Fabulous setting in pine woods with forest trails
- english, french
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We stayed here as a group of 4 adults and 2 children and found the villa absolutely perfect. There was plenty of room allowing everyone to have their own space and the communal areas were large and bright.
The pool was fantastic, lovely and warm and the fence a real bonus. We walked to the local playground in the forest with the children and took trips into town and to the beach. Off season the beach is less then a 5 mins drive away which was perfect with a 1 and 3 years old and had plenty of parking however would be a very short cycle ride away when parking was at a premium in peak times. We walked to the local bakery every day.
Peter was a very helpful host with great and timely communications and helpful recommendations.
We were all very impressed and would return if coming back to this area of France.
An excellent property and location
We visited this property over the Christmas period and it suited our needs perfectly. It was clean, well presented and equipped. The bikes at the property were an added bonus and we enjoyed exploring the local area both on foot and on the bikes. We had a slight problem Christmas Eve as the oven decided to stop working but when we contacted the site manager he came out straight away to check it out and replaced the oven immediately - first class service! I would certainly recommend this property to a friend or relative. Even though the weather was cold we had some great walks along the local beaches.
We had a lovely fortnight at Le Pavot at the beginning of September. Peter had been very helpful and prompt to answer questions before we arrived. There was plenty of space in the villa for five adults and a toddler. The pool was brilliant - warm and safe. We made very good use of the bikes; cycling to the local boulangerie, the beach and exploring the variety of ways into La Tranche. Our granddaughter loved going in the bike trailer. The Vendee coast was as magnificent as we remembered and watching the surfers at La Terriere was good entertainment.
We had a brilliant week in La Tranche in late August 2017. The location of the house couldn't be better, so close to stunning safe beaches, cycle paths, playgrounds etc.
The house itself is tired and it felt like it needed a thorough clean. Little things could have improved the first impressions; we had to unload a full dishwasher when we arrived as the previous occupants dishes were in there, most of the kids DVD boxes we opened were empty, there were virtually empty loo rolls left in the two loos rather than just one new roll in each etc.
The other facilities however were great for our needs (7 adults and 4 young children), with 2 highchairs, 2 cots, plenty of crockery and glasses, plastic plates for kids etc. The heated pool was amazing and really made the holiday for us, the kids stayed in there for hours and the safety fence meant they could play in the sandpit without us worrying. The pool towels provided were also brilliant as was the washing/drying room.
The bikes were great, again some weren't in great condition, and the kids trailer is on it's last legs but they were absolutely fine for the short journeys we were doing. The kids loved going out on the bikes and it made the holiday that we were able to use them at no extra cost or hassle of hiring them.
The outside area and garden is quite overgrown and looks a bit neglected. The kids really enjoyed the sandpit but we didn't sit out in the garden in the evening as it was quite overgrown and it's a shame the hedges are so high.
Overall we had a really great week. The house was fine for our needs, the pool and bikes were brilliant and we will definitely be returning to the area.
Thanks for taking time to review. The whole villa is regularly painted throughout inside every 2-3 years, being all white any small marks show. This was done again this spring. The bikes and bike trailer we replace when starts to cost too much to keep in good repair, roughly every three years, difficult as they have no resale value in La Tranche so we end up having to take old ones to the tip which seems criminal when they still work fine, so we try and make them last three seasons. There are 100s of DVDs, and kids take them by mistake or put in wrong boxes or scratch them sometimes, it's not practical to check all these between change overs, though we do this end of each season. Easy way to fix these problems of course is not provide things like bike and dvds which is stance most owners take, our kids really enjoy having them so we provide them and hope people look after them which for the most part they do.
Great family villa for large groups
We were a family group of 6 adults and four young children. The villa amenities are excellent with adequate bedrooms for all and plenty of communal living space in which to spread out. For the children there is Sky TV to keep them quiet for an hour first thing then a heated pool with shallow end with steps and deep end to suit all ages. The garden is relatively small but essentially a large sandpit again keeping the little ones occupied for hours on end.
The local services are restricted to a baker, a bar and a restaurant but easy to venture just a little further in to La Tranche which offers a lovely selection of everything including a super beach. All in all we found this to be an excellent choice.
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Fantastic property in a great location.
Fantastic property in a great location. Our kids (6 and 5) absolutely loved the pool, and the perimeter fence around the pool added peace of mind when the kids were not in the water, knowing they could play freely around the property without any fear of them falling into the pool. The shops and restaurants of La Tranche are a 10 minute cycle ride away, and La Terriere beach is even closer (perhaps the most stunning beach I have experienced on the west coast of Europe). Getting around is a breeze given the dedicated cycle-ways and footpaths. A very enjoyable stay and somewhere I would return without hesitation.
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The Charente and Vendée regions are blessed with microclimate ensuring high probability of hot sunny days during the summer. With nearly 100 miles of sandy beaches backed by pine forests and easy access from the southern channel ports, it is a popular destination for British and French holidaymakers seeking a sun, sea and sand holiday. However there is much more to this area than beaches including fortified cities, islands, wetlands and vineyards. It is worth travelling inland from the coast to see rural France at its best as well as some highly rated theme parks such as Puy du Fou and Futuroscope.
Fabulous sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside, historical cities and fine food and wine are just some of the attractions that this part of France can offer. The Vendee is situated in the east coast of France and features mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches that slope into the clear blue sea. It is the perfect place for water-sports or relaxing in the sun with its wonderful climate.