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Converted Farmhouse With Private Pool And Tennis Court



Updated: 18-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mike Bolwell
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2017

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!

4 Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)



  • 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: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : nantes at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bournezeau at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 170 Miles Nearest Golf : La Domangiere at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : La Roche sur Yon at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bournezeau at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bournezeau at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : les Sables D'lonne at 40 Kilometres 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Jun 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
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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Updated: 18-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • 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.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis


  • Self-catering


  • 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.