Converted Barn & heated pool to let, Vendee - LV005837

La Chapelle-aux-Lys (25km from Fontenay-le-Comte), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV005837 Advertiser since: 26 February 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Le Petit Moulin Self Catering Saturday 4 10 3 Cot

About this property

Private Barn Conversion with Heated Swimming Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Le Petit Moulin is an architect designed 200 year old barn conversion retaining many original features but with modern conveniences and is located on the border of Deux Sevres/Vendee. This family home is on the edge of the village of La Chapelle aux Lys.

The property is located 1km from the village La Chapelle aux Lys which has a bar/snack just 5 mins walk away.
L'Absie 7kms away and has supermarket/Boulangerie/Banks cafes Bars etc.


Sunday changeover day but with some flexibility.
Security deposit £200 refundable if no damage/breakages and property left clean and tidy.


Arrival time 4pm Departure time out by 10am
A non refundable booking deposit of £300 per week required to secure the booking.

It is close of most ferry ports for driving:
St Malo - 3 hours & 15 mins; Caen - 4 hours & 30 mins; Cherbourg - 5 hours & Calais - 7 hoursForest of Adventure - Just 10 minutes by car 20 mins by bike plenty of exciting experiences for all ages including zip wires.

Airports by car: Nantes - 1 hour & 30 mins; La Rochelle - 1 hour & 15 mins; Poitiers - 1 hour & 30 mins

Conditions Disclaimer. Please note that this information serves as a guide to the facilities offered, they have not received a health and safety check by ourselves. Health and safety of all items is the responsibility of manufacturers.

Customer Reviews:
Star Rating:  5*    We have just returned from spending a few days at Le Petit Moulin in the Vendee. A beautiful restored old barn modernised to the highest standard, everything you could want - a home from home. It is situated in a rural peaceful location yet near to lots of facilities. Cannot recommend this enough.        



Kitchen and dining

Modern kitchen with range cooker and plenty of storage space.

A back kitchen is a tradition in France for preparing food, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffeemachine and cooker.
Laundry room with washing machine and ceiling clothes airer.

Dining area, table and seating for 10. Plenty of sitting room seating.

Pool house: fridge freezer, sink, shower and wc.

Living rooms

Large open plan living room, English and French free to view tv. Wi-fi.


2 Double bedrooms with king size beds one with en suite shower room.
Separate shower room, wc close to the bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
4th bedroom sleeps 4 in 2 single beds and 1 set of bunk beds, suitable as children’s bedroom.

Travelcot/babybath/highchair available upon request.


En suite shower room
Separate shower room, wc close to the bedrooms
There is a wc just off the lounge.
Shower and wc in the pool house which is very convenient when using the garden.


Hallway has an armoire which house various games.
England French free to view TV

outside is lawned area for games including Table Tennis, Badminton, Croquet, Boules and other games which are provided

Private heated swimming pool

Garden and outside

Le Petit Moulin sits in its own garden which is enclosed, gated and fenced private patio for sunbathing. Large seating area, with rattan furniture, in the garden. There is also a further lawned area for games including table tennis, badminton, croquet, boules and other games which are provided. Dining table with seating for 10.

The heated swimming pool has a rigid cover with locked doors for child safety. Pool size: 9 metres plus roman steps x 4 metres wide with a shallow end at 1 metre and deep end 1.7 metres.
Pool house: fridge-freezer, sink, shower and wc.

Parking and garages

Adequate off road parking also secure area for storing bikes/trailers.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for families, couples

A property manager lives 1km away, if any problems.

Information about any additional facilities

A lot of outdoor living due to the climate, so the pool house with the fridge-freezer, shower and wc is popular saving you having to walk through the house with wet feet etc. Also the outdoor sitting area with the rattan furniture is a very popular feature.

Bikes can be hired locally.

Golf Courses 1. Golf du Bocage Bressuirais
2. Le Petit Chene Mazieres Gatine ( both 35 minutes by car)

La Petite Noisette 10 Min by car
A La Bonne Vie 10 mins by car
Café Bon Bon 5 mins walk
Pause Café L’Absie 5 mins by car
La Citadelle Parthenay 35 mins by car traditional French brasserie


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Couples only

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Coulonges sur l’autise
Distance: 15 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, pike, tench, perch, eels etc.
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis Lake
Distance: 7 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf du Bocage Bressuirais and Le Petit Chene Mazieres Gatine
Distance: 35 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Various
Distance: 15 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various lovely walks in the area


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Various wine producers
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Trevor Goverd

We love this region in France, so much so that we purchased a property here and have had wonderful family holidays. We are happy to let it for holiday rentals, so others can enjoy it too.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? We love this location for the peacefulness yet so many facilities in easy distance and many lovely days out from here.
Unique benefits of property Heated swimming pool.

