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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 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE218

    This complex of holiday apartments is located in the middle of a pine forest of the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne. It is divided into 3 buildings of 3 or 4 storeys with a lift. Discover the best sights in the area such as La Domaniale d’Olonne forest with over 1,100 acres of coniferous and deciduous trees. Visit the ’Well of Hell’, a deep rift thirty metres long where the sea rushes in noisily at high tide. Don’t miss the bird observatory where you can see birds in their natural environment; visit numerous museums, fishing ports and marinas. Locally there are many activities available including horseback riding, canoeing, tennis, roller skating, bowling, kitesurfing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and beach volleyball. Also you can enjoy the many sandy beaches. Each apartment has a balcony. Shop and restaurant 1.5km, beach 800m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Dishwasher, balcony, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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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, colour TV (for video use only), video, 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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  • 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.

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  • Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts

    Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14501

    Only a short walk to the huge sandy Atlantic beach are these holiday residences, 126 cottage style properties grouped on a gentle hillside in the dunes, arranged to give a friendly ’village’ feel. St. Jean-de-Monts boasts 12km of superb white sandy beaches, making this an ideal family resort. Both the town and the beach have a good choice of amenities including water parks, play parks, children’s clubs, bicycle hire and an outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace (depending on season and weather). The peaceful woodland dunes and rich marshland behind the coast are ideal for cycling and walking. The Isles of Yeu and Ré are easily reached by boat and the Isle of Noirmoutier by road, and markets can be found 5km from the park. Shop, café/bar, restaurants and beach 500m.

    Shop, café/bar, restaurants and beach 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge. Kitchen. Bathroom and/or shower room. Separate toilet. 1 double or twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double or twin bedroom. Mezzanine with double sofa bed (or twin beds).

    Cot and highchair (on request). Shared laundry facilities. Microwave. Private garden/terrace (some areas covered). Garden furniture. Off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs.

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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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  • 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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