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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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  • St. Maixent-sur-Vie

    St. Maixent-sur-Vie

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W12135

    Set in the heart of the Vendée countryside but just 6.25 miles (10km) from the fishing port of St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and its beaches, this detached single storey cottage is set in large grounds shared with the owner and has a large enclosed back garden, as well as lawns at the front. The village centre is just 1.25 miles (2km) and the pretty village of Commequiers is another 3 miles (5km) away. Shop 1.25 miles (2km), café/bar and restaurant 3 miles (5 km), beach 6.25 miles (10km).

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus adult bunk.

    Electric heating, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

  • Saint-Denis-du-Payré

    Saint-Denis-du-Payré

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: FVE143

    This detached bungalow sits just above the centre of the village of Saint-Denis-du-Payré and has lovely views over the marshlands in the direction of the sea. The small village has a restaurant within walking distance, and there is also a shop, post office and bar in Grues, 3km. The villages on the coast, 12km, are all well served with shops, restaurants, cafés and street markets. Visit Les Sables-d’Olonne, 45kms, and La Rochelle, which has a very attractive historic port and is the capital of the neighbouring Charente-Maritime department. Shop 3km, restaurant 500m, beach 12km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin and bidet (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

  • L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    Grade
    6
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE209

    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/diner, kitchen, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, mezzanine with twin beds, twin beds in lounge.

    No TV, dishwasher, terrace, balcony, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Turning stairs. Steps to entrance.

  • 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).

  • Le Tablier

    Sainte-Flaive-des-Loups, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F85272

    This 3 bedroom house features exposed beams and an open fireplace, but has been fully modernised to include a fitted kitchen, central heating, and all modern comforts. There is a swimming pool with alarm and fencing around it, and vast mature gardens which include table tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and a specially constructed boules area (all available free of charge) as well as an orchard and a fenced pond at the far end of the fully enclosed gardens. A perfect spot to relax in peace and comfort, but just 16km from the busy department ’capital’ of La Roche-sur-Yon, and 20km from the popular seaside resort of Les Sables d’Olonne and the lovely sandy beaches of the Vendée Coast.

    All on one level: Living/dining room with open fire and corner kitchen. Three bedrooms; one double and two twin; one with en-suite shower room with massage shower. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Shady grounds with fenced pond (take care with children)
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.25m-1.95m)
    • Central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Four Cots
    • Four H/chairs
    • Enclosed off road parking for 2 cars
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: The discreet owner spends some periods of residence in an adjoining property.

    Location: 16km from Roche-sur-Yon, 20km from Les Sables d’Olonne (seaside resort), 25km from beach.

  • St. Jean-de-Monts

    St. Jean-de-Monts

    Grade
    6
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W11331

    This quality one-bedroomed apartment was bought by the owner off plan, allowing them to select one of the best positions in the building. Situated on the first floor, both the bedroom and living area have access onto individual south and south east facing balconies. From here you have great views onto the promenade and beach, being one of the most popular resorts on the Vendée coast. There is a whole host of shops, bars and restaurants in the area and facilities locally include fishing, golf, tennis, sailing and horse riding. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 0.6 mile (1km), beach 20m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, 1 adult bunk in hall, children’s double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, balcony, outdoor furniture, garage parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

  • La-Faute-sur-Mer

    La-Faute-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE032

    This semi-detached holiday house, adjoining FVE022, provides an ideal place to appreciate the friendly atmosphere in this lovely seaside resort. Enjoy 8km of beaches that passes from La Tranche-sur-Mer by La Faute-sur-Mer and up to Pointe D’Arcay, an ideal base for sports enthusiasts to enjoy wind surfing, sand yachting, surfing and many more outdoor activities. Visit the island of Noirmoutier, or at low tide reach the island by the Passage du Gois. Discover the village of Apremont with a medieval château and a stunning large lake with picnic areas. Shop, café/bar, restaurant and beach 300m.

    Ground floor: Kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms. Mezzanine: Lounge, 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, 2 colour TVs (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, roof terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Turning stairs to mezzanine (no handrail). Sloping ceilings on mezzanine and in twin bedroom.

