Villa du Bocage

Vendée, France

  • 8
  • 4
  • 4
  • Delightfully converted 19th-century farmhouse
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Bikes, table football, table tennis and small football pitch
  • Fishing in river alongside

Those who love getting out and about have a natural playground on their doorstep in the unspoilt Bocage Vendéen landscape, whilst this converted 19th-century farmhouse offers all the peace and privacy you’d like to come home to.

Set in landscaped grounds, separated by a secure fence from a small river, the quaint, ivy-covered exterior encloses light, open-plan living areas, spacious and high ceilinged, with views out to pretty gardens and the heated swimming pool. The rooms have been well thought out, with bedrooms upstairs and down to give guests plenty of space – ideal if several couples are travelling together or you’ve brought grandparents along. The well-equipped kitchen opens out onto a side terrace, so you can rustle up a coffee and croissant in the morning and slip outside without disturbing anyone.

Once you’ve exhausted activities around the farmhouse – as well as excellent fishing in the river, there’s boules, a fitness room, sauna, table football, badminton and bikes – there are walking and cycling tracks just a short distance away. At the end of the garden a gate leads on to a small private football pitch (for guests only). Or a few minutes in the car will take you to a dedicated leisure lake for sailing and canoeing. For a longer day trip that’s worth the 50km of road time, make your way to the pretty village of Maillezais and the Marais Poitevin, the Green Venice of France, where you can while away the hours rowing along canals and small rivers, picnicking on the shores and sharing quality time alongside the local wildlife.

If a cultural fix is required, make the 4km drive to Bazoges-en-Pareds, a beautifully preserved medieval village. Or venture beyond to the picturesque village of Vouvant, the only of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ in Vendée, just 20km away.

To stock up on provisions, there are shops, supermarkets and a Saturday market in Chantonnay, 10km away, or you can choose a restaurant there and leave the cooking for another day. For those food essentials at the start of your holiday, the little village of La Jaudonnière has a few shops to tide you over until you feel like venturing further afield.

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

  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living area opens onto terrace and swimming pool
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, opens onto side terrace
  • Fitness room with sauna and shower
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • WC
  • 2 staircases leading to 2 separate sections of the first floor

First floor (section 1)

  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • WC

First floor (section 2)

  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Room for cleaning/preparing day's catch
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 3 cots (linen supplied) and 2 highchairs
  • Telephone (incoming/local calls)
  • TV, video, DVD and CD players
  • Heating (included)
  • Fireplace (wood included)
  • Fans
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis, boules
  • Swings, badminton, bikes, table football
  • WC by pool
  • Poolside shower
  • Private swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.1m – 1.8m), electric security cover, Roman steps, pool can be heated to 26°C weather permitting, open mid-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
  • Cleaning €25 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • 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 91km
    Poitiers 144km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 283km
    Caen-Ouistreham 401km
    Cherbourg 435km
    Le Havre 463km
    Calais 644km
  • TGV stations
    La Roche-sur-Yon 43km
    La Rochelle 69km
    Niort 74km
    Les Sables-d'Olonne 82km
    Nantes 89km

Location

Key information

  • Restaurants (Bazoges-en-Pareds) 10min drive
  • Shops (La Jaudonnière) 6min drive
  • Beach (La Faute-sur-Mer) 1hr drive
  • Puy du Fou 35min drive
  • La Rochelle airport 1hr 15min drive

Villages

    • La Jaudonnière (3km) – small village with basic shops

Towns

  • Chantonnay (10km) – all shops, services and supermarkets
  • Fontenay-le-Comte (25km)
  • La Rochelle (66km)
  • Niort (68km)
  • Les Sables d'Olonne (86km)
  • Nantes (90km)

Market days

    • Chantonnay (10km) – Saturdays
    • Saint-Juire-Champgillon (15km) – Sundays
    • Bournezeau (24km) – Fridays
    • Fontenay-le-Comte (25km) – Saturdays
    • La-Roche-Sur-Yon (40km) – every day except Monday and Sunday
    • Damvix (56km) – 3rd Wednesday of each month
    • Benet (58km) – Mondays

Recommended restaurants

  • Bazoges-en-Pareds (4km) – Auberge du Donjon
  • Sigournais (8km) – La Morlière
  • La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire (9km) – L’ Assiette Gourmande
  • Chantonnay (10km) – Le Touchegray
  • Saint-Juire-Champgillon (13km) – Le Saint Georges
  • Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon (63km) – Le Logis de la Chabotterie, 2 Michelin stars
  • Les Sables d’Olonne (77km) – Le Cayola, 1 Michelin star

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

  • Bazoges-en-Pareds (4km) – a beautifully preserved medieval village compound with an imposing donjon
  • Puy du Fou (35km) – a spectacular medieval theme park, great for all the family
  • The Marais Poitevin is the 'Green Venice of France' – a wonderful place to row along the canals and small rivers, picnic along the shores and observe the rich wildlife; one of the starting points is the pretty village of Maillezais (50km)
  • Vouvant (20km) – the only ‘Plus beau village de France’ in Vendée, a lovely small town
  • There are four main vineyards in Mareuil, Pissotte, Brem and Vix which make up the Fiefs Vendéens

Local events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • Poupet Music and dance festival at St Malo du Bois (39km) in July
  • Medieval festival at Bazoges-en-Pareds (4km) in August
  • Many fêtes in other villages in the summer

Beaches

  • La Faute-sur-Mer (55km) – sandy
  • La Tranche-sur-Mery (61km) – sandy
  • Longeville-sur-Mer (65km) – sandy
  • Les Sables d'Olonne (86km) – sandy

Activities

  • Fishing is possible at the property
  • Fishing, sailing and canoeing at the leisure lake of Lac de Rochereau (5km)
  • Horse riding at the Centre Equestre de la Tuilerie at Le Tallud-Sainte-Gemme (7km)
  • Tennis at Chantonnay (8km)
  • Water activities – large public pool with aqua power, aqua cycling and other water-based activities at Les Herbiers (32km)
  • Bicycle hire from the Centre VTT at Vouvant (30km); Les Cycles Rolland at Les Herbiers (32km)
  • Cycling – the property is just 100m away from the starting point of the Circuit des Vergers which joins another circuit called Vendée Vélo 1km away and allows access to the entire Vendée cycling circuit – about 1,000km – and from this circuit you can discover the entire heritage of the Vendée
  • Sailing school at Lac de Mervent (33km) in a superb natural setting
  • 18-hole golf course at Nesmy (44km)

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 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 91km/1hr 5min 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 144km/1hr 25min 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

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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    4/5

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  • Facilities*

    4.5/5

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  • Amenities*

    4/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

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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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