Holiday Cottage to let in rural Vendee - LV006429

Apremont (18km from Challans), Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV006429 Advertiser since: 7 June 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
2 Rue Georges Clemenceau Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1

About this property

Character Cottage Ideally Situated In Village. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Our house is in the centre of the Apremont and close to local amenities. A very short walk across the bridge over the river Vie is the Spar store (which is also a butchers and post office) and a boulangerie. Conveniently, there are two local bars, 3 restaurants, a hairdressers and a pharmacy within easy walking distance.

A 16th century Chateau which overlooks our house and the picturesque Lac d' Apremont is a 5 minute walk away. Very popular in summer, the lake has a sandy beach and hosts a variety of water sports with boats for hire.

The sandy beaches of the Vendee are 20 minute drive away. Other great places for a day out are Noirmoutier, Nantes and the Puy de Fou, which are all within an hours drive.

We have owned our house since 2008. Some parts date back 16th century and up until the 1960's it was an épicerie. We have lovingly renovated it over the years to a very comfortable standard. It has a 160ft upper enclosed garden, a place to enjoy good views of the Chateau and village life going about its day, whilst sipping wine on the decking. Alternatively you can relax in the courtyard on ground level, where there is a planted al fresco dining area.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all essentials. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with a washing machine and fridge-freezer. Leading into the lounge/dining room with wi-fi, tv (Freesat), dining table which seats 6 and comfortable living area. There are 3 double bedrooms and are each individual. At the front of the house is a twin bedroom with 2 single beds (bedroom 3). The middle bedroom (bedroom 2) can be made-up into 2 single beds (assembled on request) and in the back bedroom (bedroom1) is a comfortable king size bed, which has a door leading out to the upper garden area. The bathroom is a "Jack and Jill design", which contains a shower, a bath (with second shower), a sink & shaver socket, wc and towel rail.

What is provided:-
Welcome pack; pillow's and bed linen, tea towels, oven gloves, washing sponges, brush & washing up cloth.
Ironing board and iron. Hair dryer. Extra pillows if required, otherwise 2 to each person.

Not provided:- Towels, beach towels, hand towels etc. Extra international adapters, radio.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is equipped with life's essentials; kettle, toaster, microwave, electric hob, fan assisted oven and Zanussi dishwasher. Plates, bowels, cups and glasses, cooking pots and pans and cutlery. There is a breakfast table that seats 4.

The kitchen has 2 entry doors. One that leads into the courtyard and another that leads up a stone stairway to the rear garden.

Walking towards the lounge/dinner you enter the laundry room where you have the fridge-freezer and a 9kg capacity washing machine. The water heater is situated here which heats 150 litres of hot water each night. The drawer of the small bureau table holds tea towels.

The main dining area is in the lounge/dinner at the front of the house. A dining table seats up to 8. There is a set of drawers which contains napkins, table cloths and a variety of tablewear.

Living rooms

The living room has a front door which leads out onto the pavement of Rue Georges Clemenceau. Three windows provide ample natural light.

There is a 4 seater settee, cushioned armchair and 2 further carver armchairs. A feature of the room is Gazco 7kw propane gas fire in the style if a woodburner. The 32 inch tv stands on a cabinet which stores boardgames, playing cards and puzzles.

Halfway up the staircase leading to the first floor is a large arched window which you pass on your way to the 'galleried' middle bedroom.

Bedrooms

The middle bedroom (bedroom 2) is a good size & doubles-up as a further lounge. Its double aspect windows fill the room with sunlight on a good day & there is a view of the Château from the window overlooking the courtyard. An external door leads out onto a small pebbled garden & grassy bank (where you can park if its not too wet). There is a single day bed, bedside cabinet and a fitted wardrobe. A second single bed can be made up-on request.

An internal door opens into the front double bedroom (bedroom 3). This has 2 single beds, a 3 drawer chest, wardrobe & bedside cabinet. A large window overlooks Rue Georges Clemenceau.

The third double bedroom (bedroom 1) is at the rear of the house, situated above the kitchen. You walk from bedroom 2, thorough the bathroom into this room. It has a king size bed, 2 bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and a wardrobe. A feature is being able to access the rear garden from this room, the garden can look nice in the morning as the sun rises.

Bathrooms

The bathroom is a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom and is located between bedrooms 1 & 2. It has a separate shower cubicle, bath with a second shower, toilet and sink. A window above the sink provides another view of the Château.

There is a shaver socket and a heated towel rail and storage space for towels etc.

Heating

The house is heated by modern electric radiators. In addition to 2 electric radiators the living/dinning room has a Gazco 7kw propane gas fire in the style of a woodburner. The bathroom has a heated towel rail.

The whole house is very well insulated and fully double glazed and that helps to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Entertainment

TCL 32 inch tv which receives Freesat English tv and radio channels through a satellite decoder. Wi-fi with up to 25mb download speed.

