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Quiet and cosy, self catering Holiday Home



Updated: 25-Nov-2016
Holiday House in Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France

The house comprises a kitchen (with space to eat), a bathroom, a separate wc and a lounge and dining area, and also the two bedrooms (there is also a sofa in the lounge that converts to a double bed). The living area is all on the top floor - the ground floor being a 'sous sol' which is the traditional 'service' area in the houses of the region. In the past this would have been where the animals live - in our more modern house it is where the washing machine and ironing board live. Also the garden implements and small workshop and it is also a garage space. So this makes even more living space upstairs. As the house is on a slope - in the pictures it looks deceptively like a bungalow - but it is not.

We have recently added a second WC which lives downstairs in the Sous Sol

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

David and Nicky Phizacklea are resident in England - in Somerset - and we have owned our cottage in The Vendée for ten years. We love to go as often as possible but as we're not retired (yet!) we are happy to rent it out at reasonable rates to people who will appreciate a quiet and peaceful holiday, this way we manage to pay some of the overheads and that makes us feel less guilty about the expense of having our own hideaway in France! Nicky is a teacher and David runs their small consultancy business.

Speaks English, French

6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


La Brunetiere is the perfect place for us!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, and our three sons, first stayed in La Brunetiere in 2011. We have already been back twice, and we will be returning again this summer! We absolutely love the house, which is located in a small and quiet hamlet, and is perfect for relaxing! The house is comfortably and beautifully furnished and is always very clean. It is also very well equipped. The owners, David and Nicola, have thought of everything that you might need for your stay, including a well-stocked selection of books. The garden is also a real treat. It's spacious and secluded, and we spend a lot of our time lounging around in it! We also really like the nearby village, with its large church, shops and restaurant, all run by very welcoming local people. We have always stayed in the house during the summer, when there are lots of fetes, either in the local village or in the surrounding area, including a fantastic annual firework display at the nearby Lac-sur-Graon. We have also eaten in some excellent nearby restaurants, all within between 5 and 25 minutes drive away. My husband and I also really enjoy walking in the surrounding area. The big attraction for us is the beach at Les Conches, which is about a 25 minute drive away, and which is great for surfing. Even though lots of people go to the beach in the summer, the beach is so long, that it never seems to get really crowded! We love spending our days there, and watching the sun go down over the sea! We have also really enjoyed some great evenings in La Tranche-sur-mer, listening to live bands playing in the open-air. La Brunetiere has been a perfect place for us to stay, and we would certainly recommend it to our friends and our families.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The gite was very comfortable, clean and well-equipped, and all as described in the listing. It is in a very peaceful location on the edge of the little hamlet of Brunetiere, but only a short distance from the small town of Le Champ-Sainte-Pere, which has a good supermarket.

A short drive away, the old market town of Moutiers les Mauxfaits has an interesting and very old Halles (covered market), and good shops and restaurants. Just off the main D949 road to Lucon, which runs south of Moutiers, there is an extensive Lotus Garden, which is well worth a visit (there are things for children to see and do, a restaurant, etc). Lucon is also worth a visit for its cathedral, and good shops.

The sea is well within reach, as are village markets - the market at Angles, on the way to La Tranche-sur-Mer - is a good one.

We were only able to spend a week there, but we would recommend it as a place to relax, or as a base from which to explore beaches, local markets, small restaurants, and many other things. La Rochelle, about a hour or so away by car, is an historical city and port, with very many excellent shops and restaurants. A car is necessary!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Oasis of tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely fortnight’s holiday in your idyllic gite. It was much bigger than I anticipated and surprisingly cool with the shutters closed, considering the beautifully hot weather we enjoyed. The setting was perfect - so peaceful and pretty. Our 2 sons (in their 20's) also appreciated the complete rest and calm it afforded. I quite envy your access to such peace and tranquility. La Brunetiere was well equipped, clean and well maintained with the information advertised very accurate. David was most helpful in answering all my initial questions and in advising places to visit. I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a home from home in peaceful surroundings we always have time to unwind and relax. The house is very comfortable with everything you need for your holiday. The garden is quite to lounge around if not exploring the countryside. There are some lovely towns and villages to explore. The sandy beaches are a short drive of less than half an hour. We have visited several times over the last few years and have enjoyed every minute.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Spacious cottage, beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday. Very spacious and suited our family of five. Owners very helpful answering questions in advance cottage was as advertised. It was clean and well maintained. Adequate shops in nearby town. Cottage has bikes. Beaches reasonably accessible we went most days. Lovely quiet hamlet.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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What a Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in La Brunetiere, as always. Such a quiet and peaceful house with bags of privacy. We'd recommend the house as perfect for self catering but not good if you want clubs and bars, which we didn't!

