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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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  • St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendée
    St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendée×

    Chez Lebon

    St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendée

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    Ref: T85900
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Situated completely independently in the grounds of a stately town house, this charming ground-floor accommodation is in part of a former stable block; it has access to the swimming pool in the park grounds
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    Situated completely independently in the grounds of a stately town house, this charming ground-floor accommodation is in part of a former stable block; it has access to the swimming pool in the park grounds. The property is set well back from the road in a side-street of the attractive small town of St. Hilaire. The swimming pool, pool house and barbecue area are secluded in the park 40m away and are shared with the owners. The property has its own east facing terrace with barbecue. This...

  • St. Sigismond, Vendée
    St. Sigismond, Vendée×

    Le Boncoin - Le Chic

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

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    Ref: F85301
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    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.
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    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,...

    Le Boncoin - La Grange
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  • Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee
    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee×

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE215
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Great for couples or a small family with shared swimming pool on site.
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    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...

    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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  • Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendee
    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendee×

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE154
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This neat terraced, holiday property is accessed from the front garden, which leads into the spacious lounge and on through the fully fitted kitchen/diner to the completely private and enclosed courtyard garden, which is ideal for those lazy lunches and barbecues! There is a great network of cycle paths from the house, one leading into the local village of Moûtiers with its covered market hall and all amenities, only 3km by car
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    This neat terraced, holiday property is accessed from the front garden, which leads into the spacious lounge and on through the fully fitted kitchen/diner to the completely private and enclosed courtyard garden, which is ideal for those lazy lunches and barbecues! There is a great network of cycle paths from the house, one leading into the local village of Moûtiers with its covered market hall and all amenities, only 3km by car. There is a choice of lovely sandy beaches within a...

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée
    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée×

    Chalet des Sables

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE157
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A cosy lodge on a holiday park with excellent facilities and less than 1km from the beach at La Pège.
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    Situated on a lovely holiday park and just 900m from a great sandy beach, these practical one and two bedroomed lodges (FVE157, FVE158, W15047 and W15048) are simply furnished but have everything you need for a holiday by the sea. A family run complex, the owners are on site for any advice on things to do and places to visit, and there is a children’s club in season. There is an indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool. There are plenty of facilities on-site including...

  • Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee
    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee×

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE216
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Couples or families will enjoy the simplicity of this purpose built holiday complex with shared swimming pool.
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    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...

    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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  • Jard-sur-Mer, Vendee
    Jard-sur-Mer, Vendee×

    Jard-sur-Mer

    Jard-sur-Mer, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE010
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Traditional holiday property built in the Vendée style, with tiled roof, wood panelled rooms, shutters on the windows and fenced yard
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    Traditional holiday property built in the Vendée style, with tiled roof, wood panelled rooms, shutters on the windows and fenced yard. Located in forests on the outskirts of Jard-sur-Mer, yet close to the coast. In the town a modern marina has replaced the old fishing harbour, and there is an abundance of restaurants, cafés and gift shops, and on the outskirts, the abbey Notre-Dame-de-Lieu-Dieu, built in 1190 by Richard the Lionheart, is worth a visit, and its charterhouse...

  • Les Conches, near Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée, Vendee
    Les Conches, near Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée, Vendee×

    Mimosa

    Les Conches, near Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée, Vendee

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    Ref: F85316
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Set amidst a fragrant pine forest and situated just 600 metres from the glorious sandy beach at Les Conches, this semi-detached holiday property is situated in a region second only to the south east of France in terms of sunshine
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    Set amidst a fragrant pine forest and situated just 600 metres from the glorious sandy beach at Les Conches, this semi-detached holiday property is situated in a region second only to the south east of France in terms of sunshine. Enjoy the private enclosed courtyard, including a covered terrace to unwind and relax. The house is served by a network of cycle paths and there are also numerous walking tracks in the forest and across the dunes onto the beach. From the beach you can see the Ile...

  • Champ St. Père, Vendée
    Champ St. Père, Vendée×

    Le Moulin de la Motte

    Champ St. Père, Vendée

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    Ref: F85160
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This stone holiday cottage enjoys an idyllic location amid wooded grounds overlooking a stream, yet is within walking distance of the village centre with its bars, shops and restaurants, and just 15 minutes from the coast
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    This stone holiday cottage enjoys an idyllic location amid wooded grounds overlooking a stream, yet is within walking distance of the village centre with its bars, shops and restaurants, and just 15 minutes from the coast. It has been sympathetically restored with original features retained, to create a comfortable, welcoming interior, and has its own garden, as well as access to a beautiful fishing lake in the owners’ grounds. Located in one of the Vendée’s most...

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee
    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee×

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE151
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy relaxing by your own outdoor swimming pool, or take a trip to Saint-Gilles with its pretty port and restaurants.
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    This pretty semi-detached cottage provides simple but comfortable holiday accommodation with a private pool and pretty garden. Many original features have been retained in the cottage by the discreet owner who lives on site. In addition to the outdoor swimming pool, which is in an enclosed garden, there is also a small private terrace. The beach is just 700m away and the small town of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez joins with Saint-Gilles to provide a great choice of beaches, cycle paths, walks,...

  • Talmont St. Hilaire, Vendee
    Talmont St. Hilaire, Vendee×

    Talmont St. Hilaire

    Talmont St. Hilaire, Vendee

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    Ref: W12651
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This very quaint old semi-detached bungalow provides cosy two bedroom accommodation for 4 people
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    This very quaint old semi-detached bungalow provides cosy two bedroom accommodation for 4 people. The property boasts a fitted kitchen, shower room and from the re-appointed lounge, there is access to a large mature garden offering a choice of shade or sunshine. Part of the older village of St. Hilaire, the newer section of Talmont with its historic castle is only 2km away for an interesting day out. Alternatively the lovely sandy Vendée beaches are within 10km and the popular...

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee
    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee×

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE029
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This single-storey Vendée style holiday house is traditional and comfortably furnished
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    This single-storey Vendée style holiday house is traditional and comfortably furnished. Situated close to the town centre of the seaside resort of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, renowned for its beautiful beaches, pine forest and marshlands. Perched on a hillside, there is much to see and do in this town, including the pretty chapel and the Wood Bourne Juquaud musuem. For sport enthusiasts, tobogganing, kite surfing, sailing, swimming, horse riding, golf and sand yachting are all...

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