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Delightful country house with private pool, secluded garden, near beaches

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with WC, 1 shower room plus sink, WC, sleeps 8-10

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.

Owners Comments:

'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

More Details

Ms. Anita Eyles
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About Ms. Anita Eyles

Chris and Anita Eyles live in Esher, Surrey, UK. Chris works in the City and Anita is owner/director of a healthcare distribution company.

Ms. Anita Eyles purchased this house in 1995

Why Ms. Anita Eyles chose La-Roche-sur-Yon area

It had always been our dream to own a holiday home on the West coast of France. After viewing 20 Vendeen properties in 5 days in the pouring rain in February, 1995, we fell in love with not only the house, but the little hamlet in La Vassaliere, Chateau Guibert, a 30 minute drive from the Atlantic Coast. We took possession 2 days after the birth of our first daughter, on the 5th June, 1995 and spent a wonderful summer here. We then had another daughter, in 1998. The girls are now 20 and 17 and have delightful memories of spending each summer at La Vassaliere with family and friends.

What makes this house unique

The house is situated in a magical little oasis of quiet, surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, but within a 10 minute drive to local shops, bars and restaurants. The 3/4 acre rear garden with 4m x 8m swimming pool and patio decking is totally private. It's a haven for privacy if all you want is sunbathing, reading, sleep or relaxation or, if you have a busy family who enjoy sports, the garden is big enough for 5 a-side football :) If you enjoy cycling or running, there are many cycling routes you can discover. Tennis is a 10 minute drive away and Golf, at the beautiful course, La Domangere is just a 20 minute drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Anita,

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

Karen x
Aug 2012
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Château-Guibert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Super King
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunk beds
  • 1 Super King size bedrom 1 Queen size bedroom 1 double bed with 1 single bedroom (like a twin room) 1 room with 4 bunkbeds 2 cots available
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The accommodation comprises: Ground floor - Open plan living/dining room/well equipped brand new fitted kitchen, large hallway doubling as useful play area for children, WC and utility room with washing machine which is great for clearing sand from swimsuits, hanging towels, etc. The double garage stores a multitude of children’s toys and garden games (boules, cricket, swing ball tennis, etc.) First floor - two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom, one x-large bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds. Large bathroom with WC and separate shower room with sink. Large 3/4 acre lawned garden trimmed with grapevines. The swimming pool (8m x 4m depth 1m to 2m) is not heated nor fenced therefore parents are responsible for children at all times. Parking for 5 cars in driveway. Telephone for incoming calls and payable outgoing calls). Full central heating, wooden garden dining furniture, two canvas parasols, sunloungers, barbeque, two travel cots, two highchairs, all linen provided except beach towels.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Delightful country house with private pool, secluded garden, near beaches
average rating of 4.928571 based on 16 reviews

Perfect for a relaxing French holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful old property is well maintained, well furnished and fully equipped for a comfortable self catering holiday in beautiful surroundings.

It is perfect for an extended family stay or for two families to holiday together. Lots of space inside and out to ensure that you don't feel on top of each other!

The pool area and gardens are well maintained.With excellent weather we ate all meals outside ,making good use of the BBQ

The owners have ensured that all needs are catered for, with a very well equipped kitchen and entertainment for sunny days and the occasional rainy days.

A good patisserie is a short drive away for the daily bread and croissants and the nearby town has a good supermarket, restaurant and tennis courts for the more active

We would definitely recommend the house and area. it was so relaxing that there was very little push to leave the house and pool!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. We're very pleased you all thoroughly enjoyed your stay and welcome you back anytime to La Vassaliere!
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A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious house in a perfect rural retreat. Quiet, tranquil and very peaceful in private surroundings.

Beautiful, well maintained gardens (including the few other properties in hamlet) and the house is exceptionally well equipped and perfect for self catering, but if you do want to eat out, you will need to travel a fair way for a decent choice of restaurants (La Roche sur Yon is very good).

We had excellent weather and made full use of the pool and BBQ - no problems with pool not being heated as weather so good.

Only negative is NO local amenities within cycling or walking distance, but as roads are quiet and easy to drive on, not a problem - a 7 min drive for local bread and cakes(?) or 12 mins to large supermarket.

Anita (the owner} was very helpful and co-operative, with quick response to any queries.

Places for a must do visit:

Puy du Fou - do both night show and daytime - stunning.

La Rochelle - cosmopolitan - loads of shops and eating places. Historic harbour.

Thank you Anita for a wonderful week

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at La Vassaliere and had excellent weather. Thank you for your comment regarding local amenities. The local Boulangerie/Patisserie shop closed recently due to the same old problem... the local supermarkets driving business away from local establishments in rural towns, therefore it's now a short drive to collect your morning croissants and baquettes. For restaurants, there are some wonderful selections in Lucon, a 12 minute drive away. We love La Rochelle and pleased you had a great time at the Puy du Fou, it really is a Park to be experienced! Until you actually visit yourself, it's difficult to explain exactly how incredible it is! Also among the places for a must-do visit are the gorgeous beaches at Longeville sur Mer (Les Conches, La Rocher) and the fabulous Les Sables D'Olonnes (mini St. Tropez), along with many others, offers great days out for surfing and sunbathing. Thanks again and we would be delighted to accommodate you for another visit in the future.
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Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous!!!

