Chateau Cottage and Eglise House
Rent both Chateau Cottage and Eglise House together sleeping up to 13 with a huge private swimming pool and acres of private gardens. Ideal for a large family holiday or groups of friends together and even a special celebration.
Set within a fabulous courtyard setting dominated by the ancient village church.The buildings originally formed the Chateau to the Eglise.Chateau Cottage is two bedrooms on one level which is great for younger and older guests alike.Eglise House is 3 bedrooms set on two floors with a most spacious entertaining area on the ground floor. Both properties have been refurbished to a very high standard whilst retaining many period features of rustic stone walls and exposed beams. Both properties are equipped with anything you could need for the perfect holiday retreat and are set in idyllic surroundings within wonderful landscaped gardens with no passing traffic. The houses are open all year round with oil/electric heating and cast iron wood burning fires.
Situated next to the beautiful church in Thouarsais Bouildroux, a traditional French village amidst rolling countryside with outstanding views over the surrounding hills but located within easy reach of main attractions and larger towns. For those wanting to immerse themselves into the French way of life it offers the ideal retreat.Two newly renovated spacious period cottages both retaining plenty of character with stone walls and wonderful exposed beams throughout.Superbly equipped with everything needed for a memorable holiday including uk digital tv. The properties can be rented independently or together for larger groups or two families holidaying together.There is a large heated swimming pool with many shaded seating areas, a French boules court, childrens play area and private enclosed gardens and all set within two and a half hectares of safe private land with no passing traffic. Open all year with full oil central heating and wood burners.
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful location, well equipped properties
About the Owner
About James and Francine Colling
James and Francine have three small boys and love everything France has to offer for a family. We are well qualified to act as your holiday hosts as James has many years experience within the corporate hospitality industry and is fully aware of clients expectations. He is well placed to advise on wines and gourmet experiences should this be of interest to you. Francine was a primary school teacher for many years and is well qualified in providing for people on holiday with children.
James and Francine Colling purchased this cottage in 2008
Why James and Francine Colling chose Fontenay-le-Comte area
We brought the property as a result of its uniqueness and love at first sight and our numerous clients comment on the tranquility of the setting. It has a very unique setting as our property was originally the chateau for the church and is set within a very private courtyard with now passing traffic but close to many amenities. We have fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and the buildings are of architectural significance all set within two and a half hectares.
What makes this cottage unique
Having previously holidayed in France ourselves we found a number of places we stayed in were lacking. We have endeavoured to tick all the boxes and provide everything you could want for the perfect holiday. We are conveniently located for everything and have a great supply of local information for you upon arrival. One guest referred to our setting as being like Camelot such is the magical setting. We offer many extra events like gourmet evenings/wine tastings to make your holiday with us even more memorable. This has been considered as a great treat especially for those with young children who find it more difficult to get out in the evening. We hope to be able to welcome you with us for your next holiday in France in the Vendee and assure you a warm welcome awaits all year around.
Whilst we ask you to leave the accommodation as you find it. We can provide an after stay cleaning service for your convenience as an alternative. We will supply travel directions upon confirmation of your booking along with any booking payment information. We can also arrange airport/train collections as an extra service. Both properties are non smoking with no pets allowed.
Rental is from Saturday to Saturday.
Arrival time after 4pm and departure time before 11 am.
Alternative arrival and departure days may be possible out of the high season. Short breaks are possible early and late season for just a few nights.
(4 traveller reviews)
A lovely setting in a beautiful part of France
Well equipped and with very supportive hosts/owners. The pool is a real bonus especially for children. James and Fran's local knowledge is brilliant. On wet days Chateau Cottage feels a little damp but when the sun shines the whole set-up feels magical.
Beautiful location, well equipped properties
We have stayed at numerous self-catering properties in France over the years, and think that James and Francine's are probably the best we have come across. They're well equipped, immaculately clean and only a few steps away from the lovely heated pool. We stayed as two families, and the set-up was ideal. Be aware that the two properties are rather different from each other, and make sure that you get the right one to suit your needs (the two-bedroomed is better suited for outdoor eating, for example.) James and Francine are helpful hosts, and are happy to book restaurants etc. Of these, check out La Morliere - it has stunning views.
Our Week in the Vendée
The gite was even nicer than shown in the site photographs and fully equipped with everything needed for our stay The swimming pool was really lovely and well maintained.
James and Francine were friendly, helpful but not intrusive.
A surprise was that the water supply was from a well and James and Francine advised us to buy Eau de Source bottled water for drinking - very cheap from the local supermarket. The water was always hot for showers etc. in fact the hottest water I have ever encountered.
The boulangerie in the village is now closed but it's a very short drive to collect baguettes and croissants from the next village for breakfast. Really lovely.
The countryside around is absolutely beautiful.
James and Francine have 3 lovely boys and the eldest, Alfie keeps hens. He gave us 6 to start our week and we enjoyed them so much that we asked for 12 to take home.
A book in the gite recommends places and restaurants.to visit and I highly recommend Bistro André in La Rochelle and the restaurant by the lake near Chantonnay.
I would definitely recommend Chateau Cottage gite. However, I would advise that the single beds are not suitable for heavy adults. My husband and I chose the twin room and my daughter had the double bed. The slats supporting the mattress on my husband's bed came out of their slots during the night. I am of average size and had no problem.
We had a great holiday.
Green fields and fresh eggs!
We had an excellent holiday in Eglise and Chateau with our extended family. The owners were very welcoming and the houses were delightful -well equipped and maintained. Best of all were the outdoor facilities, so suitable for families: our grandchildren loved the pool, football field, table tennis and boules/petanque areas.... and the freedom to run round safely. The fresh eggs from the chickens were also appreciated! There is plenty to do in the area, whether locally or at the coast or inland, whatever the weather... beaches, zoo, canals, play parks and play farms, restaurants, plans d'eau... lots to enjoy!
