Ref: AC43, Vendée, Pays-de-la-Loire, France, £1995 to £4500 pw
Vendée Beach House is a very attractive modern beach house, just a few steps from a calm and sandy 8km long beach on the Vendée coast. Set in pleasant landscaped gardens within a grove of shady pines, it is surrounded by terraces on all sides, and has a heated splash pool/Jacuzzi next to a swimming pool set in a broad sunbathing terrace. The exciting town of La Rochelle is only 80 minutes' drive down the coast, with its lovely Old Port encircled by ramparts, a fine aquarium, and excellent restaurants and shopping. The more traditional seaside town of Les Sables d'Olonne is only 32km away to the north.
Living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 shower room with wc, 1 separate wc, 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 twin bedroom with 2 extra single beds
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, travel cot (linen not provided), highchair, no telephone, good mobile reception, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, heating (included), fans, barbecue, Jacuzzi, table tennis, pétanque
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Housekeeping / cleaning can be arranged at the cost of 20€ per hour, for a minimum of 3 hours. A cook may be available on request. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Vendée Beach House is a contemporary holiday home set in very peaceful and quiet seaside surroundings of 1,800sqm of private grounds, in the midst of lovely pine groves and dunes. The house enjoys lovely sea views from its enclosed terraced garden of 1,000sqm, and is surrounded by covered and open terraces. The private swimming pool (heated to 28°C free of charge, weather permitting) is located next to the splash pool/Jacuzzi, and the surrounding terraces are furnished with modern and comfortable sun loungers and parasols. One spacious terrace is adjacent to the kitchen, with tables and chairs for al fresco dining. There is an outdoor barbecue with a lovely, stylish built-in seating area, a covered table tennis area, and a pétanque pitch.
The villa is luxuriously furnished in a contemporary style and is equipped with all modern facilities and entertainment equipment, including a good assortment of CDs, DVDs, and English books. The living areas are on the first floor, and are designed in a pleasant open-plan style. The main living room is at one end of the house, and at the other is a delightful sitting area next to a fine dining table seating ten, and the modern fully-equipped kitchen. The four bedrooms are on the lower ground floor with direct access onto the garden and terraces. There are two double bedrooms with king size beds, one twin with single beds, and one bedroom with twin beds and two extra pull-out guest beds making an ideal children's bedroom. There is 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 shower room with wc, 1 separate wc.
This villa is located next to The Ocean Villa.
Changeover day: Saturday
Single depth 1.5m
Open Apr to end Sept
Public court 500m
Beach 50m from villa
La Tranche-sur-Mer 13km
La Faute-sur-Mer 21km
18 hole 19km
18 hole Golf le Port Bourgenay 19km
Vendée Beach House is a unique property for the area, located in a pretty, secluded spot among pine woods and sand dunes. It is only 50 metres via a small, very quiet public lane from a broad sandy beach, which stretches for 8km and looks across the channel to the Isle de Ré.
Over half of the 250km Atlantic coastline of the Vendée is broad sandy beaches; you will find yourself basking in the sun, settling down for a nice meal overlooking the waves, and enjoying the seaside ambience with plenty of room to spread out. The coastal towns are delightful, with the old fishing village of Les Sables-d’Olonne full of old world seaside charm, its broad beach lined with restaurants and cáfes. It is famous as the starting point for the gruelling Vendée Globe sailing race. St-Jean-de-Monts is known as the biggest sandpit in western France, although La-Tranche-sur-Mer actually tops it with 13km of sandy beach. St-Gilles Croix-de-Vie is the oldest port in the Vendée and if you like grilled sardines this is the place to go. Offshore, the islands of L’Ile-d’Yeu, with its wild coastline facing the Atlantic, and Noirmoutier, reached by its exceptional causeway the Passage du Gois (check the tide tables!), are terrific spots for day outings. Inland, the Marais Poitevin, known as the “Green Venice”, is an area of 90,000 hectares of canals and marshes, forests and abbeys, where sea and fresh water meet, and full of the most luxurious variety of birds and wildlife. You can hire a small boat and drift lazily through the timeless waterworld.
Baker and grocery at 300 metres.
Bouil (500m): General food store and two small restaurants
Vincent-sur-Jard (1km): Parc de Clemenceau and restaurants
Longeville-sur-Mer (2km): All shops and services
Jard-sur-Mer (3km): Super U supermarket, restaurants
Longeville-sur-Mer (2km) Friday
Jard sur Mer (3km) Monday and Friday
La Tranche (6km) lively twice-weekly market
Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (15km) Tuesday and Friday
Pizzeria-créperie Okoumé: Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (5km)
Restaurant gastronomique l’Equinoxe La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km)
Restaurant gastronomique Le Nautile: La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km)
Brasserie Le Phare West: La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km)
Créperie Les Flots Bleus: Longeville-sur-Mer (2km)
Restaurant traditionnel La Cour d’Aron: St Cyr-en-Talmondais (6km)
L’Océan: Vincent-sur-Jard (0.5km)
Le Kimana: Jard-sur-mer (3km)
Baie de Cayola: Château d’Olonne (15km)
Les Sables D’Olonne (25km): a big selection of restaurants
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
Puy du Fou (90km) a spectacular medieval theme park, great for all the family.
