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Le Puy de Forge is a lovely house, very large and very French. The rooms are spacious, and the window shutters and tiled floors keep the rooms beautifully cool during the hot summer days. There are only four of us (2 adults, 2 children) so there were several rooms in the house that we didn’t use at all but it was nice to have the space and everywhere was extremely clean.
The roads around the house are generally quiet (barring agricultural machinery, but we did stay at the height of the harvest and the children were excited to watch the tractors and combine harvesters going past!) so we had some pleasant bike rides. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to find any local parks for the children to play in but the garden is large and secure so they had plenty of space for running around. There’s a barbecue in the garage which we used a couple of times, and the garage is secure so we were happy to leave our bicycles in there.
John (the owner) is quick to reply to emails, and very helpful, and while we stayed in the house we also had contact numbers for local people who could assist us in case of any issues or emergencies.
In terms of local attractions, Poy du Fou is a definite must for a visit, as are the beaches of the Atlantic coast. While going to the coast was a bit of a trek, it was well worth it and we visited several really lovely, family-friendly beaches. Bioparc de Doué la Fontaine was somewhere else that we would highly recommend visitors to Le Puy de Forge to visit.
This cottage is in a lovely rural part of the Vendee in France. It is perfect for a peaceful getaway. The weather was glorious while we were there and the house has a sunny patio at the back for barbeques. There is a little town nearby which has a baker and it is 15 minutes from Chataigneraie which has an excellent SuperU supermarket. There are good walks in the immediate neighbourhood. There are also interesting places to visit nearby such as the Haras (pedigree horse stud) at La Roche sur Yon and the boats in the 'Green Venice' area.