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Fabulous Character Gites - Pool, Tennis Court, With Wi-fi & Wood-Burning Stove - La Treille

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking



La Treille

La Treille is a delightful gite, recently renovated to a high standard. It is set in the two acre garden of the owner's home, where there is a 10m x 5m salt-water swimming pool, a hard tennis court and plenty of room for children to play. There are two double bedrooms. (One with two single beds and the main bedroom with a double bed). The property has a large salon with extremely generous sofas, TV/DVD, free WiFi access, dining table, well stocked bookcase and large wood-burning stove; the kitchen is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and the various bits and pieces you would hope to find. A true "Home from Home"

All linen and towels for indoor use are supplied by the owner (please bring your own towels for poolside use or for a small fee, poolside towels can be provided upon request). Baby paraphernalia is available on request. The gite can be centrally heated during the colder weeks for a small additional charge.

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About the property



Situated on the edge of the traditional French village of La Caillere Saint Hilaire amidst rolling countryside, we are located within easy reach of main attractions and larger towns. For those wanting to immerse themselves in the French way of life a popular bar is located nearby. Our two recently renovated spacious period gites both retain plenty of character with stone walls and wonderful exposed beams throughout. Superbly equipped with everything needed for a memorable holiday including uk digital TV. The properties can be rented independently or together for larger groups or two families holidaying together. There is a 10m x 5m swimming pool and a tennis court set in private enclosed gardens. There is plenty of space for children to play and of course, our two friendly labradors are always keen to play! They are very safe with children of all ages. Our 2 gites are available all year round with heating and wood burners for the more chilly nights. A perfect location for Christmas!

Richard Mayle
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

About Richard Mayle

Richard & Sue own La Treille. Having lived in the South East of England all our lives, we were looking for a slower pace of life in a more rural setting.

We looked at many properties over a number of years before we visited "La Treille" and we were blown away with the stunning setting. So many of our guests have come back to stay for three to four years in succession as they have found the setting to be so peaceful.

Richard Mayle purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Richard Mayle chose La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire

La Caillere is located in the Southern area of the Vendee, an area of rolling countryside dotted with lakes and forests. Our home is at the edge of a village in a semi-rural location. Plenty of things to do and see for the more active, but peaceful and relaxing if that is what you prefer. We are lucky enough to own a fabulous period property (dating back to Napoleonic times) with huge character and a superb two and a half acre garden. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Access from the UK is easy, with regular flights from several UK airports to Nantes (1 hour), La Rochelle (1 hour) and Poitiers (90 minutes). Driving is easy too, (much easier than in the UK) with ferry crossings to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Harve, Dieppe, Calais and don't forget the Euro Tunnel.

What makes this cottage unique

Whilst viewing potential properties to buy over a number of years, we were struck by the poor accommodation offered by many of the holiday cottages/gites.

We looked at providing holiday accommodation that we would be happy to stay in ourselves and this has resulted in two gites of a very high quality and standard.

We have had many guests that return year after year. Most tend to book within a week or two of leaving us!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An outstanding Gite in a fabulous location"

We have just had the most amazing time with Richard and Sue. The Gite is so well equipped that you want for nothing. The Gite is beautifully presented and immaculate and is a perfect place to relax, away from it all!

The gardens and grounds are stunning and an ideal location for children to play and spend time investigating the beautiful surroundings. Having your own tennis court as well as a perfect sized pool was another additional bonus.

The location is great for visiting many beautiful beaches and French towns in the local area and Sue is also on hand to offer suggestions and ideas for eating and visiting in the locally

The dogs, Barney and Rubble are the icing on the cake - they entertained our children (and us!) for hours, gorgeous!

A fabulous holiday venue!
Oct 2013
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Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays however, flexible out of peak season. Arrival at the property should be after 4 pm and departure by 10.30 am please

Notes on prices:
The property does not have weekend tariffs

NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion

A welcome pack can be made available on arrival - larder basics + a few treats. Let us know what you need and we will buy for you and you can reimburse us on arrival please. Owner lives in separate adjacent house. Available to help if necessary - also to keep garden in shape.
On departure from your holiday, the gite must be left in the same condition as it was handed over to you. Food should be removed from fridge/freezer etc and the property cleaned and hoovered, with oven, dishwasher and washing machine all left clean and empty. Bathrooms should be left clean and tidy. Bedding to be left on the beds and towels in the bathrooms please.

