Holiday gite near Vendée coast (dog-friendly) - LV005971

Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm, Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV005971 Advertiser since: 9 January 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Gîte du Moulin Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Two Bedroom Bungalow With Sunny Enclosed Garden. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

Two bedroom bungalow with sunny enclosed garden, just 10 mins from the coast!

Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the centre of the busy market town of Saint Michel-en-l’Herm, Gîte du Moulin is ideal either for a couple or for a family with 1 or 2 children.

The private, sunny garden is totally enclosed, so is ideal for both young children and for your canine companions! There is also a large covered terrace with bbq for eating out and relaxing.

Secure on-site parking is provided free of charge.

Just a few minutes' walk will bring you either to the town centre or out into the countryside.

Gîte du Moulin has recently been awarded a star rating by the Office de Tourisme.



Kitchen and dining

The dining kitchen has a round table and 4 chairs adjacent to the front patio door, allowing the morning sun to flood into the room!

The kitchen is well-equipped with fridge (& freezer compartment), cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

Living rooms

In the cosy lounge you can relax on the sofa, armchair or even on the rocking chair!
There is both English & French tv, a dvd and cd player and secure wi-fi internet connection.
There is an electric log effect fire for cooler evenings.


The main bedroom has a double bed with 2 bedside tables and side lights.There is also a large chest of drawers.

Adjoining this bedroom is a bunk bedroom (with both beds suitable for adults if required), a bedside table and a good-sized wardrobe.


The shower room has a toilet and washbasin, plus 2 large drawers for storing toiletries.
There is a heated towel rail and electric ventilation fan. A hair drier is supplied.


There are electric heaters in every room, plus an electric log effect fire in the lounge.


The tv has both English & French channels, plus a dvd and cd player.
There is also secure wi-fi internet connection.

Garden and outside

The private sunny garden surrounds the entire property and is totally enclosed.

There is a large covered terrace with garden sofa, armchairs and low table for relaxing, plus a table and chairs for eating out.

A large gas bbq is provided.

Sunloungers are also available.

Parking and garages

Secure on-site parking is available for 2 vehicles.

Visitor suitability

This is an ideal holiday home for young children and dogs as the house is set well back from the road and is securely enclosed.

Whilst guests with babies and infants are welcome, please note that we do not provide any specialist equipment.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire d'Aunis 94 rue des Carrières 85400 Luçon 0033 251 279 098



Name and address of nearest golf course: Le Golf de la Presqu'ile, 13 Chemin du Relais de Mer, 85460 La Faute sur Mer
Distance: 8 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Fieffs Vendéens, Mareuil sur Lay


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vendée coastal path


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Vignobles Mourat, Mareuil sur Lay
Distance: 23 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Karen Taylor

I've been living in the Vendée for the past 6 years, teaching English on a part-time basis, then early in 2017 I decided to offer self-catering holiday accommodation in a newly refurbished bungalow close to the coast.<br/><br/>As a dog owner myself, I am keen to encourage visitors to holiday with their pets, especially as many of the local beaches are dog-friendly.<br/><br/>Although I don't live on the premises, I'm always at the gite to greet guests, and am available when they depart.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? The Vendée is an ideal destination for those looking for a holiday close to the coast. There are miles of unspoilt sandy beaches to choose from, some of which are supervised during the summer months.

Also, many beaches are dog-friendly, particularly out of the high season.

There are also a huge number of activities and tourist attractions to enjoy, some of which remain open during the spring and autumn months.

Saint Michel is ideally placed for the holiday-maker who wants the best of both worlds - close to the coast, yet in a rural location. The town itself has all the amenities that you may require, including a supermarket, bar/restaurants, bakeries and a weekly produce market.

With regard to transport links, it's just 45 mins to La Rochelle airport, and a 3.5 hour drive to the nearest sea port at St Malo.
Unique benefits of property Gite du Moulin is a newly-refurbished bungalow located in a quiet cul-de-sac near the centre of town. It's set in its own private, sunny garden which is fully enclosed, so is ideal for both young children and for dogs.

There is also a large covered terrace with bbq, perfect for relaxing, dining and socialising.

Secure parking is available for 2 cars on the gravel driveway.

The bungalow itself is light, bright and welcoming. The kitchen has recently been updated and is now fully equipped. The lounge is a cosy room both in the summer and in the winter, and has an electric log-effect fire for chilly evenings. The double bedroom leads into the bunk bedroom where both bunks are big enough to sleep a teenager or even an adult.

There are electric heaters in every room, so Gite du Moulin is ideal for an out-of-season break.

The Owner Recommends

Things to see & do around St Michel

Restaurants - there is a choice of 3 restaurants in St Michel to suit all tastes.
For lovers of seafood, head to l'Aiguillon sur Mer & La Faute sur Mer to sample the day's catch!

Beaches - the nearest coast is at La Faute where there are miles of long, sandy beaches, many of which are dog-friendly.
Cross the bridge into l'Aiguillon where you'll find a 'plan d'eau' with safe bathing and a beach area, ideal for youngsters.

Water sports - the Centre Nautique in La Faute offers a selection of water and beach-based activities, whilst at the Atlantic Wake Park in l'Aiguillon you can choose between wake-boarding and water-skiing.

Markets - most markets are morning only, but in the summer months many are open all day, and some continue into the evening.

Shopping - there are 2 shopping centres in La Roche sur Yon, but for a selection of small independent stores head to Luçon, just 15 mins away.

Activities - the Indian Forest Adventure Park offers fun and games for all ages, whilst its sister park, O'Gliss Water Park, is a great day out for all the family.

Nature lovers - head a few kilometers inland to the Nature Reserve of St Denis du Payré, or drive along the coast to the conservation area of la Pointe d'Arçay.

- the historic port of La Rochelle is just 25 miles south of St Michel
- from La Rochelle, drive (or cycle!) over the bridge onto the beautiful island of Ile de

- the award winning theme park Puy du Fou is an hour's drive away
- alternatively, a 40 min drive will bring you to the Marais Poitevin, famous for its
canals and waterside villages.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 10
8.3 / 10 Brebis 6 October, 2019

Property description was accurate, it was well maintained with just one little flaw which concerned the cleanliness around and under the shower screens. The house is situated in a quiet cut de sac and very handy for the local shops and restaurants. I would gladly recommend this property to friends.

10 / 10 . 15 August, 2019

Pretty little bungalow with everything you need (even little things like kitchen towels, bin bags, washing up liquid and French learning books).
Very quiet location and just a couple of minutes walk to the baker and other shops. The butcher in particular is really good.
Just 10 minute drive to the nearest beach, and 5 minutes further to a very quiet and long sandy beach.
The owner was also very friendly and helpful.

10 / 10 Geoff from Northampton 10 September, 2018

Excellent value Gite in village that has two bakeries, a butchers, restaurants and small supermarket within a few minutes walk, also good weekly market.

Clean, well presented and well equipped Gite, friendly owners who are very thorough guiding visitors through property and facilities.

Accessible from Channel Tunnel in under one day, also short drive to lively Vendee beaches.

10 / 10 SLO California 31 August, 2018

Had a wonderful stay at Gite du Moulin. The location was perfect for visiting the local beaches and day trips to La Rochelle, La Tranche-sur-Mer and Lucon. The gite was an easy walk to the center of town with restaurants, boulangerie and bar. Kitchen had a good supply of utensils and the beds were comfortable. The area around the gite is great for kids and people with dogs