Cottage in Dolbeau, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - A Tranquil Haven Ideally Located 15km From Beaches
Birdsong from the wooded commune and the sounds of water flowing along the River Vie in front of " Le logis de Dolbeau" create a tranquil haven to return to after a day spent at bustling beaches, markets and villages. A perfect combination of a secluded holiday cottage with plenty of activities. WIFI available.
Top Traveller Review
Very relaxing with lots to offer
About the Owner
As busy South Africans, our annual trip to France allows us to escape from it all. Belinda amongst other things, is chair of a charitable children's organization and Mark spends much of my time working all over Africa . Le Logis is the one place where we can safely get away from it all, unpack our bags for a few weeks and spend quality time together.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Original review edited for space .....We have been going to Brittany and the Vendee for a number of years and this was easily the best property we've stayed at. …. we opened all the shutters, . we let the abundant sunlight in (The Vendee benefits from its own microclimate enjoying around 2,600 hours of sunshine per year, almost as many hours as the South of France. This compares to typical 1,490 hours of sun for London! ) to reveal a wonderful, cosy, clean and typical french cottage.
The view from the deck over the tranquil river Vie is fantastic. It's a really peaceful setting. The deck itself is marvellous. We spend most of the time here, having breakfasts, BBQs and sometimes lunch here. Equally we enjoyed sitting in the traditionally furnished living room. Other guests have spotted interesting wildlife, like rare birds and bats. Yes there are insects too, but you're in the middle of nature here, so this is hardly surprising. The cottage is really uncomplicated. Yes, it's old, but that's the charm of it. Yes, it's a little bit tricky to park the car, car,(reversing in is the answer). The house is big enough for a family of four and is also great for couples. It's really uncomplicated and easy to live in. If you want to eat outside, the kitchen is right there. And if you want to go in at the end of the day, you just close the doors and the shutters and you're in the bright and welcoming living room. It's got all the equipment you might want. We had no need to talk to the caretakers, but they did a great job having the house clean and ready for our arrival. The area is really quiet, with the occasional car driving down the one-way road outside. The road that crosses the bridge visible from the house (another lovely touch) is a bit busier, but you don't notice it. The owner of the house is extremely helpful.
Location-wise it's fantastic too. Coex is only a 10 minutes drive away with a small supermarket, Super U, several outstanding bakeries, a nice butcher and a fish shop. There are several beautiful villages within 10 minutes drive, ....A little bit further is St Gilles Croix de Vie. This is a typical seaside town with a remarkable number of good icecream shops and some good restaurants We had an absolutely fantastic stay. We would not hesitate to recommend this house to other people. The answer to "would you want to stay here again?' is a wholehearted yes.
4.3 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Le Logis de Dolbeau
Very comfortable house. Lovely atmosphere. Great base for exploring, and loads of places to visit and discover. The proximity of seaside villages/towns means you're spoilt for choice for beaches and entertainment. Nearby Chateaux, interesting churches, and available activities are not in short supply. All in all, something for everyone. A good selection of restaurants are within a fairly short drive.
I found parking in the small drive easy ! Remember to turn right out of the drive when setting off - the One Way sign on the main road isn't very clear.
Local walks, and the river nearby, and at Apremont, are fascinating, especially if you like nature, wildlife, and/or photography. There are plenty of fishing opportunities too.
A very enjoyable holiday, with help from the owners if needed. Tomtom was more than useful..... A wealth of information about specific eateries etc, is available in the house, with some very helpful observations from previous holidaymakers.
The property was very clean, and customer service A1.
Very relaxing with lots to offer
We stayed for 2 weeks and had a lovely time. We were fortunate to have the most amazing weather which enabled us to explore the local area. Having 2 children, age 5 and 6, we didn't want to have to travel too far to find fun and we did not. The coast is close by and there is a wonderful lake with a beach at Apremont which is only about a 10 min drive from the house. The house is well equipped with everything you would need.
A great holiday home with character.
Le Logis had everything we needed for our holiday. It is located in a quiet position with trees and birds and a stream at the back of the house.
It is very peaceful and there is plenty of garden furniture for you to relax on the decking if you want to spend the day at home reading or sunbathing, having a barbecue etc.
It is ideally situated for visiting places of interest and there a some absolutely fabulous beaches to drive to. There are many fleamarkets and antique fairs to visit and there is a very helpful book in the house telling you all the dates and locations, vide greniers and brocantes are very popular and can be quite an event in the villages and they have music and food, beer and wine.
After a day out its great to get home to Dolbeau, its comfortable and welcoming, everything you need is there. I've cooked some superb meals on the Calor gas cooker. I never used one before I went to Dolbeau but it's great and I like using different things, it's all part of the holiday.
