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High Quality, Family Friendly Gite, with Heated Swimming Pool



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
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
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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

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Speaks English, French

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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Superb gite

  • 5 of 5

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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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rohelle at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : In village centre at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 300 Kilometres Nearest Train : Luçon at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A83 (Junction 7,1) at 10 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Faute sur Mer at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

Puy du Fou

Twice voted by the theme park industry as being the best park in the world, the Puy du Fou is quite unique. The park revolves around six live shows or spectaculars that are dramatisations of historical or mythical events relating to the Vendée. The stage craft is exceptional and can justifiably be described as both world class and – in some instances – ground breaking. Away from the big shows, the rest of the park has plenty to interest the visitor. This is a “must do” for any holiday in the Vendée. Located about 65km from our gite in Les Epesses.

Beaches of the Vendée

The beaches of the South Vendée are a delight. For the most part they are sandy (though one honourable exception has a fine line in rock pools at low tide) and are very family friendly. Our favourites are:

La Faute sur Mer – the closest beach at about 40km. La Faute is a low-rise, relaxed, small, resort town. Access to the beach is via paths of a couple of hundred metres length over the dunes. The sandy beach here is particularly fine. During the summer period the bathing is supervised on some stretches. La Faute is a nice town and has some good restaurants. We can recommend La Grand’ Voile on Avenue de la Plage.

Les Conches – is, overall, our favourite beach. Also sandy, this is a very gently sloping beach that is enormous when the tide is out and where the sea stays shallow for quite some distance. There is not a lot in the way of commerce here; just a few stalls selling drinks, snacks and ice cream. This is a good surf beach and there are two surf schools here. We recommend Manu Surf. About 55km drive.

St Vincent sur Jard – This is the most distant of our favoured beaches at around 60km. The beach here is notable for two features: firstly, there are lots of interesting rock pools to muck about in; secondly, the beach is over looked by the last home of the French statesman, Georges Clemenceau. It is a surprisingly modest house for a man widely held to be the “father of victory” in the First World War. The house is as Clemenceau left it at the time of his death in 1929. The gardens here were designed by his friend, the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.

Indian Forest Adventure Park / O’Gliss Water Park

Located adjacent to one another near the village of Moutiers les Mauxfaits (about 45km distant), Indian Forest and O’Gliss provide activity packed days. The Indian Forest adventure park centres around a series of high rope pathways (assault courses, really) slung through the tree tops. There is a range of difficulties available ranging from ‘child’s play’ to ‘downright reckless.’ Also in the park can be found bungie jumps, go karts and water slides.

Water slides (and flumes and rapids a lots of other aquatic lunacy) attain another level in the neighbouring O’Gliss water park. This is the third largest of its kind in France and is open June, July & August.

La Rochelle

The city of La Rochelle is amongst the most visited in France. It is an elegant sort of place with lots of high end shops and many good restaurants. The aquarium – one of Europe’s largest – is excellent, and is most certainly worth a trip to La Rochelle (about 45 km distant) all by itself, but the real charm of the place can be found in just strolling around soaking up the ambiance. The area around the old port is particularly pleasant. La Rochelle has hundreds of restaurants and competition generally keeps quality quite high. Our favoured eateries are Bar André (a La Rochelle institution) at 5 rue St Jean du Perot and Le Boute en Train (classic French) at 7 rue des Bonnes Femmes.

Mervent Forest

Located about 15km away, the forest of Mervent extends over 12000 acres. At its heart is a huge lake that acts as a reservoir for the area. Aside from providing innumerable routes for shady walks, the forest is home to a number of other attractions, including the activity park at Pierre Brune (very good for children of all ages), a rather good small zoo and a water sports centre (from which canoes & kayaks can be hired). The forest also has marked tracks for mountain bikes. There are a couple of restaurants in the forest – we would recommend L’Auberge de la Forêt. In the heart of the forest for higher end dining or the Mangoustan in Mervent village for a meal with children.

Venise Verte

Venise Verte (Green Venice) refers to a network of canals and dykes dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Poitou marshes. These days, the Venise Verte provides a haven for wildlife and is an area of gentle beauty. The best way to experience the area is by boat and these can be hired at a number of locations (for example Maillezais – where can be seen the remains of a magnificent abbey – and Damvix). For lunch, La Recré (a pizzeria / creperie in a converted school) in Damvix provides a perfect family dining option.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Bank 2017
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
1 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

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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Property Type

  • barn


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 130 m²


  • 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.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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.

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