|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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.
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 & 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
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.
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!
"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!
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.