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Recently Built Hillside House On The Edge Of A Small Town In South Vendee

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Mareuil sur Lay, Near Lucon, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Three Bedroom House Overlooking The Town With Large South Facing Private Terrace

From the outside the house looks like a typical Vendeen home, but walk through the front door and you're in a completely different world. The high curved wooden ceiling of the huge 11 x 5 metre living/kitchen/dining area is stunning. This room has double doors out on to the large south facing terrace with lovely views over the town of Mareuil and its famous medieval church. Oak floors and doors emphasise the wooden theme inside the house; the twin bedroom has a lovely oak staircase up to the mezzanine area (very low ceiling so only suitable for children or small people!). The master bedroom also overlooks the terrace, and bedroom 3, another double, looks to the front. The bathroom has washbasin, loo and corner bath, and the wet room has open shower, washbasin and loo.

Kate Stanbury
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 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 house in 2010

Why Kate Stanbury chose La-Roche-sur-Yon area

Having owned a country property near Mareuil for over 20 years, we jumped at the opportunity to buy a piece of land overlooking the town. There we have created our ideal "town house" - timber framed, highly insulated, everything to our specification, using the experience of 30 years' property developing in the UK.

For us, it's a manageable and economical alternative to our big, draughty country house when we pop over for a week or two during the winter months.

For summer guests it's a fantastic and really comfortable base from which to explore the Vendee and less than a half hour drive to the glorious Atlantic beaches.

What makes this house 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).

Being just on the edge of town, it's an easy stroll down to shops, banks, bars, the river and heated municipal pool.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We enjoyed a lovely stay in this villa. It is spacious, well equiped, and even better than the photos. We loved the terrace, and were able to eat, and bbq outside most evenings, enjoying the stunning views."

"This house is like the Tardis - small and beautifully formed on the outside and wow! ENORMOUS when you walk inside. It was excellent and very well appointed. Comfortable and clean throughout. Two bathrooms so no queueing."
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais in Vendee

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Open Shower
  • Bathroom has washbasin, wc and corner bath with shower attachment Wet room has washbasin, wc and open shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom - King size bed Bedroom 2 - Double bed Bedroom 3 - 2 Single beds, stairs to mezzanine Mezzanine - 1 Double bed, also spare double mattress if required
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Large south facing terrace overlooking the town and church. Outside table, pergola, wooden deck, barbecue. Utility Room: Washing machine is located in separate utility room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Beautiful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

The house received "two thumbs up" as soon as we opened the door. The immediate impression was one of a clean, modern and very comfortable property. The living area and bedrooms are all very spacious and the patio garden is a great place to unwind. Everything we could have expected was provided and the owners gave a warm and friendly welcome.

The village of Mareuil-sur-Lay is a short walk away for local facilities (including a good bakery/patisserie and medium-sized supermarket), and some larger towns are easily reached by car. We particularly enjoyed visiting La Tranche-sur-Mer, which is a lively seaside town with great beaches and big choice of restaurants, about 30 mins drive away.

We would not hesitate to recommend the property to others and will very possibly visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bright, modern, clean - great view!

  • 5 of 5

This is a really great holiday house - plenty of space inside, and the terrace with its lovely view of the church was so charming that even our 3 young children were captivated! The living space and bedrooms are really airy and bright and everywhere was spotless - Ian and Kate have done a wonderful job with this place and were extremely kind and welcoming "hosts". We made good use of the open air pool in the town, and also had regular trips to the beach, especially Les Conches, easily within reach by car. The cafe/restaurant by the river at the "Pont Eiffel" was considered a great find by the whole family. Thanks for a fantastic holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Three generations, eight of us in all, enjoyed this surprisingly spacious and well-equipped home in a quiet location just a short walk out of town. The house comfortably accommodated two couples, two small children (in the single beds) and two grown-up singleton lads (in the double beds on the mezzanine). We had a very enjoyable two weeks exploring the beaches and other attractions by day and BBQ-ing by night on the terrace at the house. The terrace had beautiful views over Mareuil towards the church and chateau. We all loved our stay here and hope to be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
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20% deposit on confirmation of booking. Balance payable 6 weeks before arrival date

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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