Cottage in Bazoges en Pareds, near Chantonnay, Vendee - Heated Pool, Enclosed Garden, village centre
- english, french
Before we had kids we came to this area several times on motorbiking trips and just loved the whole area - the people, the scenery, the lifestyle, the weather. When our children arrived we found it to be a perfect place to holiday as it really is, in our opinion, probably the best family destination in Europe. It was on one of those holidays that we decided to look at some properties and in a whirlwind of excitement (and a few glasses of wine!) we suddenly had found our dream home and made the big decision to move here lock stock. We converted an old stables block behind the house into a gite and have found that we really enjoy it - meeting new people all the time and providing them with the kind of quality accommodation and facilities that they demand and deserve from their annual break.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Owner chose Bazoges-en-Pareds
We always stayed near the coast when we came on holidays here as do most people but having lived in this area for twelve years we really mostly avoid the coast apart from occasional trips to the beach. The area we live in is called 'le bocage' which means a rolling hilly landscape full of surprises and hidden gems. Every small road and turn provides a surprise, whether it is a tranquil water mill or a ruined windmill. You don't feel like a tourist here unlike on the frantic coastal strip but rather someone who is experiencing part of the local life. The pace of life here is slow and although you have access to all the modern luxuries you could want it still has the feel of a more laid back society, one that works to live rather than lives to work. It almost seems rude not to join in...
What makes this Cottage unique
When we renovated the stable block that is now our holiday cottage our main priority was to create a bright, light and open space with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a home from home. We know that people love to cook so we made sure that we included everything we could think of in the kitchen and we also included satellite TV so you can keep in touch with home. Internet access is available throughout so you don't lose touch with emails etc and all our rooms are light and bright and have plenty of storage. Having stayed in lots of gites ourselves over the years we have tried to make ours everything that we would have wished for and our guests over the years have had lots of praise for our efforts and we hope you will too.
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We are an hour away from the coastal resorts of La Tranche sur Mer or La Faute sur Mer with their miles of golden beaches and lively tourist areas. However, if you don't want to travel that far or prefer a more tranquil scene than there is a large lake 5 minutes away which also has beaches and swimming and twenty minutes away are the stunning lakes and hills of Mervent with lots of boating, yachting, fishing etc.
Nantes airport 1 hr
La Rochelle airport 1.15hr
Poitiers airport 1.30hr
St Malo 3.5 hrs
Caen 4.5 hrs
Bazoges en Pareds is half way between the market towns of Chantonnay and La Chatageneraie which are both about 12km away with all the amenities you would expect. The A83 motorway from Nantes to Bordeaux passes close by Chantonnay. The old capital of the Vendee, Fontenay le Comte is 25 minutes drive while the new one, La Roche sur Yon is 35 minutes. The Mervent forest is twenty minutes away and the world renowned 'Pud du Fou' is a 30 minute drive.
The Vendee is a hugely popular holiday destination for both French and foreign tourists and, as you would expect, there are a large amount of attractions on offer. The Puy du Fou is an exceptional leisure park with an incredible night time show which is world famous and the park at Futuroscope in Poitiers is also amazing. The forest of adventures brings tree climbing and zip wires to a new level and the park at Pierre Brune is a delightful 'French' experience for all the family. There is go-karting, kayaking, horse riding, biking, hiking and even micro light flying and bungee jumping all readily available within a short distance. Family entertainment is all around, the problem ail be fitting in half of it!
If you prefer to kick back a bit and relax, the Áuberge du Donjon' restaurant in the village is highly regarded and recommended and there is another fabulous restaurant overlooking the nearby lake with a large sunny terrace and beach area. Or, if you prefer, you can partake of English fish and chips on what has to be the most spectacular terraces in the area high up and overlooking the amazing scenery of the lake at Mervent.
The village itself has a newly opened supermarket offering a good range of groceries and wines and beers at surprisingly reasonable prices and also has a nice little terrace bar/cafe which is an ideal 'people watching' spot on a sunny day. The boulangerie offers cakes and bread on a daily basis and there is also a Pharmacy and a hairdressers available as well as English speaking doctor on hand. The castle in the centre of the village is also worth a visit for its interesting museum and great views from the high battlements. There are numerous chateaux and historic and charming villages in the area and a famous wine trail through the south Vendee areas of Mareuil sur Lay and Pissotte. The Vendee also boast a sunshine record second only to the Riviera so you should be able to partake of the lovely outdoor lifestyle that France is so famous for