Stone cottage in a beautiful. peaceful old village, near the river Le Lay and the little town of Le Champ St Pere where there is an excellent supermarket etc..
Approximately 200 years old, with a large kitchen/dining room and a large, beamed living room complete with bulls-eye window in an alcove
(where the farmer's wife did her washing), two beamed double bedrooms and shower room/wc on first floor. Small front garden and private walled rear garden, with trailing plants climbing the high walls and ideal for sunbathing, equipped with table, chairs and small barbecue. Situated in a farming village in southern Vendee, near Lucon, with views over the village and beyond to the marais. 25 minutes drive to the sandy beaches, the nearest is La Faute where there is a delightful man-made enclosed sea water lake and beach which is ideal for young children complete with a children's playground. The more fashionable resorts of La Tranche and Les Sables de L'Olonne are further afield. . The village is surrounded by fields and cows pass by the cottage for milking twice a day. Down the road is the beautiful river, le Lay, handy for fishing, walking, bird watching, photography and painting or just sitting and watching the world go by.
About the Owner
We are semi-retired and in our late 60's. We have been staying in our cottage since the early 80's when it was owned by some artist friends. By 2005 we had come to enjoy the cottage and the village atmosphere so much that when our friends became too ill to make the journey and offered us the opportunity to buy the cottage we jumped at the chance.
Guestbook comments from the owner
'We really enjoyed staying in your lovely house! We thought it was full of character, and we spent a very relaxing two weeks there... we love the area so we are sure that we shall be back! Mrs S of London
'Thank you for the use of your cottage. We had everything we needed and had a wonderful holiday' M & M Bristol.
'A lovely traditional cottage - very comfortable and nicely furnished. Wonderful peaceful surroundings'. L & C, Bristol.
'Thank you, we had a wonderful, relaxing holiday and found the cottage to be everything we needed' J & R, London.
Thanks very much for the use of your lovely house last week. Everything went really well. The weather was great for both our weeks. Mr & Mrs A, York.
Really happy and will probably want to come back next year. Weather scorching! Mr & Mrs A, North Yorks.
We had wonderful time. Lovely house in a lovely tranquil area.
Thanks again. Mr & Mrs H of Dublin
From the Owner
“We chose the location because it is conveniently close to Channel ports. It is set in a beautiful village, deep in rural France and surrounded by peaceful farm land while at the same time offering easy access, through picturesque countryside, to the vast sandy beaches of the southern Vendee, including La Faute sur Mer and La Tranche sur Mer. We both enjoy painting, and the nearby, tranquil river, Le Lay, fields of sunflowers, cattle grazing and old farm buildings and equipment are ideal subjects. We have renovated the cottage extensively retaining its character including oak beams and a bulls eye window in what is now the sitting room.”
Activity and Interests
Magnificent sandy beaches at La Faute sur Mer are some 25 minutes by car with the popular La Tranche sur Mer, and surfing at Les Conches (near Longeville sur mer) a little further. Other beaches include Jard sur Mer and the larger resort of Les Sables d'Olonne.
The cottage is within 1 hour of La Rochelle airport, 1.5 hours of Nantes airport, 3 hours from the ferry port at St Malo, 5 hours from Caen and 6 hours from Cherbourg. Availability of car is essential.
The nearest town is Le Champ St Pere, 5 minutes by car.
Lucon, an attractive old town with excellent tourist information centre, famous cathedral and covered market, is 15 minutes by car. The beautiful castle at Talmont is 30 minutes drive.
Le Puy de Fou, famous historical entertainment, the beautiful Venise Verte, the port of La Rochelle and the Ile de Re a beautiful, unspoilt island, now popular with St Tropez people, all make good day trips.
Indian Forest adventure park is only 15 minutes drive.
A local van delivers bread and croissants daily. There is a supermarket, bank, chemist, post office and good restaurant at the nearby town of Le Champ St Pere, 5 minutes from the cottage. There is an excellent shopping mall at La Roche sur Yon called The Flaneries.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Please check with the owner before sending 25% non-refundable deposit on booking, with balance payable 6 weeks before departure. We also ask for a £100 deposit against damage which will be refunded within 2 weeks of return after our caretaker has checked the property.
Saturday is changeover day, arrival from 4.00 pm, departure before 10.00 am.
Changeover day could be flexible in low season.
Notes on prices:
Prices include gas and electricity.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The sunny climate makes for a truly relaxing holiday, the area enjoying annual sunshine figures second only to those of the Mediterranean. The neighbours are so kind and friendly but never intrude, however, once you engage them in conversation one can learn a lot about the village and surrounding area. We have a private walled garden which is ideal for dining, reading or just relaxing.”
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Microwave ...
- Oven ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- near the sea
- botanical garden
- naturist beach
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- roller blading
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 1 shower room with shower, wash basin unit and WC.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 doubles plus folding guest bed) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed, can also accommodate 1 single guest bed and cot. Exposed beams.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is ideally suited for a couple or family or two couples who are looking for the peace and tranquillity of rural France but also to be near sandy beaches and other attractions. The rear garden is enclosed, private and equipped with table, chairs and small barbecue, and lockable. Sorry, no children under 5 (except babies) and no pets. This is a non-smoking cottage. Outside: Small paved garden at front of house, where you can dine al fresco with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Separate walled garden at rear of property with table, parasol, chairs and small barbecue. Sunloungers also available. Off-road parking at side of cottage. Utility Room: Utility cupboard in corner of sitting room with iron, ironing board, floor mop, bucket, spare bulbs, vacuum cleaner, cleaning materials etc. Space under stairs alongside for storage of garden chairs, garden table parasol, fans, cot. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Bed linen and towels are not provided. Guests to provide their own bed linen, towels, kitchen and tea towels and beach towels. It would be appreciated if the house could be left clean and tidy as, in order to keep costs down, we do not employ a cleaner.