|6 Chemin du Moulin de la Tarenge||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Lilac Cottage is very close to the pretty village of St Valerien and less than 20 minutes drive to the busy town of Fontenay le Comte, Southern Vendée. The cottage has its own entrance driveway via a quiet tree-lined area of the garden with lots of parking space under shady trees. Lilac Cottage overlooks the landscaped gardens, with its pretty flower borders/lawned areas. There is a relaxing private 11/12m x 4m heated swimming pool - surrounded with sunloungers and parasols. The pool is open from Easter until the end of September.
The main door to the cottage opens into the beautifully furnished sitting room - with flat screen tv that supplies both UK and French channels, a large dining table that seats 6. There is also a wood burning stove rarely needed in the wonderful micro-climate of the Vendee.
The lovely new kitchen with dishwasher, oven, ceramic hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee-machine, breakfast table and chairs. (There is also a small utility with a washing machine etc.) French doors lead from the kitchen to the terrace with tables, chairs, barbecue and parasols to facilitate outside dining.
There is also a ground floor double bedroom, with en suite shower room, that provides enchanting views across the garden and through the woodland to the fields beyond.
Upstairs there are 2 further double bedrooms - a lovely king sized bedroom with a view of the pool and a twin bedded room with a garden view. For infants there is a full-sized cot, highchair and stairgates etc. if required. There is a new family bathroom on this floor that includes bath, overhead shower, wc, handbasin, vanity unit and hair dryer.
All bed linen, hand and bath towels are provided.
There is a selection of pool toys, garden games and swings available during your stay.
David & Sue live next door and are happy to offer advice about where to visit and what to see during your holiday.
Please note, this house sleeps a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children/babies and only accommodates the guests on the original booking form. Sorry no pets.
Lovely new kitchen with integrated oven/ceramic hob/fridge freezer and microwave + dishwasher (washing machine in utility room).
Coffee-machine/kettle/toaster/wine rack etc.
Breakfast dining table with views over the garden, woodland and countryside beyond (as well as a large 6 seater dining table and chairs in the living room).
A further 2 dining areas in the garden with umbrellas.
The main door to the cottage opens into the beautifully furnished sitting room - with flat screen tv that supplies both UK and French channels, large dining table/seats 6. There is also a wood burning stove rarely needed in the wonderful micro-climate of the Vendee.
A selection of books/magazines/folder showing all local attractions and maps.
Ground floor double bedroom, with en suite shower room, that provides enchanting views across the garden and through the woodland to the fields beyond.
Upstairs there are 2 further double bedrooms - a lovely king sized bedroom with a view of the pool and a twin bedded room with garden view.
For infants, there is a full-sized cot, highchair and stairgates if required.
First floor a new family bathroom that includes bath, overhead shower, wc, handbasin, vanity unit and hair dryer.
Ground floor - en suite to double bedroom with walk in shower, toilet and washbasin.
Woodburner - sitting room (rarely needed in spring/summer).
Electric radiators throughout.
Books, tv, pool toys, garden games, ping pong table etc.
Beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland with large heated swimming pool, sun beds, dining chairs, tables and barbecue.
Lilac cottage has its own private gated entrance through a tree lined private driveway with adequate parking areas beneath the trees to escape the hot summer sun.
There is space to store bicycles if required?
Lilac Cottage is an ideal property for families, couples etc. and does have a ground floor bedroom with en suite (accessible for those wishing to avoid the staircase) via the terrace and kitchen french windows.
(Please note the downstairs bedroom and bathroom doors are not quite wide enough to facilitate a wheelchair.) Although there are 2 double french doors on the ground floor.
David & Sue bought this property in 2015 and have completely restored both houses and gardens to a very high standard as well as adding a large swimming pool and beautiful relaxing landscaped gardens and terraces.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Near to coast/beaches and the lovely medieval village of Vouvant, lakes and pretty villages, Puy du Fou, French farmer markets, large hypermarkets, restaurants all less than 20 minutes away and close to the old towns of Fontenay and Lucon.|
|Unique benefits of property||Completely restored to a very high standard, of furnishings and appliances. Lovely private garden area and woodland, private pool, private entrance and parking. Close to small village with shop and bar and 5 minutes to slightly larger village with small supermarket, pharmacy, boulangerie, Post Office, medical centre. Coast 50 mins.|
Lilac Cottage is located in the village of St Valerien, less than 20 minutes from Fontenay le Comte. The village has its own little bar and several of the nearby villages have their own cafés, bakeries, shops and restaurants. Fontenay has two large hypermarkets, restaurants, banks, shops and a weekly market selling lots of local produce.
