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Beautiful French Cottage - Heated in ground Swimming Pool and exquisite Gardens



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
Cottage in Mouilleron-en-Pareds, Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Location (no street lights) view the bright stars at night, hear the dawn chorus

This lovingly restored cottage is set on a quiet lane, within a small hamlet, the hamlet enjoys the peacefulness of the vendean countryside. The cottage has a large outdoor (newly heated for 2016) Swimming Pool 5m x 10m – Set in an exquisite landscaped garden. The guests have exclusive use of the pool. Enjoy your barbequed evening meal at the side of the pool watching the sunset over the Vendee. Have breakfast in the terrace with the sound of the water fountain. Watch the goldfish and wildlife in the pond whilst you take in the early morning sun-rays. There are a multitude of indoor board games (scrabble, Rumikub, draughts, cards etc) Outdoors there are rackets and balls, bowls, floats for the swimming pool etc Access to UK TV and Wi Fi. DVD player and English DVD’s are on - snuggle up in front of the Log Burner in the winter time.

Long term winter lets considered (from 1 month - 8 month) contact the owner for a quote.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi we are Sam and Joan, we originate from Morpeth in Northumberland, England, we have a West Highland Terrier called Lexi. She is visitor friendly and only interacts if requested. Lexi is 8 years old, and loves her leisurely jaunt down the very quiet country roads each morning and evening. We are both English but speak a little French, we are on hand for advice on Restaurants, directions etc. Sam is a Joiner by trade (recently retired) and Joan an Accountant (also recently retired).

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for the peaceful holiday I spent in your gite. The quiet countryside and beautiful gardens ensure that I will be returning next year. Anne Harrison August 2014

Many thanks for spending the time to show us around the area, the pool is brilliant, the windmills at Mouilleron were delightful for an evening stroll and Mervant Zoo was excellent. We will definitely be returning. Geoff and Beth June 2014

You have an awesome place and I'll definitely be returning. The dip in the pool on Christmas day was an eye opener (the things you do for facebook statuses) Gary Robson Xmas 2013
Mar 2015
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Third visit to this lovely rural cottage, hosts Joan and Sam are very welcoming and helpful. Heated pool lovely to relax in at the end of a busy day sightseeing or bike riding. Lovely quiet part of France, plenty of places to visit and enjoy the local culture and food.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to review our cottage, we are so pleased you had another enjoyable and peaceful holiday. You took to cycling like a duck to water, (we knew we would eventually get you on the bikes) hope to see you again next year.
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Magical holiday!

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we arrived at this beautiful gite, we were made to feel welcome by Sam,Joan and Lexi the Westie. The traditional cottage had a lovely and cosy to feel to it, was very well equipped and kept at a pleasant temperature even when it reached 35 degrees outside!

It was the first time we had stayed in a cottage with our 2 young girls, normally opting for a more lively holiday, but we absolutely loved the place. The girls swam nearly all day every day and we were able to relax.

We didn't venture too far (it was too hot!), but we did manage a day out at Puy du Fou (amazing medieval shows).

We will treasure special memories of our week here and hope to return one day for a darts and bingo rematch!

Tina, Rick, Georgia and Annie

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review, we are so pleased you had such a memorable holiday and would very much like another game of bingo. The prizes were amazing!!!
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A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

This gite and pool are as close to heaven that you can get. Inside the gite is so clean, comfortable and immediately inviting. I loved the beams in the sitting room and upstairs and there are so many lovely touches in the gite which gives it such a lovely country cottage feel. Outside, we found the beautiful pool area very relaxing on the hotter days when we didn't feel like going too far away from the cottage. Although Sam and Joan live next door and the terrace is in their garden, we were made to feel very welcome to use it which we found an extra special touch. Of all the gites we have stayed in I don't think we have ever had better hosts than Sam and Joan, who felt more like good friends than hosts and we will miss both them and Lexi, the little Westie, who gave us the warm welcome that only dogs know how to do. I will miss her "speaking" to us from Sam and Joan's side of the garden. The Vendee is a beautiful area and if you are looking for a lovely, relaxing holiday, you will certainly find it here. The cottage has lots of ideas for eating out and places to visit. We loved the Chateau de Terre Neuve at Fontenay Le Comte, where the French guide made a very special effort to conduct our tour in English to avoid us having to use guide books. This made our visit all the more special and enjoyable. The tour takes about 30 minutes, but there is a very well appointed gift shop with reasonable prices and very friendly staff that you will enjoy looking round, and the grounds are beautiful to walk round too. Thank you Sam and Joan for a very special week that we will never forget. Love from the Saunders family. x

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a relaxing and enjoyable time at the cottage. It means so much to us to get such lovely feedback, we thank you for choosing to spend your holiday in our little country cottage:-)
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wonderful in every way

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the gite had everything you could need or indeed want. Very clean and well cared for. The pool is a lovely attraction. I cannot fault anything about the gite at all.

