Charming Country Cottage 

 Near La Châtaigneraie, Southern Vendée  (Sleeps 2 - 5)

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Ideal for couples and small families

Renovated and enlarged,  (two bedrooms created on the first floor), this traditional gîte is now an attractive character home with exposed beams, original bread oven, wood-burning stove and has a large level garden.

                                       Side view of gîte                                                                                                                      Lounge-dining room                         









       In an old farm setting with distant views over the rolling Vendée countryside, the cottage is well placed  for       exploring the region, being central to la Rochelle/west coast beaches, Poitiers, Puy du Fou and Venise Verte. 

 Accommodation:  One double bedroom and one twin room (low head-height) for which a third bed is available. 
Lounge-dining room with sofa, easy chairs, dining table & chairs, radio/CD/cassette player, games & books 
                            Bathroom with 'sabot' bath/shower and separate toilet.                                                
Kitchen with gas cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, ample crockery, cutlery & cookware. 
 The cottage is attached to the main house and at the front it faces onto the old farm courtyard - at the rear,
the kitchen door opens straight onto the large level garden with table/chairs, sunloungers, barbeque etc.  
Childrens garden toys, boules and badminton are available.   Parking  is alongside the cottage. 

 Lounge-dining room                                                                                                           Rear of gîte and garden


                                                                                          The small hamlet of La Viollière is surrounded by gently rolling countryside made up of fields and small woods.  A very rural retreat but easy to find and well connected for easy exploring.   A relaxing environment but with plenty to see and do.  Our nearest village, Breuil Barret (2kms) has a restaurant/bar (with outside seating) and a good boulangerie, a pretty old church, tennis court and a hairdresser.    The nearby town of  La Châtaigneraie (6kms) offers three supermarkets, banks, bars and restaurants and the normal complement of small shops.  It has a good outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.  The local leisure lake is just a few minutes away (between Breuil Barret and La Châtaginerie is very popular for picnics and walks and fishing (permits available).  There is a children's play area of bouncy castles, trampolines etc., for a reasonable fee.  A café/bar/restaurant opens in high season, which has a very good lunch-time menu.  The restaurant has a small swimming pool adjacent which is very popular with children (entry is by purchase of a drink!).   Pedaloes can be hired from the café.     Other nearby activities include micro-litebaptism flights, horse-riding, go-karting and treetop adventures are also nearby.             

                                      View  from bedroom window                                                           Rear garden       


There are many nearby places of interest such as the medieval village of Vouvant with lovely views over the ancient ramparts,   the  forest of Mervent with walks, activity parks and large lake for swimming and boating,  Mouilleron en Pareds - the birthplace of George Clemenceau,  Bazoges en Pareds with its wonderful donjon (keep) and medieval garden,  Fontenay le Comte, a rennaisance town and former capital of the Vendée.  A little further away you will find the tranquil waterways of the Venise Verte and Puy du Fou - the amazing historical park of Vendée history.       There are also several weekly markets  in the area.        

Further afield:  the famous ancient port of La Rochelle is just 1h 10mins drive,   or 1h 20mins drive to the wonderful west coast beaches between La Tranche sur Mer and Jard sur Mer for swimming, surfing or  body-boarding.   Poitier with Futuroscope and Saumur on the Loire can both be reached in 1h 30mins. 

Weekly Rental Rates
02 April  -   20 May        £190    (£38 nightly)                Duvets and pillows are supplied
21 May       -   01 July           £220      (£44 nightly)                  Bed linen and/towels can be hire
02 July      -   26 Aug            £350              -----                            £7 each, per person, per week
27 Aug       -   30 Sept           £220      (£4 nightly)                          Minum stay is two nights
01 Oct        -   04 Nov            £190      (38 nightly)

Two Centre Holiday?
Sunny Seaside Studio at Jard sur Mer
Ideal for Couples


Attractive studio apartment with large, sunny, balcony set in 50 acres of woodland and just 450 metres from this picturesque beach.   A tranquil environment yet only 2kms from the centre of Jard sur Mer and 18kms south of the busy resort of Les Sables d'Olonne.   Ideal for beach holidays but with delightful countryside all around and within easy reach of the area's other attractions.   Whilst ideal for a couple, there is also a comfortable chair/bed for a child.    Open all year  -  prices from £165 to £275.

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                           For further information  or to make a reservation please contact:                                                                    Peter & Christine Woodman              

                                                   Tel:  00 33 (0)2 51 87 44  82                                                                                    email: