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Unique Private Bungalow Style Converted Barn, Private Heated Pool, Snooker

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Set in tranquil idyllic private woodlands near L'Hermenault, full size Snooker+ Pool Tables+Table Tennis. Close to all amenities

‘Les Moullieres’, is a barn conversion set in a tranquil location with very private enclosed gardens, situated in an area dominated by peaceful private woodlands. All facilities are exclusive - no other guests or owners - nothing is shared. Experience rural bliss within easy reach of a full range of amenities Sleeps up to 6, plus babies, in 3 bedrooms, one being ensuite. Living area all on one level. Central heating and double glazing for winter months. Large fixed BBQ. Garden furniture provided. Choice of patios. Full size snooker table and pool table indoors. Outdoor table tennis. Heated secure pool 10x5m hidden away through gated garden at the rear of the property; the heat pump ensures the water is warm throughout. Spacious gated grassy area for ball games between pool and our natural woodland garden, accessible by gated steps from alongside the kitchen.

Family friendly and secure for children of all ages but also ideal for couples.

Privacy is guaranteed. Nothing is shared. Owners live 20 minutes drive away, just email or phone them if they are needed. The fenced pool is 10m x 5m; 1m to 2m deep with Roman steps at the shallow end. It is heated April - end October; the water is warm throughout. Situated in the large private rear garden of the property, it is accessed by a secure gate. On the house side, the separate BBQ area near the gate provides a view down to the pool for the chef; the top patio also overlooks the pool. The far end of the pool is decked. Clear laminated panels provide a raised barrier to separate the pool area from the lower part of the garden which is level and grassed, ideal for ball games. Views from here extend over the grassed area towards our private natural woodland garden; these areas are accessed via our private lane alongside the back of the house and barn.

Very spacious 'cave' area beneath the 'bungalow' houses the full size snooker table and pool table. Additional fridge in here for the beer! Basket ball net on the outside of the barn door

More Details

Rona and Peter
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Cymraeg
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

About Rona and Peter

We are a retired couple, living in North Wales but spending half the year in the sunny Vendee maintaining and servicing our gites, gardens and heated pools (not a bad life!). Our properties are totally private within their own private gardens with private heated pools; they are not on shared sites but a few kilometres apart. There are no owners on site and all the facilities at each property are for the sole use of our guests too - nothing is shared. We have more than 20 years experience to draw on and can advise you personally about travel, places to go and things to do. If you come over with just immediate family for company, with friends or as an extended family, please consider one of our lovely properties.

Rona and Peter purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Rona and Peter chose L'Hermenault

We purchased our first property, in France over 20 years ago and the business developed as more and more family, friends and friends of friends started to come over to stay. So we bought our second property Les Moullieres as a smaller retreat but folk still found us!

We chose the area because of the Mediterranean like climate and its relative proximity to the ferry ports (3 hours from St Malo) and the west coast beaches (45 minutes drive). We are situated away from tourist hotspots but are close enough to enjoy all the tourist attractions - perfect! The properties are rural but not isolated and facilities such as shops, banks, doctors and dentist and restaurants are within easy reach.

What makes this cottage unique

We do not live on-site, nothing is shared; everything is very private. We offer rural seclusion without isolation, modern facilities within traditional settings. The kitchens are very well equipped, for the keen cooks with a dishwasher, of course. Les Moullieres and Maison Blanche have large private gardens with big BBQ, secure heated pools [10x5m - 33ft long] and a choice of patios. There is a pool table and table tennis in each. Les Moullieres also has a full size snooker table.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"spent a week in May; a perfect haven - absolutely loved it"

"It was just the perfect place to relax, with something to please every age group!"

"The gite has everything you need - the kitchen is particularly well equipped"

“2 weeks is not enough”

"Superb holiday, excellent accommodation in an ideal setting

2 families totalling 7 people, les moullieres is easily big enough, ample space, excellent kitchen, well stocked with utensils etc, good shower. Outside, nice grassed areas for children, loads of room for cars, excellent privacy. Amazing swimming pool, very private, endless fun, steps in shallow end useful for 2,3,4 year olds, nice to parade around the pool without fear of public view! Security via gate is brilliant to ensure kids are accompanied,"

"Les M is an absolute wildlife heaven so for keen nature lovers and birdwatchers in the group it was sheer bliss. Birdlife seen purely from the house totalled 42 different species"

"Stayed by the pool most of the week"

Oct 2008
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
La Tranche sur Mer
Car: necessary


Close to the west coast of France; popular beaches such as La Faute sur Mer, Tranche sur Mer 40km. Picturesque La Rochelle is 47km drive.


