The Ocean Villa

Vendée, France

  • 12
  • 5
  • 4
  • Peaceful seaside villa
  • Short walk to a sandy beach
  • Private heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Restaurants 10-min walk

Tucked between pine trees for extra peace and privacy, this newly-built villa is a short, easy stroll from 8km of unspoilt sandy beach, which is supervised to give parents extra peace of mind. In fact, pristine and cheerful The Ocean Villa is the perfect family holiday home. A heated pool, hot tub, barbecue and table tennis provide everyone with plenty to enjoy without leaving the garden, although the charmingly French seaside village of Longeville-sur-Mer is just 2km away with shops, bars and restaurants – and for breakfast croissants, there’s a bakery just 300m away.

A spacious entrance hall welcomes you in, with a spiral staircase leading up to the first floor. There are five bedrooms, but the sleeping arrangements are flexible – there are four double rooms, two of which can be converted into twins – making it an ideal space for families to come together (with the added advantage that parents can share the babysitting!).

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the spacious sun terrace or the expanse of beach virtually on your doorstep, there are surf and sailing schools nearby, as well as cycle paths, children's play areas, go-karting, and sports facilities within easy reach of the villa. And the Vendée region itself offers even more family-friendly diversions, from amusement parks to golf courses.

The Ocean Villa and Vendée Beach House are positioned next door to each and whilst maintaining independence and privacy, they can be rented together to provide a spacious venue for an extended family gathering or a group of friends.

The local area

Over half of the 250km Atlantic coastline of the Vendée is broad sandy beaches; you will find yourself basking in the sun, settling down for a nice lunch overlooking the waves, and enjoying the seaside ambience with plenty of room to spread out. The coastal towns are delightful, with the old fishing village of Les Sables d’Olonne full of old world seaside charm, its broad beach lined with restaurants and cáfes. It is famous as the starting point for the gruelling Vendée Globe sailing race. St-Jean-de-Monts is known as the biggest sandpit in western France, although La-Tranche-sur-Mer actually tops it with 13km of sandy beach. St-Gilles Croix-de-Vie is the oldest port in the Vendée and if you like grilled sardines this is the place to go. Offshore, the islands of L’Ile-d’Yeu, with its wild coastline facing the Atlantic, and Noirmoutier, reached by its exceptional causeway the Passage du Gois (check the tide tables), are wonderful spots for day outings. Inland, the Marais Poitevin, known as the ‘Green Venice’, is an area of 90,000 hectares of canals and marshes, forests and abbeys, where sea and fresh water meet, and full of the most luxurious variety of birds and wildlife. You can hire a small boat and drift lazily through the timeless waterworld.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5-bedroom villa (sleeps 12)

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • WC
  • Master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double or twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Children's bedroom with 4 bunk beds

First floor

  • Double bedroom with king-size bed, walk-in dressing room, en-suite shower room with WC, private terrace overlooking garden
  • Double or twin bedroom, walk-in dressing room, en-suite shower room with WC, private terrace overlooking the garden
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 travel cots (bottom sheet only provided)
  • Highchair
  • Satellite TV and DVD player, wireless HiFi system
  • Heating (included)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Private heated swimming pool 7m x 3m, heated to 28°C free of charge (weather permitting)

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Additional cleaning €20 per hour (3 hour minimum)
  • Cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4pm to 7pm
  • Check-out time – 10am

Getting there

  • Airports
    La Rochelle 70km
    Nantes 116km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 296km
    Caen-Ouistreham 321km
    Cherbourg 467km
    Le Havre 486km
    Calais 668km
  • TGV stations
    La Roche-sur-Yon 35km
    La Rochelle 74km
    Les Sables-d'Olonne 93km
    Niort 100km
    Nantes 113km

Location

Key information

  • Beach 2min walk
  • Shop (Longeville-sur-Mer) 5min walk
  • Restaurants (Longeville-sur-Mer) 7min walk
  • Les Sables d’Olonne 40min drive
  • La Rochelle airport 1hr 15min drive

Shops and services

  • Baker and grocery 300m away
  • Bouil (500m) – general food store and two small restaurants
  • Vincent-sur-Jard (1km) – Parc de Clemenceau and restaurants
  • Longeville-sur-Mer (2km) – all shops and services
  • Jard-sur-Mer (3km) – Super U supermarket, restaurants

