|2 Rue Georges Clemenceau||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Maison Bleu is situated in the heart of Apremont (une petite cité de charactére) close to local amenities. A very short walk across the bridge and over the river Vie is the Spar store, which also includes a butchers and post office combined. Opposite here is our local boulangerie, which offers a nice traditional start to the day selling freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pastries. Conveniently, there are 3 restaurants, a hairdressers and a pharmacy all within easy walking distance.
In the village predominantly stands a 16th century Chateau, which overlooks this house and the picturesque Lac d' Apremont, both 5 minutes walk away. The Lac is very popular in summer with a sandy beach, hosting a variety of water sports with boats for hire and entertainment for all ages.
The nearest beaches of the Vendee are 19 kilometres away, offering water sports such as sailing, surfing, sail boarding, jet skiing etc. Other great places for a day out in La Vendee are Noirmoutier, Nantes, Les Sable d'Olonne and St Jean de Monts, the Puy de Fou, Futurescope, water park, plus adventure parks. Other popular local activities in our location are walking, fishing, cycling and horse riding
Our house was lovingly renovated in 2008, some parts date back to 16th century and up until the 1960's was an épicerie. The house was sympathetically updated across the years to a very comfortable standard and now incorporates a warm bathroom, making all the difference. There is 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 equipped with cooking 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), dvd/video, a dining table which seats 6 and comfortable living area. There are 3 double bedrooms. At the front of the house is a twin bedroom with 2 single beds. The middle bedroom can be made-up into 2 single beds (assembled on request) and in the back bedroom 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, a wc and towel rail.
The kitchen is equipped with; kettle, toaster, microwave, electric hob, fan assisted oven and Zanussi dishwasher. Plates, bowls, cups, glasses, sauce pans and cutlery. There is a breakfast table that seats four.
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/diner passing the laundry room is a fridge-freezer and washing machine.
The lounge/diner is at the front of the house where the dining table seats up to 8. There is a set of drawers which contains napkins, table cloths and a variety of table wear.
There is a 4 seater settee, cushioned armchair and 2 further carver armchairs. A feature of the room is a woodburner style gas fire. The 32 inch tv (with Freesat) and a dvd/video player 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 middle bedroom.
The middle bedroom is of a good size and may be used as a further lounge. Its double aspect windows fill the room with sunlight on a good day and there is a lovely view of the Château from the window overlooking the courtyard. An external door leads out onto a small pebbled garden. There is a single day bed, bedside cabinet and a fitted wardrobe. A second single bed can be made-up on request.
The front double bedroom has 2 single beds, a 3 drawer chest, wardrobe, bedside cabinet and large window overlooking the road.
The third double bedroom has a comfy king size bed, 2 bedside cabinets, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe. A particular feature is being able to access the rear garden from this room and walk down the stone steps to the kitchen.
The bathroom is a 'Jack and Jill' style, located between the middle and rear bedrooms. It has a separate shower cubicle, plus a bath with a second shower unit, toilet and sink.
There is a shaver socket, a heated towel rail and storage space for towels etc.
The house is heated throughout by modern electric radiators. In addition to the electric radiators, the lounge/dining room has a Gazco 7kw propane gas fire in the style of a woodburner.
The bathroom has a heated towel rail which is very efficient.
The whole house is very well insulated and fully double glazed, which helps keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
TCL 32 inch tv which receives Freesat English tv and radio channels.
Wi-fi up to 25mb download speed.
The courtyard is entered through double gates from the road. There is room to park a couple of cars here if needed on a shingle surface. There is an area to eat, chill-out and many pleasant evenings have been spent entertaining family and friends in the courtyard.
The upper rear garden is 160 feet long, fitted with decking installed in 2017, which provides a lovely area to dine, relax or sunbathe. Olive and pear trees around provide a little shade.
Parking in the courtyard for 2 cars. Garage not available.
The property has a stairway to the bedrooms and there is also a stone stairway to the rear garden. Although we holidayed (and lived) for many years at the house with our girls, you may not think this is suitable for toddler. Please ask us about this.
