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Farmhouse 'Exclusive use', sleeps 2/8+ Excl Use Of Pool, garden & trampoline

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Idyllic Countryside, Peaceful Location, sleeps 2- 8+ for your taste of France'

Shown on BBC Escape to the continent

Stay three, five, seven, ten, fourteen nights or more...

South of Nantes and East of La Rochelle, Le Thou is located just outside the town of St Hilaire Des Loges. The Market towns of Fontenay-Le-Comte and Coulonges Sur L'Autize are within easy reach. Many beautiful beaches of La Vendee and Charentes Maritime are less than an hour away, as is the charming seaside town and harbour of La Rochelle, and Island of Ile De Re. Within a five minutes drive is Xanton-Chassenon, a sandy beach with supervised bathing, waterslides and a childrens play area, picnic area, pedaloes and canoes, alongside the freshwater lake. Puy Du Fou and Futuroscope are apx 1 hours drive. For a change of pace the Marais Poitevin, with its Venise Vert Waterway, the Mervent Forest, pretty wateride town on Coulon and Vouvant are nearby.

Le Thou can comfortably accommodate 8/10 guests. Open plan well equipped farmhouse style kitchen dining area. Games room with table tennis and football tables. Patio area with outside kitchen, BBQ, Fire pit.

More Details

Property Manager
Mrs Karen Johnson-Wright
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Mrs Karen Johnson-Wright

We love France, the French way of life and fell in love with Le Thou and the area in 2008. We have two teenagers and a dog and it is our wish for later years to spend 6 months of the year in the UK and 6 months in France. We speak conversational French, previously owned a 'vacation' home in Florida and as children were involved in local twinning association, twinned with a town near Paris.Enjoying and embracing French values and family life. Karen attributes her passion of France with her french teacher Mrs L,who sang the french national anthem with such couldn't help but enjoy it. At 21 wanderlust meant working for Intersun as a coach escort, travelling through Europe then settling as a camp site rep in Canet Plage, we like French holiday homes and not campsite holidays.

Mrs Karen Johnson-Wright purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Mrs Karen Johnson-Wright chose Saint-Hilaire-des-Loges

We want as many people as we can to enjoy all that Le `Thou offers. It is always a complete reset for us, especially after busy periods in the UK. Fantastic memories are made here, and there's plenty on offer in the area, or you can just relax, enjoy and unwind.

We particularly love the Vendee, during summer there are sunflower fields everywhere. Its quiet and picturesque, lovely walks and beach and picnic areas nearby.

We offer a pre programmed sat nav to help you drive around the local area and visit areas of interest - we would love you to use this and share your finds. Guests have updated there is everything programmed from the nearest supermarket to cognac house.

Feels like the 'real France'

Great place and area enjoying quality time with friends and family

What makes this farmhouse unique

Totally private, exclusive use of house and gardens. We do not live on site, as do many owners. This is part of what makes holidays at Le Thou, so special.

Rooms are spacious, 12ft x 18ft Pool (seasonal), and trampoline with enclosure. Our games room keeps children and adults alike occupied. We particularly like the 'ping pong' which can be set up for one to one practise, and used inside or out.

Cool down, in the pool when hot, huddle round the fire pit when cool and relax on our loungers on the terrace.

Julie our English agent, lives nearby and offers that extra reassurance during your stay.

Le Thou is well set out for families and friends sharing as the layout boasts a twin and king bedroom on each side of the house.

Outside kitchen is great for Al Fresco dining, we have, personally, catered for 60 people at Le Thou.

Peaceful and relaxing Taste of France xx

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a wonderful week at Le Thou. From the moment we booked you made everything happen seamlessly, even ensuring we had provisions on arrival. The house is stunning, calm and spacious, ideal for two families with young children. We were spoilt for choice with all the activities available in the house and had so much fun. The region is beautiful, we will definitely be back to explore more, a week wasn't long enough! Highlights were Coulon hiring a boat to punt around the canal ways, and Vouvant a beautiful, peaceful, very French village....and of course the zoo at Mervent and Parc de Brun! A big thank you to you Karen, Jerry & Julie. The Goddard Family

Great start to this season…

Thanks jerry we really enjoyed your lovely retreat after some very long very tough days at work so would love to book again as and when we come again. It worked so well for us. Many thanks, Rgds kate” Chateau de la Goujeonnerie

We had a lush holiday, thank you. Le Thou is beautiful, we loved staying there.

