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2 gites in lovely rural location, pictures don't do them justice! - Grandmere's



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Cottages in St Hilaire de Voust Nr. Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, - Near the Mervent Forest, and only 45 minutes from Puy du Fou!

Set in almost an acre of garden, we have 2 gites with a heated pool and terrace.Ideal for 2 family holiday ...lots of space... but equally totally safe for small children. We are 2 kilometres out of the village which has a small shop, boulangerie and a very good child friendly restaurant ..which also does " take away food " The town of La Chataigneraie is only 10 minutes away and has 3 supermarkets.

Details for holiday cottage Grandmere's, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 1 Bathroom

Sleeps 6/7 plus a cot. Grandmere's has 2 bedrooms upstairs a large double and a twin. We are happy to include additional beds for smaller children if needed ...as the downstairs is very spacious.

The sitting room has 3 sofas, one of which is a sofabed aswell as 2 armchairs.

The kitchen is large and has access to the front terrace shown in the pictures and also a rear terrace.

The bathroom is downstairs as is the cloakroom giving the gite an extra toilet.

The front terrace is a lovely spot to enjoy the evening sunset with a glass or two of wine!

The large garden has numerous sitting areas ...so feel free to try different venues for sun or shade.

The garden has children's swings and of course an 8 by 4 metre heated swimming pool shared with the house and Le Jardin.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

After busy working lives in the UK Jane and Ian " retired " to France ...we love the quiet pace of French life ....and hope to offer and share that experience with our gite guests.

Our house is part of Le Pinier, and as the garden and grounds are almost an acre, there is plenty of space for us all. In fact the gites are a brilliant way for 2 families wanting a holiday together and yet maintaining their own space too!

The best of both worlds!

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Speaks English, French

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely Place!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I decided to move from the South of France to the West for the last 4 days of our holiday due to bad weather, and it was the right decision! Jane and Ian were very welcoming upon our arrival and were very helpful. The house is very spacious but also very cosy with a well equipped kitchen and comfortable bed! Great heated pool which we went in every day. They also cooked us a lovely meal one evening (in aid of a local charity), so anyone who stays there then take up the offer it's wonderful! The area is very tranquil and as we both work hard in the UK in London, this is exactly what were looking for. Lots of interesting places to visit nearby and there is a lovely restaurant and cafe in the town.

Jane and Ian also respected our privacy so we didn't feel awkward at all. I would definately recommend this place to anyone thinking of visiting the area!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sarah Thanks so much for your review ... so delighted we could help you have a good end to your French holiday ..we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review ..it helps our new prospective customers when they are comparing all the gites in our area! Thanks again ..it was a delight to have you to stay ... and great guests make our job so easy!
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New forest

excellent short break

  • 5 of 5

We arrived later than planned after travelling through the tunnel and then driving through france. The welcome we received was very warm and friendly by both Jane and the other guests. We soon settled in and enjoyed a very relaxing week in a perfect gite for us and our two dogs.

We ventured out to Mervent forest where the dog walks are superb and the lake ideal for a cool swim ( dogs).

We relaxed in the garden and made good use of the recliners and the pool.

Jane made our stay so easy having provided a welcome pack and a meal. We had all the tourist information on hand and enjoyed exploring

We will be back to enjoy the hospitality again

Thank you Jane and send our love to Murphy.

Phil, Ali, Sam and Kim

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for a wonderful review... so pleased we could help you have a very relaxing holiday !!... Such super guests make our job very easy...we really look forward to welcoming you all here again We love the area ..and so pleased you all enjoyed it too ... no wonder Murphy loves it here too! Thanks for taking the trouble to write a review ...we know it makes such a difference when potential guests are looking at properties.. Pats for 2 great doggie guests ..Sam and Kim
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Beautiful garden with hedgehogs

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very relaxing and enjoyable week in delightful surroundings at Ian and Jane’s wonderful home. Ian and Jane are very welcoming and informative. Everything you need for a good holiday is there ready and waiting – for families the pool worked especially well with lots of pool toys and inflatables, a barn with table tennis and table football and a large garden for boules and football. My daughter was pleased to encounter baby hedgehogs as the explored the area (and offered tasty snails and slugs by her – which they tucked into quite happily with us watching). the Gite is located within reasonable distance of Ile de Ré and Puy De fou and other amenities. The accommodation has everything you need to cook meals and generally stay at the house all day – we alternated between day trips and stay at the house days, which worked well. The local restaurant is fabulous and well worth visiting. We had a lovely stay all credit to Jane and Ian.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for a wonderful review....and it really makes a difference for other guests looking to book Thanks for being such super guests too.... and so pleased we could help you to have a lovely holiday at our gites and in the Vendee Thanks again for taking the trouble to write a review ...very much appreciated Jane, Ian & Murphy the dog!
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From the Owner

