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Vendee

More than 90 miles of award winning sandy beaches, sea warmed by the Gulf Stream, picturesque accessible islands, charming resorts and great cycling routes make up The Vendee. If this sounds good take a look at our lovely selection of villas in Vendee.

The Vendee is located on the Atlantic Coast in the Pays-de-la-Loire region of west central France and takes its name from the Vendee river. La Roche-sur-Yon is the regional capital. In 1804 Napoleon rebuilt the town and introduced a street layout that was regular and straight, quite unusual for France.

The coastline, which reaches more than 200 kilometres along the northern end of the Bay of Biscay, consists mostly of sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded blue flags for cleanliness. Les Sables d''Olonne, Saint Jean de-Monts and La Tranche-sur-Mer are among the popular resorts.

Les Sables d’Olonne was made popular by the aristocratic visitors that came here in the 19th century for the casinos and thermal baths. It also has a fine sandy beach, promenade and magnificent marina.

Saint Jean de Monts is perfect for families looking for a day out with the children, here there is the Plage des Demoiselles with its extensive sandy beach and the Atlantic Toboggan theme park. Attracting almost 1.5 million visitors a year, Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in the north of the departement, is one of Vendees most popular attractions.

Noirmoutier Island is linked to the mainland at low tide by three miles of cobbled road which is submerged twice a day by the sea, however there’s also a handy bridge if you prefer. It’s well worth visiting with 50 kilometres of beaches. It also has a long and interesting history going back to Roman times.

Inland Maillezais Cathedral is also worth a visit, and Vouvant has been named among France''s most beautiful villages. There are numerous other pretty churches, castles and villages in the departement.

Pine forests line many of the beaches, and these, together with the marked footpaths are ideal for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities. There is a signposted cycling route along the coastal marshes and mudflats, where birdwatching is popular. Marais Potievin is an inland marshland famous for wildlife. Bocage''s rolling countryside, and the forests around Mervent village, provides further leisure opportunities for nature lovers. Fishing is popular on the lakes and rivers of the Vendee.

There are a number of small vineyards in the area; so why not try the Vendee''s most famous dish, Jambon-mogettes (ham with white beans) with a glass of local wine?

For accommodation see our collection of cottages in Vendee, and sample for yourself everything that Vendee has to offer.
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  • Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 2

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F85297

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie is a bustling little seaside town on the sun-drenched Atlantic coast. The town itself, an old fishing port, is home to some attractive buildings and excellent beaches including the Grande plage with 3.6km of fine white sand. There is also plenty to explore in the region, with miles of walking and cycling tracks to follow, local salt marshes to discover and some excellent theme parks to keep the children happy in the event of a rainy day. Tennis and golf are available locally and boat trips and fishing can be enjoyed either on the sea or on La Vie river. The Domaine des Fontenelles enjoys a superb countryside location, nestled in the heart of the Vendée countryside, on the edge of an 18 hole golf course just 8km away from St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie. On site you will find a reception, an outdoor swimming pool (depending on season and weather), children’s pools, outdoor play area, television and parking. Payable locally are laundry, tennis and golf. Accommodation is allocated on arrival.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door to terrace/kitchen. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Three double or twin bedrooms. Bathroom.

    Location: 8km from St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie (all facilities), 80km from Nantes (all facilities, airport).

    All properties: Enclosed terrace

    • Shared outdoor swimming pool
    • Electric heating
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

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  • Ile d’Olonne

    Ile d’Olonne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W14346

    This comfortable and spacious detached villa is set in a large enclosed garden is in a quiet hamlet near the coastal Olonne forest. French windows lead from the bright living area onto the terrace with a barbecue for outdoor dining. The holiday property is only 7km north of the resort Les Sables d’Olonne and only 3km from the local sandy beaches. The resort is famous for its beach and promenade and as the departure point for the renowned Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race. This sunny Vendée location is ideal for a holiday. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 adult bunk.

    Electric central heating, cot, TV (for DVD use only), washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars, garage. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. Monday to Monday changeover day. NB: 6 steps to entrance.

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  • Maison Maillezais

    Bouillé Courdault, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: FVE144

    This lovely 3 bedroom conversion has been built to a very good standard retaining many of the original features including exposed beams and stonework. An excellent feature is the indoor heated swimming pool - you can swim in all weathers! There is plenty of room around it to sit back on the sunloungers or at the table and relax. A vast sliding door opens from the pool onto a private terrace, particularly attractive when lit at night. The separate lounge has a wood-burning stove and the kitchen has a dining area. There is a very large bedroom downstairs and the two upstairs bedrooms each have their own en-suite shower room. In the village, there is a very popular little restaurant. The property is ideal for cycling and stopping en route at one of the many cafés lining the canals. Other musts are visits to La Rochelle, a lovely historic city (within an hour), the Vendée coast, famous for its beaches, as well as Les Sables d’Olonne, its main seaside resort.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms each with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room/WC

    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Private swimming pool ((7m x 3.2m)
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Digital TV (English channels)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Restaurant in village, 2km from shops, 4km from Maillezais (abbey), 10km from Fontenay-le-Comte (shops).

