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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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  • Chez Lebon

    St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendée

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    Ref: T85900

    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 area is one of great natural beauty, adjacent to the Marais Poitevin ’Green Venice’ with its fascinating network of waterways. Some of the Loire châteaux are within reach for a day trip and the Atlantic beaches are just over an hour away, as is the Poitiers Futuroscope leisure park.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Well equipped kitchen with dining table. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Shared fenced swimming pool (11m x 6m, depth 1.2m - 2.4m)
    • Garden
    • Underfloor central heating
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking for 1 car.

    Location: St. Hilaire-des-Loges (all basic shops), 8km SW of Coulonges (all facilities), 12km E of Fontenay-le-Comte.

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  • Le Boncoin - Le Chic

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

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    Ref: F85301


    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 and beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling

    • Grassed area (across small road)
    • Natural grounds
    • Patio
    • Electric heating
    • Blu-ray
    • Cot
    • On street parking
    • Barbecue
    • F/freezer.

    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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  • Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande

    Grade
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    Ref: FVE154

    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 20 minute drive and other local attractions include the amazing high rope Indian Forest and water park just 5km away. A visit to the Puy du Fou historical theme park, just an hour away is a must. Shop 3.5km, restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, mezzanine with double and single beds.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Up to 2 pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Uneven surface in grounds.

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  • Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Grade
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    Ref: FVE215

    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 toilet and basin, twin beds and single bunk in lounge.

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

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  • Talmont St. Hilaire

    Talmont St. Hilaire

    Grade
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    Ref: W12651

    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 resort of Les Sables d’Olonne is only 12km away. Shop café/bar 200m, and restaurant 1km, beach 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, colour satellite TV (French and English channels), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car, on street parking. One pet welcome.

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  • Le Cygne

    Grues, Vendée

    Grade
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    Ref: F85140

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC

    • Electric heating
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Terrace
    • Separate 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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  • Jard-sur-Mer

    Jard-sur-Mer

    Grade
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    Ref: FVE150

    This charming ground floor holiday apartment is situated just 800m from the beach and pretty port of Jard-sur-Mer. Simply furnished but with all amenities it is well maintained by the discreet owner who lives on site. It offers a private garden and seating area, perfect for al fresco dining or evening barbecue. The village with its port is perfect for exploring or people watching from the cafés, and there are lovely walks along the dunes. This is a great area for cycling with a myriad of cycle paths. The popular resort of La Tranche-sur-Mer is 17km, and Les Sables-d’Olonne, 20km, where you can spend the day on the promenade or exploring the port. The area also has 3 golf courses within 25km, tennis in the village, surfing and sailing schools, aquarium and museums. Shop and restaurant 500m, beach 800m.

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

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, garden, shared grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Le Moulin de la Motte

    Champ St. Père, Vendée

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: F85160

    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 attractive spots, amid rolling wooded countryside, it is close to superb beaches and an excellent golf course at La Domangère. The nearby Lac de Graon offers supervised bathing in summer, as well as water sports, and riding and tennis are also available locally.

    Ground floor: Entrance from terrace to open-plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Bathroom/WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with basin. Double bedroom with basin. Separate WC

    • Garden bordering stream (take care with toddlers)
    • Terrace
    • Electric underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Start day Friday.

    Location: 1km from village centre (shops, bars, restaurants), 16km NE of Longeville-sur-Mer (beaches), 15km W of Luçon (all facilities).

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  • Le Village de la Mer - House III

    Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Vendée

    Grade
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    Ref: F85315

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for children)/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Kingsize bedroom with zip and link bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Fridge.

    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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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: FVE151

    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 (32m²), 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, and markets, while the pretty port at Saint-Gilles also has restaurants and cafés. Take a trip to the Island of Noirmoutier, 35km, and to the famous resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne, 33km, with its great promenade and year round activities. There are three golf courses within 35km, and tennis and a variety of water sports are in the area. Shop and restaurant 300m, beach 700m.

    Lounge, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance. Uneven surface in grounds.

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  • Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 1

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie

    Grade
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    Ref: F85296

    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. Two double or twin bedrooms. Two separate WCs. First floor: Bathroom or shower room. Bedroom may be on either floor.

    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 Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 2

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
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    Ref: F85295

    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. Two double or twin bedrooms. Bathroom. Separate WC (or WC in the bathroom).

    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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