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Restored House in Historic Village

Bedrooms 2
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday House in Vouvant, South Vendee

Charming renovated stone house on the edge of un des plus beaux Villages de France with all facilities within walking distance. Next to forest, rivers and lakes. walking, cycling, fishing, sailing, canoeing and horse riding available. Spacious quality accommodation, sleeps 4 in 2 comfortable bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Large open plan living /dining area with well equipped kitchen adjacent. secluded sunny courtyard for relaxed outdoor living in summer. Woodburning stove and electric heating for cosy winter evenings.

susan anstiss
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About susan anstiss

We are now retired in our 60's. We have been holidaying in France for over 30 years. Initially with children and then without. During that time we have stayed in everything from converted pigsties to a Royal Hunting Lodge, and simple country auberges to Five Star Hotels.

Despite having travelled the world, we always return to France. We love France for its diversity - its love of history, its open countryside, its architecture old and new, but most of all for its food and wine. And so we decided to buy a property in France.

Having our own house means that we no longer have to load up the car with all those “extras” that we took before, such as a corkscrew that works, sharp kitchen knives, a pepper grinder and maybe a cookery book or two.

susan anstiss purchased this house in 2003

Why susan anstiss chose Vouvant

The property needed to be within a day's drive of home, but far enough south to benefit from the improved climate. We wanted a village, to provide a sense of community and be within walking distance of a café/shop and boulangerie and yet be rural, and so we found our house in Vouvant.

Vouvant is “one of the most beautiful villages in France” - a medieval village steeped in history and legend, set on a hill surrounded by ancient rampart walls and encircled by a river. It has become a centre for arts and crafts with workshops and exhibitions freely accessible. It has an Auberge, cafés, boulangerie and a shop for the necessities of life. During the summer months it has activities most weekends. Its location provides easy access to a great many attractions and the coast.

What makes this house unique

The house has many endearing qualities: the ability to walk to the boulangerie for your morning croissants and be back by the time the coffee has brewed, walking along the riverside on the way to the café feeding the ducks your stale baguettes, the church bells marking the hours, the riding school out for a “Promenade” with its assorted Thelwell type ponies and everyone saying “Bonjour” as they pass in the street.

This is our second home and has been equipped as such. We are pleased to share it with you.

When you arrive after your long journey you will find the fridge has plenty of refreshing drinks, the cupboard will have tea and coffee, and all the basic staples to enable you to relax and enjoy your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your house in Vouvant is lovely.We were very impressed with the decor and the quality of it all, obviously a home and so much bigger than it appeared from the outside.Everyone in the village was very friendly and I think we found all the little alleyways and walks.

The house is great. So good to have sharp kitchen knives and an effective shower. Well done - an inspiration, and so happy to have found this place.

The house and village exceeded all our expectations!
Oct 2004
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vouvant in Vendée

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • House to be left clean and tidy. All dishes washed and put away Rubbish bins put out according to collection day.
Location Type:
  • river
  • village
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • First floor bath room with shower cubicle, WC and basin. Ground floor bath room with bath and shower over, separate shower cubicle, WC and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - King size, 5ft bed. Bedroom 2 - Two 3ft Beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Large, sociable open plan living area and kitchen, opening onto courtyard, with barbecue and outdoor furniture providing relaxing area for summer living and meals al fresco. During winter, the Wood burning stove heats downstairs, (firewood provided), and all rooms contain thermostatically controlled electric convector fires. The well stocked bookcase contains maps, guide books and tourist information; books on French food and wine, and a selection of novels with a french theme. For entertainment, there are playing cards, scrabble and jigsaw puzzles. There is a selection of CDs and DVDs. No smoking or pets. The garden is unsuitable for young children, due to steep steps and unfenced drops. Outside: Sunny south/west facing, secluded gravelled courtyard opening off kitchen, equipped with large teak table, chairs, and BBQ.Enclosing stone walls covered by prolific grape vine, wisteria and Jasmine. Outside lighting. Steps lead up to steeply sloped terraced garden with second seating area. There are some unfenced drops. Garden mainly grassed with fruit trees, cherry, kiwi, walnut and more grape vines. Spectacular views over the village which is illuminated at night. Garage space for 1 car. Parking available outside the house. Utility Room: Front loading washing machine. Tumble dryer. Ironing board and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All beds equipped with English pillows (2 per person) and all seasons Duvets(4.5 and 9.0 tog). Bed linen and towels not supplied. Property prepared before arrival.


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Restored House in Historic Village
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 13 reviews
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A home for living and entertaining

  • 5 of 5

This is not just a holiday gîte, this is a home; one that is fitted out for living and entertaining.

The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need to cook and entertain - everything. There are oodles of crockery, cutlery, glasses, sharp knives! and corkscrews.

The main courtyard is a real sun trap - bring you sunscreen.

The village itself is lovely. Nearby is the beautiful Mervent Forest which is vast and tranquil.

A gem!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a really lovely property, it had everything one needed. My husband I had a very restful holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our fifth stay in this lovely cottage. It is immediately welcoming from the moment you step through the gate and into the secluded courtyard. Once inside the cottage you will know you have made the right choice.

The owners of this property have ensured that anyone staying here will feel 'at home' with everything you could need for a relaxed and enjoyable stay.

