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Large Holiday Home, Beaches & Attractions, Private Sunny Garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

About the property

Sleeps 6, 2 double 1 twin bedroom, massive open plan living area, private garden

Easy driving distance from La Rochelle and Nantes airports

Everything you need for a fantastic holiday!

Luxury accommodation, amazing beaches, interesting towns and villages, family attractions and all close by! and from June 2016 within walking distance of the new Park O'Gliss Tropical Water Park.

• There is ample outside space with a private garden for relaxing or having barbecue parties.

• Surrounded by fields & wildlife in a very peaceful location away from roads.

• Bedroom 1 with Lois XII double bed, flat screen tv, alarm clock and double wardrobe.

• Bedroom 2 with twin beds and wardrobe.

• Mezzanine bedroom 3 with double bed. bedside drawers and dressing area.

Bathroom with walk in shower enclosure and rainfall shower head.

Fully fitted designer kitchen

Large open plan living area with 42' flatscreen TV and Xbox games console

Massive library of DVD movies and games

Chandeliers and evening mood lighting

Set back from roads in peaceful location with private garden.The house was built around 1601 from the ancient fossilized stone of the original monastery of Moutiers Les Mauxfait, it was originally built to house cattle but we lovingly restored it into a home, the large oak beamed roof structure is original and we’ve managed to retain many interesting features.

Excerpts from guest review...

'We wanted a short break in France and came across this beautiful converted barn. From the outside it's a pretty stone building surrounded by open fields, but inside it's a 5* contemporary pad! All mod cons provided, a fantastic base for exploring the area including the many beaches, or just crashing out and having a bbq whilst enjoying plenty of local wine!'


'A high standard of accommodation in a beautiful quiet setting, we found it to be clean and well maintained with everything we needed for a brilliant holiday.'

Thanks Guys ;-)


Things to do...

Indian Forest Adventure has marked trails in the forest, as well as 122 different challenges. Suspended on safety harnesses, you are able to climb, swing, dismount and even slide across the forest at a height of 20ft above the ground. There is also an adventure area for toddlers, with themed bouncy castles, a ball park, rock climbing and an inflatable park. This is an excellent day out for both children and adults and is just 2 minutes from our Gîte. Puy du Fou is where time stands still, and will be an instant hit with children and adults alike. You'll see villages from different eras, gladiators still doing battle and Vikings launching attacks on fortified castles! In the summer, there are 28 evening/night shows with 300 fireworks per show, 2000 digitally-controlled projectors, 1500 computerised fountains, 4500 costumes and many more special effects. There are minstrels in the heart of the woods and master falconers in the meadows. Maison1601 is just a 40 minutes drive from the delightful shops and quayside restaurants of La Rochelle. From the port, you can take to the water and visit Ile d'Aix - and even the famous Fort-Boyard. The Parc des Floralies (under 10 minutes away) is open all summer and entry is free. The park has a forest of oak and pine trees which cover seven hectares. During the spring, blooming tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, crocuses and amaryllis all produce the most wonderful scents! La Rochelle's wonderful Aquarium boasts 10,000 specimens from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the tropics. With three million litres of water and 64 different aquariums.

Moutiers les mauxfait

Local Town and situated in the South Vendee region, Moutiers les Mauxfaits and the surrounding area are known for their outstanding warmth and charm.

Moutiers les Mauxfaits is a pretty picturesque French village/town. Its main attraction is its 18th century market hall, built in 1765 on the site of an earlier structure, it has 41 Doric stone pillars (pictured above) with a total of 60 Oak posts, imposing king posts and other timber structures supports the 4 piece tiled roof. The hall has been the venue of a market Fair since the middle ages, and it is still in use today.

The church of St Jacques de Moutiers les Mauxfaits which dates from 1170 is built on the site of an earlier church and monastre and was originally named St Michel, it took the name St Jacques on 9th July 1451. From earliest times it has suffered badly, burnt down by the Huguenot in 1568 and by the troops of Soubise in 1622. During the Vendee wars the church went into another period of deteriation being turned into a granier before in 1817 seeing the start of reconstruction.

The village/town has an array of shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, post office and a bank.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Angela

Two free spirits with a passion for adventure, we have a 5 year old son called Billy-Scott, we love to travel and appreciate the finer things in life, a deserted beach or a snowy mountain vista, oh and maybe the odd swanky restuarant and coctail bar ;-) we have a passion for action sports and both love to Snowboard, Mountain Bike and Kite Board.

Angela purchased this barn in 2006

Why Angela chose Vendee

After travelling all over the world we decided that France was the place for us, we visited the whole of the French coast as we spent a year touring in a motor home travelling Europe, we chose this area in the Vendee as in our opinion it is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, great weather and very welcoming locals. When we first saw this house it was a beautiful ruin taken over by nature, originally built in 1601 as a cattle barn and built using ancient stone from the original monastery of Moutiers Les Mauxfait, it has taken a good few years to renovate, but all the hard work has really been worth it, we hope to retire there one day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Angela,

Thank you so much we loved our holiday at your amazing house, it's clear to see just how much work and thought you've put into the barn, we couldn't get over the hight of the ceiling and the size of the beams in the lounge, amazing! The location was perfect and we especially liked the beach at Le Conche and the market at Moutiers was great.

