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High Quality, Family Friendly Gite, with Heated Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Gite in Le Langon, Nr. Fontenay le Comte, Vendee - Particularly Suitable for Multi-generational Groups and Parties Including Young Children

Les Alouettes is a converted barn located on the edge of Le Langon, a village in the South Vendée close to Fontenay le Comte.

The property has been converted and renovated to provide high quality accommodation for up to 8 people plus 2 infants. Les Alouettes has been well furnished and equipped to make the property equally suitable for family groups holidaying with young children as for groups of friends travelling together. The gite is located next to our own home and we (Jon & Julia and our three daughters) are on hand to offer any information or assistance you might want.

Inside, Les Alouettes is dominated by a high and airy central living area. Downstairs, there is a large kitchen / diner. the kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker, fridge / freezer and a wide selection of utensils. There is also a washing machine here.

The solid-wood dining table seats eight in comfort while to one side of the kitchen there is a small seating area with a sofa and a collection of toys & games for children.

On the mezzanine above the kitchen there is a comfortable seating area with sofas and easy chairs. Here there is also a television (with both English & French language channels), a music system, a well-stocked bookcase and a cupboard with board games.

The sleeping area comprises of two suites of rooms, each made up of two bedrooms plus a bathroom set either side of the central living area, an arrangement that makes the property particularly suitable for two families taking a holiday together. Each suite includes a double bedroom, a twin bedroom (with cot); one of the twin rooms can be arranged as a king-sized double if required. The bathrooms each have a bath with shower over, sink and WC.

Outside, the gite has a terrace fitted with a shade sail. There is a table for outside dining and a BBQ for outside cooking. The garden has a well-equipped play area and outdoor games (table tennis, boules, Molkey) are provided for your use.

The swimming pool is fenced for security and boiler heated for comfort. It is constructed in the shape of an “L” and is large – equivalent in size to a 12 by 6-meter rectangular pool. Depth ranges from 2.1 meters to 80 cm. The design of the pool means that those who wish to swim can enjoy one part of the pool while others play in the shallower part Les Alouettes is not part of a gite complex and the pool is not shared with other properties. We – the owners – do occasionally use the pool.

Les Alouettes is located in the village of Le Langon, which has an excellent bakery, a general store and a café / bar. The village and its neighbors host a number of festivals and events during the summer months that give a real taste of French country life.

The gite is roughly equidistant between the market towns of Fontenay le Comte and Luçon, both of which have a full range of shops & services as well as a fine selection of restaurants. The sights of the area are within easy reach: the beaches of the South Vendée (which are rather excellent) are an easy drive (La Faute sur Mer is about 40 km away); La Rochelle with its lively city centre, shopping and restaurants is 45 km. There are adventure parks (Indian Forrest & the O’Gliss water park) 45 minutes drive away and the world-class theme park at the Puy du Fou is less than an hour. Closer to home, the natural beauty of the Mervent forest with its shady trails & cycle paths, lake (with water sports centre) and zoo is a 15 minute trip.

For groups travelling with young children, cots, highchairs, children’s’ crockery and a bottle sterilizer are provided. Buggy loan is available is desired and the stairs to the mezzanine are fitted with gates top and bottom.

We provide all bedlinen and towels (bath and pool / beach); all utilities, local taxes and end-of-stay cleaning is included.

More Details

Jon and Julia Doust
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2017

About Jon and Julia Doust

We have been resident in France for many years. We were drawn to the Vendée by its lovely coast, countryside & towns, the tranquillity and the relaxed pace of life. We came for a family holiday in 2002 and never really left.

Our business - Vendée Vacances - was established in 2003 and has over the years welcomed hundreds of families to the Vendée. We now own three large gites in the South Vendée in the neighbourhood of Fontenay le Comte.

We invest continually in the business to ensure that the quality of the gite accommodation we offer is maintained and improved. We are on hand to give our guests any information or assistance they might requir

Jon and Julia Doust purchased this barn in 2003

Why Jon and Julia Doust chose Fontenay-le-Comte area

Les Alouettes was the first of the three gites we opened in the area (all three are on seperate sites and are not part of a gite complex) and is located next to our own home in the village of Le Langon. We chose this location (initially to have a holiday home in France) because of its easy accessibility from the UK and for its proximity to the coast, countryside, attractions like the Puy du Fou and beautiful towns such as La Rochelle.

The pretty local towns of Luçon and Fontenay le Comte provide us with a full range shops and a fine selection of restaurants. The village itself has a good bakery, a café and a general grocery and is surrounded by countryside. Although quiet and peaceful, this is not a dead village and there is plenty of local life and events, particularly during the summer months.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We cannot praise enough: accommodation superb, all creature comforts, very child friendly & safe, highly recommend Jon & Julia's cooking, lots of attention to detail, very welcoming, great service...." - Hepworth Party

"Fab! Fab! Fab! We had an excellent time thanks to all the wonderful facilities and an even bigger thanks to Jon & Julia for their amazing hospitality and food. We'll definately be back." - Mills Familiy

"An excellent holiday at an outstanding house where every last detail has been thought of for both parent & child. We enjoyed the beaches at La Tranche & La Faute and had good days at the Ille de Ré & La Rochelle." - Kellock Family

"A fantastic house - everything we possibly needed was here! We were made to feel very welcome - the meals cooked by Jon & Julia were delicious - the desserts to die for... Thanks again and see you next year!" - Macnair Party
Jun 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Le Langon in Vendee

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Two bathrooms - one in each wing - are equipped with WC and bath / shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Can be made up as a king-sized double if required.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps Eight in Four Bedrooms with Two Bathrooms Notes on bedrooms: The bedrooms are separated in two 'wings' an arrangement that is ideal for two families sharing the property together. Each wing has a double or kingsized bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bathroom. There are also two cots.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Pre-prepared meals are available on request. Babysitting available. Les Alouettes is not part of a gite complex - the grounds and pool are shared with the owners only. Rental period runs from late April to late September and the pool is heated throughout this period. Les Alouettes is a Saturday changeover. Outside: Outside, Les Alouettes has a large, shaded terrace with ample seating for the whole party. A BBQ is available. In the garden there is a large (72 square metre) boiler heated swimming pool (shared with the owners and our three daughters) with a shallow area for children. This is fenced and kept locked for security. There is a play area with climbing frame, slide, wendy house, toddler trampoline, sandpit, etc plus boules pitch and a large (adult and older children) trampoline in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All Bedlinen and towels (including beach towels) are included in the price. The cleaning of the property is also included. Linen is changed weekly. Other: The downstairs also features a carpeted area with toys and games for younger children. WiFi available.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Superb gite

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Oh my goodness, we had a fabulous, relaxing holiday in Julia and Jon's beautiful gite in this lovely part of France, previously, for us, unexplored. The gite had everything we needed on arrival, was spotless and well set-out with modern and tasteful equipment and furnishing. The pool was perfect and safe for the children; the children were well provided with and had amazing fun with all the toys and outdoor equipment.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this gorgeous property to friends and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed Les Alouettes and the Vendée so much. We hope very much to see you again.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 18
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Bank 18
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 18
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer 18
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 18
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates include provision of all linen & towels, all utilities, end of stay cleaning and local tourism taxes.

We do not normally require a security / damage deposit though we reserve the right to request one.

Changeover day is Saturday
Arrival after 4pm Saturday.
Departure before 10am Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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