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2 Bedroom Stone Cottage In Quiet Rural Setting Near Mareuil Sur Lay

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage in Mareuil sur Lay Dissais, Nr. Lucon, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - A Riverside Gem, Away From it all in the Vendee Countryside, but Close to Amenities and Beaches

The guest cottage has recently been renovated in traditional style, retaining all its character with exposed oak beams and terracotta tiles throughout. Modern touches have been added, such as the fully fitted kitchen on one side of the main living room and a wet room with open shower. The 6 x 6m oak-beamed living room has a magnificent fireplace with wood burning stove, seating for up to six, and a fully equipped kitchen. The master bedroom has a king size bed, and the second bedroom, with children’s bunk beds, is located between the master bedroom and shower room and has a window overlooking the terrace. The view to the front looks over the mill race and weir towards the river and island; the living room back door gives on to a south west facing terrace with barbecue and garden furniture. Guests are welcome to use the 14x7m swimming pool from May to September.

Kate Stanbury
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
24 January, 2017

About Kate Stanbury

We bought our former watermill in 1988 and now split our time 50/50 between London and the Vendee.

We like the area so much that a couple of years ago we bought a piece of land on the hill overlooking the nearby town, and have built a new home, to our exacting specifications, to use in the winter months and in our eventual old age!!

Kate Stanbury purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Kate Stanbury chose Vendee

In 1988, when Kate was pregnant with our first son, we stepped up the search for a house in rural France. What we found was idyllic (and amazingly accessible).

We've always been involved in property development, so the renovation task didn't daunt us, and we now have a lovely house for ourselves as well as a charming guest cottage.

Our 2 boys spent all their school holidays here, and even had a year at primary school in Mareuil. Now in their early twenties, they still love to come here, and truly appreciate how lucky they are to have such a unique holiday home.

What makes this cottage unique

The Vendee is just far enough south to guarantee (almost!) lovely summer weather, and yet is less than a day's drive from London (and now we have the benefit of low cost airlines flying in to La Rochelle, less than an hour away).

We believe that our riverside location is almost unique - hidden away from the nearest road, with nature all around us, but also with a lovely swimming pool, and only a short drive or cycle ride to the local town.

Also ideal for dogs and their owners with so much space to explore and no danger from any traffic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This really must be rustic France at its best. The surroundings are idyllic and very private and peaceful" - Jo and Grace, Cambs

"We really don't know how to describe our holiday other than amazing! totally relaxing! and life changing!" - Sue, Hampshire
May 2012
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Thursday in High Season; at other times it's flexible.

Owner'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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bessay in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Wet room with open shower, hand basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom - king size bed. Children's' bedroom - child size bunk beds (175cmx76cm). Living room - sofa bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
Outside: The cottage is set in 5 acres of grounds, bordered by the river and maize fields. Guests have almost exclusive use of the 14x7m swimming pool, and can help themselves to all sorts of vegetables and fruits when in season. The terrace at the back of the cottage is a secluded sun trap, a haven of peace interrupted only by the sound of birds and frogs. A barbecue and garden furniture are provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included in the rent

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