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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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  • Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Vendée
    Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Vendée×

    Le Village de la Mer - House II

    Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Vendée

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    Ref: F85314
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This holiday complex is set in a privileged position, with plenty of contemporary facilities indoors and out....

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  • L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie
    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie×

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie

    6
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    Ref: FVE210
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    Just 8km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie which has a variety of sandy beaches, such as the 3.6km long La Grande Plage,...

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  • St. Jean-de-Monts
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    St. Jean-de-Monts

    St. Jean-de-Monts

    6
    1
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    Ref: W11331
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    This quality one-bedroomed apartment was bought by the owner off plan, allowing them to select one of the best...

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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée
    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée×

    Chalet des Pins

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: FVE158
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Situated on a lovely holiday park and just 900m from a great sandy beach, these practical one and two bedroomed...

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  • Grues, Vendée
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    Le Héron

    Grues, Vendée

    6
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    Ref: F85141
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    Just ten minutes’ drive from the glorious Vendée beaches, these holiday properties are set on a former...

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  • La Jonchère, Vendée
    La Jonchère, Vendée×

    La Lavande

    La Jonchère, Vendée

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: F85194
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Situated in the pretty village of La Jonchère, these semi-detached holiday properties are only ten minutes from...

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  • L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, Vendée
    L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, Vendée×

    Lapwing House

    L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, Vendée

    6
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    Ref: F85236
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio

    Just 1km from the sandy beach of the holiday resort of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, this charming house, with its...

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  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée
    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée×

    Chalet des Pins 2

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée

    6
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    1
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    Ref: W15047
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Situated on a lovely holiday park and just 900m from a great sandy beach, these practical one and two bedroomed...

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  • St. Maixent-sur-Vie
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    St. Maixent-sur-Vie

    St. Maixent-sur-Vie

    6
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    1
    3
    Ref: W12135
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio

    Set in the heart of the Vendée countryside but just 6.25 miles (10km) from the fishing port of...

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  • Ile d’Olonne
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    Ile d’Olonne

    Ile d’Olonne

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    Ref: W14346
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This comfortable and spacious detached villa is set in a large enclosed garden is in a quiet hamlet near the...

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  • St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie
    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie×

    Le Domaine des Fontenelles, Villa 1

    St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie

    6
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    Ref: F85299
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    These holiday properties (refs F85296, F85297, F85298, F85299 and F85300) are situated within St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie,...

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  • La-Faute-sur-Mer
    La-Faute-sur-Mer×

    La-Faute-sur-Mer

    La-Faute-sur-Mer

    6
    3
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    Ref: FVE032
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This semi-detached holiday house, adjoining FVE022, provides an ideal place to appreciate the friendly atmosphere in...

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