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Rural Farmhouse Gite And Cottage With Heated Below Ground 9x4m Pool - Les Hirondelles



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Gite & Cottage in St Martin des Fontaines, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Location

The farmhouse has a 9 x 4m below ground heated swimming pool with covered attractive Summerhouse, Open Barn, BBQ & dining areas. The house is surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped gardens, orchard and meadow. We have ample parking and private access to accommodation. Lunch and dinners on request. English owners on site. English and French spoken. Within 2km there is a supermarket, bakery, bank, post office, tabac, hairdresser, chemist, doctor (English spoken) and dentist. We are between the historic market towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and Lucon. Carp, trout & coarse fishing are within 5 min walk; permits can be arranged. Table tennis, badminton and boules are available. Bicycle hire available. The open countryside all around the property is quiet, tranquil & excellent for cycling, walks, birdwatching, painting, wildlife or just generally relaxing, whilst on the doorstep lie numerous places of interest and outdoor activities to suit all.

Details for holiday farmhouse Les Hirondelles, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

Spacious lounge/dining room with table seating 4, comfortable chairs, Satellite TV (English), Video player, extensive videos, WIFI internet access, books, magazines, games etc. Window overlooking garden. Large traditional kitchen with double butlers sink, pine dresser, cooker, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee maker, crockery, cutlery and generous kitchenware. Tea towels, cloths, bin liners and cleaning products provided. Iron and ironing board.

Spacious ground floor bedroom overlooking pool, with comfortable Louis XV style double bed, large wardrobe and matching furnishings. Door to garden. Single bed available for third person/child. Large en-suite bathroom with shower, sink, toilet and bidet. Points for hairdryer and shavers etc. Shaving light. Door to garden. Quality bed linen and complimentary soap are included. Towels not provided.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We were booked for a weekend ... but had to extend our stay 'cos it was just so comfy. Hospitality was next to none & can't wait to return! Eileen & Rob -Windsor

What a wonderful relaxed week, wonderful hosts, cooking superb, bed superb & comfortable, we'll be back! We arrived as guests & left as best friends. James & Penny Worthing

Thank you both for a truly memorable stay. Your food & hospitality is 5 star... Tim & Carol Baldersby - N.Yorks

Wonderful hospitality in a charming location with two delightful hosts. Great dinner.. Margaret & Graham - Beaconsfield

What a wonderful gite - everything immaculate & attention to detail fab. Karen & Jon great hosts. Thank you so much. Penny & Izzy,Devon

What can we say; a truly relaxing piece of rustic rural france. Stargazing, swallows & dragonflys Steph & David Leeds

Everything about this place is wonderful; you will not find a better place to relax or better hosts. Thank you so much. John & Daisy Bryson Scotland

Aug 2007
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Relaxing, enjoyable holiday in a spacious gite

  • 4 of 5

This super 2-person gite is attached to an old farmhouse on the edge of the quiet village of St Martin, a great location to explore the rural Vendee and the Atlantic beaches The large garden, pool and al-fresco dining/seating encourages much relaxing outdoor-time. Our English hosts Jon and Karen were very welcoming and keen to ensure we wanted for nothing; we would highly recommend Karen's wonderful home-cooked meal on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Iain and Laraine - Many thanks for your super review of your stay in our gite Les Hirondelles. We are pleased the gite and surroundings made for a lovely stay and look forward to welcoming you again soon we hope. Thank you for recommending the meal - often welcome by guests after their (sometimes long) travels. Very best wishes. Karen and Jon
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Fabulously relaxing, very comfortable, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Lovely traditional feel to the property, well furnished with all the facilities we needed. The gardens and heated pool were superb and as the weather was in the 30's for just about 2 weeks well used and loved by my wife and myself. Karen cooked us some perfect meals, whilst Jon made sure we had everything we needed from bbq stuff to outside lighting when it got dark. We would recommend staying here without any hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Steve and Jacqueline. We're glad you had everything you needed in the gite - we do try to think of everything and our many years in this business have given us the experience to hopefully cater for every guest's needs. We installed the pool heater this year and it's been thoroughly enjoyed, along with soaring temperatures throughout the Summer. It was a pleasure to cook for you and we thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us. Thank you for your recommendation and we so hope you'll return here again for another holiday. Kind regards Karen and Jon.
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The gite was like home from home

  • 4 of 5

Les Hirondelles.

