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Luxury 17th century barn only 8 mins to the golden sandy beaches.

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

3 bedroom gîte sleeps 6, all you need for a Fantastic relaxing holiday.

Bedroom 1:

with king size bed, with fan, hair dryer, alarm clock and safe.

Bedroom 2:

with two single beds, with fan.

Bedroom 3 mezzanine:

with king size bed and fan.

Mezzanine gaming area:

TV, play station 2 and GameCube.


WC and shower.


Kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, six seater breakfast bar and iPod docking station.

Living room:

Living room with 42' TV.

English,french,German,dutch and Spanish satellite channels.

DVD player with a good selection of DVDs to watch.

WIFI is now available at a small cost per week at £15.00 if required.

2 seater, 3 seater and 1 seater sofa.

Outside front garden:

Large decking area with steps leading down to a enclosed private garden with children's park.

8 seater patio table and BBQ and four sun loungers.

NEW! for 2013 a swing set with slide,two swings,monkey bar,kiddies picnic bench and sand pit.

Outside courtyard:

Front of the gite has two sun loungers on a sanded area and out door bbq area with six seater round picnic table.

Fancy a day on the beach well we have a cool box and even a beach bbq you can use, you just provide the coals,food, vino and family.

Holiday activities

Bathing: Many beaches have areas with life-guards offering safe bathing for all ages.

See Angela Bird's beaches page

Golf: Anywhere in the Vendee, you are not far from a good golf course - La Domangere (Nesmy), Coex, Port Bourgenay, La Rochelle, Cholet, Niort. See Formule Golf.

Fishing: Freshwater fishing on the many rivers and lakes (permits available locally). Sea fishing trips from most of the coastal ports and resorts. 'Pescalis' fishing park, near La Chataigneraie.

See Angela Bird's fishing page.

Cycling: You will find a well signed trail along the coast and several inland itineries - ask at the nearest tourist office. The forest of Mervent/Vouvent offers excellent possibilities.

See Angela Bird's cycling page.

Sailing: Beginners and children can take lessons at La Tranche-sur-Mer on a specially prepared lagoon.

Windsurfing: The coast is well loved by windsurfing enthusiasts, particularly around Jard-sur-Mer and la Tranche-sur-Mer. Several of the inland lakes also offer possibilities for windsurfing.

Surfing: Les Conches, or La Pointe du Payre are popular sites.

Micro-lights: Initiation available near La Tranche-sur-Mer. Also light aircraft flights over the coast and islands. See site.

Hot-air ballooning: Initiation flights available in the north of the Vendee. Montgolfiere du Bocage can also offer to arrange individual flights starting near your holiday property - ideal for a special celebration.

Go-karts: Just inland from La Tranche sur Mer at La Noziere / La Jonchere. Children from 7 years upwards.

Tree-adventure parks: One near Moutiers les Mauxfaits and one near Jard sur Mer (Pointe du Payre). See Indian Forest at Moutiers. One of the best tree top adventure courses in France, offering not only 17 different tree top trails of differing difficulty, but also paint ball, climbing walls, bungy jumping, pony rides, zip line, nature trails and much more besides. Parents needn’t feel left our here, although you shouldn’t underestimate the challenge of dragging yourself up a 30ft climbing net!

Naturism: There is a nudist beach to the south of La Faute sur Mer, towards the point.

Things to do and places to visit:

Le Puy du Fou - This famous history theme park is unique in Europe, offering a full day out, packed with fun for all ages, including a Roman amphitheatre with chariot races and gladiators, falconry displays and recreated villages from several different periods of history. The 'Grand Park' with its day-time attractions is open to visitors, without reservation, throughout the season and there is night-time 'son-et-lumiere' open air theatre for which you need to book months in advance (but well worth it!). See their web site.

Exotic gardens of Court d'Aron - St Cyr-en-Talmondais. Thousands of rare plants in a delightful setting. Spectacular lotus flower lakes in bloom from June to September. See Court d'Aron.

Perfumed Gardens at Coex - Unique collection of fragrant plants from all over the world, boutique of natural perfumes. See site.

Museum of Prehistory, St Hilaire la Foret - Reconstructions of stone-age life, museum. See site.

Steam Railway, Mortagnes sur Sevre - 22km of train ride between Mortagnes & Les Herbiers through picturesque valleys and over impressive viaducts. See site.

Velo-Rail, Commequiers - 10km ride through the countryside on a pedal-driven rail cart along the former railway lines. See site.

Also at Commequiers - medieval chateau - See site.

Automobile Museum, Talmont St Hilaire - Over 200 vehicles from 1885 to the present day, including several unique prototypes. See site.

Chateau de la Guignardiere, Avrille - Furnished Renaissance chateau to visit, children's treasure trail, vast park. See site.

Salt Marshes, Les Sables d'Olonne - Guided boat trips through the salt marshes, see traditional salt production and fabulous wild-life.

