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Converted Stone Built Gendarmerie with Pool



Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Converted Gendarmerie, Nr. Fontenay-Le-Comte, Vendee, France - On the Edge of Marais Poiteven and the Mervent Forest

The owners offer a beautiful property as a holiday let. It has been recently updated and is suitable for families who wish to explore the area and enjoy plenty of activity as well as relaxation. The house comfortably sleeps 10 people and caters fully for families, with cot, toddler bed and highchair. The large walled garden houses a swimming pool, table tennis, darts, barbecue, children’s play area and more.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Moved to the Vendee in 2004 as a family, and love the way of life.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Super property! A real home from home. "Residence Beausejour" has a charm which is matched by the owners who are helpful and attentive without being intrusive. The property is situated in a lovely area with much to see and do. Thank you so much for a truly memorable holiday. We look forward to visiting again soon - Nick Allison (August 2014).

We had a great time at Residence Beausejour - it was beautifully furnished and very well equipped with everything we needed. The garden was a fantastic space to play, eat and relax in - and of course the pool was a huge hit with everyone.

We really appreciated the friendly, helpful but discrete presence of the owners too! Many Thanks

Sharon King (August 2010)

We really loved 'Residence Beausejour', the sort of place we dream of owning one day. Would definitely recommend and hope to return again - Sheila and Peter George (August 2007).
Oct 2007
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Great place for a family holiday. Lovely house.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for all of us. Very clean and well maintained. Safe garden, and fenced pool, great for satey of the children. Very helpful owners, Nothing to much trouble.plenty of choice of things to do, and never to far from a town to explore..Thanks to Vicky, Kris,Lyn &Nigel

Best wishes Dave,Di,Dawn, Ian,Anya

Dan,Karren,Lucas &Jake. Will recommend to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous house in a lovely, quiet part of France. Safe pool perfect for kids and beautiful garden to enjoy the sunshine. Great owners. Nearest town just a few minutes drive away, and lots to see and do around the area. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful full of character house

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in this lovely house. The children especially loved the large garden and swimming pool. The property was well equipped with everything we could possibly need. The owners gave us a warm welcome and were on hand for advice on the local area. We would highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

we had a fab week here enjoying the garden, pool and house to the max. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean beautifully decorated and well equipped. We found the whole stay very relaxing and the owners were friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend this house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely relaxing stay with Friends and the accommodation was lovely. Great swimming pool and BBQ area and the house itself was lovely. A welcome pack on arrival which was greatly appreciated after such a long drive. Would recommend this property and would definitely come back. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : at 40 Kilometres


The Vendee coastline and beaches are within easy reach.

La Rochelle - 50 mins.

Lakeside beach - 10 mins.

La Faute sur mer - 40 mins.

La tranche sur mer - 50 mins.

Les sables d' olonne - 1 hour 10 mins.


3 hours from St Malo ferry port.

4 hours from Caen ferry port.

50 mins, Poitiers airport.

50 mins, La Rochelle airport.

1 hour 10 mins, Nantes airport.

2 hours, Bordeaux airport.


Fontenay-le-Comte is just 15 mins by car, as are the surrounding forests with Parc Pierre Braun, treetops adventure park, zoo, sailing, horse riding, canoeing, windsurfing, pedalos and much more. The town of Niort is only 15 mins in the opposite direction, and La Rochelle is 50 mins by car. The Futuroscope theme park is 1 hour away. The grand park of 'Puy de Fou' takes an hour to reach and visitors have described the evening show as 'breathtaking' and 'amazing!'

Further Details:

The property borders the "Marais Poitevin" an area known as 'Green Venice' which has miles of canals and hidden waterways to explore. Take a boat, canoe, kayak or a guided tour (if you prefer someone else to do all the hard work) and spend the day on the river.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
18 Sep 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Provisional bookings held for 14 days. 20% deposit. Balance 8 weeks before holiday date. During peak season (July/Aug) a single week booking supplement (£100) may be apply. Please enquire with owners
A cleaning service (£80) can be booked in advance for those who wish leave the property without the stress of cleaning it at the end of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day - Saturday.

Via cheque or bank transfer: 20% deposit required to secure booking, balance and security deposit due 8 weeks before arrival

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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Updated: 11-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • village


  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground Floor: Large wet room with wc and large walk-in shower. 1st Floor: Bathroom with bath and overhead shower and wc. 2nd Floor: Shower Room with wc.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large double bedroom with cot and toddler bed if required Twin bedroom with single bed and single high bed. 2nd Floor: Double bedroom x2 Twin bedroom.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The location of this property means that there is something for everyone. It is situated on a fairly busy road (although the property is entirely enclosed so children are safe) and this road links the property to many villages, towns and attractions. The pretty renaissance town of Fontenay-le-Comte is just 15mins by car, as are the surrounding forests with Parc Pierre Braun, zoo, water sports, horse riding and much more. The cosmopolitan town of Niort is only 15mins in the opposite direction, with narrow streets, great shopping and many bars restaurants and cafes. Both towns have large and busy markets. The beautiful harbour town of La Rochelle is 50mins by car and the Futurscope theme park 1 hour. Just a 10mins drive from 'Residence Beausejour' will take you to a large lake with a man-made beach (supervised by lifeguards), waterslides, bar and boats. The family friendly beaches of the Vendee are within easy reach (45mins) and the coastline also boasts some great surf. Outside: On the ground floor there is direct access to the walled garden at the rear. This houses a large above ground pool (4,5m x 9,1m) with sun loungers. The garden is set over half an acre with a children’s play area, seating area and barbecue, as well as a covered terrace with table tennis and various games. The front of the property has double entrance gates leading onto a large gravel courtyard that is ideal for parking as well as for playing boules. Utility Room: Laundry room with washing machine, iron and ironing board. Tumble dryer available for winter lets only Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are supplied (however not for poolside). We do not provide a change of linen service during your stay, however extra towels may be provided on request.

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