to come back to the gite for a dip in the pool and a glass of local wine. The gite is also only 40 minutes from the Grand Parc du Puy du Fou - a must see for visitors to the Vendée.

The Owner Recommends

Fontenay-le-Comte, Mervent and Vouvant

The renaissance town of Fontenay-le-Comte is only a 30 minute drive from Gite le Tournesol and here you will find a wealth of historic buildings, plus a large twice weekly market selling lots of locally grown fruits & vegetables, plus amazing seafood caught nearby. There are lots of fetes and festivals held in the town - including the 'Garlic Bread' Festival!
Nearby are the towns of Mervent and Vouvant - both very pretty. Mervent is set in a huge forest and borders a lake with several restaurants and activities including archery, a traditional old fashioned park with rides, plus an excellent Zoo.
Vouvant dates back to medieval times and has a tower in the centre, ramparts to walk around and a lake to sit by and have a picnic. There are some restaurants, cafés and a thriving artist's community selling there wears.

The Marais Poitevin

The Regional Park of the Marais Poitevin is only a 40 minute drive away and here you will find a vast network of canals and rivers, with lots of interesting river-side villages and ruined abbeys to explore.
At Maillezais and Coulon you can hire a boat and explore the landscape from the water, or you can walk along the many towpaths next to the canals. There is entertainment at the abbey at Maillezais and a great restaurant nearby.

The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou

This is an amazing Park and a 'Must See' for anyone visiting the Vendée. It's not your typical theme park with rides - it is an historical re-enactment park, where you will be transported back in time to the age of the Gladiators, Romans, Musketeers, Medieval Knights and Napoleonic sailors. There is also a fantastic Bird of Prey show and a spectacular evening show with over 1200 participants - not to be missed! You could easily spend 2 whole days visiting the Puy du Fou - and book in advance so that you don't miss out.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Claydon 30 July, 2018

We had an amazing holiday, the accommodation is lovely and the swimming pool fantastic, but it was the hosts Esmée and Paul that really made the holiday one to remember. They are very welcoming and immediately made us feel at home. The gite is great, it was really hot when we were there, but the downstairs was always lovely and cool. The upstairs is bright and airy. Our children spent most of the holiday in the swimming pool which is very well maintained with plenty of sunloungers and shade. The location is great, it’s lovely and quiet, but close to lots of the sites. Paul and Esmée the owners who live next door are such genuinely lovely people. They gave us lots of helpful advice and we shared many evenings in their company, they really welcomed us in to their family. I would definitely recommend this gite to family and friends.

10 / 10 Hayley Coello 14 June, 2018

Absolutely beautiful gite in a wonderful setting. We spent a delightful 2 weeks here with our 8 month old baby who loved it, especially the pool! The owner Esme is so friendly and helpful. Cannot recommend enough and can't wait to come back! We would recommend a trip to Ill de Re and Vouvant.