The Marais Poitevin is the Green Venice of France - a wonderful day can be spent rowing along canals and small rivers, picnicking along its shores and spotting the rich wildlife. One of the starting points is the pretty village of Maillezais (80km).
Vouvant (74km) is the only ‘Plus beau village de France’ in Vendée. A lovely small town.
Poupet Music and dance festival at St Malo du Bois (90km) in July
Medieval festival at Bazoges-en-Pareds (65km) in August
Many fêtes in other villages in the summer
Fish and shellfish – sardines from St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, mussels from l’Aiguillon, oysters from the Baie de Bourgneuf, prawns, crab, langoustines. Fish soup.
Poultry from Challans.
Veal from Chalais.
Brioche – many varieties of this rich sweet bread.
There are 4 main vineyards in Mareuil, Pissotte, Brem and Vix which make up the Fiefs Vendéens.
Just down the path by the villa is a beautiful 8km long beach looking out to the Ile de Ré. The water is generally quite calm as it is part of a bay which is sheltered by the Ile de Ré.
Other beaches close by:
La Tranche-sur-Mer (13km)
La Faute-sur-Mer (21km)
Les Sables-d'Olonne (28km)
All the beaches in this area are sandy.
Tennis courts: 500m
Horse riding: 5km
Bicycle hire: 300m
Windsurfing, kite surfing, surf boarding, sailing, sailing club with equipment hire: 500metres
Theme Parks: Indian Forest adventure park (10km), Puy du Fou (80km) and Futuroscope (150km)
Golf: The Vendée is home to six 18-hole golf courses, four of them on the coast and two inland. For serious golfers the best by a distance is the Domangère course at La Roche-sur-Yon. The next recommendation is the links course, Golf de la Prée, which is north of La Rochelle. At Saint Jean-de-Monts, a number of holes on the edge of the beach is a links course. At Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the Fontenelles course and its surrounding countryside is one of gentle undulations, maritime pines and green oaks. The course at Port Bourgenay is on a villa estate covering 85 hectares and is fringed by pine woodland and small lakes. At Olonne-sur-Mer a reasonable holiday golf course. All are an easy 1 hour's drive from the villa.
The actual house does not appear on the Google satellite map as the current image predates its completion.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely, bright and modern house. The living space is very generous with a pretty outlook over the woods from various terraces. The pool is a little small but the fact it is heated made it very pleasant and great for our young daughter. The Jacuzzi was very relaxing, and warm enough to use in the evening. The location is ideal being just a couple of minutes' walk to the sandy beach, and very quiet whilst still in walking distance of shops and restaurants. We would have happily stayed another week!
The location was superb for our group (four adults, two young children) with the walk to the beach taking just a few minutes - likewise the walk to the local shop for the daily bread. The house was light and spacious with superb terraces off the first floor living accommodation. Excellent facilities and very comfortable furnishings made for a very enjoyable holiday. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property.
An amazing location - we didn't appreciate just how close to the magnificent beach it is! Can't fault Dominique and her team!
It lived up to our expectations in every respect, and was finished to a very high standard. We thought that we might miss the absence of a pool (new pool from 2015), but the grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the splash pool/Jacuzzi when we came up from the beach in the late afternoon. Seven days of lovely weather was obviously a help. The beach was excellent, and even the Atlantic felt pleasantly warm. We will certainly want to return but possibly not next year. On our last day we met the owners - who had come to do most of the cleaning! They were delightful.
Lovely villa, great proximity to beach.
One of the most beautifully appointed houses I have ever stayed in….with the beach just moments away it was the perfect location for a real" get away from it all" holiday. The house was equipped with everything I could wish for…clean crisp linen, refreshingly vigorous showers and blackout shutters which turned the brightest day into night if required. The cleverly planned balconies mean you can have breakfast outside in the morning sun and dine watching the sun go down from either end of the house with as much sun exposure as you like.
There are opportunities to walk on the beach, go for meandering bike rides and lovely the French restaurants situated in nearby towns meant that we always had choices about where to eat
I can't wait to return…there is plenty of room for all of my family and friends and we can escape from the world in our own space and luxury.
We stayed at the Beach House in July 2013 and really enjoyed our stay. The villa is an amazing place for a holiday with friends or an extended family. It is extremely spacious and finished to a very high standard. Bathrooms have large power showers and the whole villa has an airy light feel.
There are numerous verandas to lounge on as well as the outside terraces so there is always quiet corner to finish off that book. The fact that it is inches away from the beach means that a walk on the sands before breakfast is made easy."
There are good supermarkets close-by and a short walk into the village will get you your morning bread. We found lots of good places to have a meal out.
We hope to be able to make a return visit soon.
We really enjoyed our stay... So close to the sea we could take lovely long walks, swim and relax- just a few seconds from the house. The house was so well equipped and welcoming. The hot tub and BBQ were fantastic and we had many memorable meals on the sunny terrace. A beautiful place to make special memories.
The house was very relaxing and extremely well equipped. Walking distance to the beach makes a big difference. We had a great family time.
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
A lovely modern beach house, furnished in an attractive and clean-cut contemporary style, and only a few steps from a calm sandy beach on a beautiful stretch of the Vendée coastline. The pool and Jacuzzi under the pines will be hard to leave.