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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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  • Beach Villa

    Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FVE148

    This single-storey holiday villa, with a private swimming pool, is bright and airy and ideally located just 3km from the sandy beach. There is access to the sun terrace and swimming pool from the kitchen, the large patio doors in the living room and from a twin bedroom. The garden, terrace and pool are private and south facing, so a real suntrap. There is a brick-built barbecue on the patio and the pool can be heated (at cost). The house is located in a gated park of villas and, in addition to the beach, there are all services and shops locally. Take a trip up the coast onto the island of Noirmoutier, accessed via the bridge or across the sea at very low tide, or follow the coast south to the pretty port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Walk or cycle on the forest paths from the villa, windsurf, tennis or enjoy a round of golf.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with patio doors. Bathroom with double basin (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (32m²), open mid-Apr to mid-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from shop, 3km from restaurant and beach, 6km from golf course, 17km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (fishing harbour, shops, cafés, beaches), 73km from Nantes (city, airport, cathedral, museums, botanical gardens).

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Brétignolles-sur-Mer

    Brétignolles-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W14415

    This semi-detached cottage is located on a park with a shared swimming pool (20m x 15m, depth 1-1.7m), close to the resort of Brétignolles-sur-Mer. There is direct access to your private garden from the rear of the lounge/diner, while on the first floor, there is a balcony overlooking the garden. There is tennis available and within 2km are all the facilities of Brétignolles. Visit Les Sables d’Olonne, 18km with its famous port and promenade and sea trips to the islands. Within an hours drive is the island of Noirmoutier which you can access by bridge or, at low tide, take care in crossing via the ford. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km, beach 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 child’s bunk.

    Electric heating, washing machine, microwave, garden, private enclosed terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor.

  • Saint Gervais

    Saint Gervais

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE146

    This detached holiday property has been furnished and decorated to a very good standard. Conveniently situated just 1km from the centre of the pretty village and shops. There is a larger choice of shops in Beauvoir, 4kms and Challans, 10km, as well as offering street markets and festivals. Just the other side of Beauvoir, visitors have access via a ford (at low tide) to the very pretty island of Noirmoutier. Visit the pretty port at St Gilles. Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 13km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower and basin, (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

  • La Faute-sur-Mer

    La Faute-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE022

    This semi–detached house, built in the typical Vendée style, will enchant you with its indoor and outdoor comforts. This is an ideal house for an enjoyable family holiday. Visit Longville-sur-Mer (20km), surrounded by pine forests and 7km of beaches. Some of Vendée’s finest beaches are on the 7km stretch, including Les Conches. Near Les Conches beach are many shops and restaurants, eat in and relax or take a walk along the golden sand on the beach. Shop and restaurant 80m, beach 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Mezzanine: Second lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceilings in twin bedroom.

  • 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.

  • 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 Château d’Olonne, Acacia

    Château d’Olonne, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: FA320

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with kitchen area and patio doors to terrace. Three double bedrooms (one may be bunk). Bathroom/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 de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 4

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F85265

    The Domaine de Vertmarines is a private, enclosed development of 64 detached villas, all with shared pools. Each holiday villa has its own enclosed garden area, paved terrace with shared 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. Three double or twin bedrooms. Bathroom or shower room. Separate WC (or WC in the bath/shower room).

    Location: 500m to shops, bars, restaurants, 1.5km from town centre (all facilities), 122km from Puy du Fou (theme park).

    All properties: Enclosed terrace

    • Shared 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.

  • Le Clos St Charles

    Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F85116

    Le Clos St Charles is in a delightful quiet spot, surrounded by trees, yet is only a short cycle ride from the charming village of Longeville-sur-Mer where you will find a bar, shops and an excellent restaurant. The magnificent beach of Le Rocher can be reached on foot and the surrounding area provides a good selection of activities, including riding, golf, tennis and water sports. The picturesque Marais Poitevin or the town of La Rochelle make ideal day trip destinations. The simple, comfortable accommodation is enhanced by a lovely terrace and garden that the surrounding woods turn into an oasis of greenery, perfect for relaxing. The owners use a second villa that shares the spacious grounds.

    Open-plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Shower room with open, tiled shower. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • M/wave
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 700m E of beach, 2km SW of Longeville-sur-Mer (shops, restaurant), 25km SE of Les Sables d’Olonne (all facilities).

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