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LE MERLE - a detached Holiday Farmhouse with in ground Heated Pool and gardens

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom Detached Holiday Farmhouse with in-ground heated Pool and gardens

Lovely beamed detached farmhouse in a small peaceful hamlet, walking distance to a typical Vendeen village with bar and the best restaurant for miles!

Peaceful and quiet all makes for a relaxing holiday. If you feel the need to get out and about there are lakes nearby at Vouvant and Mervent along with forest walks and hundreds of kilometres of cycle routes literally on your doorstep. Puy du Fou is a short drive away and further afield the superb sandy Vendeen beaches are just over an hour away.


IN-GROUND HEATED POOL - with steps and best pool security. The cover floats on the surface of the water and will not collapse under the water if fallen on. Sun loungers and chairs are available. Shower.

SOUTH FACING PATIO - to the front of the house and overlooking the pool is patio, with direct access to the kitchen through French doors. There are tables, chairs and umbrella. Next to the patio is a built in bbq.

LARGE GARDEN - the garden has a stone driveway and lawned area beyond which is a farmer's field, occasionally frequented by sheep!

ELEVATED BALCONY - from the dining room, there is access to a balcony with views over the river Vendee and countryside. This is east facing and is a great place for breakfast or to get away from the midday sun!

FIVE BEDROOMs - a double, twin and bunk bed room is situated on the ground floor and a double on the first floor. There is also a self contained double room with ensuite shower room. This room has french doors onto the rear garden.

LOUNGE - with English tv and wood burner

SEPARATE DINING ROOM - with access to terrace

FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN - with French doors to the south facing patio.


The house is situated in the beautiful peaceful Southern Vendeen countryside overlooking the River Vendee. The area is a mix of sunflower fields, rolling hills with pretty limestone villages tucked away in river valleys; very reminiscent of the Cotswolds apart from the weather - the South of the Vendée benefits from a micro climate, giving the region a level of summer sunshine bettered in France only by the Côte d’Azur

The Forest of Mervent – a vast nature lovers paradise of wooded valleys and lakes perfect for cycling & walking, sailing and canoeing with pony trekking also available

Vouvant, a medieval town, one of the most beautiful villages in France with its Medieval ramparts, cobbled lanes and pretty houses all contributing to the picture postcard setting.

The world renown 'Puy du Fou' theme park is less than an hours drive from the house and well worth a visit.

For fishermen, there is the Pescalis, largest fishing lakes at Moncoutant (20km) as well as a number of well stocked rivers and Lake Mervent.

Other nearby attractions include Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle and Fontenay le Comte

Information about all these attractions can be found in the house.

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Mrs Martine Adamson
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at Le Tude. For the past 20 plus years we have stayed in many properties throughout France, Le Tude was definitely one of the best. It's a lovely farmhouse situated in a beautiful area. We visited the Puy du Fou (an amazing place for all the family and really is a must do), the Venice verte, Vouvant, Mervent Forest, Niort, La Rochelle, the Ile de Re and La Tranche sur Mer, however, our favourite thing was being back at the farmhouse enjoying the wonderful views and listening to the sounds of the cows, sheep, chickens, donkeys and church bells - superb!
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust in Vendée

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - bunk bed double on bottom single on top
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , This bedroom is ensuite and self-contained
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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LE MERLE - a detached Holiday Farmhouse with in ground Heated Pool and gardens
average rating of 4.714286 based on 12 reviews
Staffordshire Moorlands United Kingdom

Beautiful farmhouse perfect for families and groups

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this fabulous old farmhouse in June 2016, we walked in and said wow, lots of space and beamed ceilings, it's got all the amenities you would need, lovely views from the terrace.

There's plenty of space outside to park numerous cars, just over the garden hedge is a cycle path.

We had a lovely 7 night stay and would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review!
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Summer Holiday 2012 at Le Tude

  • 4 of 5

Very quiet and peaceful location. Clean, immaculate and everything you needed was on hand. Pool was clear, well maintained and a must for the children. Lovely little village with an AMAZING restaurant! Owner was immediately available on the phone - we had a slight problem at the beginning which was sorted immediately. Draw backs - fantastic, large mezzanine bedroom (but does have a reduced apex ceiling - not advisable for a taller person). Also, as situated in farmland there are more flies than we expected- take your fly spray with you!!! Would I recommend it?- YES!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Le Tude

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at le Tude for two weeks with another family and had a brilliant time. It was a very relaxing holiday. We have been to France for the last 5 years and this was the nicest house we have stayed in. The pool was fantastic. The cycle path on the doorstep was great for running, well worth taking bikes if you can. The restaurant in the village was very nice and quite reasonable.

We would definitely recommend this to other families.

Thank you for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review. So glad you had a good time. Best wishes Martine
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Le Tude

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a fantastic holiday at Le Tude with my family, 6 adults and 2 teenage children. We fell in love with the house and the surrounding area was simply perfect. Lots of lovely places to see within the surrounding area. One of the best holidays ever and look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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le tude

  • 5 of 5

fantastic farm house very spacious enjoyed the swimming pool ideal for larger families in a quiet relaxling setting, lots of places to visit in the surrounding areas.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Très bon séjour au gîte du Merle

  • 5 of 5

Très chouette endroit, les photos ne sont pas à la hauteur de la beauté des chambres, très accueillantes.

Beaucoup de charme, literie confortable.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup Pour votre visited et vos bons mots! Thank you for staying with us and your lovely words. Martine
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Sable D'olonne

The Vendée makes an ideal family holiday destination and Le Tude is in the perfect position to sample many of the attractions.

It is set in the vendeen countryside close to La Chataigneraie (15 mins), Vouvant (15 mins) Fontenay le Compte.

Vouvant - a medieval town, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France with it's medieval ramparts, cobbled streets and pretty houses. The town is well known as a village of painters and there are arts and crafts shops as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants. The 11th Century Romanesque church 'Notre-Dame de Vouvant' has a carved stone portal.

Mervant Forest - ten minutes away, a paradise for nature lovers and lots of sporting activities. You can explore the many marked footpaths by foot, cycle or horseback. All the lakes are suitable for swimming and you can hire pedaloes, kayaks, canoes and sail boats and try your hand at archery.

At the Mervent Forest there is also a very good zoo, theme park and adventure park where you can climb through the trees.

Horse riding is just 15 minuted drive.

Puy du Fou - one of the most famous european attractions is a 40 minute drive away.

Futuruscope - is found in the town of Niort - 40 minute drive.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Arrival time after 4pm and departure time before 11am - please let me know if this isn't suitable as we can be flexible, particularly out of season.

Linen and towels (not pool towels) can be hired at a cost of £10 per person

£100 damage deposit required to be paid with final balance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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