Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 2 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Treille||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Situated on the edge of the traditional French village of St Hilaire du Bois in the community of La Caillere Saint Hilaire amidst rolling countryside, we are located within easy reach of main attractions and larger towns.
For those wanting to immerse themselves in the French way of life a popular bar is located nearby. Our two recently renovated spacious period gites both retain plenty of character with stone walls and wonderful exposed beams throughout.
Superbly equipped with everything needed for a memorable holiday including UK tv. The properties can be rented independently or together for larger groups or two families holidaying together.
There is a 10m x 5m swimming pool [not heated] and a tennis court set in private enclosed gardens. There is plenty of space for children to play and of course, our two friendly labradors are always keen to visit you! They are very safe with children of all ages.
Our 2 gites are available all year round with heating and woodburners for the more chilly nights. A perfect location for Christmas!
La Treille has a logburner, central heating, free wi-fi, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge diner, family bathroom and 2 bedrooms [one double and one with twin beds]. A cot is also available for our small guests.
The kitchen in La Treille is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and the various bits and pieces you would hope to find, with ample crockery, cutlery etc.
A true "Home from Home"
The dining area is in the main living area and is a generous size to seat 4 people very comfortably.
The property has a large salon with 2 extremely generous sofas, tv/dvd, free wi-fi access, dining table, well stocked bookcase and large wood-burning stove for the more chilly evenings in the winter months.
All linen and towels for indoor use are supplied by the owner (please bring your own towels for poolside use or for a small fee, poolside towels can be provided upon request).
Baby paraphernalia is available on request. The gite can be centrally heated during the colder weeks for a small additional charge.
The main bedroom is a large sized room overlooking the garden with a comfortable double bed, good wardrobe and drawer space and a cot in the room.
There is a good size family bathroom with a full size bath and shower facilities.
There is a wood burning stove and central heating for the winter months can be provided for a small additional fee.
Both "La Treille" & "Old Garlands" benefit from the large, well maintained and secluded gardens. There is a large patio in front of each gite for exclusive use, perfect for sitting and relaxing, al fresco eating, barbecue etc. (There are barbecues available for use)
The garden is 2.5 acres, mostly laid to lawn, with a pond and a wooded area.
There is a 10m x 5m salt-water based swimming pool [not heated], a hard tennis court and plenty of room for children to play.
We have 2 lovely labradors who are extremely friendly [Barney & Rubble], always a huge favourite with children of all ages (even the grown up ones!!). They are a little older now at 8 years, so are not as lively as they used to be, but they are great company and spend most of the summer wandering between the gites to check out the guests.
There is ample parking space for guest's cars.
The Gites are perfect for a family use. With the 2 gites available, we often receive bookings for 2 families together, so friends can spend time together, but also have a little privacy if required.
Regrettably, because the gites are old buildings, they are not suitable for wheelchair access.
Richard & Sue own La Treille and the two gites, La Treille & Old Garlands. Having lived in the South East of England all our lives, we were looking for a slower pace of life in a more rural setting. We looked at many properties over a number of years before we visited "La Treille" and we were blown away by the stunning setting. So many of our guests have come back to stay for 5 to 6 years in succession as they have found the setting to be so peaceful.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||La Caillere is located in the Southern area of the Vendee, an area of rolling countryside dotted with lakes and forests. Our home is at the edge of a village in a semi-rural location. Plenty of things to do and see for the more active, but peaceful and relaxing if that is what you prefer. We are lucky enough to own a fabulous period property (dating back to Napoleonic times) with huge character and a superb two and a half acre garden. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Access from the UK is easy, with regular flights from several UK airports to Nantes (1 hour from us), La Rochelle (1 hour from us) and Poitiers (90 minutes). Driving is easy too, (much easier than in the UK) with ferry crossings to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Harve, Dieppe, Calais and don't forget the Euro Tunnel.|
|Unique benefits of property||Whilst viewing potential properties to buy over a number of years, we were struck by the poor accommodation offered by many of the holiday cottages/gites.
We looked at providing holiday accommodation that we would be happy to stay in ourselves and this has resulted in 2 gites of a very high quality and standard.
We have had many guests returning year after year. Most tend to book within a week or 2 of leaving us! The record so far is 6 years with the seventh year already booked. Many of our guests have become more like friends and we look forward to seeing them each year.
Travel to us is pretty easy with a number of airports to choose from, plus the Eurotunnel and a number of ferry crossings to choose from.
There are many things to do here, all within a reasonable distance. The fabulous beach at La Tranche sur Mer is less than a hour's drive, the world famous Puy de Fou is within an hour and is an absolute must for families, huge forests, activity centres, water parks etc.
La Puy du Fou is a fabulous place to visit for families. Visit their website for details
The Mervant Forest............there are plenty of walks in the forest, around lakes, cycle trails, running trails, activity centre with boating hire, restaurants.
Vouvant.........voted among the 5 most beautiful villages in France. Both English and French owned restaurants and a number of privately owned shops to visit.
La Tranche sur Mer......fabulous sandy beaches for miles
Île de Ré.......beautiful harbour with quality shops and good restaurants
We had a lovely 2 week stay at La Treille in July/August 2018. The gite was fantastic, comfortable and clean and a lovely outdoor dining area in front of the gite. The gardens and swimming pool were also great with plenty of space to play and relax in. There is plenty to explore in the surrounding area and we had trips to La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Vouvant and also the O'Gliss waterpark (v.busy in summer so get there early but great fun). We also went to Puy du Fou which was the highlight of the holiday and so highly recommended. We brought our bikes with us and did a number of rides from the gite (including riding to the nearby village for breakfast). We were made to feel very welcome by Sue & Richard (and not forgetting Barney & Rubble) and would certainly recommend La Treille for a family holiday.
We had a wonderful family holiday here. The house was clean and well equipped and the hosts very friendly. We enjoyed exploring the local area and relaxing on the beautiful terrace. The kids loved tuning around the garden and searching for frogs in the pond! Thank you for a fabulous holiday!
Lovely gite, lovely hosts, beautiful setting. Our stay in June 2017 was our fourth visit (at least) to this gite. We love it for the space, the clean. unfussy and comfortable decor and layout, and our hosts, who live in the main house and are there to help whenever you need them but maintain that great balance between being interested and friendly but not crowding. And who can forget Barney & Rubble, labradors - handsome, friendly and very well behaved. We like to explore, and La Treille is brilliantly located for visiting everything the Vendee has to offer. Then it's back to La Treille for a dip in the pool to cool off at the end of the day. We will definitely be back again!
My husband and I stayed here for a week and had a brilliant time. We both work long hours and so it was great to get away for a week. It was so quiet there and with the garden and the pool we spent the first few days just relaxing. Old Garlands was surprisingly big inside with 2 double en-suite bathrooms and was clean and well equipped with the internet and tv. We had a warm welcome from Sue, Richard and their two dogs (who we loved!) and they were always happy to help with ideas of places to go and see. With the Mervin forest and beach within a short drive we didn't get bored and will definitely be going back soon! Great for relaxing or being more active, highly recommend!