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

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


About the property

Cottage in Mouilleron Saint Germain, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Peaceful Location (within easy access of Tour de France 2018 starting stages in Vendee)

Contact us direct at:- joanandsamyoung @ gmail . com

Or find us on Booking . Com

Members of Brittany Ferries - guest members receive a discount when booking with Brittany Ferries, just use our membership code FX0041 (as a guest to the member)

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 (heated May/June - Sept inc) 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. 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 hand - 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.

More Details

Joan Young
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Joan Young

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 9 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 (retired) and Joan an Accountant (also retired).

Joan Young purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Joan Young chose Saint-Maurice-le-Girard

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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. Tour de France 2018 is in the Vendee from Sat 7th July, 2nd day starts just 3km away in Mouilleron St Germaine, come and ride the route the week before and watch the race the following week.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maurice-le-Girard in Vendée

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The tiled bathroom is upstairs and consists of Bath, overhead Shower, Toilet and Sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2/3 Children) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs you have two double bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds (a third bed can be accommodated).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Contact us direct at:- joanandsamyoung @ gmail . com 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 Outside dryer Iron Ironing Board


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Beautiful French Cottage - Heated in ground Swimming Pool and exquisite Gardens
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews

Fabulous property. Warm and friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

Have just spent a fabulous 2 weeks with Joan Sam and of course Lexi. This fabulous property is a real home from home, with everything you need for an independent quiet self catering holiday. Everything was provided and was clean and very comfortable. A fabulous pool to use at any time of the day, set in lovely gardens. Joan and Sam were welcoming, warm and friendly and provided good advice on places to visit and local restaurants. The Paramy Thai Buffet is a must do. Ting the owner is a joy. Also do not miss Puy du Fou. Sensational. All in all a first class stay in wonderful countryside. If you enjoy walking then this is the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write a review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. It was lovely to have fellow Northerners visit our little part of the world. We hope to see you again in the future, oh and thank you for the info on walking paths in the area - invaluable:-)
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and stylish cottage in wonderful surroundings, with everything you could possibly need, including vast information about the area. The owners were the perfect hosts, very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. There were plenty of places to visit and lovely restaurants to try nearby. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our cottage. It's lovely to hear such positive things and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay here. Hope to see you again in the future, Joan, Sam and not forgetting Lexi :-)
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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: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 25-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 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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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.

Mouilleron en Pareds is now known as Mouilleron St Germaine, although sat nav's and google maps are yet to be updated.


Prices & Availability

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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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.