Les Moullieres is located 47km from La Rochelle airport, just over an hour from Nantes International and less than 3 hours from Bordeaux, Limoges or Poitiers. The area is 3 hours drive from the port of St. Malo, 4 hours from Caen/Ouistream or 4½ from Cherbourg, 5 from Le Havre, 6½ from Boulogne, 7 from Calais. A car is essential.


L'Hermenault village with wide range of facilities, 1km.

Fontenay le Comte, 12km.

Puy du Fou, 40km.

Green Venice, 15km.

Mervent/Vouvant Forest, 12km.

Further Details:

L'Hermenault, less than 2km from the house, has a small supermarket, boulangerie, Post Office, banks, tabac, chemist shop (English spoken); doctors and dentist, public swimming pool, sports hall and tennis courts. The area around the property is level and ideal for walking and cycling.

Popular supermarkets Le Clerc and HyperU and a wide range of interesting shops and bars are to be found in the historic town of Fontenay-le-Comte, just 12km away. Discover gourmet restaurants, visit the chateau and museums, browse at the Saturday market, sit and relax at a pavement cafe; whether studying the architecture or just walking along the banks of the river Vendee, the ambience of the town is totally French. It also has a new indoor swimming pool and a go karting facility. Places to visit locally (within 10-15km)include:

Vouvant; officially one of the most, beautiful villages in France.

Venise Vert; punt in the peaceful Green Venice, a network of small canals.

Mervent; area of forests, water sports, lakes, barrage, mountain bike and cycling tracks; eat 4 courses with wine at hotel du Lac for 10.50 euros!

Within 40 - 90 minutes:

Puy du Fou; an amazing theme park, chariot racing in a full size Roman ampitheatre, bird of prey display, realistic Viking attacks and battles.

Futuroscope at Poitiers: educational fun at this theme park

La Rochelle; visit the Vieux Port, gaze at the expensive yachts in the new marina.

Ile de Re; very chic, restaurants, lots of cycling paths and beaches.

Le Sable d'Olonne; Mediterranean style; home of the Vendee Globe yacht race.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in L'Hermenault in Vendee

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Optional extra, with Bedroom 3
  • Bathroom with bath + shower over, plus hand held shower, washbasin unit and wc plus a separate wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , cot if required
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Cot on request. Bunk beds +Superking as 2 singles on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Optional extra, with ensuite shower room, toilet, washbasin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 6 + infants in 2 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, large room with a super king bed 180x200cm(6') with option of 2 single beds if preferred. Also bunk beds in situ, giving a 4 singles option. Plenty of room for cot/s. Bedroom 2, double bed. Room for cot. Full size and/or travel cots available for either or both bedrooms on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Linen / Towels / End of Stay clening Linen hire £8 single set £12 dbl set £14 super king set.Towel hire/week Tea towels 50p Kitchen £1 Hand £2, Bath £3, Bathsheet £4. Guests are asked to leave the property clean+tidy as found. End of stay clean available £30+£5 per guest


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average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful gite

  • 4 of 5

This was the second visit to this very tranquil gite in the beautiful vendee countryside. The property has everything you need for a very relaxing holiday with a fabulous pool which was used extensively as the weather was hot and sunny everyday. The cave with snooker and pool tables was also a big hit with our teenage sons. The accommodation is very comfortable with excellent kitchen equipment and a lovely BBQ area. It suits all family requirements. We are returning next year as we love it as a second home.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

We're just home from a weeks stay in Les Moulieres. It was a beautiful place - very peaceful and private. The pool is gorgeous and is very well kept. On the couple of rainy days we had , we had great fun playing both Snooker and Pool. There is great shopping in Fontenay le Comte, less than 10 mins away and the museum here is also well worth a visit.

