|Chez Marthe||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Situated in a small hamlet, on the edge of the village in the peace of the countryside but only a short drive to the EC blue flag award beaches including La Tranche-sur-Mer, a family resort with many bars and restaurants. 30 mins drive to the lively resort of Les Sables d'Olonne, with many bars and restaurants and famous for the Vendee Globe yacht race. 50 mins drive to the famous port of La Rochelle, and the chic island of Ile de Re.
The south Vendee is well known by the French for holding onto it's family holiday traditions, and remains very popular with the French for this reason. Perfect for cycling and walking, just 5 mins walk from the lake with fishing, boating and many picnic areas. Chez Marthe is just 5 mins drive from the up and coming local wine growing area, which has recently received an upgrade to AOC - follow the wine route to discover and taste at the many producers.
Kitchen/dining room is well equipped with fridge, large gas hob and oven, microwave, coffee-maker etc. Wood burning stove for cooler evenings out of season.
Lounge area off bedroom with settee and armchairs. UK satellite tv, dvd, cd/radio. Broadband internet connection (free), dvds to play, well stocked bookshelf.
1 double bedroom with bedside table, large wardrobe - direct access to bathroom.
1 twin-bedded room with bedside table, large wardrobe and dressing table. Access to terrace with table and chairs
Bathroom with shower, washbasin, wc.
The cottage has a wood burning stove and convector heaters.
English tv, ( French tv available on request ). A well stocked book shelf and a good selection of dvd's
Free wi-fi broadband connection.
Hifi system, radio and cd player with Bluetooth and usb conections.
A selection of boardgames and toys plus buckets, spades and wind breaks for the beach.
There are two terraces adjacent to the property each with their own table and 4 chairs. There is also a large parasol, reclining chairs and sunloungers.
Also a grassed garden with shrubs etc.
There is private parking next to the cottage.
The cottage is not suitable for wheelchair use and although a single story cottage it does have a few steps into the bathroom/wc and into the single bedroom.
As confirmed Francophiles for many years, we bought our own house for holidays in 1989. We spent all possible time here & decided to make the permanent move in 1998 to make a life-style change. Marthe was our first and best French friend here, a delightful old lady who 'adopted' us and became our French Granny. When she made the decision to move to the retirement home she was delighted for us to buy her house, which is now the holiday cottage, 'Chez Marthe'.
|Year property purchased||1996|
|Why this location?||We wanted a house for holidays near enough to the Channel Ports for a long weekend as well as longer holidays and the Vendee was perfect. Now even better, it's in easy reach of Nantes, la Rochelle and Poitiers airports. We also chose the Vendee for it's fabulous beaches, unspoilt countryside and climate (one of France's micro-climates, mild winters and warm summers). It is called the Cote de Lumiere because of it's above average hours of sunshine. The Vendee still has that traditional family holiday feeling, how we used to remember our holidays when we were children|
|Unique benefits of property||We are in the calm of the countryside, but only 15 minutes from the fabulous beaches, we are able to enjoy the lively resorts but are able to retreat to the calm at the end of the day. Ideally situated for a countryside and/or a beach holiday. As we are very interested in birds and wildlife, it's a fantastic area to see unusual species of birds and animals unseen in England, there are several nature reserves nearby.|
Close to impressive blue flag beaches to suit all. Wild surfing, rock pools to calm bathing. All beaches with fine sand. What ever the season you can find a quiet place to relax or just take a stroll. south and southwest facing guaranteeing full sun all day with a magnificent sunset in the evening.
This year the tour de France starts in the Vendee and passes close by to Chez Marthe.