About the property
- Barn1657 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 bedroom gîte sleeps 6, all you need for a Fantastic relaxing holiday.
with king size bed, with fan, hair dryer, alarm clock and safe.
with two single beds, with fan.
Bedroom 3 mezzanine:
with king size bed and fan.
Mezzanine gaming area:
TV, play station 2 and GameCube.
WC and shower.
Kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, six seater breakfast bar and iPod docking station.
Living room with 42' TV.
English,french,German,dutch and Spanish satellite channels.
DVD player with a good selection of DVDs to watch.
2 seater, 3 seater and 1 seater sofa.
Outside front garden:
Large decking area with steps leading down to a enclosed private garden with children's park.
8 seater patio table and BBQ and four sun loungers.
Front of the gite has an out door bbq area with six seater round picnic table.
Fancy a day on the beach well we have a cool box and even a beach bbq you can use, you just provide the coals,food, vino and family.
Bathing: Many beaches have areas with life-guards offering safe bathing for all ages.
See Angela Bird's beaches page
Golf: Anywhere in the Vendee, you are not far from a good golf course - La Domangere (Nesmy), Coex, Port Bourgenay, La Rochelle, Cholet, Niort. See Formule Golf.
Fishing: Freshwater fishing on the many rivers and lakes (permits available locally). Sea fishing trips from most of the coastal ports and resorts. 'Pescalis' fishing park, near La Chataigneraie.
See Angela Bird's fishing page.
Cycling: You will find a well signed trail along the coast and several inland itineries - ask at the nearest tourist office. The forest of Mervent/Vouvent offers excellent possibilities.
See Angela Bird's cycling page.
Sailing: Beginners and children can take lessons at La Tranche-sur-Mer on a specially prepared lagoon.
Windsurfing: The coast is well loved by windsurfing enthusiasts, particularly around Jard-sur-Mer and la Tranche-sur-Mer. Several of the inland lakes also offer possibilities for windsurfing.
Surfing: Les Conches, or La Pointe du Payre are popular sites.
Micro-lights: Initiation available near La Tranche-sur-Mer. Also light aircraft flights over the coast and islands. See site.
Hot-air ballooning: Initiation flights available in the north of the Vendee. Montgolfiere du Bocage can also offer to arrange individual flights starting near your holiday property - ideal for a special celebration.
Go-karts: Just inland from La Tranche sur Mer at La Noziere / La Jonchere. Children from 7 years upwards.
Tree-adventure parks: One near Moutiers les Mauxfaits and one near Jard sur Mer (Pointe du Payre). See Indian Forest at Moutiers. One of the best tree top adventure courses in France, offering not only 17 different tree top trails of differing difficulty, but also paint ball, climbing walls, bungy jumping, pony rides, zip line, nature trails and much more besides. Parents needn’t feel left our here, although you shouldn’t underestimate the challenge of dragging yourself up a 30ft climbing net!
Naturism: There is a nudist beach to the south of La Faute sur Mer, towards the point.
Things to do and places to visit:
Le Puy du Fou - This famous history theme park is unique in Europe, offering a full day out, packed with fun for all ages, including a Roman amphitheatre with chariot races and gladiators, falconry displays and recreated villages from several different periods of history. The 'Grand Park' with its day-time attractions is open to visitors, without reservation, throughout the season and there is night-time 'son-et-lumiere' open air theatre for which you need to book months in advance (but well worth it!). See their web site.
Exotic gardens of Court d'Aron - St Cyr-en-Talmondais. Thousands of rare plants in a delightful setting. Spectacular lotus flower lakes in bloom from June to September. See Court d'Aron.
Perfumed Gardens at Coex - Unique collection of fragrant plants from all over the world, boutique of natural perfumes. See site.
Museum of Prehistory, St Hilaire la Foret - Reconstructions of stone-age life, museum. See site.
Steam Railway, Mortagnes sur Sevre - 22km of train ride between Mortagnes & Les Herbiers through picturesque valleys and over impressive viaducts. See site.
Velo-Rail, Commequiers - 10km ride through the countryside on a pedal-driven rail cart along the former railway lines. See site.
Also at Commequiers - medieval chateau - See site.
Automobile Museum, Talmont St Hilaire - Over 200 vehicles from 1885 to the present day, including several unique prototypes. See site.
Chateau de la Guignardiere, Avrille - Furnished Renaissance chateau to visit, children's treasure trail, vast park. See site.
Salt Marshes, Les Sables d'Olonne - Guided boat trips through the salt marshes, see traditional salt production and fabulous wild-life.
Zoo, Les Sables d'Olonne - Over 200 animals in semi-liberty in this attractive, well-maintained park.
Aquariums - At Port Bourgenay and, of course, at La Rochelle.
Green Venice - Many villages in the south-east corner of the Vendee offer punt hire or guided trips (Velluire, Vix, Damvix, Maillezais). Maillezais offers a good restaurant next to the embarcation as well as the ruined abbey to visit.