The area is dotted with interesting villages and towns - lots with medieval churches, châteaux and castles. Vouvant, Bazoges, Mervent forest and lakes and many more.
The country lanes surrounding St Valerien are perfect for cycling and walking - with over a 1100km of signposted routes in the Vendée to choose from. You'll cycle past fields of sunflowers, canals, pretty villages and quiet forests.
The beaches of the Southern Vendée are less than an hour away - with La Faute sur Mer and La Tranche sur Mer being the closest - both have bustling towns next to the beaches - where you can relax in pavement cafés.
La Rochelle is only an hour away, and this is a fantastic place for a day trip - with its aquarium, harbour side restaurants, ancient harbour towers and street entertainment in the summer. Combine this with a trip across the bridge to the beautiful island of Ile de Ré and you have the perfect day out!
The main tourist attraction for the Vendée is the world famous Puy du Fou theme park - less than an hour's drive away. This is a 'Must See' for everyone visiting the area. Fun for all the family and all ages - with vikings, gladiators, knights, musketeers and an amazing bird of prey show.
For a more relaxing day out - The Marais Poitevin is only 30 minutes away - here you can punt along the canals at Coulon, wander through the ruined abbey at Maillezais or have lunch in one of the many canal-side restaurants in the many pretty towns.
We can definitely say that Lilac Cottage was the best holiday home we have rented in France. On arrival Sue and David were very welcoming and gave us a tour around explaining how to work various kitchen appliances and then how to operate the pool cover which was most helpful . They had also left a very nice welcome pack which was a lovely touch. The gite was immaculate and very well furnished which gave it a very homely feel. The gardens were very pretty with plenty of space for garden games and shady seating for those hot days. The pool was superb with salt water and a great depth for swimming and pool games with steps at one end for easy access. The gite is situated in a quiet hamlet that offered peaceful days when spending time at the cottage. The local area is rich with activities and the local towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and lucon
provide great shopping. It is around an hour to get to the fabulous beaches with bike riding and water sports available. The mervent forest has a boat hiring facility as well as paddle boards and canoes.
Zoos and the great Puy de Fou are also a short journey away.
We would like to thank Sue and David for their kindness and for providing such a fantastic holiday experience. They are around if you need anything but are not intrusive. We will definitely return again. access. The location of the gite
Lilac Cottage is a delightful well appointed holiday cottage that is immaculate. The swimming pool is fabulous and the owners make every effort to ensure that it is heated to a pleasant temperature and kept clean. There is a new boules court which is fantastic and provides good entertainment as well as table tennis and a range of pool toys. The grounds are well looked after and provide a lovely area to sit and relax in, with plenty of shade available for those who want to escape from the sun.
The owners are warm, friendly and welcoming and cannot do enough for you. They gave us lots of tips about the region and ideas of places to visit.
We would definitely stay here again when back in the region and would absolutely recommend Lilac Cottage to friends and family.
We had a wonderful holiday at Lilac Cottage. The house and gardens were beautiful. The owners were very welcoming and were there if we needed them or if we needed any advice on places to visit. Would definitely recommend this property and hopefully will be returning again soon ourselves as we had an amazing family holiday there.
Thank you Rebekah ...You and your family were fabulous guests in every way ..Glad you enjoyed your stay. Sue & David
Sue and David have done a superb job renovating Lilac Cottage.
The high standard of the refit is obvious as soon as you enter the dining kitchen.
The rest of the cottage is finished to the same standard.
The grounds are well maintained, David was out cleaning the pool and watering the plants each morning, the pool is a good size and is a salt water pool which makes a pleasant change, the level of salt is just right and didn't bother our eyes at all.
Sue and David are easy going and friendly, there if you need them but not if you don't, just a knock on next door away and a mine of local information.
We will certainly consider visiting again.
Thanks so much RIchard It was a great pleasure introducing you and your family to Lilac cottage.