Market days

  • Longeville-sur-Mer (2km) – Fridays
  • Jard sur Mer (3km) – Mondays and Fridays
  • La Tranche (6km) – lively twice-weekly market
  • Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (15km) – Tuesdays and Fridays

Recommended restaurants

  • Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits (5km) – Okoumé (pizzeria/créperie)
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km) – Restaurant gastronomique l’Equinoxe
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km) – Restaurant gastronomique Le Nautile
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer (6km) – Brasserie Le Phare West
  • Longeville-sur-Mer (2km) – Créperie Les Flots Bleus
  • St Cyr-en-Talmondais (6km) – La Cour d’Aron  
  • Vincent-sur-Jard (0.5km) – L’Océan
  • Jard-sur-mer (3km) – Le Kimana
  • Château d’Olonne (15km) – Baie de Cayola
  • Les Sables d’Olonne (25km) – a wide selection of restaurants 

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.

Places to see

  • Puy du Fou (90km) – spectacular medieval theme park, great for all the family
  • The Marais Poitevin is the Green Venice of France – a wonderful day can be spent rowing along canals and small rivers, picnicking along its shores and spotting the rich wildlife. One of the starting points is the pretty village of Maillezais (80km)
  • Vouvant (74km) – the only ‘Plus beau village de France’ in Vendée, a lovely small town

Local events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • Poupet Music and dance festival at St Malo du Bois (90km) in July
  • Medieval festival at Bazoges-en-Pareds (65km) in August
  • Many fêtes in other villages in the summer

Local food

  • Fish and shellfish – sardines from St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, mussels from l’Aiguillon, oysters from the Baie de Bourgneuf, prawns, crab, langoustines, fish soup
  • Poultry from Challans
  • Veal from Chalais
  • Brioche – many varieties of this rich sweet bread

Wine

  • The four main vineyards – Mareuil, Pissotte, Brem and Vix – make up the Fiefs Vendéens

Beaches

  • Just down the path by the villa is a beautiful 8km-long beach looking out to the Ile de Ré. The water is generally quite calm as it is part of a bay which is sheltered by the Ile de Ré

Other beaches close by:

  • La Tranche-sur-Mer (13km) – sandy
  • La Faute-sur-Mer (21km) – sandy
  • Les Sables d'Olonne (25km) – sandy

Activities

  • Bicycle hire – 300m
  • Tennis courts – 500m
  • Windsurfing, kite surfing, surf boarding, sailing, sailing club with equipment hire – 500m
  • Horse riding – 5km
  • Theme Parks – Indian Forest adventure park (10km), Puy du Fou (80km) and Futuroscope (150km)
  • Golf (all within an easy 60-min drive). The Vendée is home to six 18-hole golf courses, four of them on the coast and two inland. For serious golfers the best by a distance is the Domangère course at La Roche-sur-Yon. The next recommendation is the links course, Golf de la Prée, which is north of La Rochelle. At Saint Jean-de-Monts, a number of holes on the edge of the beach is a links course. At Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the Fontenelles course and its surrounding countryside is one of gentle undulations, maritime pines and green oaks. The course at Port Bourgenay is on a villa estate covering 85 hectares and is fringed by pine woodland and small lakes. At Olonne-sur-Mer a reasonable holiday golf course.

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

La Rochelle 70km/1hr 10min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun 20 May - 23 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 17 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Saturday 17 Jun - 9 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 6 May - 9 Sep (Sat)
7 May - 3 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sunday 28 May - 24 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun

All season

Nantes 116km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sunday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 24 Jun - 2 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sunday 26 Mar - 24 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 27 Mar - 9 Sep (Sat)
26 Mar - 3 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sunday 26 Mar - 3 Sep

Poitiers 174km/1hr 55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sunday All season
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 1 Jul - 30 Sep

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

The Villa was amazing and was home from home.
Henry – June 2016

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They may not have Côte d’Azur chic, but the charming towns along Vendée’s Atlantic coastline have 200km of sandy beaches to make up for it. And don’t miss the old fishing village of Les Sables-d’Olonne, one of France’s original seaside destinations. Vendée is also home to La Roche-sur-Yon, a stately town built by Napoleon, who never envisaged the waterpark and golf courses there today. Venture inland and you’ll find the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) with its canals, forest-covered hills, picturesque villages and historic abbeys. 

And to complete the picture, choose from our handpicked collection of Vendée villas for a comfortable home from home to return to.

Read more on our Vendée region page

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