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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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  • La Chapelle Hermier, Vendee
    La Chapelle Hermier, Vendee×

    La Chapelle Hermier

    La Chapelle Hermier, Vendee

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    Ref: W14119
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This renovated detached farmhouse stands in the grounds of an unoccupied manoir dating back to the 16th century and benefits from full use of the entire gardens and lake
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    This renovated detached farmhouse stands in the grounds of an unoccupied manoir dating back to the 16th century and benefits from full use of the entire gardens and lake. Inside there is a fitted kitchen and separate utility, and a vast lounge with original beams and wooden floor. The charming French owners live just up the road, and in the village there are all the essential services. The sandy beach at La Normandelière is 18km, whilst the famous resort of Les Sables d’Olonne...

  • 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...

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez,
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    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez,

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    Ref: FVE004
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This charming Vendée house with a conservatory is situated in the beautiful resort of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
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    This charming Vendée house with a conservatory is situated in the beautiful resort of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is just 3km away, with its fishing harbour, promenade, rocky coves, shops, cafés and restaurants. Watersports can also be found here, with windsurfing, sailing, sand yachts and kite surfing all on offer. La Roche-sur-Yon, 48km, has a Tuesday and Thursday outdoor market, botanical garden, bowling, a children’s play centre, horse riding...

  • 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,...

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    Ref: W15089
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    250 metres from the dunes and the sea and with its own fishing lake, the Maisons du Lac holiday properties are perfectly situated for a family holiday by the beach
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    250 metres from the dunes and the sea and with its own fishing lake, the Maisons du Lac holiday properties are perfectly situated for a family holiday by the beach. On a small complex, each house has its own private enclosed terrace with garden furniture to make the most of the sunshine on this part of the coast, one of France’s sunniest.

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    The holiday houses are simple inside but have all the requirements you need for a great holiday. There is a twice...

    Les Maisons du Lac
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  • Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée
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    Les Conches

    Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE163
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This is an ideal holiday base for a family or a couple, with beaches and most amenities nearby.
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    This contemporary semi-detached 2-bedroom house sits just 600 metres up the road from the lovely sandy beach of Les Conches. There is a fitted kitchen and large patio doors open from the living/dining room onto the covered south-facing wooden terrace and enclosed garden. Upstairs are the twin and the double bedrooms, and shower room. All rooms have full electric shutters and electric centrally controlled heating, ideal for stays out of season. The fine sandy beach is just the other side...

  • Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Vendee
    Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Vendee×

    Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard

    Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Vendee

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    Ref: FVE011
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This simple, but practical and homely, 2 bedroom holiday bungalow is situated in a quiet, residential area just 700m from a lovely beach
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    This simple, but practical and homely, 2 bedroom holiday bungalow is situated in a quiet, residential area just 700m from a lovely beach. The large enclosed garden gives plenty of outside room and the terrace has an electric sunblind should the sun get a bit too strong! There are a couple of small shops and restaurants within a 10-minute walk, and the village centre is within 1.5km. There is a sailing school within 1km, tennis in the village, two surfing schools at Les Conches beach, 7km,...

  • 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...

  • St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée
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    Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 2

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

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    Ref: F85295
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Relax in the comfort of your private swimming pool or head to the sandy beach, just 3km away.
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    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...

    Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 4
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    Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 1
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  • Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Vendée
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    Le Gite Magnolia

    Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE159
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This single-storey holiday home lies within easy reach of the long, sandy beaches of the Vendée that slope gently to the sea.
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    This bright and airy, semi-detached cottage, lying close to the owner’s home, has been thoughtfully furnished to offer comfortable accommodation for up to four guests. Located within 1km of the glorious beaches of the Vendée, this cottage has a fully fitted kitchen, contemporary bathroom, spacious living room and the dining room opens onto a wonderful, private patio, ideal for relaxing or dining al fresco. This room also has a pool table, and there is Wi-Fi and a DVD player,...

  • St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie, Vendée
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    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 1

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie, Vendée

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    Ref: F85296
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Garden / Patio
    Set within an old fishing port, this complex of holiday properties are in an ideal location to explore the nearby beaches or walking and cycling tracks.
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    These holiday properties (refs F85296, F85297, F85298, F85299 and F85300) are situated within St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie, 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...

    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 2
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    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 3
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    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, Villa 1
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    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, Villa 2
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  • 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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