  • Pin Parasol

    Aizenay, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F85195

    These attractive, semi-detached stone cottages are situated in a quiet rural hamlet, just outside the charming town of Aizenay, and just 20 minutes from the beautiful beaches and resort of St. Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Sharing an outdoor heated swimming pool and a 6 person Jacuzzi, they make an ideal family holiday venue. Formerly a barn and hayloft, the building has been renovated, with great attention to detail, and features exposed beams and stonework. Both cottages are comfortably furnished, attractively decorated and well equipped, whilst the underfloor heating and open fires make them a cosy retreat for out of season breaks. Day trips can be enjoyed to the beautiful Ile d’Yeu, where bikes can be hired to explore the forests, sandy beaches and moorland, or to the island of Noirmoutier. Nearby is the bustling resort of Les Sables d’Olonne.

    Ground floor: Entrance from terrace to open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. First floor: One double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC.

    Location: 2km W of Aizenay (shops, bars, restaurants), 18km NW of La Roche-sur-Yon (large town, all facilities, aquatic centre), 30km E of St. Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (port, beaches).

    Both Properties: Terrace and lawned garden

    • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Jun-Sep
    • Shared Jacuzzi
    • Underfloor central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Video
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Shared games room with table tennis and table football.

  • La Pinsonnière

    Venansault, nr. Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F85309

    This three bedroom detached barn conversion with a private outdoor swimming pool has a very modern, bright and airy feel, opening as it does on to the vast garden and the fields beyond. Double patio doors give great views and access to the terrace, pool, pergola and mature gardens. Perfectly situated on a quiet country road, yet just a few minutes’ drive from the pretty village of Venansault. The expressway leads to the famous seaside holiday resort of Les Sables d’Olonne in less than half an hour, with its port, sandy beach and cafés that run the length of the promenade. The islands, including Noirmoutier, can be accessed by bridge or by causeway at low tide.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor and patio doors to terrace. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin, all with sloping ceilings. Separate WC. Beams throughout

    • Garden with steps
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.4m)
    • Oil heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot bed
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2km S of Venansault (village shops, cafés, restaurant, market), 6km W of La Roche-sur-Yon (county town with all services and shops), 32km NE of Les Sables d’Olonne (port, beach, promenade), 70km SW of Le Puy-du-Fou (theme park).

  • Le Château d’Olonne, Sophora 3 Rooms

    Château d’Olonne, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FA321

    Set in 33 acres of lush sloping former farmland divided by a small stream (dry in summer) and plenty of green space, the holiday villas at the aptly named ‘Les Jardins du Château d’Olonne’ each enjoy their own private swimming pool with security alarms and garden. The complex has 162 houses in total and has a reception area where English is spoken. Guests enjoy free use of the shared swimming pool. There is also a tennis / multi-sports pitch and mini-golf (charges apply). Located just 5km from the fashionable seaside resort of Les Sables d’Olonne with its long sandy shoreline of beaches, the complex is only 2.5km from the nearest sandy beach. Visit the local châteaux, gardens, museums, theme parks and abbeys. Les Sables d’Olonne centre is 15 minutes by bicycle. There are 5 golf courses within 45km. Accommodation is allocated on arrival, bedrooms and layout of rooms may vary.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with kitchen area and patio doors to terrace. Twin bedroom (can be double). Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room/WC.

    Location: 2km from Les Sables d’Olonne (museum, beaches), 43km from La Tranche-sur-Mer (water sports), 49km from Saint-Jean-de-Monts (pier, national forest), 90km from La Rochelle (historic port, boat trips).

    All properties: Garden

    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (pool heating on request)
    • Shared swimming pool
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • CD
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Shared tennis court / multi-sports pitch
    • Shared swings
    • Shared mini-golf
    • Table tennis
    • Car port
    • Garden furniture.

  • 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

    • Shared outdoor swimming pool
    • Electric heating.

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

    All properties: Enclosed terrace

    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

  • St. Julien-des-Landes

    St. Julien-des-Landes

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W13349

    This restored detached house is situated at the end of a quiet lane and ensures peace and tranquillity for a real family holiday. A conservatory leads to an enclosed garden. The village of St. Julien-des-Landes has a friendly bar and basic shops and is located in the countryside, 14km from the beach at Bretignolles. Sables d’Olonne (20km) and Lac Du Jaunay (4km) with watersports. Cycling is available around the local lake. Visit Le Puy du Fou with its medieval village, falconry displays and Son-et-Lumière. Within 30 minutes’ crossing from the coast is Ile d’Yeu. Fly via La Rochelle and Nantes. Shop and café/bar 500m, restaurant 5km, beach 15km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom with shower over bath and basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Oil central heating, open fire in dining room, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to kitchen and bathroom.

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