Thanks again.

Jun 2014
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Large Holiday Home, Beaches & Attractions, Private Sunny Garden
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Charming designer gite, perfect get-away

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely week of chilling here in the gite. Spacious, cool and pleasant indoors; the decor is a really interesting fusion of trendy but with traditional features. Freshly decorated with new flooring on the mezzanine reading room and back bedroom, I wasn't expecting such a high standard in a country barn.

What I was after was a self-catered quiet week away where I could relax and do some writing work and get some sunshine - and I was rewarded with so much more. I did a lot of local running around the surrounding B-roads, fields and farms. Beautiful sunshine the whole week, out of Moutiers I did a few drives to La Rochelle which was nearer than I thought; as I couldn't resist the beautiful beaches. The Vendee needs no introduction but I hadn't realized how easy and accessible it's attractions are from this location. I'll be bringing family back next year for a longer break.. the water park will be ready, can't wait ;)

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and a beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing holiday, the location of the house is great, nice and private but close to all that the Vendee has to offer.

The beaches are a short drive away, La Conche was our favourite but Jard was also very nice. Indian Forest was great to visit and we spent many evenings in La Tranche sur mer, we also enjoyed sitting out at the house and watching the sunset with a glass of wine, we didn't spot any wild boar but we did see deer and hawks.

Thank you for letting us stay at your lovely house, we'll be booking to stay next year! :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bob, Glad you had a nice holiday, we look forward to welcoming you back next year :-)
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An absolute gem

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four, two adults and two boys under 10; had a wonderful time in the Vendee, made all the more enjoyable by your lovely home. The house is so much more than just holiday accommodation, everything you could ask for was provided with everything to hand, especially in the well equipped kitchen. The location was perfect with the house being in a quiet spot but within minutes of a myriad of activities and beautiful beaches. I would recommend this property and the area to anyone wanting to immerse themselves into French life.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded Luxury Gite

  • 4 of 5

Lovely gite with above average fixtures and fittings. Quality kitchen, and lots of games, DVD's, Sky TV with UK TV programmes. We really enjoyed our time here, and were just a few minutes away from the sea. The local village has everything you need, butchers, bakers, supermarket with fuel, bars and restaurants. Neil and Angela are very helpful if you have questions.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for leaving a review, we're so delighted that you had such an enjoyable holiday and that you really appreciate all the continued hard work that we invest to create a luxury holiday home.
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Fantastic barn in rural area

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a short break in France and came across this beautiful converted barn. From the outside it's a pretty stone building surrounded by open fields, but inside it's a 5* contemporary pad! All mod cons provided, a fantastic base for exploring the area including the many beaches, or just crashing out and having a bbq whilst enjoying plenty of local wine!

Recommended to friends and family, some have already been to stay and they loved it too.

If you like wildlife, we saw local otter/beaver type creatures, deer, various birds all within 100 meters of the front door. Amazing!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gite in Moutiers les Mauxfaits

  • 5 of 5

A high standard of accomodation in a beautiful quiet setting, we found it to be clean and well maintained with everything we needed for a brilliant holiday. 2 minutes from the village centre where you can buy fresh bread from the local bakery and get most of your supplies from the supermarket, they have a street market a couple of times a week selling local produce. The Gite is set well back from the road down a track, there is a pond where otters live, the children spent hours watching them play around on the banks. The local beaches are a joy to visit totally natural and unspoilt, safe for children. There are many places of interest to visit close by and I would definately recommend this as a good family holiday to family and friends, we will be going back.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
La Rochelle or Nantes
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Moutiers les Mauxfaits
Nearest Ferry
179 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Sable d'olonne
Nearest Train
15 Miles
La Roche sur Yon
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Moutiers les Mauxfaits
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Longville sur mer
Car: recommended

Set in a very beautiful peaceful location surrounded by countryside yet not too far from all the best attractions the south Vendee has to offer. The central section of this newly renovated stone farm building built in 1601, located 2 minutes from the pretty village of Moutier Les Mauxfait, part of a English owned renovation of 4 ancient stone holiday gites, 3 completed and one with internal restoration left to finish, but rest assured no work will be undertaken during your stay.

Situated just 8 minutes from the beaches on the south coast of the Vendee and only a 15 minutes drive from La tranche sur mer. This beautiful Gite has been decorated in a contemporary style while still retaining many original features.

The area is ideal for those who appreciate plenty of family fun, 40 minutes approximately from La Rochelle, Nantes and 20 minutes from Les Sables d'Olonne. The coast is very beautiful as it is backed by protected pine forests, you can if you wish take a boat trip and visit many islands (ile de re, fort boyard, ile d'aix, ile d'yeu, ile d'oleron). There is also ample outside space for relaxing or having barbecue parties.


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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $308

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Le Bernard Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • • Bathroom with walk in Shower, contemporary sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Mezzanine with dressing area
  • • Bedroom 1 with Lois XII double bed, flat screen tv, alarm clock and double wardrobe. • Bedroom 2 with twin beds and wardrobe. • Mezzanine bedroom 3 with double bed. bedside drawers and dressing area.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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