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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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  • L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE208

    Just 8km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie which has a variety of sandy beaches, such as the 3.6km long La Grande Plage, are these lovely holiday apartments. Each apartment has its own terrace, private garden and private garage. The adjacent 18-hole golf course, Les Fontanel, is sure to delight golf enthusiasts staying at one of these holiday apartments. In addition to the wireless internet in the reception area, the residence also features a shared outdoor heated swimming pool with children’s area and a horse stable. For the little ones there is children’s entertainment for a period of about half a day, 2 days a week. Take a trip along the salt route to the island of Noirmoutier, the zoo at Les Sables-d’Olonne or to the Nature Park of Marais Poitevin or simply visit the old port and the castles of the area. Shop, restaurant and beach 8km.

    Lounge, kitchen, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    No TV, dishwasher, terrace, balcony, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance.

  • Les Maisons du Lac, Saint Jean-de-Monts

    Les Maisons du Lac, Saint Jean-de-Monts

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W15089

    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. The holiday houses are simple inside but have all the requirements you need for a great holiday. There is a twice weekly children’s club in season, as well as the beach, and the golf course and a Thalasso centre with café and bar, all within walking distance. The beach joins the long promenade leading to the centre of Saint Jean-de-Monts, a very popular seaside resort. Visit the fishing port of Saint Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (10km), and the Island of Noirmoutier (15km) accessible via the causeway at low tide or via the bridge. Please note accommodation is allocated on arrival and floor/room layout may vary. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 0.8km and beach 0.3km.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.

    The holiday houses are simple inside but have all the requirements you need for a great holiday. There is a twice weekly children’s club in season, as well as the beach, and the golf course and a Thalasso centre with café and bar, all within walking distance.

    The beach joins the long promenade leading to the centre of Saint Jean-de-Monts, a very popular seaside resort. Visit the fishing port of Saint Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (10km), and the Island of Noirmoutier (15km) accessible via the causeway at low tide or via the bridge. Please note accommodation is allocated on arrival and floor/room layout may vary.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 0.8km and beach 0.3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double or twin bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet (may be in bathroom), mezzanine with double or twin beds, 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, cot and h/chair, colour TV, terrace, outdoor furniture, shared grounds, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs. Lake in shared grounds.

  • Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts

    Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: W12520

    Only a short walk to the huge sandy Atlantic beach are these holiday residences, 126 cottage style properties grouped on a gentle hillside in the dunes, arranged to give a friendly ’village’ feel. St. Jean-de-Monts boasts 12km of superb white sandy beaches, making this an ideal family resort. Both the town and the beach have a good choice of amenities including water parks, play parks, children’s clubs, bicycle hire and an outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace (depending on season and weather). The peaceful woodland dunes and rich marshland behind the coast are ideal for cycling and walking. The Isles of Yeu and Ré are easily reached by boat and the Isle of Noirmoutier by road, and markets can be found 5km from the park. Shop, café/bar, restaurants and beach 500m.Only a short walk to the huge sandy Atlantic beach are these holiday residences, 126 cottage style properties grouped on a gentle hillside in the dunes, arranged to give a friendly ’village’ feel. St. Jean-de-Monts boasts 12km of superb white sandy beaches, making this an ideal family resort. Both the town and the beach have a good choice of amenities including water parks, play parks, children’s clubs, bicycle hire and an outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace (depending on season and weather). The peaceful woodland dunes and rich marshland behind the coast are ideal for cycling and walking. The Isles of Yeu and Ré are easily reached by boat and the Isle of Noirmoutier by road, and markets can be found 5km from the park.

    Shop, café/bar, restaurants and beach 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, 1 double or twin bedroom, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom and/or shower room (may be on ground floor). Mezzanine with 2 single beds.

    Cot and highchair, colour TV, shared laundry facilities, microwave, outdoor furniture, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • La Chapelle Hermier

    La Chapelle Hermier

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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.

  • Mimosa

    Les Conches, nr. Longeville-sur-Mer, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F85316

    Set amidst a fragrant pine forest and situated just 600 metres from the glorious sandy beach at Les Conches, this semi-detached holiday property is situated in a region second only to the south east of France in terms of sunshine. Enjoy the private enclosed courtyard, including a covered terrace to unwind and relax. The house is served by a network of cycle paths and there are also numerous walking tracks in the forest and across the dunes onto the beach. From the beach you can see the Ile de Ré, take a trip on the boat from La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km) to one of the islands, around Fort Boyard or to la Rochelle.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) and corner kitchen with French doors to terrace and tiled floor. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed gravel courtyard
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 200m from shops, bar and restaurant, 6km from La Tranche-sur-Mer (shops, cafés, supermarket, pool complex), 30km S of Les Sables-d’Olonne (famous prom with street cafés, shops), 60km N of La Rochelle (shopping centre, museums).

  • Les Ecureuils

    La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    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).

  • 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.

  • Le Domaine de Vertmarines, Vertmarines 2

    St. Jean-de-Monts, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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.

  • Jard-sur-Mer

    Jard-sur-Mer

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • Le Cygne

    Grues, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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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