|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Les Lavandes has been finished, both inside and out, in the traditional cream coloured plaster over thick, stone walls beneath a low slopping roof covered in the local curved tiles. You enter Les Lavandes from the patio into a cool, tiled lounge whose ceiling soars up to the rafters while beyond is the low beamed dining area with a well-equipped, open plan kitchen off to one side. Off the lounge are a bathroom, a large double bedroom and the stairs to another large double bedroom, a very low beamed shower room and then the surprise of a mezzanine floor overlooking the lounge and leading to the third bedroom, a twin bedded room. All the upstairs rooms have wooden floors and beamed ceilings that go right up to the apex of the cottage.
Our three properties are in a small hamlet near Cheffois in the Vendée, south of the Loire valley and between the cities of Nantes and Poitiers. They were built between 150 and 200 years ago but have been renovated and modernised over the last few years. The original farmhouse and barns have been converted to three properties - the farmhouse called Le Rossignol, and two gîtes, Les Lavandes and Les Hirondelles. They stand in around one acre of private and secluded gardens, with many areas of flowerbeds, lawns and shady corners. In the gardens is the shared pool with its terracotta coloured terrace and ample space for sun worshippers. To one side of the terrace is a gazebo where you can escape from the heat of the sun or, if you are energetic enough, play table tennis. There is even a more open area where, during the cooler parts of the day, the children (big and little!) can play football –even football nets are provided! Year round hire is available. All properties are non-smoking.
In 2015 the pool will be open from 23rd May until 19th September.
Please contact us if, outside of the High and Peak Season, you wish to discuss rental periods other than in weeks or if you wish to have a start day other than a Saturday.
Please contact us for special rates for long term lets.
I stayed in the cottage with my partner for one week during August. We had a very pleasant stay enjoying all the facilities provided. The cottage itself was immaculate and very well maintained, especially the gardens.
The kitchen is well equipped; with kettle, cooker, fridge, cutlery, crockery etc and the upstairs washroom has a brilliantly powerful shower!
We loved the swimming pool area where we could sunbath or play table tennis in a lovely shaded area (bats and balls all provided, amongst other board games in the cottage). The pool was of good size with a shallow and deep end and boasts a fantastic view of the surrounding rural countryside. Overall, a very charming cottage to visit, play and relax in.
We stayed at the Cottage for one week with our two 11 year old children and my parents. This was our second stay at the Cottage and after 4 days in Disneyland it was a very welcome break! Having stayed at the Cottage before it felt like coming home, we could remember where everything was, both on the journey and in the Cottage. Once again we found the Cottage had maintained its excellent standard for being well equipped and providing plenty to do 'at home'. Having visited many attractions before we decided to spend the week at the Cottage, only venturing out for shopping and to spend a day at the 'Parc de Pierre Brun' which we enjoyed as much as our previous visit (it is still excellent value at only 11 Euros each with fun for all ages - including the adults!). Again we have enjoyed total relaxation, lazing by the pool, enjoying a swim and reading several books (thanks Pat & Ian for an interesting and well stocked book case). The weather was mainly hot and sunny but we did have a couple of showery days. Again the plentiful supply of board games came in very handy as did the sheltered table tennis table! The Cottage is as described in the advertisement, and prospective holiday makers can look forward to well equipped, well maintained and clean facilities. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Cottage as a family getaway or a romantic break. One of my concerns was being attached the gite and having 'noisy neighbours'! This has never been the case, we have always found the gite and maison to be occupied by friendly, like minded holiday makers who we have enjoyed sharing the facilities with. The Cottage handbook and guest book provide details of places to visit/eat and we found both of these very useful on our previous stay, however this time it was the Cottage itself which we enjoyed the most! It was lovely this time to return to a place where you know what you're going to and what facilities there are. Once again thank you Pat and Ian for a holiday of total relaxation and quality family time together in a beautiful Cottage in lovely surroundings! The Best & Harrison families.
