Vendée Beach House

Vendée, France

  • 10
  • 4
  • 2
  • Beautiful contemporary villa
  • Close access to a sandy beach
  • Private heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Restaurants 10-minute walk

The epitome of light, bright beach-house chic, this contemporary villa is surrounded by pine trees – and yet it’s also just minutes from shops, restaurants, watersports, bike hire and tennis courts – with eight kilometres of golden sand just a few steps away.

In your own landscaped garden, including a private swimming pool, pine-shaded Jacuzzi and a generous sunbathing terrace, lazy hours slip by uninterrupted. Come evening, a stone-built barbecue and seating area, boules court and covered table tennis area create sociable spaces to gather together.

The clean lines and whitewashed finish of the exterior reflect the minimalist style of the interiors. All bedrooms have direct access to the garden and the living areas are invitingly open-plan. If you’re not eating al fresco, the family dining table accommodates ten comfortably – the chance to enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal with ingredients picked up from one of the local markets just a few kilometres away – or, for a real holiday treat, request a chef to do the honours.

When you are ready to venture beyond your local beach, there are many others to explore – over half of the Vendée’s 250 kilometres of Atlantic coastline is sandy, with plenty of opportunities to dine overlooking the waves. The coastal towns are a genuine pleasure, particularly the old fishing village of Les Sables-d’Olonne, with enough old-world charm to transport you far, far away. Inland, the Marais Poitevin, known as 'Green Venice', is a timeless water world: 90,000 hectares of canals and marshland, forests and abbeys. Hire a small boat and create your own wildlife safari – the area is teeming with birds and animal life.

Golfers are spoilt for choice here – there are six courses all within an hour of the house. For those interested in a serious game, the Domangère course at La Roche-sur-Yon is the one to go for.

Vendée Beach House and The Ocean Villa 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

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 cafés. 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. 


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 10)

First floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher

Ground floor

  • Direct access to garden and terraces
  • 3 double bedrooms (can be made up as twin beds)
  • 1 twin bedroom with two additional single beds
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • Shower room with WC 
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Travel cot (linen not provided) and highchair
  • Satellite TV, DVD, CD, iPod docking station
  • Heating (included)
  • Fans
  • Barbecue
  • Jacuzzi
  • Table tennis
  • Boules
  • Private heated swimming pool 6m x 3.5m (depth 1.5m throughout), fenced, security alarm, Roman steps, pool can be heated to 28°C weather permitting, open April to end September

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
  • Housekeeping/cleaning €20 per hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

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

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

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 21 May – 27 Aug
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 05 May – 08 Sep (Sat)
06 May – 02 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 26 May – 01 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season

Nantes 116km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sunday All season
Liverpool easyJet Sunday 01 Jul – 02 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 25 Mar – 02 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sunday 25 Mar – 02 Sep

Poitiers 174km/1hr 55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sunday All season

Customer feedback

Lovely villa, perfect location, will be back.
Mrs Shine – June 2017

Villa was amazing, and location was perfect – next to a gorgeous beach yet within walking distance to a shop and restaurant. Just what we needed, thanks!
Mrs Spadaccino – July 2016

We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely, bright and modern house. The living space is very generous with a pretty outlook over the woods from various terraces. The pool is a little small but the fact it is heated made it very pleasant and great for our young daughter. The jacuzzi was very relaxing, and warm enough to use in the evening. The location is ideal being just a couple of minutes’ walk to the sandy beach, and very quiet whilst still in walking distance of shops and restaurants. We would have happily stayed another week!
Lewis – Aug/Sep 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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