If you have a pet please let us know so we can discuss suitability.
What is provided:-
Pillows (extra pillows if required, otherwise 2 per person) quilts and bed linen.
Tea towels, oven gloves, washing sponges, brush and cloth.
Ironing board and iron.
Not provided:- Towels, beach towels, hand towels, flannels.
Hello I'm Natalie. I live a short distance from Maison Bleu with my husband Tony and our 2 daughters. We have lived full time in Apremont since August 2015 and spent a happy 18 months at Maison Bleu before moving nearby. Iam a qualified beautician and also have many years experience in the leisure industry. Tony is a retired cop who now enjoys DIY. We both really want to ensure you have a great stay with us and will do all we reasonably can to assist any time. I speak fluent 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. The Vendée Tourism website is a good source of information.
Whilst living in the house 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 al fresco eating area.|
Just a 5 minute walk from the property. 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.
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.
Les Vieux de la Vieille, Le Cabanon, Restaurant le Centre are within walking distance. Further afield, there are lots of places to eat which cater for most tastes. The seaside towns like St Gilles de Croix have a good choice which includes 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.
The Vendee has miles of sandy beaches and dunes. The nearest are just 20 minutes drive away.
A number of parks for children and adults alike are within a reasonable traveling distance. We have been to the Atlantic Toboggan at St Hilaire de Riez and enjoyed every occasion.
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.
There's usually at least one vide grenier somewhere nearby during the summer on a Saturday or Sunday.
There are a number of 'Vendee Velo' cycle routes 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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of annual events in and around Apremont :-
* vintage car rallies
* firework displays
* music festivals
* motorcycle rallies
Excellent place to experience 'tree top trails' and a number of other outdoor activities. We went there for the first time as a family in 2019 and had a great time climbing and zip-wiring through the trees and across lakes.
Fantastic holiday cottage run by excellent host who could not do enough to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. Lovely gift of wine and biscuits upon arrival and the cottage was even better than the pictures on the website. Very well equipped with comfortable beds and lots to do in the local area made this a great week for our family. Lovely lake and restaurants nearby and beaches within a thirty minute drive. I would certainly recommend as been to many cottages in France and this one is up their with the best. Thank you to the host who were helpful and at the same time left you to enjoy your time at the cottage. Lovely village setting with plenty of things to do in the local area. Thanks for a lovely week. 😁😁😁
Highly recommended! Set in a beautiful quiet village, overlooking a castle with a small shop, boulangerie and a few restaurants all in walking distance, not to mention the lake beach, this property is a perfect setting for a family who want to avoid the crowded tourist areas but still want to enjoy what the Vendee has to offer. The listing on the website is accurate and it was even better than it looked in the photographs. As a self catering let the kitchen had more than enough equipment and there was always a choice of outside places to dine when eating at the property. Our young children loved the accommodation as we did, and we felt this was a safe environment for children. Our hosts met us at the property to show us round, returned to wave us off, and were easily contactable and informative if required. The property was clean and very well presented. Our favourite beach was Dunes 1 near Bretignolles sur Mer, but also enjoyed a number of varied days out including local historical sites.
We were delighted with the property, it was all that we had hoped for, and fantastically equipped. The village was charming and the chateau in the middle was magnificent. The owners, Natalie and Tony were very, very helpful and hospitable and nothing was too much trouble for them. I would recommend this property to anyone.
It's a house with real character, clean and nicely decorated. We visited in late October, the house was warm and with the gas stove going, was really cosy. It's location in the town is perfect. Close to the river and it's swimming beach, and a small shop just across the bridge. The view from the Garden decking is magical, especially in the evenings. You can look across the river to the Chateau D'Apremont on the left with it's flock of rooks wheeling between the towers and the Eglise Saint-Martin on the right.
Owners were helpful and many thanks to them for helping us out with our car difficulties.
As we were out of Season most attractions were closed but we expected that. There's good wave surfing 30 minutes away and plenty of good walks.
Would love to visit again. I'm curious to see what the town is like in the summer season.