|La Boucherie||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||2 futons in the lounge can be used as beds.|
The house is situated in La Boucherie, a small village of 9 houses surrounded by farmland. It is an old farmhouse with a rear garden of half an acre. There is a road at the front, but there is very little traffic as the only other building before the road ends is a barn.
The downstairs consists of a large lounge, a dining room/kitchen and a bathroom.
The dining room has a large table that normally seats 6, but can be extended.
The kitchen adjoins the dining room and contains a dishwasher, microwave and electric cooker.
The lounge has a large feature fire place, ceramic tiled floor and wooden beams. A patio door opens out into the large rear garden. There are 2 futons which can be used as settees or beds.
The upstairs consists of a large bedroom, two medium sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The bedrooms all have windows to the front of the house.
The main bedroom and second bedroom have double beds.
The third bedroom is ideal for children, containing bunk beds. A Z-bed can be provided if required.
The upstairs bathroom contains a shower, washbasin and toilet.
The downstairs bathroom contains a bath, washbasin, toilet and washing machine.
There are wall mounted electric convector heaters in all rooms.
There is a large wood burning fire in the lounge.
There is a fireplace in the dining room but this is not used.
The garden at the rear of the house is just under half an acre. There is a flat section by the house which can be used for games. It then slopes down to a small stream, which is the boundary. There is no access to the stream, so it is safe for children.
Across the stream there are fields, which have recently been used to grow maize or for cattle to graze. There is also a small shallow pond in the garden.
The garden can be accessed from the lounge and there is a large patio area has been added recently.
Parking for a number of cars is available in the quiet lane in front or at the side of the of the house.
The house is ideally suited to family holidays and for those wanting a break in a quiet rural location.
We purchased this property when our children were young and enjoyed many family holidays there. We are now retired and still enjoy the property, visiting two or three times a year, but are happy to make it available for other people to enjoy.
|Year property purchased||1992|
|Why this location?||We chose this property because of its tranquil rural location and because it is only a short drive to the coastal resorts of the Vendee. Another attraction was the large garden, which was plenty big enough for the children to run around and tire themselves out. The house is located in the quiet hamlet of La Boucherie, within one mile of the small town of Beaulieu sous la Roche. The popular resorts of St Gilles Croix-de-Vie, St Jean-de-Monts and Les Sables-d'Olonnes are within easy reach.
It is also well positioned for the channel ports, being about a 3 hour drive from St Malo, 4 to 5 hours from Cherbourg and Caen and 6 to 7 hours from Calais.
|Unique benefits of property||The house is situated in La Boucherie, a small village of 9 houses surrounded by farmland. It is an old farmhouse with a rear garden of half an acre. There is a road at the front, but there is very little traffic as the only other building before the road ends is a barn. There is ample parking on the quiet road in front.
The nearby town of Beaulieu sous La Roche has 2 restaurants, 2 boulangeries and a bar. There are large supermarkets and a choice of restaurants in Aizenay, 4 miles away.
The upstairs consists of a large bedroom, two medium sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The bedrooms all have windows to the front of the house. There are wooden floors, exposed beams and a wood panelled ceiling.
The downstairs consists of a large lounge, a dining room/kitchen and a bathroom. The lounge has a large feature fire place, ceramic tiled floor and wooden beams. A patio door opens out into the large rear garden. There are 2 futons which can be used as settees or beds.
La Grande Plage at St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, to the south of the town, is the nearest beach to La Boucherie. It is only 30 minutes drive from La Boucherie. The water is very shallow and is ideal for children and good for surfing.
Other beaches within easy reach include:
Sion, to the north of St Gilles, Sion is a large beach with a small funfair.
Sauveterre, which is accessed through I'lle d'Olonne, is a good beach for surfing with lots of rock pools.
Apremont is only 15 minutes drive and there is a man-made beach at the lake, with a safe supervised bathing area and play equipment.
Bretignolles and Brem sur Mer have a good beaches with lots of surf and supervised bathing.
The larger resorts of Les Sables-d'Olonne and St. Jean-de-Monts, both about 40 minutes drive, have large beaches as well as shopping.
There are walks from the house along green lanes and plenty of opportunities for bike rides. There are 3 adult bikes at the house. A short drive opens up opportunities for a variety of walks.
Possible activities include:
Circular walks around La Boucherie takes you past farmland and some ruined windmills.
You can cycle along the quiet country lanes, and there is easy access to a cycle-way that runs from La Roche sur Yon to Coex.
Explore the nearby town of Beaulieu sous La Roche with walks by the river.
Visit the tourist information at nearby Aizenay and pick up leaflets of walks around the town and the forest.
Lac de Jauney is close by and has nice walks with lots of bird life. La Baudriere is a good place park and to start. It is also possible to cycle round the lake if you have a good mountain bike and plenty of energy.
There are plenty of things to do nearby, especially in the peak tourist season.
Nearby St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has a pedestrian shopping area in the town, with a fun-fair and a good choice of restaurants.
The chateau at Apremont is well worth a visit. There is a nice short walk along the bottom of the chateau walls
Talmont has an old chateau built by Richard the Lionheart, with the staff dressing in period costume in season.
Commequiers has a ruined medieval chateau that is worth calling a visit. There is also a rail bicycle which is good fun.
At La Chabotterie there is an old chateau with a museum of the Vendeen wars and an ornamental garden.
The Puy du Fou is a great day out. This is a historic theme park which is about 1¼ hours away. This consists of Le Grand Parcours, which is a large park, and La Cinescenie, a spectacular night-time illuminated reconstruction of the Vendeen wars.
The Ile de Nourmoutier is a good day out and can be reached by road. The town and beaches are very pleasant, and there are some good seafood restaurants.
The Ile d'Yeu is a beautiful small island that can be reached by ferry from St Gilles. When you arrive, you can hire bikes or a car to explore the island.
La Rochelle is a major regional centre. A fashionable and popular resort with old town walls, it is a long way (two and a half hours) but worth a visit.