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Magnificent House And Grounds, Heated Pool And Exceptional Accommodation, WIFI

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Fontenay le Comte, Vendee, Pays de la Loire - Quiet Village On The Outskirts Of The Historic Town Of Fontenay Le Comte

Set in the quiet village of Charzais on the outskirts of the renaissance town of Fontenay le Comte, La Fleur de Lys offers all the home comforts you could wish for & the ideal location to discover the delights the Vendee region has to offer. Within easy reach of the Marais Poitevin, the Venice Vert, the Mervent-Vouvant forest and just 40 minutes from La Rochelle and the west coast. 5 mins from La Plage, a beach on the lake at Chassanon le Bourg. Historic churches and abbeys are scattered across the region, and for the children, there are theme parks locally and the reknowned Puy de Fou park within an hours drive. A superb nature zoo just 10 minutes away or the aquarium at La Rochelle. Excellent access by air from La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers airports,or by car from all channel ports.Whatever you prefer to do on holiday; sightseeing, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, bird watching or golf, you can enjoy all these activities within a short distance of La Fleur de Lys. Or you can simply relax in the sun by the solar-heated pool, eat 'al fresco' in the shade of the summer kitchen, or play table tennis, darts, or table football in the games room, or enjoy a game of croquet or boules on the lawns. 4 adult bikes also available for guests use. A great holiday for all. Wi-Fi available at a no extra charge.

Contact us by email; gill.charzais@yahoo.co.uk or by phone; 0033780056697 where we can answer any questions you may have.

More Details

Gillian Armitage
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
31 December, 2017

About Gillian Armitage

Moving to France in 2005, we were not quite sure what to expect.What we found was a relaxed, layed back way of life we wished we had discovered earlier. However, we had to wait until the hard work of renovation was completed. Tel.No 0033780056697 or email gill.charzais@yahoo.co.uk

Coming from West Yorkshire where you call a spade a spade, learning to do the same in french is not so straight forward!! But the french are extremely friendly and helpful,and this has made our transition much easier.

Gill is the head interior designer, and puts all the ideas forward, while Hugh does as he is told! It seems to work.

Hugh & Gill live adjacent to the rental house and on hand to maintain the gardens and pool. They will be pleased to offer advice and suggestions when asked, but otherwise will remain discreet. We like our privacy too!

Since moving here, Gill has become very involved in the local pet refuge and works a few mornings each week. Over the years we have fostered and adopted some cats and a dog. All very friendly, but will be kept in our own garden during the guests stay.

Gillian Armitage purchased this house in 2004

Why Gillian Armitage chose Fontenay-le-Comte

We bought La Fleur De Lys in Fontenay because of the location for guests. The area offers so much apart from an historic town & wonderful areas to visit, Boats, fishing, biking,aquarium, zoo's, kids activities, plage down the road for kids, picnics, puy de Fou,beaches, goes on & on! This is the wonderful VENDEE to suit everyones needs. Shops, restaurants, bars............ Not busy, just nice & so relaxed & very pretty houses, so French. Just loved the area & new it was perfect for guests on holiday.

Just a perfect location for our guests! You will never be bored! Everything within easy reach, La Rochelle, Il de Re, Lucon, all these places to visit. Other islands nearby,L` ile D`Aix etc.

The area has access to most places plus has the wonderful charm of Fontenay Le Comte, so so laid back, CHILL

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have lived the tricolore dream.La Rochelle, citron presse, moules frites, louer les bicyclettes, etc. The house is beautiful. You've really thought of everything to make this a wonderful place to spend a week. It's been so relaxing.'

'Thank you both so much for a wonderful break and your fabulous northern hospitality. The house is gorgeous, a real home from home. Hope to be back.'

'Had a fab time- glorious weather. We enjoyed the pool and getting bread from the local boulangerie on the bikes. Had great time at Mervent, walking in the trees in the adventure park. Also hired boats in Marans which was excellent value, and the kids enjoyed it too.Good restaurants. Too much food and wine- GREAT holiday!'