We also drove to the coast - about an hour away but worth it (wonderful beaches).

Unfortunately, we had a bit of car trouble but Rona and Peter couldn't have been more kind and helpful.

We would highly recommend Les Moulieres and have already booked another week in September!

Mark and Nessa Hayden, Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are very glad to hear that you got home safely and look forward to seeing you both again in September. The pool will be waiting for you!
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

The property was in an idyllic setting in lovely rural countryside.

Rona and Peter were extremely helpful and informative with the local events and places to visit.

The pool was extremely private overlooking the gardens and wooded area.

The house was much larger than expected and very well equipped and clean.

We had a very relaxing stay and would recommend it for both older couples and people with children, there's so much to keep children entertained with the lovely pool, football area and games room. My only regret is having to leave it all behind, we will be going again in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We all had a truly memorable holiday in this Lovely well equipped gite in a very beautiful part of the Vendee. All the facilities were excellent with the pool being an absolute hit.

it was very clean and well maintained.

Peter and Rona were very helpful and friendly but not intrusive.

There are plenty of local activities and places to visit should you wish but it was nice to spend lazy days around the pool in a very tranquil place enjoying the sunshine.

We look forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday there. The house was very comfortable and clean and the pool was excellent. The owners were friendly and helpful, all of which made for a very relaxing holiday. We would definitely recommend it to others and would love to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to send in a review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to seeing you again at Les Moullieres sometime soon. Best wishes, Peter and Rona
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Peaceful rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a peaceful rural retreat this cottage is. Away from the village but in a little hamlet so not isolated. We needed the car to drive to the village for bread, it is walkable but you need to have time to spare. The bakers is extremely good, the bread, croissants and prefou a real must. The kitchen is very well equipped and lounge very comfortable. The garden is delightful with plenty of space for children or adults come to that to play ball games. The pool for us was superb, kept at a steady 26/27c it was good to get into even when there was a cool breeze blowing. It is a totally private location and as such is worth its weight in gold. The Asian Gourmet Restaurant in Fontenay-le-Comte is well worth a visit. We had a lovely evening here - it is serve yourself buffet style where you can eat as much as you like. The food was excellent and the wine prices were very reasonable.

La Rochelle, Coulon, Parthenay and The Mervent Forest are all delightful places to visit. Well Done Rona and Peter your cottage does you proud, we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to send in a review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the holiday and had a very Happy Birthday - Les Moullieres is ideal for couples out of the high season - it's a bit livelier during the school holidays with the pool and gardens occupied by excited children! There is a lot to do in the area without travelling too far away from that lovely pool -hope you found the leaflets and maps in the house helpful. Glad you found the Gourmet d'Asia - it is amazingly good value and the quality and choice of food is second to none. The 'Where to eat' information and reviews we've put together can be useful and interesting even if you prefer to eat at home in Les M. [ so nobody has to drive and you can all enjoy the local wines too!] We'd love to see you back at Les Moullieres sometime soon - or it may be La Maison Blanche next. You could try the latter yourselves out of season yourselves first and check it out before you bring the rest of the family. Best wishes, Peter and Rona
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in L'Hermenault, Vendee

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early season
5 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
May Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early June
2 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
late June early july
23 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
La Tour de France
7 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
peak season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
end of season
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
The booking form and conditions can be sent online or by post. The booking deposit is £200 per week booked; on receipt of this, an invoice receipt is sent by return. A returnable £200 security deposit is added at this stage. No single week supplement high season for our remaining weeks.

Changeover Day: Saturday changeover during peak season. Flexible changeover days at any other time of year.
Arrival is 4pm; departure by 10am unless otherwise arranged.
We do not include linen/ towels in our prices Quilts, pillows and protectors are provided
Linen + house towels can be hired at reasonable cost, which includes making beds up before your arrival
LINEN £8 single set; £12 double set, £14 super king set. Refundable charge £40 if bringing own linen.
TOWELS/week Tea towel 50p Kitchen towel £1 Hand £2, Bath £3, Bath sheet £4. Bath mat provided.
£40 single week high season supplement 23/7/15 to 26/08/15.
End of stay clean if required £30+£10 per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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