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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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  • Les Ecureuils

    La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendée

    Grade
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    Ref: F85266

    At the edge of a pine wood and 300m to the lovely sandy beach, which stretches for 13 kilometres, this compact, semi-detached house is set in a residential estate of holiday houses, separated by pine trees. There is a shared swimming pool. A long walking and cycling trail runs along the coast. Close by there are restaurants, bars, markets, shops and a range of attractions. Visible from the beach and 40km to the south are La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré, accessible by toll bridge. From water sports, horse riding and tennis to nature reserves, castles and museums, the area has activities for all tastes and ages.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and French window to terrace. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower. Separate WC. First floor: Mezzanine with twin beds and low ceiling

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Circular swimming pool (1m – 2m deep)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 300m from beaches, 3Km SE of La Tranche-sur-Mer (all facilities, large forest), 38km S of Les Sables d’Olonne (seaside resort, beaches, forest), 40km N of La Rochelle (harbour, Island of Ré).

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  • Le Domaine des Fontenelles, House 1

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: FVE216

    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 basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus bunk.

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

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  • Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 2

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F85295

    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. 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

    • 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.

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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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 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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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FVE029

    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 available locally. Shop and restaurant 500m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, 2 colour TVs (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, garage parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Step in garden.

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  • Dolphin

    La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendée

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F85254

    This pleasant adjoining villa with its own garden is ideally situated 700m from the beach and just a few minutes from shops and other facilities. The charming town of La Tranche-sur-Mer itself offers plenty of activities and a large choice of watersports, including a sailing school, windsurfing and jet skis. Fine sandy beaches and pine forests provide ideal terrain for walking. Le Puy-du-Fou theme park, the canals of Green Venice and La Rochelle with its wonderful aquarium are all very interesting days out. A 30-minute drive leads to Les Sables d’Olonne, which offers a zoo, spa, abbey, shopping, casino and lively nightlife.

    Living room. Dining room with corner kitchen. Double bedroom with king-size bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC

    • Garden with terrace
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 10km from St. Vincent-sur-Jard (beach, shops, bars, restaurants) and l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer (port, supermarket), 21km SW of Luçon (shops, bars, restaurants, market, all facilities).

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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FVE004

    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 and a train station. The city of Nantes, situated on the Loire river, is 78km away, with its many churches, historical buildings, museums and botanical garden. Shop 1km, restaurant 800m, beach 1.5km.

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

    Electric heating, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to lounge.

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  • La Chapelle Hermier

    La Chapelle Hermier

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W14119

    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 is 28km. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km, beach 30km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, single bed on mezzanine.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour TV, DVD player, radio, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, private lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: 2 steps to the entrance. Lake 250m from the property.

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  • Jard-sur-Mer

    Jard-sur-Mer

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FVE010

    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 now houses a museum. Shop, restaurant and beach 1.5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Uneven surfaces in garden.

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  • Le Colvert

    Grues, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: F85204

    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. Double bedroom with additional single bed and pull-out bed. Shower room/WC

    • Central heating
    • T/dryer
    • Terrace
    • 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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