Zoo, Les Sables d'Olonne - Over 200 animals in semi-liberty in this attractive, well-maintained park.

Aquariums - At Port Bourgenay and, of course, at La Rochelle.

Green Venice - Many villages in the south-east corner of the Vendee offer punt hire or guided trips (Velluire, Vix, Damvix, Maillezais). Maillezais offers a good restaurant next to the embarcation as well as the ruined abbey to visit.

Historic towns and villages:

Fontenay-le-Comte: Has a splendid boulevard, the river Vendee, an historic old quarter and a chateau to visit.

Lucon: Charming town, with an impressive cathedral and gardens to visit.

Pouzauges: Existing since medeival times, one of the most fascinating towns in the 'Bocage'. Remarkable 12th century chateau.

Clisson: Very picturesque, with its chateau on the river bank.

Tiffauges: 'Blue Beard Chateau', (medeival warefare displays), model village, picnic spots on the river bank.

La Rochelle: Just south of the Vendee, in Charente Maritime. The old port with its famous street cafés and restaurants and the historic town centre are well worth a visit, as is the fabulous aquarium. Boat trips to La Rochelle from some of the Vendee's coastal resorts.

Nantes: Well worth a visit, for its splendid architecture, great shopping and the excellent choice of restaurants in the old quarter.

Vouvant: Art exhibitions throughout the village in the summer. See this site for details (French) Vouvant


Island of Ré: Reached by bridge from La Rochelle, or by boat from some of the coastal resorts. Charming port of St Martin-sur-Re, beaches, lighthouse to visit, cycling in the salt-marshes.

Island of Yeu: 1 hour by boat from St Gilles Croix de Vie or Fromentine. Really beautiful. You can go right round by bicycle in a day (hire available), passing sandy beaches, wild moorland and rocky coves. Noirmoutier: Linked to the mainland by bridge and by the famous causeway (Le Gois), exposed at low tide.

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Allison And Stephen Wilden
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
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7 February, 2017

About Allison And Stephen Wilden

My wife and the family, Jessica and Jack love traveling to France for our holidays, we find the French people very welcoming and the country full of fantastic places to visit.

Allison And Stephen Wilden purchased this barn in 2006

Why Allison And Stephen Wilden chose Vendee

We had been to many places in france, but found this area one of the best in regards of weather, beaches and things to keep the children very happy and entertained, we didn't want the hussle of busy resorts but the traquility and natural wildlife right on our door step feel, and we found it with this barn, surrounded with sweetcorn fields two large ponds and ousing wildlife such as wild boar, roe deer, ragondin, praying mantis, glow worms ect.

What makes this barn unique

The piece and quite of the fantastic French countryside, right on natures door step with a front row seat to sit back and watch the wild life and sunsets....but within 15 minutes of the busy seaside resort of La Tranche sur mer!!

The barn was built with ancient stone from the old monasterys of Moutiers and retain a lot of the original features of the old cattle barn, with walls nearly two foot thick the barn keeps mostly cool in the summer.Inside feels very big and airy and is very homely.

We love waking up in the morning and having breakfast outside on the east facing decking with the sun shining down on us, in the evening its out on the front for the evening BBQ whilst watching the sun set...Fantastic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a note to say , thanks for the rent of the gite.You have made a fantastic home there, we are very envious.Lovely house,good base.

Thanks again.

Nick and Kath
Jun 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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The holiday we were hoping for

  • 4 of 5

The lovely property gave us just the holiday we were looking for. It was comfortable and very easy to live in. Everything worked as it should, including the wifi. We loved watching the birds and wandering along the paths nearby. The weather was super, we visited a different beach on each of our 8 afternoons, some sandy, some with rock pools, we paddled and sat in the sun. Many thanks to Stephen for answering my questions so patiently, for allowing us to book mid-week and for the wine on arrival

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad it was the holiday you was looking for and you enjoyed our barn in which we try and make your stay a most memorable one for all the right reasons, you're more than welcome back.
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Lovely quiet and peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5
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We had a lovely stay in this well-equipped gite and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the countryside as well as the nearby golden beaches and little towns. The gite is positioned up a little dirt track surrounded by farmland with a little lake close by where a heron and and some otters live. We saw the heron on our first day, but had to be a little more patient to see the sleek otters swimming around, they were amazing though.

The Gite is well equipped with almost everything you can think of. It even has BBC, DVDs to watch, games to play and a games console for kids. The kitchen is large with an island table, and had everything apart from sharp knives (the knives they have are pretty blunt). We enjoyed self catering, and appreciated the welcoming bottle of wine. The bedrooms are a decent size and both double beds are very comfortable. There is enough storage space, with a lovely, large wardrobe in the main bedroom. The single beds weren't quite as comfortable, but the room was nice.

The Wi-Fi works fine if you follow their instructions and remember to charge it. The garden is pretty and there is a good children's play area which I'm sure kids would enjoy. We enjoyed relaxing in the garden reading books and made use of the decent size washing line to dry all our clothes.