  • 5 of 5

What more can we say, beautiful surroundings, fabulous house, pool and gardens. We were 2 families, 4 adults 6 children, that had everything we needed for a sublime stay. The problem's we had were the children treatening a mutiny on leaving day and wanting to stay "forever", and watch out for the local's very good!! Perfect holiday, we really didn't want to leave!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased your two families enjoyed your stay. Thank you very much for your lovely comments. It's always the icing on the cake to hear the youngsters in the group all have had a fabulous time too. The 'sun-trapped' pool and gardens certainly may have been even more delightful given this summer's incredible weather! Hopefully you got a chance to get to the seaside, but from then again, sampling the local wine sometimes does take priority! Again, thanks for staying at La Vassaliere, we would love to welcome you all again anytime.
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Review of stay

  • 4 of 5

Very charming french farmhouse. We (family of 4 with children aged 6 & 4) had a very enjoyable week here.

The house is charming, very quiet rural location with large rear garden for the kids to run around.

The pool is well set up but unheated (as it says on the particulars) and despite telling the kids otherwise, it was therefore inevitably quite cold at times !

Very clean with good beds. The information actually left in the house could do with updating as it is a bit unspecific to the area but as long as you do some research before you get there you will work it all out.

The boulangerie that the particulars refer to has closed so there is nowhere that you can easily cycle from the house to get bread etc, however there are nice country cycles from the house.

It took us 45mins+ each time we wanted to get to the beaches which is fine but you don't want to plan to do this every day. Once there, the beaches were fabulous.

Owners were very easy to deal with.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is situated in one of the most idyllic hamlets we saw during our time in France. The gardens and verges are brimming with beautiful flowers that make for an impressive display along with the pretty painted cottages next door - a gardener's dream! With two young children, we found the pool area and outside space worked very well with plenty of space for exploring, al fresco dining and the swing proved very popular with our daughter. Inside, the house is spacious and comfortable, furnished to a good standard which made it feel like a home from home - comfy beds, quality bedding and towels and a great living area with TV, Bluray, iPod docking station etc. The garage also had a stack of children's toys, inflatables for the pool, bikes and outdoor games so plenty to keep the little ones entertained! The location of the house is rural but with easy access to main roads linking to major towns and attractions. We particularly enjoyed trips to the zoo at Sables d'Olonne, the beaches at La Tranche Sur Mer, Les Rochers and Les Conches and a real highlight was a couple of days in Il de Re and La Rochelle, about 45 minutes from the house. However, when the sun is shining, it's hard to leave the poolside and tranquil surroundings of this 'away from it all' holiday home.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you and your young family enjoyed the house, home comforts, facilities and surrounding area so much. I shall pass your compliments onto our lovely French neighbour, who is an extremely keen gardener; he takes great pride in maintaining the 'Botanical Garden's of our Hamlet! Very happy to hear you enjoyed a couple of outings in La Rochelle and Ile de Re, our favourite places to visit too. When the children are a little older, you might wish to consider hiring bikes and cycling the perimeter of Ile de Re, something we've done giving us lasting memories. We also feel it's lovely to just enjoy the pool and garden when the weather's nice, however, with beaches just a half hour's drive it's great to do both! Again, many thanks. We'd love to welcome you all back to stay at La Vassaliere in the future!
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Awesome holiday home

  • 5 of 5

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. It is really nicely furnished with good quality bedding, and a modern bathroom. There are so many useful bits and bobs for the garden and pool - great kids toys and games. All in all, a wonderful family holiday home. We loved the amazing pool too. Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely, thanks so much, we're so pleased you and your extended family (3 generations.... fantastic!!) enjoyed your holiday last August. Our girls are now almost 17 and 14. Our eldest was only 10 weeks old when we bought and stayed (for 3 weeks) at the house (all a blur now of course!). As you can imagine, we've accumulated a vast array of pool and garden toys through the years that we're only too happy to share with our guests! The girls also love playing on the hockey and football pitch (aka garden behind the grapevines)... We welcome you all again to La Vassaliere whenever you wish to pass our way again. Best of luck and many thanks again.
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Puy du Fou
"Adventure, Family Travel, History Buffs, Local Culture, Outdoor Entertainment, Students "
La Rochelle
"Art & Design, Foodies, Luxury Travel, Nightlife, Trendsters"
Île de Ré
"Foodies, Local Culture, Luxury Travel, Outdoor entertainment, Trendsters, Wellness"
"Adventure, Science Buffs, Family Travel, Outdoor Entertainment, Students, Art & Design"
Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Mareuil sur Lay
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
La Domangere, Nesmy
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Viviera, Mareuil sur Lay
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Le Rocher, Longeville sur Mer
Car: necessary

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).


Rates & Availability

Château-Guibert House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April Rate
Apr 15 2017 - May 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
May Rate
May 6 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Whitsun Bank Holiday
May 20 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
June Rate
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
Early Bird Summer
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer Rate
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early September
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Indian Summer
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 13 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $447.42

Electricity,water,gas included.Heating 30 euros per week when required.Two separate cheques for 50% deposit of total holiday fee & security deposit of £350 required upon booking.50% for balance is payable 1 month prior to departure.Security deposit cheque returned or destroyed after tenants' departure accordingly.

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