Spacious house with 12 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms sleeping 24+
Jon and Julia Doust
- english, french
About Jon and Julia Doust
We have been resident in France for many years. We were drawn to the Vendée by its lovely coast, countryside & towns, the tranquility and the relaxed pace of life. We came for a family holiday in 2002 and never really left. Our business - Vendée Vacances - was established in 2003 and has over the years welcomed hundreds of families to the Vendée. We invest continually in the business to ensure that the quality of the gite accommodation we offer is maintained and improved. We are on hand to give our guests any information or assistance they might require.
Jon and Julia Doust purchased this House in 2003
Why Jon and Julia Doust chose Mouzeuil-Saint-Martin
Les Chardonnerets was the second of the three gites (all three are individual properties on seperate sites and not part of a gite complex) we opened and is located about 4km from our own home in the village of Mouzeuil St Martin. We chose this location (initially to have a holiday home in France) because of its easy accessibility from the UK and for its proximity to the coast, countryside, attractions like the Puy du Fou and beautiful towns such as La Rochelle. The pretty local towns of Luçon and Fontenay le Comte provide us with a full range shops and a fine selection of restaurants. The village itself has a good bakery and a general grocery and is surrounded by countryside. Although quiet and peaceful, this is not a dead village and there is plenty of local life and events, particularly during the summer months.
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Lovely place, highly recommended
This is an excellent property for a big group holiday (the best we’ve found in 5 years of doing these types of holidays). The house was very clean and well equipped, with a particularly great kitchen for cooking for a lot of people, and a sheltered outdoor area for everyone to eat. The pool was lovely and well used throughout the week and the outdoor space generally was very good, plus everything at the back was gated so we could ensure little ones couldn’t wander off. Located on the edge of a small village, 10 min walk to a boulangerie. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding area for kids and adults alike. Highly recommended.
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Tres belle villa, le cadre est super, tout le monde s'y retrouve. Il y a absolument tout sur place . Je vous la recommande, vous pouvez réserver le yeux fermés. Les propriétaires sont extra !
Week-end entre amis
Super week-end entre amis dans cette grande maison toute équipée, rien ne manquait à part un peu plus de chaleur pour profiter de la piscine et d'un vrai barbecue .
A bientôt, nous reviendront.
Très grand gîte, confortable et bien équipé
Très bon séjour. Le gîte est grand et confortable (bonne literie, beaucoup des salles de bain, multiples canapés) et bien équipé.
Séjour parfait dans un gîte magnifique, extrêmement spacieux et charmant. Merci pour tout!
Je vous remercie de votre appréciation. C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer. Une autre fois, peut-être?
très agréable séjour
Rien ne manque dans cette propriétaire super agréable. Les propriétaires sont charmants.
Je vous remercie de votre appréciation. Nous sommes très heureuses que vous avez passé un agréable séjour.
Les Chardonnerets is ideally situated to access the attractions of the region:
Puy du Fou
Twice voted by the theme park industry as being the best park in the world, the Puy du Fou is quite unique. The park revolves around six live shows or spectaculars that are dramatisations of historical or mythical events relating to the Vendée. The stage craft is exceptional and can justifiably be described as both world class and – in some instances – ground breaking. Away from the big shows, the rest of the park has plenty to interest the visitor. This is a “must do” for any holiday in the Vendée. Located about 65km from our gite in Les Epesses.
Beaches of the Vendée
The beaches of the South Vendée are a delight. For the most part they are sandy (though one honourable exception has a fine line in rock pools at low tide) and are very family friendly. Our favourites are:
La Faute sur Mer – the closest beach at about 40km. La Faute is a low-rise, relaxed, small, resort town. Access to the beach is via paths of a couple of hundred metres length over the dunes. The sandy beach here is particularly fine. During the summer period the bathing is supervised on some stretches. La Faute is a nice town and has some good restaurants. We can recommend La Grand’ Voile on Avenue de la Plage.
Les Conches – is, overall, our favourite beach. Also sandy, this is a very gently sloping beach that is enormous when the tide is out and where the sea stays shallow for quite some distance. There is not a lot in the way of commerce here; just a few stalls selling drinks, snacks and ice cream. This is a good surf beach and there are two surf schools here. We recommend Manu Surf. About 55km drive.
St Vincent sur Jard – This is the most distant of our favoured beaches at around 60km. The beach here is notable for two features: firstly, there are lots of interesting rock pools to muck about in; secondly, the beach is over looked by the last home of the French statesman, Georges Clemenceau. It is a surprisingly modest house for a man widely held to be the “father of victory” in the First World War. The house is as Clemenceau left it at the time of his death in 1929. The gardens here were designed by his friend, the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.
Indian Forest Adventure Park / O’Gliss Water Park
Located adjacent to one another near the village of Moutiers les Mauxfaits (about 45km distant), Indian Forest and O’Gliss provide activity packed days. The Indian Forest adventure park centres around a series of high rope pathways (assault courses, really) slung through the tree tops. There is a range of difficulties available ranging from ‘child’s play’ to ‘downright reckless.’ Also in the park can be found bungie jumps, go karts and water slides.
Water slides (and flumes and rapids a lots of other aquatic lunacy) attain another level in the neighbouring O’Gliss water park. This is the third largest of its kind in France and is open June, July & August.
The city of La Rochelle is amongst the most visited in France. It is an elegant sort of place with lots of high end shops and many good restaurants. The aquarium – one of Europe’s largest – is excellent, and is most certainly worth a trip to La Rochelle (about 45 km distant) all by itself, but the real charm of the place can be found in just strolling around soaking up the ambiance. The area around the old port is particularly pleasant. La Rochelle has hundreds of restaurants and competition generally keeps quality quite high. Our favoured eateries are Bar André (a La Rochelle institution) at 5 rue St Jean du Perot and Le Boute en Train (classic French) at 7 rue des Bonnes Femmes.
Located about 15km away, the forest of Mervent extends over 12000 acres. At its heart is a huge lake that acts as a reservoir for the area. Aside from providing innumerable routes for shady walks, the forest is home to a number of other attractions, including the activity park at Pierre Brune (very good for children of all ages), a rather good small zoo and a water sports centre (from which canoes & kayaks can be hired). The forest also has marked tracks for mountain bikes. There are a couple of restaurants in the forest – we would recommend L’Auberge de la Forêt. In the heart of the forest for higher end dining or the Mangoustan in Mervent village for a meal with children.
Venise Verte (Green Venice) refers to a network of canals and dykes dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Poitou marshes. These days, the Venise Verte provides a haven for wildlife and is an area of gentle beauty. The best way to experience the area is by boat and these can be hired at a number of locations (for example Maillezais – where can be seen the remains of a magnificent abbey – and Damvix). For lunch, La Recré (a pizzeria / creperie in a converted school) in Damvix provides a perfect family dining option.