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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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  • Bois-de-Céné, near Beauvoir-sur-Mer, Vendée
    Bois-de-Céné, near Beauvoir-sur-Mer, Vendée×

    La Grange

    Bois-de-Céné, near Beauvoir-sur-Mer, Vendée

    10
    5
    2
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    Ref: F85312
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This single-storey coastal property makes an ideal base with an outdoor pool. Discover the nearby beaches, fishing ports and salt lakes.
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    Pets go free

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    This single storey, detached holiday house features original stonework and exposed beams as well as modern comforts such as a fully-fitted kitchen and digital TVs. The villages of Bois-de-Céné and Bouin are nearby with seasonal markets and essential supplies, whilst Beauvoir or Challans offer a wider range of shops and restaurants. Try to visit the pretty island of Noirmoutier, accessible by the causeway twice a day at low tide or via a bridge, with its lovely beaches, or...

  • Bourneau, Vendée
    Bourneau, Vendée×
    10
    5
    2
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    Ref: FVE161
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Located within the grounds of a private château, this property has a private swimming pool and separate annexe.
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    These lovely semi-detached cottages lie within the grounds of a château and have their own private enclosed gardens and swimming pools. You are very welcome to stroll around the 40-acre grounds, whilst the pretty nearby village has a few shops, and there is a restaurant 4km away. The pretty cathedral town of Fontenay-le-Comte is 9km away and offers a host of useful amenities. There is also a lovely lake at Mervent, 4km, with breathtaking views, several watersports and a man-made...

    Domaine du Château - Le Parc
    8
    4
    4
    Domaine du Château - Le Manoir
    12
    6
    6
  • Bourneau, Vendée
    Bourneau, Vendée×
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    Domaine du Château - Le Manoir
    12
    6
    4
    0
    Ref: FVE162
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    A substantial property for 12 with a private swimming pool, within the grounds of a traditional château where you can explore the 40-acre estate.
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    Pets go free

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    These lovely semi-detached cottages lie within the grounds of a château and have their own private enclosed gardens and swimming pools. You are very welcome to stroll around the 40-acre grounds, whilst the pretty nearby village has a few shops, and there is a restaurant 4km away. The pretty cathedral town of Fontenay-le-Comte is 9km away and offers a host of useful amenities. There is also a lovely lake at Mervent, 4km, with breathtaking views, several watersports and a man-made...

    Domaine du Château - Le Parc
    8
    4
    4
    Domaine du Château - La Forêt
    10
    5
    5
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