All rubbish should be removed and placed in black plastic bags in our bin on the driveway and all recycling should be taken to the recycling point 200 metres up the road, or placed in the yellow recycling bags provided as outlined by the owners [and in the gite manual provided upon arrival].

Should the gite not be left as found, a cleaning charge of £40 will be levied and taken from the security deposit

Clients to take out their own travel insurance policy giving full personal liability cover for all members of the party.(under French law this is not covered by the property owners insurance)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire in Vendée

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Well equipped bathroom with full sized bath, shower, toilet and sink. Heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The main bedroom is spacious and light, with a cot for visitors with a baby. There is plenty of storage facilities with wardrobe and chest of drawers. The bedroom overlooks the landscaped gardens.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Located in the Southern Vendee & well placed for all amenities. The fabulous Mervent forest and the superb sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are within easy reach. The world-renowned Puy du Fou leisure park and amazing Son et Lumiere is close and highly recommended. There are many rivers and lakes in the area, which boast good fishing, walking, boating and cycling. The Marais Poitevin with its miles of interlocking canals and waterways is a great place to visit. For those of you with a love of architecture and good shopping, visit the city of La Rochelle. Fontenay La Comte, the town market and the chateau are all well worth a visit. There are golf courses in close proximity offering challenges for the novice and seasoned golfer. Alternatively take the various gourmet wine tours in nearby Mareuil Sur Lay and appreciate the diverse gastronomy the region has to offer. The owners are on hand with with advice on where to go and what to do, so please ask! These are No Smoking properties Outside: Both "La Treille" & "Old Garlands" benefit from the large, well maintained and secluded gardens. There is a large patio in front of each gite for exclusive use, perfect for sitting and relaxing, al fresco eating, barbecue etc. (There is a barbecue available for use) There is a 10m x 5m salt-water swimming pool, a hard tennis court and plenty of room for children to play. We have 2 lovely labradors who are extremely friendly, always a huge favourite with children of all ages (even the grown up ones!!)


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La Treille
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 4 reviews

Lovely gite, lovely hosts, beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth visit (at least) to this gite. We love it for the space, the clean. unfussy and comfortable decor and layout, and our hosts, who live in the main house and are there to help whenever you need them but maintain that great balance between being interested and friendly but not crowding. And who can forget Barney & Rubble, labradors - handsome, friendly and very well behaved. We like to explore, and La Treille is brilliantly located for visiting everyting the Vendee has to offer. Then it's back to La Treille for a dip in the pool to cool off at the end of the day. We will definitely be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cathy, Many thanks for your kind words. It has always been a pleasure to have you and Andy as guests over the years............I'm not sure, but I reckon it 5 visits!! If not, it will be by the end of 2018!! We look forward to seeing you next October with your friends and possibly Maddy too? Best regards Richard and Sue
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Excellent gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this lovely, spacious gite. It is tasteful, clean, well-equipped and practical - and the beds and sofas are really comfortable! Outside, the garden is just gorgeous with pots of flowers everywhere and scented lavender beside the (very clean) swimming pool and tennis court. The owners, Sue and Richard, are excellent hosts - welcoming and very helpful. Our teenage children were equally delighted with the facilities (and the dogs)!

There is plenty to do within an hour's drive or so. The French do theme parks very well, and Puy du Fou (40 minutes away) is no exception (check out their website) - well worth the entrance fee. We have visited Futuroscope in the past - also excellent. Otherwise, the area has no shortage of castles and pretty French towns and villages. The castle at Tiffauges is worth a visit with its "living history" shows and demonstrations of medieval weaponry, imaginative 3D film about the infamous lord who once lived there, and a medieval-themed play area for younger children. We also enjoyed hiring a boat on the Marais Poitevin (from the Abbey at Maillezais) - very pleasant on a hot day.

