A choice of two holiday homes in an ancient rural hamlet near Sigournais and its medieval chateau. Both are detached ancient buildings which have been lovingly restored to retain their character and are furnished and equipped to the highest standard. Both are fully accredited 3* gites. Sigournais is the perfect base from which to explore the Vendee and its rich history, to visit many “attractions” (including the Puy de Fou), to explore the Atlantic coastline or simply to relax and enjoy the charms of rural France including its flora and fauna. Sigournais (population c1000) has one shop – a general store that caters for day to day needs and a bar/restaurant. The nearest large town/shopping centre is Chantonnay, which is about 10minutes away by car. The Vendee enjoys a “micro climate” which delivers as much sunshine and similar temperatures to the Cote d’Azur.
Spend a day at the beaches of Sable d'Olonne, la Tranche or la Faute, take a boat out in the Marais Poitevin (green Venice of France). Go for lunch in La Rochelle and antique hunt in the afternoon or see the sights. The Lac du Rochereau, 5 minutes from the Barn, is probably one of the most beautiful spots you have ever seen. You can swim from its beach, take a boat out, have a picnic, admire and paint the views, or try fishing for carp. Go for a day's sightseeing or shopping in Nantes or Poitiers.
30 minutes from either Puy du Fou - the history of the Vendee (www.puydufou.com) or Futuroscope - games, adventure and more (www.futuroscope.com)
Nearby there's riding, horse racing, surfing, water sports, cycling, running, golfing and even night clubs for the enegetic! Also there's ballooning, bird watching, walks, forests, canoeing, many places of historic interest, markets, a zoo, villages, lots of bars and restaurantsfor the not so energetic.
Sigournais is only 25km from the Puy du Fou, the second biggest tourist attraction in France after the Eiffell tower. This is a spectacular day out for all the family.
Other Activities: wildlife, boating, swimming, museums, shopping, restaurants, Puy de Fou, Vendee coast, chateaux, birds
Golf: There are 4 golf courses all within an hours drive.
These are Les Fontenelles. Famous for its driving range, this golf course with its many hedgerows provides an excellent succession of water features, maritime pine and oaks over 2 miles.
La Domangère. The highest slope in France with a wealth of shots to be played, this is a delightful course that those in search of new challenges will want to experience. (This is supposed to be one of the more difficult golf courses in France).
Port Bougenay. On the edge of the sea and bordering an enclosed forest, this golf course overlooks the marina of Port Bourgenay. With hedgerows and pine forest, this course provides a two-in-one experience.
Mazieres en Gatine. Set amongst lakes and ancient trees, this course produces surprise after surprise behind each hedgerow.