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Converted Farmhouse With Private Pool And Tennis Court

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Fougeré, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Location

La Fermette is a converted farmhouse and granary with a private pool and championship size tennis court set in 2 acres of secluded gardens, mainly open lawns with mature trees. La Villonière is a peaceful hamlet located equidistantly between 3 villages which offer bakers, restaurants, shops and a supermarket. Sleeps 10 in 4 large bedrooms We also have free wi-fi and freesat tv for your english programmes

Mike Bolwell
Member since: 2012
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Mike Bolwell

We live in Dorset and bought La Fermette 24 years ago. We employed a French architect to renovate the very dilapidated farm house into the stylish and spacious house that it is today - a 'home away from home'.

We have spent lots of fantastic holidays at La Fermette, shared with many members of family and friends. Unfortunately we are not able to visit the house on a very regular basis so we decided to rent the house. It is in such a lovely peaceful setting with lots of facilities including our own swimming pool and tennis court - together with a beautiful golf course within fifteen minutes drive plus miles of walking and cycling opportunities. Not to mention the lovely regional French food!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Thorigny in Vendée

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, hand basin and wc (washing machine is kept in here) Ground floor cloakroom with hand basin and wc. First floor shower room with double shower, hand basin and wc
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with king sized bed (can be two singles) and double bed, Bedroom 4 with king sized bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The house is set in 2 acres of secluded gardens with mainly open lawns (great for ball games) and mature trees ( providing shade if needed). There is a terrace with eating area and BBQ. The 5 x 10 metre private swimming pool has a Roman end. There is a shallow end and a metre deep safety ledge all round and has security fencing with a child proof lock on the self closing gate. There is a paved area with sun loungers for 10 people around the pool and some sun umbrellas. Please note: the pool is not heated so it is only open during the peak season (although if the weather is suitable off season, we may be able to open the pool if requested). The resin/granite championship size tennis court has deep run offs. Bring your own racquets and balls. Table tennis table Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are supplied but please bring your own pool/beach towels. Beds are changed weekly. Cleaning can be arranged at extra cost. Please enquire.


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Converted Farmhouse With Private Pool And Tennis Court
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Overall, a great villa for an active family in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

La Fermette is in a small, quite hamlet five minutes drive from local shops and half an hour from major shops and facilities in lovely La Roche sur Yon. The grounds are spacious with the excellent swimming pool and tennis court being highlights of our holiday. Internally, the living area is large with plenty of seating and the adjacent patio is great for al fresco dining. The kitchen/dining area is big enough but the kitchen fittings and facilities need a makeover. Showers and WCs are adequate. There are four bedrooms but the configuration would not suit all. Two on the ground floor are suitable for couples. However, the two first floor bedrooms have extremely creaky floors with no ceiling below and any movement upstairs creates very loud noises in the bedrooms below. Beware also that conversation in the ground floor bedrooms is amplified in the first floor bedrooms! We would have liked flyscreens on the bedroom windows for ventilation. The staircase to the first floor has very restricted height and 3 out of 4 adults managed to bump their heads.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, well maintained and equipped rural retreat for active and less active alike! Lots of comfortable sofas for reading and watching the Olympics and lots of activities for the more active family members. The pool is really good with a lovely deep end and a fence to keep out the toddlers.

The lack of light pollution gave the most glorious night skies.

Easy to use and very relaxed and friendly owners. Hard to come back home...

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best France Holiday by far!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just got back and did not want to leave. Fantastic house, facilities and location. Pool, tennis and other games were such a bonus and great fun. Weather was great too. Many thanks to Mike and Bobbi for letting us rent their house. Highly recommend for a great family holiday. Many thanks from the Coxon's.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Oh how we loved this beautiful place, very rural and peaceful. Suited us so well with the wonderful pool, tennis court, and of course the table football, well used in the evening! Great for walking and cycling in the area, with lovely little villages around. Shopping locally or in the brilliant market at La Roche meant we had bbq's most nights with superb food. Everything as it says and would certainly recommend, it is an excellent family retreat and obviously loved by the helpful owners over the years.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely country retreat with many facilities

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at La Fermette la villoniere. The farmhouse was very spacious, light airy and very well equipped.

The tranquillity due to its countryside location was ideal but not too far away from amenities. The tennis court, pool and table football ensure that there was plenty to keep us amused when we felt like leaving the sunloungers. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for you kind comments, Bobbi and I are pleased that you used and enjoyed the facilities that were available to you. We really do try to get things right to ensure a lovely holiday for our guest
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
170 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
La Domangiere
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
La Roche sur Yon
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
les Sables D'lonne
Car: necessary


The beautiful coast with its golden sandy beaches are approximately 40 kms away. Our favourites are La Tranche sur Mer, Les Sables d'Olonne, Bourgenay and Longeville. See our website for more information.


La Fermette is ideally situated, being within easy reach of 4 airports (La Rochelle (52km), Nantes (62 km), Poitiers (117 km) and Angers (123km) and a 3 hour drive from the Channel port of St. Malo (269km). We are 425 km from Paris and 641 km from Calais.

To fully explore the area a car is essential


Nearest villages are Fougere, Bournezeau and Thorigny, which are a few minutes drive. Nearest town is La Roche sur Yon which is 14 km away. In about an hour or less, you can be in La Rochelle and the Isle de Re. Other attractions include the Puy du Fou theme Park, Futuroscope and Les Sables d'Olonne, the home of the Vendee Globe yacht race.

Further Details:

Fougere and Thorigny have local shops and restaurants. The nearest supermarket is in Bournezeau. There are also doctors and dentists here. There are various hyper markets within a 20 minute drive. La Roche sur Yon has a full range of shopping and services.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Thorigny, Vendee

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable 12 weeks before departure. Bookings made within 12 weeks of departure must be paid in full at time of booking.
A £200 per week security/breakage deposit is also payable with the final payment which will be returned if the property is left undamaged and in a clean state.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, please arrive after 4pm. On your day of departure, please leave before 10am to enable us to prepare the house for the next guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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