We were attracted to this part of the Vendee after staying at the coast and passing through the Mervent Forest on our way back to the ferry. Once found, we were totally sold...and came looking for a house and gites in the region of Vouvant ... and here we are 7 years on ...and about to embark on our 6th season!... but for the 1st time with Owners Direct. We are just 15 minutes from Vouvant and the Mervent Forest and only an hour and a quarter from the coast ...and we are still finding different lovely beaches ...only last week we found some super ones at Jard sur Mer. We are just 5 minutes in the car from our village...

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Hilaire de Voust at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Niort at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Niort at 40 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Fontenay Le Comte at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Hilaire de Voust at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Les Rocher at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary


Lots of beaches on the Vendee coast, an easy drive of an hour and a quarter. The wonderful Ile de Re, often described as " Paris by the Sea " is only an hour and half away and well worth a visit. Superb for flat family cycling !

Local to us in Mervent we have a lakeside beach with sailing and pedalos. The Mervent Forest is just great for walks and cycling ....and even better when shade is required during high summer! it also has a small child friendly Zoo.


We are in a beautiful rural area... so a car is essential. Our local village is 30 minutes walking distance...or 5 minutes in the car!

We are well positioned for airports

La Rochelle, and Poitiers are both 1.5 hours away

Nantes is 2 hours

By car, we are 5 hours from Caen, 4 hours from St Malo and 7 hours from Calais

all very easy driving.


St Hilaire de Voust is 2 kilometres

La Chataigneraie is 12 kilometres

Fontenay Le Comte is 20 kilometres

Puy du Fou recently voted No. 1 theme park in the World! is only 45 minutes away.

Futuroscope is 1.5 hours

Further Details:

La Chataigneraie has 2 very large supermarkets...the size of Tesco or Sainsbury and also our very own Lidl. Fontenay has 2 even larger supermarkets aswell as an Aldi.

Fontenay has 25 restaurants ..including Hotel de Vendee ... superb cuisine in " Paris Bistro style and at lunchtime a very reasonable 13 euros for a 3 course lunch

Cycle hire is available locally, and we have kilometres of cycle tracks in the area which start just at the end of the lane ! Only 10 minutes away horse riding is available for all abilities. 15 minutes away is sailing, and the "lakeside beach" All in all the area has such a variety of activities and places to see.... I am sure you will be able to find something to entertain and interest your family or party. We are always happy to help and advice ....I am a keen cyclist and very willing to advise or / and accompany if you would like me to.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 25% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday... but out of main season we are happy to be flexible. Arrival after 4pm and Departure 10am ...again out of main season we are happy to be flexible

Notes on prices:
We are happy to give a discount when both gites are booked together, or a block booking of more than a fortnight.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We are very rural... and no apologises for that... wonderful views and total tranquility ...and the Vendee cycle routes start at the bottom of our lane. I am a very keen cyclist ...and always happy to advise on routes .... and always happy to accompany you locally on the cycle routes and in the Mervent Forest. We offer a meal on arrival ...we have found it is a wonderful way for us all to meet ...all we ask in return is a donation to a local charity we support. Happy to discuss the rate for smaller groups of people .....!!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, No bath... but the shower base is like a small bath....
  • The twin room has space for a cot /camp bed for an extra child ...these can also be put in the double room if required


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Each gite has access to the whole garden, with lots of shady areas each with table and chairs to take advantage of the views as well as the shade. Each gite has its own terrace too, again with patio furniture. Barbecues and fuel are available for a relaxing meal on your terrace or in the gardens. There is a shaded boules park, games room in the barn. The shared pool of 8 by 4 metres is heated and has a terrace and furniture to relax on. Le Jardin's own terrace is adjacent to the pool area. The pool has a security cover and alarm. Last year, when 3 families shared the 2 gites ...yes, 7 children .. the garden was really well used each evening for "en famille " cricket !! Everyone having a super time.

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