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  • Le Village de la Mer - House II

    Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F85314

    This holiday complex is set in a privileged position, situated in ample of space allowing for a real village feel with plenty of modern facilities indoors and out. The semi-detached houses (refs F85313, F85314 and F85315) have fitted kitchens and bathrooms and each benefits from its own terrace, many overlooking open fields. There is a vast heated swimming pool (open mid may - mid Sep) and a children’s pool, plus a tennis court, table tennis and a multi-sport court, as well as a fitness room, spa and sauna and a children’s club in summer. There is one free session of the sauna and steam room per person, per week, further sessions are available at cost. Take advantage of the many cycle paths in the area, including the coastline path that runs into the centre of Les Sables d’Olonne, the Vendée’s most prestigious resort, with its promenade, street cafés and restaurants. A golf course and marina at Port Bourgenay is 4km away, also worth visiting is the port at St. Gilles and the islands, including Noirmoutier. Bedroom set-ups may vary.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for children)/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. First floor: Double or twin bedroom. Twin bedroom (for children). Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • F/freezer.

    Location: 4km from Bourgenay (marina, golf, sea), 6km from Talmont-Saint-Hilaire (historic castle, shops, supermarket, all facilities), 7km from Veillon (beaches), 9km from Les Sables d’Olonne (popular resort, beach, promenade, cafés, restaurants), 25km S of St. Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (port).

    All properties: Terrace

    • Shared grounds
    • Shared swimming pool (24m x 9m, depth 0.9m to 1.5m, open mid May - mid Sep) with Jacuzzi and sauna
    • Children’s pool
    • Electric heating
    • D/washer
    • Wi-fi (in reception)
    • T/cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • No smoking.

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  • La Faute-sur-Mer

    La Faute-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE022

    This semi–detached house, built in the typical Vendée style, will enchant you with its indoor and outdoor comforts. This is an ideal house for an enjoyable family holiday. Visit Longville-sur-Mer (20km), surrounded by pine forests and 7km of beaches. Some of Vendée’s finest beaches are on the 7km stretch, including Les Conches. Near Les Conches beach are many shops and restaurants, eat in and relax or take a walk along the golden sand on the beach. Shop and restaurant 80m, beach 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Mezzanine: Second lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceilings in twin bedroom.

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  • Le Boncoin - La Grange

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F85303


    These two holiday cottages have been renovated by the owner who lives nearby, and who will advise on places to visit in this lovely area on the Vendée side of the Marais Poitevin. Le Chic (ref F85301) is a semi-detached cottage and features original stone walls, exposed beams and a cosy wood-burning stove in the living room. It has a small sitting-out area to the front and a grassed area to the side. La Grange (ref F85303) is a detached property with original stonework, wooden floor, exposed beams and a wood-burning stove. Outside there is an enclosed garden which is perfect for sitting quietly in the shade of the hot summer sun. Hire a canoe (payable locally) and explore the local canal network, or visit the pretty villages, markets and beaches of the Vendée and Charente.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, beams and wooden floor. Dining room with corner kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: Two double, one twin. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Electric heating
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Le Mazeau (shops, bar and restaurant), 4km from Damvix (bars, restaurants), 11km SW of Benet (supermarket, most facilities), 25km W of Niort (large town), 50km E of La Rochelle (beaches).

    Both properties: Wood-burning stove

    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture.

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  • Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE139

    This 3 bedroomed holiday house looks onto the beautiful coastline, with a mix of sandy and rocky beaches. Furnished to a good standard, the vast lounge has a piano and the kitchen/diner opens onto the south-facing terrace. This is also a great area for cycling, with a network of cycle paths along the coast. The pretty quayside of La Chaume is 800m away, with several small shops and cafés. Within 2km, you will find the centre and the long promenade of the "Remblai", which has a heated outdoor pool open all year round. There is golf and tennis within a 10-minute drive, as well as a zoo. Shop 800m, restaurant 1km, beach 600m.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, basin and bidet (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 double bedrooms.

    Central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

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  • Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 4

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F85265

    The Domaine de Vertmarines is a private, enclosed development of 64 detached villas, all with private pools. Each holiday villa has its own enclosed garden area, paved terrace with private pool, outdoor and pool furniture, and garage. The villas have been thoughtfully laid out to maximise both privacy and sunshine in their gardens. The villas may be on 1 or 2 levels (2 level villas may have open tread stairs) and the numbers of double and twin bedrooms vary. You will be allocated a villa which corresponds to your sleeping requirements. The interiors are individually designed and decorated and the quality furnishings, while always to a high standard, will vary. Lovely setting on the rural outskirts of lively and cosmopolitan St. Jean-de-Monts, yet only 3km to the wide, sandy beaches in this region of pine forests and dunes. An extensive range of watersport activities is available nearby, there is also an excellent golf course and activity parks. The miles of forest paths and open marshland areas provide a quiet and relaxing contrast for walking and cycling. Take a short boat trip to the Ile d’Yeu or Ile de Re, or drive across to the Ile de Noirmoutier. The excellent Puy de Fou theme park is only 122km.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and patio door to terrace. Three double or twin bedrooms. Bathroom or shower room. Separate WC (or WC in the bath/shower room).

