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Spacious Farmhouse In The Heart Of Venise Verte with private heated pool.



Updated: 04-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Le Mazeau, Benet, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Location Surrounded By The Marais Canals with own woodland. Close to La Rochelle.

Situated in the Marais poitevin this beautiful holiday home is simply stunning, it has been renovated to a very high standard with an exceptionally large lounge area. The house is set in amazing grounds which lead down to one of the many rivers that are throughout the area.

This local village has boat hire for those that want to explore the many cans and rivers.

It is within easy access to all the local beaches along the amazing Vendee coast and all the beautiful local villages of the Marais. There are eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property is full of rustic charm and a perfect place for a well deserved break. The property has it's own woodland and private pool. Ideal for large groups and a five minute walk to the local village with its own bar, bakery and cave. There are boats to hire in the village and great cycle routes to. The beautiful town of La Rochelle is a short drive and the gorgeous beaches of the vendee or the charante maritime are also easily accessible. There are plenty of sites to visit locally.

  • Sleeps 20
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved here nearly 10 years ago with our two small children in pursuit of a more peaceful life with long hot summers. We have spent our time renovating our barn conversion and our other properties whilst building up a successful carpentry company and now enjoy a wonderful family life with our four children.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic stay and was truly a picturesque place to stay, the pool area was great and a really nice place to unwind. We took the boat out on several occasions and ended up in some lovely local bars which was really unique to any where else we have stayed in the past. Many thanks to Matt for being on hand for local information, we will be returning!

John Finch.

This was one of my favourite holidays in France and I have been a lot of times!

Just a great place to unwind and the garden is fantastic for the children with so many trees to climb. Many a late evening in the great pool terrace covered area having bbqs and swims.

Mary Jones
May 2013
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Eleven adults + 8 young children

  • 4 of 5

This was a family holiday centred on young children aged 6months to 6 years. It proved a great success. The farmhouse is large and comfortable and most of the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. One bedroom downstairs is a bit austere as it has no windows and only a skylight. The kitchen and sitting rooms are exactly as described and easily coped with all the demands we put upon it.

The outside is wonderful. A great swimming pool; lovely outdoor BBQ and eating area which is shaded on hot evenings. There is a large orchard running down to the canal giving a lots of shade and plenty of play space.

The immediate countryside is ideal for cycling and short visits. The beaches at La Rochelle and Ile de Re are less then an hour away. Shopping is not a problem.

Matt and Emily were very responsive to our needs and were lovely to deal with.

We are likely to return and would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a similar holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, lovely outdoor space and pool

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous living and outdoor space. Ideal for family and friends to get together and the perfect venue for our wedding party (Mat and Emily did the catering with panache)! Stressed travellers loved the pool. Wish we had had a bit longer to explore the canals but we had a lovely pre-wedding meal in La Pigouille in the very pretty town of Coulon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really amazing house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay and really enjoyed the holiday, the weather was superb the heated pool made all the difference and tired out the children and adults no end!

I would highly recommend this property and would like to thank Matt and Em for all there help and advice during our stay. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review and we are both glad you had a great stay. All the best, Matt and Emily.
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From the Owner

We have lived in the Vendee for over 10 years and this is one of our properties that we rent out for holiday lets. We rent this property out because of the stunning location and the house really compliments that. We love the French way of life and the easy going lifestyle and hope that you will enjoy this also.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 36 Miles Nearest Barpub : Le Mazeau at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 198 Miles Nearest Golf : Niort at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Niort at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A83 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Dam vix at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 36 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The area is suitable for nature lovers.


The famous beautiful sandy beaches of the Vendee and Charente maritime are around 45 minutes away.


La Rochelle airport is 45 minutes away; Poitiers and Nantes airport are all just over an hour. Car hire would be recommended, available at the airports. Channel ports are all within an easy drive:3- 4 hours to the western ports, 7 to Calais.


5 miles from the stunning Maillezais abbey, 10 miles from the abbey at Nieul-sur-L'autise where Eleanor of Aquitaine was born.

5 minutes from supermarket (Benet), 20 minutes from Fontenay-le-Comte

45 to the centre of la Rochelle

Further Details:

40 minutes away you’ll find the beautiful city of la Rochelle, the miles of sandy beaches the Vendee is famous for, Puy du Fou - the biggest theme park in France, and arguably the best (some say the best in the world) - Euroscope France’s unique look into the future, Nantes the city regularly voted France’s favourite place to live. Elsewhere as you explore the area you’ll find a haven of treasures just waiting to be explored where the pace of is the France you expect surrounded by beautiful countryside, sleepy hamlets and small Romanesque churches.

From Sables d’Olonnes, the Vendée globe takes place every four years and is above all human adventure, with the competitors sailing single handed round-the-world. The record was broken again in 2013 - all eyes will now be on the next race starting in 2016.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring bank holiday half term
27 May 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
JUNE 2017
12 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Peak season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner

Changeover Day:
Friday arrivals at 4.00 pm and departures at 10.00 am

Notes on prices:
25% booking deposit taken at time of reservation
The balance payment is due 12 weeks before the arrival date.
A refundable damages deposit of 500 pounds is required as a bank transfer before arrival.
Please ensure that the house is left in a clean and tidy state as you found it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Ideal for large groups or people that want a lot of space.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 380 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 5 bathrooms in total. 2 x en-suite. 3 x bathrooms.


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (8 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are eight bedrooms in total. Upstairs, 1x master with ensuite, 4x double beds with 2 x shower rooms, 1 x double with en-suite. Downstairs, 2x double beds with bathroom and walk in shower and separate wc.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: The house in on the edge of a small traditional marais hamlet, with large grounds bordering onto one of the canals that criss-cross the area. Whilst at the centre of the popular Venise Verte national park, the house is situated away from the tourist centres, but close enough to easily visit them. There is a great pool and BBQ area ideal for those long summer evenings. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided. Other: There is a large playroom with table tennis.

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