'We have been holidaying in France for 6 years.This is, without doubt, the best house we have stayed in.Absolutely fantastic!!!'
Jan 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fontenay-le-Comte in Vendee

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • lake
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom1: with bath, shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 2: with large shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 3: with large shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 4: ensuite to Bedroom 4 with large shower, sink and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: with double bed, wardrobes and dressing table. Bedroom 2: with double bed, wardrobe and dressing table. Bedroom 3: with 3 single beds, wardrobe and dressing table. Bedroom 4: with double and single beds, wardrobe and dressing table.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: 20% discount on all Brittany Ferry crossings. Outside: In front of the house there is a large patio with dining table and chairs under a large canopy ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner 'al fresco'. The gravel drive is large enough to park 3 cars. With the gates closed, the property is fully enclosed for security. The swimming pool is 4X8 mtrs and is solar heated and for the exclusive use of guests.Sun loungers and chairs surround the pool. Just across from the pool is a summer lounge with 2 settees,4 chairs, and coffee tables. You can sit here in the shade or just in front there is a roll-out canopy. Behind the summer kitchen is the games room equipped with table tennis, darts and table football. Behind the swimming pool is a large lawn suitable for outdoor games. Boules, croquet and badminton games are provided. There are also 4 adult bikes for guests use. All pool cushions and towels are provided for our guests. Wifi available at 20 euros pw. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels are included. Changed for each booking. If 2 week booking or longer please ask if you require change over, small charge may be made.


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Magnificent House And Grounds, Heated Pool And Exceptional Accommodation, WIFI
average rating of 4.714286 based on 29 reviews

It is lovely house and the facilities are excellent.

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of three couples who regularly holiday together. We enjoyed the house and pool but especially the kitchen which was very well equipped with more than we needed. Hugh and Gillian were great hosts, they were always available for any questions but never intrusive. We would recommend the house as a good holiday home in a nice area.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you..we loved the aperos evening.
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stay at la fleur design lys.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday and stay in a lovely property. Which lives up to the description given and of which is well equipped both in side and out. With outdoor kitchen and pool and plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

Thank you Gill and Hugh for making our stay so pleasurable.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Delighted you all enjoyed your holiday at La Fleur de Lys. Merci, Gill & Hugh.
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Great family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We've been on holiday in France over 20+ years and this by far is the most well maintained property we have ever stayed in. There was 10 of us in total 4 children and 6 adults and there was plenty of space for everyone in the house particularly with 4 large very clean bathrooms.

The outside space is superb with covered areas for getting out of the sun (38' on one day!!!) and loungers around the pool for those days when lazing is all you want to do. We had day trips to the coast and to the aquarium in La Rochelle and 10 mins away there is a great karting place for 7 to 70 year olds. There is a zoo just round the corner again only 10 mins away. Everyone had a great time and we were sorry to leave! ( we nearly didn't ,thanks Hugh for the jump leads!).

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind words. We are so glad you've enjoyed yourselves at La Fleur de Lys .
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La Fleur De Lys

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful property with lots of character and really tastefully furnished. We stayed for 1 week and were a party of 7 including 2 young children.

Pool is excellent and really enjoyed the options around outside dining. Children enjoyed the various games stored for their use in the garage. Evening croquet with the adults was particularly popular.Throughout our stay Gill and Hugh were very helpful without being intrusive. Great location for visiting places of interest around Vendee, we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review . So pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Fleur de Lys & enjoyed the facilities provided.
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Brilliant family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Just arrived home after a wonderful holiday at the magnificent fleur de llys. We stayed for one week but wished it had been two weeks holiday at this gorgeous house which was decorated to a high standard with immaculate garden and grounds. The swimming pool was terrific and we so enjoyed the pool in the hot sunshine. We were a family of 7 (mum,dad,twins aged 22 months,a five year old together with grandma and grandpa) and we all had such a fantastic time at this lovely property. The house really did suit us as a family with spacious rooms downstairs and upstairs - great house plan for us. Although gill and huw live next door the only time we met was on our arrival to welcome us and very occasionally when huw watered the plants. If we did want to ask about the area and have advice huw was only to happy to help. All in all a fabulous time was had by all and it will take a lot to beat this lovely house and grounds. Thank you gill and huw, we look forward to seeing you again in the very near future.