Historic towns and villages:
Fontenay-le-Comte: Has a splendid boulevard, the river Vendee, an historic old quarter and a chateau to visit.
Lucon: Charming town, with an impressive cathedral and gardens to visit.
Pouzauges: Existing since medeival times, one of the most fascinating towns in the 'Bocage'. Remarkable 12th century chateau.
Clisson: Very picturesque, with its chateau on the river bank.
Tiffauges: 'Blue Beard Chateau', (medeival warefare displays), model village, picnic spots on the river bank.
La Rochelle: Just south of the Vendee, in Charente Maritime. The old port with its famous street cafés and restaurants and the historic town centre are well worth a visit, as is the fabulous aquarium. Boat trips to La Rochelle from some of the Vendee's coastal resorts.
Nantes: Well worth a visit, for its splendid architecture, great shopping and the excellent choice of restaurants in the old quarter.
Vouvant: Art exhibitions throughout the village in the summer. See this site for details (French) Vouvant
Island of Ré: Reached by bridge from La Rochelle, or by boat from some of the coastal resorts. Charming port of St Martin-sur-Re, beaches, lighthouse to visit, cycling in the salt-marshes.
Island of Yeu: 1 hour by boat from St Gilles Croix de Vie or Fromentine. Really beautiful. You can go right round by bicycle in a day (hire available), passing sandy beaches, wild moorland and rocky coves. Noirmoutier: Linked to the mainland by bridge and by the famous causeway (Le Gois), exposed at low tide.
Allison And Stephen Wilden
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About Allison And Stephen Wilden
My wife and the family, Jessica and Jack love traveling to France for our holidays, we find the French people very welcoming and the country full of fantastic places to visit.
Allison And Stephen Wilden purchased this Barn in 2006
Why Allison And Stephen Wilden chose Le Givre
We had been to many places in france, but found this area one of the best in regards of weather, beaches and things to keep the children very happy and entertained, we didn't want the hussle of busy resorts but the traquility and natural wildlife right on our door step feel, and we found it with this barn, surrounded with sweetcorn fields two large ponds and ousing wildlife such as wild boar, roe deer, ragondin, praying mantis, glow worms ect.
What makes this Barn unique
The piece and quite of the fantastic French countryside, right on natures door step with a front row seat to sit back and watch the wild life and sunsets....but within 15 minutes of the busy seaside resort of La Tranche sur mer!! The barn was built with ancient stone from the old monasterys of Moutiers and retain a lot of the original features of the old cattle barn, with walls nearly two foot thick the barn keeps mostly cool in the summer.Inside feels very big and airy and is very homely. We love waking up in the morning and having breakfast outside on the east facing decking with the sun shining down on us, in the evening its out on the front for the evening BBQ whilst watching the sun set...Fantastic.
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Charming, well-equipped barn
We had a lovely time at the barn, a nice balance between seclusion and good access to the main road and the sights of the area.
Barn was spacious and well equipped and having two separate outdoor areas made it feel even bigger.
We're so glad you had the holiday you required, we know and understand that a holiday is something that you look forward too,need and to remember.
Lovely converted barn. Ideal getaway in the vendee.
Really enjoyed a 12 night stay at the barn. Very comfortable & spacious in the heart of quiet countryside but within less than 15 min drive to the coastal towns and beautiful sandy beaches. We loved the comfortable lounge area with large screen TV and the modern kitchen area that has all the equipment you might need. The decking area is also ideal for enjoying the sunshine. We enjoyed day trips to Puy du Fou theme park and Futuroscope. La Rochelle is an hours drive and worth a visit. Definitely the attraction to the Vendee are the golden sandy beaches and there are numerous to pick from for swimming and water sports. You definitely need a car to get about but if you don't mind that and want peace and quiet then the barn is ideal. The only issue we experienced was access to the WiFi that was less accessible than we would have liked. Hopefully the owner will sort that as it wouldn't take much to improve.
Overall this is a very nice gite and we would be happy to stay there again if we return to the Vendee.
We are really glad you enjoyed our barn and the local area.
The wifi is a issue we are having difficulties with at the minute moment and are taking steps to resolve these.
The holiday we were hoping for
The lovely property gave us just the holiday we were looking for. It was comfortable and very easy to live in. Everything worked as it should, including the wifi. We loved watching the birds and wandering along the paths nearby. The weather was super, we visited a different beach on each of our 8 afternoons, some sandy, some with rock pools, we paddled and sat in the sun. Many thanks to Stephen for answering my questions so patiently, for allowing us to book mid-week and for the wine on arrival
We are so glad it was the holiday you was looking for and you enjoyed our barn in which we try and make your stay a most memorable one for all the right reasons, you're more than welcome back.
Lovely quiet and peaceful place to stay
We had a lovely stay in this well-equipped gite and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the countryside as well as the nearby golden beaches and little towns. The gite is positioned up a little dirt track surrounded by farmland with a little lake close by where a heron and and some otters live. We saw the heron on our first day, but had to be a little more patient to see the sleek otters swimming around, they were amazing though.