The Pow,

“I'm delighted to report that we had a fantastic week at Le Thou - the property is fantastic - very spacious & well equipped. Absolutely perfect - just what we were hoping for and much more. The property is spacious and stylishly refurbished and extremely comfortable and relaxing. A credit to your hard work”, Mark Tizzard, James Howard and Families,

The peace and tranquility made Le Thou very enjoyable and it had all the facilities we could have wanted. We chose Le Thou because as two families we wanted to be in the same property and to have plenty of space and privacy. Le Thou proved ideal for this.

We enjoyed our day trips to La Rochelle and Niort. We have been to La Rochelle before so Mr & Mrs Pullen
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Hilaire-des-Loges in Vendée

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 18:00 / Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • There is a main bathroom with a bath and separate shower, hand basin and toilet. 'Bedknobs' en-suite has a shower, hand basin and toilet, 'Armoire' en-suite has a bath, hand basin and toilet. All of which are fitted to the highest standard.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-8 (4 Bedrooms) including 2 cots Notes on bedrooms: The upstairs has one king-size and one twin room each end, to enable two families sharing a degree of privacy. The king size bedrooms each boast en-suite facilities. Large sofa bed. Cots. Armoire room can be made into family room. Bed linen included.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 5 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: We promise you, and your friends and family, a memorable time if you choose to stay at Le Thou. Upstairs layout is perfect for friends and family sharing with one king and one twin room to the left of stairs and twin and king room to right, Ensuite/King bedroom. Twin. Bathroom. Twin. King bedroom/Ensuite Complimentary Welcome Pack Bed Linen & house towels incl Maid service Babysitting service Dining options: Breakfast is available 9.50 euros per 4-6 guests 8.50 8-10 enq for menu/prebook Excl use of Pool 12ftx18ft with steps. Bouncy castle & trampoline with enclosure, in adjacent barn. Alfresco Dining, Covered outside kitchen/BBQ and charcoal fire pit. Downstairs with flagstone floors throughout (underfloor heating-Winter lets) upstairs with oak floors, wood burning stoves in some downstairs rooms. No smoking, pets allowed. Large comfy sofa bed situated downstairs, pine cot & travel cot available. Book now & look forward to your relaxing holiday. Outside: Swimming pool bouncy castle, trampoline with enclosure,charcoal fire pit, for those cooler evenings. Set in large grounds The rear of the house has large french doors opening onto patio area with covered outside kitchen, charcoal bbq and new fire pit for 'alfresco' dining, whilst overlooking rolling fields. Oak table and chairs, other Wooden furniture, Parasols, deck chairs, new rattan comfy sun loungers - Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and bedlinen are included for use in the house during your stay. Please note: with most holiday homes these are charged as extras on top of rental. (No extras!) Maid service can be pre booked, enquire for costs Other: The rear lounge/games room has a table tennis table (indoor/outdoor) football table. Bicycles. We provide a good selection of childrens toys, dolls house, books, beach Inflatables more. In adjacent barn we have huge Bouncy Castle, and trampoline&encl


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average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

Le Thou

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely house, with large kitchen and excellent bathrooms. It was perfect for two families with a huge secure garden for children and dogs. We had a great week here with lots to do, especially the mountain biking in Mervent Forest. La Rochelle and the Marais Poitivin were both within easy reach. We would definitely recommend this gite and would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Thou

  • 5 of 5

Le Thou is a beautiful French farm house, well restored and set in enclosed grounds, ideal for large family groups and pets. It is very comfortable, two large en suite bedrooms and two smaller bedrooms which would suit children. The house is well equipped and is very easy to stay in, has a fab kitchen, dish washer, large range oven, American style fridge etc etc. The only down side is that it is isolated, you really need to drive to reach bars, shops and restaurants but the nearest village is only a 10 minute drive. I recommend it for a quiet family holiday where you are happy to make your own fun, we did and had a great time. It is also ideal for dogs, our loved it