  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you & your family enjoyed your holiday. Would love to see you again in the near future. Next time we will have a drink together.
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very dissapointing

  • 1 of 5

the house is not 'magnificent' as described. The decor it tired,toilets dont flush properly and the lounge, kitchen and dining rooms are small for the number of beds. The house is next to a road which didnt offer the privacy we had hoped.

the owners live in the annex next door and they own a number of cats and dogs which wasnt mentioned in the introductions. shortly after arrival, one of their large dogs jumped up at my 6 year old son and scared him. My 10 year old is also very fearful of dogs and wouldnt be left alone. My daughter suffers cat allergies and we had to keep doors shut to stop cats entering. There are also a lot of rules! A long list is stuck on the fridge door which isnt very welcoming. We were told we had to turn certain lights off at night too. The children have to be supervised constantly and i wouldnt recommend this to families with young children.

we were really disappointed that the pictures and description didnt live up to expectations, my wife was really upset and the animals were a problem so we made the decision to find other accommodation and left the next day. i tried to get back into the house 3 days later but the gate was locked and the large dog was standing guard. We have emailed our grievances which the owners described as 'petty'.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This client, who should not remain anonymous, Mr. David Mattinson, has not given a true account of his extremely short stay. His principle reason for writing such an angry review is that he had not done any research on the property, and was therefore disappointed to find that we lived adjacent to the property. If he had read the reviews and all other information, he would have known we lived on site. He would also have known we have a dog and some cats. They met the dog once, which was then confined. At no time before arrival did he mention any allergies or fears. I do not know any other rental property that does not have 'house rules'. It is a brief list of 5 do's and don'ts and other useful information. As to his other complaints, it can be clearly seen from the reviews of all of our other clients that his comments do not ring true and should be seen as a spiteful response his one day stay and his failure to discuss his issues before leaving. Finally, this property is extremely suitable for young children, but perhaps not if you wish to leave young children to play in the pool unsupervised! We always endeavour to meet all our clients needs, but you can't please everyone! We have 1 dog not dogs. The gate was not locked..it doesn't lock! The house is not tired...we keep up with decorations..maybe he considers antique furniture to be tired! Toilets do flush, showers great! This mr Mattinson left to go & stay in another property up the road....he left for no other reason because we live on site! Everything here said by Mr Mattinson is complete fabrication...you only have to read our reviews over the last 10 years!!!!!!
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Le Moulin
Nearest Ferry
200 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Fontenay Le Comte
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
La Plage, Chassanon le bourg (Lake)


La Rochelle is just 45 minutes drive. Ile de Re is a beautiful island just north of La Rochelle. Long sandy beaches can be found at La Tranche Sur Mer, and Le Sable D'Olonne.

Alternatively, just 5 minutes from La Fleur de Lys is a brand new waterpark/beach for all the family, very popular. Or fancy a day out boating at Venice Vert, Maillezais & Marans plus other areas. Information in the property for all activities. Loads of fishing lakes, cycling routes, Loads to do if you want a day out!


La Rochelle airport: 45 minutes by car.

Nantes airport : 1 hour by car.

Poitiers airport: 1 hour by car.

St. Malo port: 3 hours by car.

Caen port: 4 hours by car

Le Havre port : 5 hours by car.

Calais port: 6 hours by car


Charzais is just 3 minutes by car to Fontenay Le Comte.

The abbeys of Neuil Sur L'Autize and Maillezais are 10 minutes drive. The Mervent forest is 10 minutes drive.

Further Details:

Fontenay Le Comte is a very pleasant market town and has a choice of 5 supermarkets, banks, restaurants and cafe bars as well as some good clothing shops. A market is held every Saturday.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendee

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jan 2018 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
La fleur de lys is open 12 months of the year.
on confirmation of reservation we require a 20% non-refundable deposit and the final balance, including security bond, to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival.
wood can be bought at local supermarkets, central heating nov to march certain hours.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.
Guests must depart by 10 am and new guests must not arrive until 4pm.
We ask the house be left clean on departure & all bottles & food thrown away. This is very much appreciated by us.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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