The Gite is well equipped with almost everything you can think of. It even has BBC, DVDs to watch, games to play and a games console for kids. The kitchen is large with an island table, and had everything apart from sharp knives (the knives they have are pretty blunt). We enjoyed self catering, and appreciated the welcoming bottle of wine. The bedrooms are a decent size and both double beds are very comfortable. There is enough storage space, with a lovely, large wardrobe in the main bedroom. The single beds weren't quite as comfortable, but the room was nice.
The Wi-Fi works fine if you follow their instructions and remember to charge it. The garden is pretty and there is a good children's play area which I'm sure kids would enjoy. We enjoyed relaxing in the garden reading books and made use of the decent size washing line to dry all our clothes.
We appreciated having a cool box and ice packs to use and there were even body boards available if you felt so inclined. Our favourite beach was at Faut sur mer as it is away from the crowds and has a wood that you walk through to get to it which is lovely to retreat to when you want some shade. Everyone sits there to have lunch!
We took our bikes and enjoyed cycling around the area. We discovered you have to go to individual local tourist offices to get routes for circle rides in the area (there is one main book then individual leaflets) . We found some great rides starting from Avrille, several which were numbered individually and one which was called Boucle Megaliths. All of these were perfectly signposted and very easy to follow. In contrast, the map we had with circle routes from the tourist office in Moutiers les Mauxfaits were almost impossible to follow. The signs would appear for a while and then completely vanish leaving you quite frustrated and irritated! Of course there are also long trail routes along the coast which are also well signposted, so you can never run out of cycle paths to explore.
A lovely gite and a wonderful place to stay, we would well recommend it.
We`re glad you had a nice stay and Thank you for taking your time to leave us a honest review. We will take steps to improve the barn on these comments.
Allison & Stephen
Another amazing holiday!
Another fantastic holiday at the barn. We love it so much and it really always feels like a home from home, with everything you could possibly need from a cool box to a built in BBQ! This time we ventured back to Atlantic Tobbogan, which is an hour and 20 mins away and the children (11 and 13) loved the new slides. Although we have had a brilliant time at the Indian Forest, we tried out the brand new water park L'Ogliss which was literally 5 mins away ( you can see the barn from the top of the high slides). The park was awesome; we arrived at 10.15am and didn't leave until 6.30pm. We also spent a few days at the Les Conches beach, which is our favourite as the children love bodyboarding. A new t-shirt and hoodie purchased from Manusurf too! Thanks again for a wonderful stay, see you again soon!
BEAUTIFUL, COMFORTABLE, SPACIOUS, QUIET
It felt great to arrive in such a comfortable, clean, property after a long drive. We immediately felt welcome and relaxed. Indoors is cool and spacious and perfectly equipped. The kids loved their rooms and the electronics. The decor is simple and stylish and the shower was great.
Outdoors, it was great to eat in the quiet under the umbrella or relax in the loungers. We explored the ponds and the wildlife and played petanque out front.
Stephen was always helpful and easy to communicate with.
La Tranche-sur-Mer has a lovely shopping area. We really loved Jard-sur-Mer and explored other beautiful beaches. We enjoyed the evening market at Moutiers on Friday night. We went to the O'Gliss water park, which has some sniffy reviews on Tripadvisor, we had a great time.
Needless to say, I didn't want to leave.
We are really glad you enjoyed your stay at the barn, year after year we try and improve it with the feed back we get. Many thanks
Stephen & Allison
Coast/beach- The nearest beach is 10 minutes drive away near Longville sur Mer. All beaches are golden sandy beaches which are child friendly and safe, at low tides some of the beaches offers rock pools. Also some have small food huts on the back of the beaches. All the beaches are lined with miles of Pine forests and trails for walking and bike riding. Brand new water park just 1 minute from the barn. Golf- With France rapidly becoming one of Europe's most popular golfing holiday destination and offering over 25 of Europe's 100 courses, it's no wonder golfers are now choosing France over the traditional Spanish resorts for exceptionally high standard, competitive and well managed courses. There is a good golf course 20 minutes away. Travel- Nantes airport 1 hour 10 mins. La Rochelles 1 hour. Calais 6 hours 10 mins. Caen 4 hours. St Malo 4 hours. Distances- Nearest village Moutiers Les Mauxfaits 2 minutes. La Tranche Sur Mer 15 mins. Longville Sur Mer 10 mins. Beaches 10 mins (depending which beach you go to). Indian for
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We ask for £350 deposit on booking then 6 weeks before your trip the full amount, after your stay if there are no breakages at the gîte we send you back the £350 deposit. Linen charge includes one bath towel (not to be used for the beach) and one hand towel per person as well as bed linen. The fee is £15.00 per person/per stay. WIFI can be purchased for £15 per week if required The barn is to be cleaned on departure or £50 will be taken from your deposit for a clean. **WE CAN EXCEPT EURO PAYMENTS**