The pretty village fully deserves its reputation and no matter how many times you stroll along the narrow streets or down by the river there is always something new to discover.

In fact, we love the cottage and area so much that we will be spending Christmas there this year.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pretty, friendly village

  • 2 of 5

Vouvant is a charming village with good, basic amenities all within easy walking distance of the house. House is a good size and well-equipped although no TV reception. Generally not very clean and requiring a 'deep-clean' to be fit to let, we told the owner this, whose response was 'you left dishes in dishwasher.' We left breakfast dishes for two in there..

Also, restoration not thorough as, even with temps at 33 c the house was damp - again the owner knew, just said 'it's an old property' and this 'take it or leave it' not mentioned in description.

On one of two roads into the village so noisy.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We spoke to Mr Tenner 3 days after their return from their 17 day stay and were dismayed to learn that on their arrival some items were not as clean as they would have liked. He offered to send photographs. We thanked him and undertook to take appropriate action. However by not alerting us to the problems when they arrived we were unable to put matters right. There is no TV at the house. It is not claimed that there is. The terms and conditions of rent specifically state that all dishes are to be washed and put away - not left in the dishwasher. With outside temperatures at 33c the inside would have been cooler at say 25c. This is typical of old French stone houses. We are concerned about the tone of Mr Tenner’s review. We do care about our guests. We endeavour to provide a high standard. Many guests return every year. We are sorry that on this occasion we failed to reach Mr Tenner’s expectations.
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Well equipped house in picturesque village.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in this very well equipped house in the picturesque village of Vouvant. We ate outside on the upper terrace at lunch time and in the enclosed courtyard in the evenings. The village has a nice restaurant, bolangerie and several interesting shops and art galleries. The cycle rides on quiet roads or through the Forrest were great and the tennis court in the village easy to book. A trip to 'Little Venice' is a must, and hiring an English speaking guide is very informative on the history and wildlife of the area, go early to avoid the crowds.

We would recommend staying at this house and hope to visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for the perfect French idyll then you'll find it in this small but perfectly formed house set in the charming village of Vouvant. The house has all the amenities and provides a cosy base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or travel further afield to the magnificent coastline. The interior and exterior have always been very well maintained and throughout our visits we have never had cause to complain and would recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a 'home from home' atmosphere.

Vouvant offers all the basic needs and the supermarkets are a short drive away. The local people seem to appreciate our efforts to speak French and we feel very welcome wherever we go.

We have recently returned from our fourth visit to this lovely house and are currently considering our next.

We recommend this property wholeheartedly.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share with others your very positive experience of staying in our house in Vouvant, for the fourth time. Like several of our other guests who return again and again you enjoy the facilities and pleasures that a holiday in this "Plus Beaux Village" has to offer. It is also gratifying that you appreciate the effort we put into maintaining the house and garden.
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
in Village
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A83. junction 7.1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
in Village
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
La Tranche sur Mer
Car: necessary


Within approximately 1 hour's drive there are the warm, sandy Vendee beaches (Les Sables d'Olonne,Jard sur Mer, la Tranche).

Also the lovely town of La Rochelle, with its wonderfull daily market of fresh produce, collonaded streets and picturesque old harbour, guarded by its two towers, surrounded by numerous restaurants.

Alternatively, take the dramatic bridge to the Isle de Re. An island with a very mediterranean feel, and an air of "shabby chic" where the rich and famous holiday.


Airports at la Rochelle or Poitiers are within an hours drive. TGV stations at La Rochelle, Nantes and Niort, also 1 hour drive. St Malo is 4 hours and Calais 7 hours by autoroute. A car is necessary to appreciate the local countryside and visit places of interest as there is no public transport locally.


Fontenay le Comte is 14km to the south and la Chataigneraie is 10km to the north. The forest of Mervent with its walking and VTT trails, zoo, amusement park and water sports centre is about 6km south. The Marais Poitevin (Green Venice), with its canals, wildlife and boat trips and the ruined Historic Abbeys is 30 minutes drive to the south.

Further Details:

Supermarkets and banks are available at la Chataigneraie and Fontenay. There is a street market on Saturday at Fontenay. Within walking distance in the village there is a Tourist Office, Pharmacy, Auberge/restaurant/bar, Creperie, Mini Market, Cafe/Tabac(with WiFi access), other cafes, gift shops and Boulangerie. Several artists workshops/galleries. Fishing permits available from the shop. Tennis court, Bicycle hire, horse riding, canoeing available. Puy de Fou, Futuroscope and the Marais Poitevin within an hours drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vouvant, Vendee

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
All payments are by cheque or internet banking. A deposit of 25% of the rental is required to confirm a booking. The balance (75%) is required eight weeks in advance of the commencement of the rental period, plus a £100 refundable security deposit. Full details on application.
Payment may also be made in euros. Rates on application.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. stays may be of any length and with any start day. Priced pro rata weekly rate. Normal arrival time 17.00, departure 10.00,but may be flexible depending on adjacent bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property and include gas, electricity, firewood and local taxes (See conditions.) Linen is not supplied. Changeover days are flexible. Bookings can be accepted for periods of less than a week or longer periods - prices on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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