The gite was clean and so was the grounds and the pool. Lots to see and do in the area. We would recommend this place to family and friends. Karen and John were good hosts and made our stay more than welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ian and Marilyn for your lovely review. We enjoyed your visit and really hope you will return again soon. Kind regards Karen and Jon
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A perfect holiday venue for us

  • 5 of 5

We could not have wished for more from this wonderful holiday. Looking for somewhere peaceful to relax and do very little we found spacious accommodation, a very comfortable bed, the peace and tranquility on the edge of a sleepy village, a great swimming pool and hosts that could not have been more helpful, did not seek to intrude but became firm friends. There were plenty of places to visit and we were able to reach the coast easily, shop nearby and never felt the need to go out for a meal because Karen's cooking comes with the highest recommendation from us! We have already booked next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John and Alison - we are so pleased you chose us, as we couldn't have wished for better guests. We certainly put the world to rights on those warm balmy evenings, whilst supping the local rose. Our trip in the minibus to stock up with said wine was nearly not fruitful; however, as they opened up the "closed" Cave especially for us (as only the french would do!), we were well equipped to deal with any drought!! There is indeed nothing like the feeling of knowing that your guests are returning home relaxed and unstressed, having been warmed by the sun, fed well and removed far from their everyday lives. We too feel that our location here provides the perfect backdrop to leave all your worries at the door and get on with enjoying your holiday, including being as busy or chilled as you wish. We knew that you had a lot pinned on this holiday due to previous holidays not quite living up to your expectations and we are therefore thrilled that you've booked again already for next year. Roll on Summer 2014. Also, thank you for your compliments regarding our food - it's a pleasure to have cooked for you during your break and I've even noted your likes and dislikes for next time (will be avoiding avacados hehe). Take care of each other and see you next August. With our best regards. Karen & Jon
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  • 5 of 5

A fully relaxing week was spent at Les Hirondelles. Our hosts Jon & Karen were wonderful and very helpful. The Gite was clean and tidy and typical of a french house. The pool was great as the weather was hot.Evening meal on arrival was delicious and well cooked. Just what you need after a long drive. The area around the Vendee is full of wonderful places/villages to explore and the week was not long enough. There are several english owned/run restaurants in the surrounding villages which were extremely good. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alan and Jane - Thank you so much for your complimentary and thoughtful review. We try to be as helpful as possible when our guests ask, at the same time affording them their privacy to enjoy their space and surroundings. As you were enjoying a belated honeymoon, it was important to us to be mindful of your privacy, at the same time realizing that this was your first visit to this part of France, and although we provide an extensive information pack, there is sometimes nothing like a bit of first-hand local knowledge. The presentation and cleanliness of our accommodation and grounds is of great importance to us, and we spend time paying attention to every detail including freshly laundered linen and flowers, so thank you for noting this. Cooking for our guests is always a pleasure, and we're so pleased you enjoyed your meal on arrival. As you say, the Vendee is packed with places to visit with something for everybody, families, couples, retirees and maybe on your next visit you can explore some of those you left undiscovered this year! We'd love to welcome you back again and thank you once more for your lovely review. We hope to see you in 2014 (maybe for two weeks this time?!) Very best wishes Karen & Jon
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Activity and Interests


You can reach the beautiful golden Vendee beaches within an hour. Most beaches are backed by sand dunes and pine forests with large areas for picnics and scenic coastal walks. The Vendee coast stretches for 120km and boasts many blue flag awards. There is also a large man-made beach/activity park within 25 mins drive at nearby Xanton-Chassenon. La Rochelle is within an hour by car.


Nearest airports are La Rochelle and Nantes, 45 mins and 1.5 hours drive respectively. Poitiers is also accessible by car in 1 hour 15 mins. Airport transfers can be arranged. The driving times from the channel ports are St Malo (3 hours), Caen (4 hours) and Cherbourg (5 hours). Access from other ports is also possible. Use of a car is recommended.