    Location: 500m to shops, bars, restaurants, 1.5km from town centre (all facilities), 122km from Puy du Fou (theme park).

    All properties: Enclosed terrace

    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.4m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • Cot and h/chair (at cost)
    • Parking
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture.

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  • Les Anjouinières

    Le Champ St. Père, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F85291

    This unrivalled, detached property overlooks a large 2.5 acre lake (fenced) with coarse fishing and a small island in the middle, favourable for lounging on the bank. Farm animals live within a fenced area of the large grounds, including ducks and hens, sheep, goats and a pig. The holiday home provides good comfort for six people, with a TV in each bedroom and its large living/dining room overlooking the lake. In addition, the keyholder, living behind the house in a basement, is at your disposal. There is a super private indoor pool complex for guests’ sole use; the pool is heated to 28° all year and there is also a sauna and Jacuzzi (for six guests). A laptop with free internet access is also provided. The lovely local beaches include Jard-sur-Mer and La Tranche-sur-Mer and are within a 30-minute drive.

    Five steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room with glass-fronted fire. Kitchen with French windows. Three bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite bathroom/WC, over-bath shower, bidet, two twin. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower, double basin

    • Large private lawned garden with fenced lake 70m away (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Patio
    • 10 steps to heated private indoor swimming pool (9.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.1m to 1.6m), Roman steps
    • Private sauna
    • Private Jacuzzi
    • Heating
    • Washer/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Four satellite TVs (one English channels)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Table tennis.

    Location: 3km from Le Champ St. Père (shop, supermarket, bar, restaurant), 25km from La Tranche-sur-Mer (beach).

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  • Les Conches

    Les Conches

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE014

    This holiday house is well furnished and equipped and very well cared for. It is located in a tranquil spot not far from the Conches beach in the sandy wooded grounds typical of the region. Visit L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer (24km) a pleasant town known for the many seafood restaurants, and the old fishing port and mussel growing. The town centre has many shops, bars and cafés to relax in, for pleasant views explore La Pointe de l’Aiguillon where you can see across the polder lands. There are many organised walks in the area of Vendée. Shop and restaurant 5km, beach 1.5km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Mezzanine: 2 single beds.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, covered terrace, woodland grounds, outdoor furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stair to Mezzanine. Uneven steps down to property.

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  • L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE210

    Just 8km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie which has a variety of sandy beaches, such as the 3.6km long La Grande Plage, are these lovely holiday apartments. Each apartment has its own terrace, private garden and private garage. The adjacent 18-hole golf course, Les Fontanel, is sure to delight golf enthusiasts staying at one of these holiday apartments. In addition to the wireless internet in the reception area, the residence also features a shared outdoor heated swimming pool with children’s area and a horse stable. For the little ones there is children’s entertainment for a period of about half a day, 2 days a week. Take a trip along the salt route to the island of Noirmoutier, the zoo at Les Sables-d’Olonne or to the Nature Park of Marais Poitevin or simply visit the old port and the castles of the area. Shop, restaurant and beach 8km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, twin beds in lounge.

    Dishwasher, terrace, balcony, shared grounds. Private parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance.

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  • Le Héron

    Grues, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F85141

    Just ten minutes’ drive from the glorious Vendée beaches, these holiday properties are set on a former farm on the wide open spaces of the Marais Desseche. Le Cygne (ref F85140) and Le Héron (ref F85141) are converted from former farm buildings, each with private terrace, and have been carefully renovated to retain the charm and features of earlier times. La Cigogne (ref F85203) and Le Colvert (ref F85204) are part of the former farmhouse, and provide simple accommodation in a traditional style. These four properties share the use of a heated swimming pool (open 15 May - 30 Sep). Fishing is available on the lake within the grounds, and on the canal just 1km away. This fascinating area of reclaimed land is criss-crossed with canals and has uninterrupted views for miles. Close by, the charming village of Angles has shops, bars and restaurants, with a further choice at La Tranche-sur-Mer. The coastline here has miles of sandy beaches, backing onto natural dunes and shady pine forests, making it ideal for family holidays. There are excellent facilities for water sports, including jet-ski hire, windsurfing and sailing, as well as go karting, micro-lights, tennis, golf and riding in the surrounding area. Further afield, the old port of La Rochelle is easily accessible, as is the bustling resort of Les Sables d’Olonne, offering daily boat trips to the beautiful island of Yeu.

    Two steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Two kingsize bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

    • Electric heating
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Walled terrace with gates, overlooking pond (take care with children)
    • Parking.

    Location: 1km from fishing lake, 5km E of Angles (shops, bars, restaurants), 11km NE of La Tranche-sur-Mer (supermarket, beaches, water sports), 21km SW of Luçon (all facilities).

    All properties: Shared lawned area

    • Shared heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1m to 1.7m)
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Fenced pond and unfenced drainage canal in the grounds (take care with children).

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