Garden and outside

The courtyard is entered through double gates from the road. There is room to park a couple of cars here if needed. It has a shingle surface and several plants. There is an area to eat out or chill out in what was No 4 before 2 walls were removed. We have enjoyed many an evening entertaining friends and family in the courtyard. Stairs at the back of the courtyard take you to the stone stairway up to the rear garden. As mentioned, you can also access the rear garden by the kitchen and the rear bedroom. We had decking installed in 2017 which provides a lovely area to relax, sunbathe or watch the 'world' go by below in Apremont. The garden is 50 metres long and totally enclosed.

Parking and garages

Parking at the side of the house during the summer and for 2 cars in the courtyard. We actually park our cars on the road just up the hill which is literally a few yards from the house. So overall, no problems usually with parking. Garage not available.

Visitor suitability

The property has a stairway to the bedrooms. There is also a stairway to the rear garden. Although we holidayed for many years at No2 with our girls, you may not think it suitable for toddlers and young children. Please ask us about this.

Depending on the sort of holiday you're after, you may find that a car is essential to explore the full potential of this part of France. Public transport in Apremont is almost non-existent. If however you want to stay local, Tony is available to collect you from Nantes Atlantique Airport for a small fee to cover his diesel.

If you have a pet please let us know so we can discuss suitability.

Information about any additional facilities

What is provided:-

Welcome pack.
Bedrooms -Pillows (extra pillows if required, otherwise 2 to each person) Quilts and covers, bed linen.
Kitchen - tea towels, oven gloves, washing sponges, wash brush, washing up cloth. Ironing board and iron.
Hair dryer.

Not provided are:- Towels, beach towels, hand towels, flannels.
International adapters.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Coex
Distance: 6 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, roach, general freshwater fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac d'Apremont
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Blue Green Les Fontnelles Coex
Distance: 10 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: 'Circut of the Three Castles' 10km

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Natalie Le Neindre-Hubbard

Hi, I'm Natalie. I live a kilometre away from No 2 with my husband Tony and our 2 daughters. We have lived full time in Apremont since August 2015 and spent a happy 18 months in No 2 before buying a bungalow nearby. I am a qualified beautician and also have many years experience in the leisure industry. Tony is a retired cop who now enjoys DIY. I speak French (Tony tries to) our youngest daughter is fluent and goes to a local college. Our eldest is at University studying Economics and French.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? We have always appreciated the general friendliness of the people in this area. We like the location for its countryside and access to miles of lovely coastline. There is a lot to do within a reasonable travelling distance for couples and families alike.

Whilst living in No 2 it was nice to be living right in the heart of the village and near to our daughters' school. You get a good sense of community. From late September through to April/May time it is quite quiet around here which suits some. It all depends on what you're after.
Unique benefits of property Local shops and eating out nearby. Water sports and bathing area less than a km away (lac d' Apremont). 50m enclosed rear garden with large decking area, overlooked by a 16 century historic château. Courtyard with alfresco eating area.

The Owner Recommends

Lac d' Apremont

Just a 5 minute walk from No 2. Popular in the summer for bathing, having a picnic, or just relaxing on the man-made sandy beach. 7.5km in length, you can hire boats to explore its beauty, enjoy water sports or fishing. The Cabannon resturant is near to the beach area. The location is patrolled by life guards in the summer season.

Château d' Apremont and the Water tower.

The 16th century Château d' Apremont is the dominant feature of the village and worth a visit along with the local Water tower which has a lift that takes you up to 80 metres for panoramic views of the countryside.

Eating out

Les Vieux de la Vieille, Le Cabanon, Restaurant le Centre, La Tavern du Château are within walking distance. Further afield, there are lots of places to eat which cater for most tastes (apart from Indian which seems hard to find around here). The seaside towns like St Gilles de Croix have quite a choice including favorite local summer dishes like moules and frites. Further away, but worth a visit, Nantes has some really good places to eat, whilst shopping or sightseeing. And there's also a good choice in La Roche sur Yon and Challans.

Coastal beaches

The Vendee is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches. The closest are about 20 minutes drive away. Or just walk up to the Lac.

Adventure and Water parks

A number of parks for children and adults alike are within a reasonable car ride. For example we have been to the Atlantic Tobaggan at St Hilaire de Riez a couple of times and enjoyed both occasions.

Puy du Fou

Friends have told us its a fantastic experience. Apparently it's the second most visited park in France after Disneyland. Must get there soon ourselves.

Vide greniers (Boot fairs)

There's usually at least one vide grenier somewhere near- by during the summer on a Saturday or Sunday.

Cycling

There are quite a few marked (Vendee Velo) cycle tracks in and around the nearby countryside, or like we do, you can take a leisurely ride through the quiet country lanes, or along miles of coastline.

Nantes

A lovely city experience and have visited there quite a few times. It's an hour's drive, or you can drive to Challans railway station, park for free and then travel by train and tram.

Walking

Miles of countryside or coastline for the enthusiasts (or casual walkers like us). For example, we quite often walk our dog along the stretches between St Gilles Croix de Vie and St Hilaire de Riez, or around Bretingnolles sur Mer. Nearer to home, Lac du Jaunay is very picturesque as are some of the local parks, such as in Aizenay and Challans. And of course, around Apremont itself.