Quiet, cosy and peaceful - just as it says on the tin!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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From the Owner

We love the area because it is truly rural and still very French. The people are friendly and as long as we make the effort to speak their language they are happy to return the compliment though they are not all used to speaking English in this area. The house seems to combine being away from everyone with having all the necessities (such as shops) within easy reach.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

With a large lake nearby and the sea within easy reach, there is ample potential for both coarse and sea fishing.


The nearest beaches are 15/20 minutes drive away. These beaches are all open and expansive with plenty of room, especially if you don't mind a walk along the beach. In off season months they are very quiet with mostly surfers playing in the waves. Sunshine hours in the Southern Vendée are second only to those found in the Cote D'Azur.


For those preferring to travel by Ferry, we are 3 hours drive from St Malo; 4 hours from Caen and 6 hours from Calais.

We usually try to take the Ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo in Brittany. If you choose to travel with Brittany Ferries we are able to get you a discount of 10%, please feel free to ask.

Various UK airlines fly into La Rochelle which is 50 minutes drive away, as is Nantes. Poitiers is 90 minutes drive. All the airports have very adequate car hire facilites.


The nearest village (le Champ St Pere) is about a 10 minutes walk. Here you will find all necessary shops, such as a boulangerie, pharmacie, tabac, banks (where you can also buy fishing permits for the local lakes) and even a small, and very adequate, supermarché. La Roche sur Yon is the best local town for 'big' shopping and that is 20 minutes drive. Nice cities in the area would include La Rochelle and Nantes, which is the centre of the Loire Region - a lovely place and an hours drive.

Further Details:

There are three (adults) bicycles in the house, for the energetic amongst you. There are even puncture outfits too! The area has lots of places to ride bikes and not too many large hills either. As the house is in the countryside it is also a good place for walking.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
We ask for a booking deposit of £100.00 pw at the time of booking. This deposit is returned within 7 days of your return home, subject to the house being in reasonable condition.
The rental payment is due, in full, six weeks prior to your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Generally we use Saturday as our changeover day. On occasion this can be changed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We like our holidays to be a combination of pottering in the garden, or spending the day on the beach if the weather is OK. In the Southern Vendee the weather has the reputation of having sunshine hours equivalent to the South of France! The house is easy to get to, despite being far enough South to have such wonderful summer weather. We are only 50 mins away from the airports of La Rochelle - Nantes and a little more from Poitiers. We prefer to travel by ferry - that way we can begin the holiday with an overnight cabin and a delicious meal in Britanny Ferries restaurant. Usually we go from Portsmouth to St Malo overnight. It lands at 8.30am and we are home by 12.30 - in time for lunch! We can help you get a discount of 10% from Brittany Ferries. Just ask us.

Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Stereo


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with shower unit over the bath.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom two has twin beds and cupboards and a wardrobe.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There are options for heating. In addition to electric radiators there is a (very) efficient log burning stove in the lounge. On cold nights this will easily heat the whole living space. Although the house is suitable for children, it is a real house and we must warn that in the workshop area, there are garden tools, fuel, etc. Obviously we cannot accept any responsibility for any harm that might come to individuals from these hazards. It is easily possible to lock off access to these areas. Outside: The garden is largely grass and is great for sitting in the sunshine. With virtually no through traffic to the hamlet of nine houses, it is very quiet and peaceful and private. There is garden furniture (table, chairs and loungers) easily accessible in the sous sol together with BBQ equipment. Utility Room: The utility room is downstairs in the sous sol, where there is an automatic washing machine, ironing facilities and sink unit. Also the second WC. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen can be arranged at an extra cost of £25pw. This charge is for a maximum of four people. This comprises two towels per person and bed linen for duvets and pillows. Please bring your own beach towels. Other: The dining room is off the lounge.

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