From the Owner
“We brought the property as a result of its uniqueness and love at first sight and our numerous clients comment on the tranquility of the setting. It has a very unique setting as our property was originally the chateau for the church and is set within a very private courtyard with now passing traffic but close to many amenities. We have fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and the buildings are of architectural significance all set within two and a half hectares.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We offer a range of various tailored breaks to include, horse riding at our next door chateau Haras Des Noces,balloon flights from our land, wine tasting tours and appreciation, gourmet food weeks, language course breaks English or French, photography or painting breaks, horse racing breaks, fishing and golf breaks and house hunting packages. Full details /prices of any additional themed breaks from above are available upon request.
A wide variety of sandy beaches within 45 mins easy drive through the wine region. Fabulous surfing and body boarding amongst the best in France at Les Conches.
Airports La Rochelle, Nantes, Poitiers are all within easy reach of the cottage with a wide number of airlines serving them and journey times are one hour and upwards depending upon airport.
Also within easy driving distance of St Malo for the cross channel Brittany ferry and the drive takes just over 3 hours. Also Cherbourg, Caen, Roscoff, Calais are within easy reach too.
Also the new fast train link via Paris on the TGV to La Roche Sur Yon which is 40 mins away. Collection upon request.
5 minutes bar tabac with fresh bread daily.2kms away boulangerie, Spa supermarket, charcuterie and bars/restaurant. La Chataigneraie is situated 10 mins away which has a number of supermarkets. Vouvant 10 minutes away - a medieval town, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France with it's medieval ramparts, cobbled streets and pretty houses. The town is well known as a village of painters and there are arts and crafts shops as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants.
There is a wealth of things to do in an area full of history.The Vendee Wars offer a fascinating insight into the regions history and there are many attractions as a result of that period. There are many chateauxs close to our properties all with their own story to tell.
Two riding stable, the Poney club de menjopolis, is 2 minutes from our gite where all abilities are welcome and prices start from 10 euros per hour for tuition.
Mervent Forest - nearby, a paradise for nature lovers and lots of sporting activities. You can explore the many marked footpaths by foot, cycle or horseback. All the lakes are suitable for swimming and you can hire sail boats and try your hand at archery. There is also an amusement park and superb small zoo with lions and bears.
Attractions in the surrounding countryside include the museums, windmills, clock chimes and paintball at Mouilleron-en-Pareds, hot air balloning from our own land, sailing at Lac de Rochereau and fishing/golf opportunities are endless.
Fontenay-le-comte - is a Renaissance town with delightful architecture, shady parks, elegant squares and a relaxed pace of life with superb market on Saturdays.
Puy de Fou - is one of the most visited attractions in France where you can see the re-enactment of medieval times, chariot races, vikings and birds of prey.
Marais Poitevin Venise Vert is the canal system the Vendée is famous for where you can hire boats or be punted around. Also a great wine trail within 20km and so much else!
Vendee Globe - Round the world single handed yacht race departs locally every two years and features many British sailors. Tour de France - Most famous bike race passes close by and check the link for yearly schedule.
In addition we offer gourmet food evenings and wine tasting nights along with a baby sitting service should you want a night off and all information is supplied with our booking form. Please contact us for further information or booking in advance of your stay.
From the Owner
“Having previously holidayed in France ourselves we found a number of places we stayed in were lacking. We have endeavoured to tick all the boxes and provide everything you could want for the perfect holiday. We are conveniently located for everything and have a great supply of local information for you upon arrival. One guest referred to our setting as being like Camelot such is the magical setting. We offer many extra events like gourmet evenings/wine tastings to make your holiday with us even more memorable. This has been considered as a great treat especially for those with young children who find it more difficult to get out in the evening. We hope to be able to welcome you with us for your next holiday in France in the Vendee and assure you a warm welcome awaits all year around.”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Toys ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible ...
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- roller blading
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- 250 m²
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- All bedding is supplied at no extra cost and cots are available.
- Bicycles ...
- Boat ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Tennis ...
- 6 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Located in a small pretty village,Thouarsais Bouildroux in the heart of the Southern Vendee but well placed for all amenities and the fabulous pine forests and superb sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast within easy reach. The world-renowned Puy du Fou leisure park and amazing Son et Lumiere is close by and highly recommended. The many rivers and lakes in the area, which boast good fishing, walking, boating and cycling. The Venise Vert with its miles of interlocking canals and waterways is a great place to visit for all these activities. For those of you with a love of architecture and good shopping, visit the chic city of La Rochelle.Fontenay La Comte,the town market and the chateau, are well worth a visit. Many superb golf courses are in close proximity offering a challenge to both the novice and seasoned golfer. Alternatively take the various gourmet wine tours in nearby Mareuil Sur Lay and appreciate the diverse gastronomy the region has to offer.We can assist with everything. Outside: There is an abundance of secure parking with each property.Outside each property benefits from a private gravelled patio area with BBQ, parasol and garden furniture. Both have outside lighting and the rear seating area at Eglise house is also undercover. There is a large in ground swimming pool, with sun loungers, benches and parasols; we also have a children's play area and a French boules court with seating too! The properties are open all year round, benefiting from oil-fired / electric central heating throughout and a wood burning fire in each lounge. The many acres of gardens benefit from landscaped pathways beside flower borders and a variety of fruit trees in the orchard. In addition chickens are located within the grounds in their own enclosure assuring guests of a plentiful supply of freshly laid eggs. The properties are situated amidst rolling countryside with outstanding views over the surrounding hills but located within easy reach of main attractions and larger towns.