The owners Sam and Joan are so full of northern friendly charm it feels like visiting friends more than landlords. We hope to return, would highly recommend except when we want to go again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and hope to welcome you again in the future.
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Lovely Homely Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute pleasure it was to stay in this cottage. From the minute we arrived we were welcomed by Joan and Sam, who throughout the stay, made sure we have everything we needed. The facilities at the cottage were second to none. Having a lit fire on the odd occasion the sun hid behind clouds, a barbecue twice by the pool that gave us a lovely break from the heat of the sun! The cottage facilities were brilliant offering a selection of channels, DVDs, fridge freezer, cooker, a vast amount of cutlery and a bath/shower that was prefect. We slept sound asleep as the only thing to be heard through the night was the light breeze. The area the cottage is located is absolutely stunning. We went on numerous walks and were able to easily shop within the local supermarkets. The couple have a Westie called Lexi who was just as lovely as the hosts - A real home comfit, having 2 miniature dachshunds. I will definitely returning, possibly in the winter because I didn't get a chance to try the wood burner as the weather was too good! Nevertheless a five star rating and will totally recommend it to my friends and family! Hope to see you again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it means so much to us to know that guests enjoy there time at the cottage. We are so pleased you had a lovely holiday and would love to welcome you back soon. Many many thanks Joan, Sam et Lexi.
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Our visit to the Vendee

  • 4 of 5

Nice Gite in a quiet location. Clean and well maintained. We found that good restaurants were a few miles away ,also supermarkets. Joan and Sam were good hosts and recommended several places to see. I would recommend the Gite to friends but I don't think it would be suitable for the infirm and small children.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased that you liked the quiet location and found the gite clean, well maintained, and would recommend it to your friends. The garden has a few steps and we understand how this may prove difficult for some older/infirm guests or very small children who like to wander. The Gite is equipped with stair gates for when small children are visiting, and they do love the pool. Thank you once again for your valued custom.
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From the Owner

We fell in love with the property the moment we walked through the door. It's rustic charm, wooden beams and log burner were delightful when we first visited in the winter of 2013. The outside terrace looks onto a spectacular landscaped garden and steps either side lead up to a beautiful in ground pool. The pond next to the terrace with it's small fountain, goldfish and frogs is idyllic.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cycling tours around the local countryside can be arranged, we also have two adult bikes to borrow. (one male and one female)


We have lakeside beaches approx 10 minutes away, these are very family friendly with picnic areas, children’s play areas, lovely walks, restaurant etc.

Beautiful West Coast beaches are 45 minutes to 1 hours drive away, a great selection of beach resorts available, with blue flag beaches.


Nearest airport - La Rochelle or Nante both are within 1 hour 15 mins.

Nearest ferry port: St Malo - 3 hours

Caen ferry port: 4 hours

Le Harve: 5 hours

Calais: 6 hours


Set in a lovely, peaceful hamlet it is 5 mins from Mouilleron en Pards, 6 mins from the town of La Chataignerie, 10 minutes from Vouvent, 10 minutes from Mervant Forest, 25 mins from the old capital of the vendee Fontenay La Comte and 50 mins from the new capital of the Vendee La Roche sur Yon. 30 minutes drive from Puy de fou, 45 minutes from the nearest beach and just over one hour from La Rochelle, and Ille de Re

Further Details:

The house is strictly no smoking.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Jan - March 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
April - June 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer Special 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit will secure your booking the balance must be paid 6 weeks prior to the start of your holiday or the equivalent in euros on arrival.

Changeover Day:
is flexible, allowing our guests the opportunity to take advantage of cheaper ferry/flight costs. Guests can access the house from 3.00pm and are asked to vacate the property by 11.00am (unless agreed otherwise by prior arrangement).

30% on booking, final payment 6 weeks before commencement of holiday.

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From the Owner

Whilst we have an oasis of peace and tranquillity, we are still only 5 mins from our nearest large supermarket. There are an abundance of country lanes to go walking or cycling on and with virtually no vehicles it is an absolute pleasure to take that exercise.

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The newly tiled bathroom is upstairs and consists of Bath, overhead Shower, Toilet and Sink.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs you have two double bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is in a lovely, peaceful location in a small hamlet close to Mouilleron en Pareds. Bazoges en Pareds is a 5 minute drive (or a lovely cycle ride) and boasts a dungeon and medieval garden. We are 10 minutes from Vouvant (listed as one of the 100 prettiest villages in France), 10 minutes from Mervent (swimming, canoeing). The nearest town of La Chataignerie is approx 5 minutes drive (2 large supermarkets) and the Renaissance town of Fonteney le Comte (25 mins) with lots of lovely cafés, restaurants, shops, hypermarkets & Saturday morning market. There are so many things to do in the Vendee, it's hard to know where to begin, but there is something for everyone, family attractions, water parks, beaches and lots of lovely walks and scenery if you just want to chill out. Beautiful West Coast beaches are approximately 45 minutes drive. Lakeside beaches are located 5-10 minutes away. La Rochelle is a must to visit with the aquarium, lovely shops, parks, beach. Outside: There is a private swimming pool (5m x 10m) in ground, with a secure cover for when not in use. The owners are on hand to open up and close the pool as well as cleaning duties. There is a barbecue and outdoor furniture at the pool side, with a selection of loungers, and cushions. Utility Room: Washing Machine Tumble Dryer Outside dryer Airer Iron Ironing Board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All Linen and Towels are provided.

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