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your well written and informative review Julie - delighted you all had a great time
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  • 3 of 5

la maison est belle le jardin aussi deux chambres sont très bien les autres minuscules. Le salon est agréable, la cuisine spacieuse mais les placards "foutoirs". C'est un peu cher pour la prestation . Nous avons eu des petits déboires sur le fonctionnements de certaines choses.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Puy du Fou theme park.

O'Gliss water park.

La Rochelle, port, shops, dining, markets, aquarium.

Cycle routes nearby, Mervent Forest.

Historical towns, Vouvant

Special interest holidays:

Fishing locally, la Piscali

Cycle round the Vendee, route 10 on Les Sentiers cyclables de Vendee

Starting at Maillezais

Breakfast and Dinner can be supplied

We can pre arrange cycle and accessory hire.

Great cycle routes, we would welcome cycling clubs, please enquire...

Mervent Forest nearby


Sandy beach, alongside freshwater lake, at Xanton-Chassenon 5 minutes drive, with slides, playground areas. Seasonal usually open July/September.

The Mervent Forest 15 Minutes drive, with swimming facilities, pedaloes, canoeing, Tree Adventure play area, Fishing.

Beautiful sandy beaches of Les Sables D'Olonne and La Tranche sur mer apx 1 hours drive.


Use of a car is essential. Can arrange Airport transfers.

The nearest airport is Nantes, served by Easyjet, and La Rochelle, served by Ryan Air (Seasonal).

Le Thou is well located for all the major ferry ports St Malo to Le Thou is apx

four hours drive.

Eurostar services operate to Poitiers (5h10m) or to La Rochelle (7h10m).


Nearest Market towns with supermarkets, pattiseries, banks, cafes/tabacs and restaurants are apx 5 -20 minutes drive away.Excellent dining facilities 5 minutes drive to an hour away - takeaway moules, frites and pizzas nearby. A variety of dining experiences from local Auberge (typical french style meal, inexpensive)child friendly restaurants with playground facilities, creperies to Michellin standard restaurants. 'Something for everyone'

Further Details:

Public open air pool in Coulonges-sur-L'Autize (10 Minutes drive) (seasonal to September)

Freshwater lake with lifeguard patrolled pleasure slides at Xanton-Chassenon (seasonal)

Lake at Mervent, canoeing, pedaloes, tree treking in woods, great walks, cycling, fishing, restaurant lakeside.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendee

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring time
1 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Pre Summer
26 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Pre Peak
7 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Le Thou - Sleeps up to 8 guests, gated, private with pool. (2 cots and 1 zed bed available, pending suitability) Will accept well behaved dogs, ideal for family/friends sharing. The perfect place to feast, relax and recharge.

Booking Notes:
Dates flexible. Signed booking form and t&c to be printed and returned to us, with payment of £200 the booking/damage deposit. This deposit is to cover the cost of breakages, any necessary deep cleaning and logs where applicable. Balance is payable not less than eight weeks before the start of the rental period. Repayment of the deposit will be made within 21 days of last day of rental subject to t&c.

As a security measure,we urge all guests to call us at home prior to making any payment

Changeover Day:
Rental period flexible.
English, French speaking Agent,
The let commences at 6pm on first day of the let and ends at noon on the final day of the let (Peak)
Although we are always flexible where we can be.
Short stays considered, at weekly rate, promotional discount may apply, please ask.

Notes on prices:
Free Wifi
Additional options available:
Maid Service
Babysitting service
Dining services
Airport transfers

Perfect (Ideal Layout) for
Families, couples, singles, weddings...

Up to 20% off Brittany Ferries - please ask us for our membership number if needed.

This includes Linen and bedding which is usually charged as an extra.

As a security measure we urge all guests to phone us at home prior to making any payment.

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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