This 'away from it all' typically French family-friendly country house is near all the best beaches and sights of the Vendee. The property has been tastefully decorated and furnished whilst retaining its turn of the century charm. It has a large 3/4 acre private garden trimmed with grapevines and rosebushes, a private 4 x 8 metre swimming pool with sunbathing and dining patio decking, sun loungers and beach chairs. An outdoor cast iron stone bread oven is a feature Bar-B-Que. A new kitchen and living/dining room with its feature fireplace are particularly pretty and an impressive beamed hallway and traditional-style staircase lead to the first floor. Picturesque Mareuil sur Lay with its river frontage is nearby and superb Vendeen beaches are a 30 minute drive. The tranquil lake at Chateau Guibert is a short cycle ride away. Golf, at a magnificent course, is just a 15 min. drive, whilst Tennis is a mere 1 km. away. Shops, bars and fabulous restaurants are all within easy drive.
'Superbly equipped, extensive accommodation, large gardens and fabulous pool. The best house we have stayed in France in over 25 years and we will revisit again next year'. Geoffrey S. Sept. 2011
'We had such a lovely week at this house and find it difficult to fault - well maybe the pictures don't do it justice! Anyway the property is basically the best we have stayed at whilst in France' - Claygate, Surrey, June 2011
'We absolutely loved staying at this house. We had three generations of family including an 11 week old baby and the home met all of our needs perfectly'. Vicky W, August 2011
'We had a great week, with La Vassaliere providing everything that we needed and more. The website doesn't convey how comfortable and spacious the house is'. Ciaran, July 2011
Just a quick email to say we had a fantastic holiday in France.
The house was everything we wanted and more. The children went in the pool everyday as we had really good weather and we all enjoyed the tranquility of the area.
The Puy du Fou was brilliant and we were so glad that we took your advice to stay for two days. We also visited Futurescope, La Rochelle, the beautiful beaches in the area and even managed some wine tasting! However the days we spent relaxing at the house and the family time we spent together is what we will remember the most.
It is definitely an area we would love to visit again.
Many thanks again.
With all our best wishes
Chateau Guibert is 60 mins south of Nantes, 45 mins north of La Rochelle, 40 mins east of Les Sables D'Olonne. There is a superb choice of white sandy beaches (some with rockpools for children) backing onto wild dunes and cool pine forests. Les Sables D'Olonne is worth a visit with its 'Cote D'Azurish' facade, great beach, al fresco restaurants, shopping and fishing village. There is a small Zoo nearby, very popular with children. La Rochelle with its sailing port and Aquarium, stylish town centre and great cuisine is a popular destination. Over the bridge is Ile de Re, where cycling enthusiasts can encircle the perimeter of the island, stopping for lunch in St. Martin de Re, overlooking the picturesque harbour. The region offers a wealth of sightseeing attractions such as chateaux, museums, castles, vineyards, wine tasting tours, open-air markets, seaside resorts, botanical gardens, theme parks (Futuroscope in Poitiers, Le Puy de Fou). Golf, tennis, watersports are all close by.
Golf: Golf, at the magnificent 18-hole La Domangere Country Club in Nesmy is a mere 15 minute drive from the house. The French Open was played here in 1990. The course is very well maintained, with quite a bit of challenging water on the back 9! Rates are very reasonable and the owners are relaxed and welcome children/families to walk the course, or join you in your buggy! Lovely lunch offered al fresco outside the Clubhouse (19th hole).