|Chez Lavender||Self Catering||Saturday||3||5||1|
This newly renovated cottage is an ideal base from which you can explore the Vendée region of France, from the beautiful villages of the countryside to the beach resorts of the Atlantic coast.
The Vendée region of France benefits from its own microclimate enjoying around 2,600 hours of sunshine per year, almost as many hours as the South of France.
The cottage itself is a restored traditional village house.
The house benefits from a large, beamed lounge/dining room and a well equipped modern kitchen and a separate utility room.
There are 3 good sized bedrooms with quality oak furniture.
The decoration and equipment of the cottage is to a very high standard and offers maximum comfort and convenience for families and is also ideal for couples.
There is a generous sized private garden and of course there is the heated swimming pool. The pool has a small decked area and there are sun beds & deck chairs for soaking up the sun in the all-day sun trap.
There is an outdoor dining table and bbq for alfresco dining.
Nearby is the beautiful Mervent-Vouvant Forest with its 200km well signed walks, cycling and bridle ways and its large lake offers many watersports and activities.
The beautiful beaches of the Vendée are only just over an hour away
Fully fitted kitchen.
Equipped with: fridge-freezer, microwave, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster.
Teak Dining table and chairs in living room.
Utility Room: Sink, washing machine, iron, ironing board.
Large sitting room.
Teak dining table with 6 teak chairs,
Two Leather sofas with cushions, oak coffee-tables, 42inch flat screen tv, dvd player, English Freesat satellite, mobile 4G
wi-fi dongle, lamp, cabinet with bluetooth MP3 speaker.
There is also a collection of dvds, books, games and inflatables.
Folders with instructions, travel brochures and maps.
Build in wardrobe, oak drawers, mirror, oak bedside tables, radio alarm and bedside lamps.
Oak wardrobe, oak bedside table, radio alarm and bedside lamp.
Oak wardrobe, oak bedside table, radio alarm and bedside lamp.
Ground Floor: -
Cloakroom: Toilet and washbasin.
Shower Room: Shower, wash basin and heated towel rail.
First Floor: -
Bathroom: Shower, toilet, washbasin and heated towel rail.
Oil fired central heating.
Dvds, games and books available.
Private Swimming Pool:
6 x 4.5 metre decagonal elongated swimming pool.
One level - 1.2m (no shallow end). Summer cover.
We have a heat pump to heat the pool and an automatic filtration system (weather dependent).
Outside solar powered shower.
Patio and Decked area: hardwood outside dining table and chairs, parasol,
Sunloungers, parasol and deck chairs, bbq.
Garden: Lawned private garden.
Allocated parking spaces outside the property.
Not suitable for the disabled.
Things to do in the area:
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 have been visiting France for many years and just love the French way of life, so after the sale of our business in the UK we now spend our summers in the Vendée.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||The Cottage is situated in a lovely hamlet in the Vendée countryside with great access to the many attractions on offer in the regions of the Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Poitou-Charentes.|
|Unique benefits of property||Recently renovated with a private heated pool and kitted out with everything you should need for a relaxing holiday.|
The resorts of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, La Tranche-sur-Mer, Jard-sur-Mer, Châtelaillon-Plage & Les Sables-d'Olonne are all worth a visit.
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.
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.
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.
The park of Pierre-Brune is in the heart of the forest of Mervent with 40 attractions that are a delight for young and old alike.
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 the 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.
Located in the heart of the forest of Mervent, the Natur'Zoo houses nearly 300 animals, of 60 different species, presented in vast sported spaces. You will see the large carnivores (lions, wolves and tigers), you will enter the forest of lemurs in freedom on 8 000 m ² then you will approach the aviary of flamingos. Further, on one hectare, it is the African plain with giraffes, antelopes, ostriches ... Unique in Europe: bears and white wolves evolve in the same space! Not to mention pythons, meerkats, monkeys ... that will delight the whole family, while the large playground and the mini farm will delight the little ones. Lions, giraffes and many other animations are organized all summer long by passionate animal lovers who will make you discover the life of the zoo and its residents. After the arrival of five new species, including cheetahs, in 2016; in 2017, the Nerv'Zoo of Mervent hosts small pandas.