We appreciated having a cool box and ice packs to use and there were even body boards available if you felt so inclined. Our favourite beach was at Faut sur mer as it is away from the crowds and has a wood that you walk through to get to it which is lovely to retreat to when you want some shade. Everyone sits there to have lunch!

We took our bikes and enjoyed cycling around the area. We discovered you have to go to individual local tourist offices to get routes for circle rides in the area (there is one main book then individual leaflets) . We found some great rides starting from Avrille, several which were numbered individually and one which was called Boucle Megaliths. All of these were perfectly signposted and very easy to follow. In contrast, the map we had with circle routes from the tourist office in Moutiers les Mauxfaits were almost impossible to follow. The signs would appear for a while and then completely vanish leaving you quite frustrated and irritated! Of course there are also long trail routes along the coast which are also well signposted, so you can never run out of cycle paths to explore.

A lovely gite and a wonderful place to stay, we would well recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We`re glad you had a nice stay and Thank you for taking your time to leave us a honest review. We will take steps to improve the barn on these comments. regards Allison & Stephen
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Another amazing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Another fantastic holiday at the barn. We love it so much and it really always feels like a home from home, with everything you could possibly need from a cool box to a built in BBQ! This time we ventured back to Atlantic Tobbogan, which is an hour and 20 mins away and the children (11 and 13) loved the new slides. Although we have had a brilliant time at the Indian Forest, we tried out the brand new water park L'Ogliss which was literally 5 mins away ( you can see the barn from the top of the high slides). The park was awesome; we arrived at 10.15am and didn't leave until 6.30pm. We also spent a few days at the Les Conches beach, which is our favourite as the children love bodyboarding. A new t-shirt and hoodie purchased from Manusurf too! Thanks again for a wonderful stay, see you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It felt great to arrive in such a comfortable, clean, property after a long drive. We immediately felt welcome and relaxed. Indoors is cool and spacious and perfectly equipped. The kids loved their rooms and the electronics. The decor is simple and stylish and the shower was great.

Outdoors, it was great to eat in the quiet under the umbrella or relax in the loungers. We explored the ponds and the wildlife and played petanque out front.

Stephen was always helpful and easy to communicate with.

La Tranche-sur-Mer has a lovely shopping area. We really loved Jard-sur-Mer and explored other beautiful beaches. We enjoyed the evening market at Moutiers on Friday night. We went to the O'Gliss water park, which has some sniffy reviews on Tripadvisor, we had a great time.

Needless to say, I didn't want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you enjoyed your stay at the barn, year after year we try and improve it with the feed back we get. Many thanks Stephen & Allison
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Lovely place for a quiet holiday

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a week here in July 2015, although a very rainy week we found things to do including the Aquarium at la Rochelle and Indian Forest which was just 5 mins drive from the Gite also some lovely beaches which were only 10 mins away.

The Gite itself was lovely very well equipped and we felt really at home the pictures really don't do it justice , the kids loved the garden and it's play equipment and I felt quite happy for the little ones to play outside and the big ones to go exploring, we had great neighbours who also had children so all in all a really great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful gite

  • 5 of 5

The gite was beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you could ask for, from a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge on arrival, to a cool box to use for picnics.

Despite less than perfect weather, we had a super stay, with our three children, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding area and its beaches, as well as closer to home. The otters in the pond behind the gite were a delight to watch; Indian Village was well worth a visit; and we even saw a wild boar from the hayloft bedroom one night.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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MAY 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
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9 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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Additional pricing information

linen and towel £15
WIFI £15
Pet Fee £100
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

We ask for £350 deposit on booking then 6 weeks before your trip the full amount, after your stay if there are no breakages at the gîte we send you back the £350 deposit.

Linen charge includes one bath towel (not to be used for the beach) and one hand towel per person as well as bed linen. The fee is £15.00 per person/per stay.

WIFI can be purchased for £15 per week if required

The barn is to be cleaned on departure or £50 will be taken from your deposit for a clean.


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Le Bernard in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 154 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The shower is a large (900) enclosure with a cupboard with a iron board and iron in. Floors are tiled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor east facing and has a large wardrobe, a safe, large mirror, hair dryer, a fan and a safe. Bedroom 2 is west facing and has a wardrobe, two single beds and a fan . Bedroom 3 is like a hay loft large area with a t.v. games cube, a fan king size double bed and a Velux window with views over the fields.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our gîte is set in the country side in a private courtyard area with three other gîtes which are owned all by our friends and are to date not finished and not being rented out, externally all the buildings are finished and still need some landscaping around. We rented ours out last year and all the families thought the place was fantastic and said the gîte has got the wow facture and the photos do not do it justice!.You have got the peace and quite at the gîte or 10 minutes down the road you can go to the busy resort of La Tranche sur Mer which has great bars,restaurants,shops and beaches. You can check out further updates and photos on the following link http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holiday-Barn/189791914467863

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