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About Richard Mayle
Richard & Sue own La Treille. Having lived in the South East of England all our lives, we were looking for a slower pace of life in a more rural setting. We looked at many properties over a number of years before we visited "La Treille" and we were blown away with the stunning setting. So many of our guests have come back to stay for three to four years in succession as they have found the setting to be so peaceful.
Richard Mayle purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Richard Mayle chose La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire
La Caillere is located in the Southern area of the Vendee, an area of rolling countryside dotted with lakes and forests. Our home is at the edge of a village in a semi-rural location. Plenty of things to do and see for the more active, but peaceful and relaxing if that is what you prefer. We are lucky enough to own a fabulous period property (dating back to Napoleonic times) with huge character and a superb two and a half acre garden. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Access from the UK is easy, with regular flights from several UK airports to Nantes (1 hour), La Rochelle (1 hour) and Poitiers (90 minutes). Driving is easy too, (much easier than in the UK) with ferry crossings to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Harve, Dieppe, Calais and don't forget the Euro Tunnel.
What makes this Cottage unique
Whilst viewing potential properties to buy over a number of years, we were struck by the poor accommodation offered by many of the holiday cottages/gites. We looked at providing holiday accommodation that we would be happy to stay in ourselves and this has resulted in two gites of a very high quality and standard. We have had many guests that return year after year. Most tend to book within a week or two of leaving us!
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Two large and lovely cottages. Attentive owners always available.
A perfect get away.....
Many thanks for your review. We hope you will come back and stay again soon.
We had an absolutely fantastic week staying at Old Garlands. Sue and Richard are wonderfully welcoming hosts who made sure any questions were answered and that we had everything we needed. Old Garlands has been renovated to a five star standard. Everything was extremely comfortable, clean and in excellent order. The kitchen was very well equipped. We all enjoyed the swimming pool and tennis court, and our children loved the space to play in the grounds. The next door village can supply you with all your basic needs - excellent baker, butcher and small supermarket. We didn't venture too far as we enjoyed just relaxing by the pool and sitting out on the terrace enjoying the sights and smells of Sue's beautiful garden. However, there is lots to do in the area and we hope to back for a two week stay as one week just wasn't long enough.
Hi Jo Jo
Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your review of our gite and your holiday. Your kind comments are greatly appreciated and we thoroughly enjoyed having you as guests.
We look forward to seeing you back here very soon......perhaps next year?!
Richard & Sue
Beautiful, stylish and friendly retreat
This was our first time staying at Old Garlands and we already looking as to when we can go back. Richard and Sue welcomed us after a long drive and were always on around for advice on where to go and what to see. The gite was very clean and very well looked after. You feel like you are in middle of nowhere, excellent to unwind and relax, however you are not far from anywhere. We visited La Rochelle, beaches, the Mervent forest and the truly astounding Puy Du Fou - a must see! The swimming pool was lovely to cool down and I managed to beat my son 4 sets to love on the tennis court :-).
In short, Old Garlands was the perfect base for relaxation and days out and the work that Richard and Sue have put into making it a friendly and welcoming place is very evident, along with Barney and Rubble - nearly forgot them! I would recommend it in a heartbeat to all.
Many thanks for taking the time to add your review. It was good to have you all to stay.
I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time here so much and Sue & I look forward to your next visit!!
Stunning period Gite set in beautiful grounds
We stayed at Old Garlands with our 2 young children. The gite has been recently renovated to a very high standard, with solid wood floors, fully equipped kitchen and great shower! The living area was really comfortable and there is a table outside for al fresco dinning. The gardens are lovely and the whole place was really relaxing. The kids and adults loved the pool on those hot balmy days! All in all a very relaxing stay and I'm sure we will be back. Thanks Richard and Sue and Barney and Rubble the dogs !!
I think this lovely review is from Jill & James? Thank you very much for taking the time to post your comments.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. You must come back soon!!
Richard & Sue
Fantastic place, can't wait to go back!
My husband and I stayed here for a week and had a brilliant time. We both work long hours and so it was great to get away for a week. It was so quiet there and with the garden and the pool we spent the first few days just relaxing. Old Garlands was surprisingly big inside with 2 double en-suite bathrooms and was clean and well equipped with the internet and tv.
We had a warm welcome from Sue, Richard and their two dogs (who we loved!) and they were always happy to help with ideas of places to go and see. With the Mervin forest and beach within a short drive we didn't get bored and will definitely be going back soon!
Great for relaxing or being more active, highly recommend!
Just a note to say thank you for your kind words. we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Richard & Sue
We had a great time at La Treille thanks our hands-on and pleasant hosts Sue and Richard. The 2 labradors Barney and Rubble are just amazing and are an enjoyable company. The property is clean and well maintained with a nice pool and tennis court. The park "Puy du Fou", which is a 40 minutes' drive only, is a must during the stay . Many beautiful villages in the vicinity as well as la Rochelle are worth a visit. Dabe family, Norway
We are less than an hour from coast with the resorts of La Tranche sur Mer and La Faute which look across to Ile de Re and offer sheltered swimming, sailing and windsurfing facilities.
It is possible to walk along these fabulous, sandy beaches for miles without interruption.
A lakeside beach at Mervent is just a 15 minute drive away.
Les Sable D'Olonne and La Rochelle are also within an hours' drive.
Approximate travel times
Look for flights from various UK airports with Easyjet, Flybe, Ryan Air, BA.
Nearest: Nantes airport - 1 hour 15 minute drive.
La Rochelle airport - 1 hour drive.
Regular ferry routes to St Malo - 3.5 hours drive.
Caen Port - 4 hours drive.
Calais - 6 hours drive.
Most guests use the Eurotunnel and drive......gives you a chance to take home plenty of the excellent and superb value French wines, cheeses etc!
La Caillere (4kms) is a large village with a range of shops consisting of a small well stocked supermarket, boulangerie, boucherie (superb meat!) poissonerie (weekends only), pharmacies, banks, bar/tabac, petrol station and restaurant (the owners are regulars and recommend it!!).
The larger town of Chantonnay is just 10 minutes drive, with 2 hyper markets, banks, restaurants
There are many fantastic places to visit within easy reach.
Close to us, there is the Tower of Bazoges en Pareds, the Museum of the Two Victories Clemenceau-de Lattre at Mouilleron en Pareds, the Mining Centre at Faymoreau, the abbeys at Nieul sur l’Autise and Maillezais, the Forest of Mervent- Vouvant.
you can visit nearby Fontenay-le-Comte with its ancient streets of Renaissance houses and the vast Mervent-Vouvant forest to name just a few.
Vouvant is 15 minutes away - this medieval town is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France with it's medieval ramparts, cobbled streets and pretty houses. The town is well known as a village of painters and there are arts and crafts shops as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants.
There are many historical places of interest and great theme parks at Puy-du-Fou (45min) and Futuroscope (90min). There are also many towns and cities to explore (about an hour by car) – La Rochelle, Nantes, Niort, Cholet, La Roche sur Yon (45 mins), Poitiers (90 mins).
The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou (around an hour) provides a great day out for the family.
An enormous network of clearly marked footpaths lead from La Treille & Old Garlands - you can go for a stroll or ramble for hours; an American-style riding stable is close by, which offers lessons or accompanied rides through the woods for adults and children; The forest of Mervent with it's mountain bike centre is 20 minutes away; the 127 hectare lac Rocherau is nearby with fishing, boating and a beach. The seemingly endless sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are about an hour distant where you can take advantage of the Vendée's wonderful climate.
And for the more culturally minded, the numerous châteaux of the Loire, local museums and galleries are waiting to be explored.