We stayed at the Cottage for 2 weeks with our two 9 year old children and my parents and the Cottage provided everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. Pat & Ian have thought of everything, including instructions on finding the Cottage which were invaluable as it is in the middle of nowhere! This was just what we wanted to 'get away from it all' and the Cottage certainly provides that. It is set in a rural part of the Vendee so a car is essential, we also found sat nav useful, especially when driving at night as there are few street lights. The surrounding views of the countryside are beautiful making it an ideal place for walks. The cottage is unbelievably well equipped and clean, with some home comforts too such as dishwasher and TV! The rooms are spacious with every inch of the Cottage being used to its' maximum potential - just a word of warning though, there are some low beams upstairs which you soon get used to avoiding; these add, however to the rustic charm of the Cottage. There is everything you need in the kitchen for a self-catering holiday, including a BBQ outside which we made regular use of. The weather has been excellent (in the 30's most days) so we have enjoyed eating 'al fresco' in the spacious garden surrounded by pretty flowers and ripe fruit trees -sounds idyllic? It is! The children never uttered the dreaded words "I'm bored" as there is so much to do at the Cottage. The main attraction was the pool which was a perfect size and depth, and well maintained by a local gardener. We enjoyed many happy hours relaxing on the sun loungers then cooling off in the pool. In additon to this table tennis, gardens, a football field, board games, playing cards, boules and books ensured there was always something to do. The nearby town of La Chataignerie has good supermarkets, we particularly liked the very well stocked Super-U, which we found similar to Tesco in the range of items sold there. We enjoyed days out at La Rochelle, a pretty coastal town, visited family at St. Giles du Croix, canoed on 'La Venise Vert' (green Venice) and had a fun day at the Futuroscope theme park (about 2 hours away). Our favourite day out was at the 'Parc de Pierre Brun' (about 30 mins away) set in the heart of the Mervent forest and packed with rides, slides, crazy golf etc, a real fun day out for only 11 Euros each.
Overall we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cottage & would love to return! The relaxed Best & Harrison families!
I stayed in the cottage at the beginning of July, and had a very relaxing break with my husband and seven year old son. The property itself was spotless, and really well maintained - it had everything we could have needed. Loved having our own garden area, where we could sit and have a barbeque in the evenings. Our son could play in the pool, use the table tennis or play some of the games provided. Though there was only three of us, there is plenty of room for six. The property is quite rural - we couldn't have walked into Cheffois with our son but there are shops and a supermarket a short drive away. We had lots of days out with everything around 45 minutes to an hour away - good examples are La Rochelle, Puy Du Fou Park, renting a boat on the Marais Poitevin, the market and chateau at Fontenay Le Comte. The owners were very helpful, and I would recommend the property to a friend.
Residence au calme avec piscine et table de ping pong partagees entre les 3 gites.
Probleme les premiers jours avec un refrigerateur qui ne demarrait pas, eau de la piscine verte foncee (eau revenue bleue apres quelques jours) et difficultes a capter les chaines tele en francais (besoin de debrancher et rebrancher le systeme).
Attention aux plafonds bas et poutres a l'etage.
Mais surtout matelas a l'etage (lit 140, banquette lit et dans une moindre mesure les 2 lits 90 des enfants) trop mous et où l'on sent les ressorts. A changer absolument..
Draps avec forte odeur (antimites ?)
Très belle location avec un espace vert très agréable. Le cottage est agréable mais bas en plafond avec pas mal de demi niveaux. Beaucoup de détails intéressants : table de ping-pong, raquettes de badminton ...
Petit point négatif, la piscine n'est pas chauffée et était très froide
Bilan très positif sur cette location que je recommandes si vous voulez passer un moment au calme
From our hamlet, La Guérinière, it is not far to Maillezais where you could take a punt to explore the green waterways of Le Marais Poitevin, or you could relax on the beach at La Tranche-sur-Mer. La Rochelle with its bustling, fortified harbour is only 35 miles further down the coast. You could even spend a whole day at Puy du Fou being delighted by their dramatic re-enactments of an invasion by Vikings or Roman gladiator fights and chariot racing in a huge coliseum, or, if the history and the future of film is your thing, then a visit to Futuroscope near Poitiers is a must. You could, of course, visit a museum - every town has a least one covering all manner of interests - or even try out a restaurant or two – there are many, sometimes in the most unexpected locations, around the area. For those who enjoy a local market, there is a big one at Fontenay-le-Comte every Saturday selling food, clothing, jewellery and some unusual gifts. Other local towns hold markets on different days.
Other Activities: Bungee-jumping, micro-light flying, paint balling