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Allison And Stephen Wilden

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Luxury 17th century barn only 8 mins to the golden sandy beaches.

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Le Bernard Barn Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom gîte sleeps 6, all you need for a Fantastic relaxing holiday.

Bedroom 1:

with king size bed, with fan, hair dryer, alarm clock and safe.

Bedroom 2:

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:

Living room with 42' TV.

English,french,German,dutch and Spanish satellite channels.

DVD player with a good selection of DVDs to watch.

WIFI is now available at a small cost per week at £15.00 if required.

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.

NEW! for 2013 a swing set with slide,two swings,monkey bar,kiddies picnic bench and sand pit.

Outside courtyard:

Front of the gite has two sun loungers on a sanded area and 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.

Holiday activities

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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Allison And Stephen Wilden (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

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 Vendee

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a note to say , thanks for the rent of the gite.You have made a fantastic home there, we are very envious.Lovely house,good base.

Thanks again.

Nick and Kath
Jun 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Luxury 17th century barn only 8 mins to the golden sandy beaches.
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews

Lovely place for a quiet holiday

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a week here in July 2015, although a very rainy week we found things to do including the Aquarium at la Rochelle and Indian Forest which was just 5 mins drive from the Gite also some lovely beaches which were only 10 mins away.

The Gite itself was lovely very well equipped and we felt really at home the pictures really don't do it justice , the kids loved the garden and it's play equipment and I felt quite happy for the little ones to play outside and the big ones to go exploring, we had great neighbours who also had children so all in all a really great holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Beautiful, peaceful gite

  • 5 of 5

The gite was beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you could ask for, from a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge on arrival, to a cool box to use for picnics.

Despite less than perfect weather, we had a super stay, with our three children, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding area and its beaches, as well as closer to home. The otters in the pond behind the gite were a delight to watch; Indian Village was well worth a visit; and we even saw a wild boar from the hayloft bedroom one night.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Great Holiday !!

  • 5 of 5

Really very pleased indeed with accomodation.

Loads to do in the surrounding area.

Vendee really does have a lot to offer - for us with 3 kids had some great days out be it beach, kayaking or cycling.

The location of the Gete is perfect for exploring this region of France.

We even looked at some properties ourselves as we loved the region !

I would add the the owners where very helpful indeed as our arrival date changed and there was some changes around our arrival/departure - all enquires where dealt with very promptly indeed in the most helpful manner possible.

Highly recommended !

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Nice place to stay with small kids

  • 4 of 5

Great comfy, well designed place, perfect for 1 or 2 families with small kids. Small garden, away from main road in a very quiet and secure environnement. 20min drive from beautiful beaches + you get a free welcome bottle of chilled rose!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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… what a great place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very relaxing and quiet holiday in the gite and had a great time. The moment we entered the house, we felt at home and also the kids loved it and didn’t want to leave.

The rooms are furnished very nicely at a very high standard and decorated with love. The building itself has so much charm – we felt in love immediately.

The gite is located in a beautiful quiet setting, surrounded by cornfields. To see and smell the nature was fantastic.

The beaches in the area are superb and it takes only some 10 minutes drive. Also worth to visit the local markets in the small towns near the beaches.

All in all – this place was exactly what we were looking for and we can strongly recommend to book the gite for a quiet, high-standard and relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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What a fantastic place.....

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks here and had a fantastic time. The gite is just as it is described if not better. Very well equipped, with everything you need for your stay.

Very well situated, being far enough off the main road to allow you to sit outside and relax without noticing the traffic. The provision of sunbeds at both the front and back allows you to follow the sun,,,,,when it does come out...

The chance to walk outside in the early evening and watch the otters playing on the pond was fantastic.

The beaches are supberb and well worth the 10-15 minute drive. Plenty of good restaruants and shopping in the local villages.

All in all we had a great two weeks holiday..........

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
68.2 Kilometres
La rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3.2 Kilometres
Moutiers les Mauxfaits
Nearest Ferry
13.5 Kilometres
La Tranche sur Mer
Nearest Golf
31.4 Kilometres
Port de Bourgenay
Nearest Train
20.9 Kilometres
Roche sur Yon
Nearest Motorway
18.7 Kilometres
Roche sur Yon A87
Nearest Restaurant
3.2 Kilometres
Moutiers les Maufaits
Nearest Beach
9.2 Kilometres
Longville sur Mer
Car: necessary


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.


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.


Nantes airport 1 hour 10 mins. La Rochelles 1 hour. Calais 6 hours 10 mins. Caen 4 hours. St Malo 4 hours.


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

Le Bernard Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer holidays
Jul 23 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $461
Pet Fee $132
WIFI $20

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.
We can offer winter breaks for a couple of nights out of season to suit your needs.
Just drop me a email and we will do our best to help you out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Le Bernard Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 154 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The shower is a large (900) enclosure with a cupboard with a iron board and iron in. Floors are tiled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor east facing and has a large wardrobe, a safe, large mirror, hair dryer, a fan and a safe. Bedroom 2 is west facing and has a wardrobe, two single beds and a fan . Bedroom 3 is like a hay loft large area with a t.v. games cube, a fan king size double bed and a Velux window with views over the fields.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our gîte is set in the country side in a private courtyard area with three other gîtes which are owned all by our friends and are to date not finished and not being rented out, externally all the buildings are finished and still need some landscaping around. We rented ours out last year and all the families thought the place was fantastic and said the gîte has got the wow facture and the photos do not do it justice!.You have got the peace and quite at the gîte or 10 minutes down the road you can go to the busy resort of La Tranche sur Mer which has great bars,restaurants,shops and beaches. You can check out further updates and photos on the following link!/pages/Holiday-Barn/189791914467863

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