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Fabulous Character Gites - Pool, Tennis Court, With Wi-fi & Wood-Burning Stove - Old Garlands

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking



Old Garlands

Old Garlands is a delightful gite, recently renovated to a high standard 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 - or perfect for you to lounge around on a comfy sunbed, catching up on all that reading!

There are two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a double bed and access to separate bathroom with bath, wash basin and WC. The second bedroom has two single beds.....this room has en-suite shower, washbasin and WC.

The property has two large salons with extremely generous sofas, free Wi-fi access, TV/DVD, 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)

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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
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 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!

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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 Old Garlandsin 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
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available is a travel cot
  • The main bedroom is spacious, light and airy, with views over the landscaped garden. It has plenty of storage space with a large wardrobe and chest of drawers. Private access to bathroom with full facilities. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, plenty of storage space with wardrobe and chest of drawers. It has an ensuite shower rooms with full facilities.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • 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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Old Garlands
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Gite perfection

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fantastic week staying at Old Garlands. Sue and Richard are wonderfully welcoming hosts who made sure any questions were answered and that we had everything we needed. Old Garlands has been renovated to a five star standard. Everything was extremely comfortable, clean and in excellent order. The kitchen was very well equipped. We all enjoyed the swimming pool and tennis court, and our children loved the space to play in the grounds. The next door village can supply you with all your basic needs - excellent baker, butcher and small supermarket. We didn't venture too far as we enjoyed just relaxing by the pool and sitting out on the terrace enjoying the sights and smells of Sue's beautiful garden. However, there is lots to do in the area and we hope to back for a two week stay as one week just wasn't long enough.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jo Jo Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your review of our gite and your holiday. Your kind comments are greatly appreciated and we thoroughly enjoyed having you as guests. We look forward to seeing you back here very soon......perhaps next year?! Best regards Richard & Sue
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Beautiful, stylish and friendly retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at Old Garlands and we already looking as to when we can go back. Richard and Sue welcomed us after a long drive and were always on around for advice on where to go and what to see. The gite was very clean and very well looked after. You feel like you are in middle of nowhere, excellent to unwind and relax, however you are not far from anywhere. We visited La Rochelle, beaches, the Mervent forest and the truly astounding Puy Du Fou - a must see! The swimming pool was lovely to cool down and I managed to beat my son 4 sets to love on the tennis court :-).

In short, Old Garlands was the perfect base for relaxation and days out and the work that Richard and Sue have put into making it a friendly and welcoming place is very evident, along with Barney and Rubble - nearly forgot them! I would recommend it in a heartbeat to all.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jon, Many thanks for taking the time to add your review. It was good to have you all to stay. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time here so much and Sue & I look forward to your next visit!! Best regards Richard
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Stunning period Gite set in beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Old Garlands with our 2 young children. The gite has been recently renovated to a very high standard, with solid wood floors, fully equipped kitchen and great shower! The living area was really comfortable and there is a table outside for al fresco dinning. The gardens are lovely and the whole place was really relaxing. The kids and adults loved the pool on those hot balmy days! All in all a very relaxing stay and I'm sure we will be back. Thanks Richard and Sue and Barney and Rubble the dogs !!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi I think this lovely review is from Jill & James? Thank you very much for taking the time to post your comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. You must come back soon!! Richard & Sue
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Fantastic place, can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a week and had a brilliant time. We both work long hours and so it was great to get away for a week. It was so quiet there and with the garden and the pool we spent the first few days just relaxing. Old Garlands was surprisingly big inside with 2 double en-suite bathrooms and was clean and well equipped with the internet and tv.

We had a warm welcome from Sue, Richard and their two dogs (who we loved!) and they were always happy to help with ideas of places to go and see. With the Mervin forest and beach within a short drive we didn't get bored and will definitely be going back soon!

Great for relaxing or being more active, highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dani, Just a note to say thank you for your kind words. we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards Richard & Sue
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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 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.