There is tv and a dvd player, wifi ,washing machine and tumble drier, fridge freezer,the beds are comfortable, lots of hot water, nice shower, somewhere to park your car.
The owners are exceptionally nice people who, although they don't live in the area are easy to contact if you have any questions.
We have enjoyed 3 fabulous holidays at Dolbeau and everything has always been fine.
Good quiet location
Very helpful owners, easy to contact via email and always responded promptly. Typical French cottage in a very quiet location. Easy drive to some beautiful areas, beaches, villages ect. But nowhere to walk to. We found the location slightly difficult to find, not helped by the road sign being covered. The cottage has a small but adequate kitchen, open plan to the lounge. French doors lead out onto a large deck area. Good size bedrooms, clean and good bedding. Good shower with lots of hot water. It can be a bit cold in the house, but heater available. We were there in the beginning of September and enjoyed very warm sunny weather in the main, but struggled to find anywhere to sit outside in the sun, the deck was nearly completely in the shade most of the time. The garden is very small being part of the drive for parking the car. Again mainly in the shade. Maybe in high season there is more sun? There is a garage for parking but would only be big enough for a small car, with bikes at the back of the garage our estate car would not have fitted in. Easy parking on the drive.
Good Wi Fi connection. Satellite TV, but only one English Channel and that was a news channel. There is a DVD player.
A lovely and very good restaurant in the centre of Apremont, next to the castle that is well worth a visit. Coex has a supermarket and is easy and quick to get to. We loved the area and would definately return, but I am afraid not to this house, as for us a sunny garden and English TV is important, just personal choice.
From the Owner
“Its was a friends search for antiques in the warehouses, auction rooms and brocante markets of western France that first introduced us to the region. We fell in love with the French countryside, it's charming villages, food markets, long sandy beaches and timeless way of life. In many ways, it reminds us of our home in the rural Midlands of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
This part of the Vendee is well known for its excellent cycling tracks, easy access to beaches and several lakes.
14 km to nearest beach in St Gilles Croix de Vie
The nearest airport is Nantes. Train stations at La Roche Sur Yon , nantes and St Gilles Croix de Vie. A car is essential.
Dolbeau is Hamlet within easy access of several villages;
Commequiers 3.9km -
Coex is the largest town nearby Dolbeau, several amenities are available such as banks, supermarkets and the famous botanical gardens.
picturesque village of Apremont. Towering over the village are the remains of the Chateau d'Apremont and the water tower from which there is a superb panoramic view of the valley of the river Vie and the surrounding countryside.
The steep steps carved into the rock face near the bridge lead up to the church with houses built into the cliffs. Within the village there are some impressive mansions as well as quaint cottages. Under the bridge is the old wash house and from nearby one can take a boat or canoe trip down the river Vie. From the right of the bridge upstream half a kilometre is the dam that holds back the river Vie to form the Vendée’s largest lake some 166 hectares in size and a veritable playground for both visitors and wildlife. During the season the lake is used for and all manner of water sports including swimming with boats also for hire. Nearby there is a restaurant to cater for the inner self.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
2 Sep 2016 - 8 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£90|
A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking, the balance is due three weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of €100.00 is required, which will be returned on satisfactory inspection of the house on departure. Payment can be made by bank transfer or Paypal.
Saturday is the preferred change over day, but this is flexible. arrival is nt before 15h00 and departure by 10h00.
Notes on prices:
Quoted rentals includes, linen, electricity , and cleaning services on your departure.
50% of the rental payable as a deposit upon securing your booking.
Balance of payment due three weeks prior to arrival.
All payments to be made in Euro via paypal or electronic transfer
A breakage deposit of 100 Euro is payable together with the rental payment, to be refunded within 7 days of departure (subject to satisfactory property inspection).
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Waking to the birds calling from the trees across the stream, a visit to the Boulanger in Commequier, an evening glass of wine in Apremont , walking along the promenade of St Hellier before choosing a beach to lie on, buying fresh produce from markets in surrounding towns or just sitting out on the deck reading a book, are amongst the simple holiday routines that we look forward to.”
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- near the sea
- botanical garden
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- One bathroom with shower and wash hand basin, and bidet. Separate WC upstairs, downstairs WC. PLease bring your own bath towels
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with twin beds. Special request can be made for two extra fold away beds for children.
- Golf ...
- Outside: Spacious sunny patio with welcome afternoon shade. Barbecue, outdoor dining table and chairs, coffee table, sofa and two easy chairs. Two sun loungers. In addition to bath towels, please provide your own beach towels Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Iron and Ironing board by request Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bath towels provided, beach towels are not supplied. The property is not serviced during occupation, but is cleaned on each changeover. Guests are welcome to make use of washing machines to wash any bed linen and towels during their stay