The Owner Recommends

Mervent Forest and Zoo

10 km by car or bike 5000 hectares of forest with 200 km of footpaths. Great picnic areas, it also has a small zoo (very popular with families), children's adventure park with train rides etc, tree top adventures with zip lines etc. Very large lake for fishing and various water sports available including kayaking, paddle boats. Horse riding available.

Mervent has restaurants, bars and cafes.


An ancient village atop a hill, ramparts and Donjon, restaurants and bars. Famous for local artists many galleries open at certain times during the summer.

Marais Poitevin, also called Venice Verte

A series of beautiful lush green canals – hire guided punts or punt yourself!
Very quaint cottages etc.

Puy du Fou

35 min drive spectacular theme park with night time cinescenie, Tickets start selling early January!
Cannot recommend highly enough - the daytime theme park is fantastic, falconry displays like you have not seen before, colliseum with chariot races, great theme park spectacles. Great or all ages.

At night you have the wonderful cinescenie which is really popular and always sells out so you need to book in advance.


1.5 hours drive towards Poitiers, amusement park.

La Rocehelle and Ile de Re

1.5 hours drive to stunning La Rochelle. With its wonderful harbour area, this is a great place to explore, sit and have a drink and watch the world go by, shop in the bourtiques, lovely market which is very popular. Also has a very large tropiquarium which is well worth a visit. Lovely parks are located very close to the beach and have some great children's play areas.

Not far from La Rochelle you have Ile de Re island which is reached by driving along a causeway. No cars are on the island but there are lovely beaches, quaint harbours, excellent restaurants. Very highly recommended.

Xanton Chassenon Lakeside Beach

Xantan Chassenon - lakeside beach which is very popular, has giant tubular slides into the lake, children's play area, water sports, picnic areas etc. Lifeguards are present.

Pescalis lakes

Only 7km from the property this is the largest fishing lake in Europe, very popular with fishermen.
As well as the lake itself there are some lovely walks, picnic areas and children's play area.


Fontenay le Comte 20 mins by car Saturday morning
Niort 35 mins by car Thursday and Saturday morning
Coulonges sur l’Autize 15 mins by car Tuesday morning
Parthenay 35 mins by car Wednesday morning

Vendee Beaches

1 Hour+ by car:
La Tranche sur Mer, le Sables d’Olonne etc. Beautiful blue flag beaches.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 D'Arcy Family 21 August, 2018

Thank you for a wonderful holiday, everything was perfect from the booking process, through to the property and facilities.
The accommodation was very clean and well equipped, the owners have thought of everything.
We enjoyed the swimming pool immensely, hours of fun were spent in there.
The local area itself was very good and we had a large selection of things to do/places of interest to keep us busy.
Very relaxing and highly recommended. We have already recommended to others and hope to return ourselves too.

10 / 10 D'Arcy Family 17 August, 2018

Perfect! Cannot recommend this property highly enough!
Firstly thank you to Cindy for a very easy and professional booking process.
The property itself is completed to a very high standard, the photos do not do it justice, it is also very spacious and well equipped and very clean.
Swimming pool was a big plus, a great hit with all of us and many hours of enjoyment spent in it.
Arriving on a Sunday was a bonus as not much traffic on the roads and cheaper ferries, so this was a bonus for us.
We did plenty of days out and there is a big choice of things to do.
As very keen cyclists I have to say that the cycle routes were very good and well maintained, plenty of routes available in the area.
This is definitely a 5* star property, just beautiful.
Thank you to the owners for trusting us at their home. We shall definitely be returning to this property, and cannot recommend highly enough.

10 / 10 D'Arcy Family 9 December, 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Le Petit Moulin. It is a very spacious house with beautiful large open fire place. Nice sized bedroom with good ensuite shower room and toilet.

Well maintained garden with lots of room to play for children. lovely swimming pool. All in all a wonderful holiday home, completed to the highest standards and very well maintained with an abundance of facilities.

We have no problem at all recommending this property to others, highly recommended. October 2017

10 / 10 D'Arcy Family 6 December, 2017

Star Rating: 5* This is a really great property; private and quiet.
The decor and facilities are all kept at an extremely high standard. Five star is an overused term but is appropriate here.
There is plenty of countryside and animals around to amuse you. It is as safe and secure and you can relax.
The village bar is a ten minute walk and well worth an evening. For other things you will need a car.
Just take yourself and a few friends or even the family - stop off at the Super-U to stock up and relax. The only thing you will need is a swimming costume and Raybans.