We are 12km from the market towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and 15km from Lucon. The pretty harbour of La Rochelle & famous aquarium, numerous bars & restaurants and great shopping are approx. 50 mins drive. Futuroscope & Puy de Fou are approx. 1.5 hour's drive. The Marais Poitevin with its sleepy waterways, boat rides and beautiful abbeys is under 30 minutes by car. The Mervent Forest is 25 mins by car. Atlantic beaches are under an hour. Quality golf courses nearby. Trout and carp fishing 5 mins.

Further Details:

Village Bar/restaurant 5 min. walk. Bank with cash machine, small well-stocked supermarket, hairdressers, tabac, boulongerie etc. less than 5 mins. by car. Larger superstores 15 mins. by car in Fontenay-le-Comte or Lucon, together with numerous restaurants, hospital and all other general amenities. For wine lovers, the nearby cave at Pissotte produces and sells direct to the public well-known local red and white wines, and there are several vineyards to visit. There are numerous traditional french markets in many surrounding villages and towns including Fontenay (Saturdays), St Hermine (Fridays) Coulonges-sur-L'Autize (Tuesdays) etc. Every 2 years (even numbers), Fontenay-le-Comte holds a magnificent carnival with floats and dancers from around the world (2012). The whole event is finished with a magnificent firework display on the third night.

Our next village (L'Hermenault) holds a huge ancient fair every year in September. St Martin has a large village fete in September. All around the immediate area, there are numerous fairs, fetes and concerts throughout the holiday season. Refer to Vendee information sites for more details.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Jan - May
7 Jan 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June - Oct
3 Jun 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nov - Dec
28 Oct 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For all gite & cottage reservations, we require a 25% deposit at the time of booking, which is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Your balance is to be paid within 8 weeks of arrival date, together with a security cheque for £200 per week against damages, and returnable after your stay.

Extra charge of 30 euros for linen change after one week. No towels provided. Cleaning charge deducted if accommodation is not left as found.

Changeover Day:
Gite Changeover Saturdays (other days can be considered or option of B&B to cover extra nights except during high season). Departure by 9.30a.m. Gite and Cottage available from 4.30pm. Open all year and heating can be provided - rates on request.

Notes on prices:
Four course dinner 28 Euros per adult including carafe of wine and coffee per couple. Children (under 14) 15 euros per head. All food homemade. Payment can be made in Sterling or Euros on request. Bike hire rates on request. Tours available by minibus. Fishing permits are currently 6 euros per day (3 lines max per person). Supplement payable for 4th person/child in Les Hirondelles. Prices do not include heating (available on request).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Private pool for guests and owners only with solar cover and alarm. Separate ground floor access to both properties. All accommodation is no smoking. No pets permitted. Towels are not provided. Comprehensive information packs. Cots and highchairs available. Stairgate available in Pomme D'Amour. Bike hire (adults & childrens) available including helmets etc. Please note as Pomme D'Amour is not visible from the garden/pool area, it may not be suitable for parents who wish to use these areas at night. Minibus tours available to major points of interest including beaches, markets, vineyards, Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle etc. Airport transfers on request. Outside: Both Les Hirondelles & Pomme D’Amour have their own private separate entrances and ample off road parking. Access to Les Hirondelles is from inside the garden/pool area at the front of the farmhouse. Access to Pomme D'Amour is from outside the garden, at the rear of the farmhouse. The below ground (9x4 metre) alarmed swimming pool has surrounding patio & ample sun loungers. For Les Hirondelles there is a NEW grassed fenced dining area alongside gite & pool with portable gas BBQ. Also communal covered summerhouse with table and seating for four. For Pomme D’Amour guests, dining is in our large open stone barn with built in BBQ, stone chimney and views over the pool and surrounding gardens. All dining areas are surrounded by landscaped gardens with palms, large trees, flowers, tropical shrubs surrounded by meadow, open countryside, fields of wheat and sunflowers and a large communal fishing lake. A small area of garden/orchard is reserved for the owners.

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