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 cottage Pomme D'Amour, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom
New stylish light and airy conversion. Lime washed walls, exposed beams with comfortable open plan lounge, dining area for 4 (view across road to fields).Kitchen. Sat.TV, WIFI (Limited), DVD player, books, DVD’s, games etc.
Fully equipped kitchen with hotpoint cooker, large fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, extensive quality kitchenware for 6. Tea towels, cloths, bin liners and cleaning products provided. Iron and ironing board etc.
On first floor attractive double bedroom with exposed beam, velux window, double bed, bedside units & lamps, shelving and hanging space.
Second bedroom with two single beds(option of cot), small window, exposed beams(low headroom), hanging space.
Large contemporary bathroom with exposed stonework & beams, shower cubicle with jets, toilet, stone sink with tile surround, heated towel rail and generous storage space. Hairdryer. Points for hairdryer and shavers. All quality bed linen included. Towels not provided.
Top Traveller Review
Great gite and great hosts = great holiday
What a delight to welcome you back for your second time this summer and to know that you have re-booked already for next year. Thank you for yet another lovely review of your stay with us, and we are thrilled that you have had another memorable holiday with us here in the Vendee. It was lovely to surprise you with the swimming pool now heated and as promised, we will supply you with towels next year to free up a little more space for the vino!
Kindest regards - Karen and Jon
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5 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Great gite and great hosts = great holiday
We had such a great time here last year that we came back again this year. Karen and Jon have thought of everything and are excellent hosts. Accommodation is clean and comfortable with everything you need and a fantastic pool and games field for hours of enjoyment for the children. Endless sunshine an additional bonus! We will be returning!!
Perfect holiday home
Just returned from a 2 week holiday staying at Pomme D'Amour. We (myself, husband and 2 kids 12 &10) had a wonderful time. The Gite is perfect, nice and cool on hot days with all the facilities you need. The pool was a huge hit and we spent a lot of time enjoying it. There is a large garden and lovely BBQ area. The Gite is a great location with lots of places to visit within 30mins. Would highly recommend it.
A Happy Holiday awaits at Pomme D'Amour!
Everything about our stay at Pomme D'Amour was excellent. We received a lovely friendly welcome from Karen and Jon before being show our beautiful gite. The gite was spotlessly clean and had everything we would need. The children were so excited to see their names on their bedroom door - a small but thoughtful touch. The pool area, play field and outdoor eating area had everything we could need too - they really did manage to think of everything.
Our hosts, Karen and Jon were fantastic and couldn't have been more helpful and were on hand to help with any queries we had.
We availed of the service of a meal prepared by Karen on our arrival night and our last night and got beautiful food, excellently prepared and presented. I would not hesitate to recommend the Pomme D'Amour and it's hosts, Karen and Jon to anyone. We hope to stay there again next year.
Above and Beyond......
We landed on Karen & Jon's doorstep with a poorly daughter who needed to see a Doctor asap. Karen was superb, she called her GP, arranged an appointment, drove us to the Doctors, then to the pharmacy and then onto the lab, a two hour round trip. All the time, Karen translated when needed and was so caring. The following day, she drove back to the GP to collect the test results for us and the followed up with a call to the Doctor to clarify the correct medications had been prescribed! She was a STAR!
On top of this, the accommodation was perfect as was the gardens and pool. Ideally located for sightseeing and not far from the coast too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and what could have been a very stressful week, was turned into a calm relaxing one, all because of the wonderful hosts, Karen & Jon.
Thank you for having us :)
Great accommodation, perfect holiday
This was our first trip to the Vendee and we could not have found a more ideal base to explore the region. The cottage was everything we had hoped, comfortable, nicely decorated and with all mod cons. It is in a quiet rural location yet several small villages close by and there is a large town within 15 minutes drive with all facilities.
The swimming pool and sports field were great for the kids and the covered barn provided welcome shade and was perfect for our BBQ’s and evening meals. The owners made us most welcome and were lovely hosts with a great sense of humour, they were not intrusive but we found it really helpful to benefit from their knowledge of the local area.
A car is essential to explore the area, the beaches are around an hour away but are beautiful and worth the drive. Nearer to home there are numerous places to visit including forest walks, canals, lakes and water sports for the adventurous. There is so much to see and do that two weeks is simply not enough and we hope that we will be able to visit again in the future.
Thank you Karen & Jon for making our holiday special, our children really enjoyed the hay bale rolling!.
A Perfect Relaxing Holiday
We have recently had a really lovely holiday. If its peace and quiet you want it's absolutely perfect. Beautiful country side, easy to get to several beaches, but for us we mainly relaxed in the lovely grounds and enjoyed the beautiful swimming pool. The owners were so helpful without intruding, but we both felt we had found two friends and will always keep in touch. Karen cooked us many beautiful meals, which were all excellent. Pomme D'Amour was beautifully decorated and had everything in it that was needed. We loved every moment of our holiday and came home feeling extremely relaxed. Yes we would definitely return, cannot speak highly enough of Karen and Jon, we hope they continue to have lots of bookings, they both deserve it. Thank you again to you both.
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.
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 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|
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.
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.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- botanical garden
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- 4 bicycles
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.