Our Flybe flights from Manchester to La Rochelle worked out well, and the car hire (Europcar La Rochelle) was uncomplicated and efficient.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sandra, Many thanks for taking the time to submit such a lovely review of our gite. It is greatly appreciated...........you can come and stay again!! I hope you are all well and are not too depressed at being back in the routine. If you feel you would like to come back, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Hope to hear from you soon and please pass our regards to Tom, Laura & Patrick. Best regards Richard
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Our summer holidays July 2017

  • 4 of 5

Gite la Treille is beautifully situated at the back of the estate. By its appearance and location opposite a charming barn, but also the wonderful garden around with many flowers in bloom, it was a relaxing and enjoyable stay. We also enjoyed the swimming pool and tennis court, both at the back of the estate which gave us a free feeling.

The owners next door are friendly and they are helpful in advising on trips. You would like to bring the dogs home if you have met them.

We have done a lot of activities, to many to mention but Puy du Fou is definitely recommended. Be there about 1 hour earlier so you can already join the queue of the first show you like to see.

Explore the activities in the Vendee beforehand and you will have a nice holiday.

Packbier family

The Netherlands

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nantes or La Rochelle
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
La Trance sur Mer
Car: necessary


We are less than an hour from coast with the resorts of La Tranche sur Mer and La Faute which look across to Ile de Re and offer sheltered swimming, sailing and windsurfing facilities.

It is possible to walk along these fabulous, sandy beaches for miles without interruption.

A lakeside beach at Mervent is just a 15 minute drive away.

Les Sable D'Olonne and La Rochelle are also within an hours' drive.


Approximate travel times

Look for flights from various UK airports with Easyjet, Flybe, Ryan Air, BA.

Nearest: Nantes airport - 1 hour 15 minute drive.

La Rochelle airport - 1 hour drive.

Regular ferry routes to St Malo - 3.5 hours drive.

Caen Port - 4 hours drive.

Calais - 6 hours drive.

Most guests use the Eurotunnel and drive......gives you a chance to take home plenty of the excellent and superb value French wines, cheeses etc!


La Caillere (4kms) is a large village with a range of shops consisting of a small well stocked supermarket, boulangerie, boucherie (superb meat!) poissonerie (weekends only), pharmacies, banks, bar/tabac, petrol station and restaurant (the owners are regulars and recommend it!!).

The larger town of Chantonnay is just 10 minutes drive, with 2 hyper markets, banks, restaurants

Further Details:

There are many fantastic places to visit within easy reach.

Close to us, there is the Tower of Bazoges en Pareds, the Museum of the Two Victories Clemenceau-de Lattre at Mouilleron en Pareds, the Mining Centre at Faymoreau, the abbeys at Nieul sur l’Autise and Maillezais, the Forest of Mervent- Vouvant.

you can visit nearby Fontenay-le-Comte with its ancient streets of Renaissance houses and the vast Mervent-Vouvant forest to name just a few.

Vouvant is 15 minutes away - this medieval town is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France with it's medieval ramparts, cobbled streets and pretty houses. The town is well known as a village of painters and there are arts and crafts shops as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants.

There are many historical places of interest and great theme parks at Puy-du-Fou (45min) and Futuroscope (90min). There are also many towns and cities to explore (about an hour by car) – La Rochelle, Nantes, Niort, Cholet, La Roche sur Yon (45 mins), Poitiers (90 mins).

The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou (around an hour) provides a great day out for the family.

An enormous network of clearly marked footpaths lead from La Treille & Old Garlands - you can go for a stroll or ramble for hours; an American-style riding stable is close by, which offers lessons or accompanied rides through the woods for adults and children; The forest of Mervent with it's mountain bike centre is 20 minutes away; the 127 hectare lac Rocherau is nearby with fishing, boating and a beach. The seemingly endless sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are about an hour distant where you can take advantage of the Vendée's wonderful climate.

And for the more culturally minded, the numerous châteaux of the Loire, local museums and galleries are waiting to be explored.